Sevenfortyseven (or 747) was a project born from my fascination with cassette tapes, guitar noise, and lo-fi recording techniques. Initially started in 2007 as some kind of weird shoegaze band in my hometown of Saskatoon, we self-released two albums of strange experiments.
Then the project kind of dissolved as other ones were beginning.
Art is especially hard to make a living off of when you’re playing and giving everything away for free
In those days I put out lots of different music under different pseudonyms, spending long periods of time recording whatever, and it was nice. Then at some point I found myself very broke and unable to pay the rent anymore.
Art is especially hard to make a living off of when you’re playing and giving everything away for free.
So, it was winter ’08/’09 and I had no place to live. I packed up everything I owned except for a backpack and guitar and hit the road for two years. I managed to make a humble living from busking in cities across Canada and even bummed around Europe for a bit playing banjo and singing in a folk duo.
Somewhere near the end of these travels I found myself, once again, very much broke, tired and depressed. I decided to head home, which didn’t actually exist anymore, so I headed to my mom’s house in Winnipeg to stay there for a couple weeks. It was May 2010 and I was 22-years-old. Quite some time had passed since I recorded anything worth a damn (or even had the means to record anything at all), so I decided it was time to get back at it.
I had a few instrumental guitar songs half-written that I didn’t know what to do with, so I started recording them with a very stripped-down setup and it sounded kind of interesting to me. That’s how Be Free came into existence. I wrote and mixed and improvised almost everything in about a week before I recorded it to tape in the guest room of my mom’s house. This was the third (and last) release under the 747 moniker; I don’t know why, but it seemed fitting to use that name even though I’d already been using a different one since 2008.
I think of this EP as our lo-fi, wish-washy psychedelic acoustic guitar picnic. It’s a small picnic, but it’s nice.
These days you can find me in Saskatoon playing bass for The Wizards, or performing with the Unsatisfied Poets.