Living in a small town definitely has it’s advantages. There is hardly a line-up at the grocery store, you know who doesn’t belong in a bar, and you get to be on the ground floor when witnessing great, undiscovered talent. Case in point, Golden British Columbia’s own Paige Ellerton, a recent high school graduate and Taj Manhas, currently a senior in high school. I sat down with them the other day at the local coffee-house to discuss their upcoming performance at The Crooked Antler this Friday, October 14th in Golden BC.
OOS: How long have you guys played for?
Paige: I’ve been singing since I was four and I’ve played guitar for a couple of years.
Taj: I was on and off growing up, I didn’t really get into till last year.
OOS: So you’re both from Golden?
Taj: I am.
Paige: I grew up in Ontario. I was born in Hanover, by accident actually, it was just where my mom was located at the time.
OOS: What brought you to Golden?
Paige: My family moved out here, we’re immigrants I guess. (laughs)
OOS: What type of music do you emulate?
Paige: I kind of make my own stuff, I kind think its country, cute folksiness, and if I do covers I kind of try to expand in different areas.
Taj: I play lots of guitar, I sing, piano drums and for this I do what my voice suits.
OOS: Do you have a preferred instrument?
Taj: For this, guitar.
OOS: How long have you been playing piano?
Taj: I taught myself piano this year.
OOS: When did you first start working together?
Taj: This is our first time.
OOS: Do you write together?
Taj: I do covers, Paige writes her own.
Paige: Pretty much I could do two hours of my own stuff.
OOS: When did you first start writing?
Paige: Grade 8, and I’ve graduated now.
OOS: Congrats, are you still in high school?
Taj: I’m in grade 12.
OOS: How do you like it?
Both: It’s boring (laughter)
OOS: Are you going to college?
Taj: I’m going somewhere in Calgary, trying to get a degree in Kinesiology.
OOS: So you do covers, what are your influences?
Taj: Tyler Ward, he is a YouTube artist-
Paige: -and Boyce Avenue.
Taj: and Boyce Avenue a little bit, but for me Tyler Ward is what really got me starting to play music again, and what got me performing.
OOS: So what songs will you be playing on Friday?
Paige: a few.
Taj: Journey- Don’t Stop Believing, Fireworks- Katy Perry.
Paige: Blame it on the Rain by He is We, Big Girls Don’t Cry by Fergie.
Taj: We’re going to do Lean on Me.
Paige: Are we? (laughs) We haven’t practiced that one.
OOS: So is music something you want to keep going with?
Paige: I would love to make it my life, hobby, goal; make a living from it.
OOS; You are both underage, how do you feel about the lack of all ages shows in golden?
Paige: I hate it, I was talking to a lady and asking if she had jams here, and she was like ‘you can goto the bars here, they have open mics’ and I was like ‘yeaaa I can’t do that… I’m 17’ and she was like ‘you’re not missing out’ but I feel like I am, and that’s just me, because I’m a little young, I can’t get in there.
Taj: I personal feel fine with it, to be honest. Our high school started to do jam sessions.
Paige; I started it in grade 10 (laughs)
Taj: And yea, I’m comfortable with that and that’s where you can go and just sing.
OOS: High school can be hard, do you find, being musically talented, you have to hide it or is your school open to that?
Taj: I think it’s becoming more open, I personally know people who are afraid to show it, afraid of what people might think, which I can see, because, I was when I first started last year.
Paige; I think with Golden Secondary School, it’s such a small school and everyone knows everyone and everyone knows pretty much everyone’s talent. It comes out in like grade 10 or 12; you grow up with those people. Everyone’s artistic.
Taj: Everyone is supportive there, you could be the worst singer, and you’ll still get cheers. Everybody knows how hard it is to go up there.
OOS: Paige what do you listen to, what’s on your iPod right now?
Paige: Dev, I listen to a lot of rave and techno right now, but for music, aspirations, I’d say Adele. Love Pink, she’s so like ‘this is me’.
OOS: I think that’s the name of one her albums? (laughs)
Taj: This is me? (laughs)
Paige: She makes me not want to be shy about who I am. People can accept me if they want to. I think I’m starting to create a personality now that I’m on my own. I don’t care what people think anymore.
OOS: How did you guys get the show at Crooked Antler?
Paige: I know Mike Pecora, and he is a fan of me, and he took me to Crooked Antler and was like ‘this is Paige, do you have any shows coming?’ So I gave them my contact information and been popping in once in a while.
OOS: What is your favourite song to play, either together or separately?
Taj: For me it’s kind of tough, but I always start off with Behind Blue Eyes
OOS: By Limp Bizkit? (laughs)
Taj; (Laughs) Well, Lights, they did a cover of that as well.
Paige: When I practice with Taj my favourite song is Fireworks by Katy Perry and my favourite song I’ve written is one called Perfect Smile
OOS: And will you be playing that on Friday?
Paige: I may try to sneak it in (laughs)
OOS: What time does the show start on Friday?
Paige: 7pm but if you want a seat, 6:30.
OOS: So I’ll just end with one question, are you guys excited?
Paige: I am, very!
Don’t forget to come out and support some local talent this Friday October 14th! This is an all ages show! Doors At 6:30, show at 7pm and it’s by donation, so please be charitable!