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Viva Phx Q & A: Kan Wakan

Arizona events, Arizona music festival, band interview, downtown phoenix music festival, Hotel San Carlos, interview, Live music, Mickey Pangburn, Phoenix, Phoenix New Times, Stateside Presents, viva phoenix, viva phx, Kan Wakan, Gueorgui I. LinevLos AngelesKan Wakan was born in the brain of composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Gueorgui I. Linev, circa 2012. Linev started with the vision of an entirely instrumental musical project, but that vision morphed into something different with the addition of several members, including songstress Kristianne Bautista and guitarist Peter Potyondy.

The band released its debut EP, Forever Found, in November 2013, and will follow up that release with the much-anticipated Moving On, the debut full-length album due in June on Verve Records. See Kan Wakan’s experimental version of pop and rock live at Bar Smith on March 7 at 8 P.M. for Viva Phx.

Read The Spec‘s Q & A with Kan Wakan creator Linev…

Very first concert you attended and a memory from it.
Verdi‘s “Aida” at the Sofia Opera House in Sofia, Bulgaria conducted by my uncle Stefan. I was around eight and I remember being frightened by all the people in Egyptian costumes, singing in a way I had never heard before.

If you could have any musician (dead or alive) as a mentor, who would it be?
Prince

Very first concert you played and a memory from it.
A punk rock show in Ketchum, Idaho. I remember I had just gotten my first guitar, a Fender squire and I was very proud to have just learned the minor pentatonic blues scale and “Stairway to Heaven.”

Artist you would most like to collaborate with or have produce your music?
Jim O Rourke

Personal truth that fans would be surprised to know about you.
I can’t swim.

How do you spend a typical day when you’re not touring or busy recording?
Breaking Bad.

One artist or album you could never get tired of listening to?
Abbey Road.

Earliest music-related memory you have?
Listening to Bulgarian choir music on my grandparents’ radio and trying to understand what it meant.

Nicest thing a fan has ever said, or given, to you?
“Can you please play at my wedding?”

Interesting fact about your newest release.
It was recorded and mixed at six different studios over a year period, featuring 30 musicians and a string ensemble. Six engineers died in the process.

Xperience you will never forget.
Glastonbury Festival, 2008.

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