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A Splendid Talk with... Other Families | First Contact

Other Families - MOONROCK Incarnation (L-R): Jesse Manou, Jackson Welchner, Paul Geldart, Kaiva Gotham | Absent: Zach Buck

Artist: Other Families

Location: Toronto, ON / Montreal, QC, Canada

Peanut Gallery: Sound / Word / Vid

Splendid Affiliations: LUGE / Waxlimbs


Greeting to you all, Other Families! Who will be your primary representative on behalf of the band unit that I will have the pleasure to chat with? Who are the other members of this unique collective?

My dude! Hello! This is Jesse. I’m the primary musical director/producer/composer in Other Families. I play bass & the synth/electro stuff in the band. The lyrics are written by my best friend Zach who is a vocalist who also runs a ‘second version’ of Other Families in Montreal. Over the years we’ve had the privilege of working with some of the best artists and musicians you’ve ever seen under the moniker of OF. It’s been a giant revolving door of the most ripping-talented people & each lineup is better than the last. Right now our band features Paul on Drums, Kaiva on Vocals/Piano & Jackson on Lead vox. I love those 3 with all my heart.

How did Other Families come into fruition?

We started in 2010 about a year after high-school. The 4 of us were best friends and took making DIY art super-serious. We all had such a wide arrangement of influences and tastes and mediums to work with, so we kinda smooshed them all together on our first record. Over the years we’ve learned to refine the process, but that first incarnation of the group gave us the footing to be hyper-stylized & experimental. The mandate was always to stay collaborative and super fluid, to the point where Other Families might not even appear as a ‘band’ at all...

Other Families is quite an enigma… much more than a musical group, but a multimedia and multi-humanities enterprise in itself! What are all the different types of endeavours that the band dabble in? Why have you expanded your activities to such a range and mixtures?

Ya ya, exactly. When I mentioned that Zach runs ‘another version’ of OF in Montreal, it’s not another band- Other Families in MTL is mostly a theatre company. It’s Zach with another one of the original 4 members Josh, working on experimental plays and performance art. In the past we’ve published 3 books, we did an alt-comedy podcast on iTunes, we even put out a lil’ video game in 2016.

We’re also totally DIY so we organize our own shows & events, all visual art is done in-house and all audio content is recorded and produced (by me) at the Other Families Recording Company in Port Credit, Ontario.

Whatever we gotta do to go above and beyond the next band, you know?