The Musician Spotlight Series shines a light on up-and-coming bands and solo acts creating heartfelt and original work across genres, giving them an opportunity to talk about their music, their collaborators, and why they do what they do.
“Hailing from the stark, prairie metropolis of Edmonton, Alberta, Kane Incognito is the dynamic brainchild of Eric Kane Cherrington. After the loss of his brother and No Heat Tomorrow bandmate, Keeth Cherrington, Eric turned to music and formed Kane Incognito with his cousins, Austin and Braydon Shaw and childhood friend, Stephen Schoenthaler. The result is a deep blend of folk and rock music that is best described as the love child of Mumford & Sons and Kaleo”.
When did you know you wanted to be a musician?
Music has always been around me, from growing up with a few uncles that played guitar and my grandfather was an amazing pianist. Then my older brother started playing in a band and I just knew I had to learn some instrument. So I got an acoustic guitar for xmas when I was 16, always had the vision of playing and singing to people, but I was always to shy to show anyone. So I picked up drumming, joined my brothers band and hid behind the kit for years. It was not until my brother passed away and I went backpacking to Costa Rica, Nicaragua and 2 weeks into trip it hit me, I knew I had to get back home and start pursuing this project. 3 years later here we are.
Are you trained? How did you develop your skills?
I’ve never taken any lessons for drumming or playing guitar, just endless hours of practice. I did just start taking a few vocal lessons so I could and can learn how to sing for hours at a time without damaging my main instrument, my voice!! Haha. A couple band members, aka my cousins Austin and Braydon Shaw, took lessons when they were young. Steve is self taught as well.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
I think my biggest would be Mr Dallas Green, & his ability to just wow people with one guitar and his voice. Apparently with a few of our later releases that has become quite the common comparison. Also George Ezra is another big one. And as a band Kaleo is out there doing some amazing things as well.
How would you describe your sound?
Our sound is basically a mixture of those 3 influences I guess. From soulful singer/songwriter vibes to in your face rock out parts in one song. With 3 to 4 piece harmonies, it’s quite the unique sound. Kind of hard to put a name on it.
How did the band come together?
I formed the band like I said after I returned from a backpacking trip aka an escape from reality after my brother passed away. Asked my 2 cousins if they wanted to help me with this project as well as my good friend Steve and 3 years later we are opening up for childhood legends Sum 41.
What’s your favourite tune in your repertoire and why?
Theres to many to say but as of now favorite song to play live is a brand new one we just started playing this summer at shows called “Shapeshifters” it’s probably our most dynamic song and leaves you with a punch.
What can audiences expect from one of your live shows?
Live show you can expect no song to be the same, I pride my self as a songwriter and as a band in just that. No formula that works, we try to not write the same song twice. Every song has its own vibe and story. So the show is very dynamic again from acoustic solo songs to full band in your face break downs and solos. We will leave you inspired and potentially crying at some point haha.
Where can we find your music?
Our music is on all online platforms!! And you can get physical copy of our EPs at our shows or from our website at www.kaneincognito.com!