While his songs are still very much in the same vein as his previous work – The Ballad of Losing You is filled with prairies folk songs that resonate with romance – it seems as though Lucky is in good company with Missed Connection Records.
With connections to Guelph’s Bry Webb and the Providers, label founders Tyler Belluz and Mike Brooks are positioning themselves to push Lucky even further. With years of experience behind them, the duo were finally ready to release music under their own imprint.
Ominocity recently caught up with Belluz for a quick chat on starting a new record label and the heartrending songs of Zach Lucky.
Ominocity: Missed Connection Records very much seems like a labour of love – what was the impetus for starting the label?
Tyler Belluz: This label is essentially an extension of what myself and Mike Brooks have been doing for years. Collectively we have been performing, engineering and producing countless albums with many groups on all types of labels. Our inclination to start a label began a while ago, however we have always been waiting for someone else to step in and do the work for us. Once Mike and I realized we were doing the grunt work already, we thought we might as well put a name under our own little movement.
OM: Being situated in Guelph, what drew you to work with Saskatchewan musician Zach Lucky? Is there a connection to be drawn between where he comes from and what he does and your own scene?
TB: Although our connection to Zach is quite strong today, it definitely came about loosely. Mike Brooks and I were touring out west with Bry Webb when Zach (I think) set up a tour with us. Lucky truly got to know Mike and I well, the night we shared a bottle of his whiskey, our first night off on tour. We ended up doing a handful of dates with Zach and Snailhouse (now Michael Feuerstack) and got to really sit and take in Zachary’s work. Time passed since our initial meeting, and a few tours later, we decided that we had the experience and connections to further expand his glowing career.
OM: Any upcoming releases that you can share with us?
TB: Zachary’s tour starts in a few days with his latest record The Ballad Of Losing You, but past that Alanna Gurr will be in the studio Tapes and Plates next week for a Spring release, and Legato Vipers will be launching our first LP sometime in the Spring as well.
Catch Zachary Lucky on tour here:
September 13th – Saskatoon, SK – The Bassment
September 18th – Calgary, AB – The Cliff House
September 19th – Edmonton, AB – The Artery
September 20th – Jasper, AB – The Jasper Legion
September 21st – Mission, BC – House Concert
September 22nd – Vancouver, BC – China Cloud
September 23rd – Duncan, BC – Duncan Garage
September 24th – Port Alberni, BC – Char’s Landing
September 25th – Tofino, BC – Tofino Community Theatre
September 26th – Victoria, BC – The Copper Owl
September 27th – Kelowna, BC – Fernando’s
September 28th – Fernie, BC – Clawhammer Press
September 29th – Twin Butte, AB – The General Store
September 30th – Lethbridge, AB – The Owl
October 1st – Taber, AB – House Concert
October 3rd – Regina, SK – The Club
October 4th – Rock Glen, SK – House Concert
October 5th – Estevan, SK – Wylie Mitchell Hall
October 6th – Onanole, MB – House Concert
October 7th – Wabigoon, ON – Green Archers of Wabigoon
October 8th – Thunder Bay, ON – The Apollo
October 9th – Rossport, ON – Serindipity Gardens
October 10th – St Joseph’s Island, ON – House Concert
October 11th – Orillia, ON – Brownstone Cafe
October 12th – Guelph, ON – ANAF
October 14th – Sarnia, ON – House Concert
October 15th – London, ON – APK
October 16th – Hamilton, ON – Homegrown Hamilton
October 17th – Toronto, ON – The Cameron House Backroom
October 18th – Kingston, ON – The Grad Club
October 19th – Peterborough, ON – The Spill
October 20th – Ottawa, ON – Raw Sugar
October 22nd – Montreal, QC – Cagibi
October 24th – Woodstock, NB – House Concert
October 26th – Belle River, PEI – Old Belle River Church
October 27th – Charlottetown, PEI – Baba’s
October 28th – Broad Cove, NS – Broad Cove Hall
October 30th – Halifax, NS – Company House
November 1st – Lewisporte, NFLD – Citadel House
November 2nd – Spaniard Bay, NFLD – House Concert
November 5th – St Johns, NFLD – The Levee
November 7th – Fogo Island, NFLD – Tilting Parish Hall
November 10th – Corner Brook, NFLD – The White Horse
November 15th – Sackville, NB – Thunder and Lightning
November 16th – Parkindale, NB – Parkindale Hall
November 17th – Fredericton, NB – House Concert
November 19th – Sault Ste Marie, ON – Cafe Natura
November 20th – Thunder Bay, ON – The Apollo
November 21st – Winnipeg, MB – The Folk Exchange
November 22nd – Moose Jaw, SK – TBA
November 23rd – Swift Current, SK – The Lyric Theatre