Without music, I would feel lost.
The Montreal duo The Beat Escape will send you on a waking dream of ‘near psychedelic pop’ and meditative chill-out.
Adam and Patrick joined us to ahead of their debut album release ‘Life Is Short the Answer’s Long’
What are you working on at the moment?
Adam: An emotional club tune with a great sax part, 909 drum beat, and hooky marimba line. It’s called Uma.
Patrick: New music and our live set while patiently waiting for warmer weather.
What has been your biggest life challenge and what did you do to overcome it?
Adam: Making music is very difficult. It’s a challenge that’s a constant, it keeps one going.
Patrick: I don’t think we’re close enough to get that deep just yet.
But whatever it was, it was likely overcome through time, reflection and creativity.
How important has music been to your mental health?
Adam: Extremely important.
It’s the been the poison as well as the cure.
Patrick: It’s been my closest and dearest friend that’s always there when you need them.
What would constitute a ‘perfect’ day for you?
Adam: Figuring out the perfect bassline.
Patrick: Being in a new and beautiful place with someone you love.
For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
Adam: Almost everything. It’s also currently snow crab season in Montreal.
Patrick: Family, friends, health, making music, and food.
Complete this sentence: “Ace mental health for me means…”
Adam: Being able to fall asleep.
Patrick: Balance, self awareness, appreciating the highs and lows, always trying to understand those around you.
What do you eat to stay healthy?
Adam: I eat a ridiculous amount of artichokes & olives.
Patrick: Lots of anchovies and garlic.
What is your favourite motivational quote?
Adam: Where danger is, there is salvation also. – Holderlin
Patrick: Not sure. But I just Googled motivational quotes and the first image hit was by Oprah.
She says that ‘challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new centre of gravity. Don’t just fight them. Just find a new way to stand’. Makes sense to me.
What advice do you offer to friends when they are feeling overwhelmed?
Adam: If you’re going through hell, keep going.
Patrick: Make a list. Take one step at a time. Beauty can always be found after a storm.