Inside Music Podcast #150: Royal Tusk

Inside Music Podcast presented by Haulix

Canada’s Royal Tusk joins us for a discussion about success, travel, and the state of rock in 2019.

Some critics claim rock music has become too safe in the modern era. Rock and roll naysayers often point to how other areas of music have moved into the spotlight and blame artists for failing to take risks and regurgitating ideas that have been echoing throughout the genre for decades. I take a different stance. I think rock has never been more exciting than it is right now, but all too often listeners are unable to find those working to innovate because legacy acts take up a vast amount of airplay and promotional resources.

Enter Royal Tusk. Hailing from Canada, the four-piece hard rock band is blazing a trail entirely their own in the heavy music arena. Their sound conveys that raw, unbridled fearlessness that ignites a fire in the hearts and souls of listeners, urging them to take action toward improving this planet we call home. Tusk II, the band’s 2018 Sophomore effort, channels that fury into a collection of thunderous tracks that grab you by the collar and not only demand your attention but earn it over and over again.

On this episode of INSIDE MUSIC, host James Shotwell sits down with Royal Tusk members Daniel Carriere and Sandy MacKinnon hours before their recent performance in Grand Rapids, MI. Royal Tusk has been gaining a lot of steam in the hard rock world since the release of their Sophomore record, Tusk II, in the Fall. Daniel and Sandy tell James about the response to the album, as well as how joining the eOne Music roster changed their lives. Later, the conversation turns to promotion, European fans versus American listeners, and the toll the road takes on even the most driven talent.

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James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the Director of Customer Engagement at Haulix and host of the company's podcast, Inside Music. He is also a public speaker known for promoting careers in the entertainment industry, as well as an entertainment journalist with over a decade of experience. His bylines include Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, Nu Sound, and Under The Gun Review, among other popular outlets.