Music Bugle Exclusive – Q & A – Troy Ounce

Photo courtesy of Troy Ounce Bandcamp page.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

Commonly referred to as an “outlaw country artist,” Troy Ounce recently dropped his new four-track EP ‘Little Bit Of Heaven On The Way’ via Rain Dragon Records.

The Music Bugle had the chance to speak with the Canada-based musician about the new EP and more.

Music Bugle – What was it like putting together your new EP?

Troy Ounce – It was the hardest record I’ve had to record. I had a broken elbow and my fiancé had just left me when I started working on the record. Luckily, I was able to play guitar while my elbow was broken and I just put whatever energy I had left into the record during that very difficult time.

Music Bugle – How would you describe Canada to someone who has never been there before?

Troy Ounce – The people are friendly and usually stoned. You got to be looking for trouble to find it.

Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music?

Troy Ounce – The fact that all I need is an acoustic guitar and a case of beer.

Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? 

Troy Ounce – I try my best to not let it get me down. I look forward to when live music comes back, whenever it does.

Music Bugle – Which of your songs were the hardest to write? 

Troy Ounce – “Skippin’ Stones.” During the recording session, I accidentally smoked cocaine. While I was trying to finish the lyrics, I smoked a bowl of what I thought was just weed crumbs left in the weed box, but I failed to notice the tiny coke rocks lumped in with the weed crumbs. By the time I did realize, it was too late. I managed to finish the lyrics and even finish the song, but that night I ended up getting violently ill around 1 a.m. and ended up having to call an ambulance at 9 a.m.. It will forever be the worst recording experience of my life.

Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need to escape?

Troy Ounce – Whatever pub is close by.

Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?

Troy Ounce – “The cave you fear holds the treasure you seek.”

Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?

Troy Ounce – Chris “Coldwater” Charlton,  Stumblin’ Gunnar and Mediaslaves.

Music Bugle – Away from music, what’s something people might be surprised to know about you?

Troy Ounce – I have a book I have been working on for over five years. “Afraid of Myself’ is a collection of journal entries from 2015 to 2021. I plan to release it sometime this year.

Music Bugle – What was the moment you knew you wanted to be a musician?

Troy Ounce – 15 years ago, when I got my first job detailing cars and soccer mom vans.

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