Bear Mountain is a Canadian electronic band hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia. Although centered around the duo of singer/songwriter Ian Bevis and guitarist Kyle Statham, Bear Mountain also includes Ian's twin brother, drummer Greg Bevis and visual artist Kenji Rodriguez. The combination of electronic meets electric instrumentation gives Bear Mountain's largely dance-oriented music an "organic, somewhat psychedelic, improvisational quality," as if they were playing and mixing the tracks live. The foursome has hit the stage as direct support for Bloc Party, Hot Chip, MS MR and have played major festivals including Lollapalooza, The Governor's Ball, Sasquatch! Music Festival, and Austin City Limits.
We recently sat down and spoke with lead singer Ian following Bear Mountain's performance at Osheaga 2014, the Music and Arts Festival, about his day-to-day life, what success looks like to him, and any must-share tour stories.
Daily News: What does a typical day look like for you?
Ian: Wake up, do some yoga, drink coffee until I’m feeling it, start work, don’t stop.
Daily News: What project(s) have you recently released and are currently working on?
Ian: We’re currently working on our second album, and it’s about a week away from being sent to mix, so it’s been mostly all that all the time for quite some time now. we’re really excited about it!
Daily News: What do you find most challenging and exciting about your career?
Ian: Challenging is making ends meet, if you know what I mean. But we’re getting there and every day we’re one step closer. It’s tough but we wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. Most exciting is the future and getting to where we want to be. It’s just one foot in front of the other until then, and we all know we’ll be able to get there.
Daily News: Where does your passion derive from?
Ian: Knowing that I wouldn’t be fulfilled in my life doing anything other than music.
Daily News: How do you manage a healthy work/life balance?
Ian: I’m not sure that I do. My work is my life, so it’s an interesting mix. I actually feel I’m sort of always working and never working at the same time. It makes for some interesting days. On the plus side I can pretty much smoke weed whenever I want, so that’s pretty rad.
Daily News: What does success look like to you?
Ian: Being happy and healthy and knowing that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, to me that’s success.
Daily News: If you weren’t doing what you’re doing, what would you be doing?
Ian: Hard to say, probably still driving the Aquabus in Vancouver.
Daily News: What are the most memorable festival(s) and/or venue(s) that you have played?
Ian: Sasquatch 2013! All of our friends were there and it was the best. Definitely an incredible feeling.
Daily News:Any must-share story of an experience you had while on tour?
Ian: One time we were back stage at a show in Brooklyn that we just played, and Puff Daddy walked in the room. We all instantly knew that it was him. A couple of the guys walked over and grabbed a selfie with him. That was pretty fucking rad.
Daily News: Where is your favorite place to wine/dine in Vancouver?
Ian: Definitely Tacofino in Vancouver or Bistro Wagon Rouge. One’s Mexican and the other is French and both are near my house. Both are incredible.
Daily News: Where is your favorite place to travel, for business/pleasure, and why?
Ian: Chicago is one of my favourite cities we’ve been to. Also Berlin is one of my fav’s. I first got into dance music after spending time in Berlin years ago and it really opened up my musical palette. For pleasure? Camping in BC with my friends.
Daily News: If you could spend a day with any person (living or dead), who would it be?
Ian: Bob Marley.
Daily News: What's the most borderline illegal thing you've ever done?
Ian: Borderline illegal but still on the legal side? Hmmm... I think not picking up after my dog. I hate being that guy but it’s definitely happened.