Mandippal (M): My first CMW… I don’t really remember. I THINK it was back in 2008, when I released my first EP. As for inspiration that year, I remember seeing Peter Katz one night. I had watched him perform in Kitchener a year or so prior, and was completely inspired to write songs as well as he did, and does. To this day, I consider him to be my favourite male singer/songwriter in Canada, and he is one of the best humans you’ll meet.
RH What is your favourite type of concert to play? Give me venues or locations or sizes… get creative with this one!
M: I just love playing shows. I don’t have a preference where the show is. I could be playing cover songs at a bar with 100 people, or playing a small acoustic set in a room with 15 people. I honestly don’t care. As long as I’m playing music and putting a smile on one person’s face in that room, then I’ve done everything I had set out to do.
RH: To you as an artist, what makes CMW so important ?
RH: How do we get you, Mandippal, to come to Montreal?
M: I haven’t released anything new since 2014, but you can hear that full EP on soundcloud! I am currently writing some new music, and hopefully debuting some new songs as my showcase on Friday night.
RH: What / who / where /when are YOUR CMW 2015 picks? As in, who and when and where and why should I go to one event each night? I’m so excited I can’t choose. Nepotism is appreciated. Use Instagram names or Twitter names too! That’ll help people track down the concerts.
M: Even though I can’t attend half of these, as I’m not going to BE in town until Friday, here are my picks and where I would go:
Rachael Kennedy – The best NEW singer/songwriter to come out of Toronto in the last year or two. She sounds like no one else out there right now, and has such a great knack for writing hook after hook. She’s at The Cameron House on Tuesday May 5th @ 10PM. twitter.com/rachaelsmusic
Leah Daniels – One of the better country voices we have in Canada. Boots & Bourbon on Thursday May 7th @ 9PM (request Let Love Decide) twitter.com/LeahDaniels
Donovan Woods – the FUNNIEST banter you will hear, coming out of a guy who sings such heart-wrenching songs. He’s headlining my show: The Vault @ One King West – twitter.com/donovanwoods
RH: What’s your favourite YouTube clip of yourself?
M: There are no good videos of me on YouTube, nothing prior to 2011 is online unfortunately. Just head to my site mandippal.com!