Buckman Coe’s current repertoire was constructed from a number of musical inspirations and influences, all of them having an effect on the Vancouver-based artist to create his current sound. That sound combines elements of folk, reggae and soul to create a brand of unique music that has vaulted Coe’s career forward.
“I started getting close to a lot of different artists…whether they were local B.C. musicians or from the States or from Africa…that just really inspired me to try new things myself and incorporate that into my writing,” Coe said.
Naturally, how reggae fit with Coe’s existing sound was exceptionally important, but it was something deeper that also drew him to incorporate it into his music.
“The kind of thing that reggae represents, I feel is also an extension of the things that I love about folk music,” Coe said. “In terms of trying to be conscience about contemporary themes and contemporary issues…it has a spiritual or social consciousness to it that kind of flows very naturally with what interests me and what I think is important.”
Starting out as a solo performer, Coe’s act has grown steadily over the years and he now tours with a backing band, usually four or five others.
The gigs have been piling up recently, with performances at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues and the Oregon Country Fair among his recent highlights.
Breaking into the U.S. market has become a target of Coe’s as he recognizes he has a chance to grow his brand south of the border to complement his following in Western Canada.
“(The Oregon Country Fair) was a big deal to me…it’s one of my favourite festivals,” Coe said. “It’s really encouraging to start to get some recognition and break out of the Canadian market.”
With previous shows at both the Golden Taps and the Rockwater, Coe has built a fanbase locally and he’s sure to expand upon that when he takes his place as one of the headliners at The Golden Sound Festival on Aug. 21.
To hear a selection of Buckman Coe’s music, visit www.buckmancoe.com.