Featured Artist - Jung People

Featured Artist – Jung People

Indie403 is proud to present Jung People as our Feature Artist of the Month for March!


When musicians talk about music they light up like Christmas trees. The love of creating, performing, and recording music resembles the love affair of high school sweethearts. For Jung People, that love shines through like a solar flare in space. It is bright, powerful and electric. Like a strong addiction, music acts like a drug, the instrument becomes the needle. They are one, intricately intertwined. The love of music, and the need express yourself through art, is what makes Jung People true artists. It is for this reason that up and coming instrumental duo Jung People are the Indie403’s Featured Artists of the Month.

Music, Influence and The Scene

Before enrolling at the Musician Institute in Los Angeles, Giordano W. Bassi and Bryan Buss played progressive metal which “wasn’t artistically captivating.” Their music and the way they approach their craft changed for the better when they learned their craft from the premier music school in the world. According to guitarist Bryan Buss, the Musicians Institute “pushed us into an extremely creative direction.” Instead of writing songs that told stories, the men wrote songs to captivate listeners into appreciating music as an art form.

Without the Musicians Institute, we would be without Jung People. While watching classmates practice 18 hours a day so they could eventually sell their music to jingle companies and film studios, Jung People took that reality and moved in a different direction.

“We starting writing music completely different way; seeing it a different way. From that point on, it was Jung People, it was us,” reveals Bassi.

In between talking about how great music surprisingly came from Iceland, by way of Bjork and Sigur Ros, and wondering what era gave us the best music, Bassi and Buss express their love of the music from the Winter City.

“Winnipeg has really huge musicians; huge in my eyes at least,” says Bassi, who admitted he “very rarely” listens to music that does not have a message, unless it is The Weakerthans singings songs about cats.

Bands like Winnipeg punk rock legends Propagandhi and Californian’s NOFX were credited as the bands that changed their lives and made them vegetarians who are passionate about animal rights.

“All the bands I really, really listen to, the ones I really remember, have a message,” says Bassi, who along with Buss has taken the social consciousness of punk rock and blended it with various styles of music that take you on a roller coaster ride through the clouds, down to hell, and back again. Carefully crafted, the music Jung People creates leaves you in a state the band craves: “emotional and uplifted.”

Those feelings have been incubated in Calgary, a city with a growing scene Jung People hope to see grow.

“It’s better to build a scene here then join a scene that has already been built,” says Buss, while dismissing any suggestion the band pack up and move to Vancouver or Toronto. Jung People holds a bit of pride and responsibility in securing a place for Cow Town in music folklore. Jung People wants to “help Calgary, help our friends’ bands, help our community.”

Buss teaches music to kids as at a music school when he has free time away from the band; he is expressing his love for music in many ways that include teaching youngsters how to play the guitar. He sees the future as a bright one for local acts.

“With Sled Island, Calgary’s starting to get a lot of recognition for its music scene.” As fans flock to venues like The New Black, Dickens and The Blind Beggar to name a few, Buss’s theory is getting the support.

Charitable Hearts and Social Consciousness

The late psychologist Carl Jung (who inspired the band name) once wrote, “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”

Jung People is a group of two individuals who don’t just talk the talk; they walk the walk. When they tell you they care about the world, they mean it. Such is proven by their commitment to a local animal reserve.

RASTA is an animal sanctuary founded in 2001 by Lucie Carney, who noticed the lack of no-kill animal shelters in Calgary. Located just south of Calgary, the sanctuary “offers a Lifelong Safe Haven to several farm animals, as well as other domestic animals rescued from unimaginably horrific circumstances.” The volunteer-based operation is always in need of donations, and that is where Jung People step in.

Based on the idea that bands with label attachment don’t make much money off record sales for years, Jung People has decided to donate the record sales off their current album to RASTA.

“This is something we’ll do whether we make money or not,” reveals Bassi, who along with Buss will live off of the money they make off of shows, and merchandise. Such charity is part of the “social entrepreneurship” principle the band believes in.

“We are donating a small fraction to an organization that will create a residual income for them,” says Bassi. As Buss puts it, donating record sales to the sanctuary is “just another way to share the wealth.”

Punk rock is not the only genre that turned Bassi and Buss into socially conscious men, who formed a socially aware band. That influence also comes from all genres that include classic rock and folk.

“You listen to Bob Dylan or Pink Floyd, and they had something to say that mattered,” says Bassi, adding that singers like Dylan “spoke to people.”

Although no vocalist exists in Jung People, they express their beliefs through music videos, as well as art work.  Events like the civil rights and women’s rights movements inspired Jung People to do what they love to do: write music that explores all that is wrong with the world and why speaking up matters.

The Future

Jung People does not care about money. They do all they do for the passion they have for creating music, but that does not mean Jung People will be rubbing nickels together in twenty years.

Jung People are recording music for the feature film, Transcendence, a film by local director Thomas Robert Lee, which will be released late in 2012. The band also plans on writing a children’s book to accompany their next project, a new record to be produced by Arcade Fire producer Howard Bilerman in Montreal.

Before all of that, Jung People will be performing at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, as well as Canadian Music Week, in Toronto.

Jung People does not consist of two greedy young men who strive for riches to fund the spending sprees of trophy wives. Buss and Bassi are two gracious men who love to create the type of art that opens our eyes and ears. Jung People see music for what it should be: a visceral art form that picks us up when we are down, gets us out of self-imposed graves and inspires us to fight against a world we don’t want to be part of it. Jung People is the soundtrack for a citizen who knows the reality we face is a reality that needs to be extinguished.

Take a look at this video for “Galapagos“, a great song, from a great young band.

Update: in case you missed it, here is a picture from last night’s Tour Kick-Off at Broken City.

Jung People @ Broken City


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