We are so thrilled to have electro-pop duo ATLAAS on board to play The Great Escape, Winnipeg's first-ever summer camp for grown-ups. We caught up with ATLAAS's Ricardo Lopez-Aguilar to pick his brain about all things music, summer (and swimming).
FWA: What do you love most about playing and making music?
RL-A: It's the way I express myself best in an artistic form. It brings me joy to share those expressions with people and satisfaction when someone can connect with it. Heather and I work really well together, and having someone around that understands that expression is really special and rare. Playing music with and for people feels right to me - nothing else comes close to that.
FWA: Describe one of your most memorable shows, or moments performing.
RL-A: Outdoor shows are standout the most for me. That's why we're looking forward to The Great Escape. I have this image in my brain of playing out looking at the lake and being able to see people on kayaks and in canoes while the sun is going down. And there are deer and bison just laying about. And birds flying in the air and landing on my guitar while I'm playing. I won't even care if it poops on me.
FWA: Describe your ideal weekend.
RL-A: There are so many. It depends what I'm in the mood for and that can range from being alone in my home to being outdoors in some remote location with friends. This weekend though, I'd like to travel to a northern national park and swim in lakes all weekend.
FWA: Favourite summer activity?
FWA: One skill you'd like to master one day?
RL-A: Being a person that has a net positive contribution to my community by challenging my words and thoughts about the world I live in. More specifically, I want to be able to control the rage I feel when I hear something discriminatory so that I can challenge it calmly. Mostly, I just want to yell.
FWA: What’s your favourite memory at FortWhyte Alive?
RL-A: I can't remember going there when I was younger because I have an awful memory, but I'm sure I had a great time. I recently went with a school I work with and we kayaked and walked around and it was really peaceful. I love listening to the birds in the space. Birds are a really big deal in my life right now.
Advance tickets for The Great Escape are available for purchase on our website, at Normandy Shoppe, Wilder Goods and onsite at FortWhyte Alive. You can catch up with ATLAAS on Facebook or on their website.