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Apostle of Hustle

"Apostle of Hustle is a Canadian indie rock group, formed in 2001 by Andrew Whiteman. The band is more or less the brainchild of Andrew Whiteman, who has been in such groups as Bourbon Tabernacle Choir and Que Vida. He released a solo effort titled Fear of Zen in 1995. He is also the lead guitarist for the indie supergroup Broken Social Scene of Toronto. Whiteman returned to his native Toronto to resume writing and recording with Broken Social Scene after a two-month stay with his godmother's family in Cuba. He learned to play the tres, a Cuban guitar, during that time. But in the midst of making the Juno award-winning You Forgot It in People, Whiteman couldn't escape the Spanish musical flavors of his time spent in El Barrio Santo Suarez. In order to make his fascination come to life, two of his fellow bandmates, Julian Brown ( Feist )and Dean Stone, joined Whiteman for what would become the cinematic, Latin-tinged portrait of Apostle of Hustle. Folkloric Feel was released on Arts & Crafts in late summer 2004."

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Bandega Interview with Andrew Whiteman of Apostle of Hustle (May 2009)

Shape shifters and death on your shoulder.

Q: How have your shows changed over the years? Has your perspective on performing live changed?
A: Well, Apostle of Hustle is a band from the holytrinity/power trio style...except we are getting less and less loud these days. You heard it from me first - Maracas are the new Cowbell. Those instruments are insanely badass. Jerome Green from Bo Diddley's band - the originator.

Q: Describe the most memorable live show you've played.
A: I'm not one much for memories. They are too pushy! Any show where we hit "the zone" is a memorable one. We recently did a recording session with Jean Baptiste "bonga" who is a haitian voudun drum master and an incredible human. Our 4 days of constant jamming was very memorable.

Q: What venue do you consider to be your "home", where you feel most comfortable, with the crowd and the place itself?
A: "Home" when you're on the road = the van. Venues are more like the 'places to visit'...as in, you wouldn't wanna live there. Seriously though, it really depends on the night, but: Bimbo's in San Francisco last time with Do Make Say Think, Club Lambi in Montreal, Starlight in Waterloo, The Marquee in Halifax - those Haligonians are DRUNK!! - In fact, the first time we ever had a bra thrown at us was at The Marquee.

Q: Describe the most enjoyable show you've ever experienced as a fan.
A: Again, I like to keep things current....so....seeing the mighty Walkmen play their only club show of their last tour opening for Kings of Leon was fantastic - The Sala Rosa in Montreal. Or perhaps the turkish band Baba Zula at Lula's in Toronto.

Q: You've said that the new album, Eats Darkness, is about "battles, from the macro to the micro" and that "each track is like tapas at the banquet of conflict." First of all, that's fantastic. Secondly, what were some of the "micro" conflicts that inspired you towards this particular theme?
A: Let's face it, everyone has enemies - we live in a Carlos Casteneda / Don Juan universe filled with shape shifters and people who want to see you fail. It is essential to remember that death lives on your shoulder, that learning how to hang out in the shadow realms can be helpful & that morality is flexible. Nothing is true! Everything is permitted! Watch your back! They smile in your face! Hey, all you OJays fans out there, you know how the song goes...

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