Interview by Carl Marsh
Why did you choose Country Music and not any other type of musical genre?
I grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan listening to Country Music for most of my childhood. My mom would play a lot of records by Johnny Horton, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, and other legendary Country Music artists. When I entered into High School, I ended up joining a band with 3 of my friends and we started learning punk rock songs by Green Day, Blink 182, and Goldfinger. I had a close Uncle of mine pass away and I had to go to Calgary, Alberta to attend his funeral. I had saved up $1,100 from the previous summer working on road construction and I was going to buy a new electric guitar. I remembered my Uncle who passed away and his love for Country Music. When I went into the music store, I tried a few electric guitars and then my dad talked me into going to the acoustic guitar room. I remember picking up a Takamine acoustic guitar and did one strum and I was sold. I still have the guitar today. After this I went home, learned Johnny Cash, and have been performing Country Music ever since.
With you latest album, what can we expect from it?
The latest album is called “All Kinds Of Crazy”. The album was recorded in Vancouver, Canada with producer Tom McKillip. The album has a diverse group of songs including some up-tempo, mid tempo, and a couple ballads as well. We did the artwork for the album at the circus where I got to sit between two giant elephants as they reared up. It was the experience of a lifetime.
You have been doing a lot of travelling this year, what have you been up to?
I’ve been doing a lot of acoustic concerts this year and its one of my favourite things to do. It’s a great opportunity to share the stories behind the songs. I feel as an artist it allows me to really find a connection with the audience and get to know them. I always get people involved in the shows and even bring people up on stage from time to time! I want people to feel like they are just as much a part of the show as the artist, because they truly are!
If you could sing with any singer, dead or alive, who would it be?
I would pick Keith Urban as I’ve always been a huge fan of his. I think he is a great performer, songwriter, musician, and all around ‘Entertainer!’. There is a lot a person could learn from an artist like that.
I know you like to read, so what is your favourite book?
I do love to read. I think there is so much in this world to learn. What better way to learn things than from reading about another person’s experiences. One of my favourite books is called ‘The Secret’, it is very encouraging and inspirational. I’ve always loved reading these types of books.
Still on that theme, why should people read more in general, and not become too obsessed with all these electronic gaming devices?
I think reading helps build imagination. When you read, you create pictures in your mind, and this exercise also helps in the songwriting process for me. It also helps a person learn about things that you want to learn about.
Whilst a good education is something that is key to getting a good start in life, was school something that you excelled in yourself Codie, or was music always your calling?
I grew up in a small community. After I graduated I went to college for a year and took an electronics technician course. After I graduated from the course, I met my manager Alain Leblanc and hit the road touring, and I have never looked back since. I feel education is very important. In saying that, I think there are many ways to get an education, one being school, and the other from reading and from real life experiences. I think if you’re always trying to get better and want to learn more, then you will excel in whatever it is that you want to achieve.
What gets you out of bed each and every morning?
My family and music are the two reasons I get out of bed in the morning. My wife and I just had our first baby girl Lyriq in November of 2014, and it is truly the most incredible feeling. Music and family really give me a bigger purpose in life.
What makes you angry?
I don’t get angry too often, I’m a pretty happy guy. The one time I do get worked up though is being caught in traffic.
What makes you happy?
Fishing on the other hand really makes me happy. It’s so nice to be out on a calm lake early in the morning.
Last question Codie, if you were an animal, what would it be, and why?
I would have to be a bird, so I didn’t get stuck in traffic anymore!