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In Focus is our gift to the community. A way for us to help show our recognition for the people, businesses and organizations that help make our city great. The team at KelownaNow.com is passionate about this community and the people that make it amazing. We want to show our friends, neighbours, family and colleagues that we notice them and the fabulous things that they do.
What is your name?
Where are you from and how long have you lived in Kelowna?
I was born in Edmonton, I lived in Red Deer mostly and moved to Kelowna from Alberta 1.5 years ago, and can't say I've been bored for one second since. The lifestyle out here is quite different and I am definitely taking advantage of it!
Who is your favourite person to spend time with and why?
Any one of my given family or friends, I also like meeting new people all the time, so it's more of a moment to moment type of thing, haha...
If you could go anywhere in the world right at this moment where would you go and why?
I would probably be travelling the world to different countries playing music and meeting people, musicians and artists, and playing shows in as many cities, towns and venues that I could. If I had to choose a location probably Bali or Australia.
What is your favourite local store in Kelowna and why?
I really like Wentworth Music and Keystone Music, very great service and great products!
What is your favourite activity?
I really enjoy listening to and playing music, as well as hiking, snowboarding, swimming, depends what time of year! The Okanagan lifestyle lends itself to an abundance of activities to enjoy!
If you had to choose: pizza, tacos, or burgers?
Hmmm, I'll have to go with pizza on that one. It's very versatile!
What is a hidden gem you enjoy in the Okanagan?
I enjoy going to an event every couple weeks called OUR Coffeehouse, (OUR stands for “Organic Unplugged Raw”, although it is often plugged!) It is the only venue, other than house concerts in Kelowna that is dubbed a “listening environment” which is basically where people go to watch and listen to music being performed in a room full of people where you can hear a pin drop. It is put on by the Kelowna Arts Council. Always full of amazing people, it is very unique, always different, and a great room to play in! It's held at 7 p.m., every last Wednesday of the month and two weeks prior at Benvoulin Heritage Church which is quite a cool little building! For music lovers (and players) it's definitely a hidden gem.
What is the most inspiring thing that has happened to you?
I've had many an inspiring moment. In fact I try to find inspiration on a daily basis. One memory comes to mind where I met one of my favourite artists a few years back, Kaki King, who is an absolutely phenomenal guitarist and pioneer in her field. She is probably the most influential musician on my playing, and when I showed her my songs she loved what I was doing and told me I am a great guitarist, which made me take it seriously that I could do this full time. It helps to get recognition and props from one of the world's top artists! I have also met and talked with Alex Grey at length. We had an amazing conversation about all of our favourite painters and artists, in which we have many in common! He was very impressed with the collection of art I have collected over the years.
Tell us your favourite childhood memory.
My favourite childhood memory was when I was in Edmonton and I would go over to my uncle Ron's house and he always had drums and guitars that he let me play, which was the planting of the seeds of my music career. I've now been playing the guitar for over 22 years.
Where do you volunteer or give back to in the community?
I volunteer for Interior Health doing music therapy playing soothing guitar music to patients in several different areas of the hospital. I was told by Derek Koch, the Chaplain and really great guy, that I was the first person at KGH to ever be escorted around from room to room playing for cancer patients, elderly folks, and mental patients. We have found people really enjoy it and you know, sometimes they cry..., or feel overjoyed, it's quite intense sometimes. Music can induce very powerful reactions in people. It's such a core part of life. Everyone has a favourite song and it is usually attached to a very emotionally charged life event or period. Hearing music in that setting can have great calming and healing effects.
You can also find me out and about supporting many local art, local music and cultural events around Kelowna. I try to get out a reasonable amount, or as much as I can.
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
That everyone could live out their passion and purpose at some point in their life. It's too bad so many people are stuck in a self-created loop of monotony. It is a choice to dig deep, explore your skill sets in many areas, and really dial in what you love to do. I mean that in the most motivating way possible.
What is your favourite activity in Kelowna?
Summer = hiking and swimming. Winter = Big White! Snowboarding is amazing I went over 40 times last season. Looking forward to this winter!
Where would you sneak away to in Kelowna to spend some time alone?
Well, I can't give that away!
Where would you like to see positive change in Kelowna and why?
I can see so much positive growth and potential for Kelowna, I know that the film industry is starting to pick up here and we are building a strong team of people!
If you were granted one wish for work or in life, what would it be?
To stay and be working with top industry professionals and keep growing our companies together. To keep growing and building a wholesome community of people that love life and love what they do! I work with such amazing people such as Travis Cross at Grand Cross Media, Shri Ananda with Wellness Realization, Tyler Gillis in our own audio production company we are ramping up here called Aftertouch Audio (which produces music and sound effects, recording, audio editing and post-production for film , television, animation, and games), and Adam Wittke from Arc House Studios which is my go-to studio in town!
Tell us something that not everyone may know about you.
I was a top three finalist at the last Okanagan Arts Awards for the category of Music. Andrew Judah ended up taking it home which was definitely well deserved! His stuff is going off right now! He has a great team of people working with him that are top-notch artists! I was also nominated in the music category for KelownaNow Best of Kelowna 2016. I am working on my first full-length album right now called “Axial Precession” and it's coming along. A long process but it is getting there. I play at different wineries all over the Okanagan Valley. My guitar music and people in a lounge or restaurant drinking wine go hand-in-hand. I also play festivals, private events, and really anything that could use some classical guitar, although my range is quite versatile.
I am also a fully certified Sound Healing Therapist that specializes in the use of weighted and unweighted tuning forks. I have been practicing for over six years now and have been certified for four years. Sound is a very powerful medium for wellness and balance in our lives. I could write a whole other article on that though. The technique I mostly use is known as Sound Balancing or Biofield Tuning, which I had learned in Vermont from a pioneer in the field, a mentor, instructor, and friend Eileen McKusick, who is the founder of the Biofield Tuning Institute. I play instrumental guitar for yoga classes as well, which I don't actually practice yoga regularly on a personal level but I love playing for the classes and getting into the flow regardless. There is more info about me on my website on my bio.
What is the name of your business/organization?
Adam Meachem Music
What does your business do?
I do live performance as a professional guitarist. I produce music and sound effects for film, television, animation and games, and any kind of digital audio recording and editing. I also teach courses through guitar workshops and lessons that I have created, one of them being called “Creative Acoustic Guitar Techniques”.
How do people connect with you through social media? (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest)
I post some stuff on my Facebook band/musician page called Adam Meachem Music.
Instagram (@adammeachem) is where I post some events and announcements or photos.
Where can people find your business online?
Why did you get into/start this business?
I love creating and playing music, and I am naturally a musician so it is one of my strengths. It's good to base your own business in the area of your strengths!
What is the goal of your business?
The goal of my business is to create, perform and spread music and top quality audio post-production services to projects across the board. As well as inspire others to pursue their passions through attending live performances or workshops.
What has been your biggest struggle either in work or life?
One of the biggest struggles is when I moved here and had to integrate all my knowledge of business and start from scratch again in Kelowna. I absolutely love living here and the change was totally worth it, although it seems the secrets out about the Okanagan! People seem to be migrating here, which is awesome because this city tends to attract very interesting people. I ran my own graphic design and multi-media production company for seven years with my business partner Laurence Lagrange in Red Deer. We still work on some projects together, but starting from scratch in a new town on your own is always a process. Like I said though I absolutely love living here!
If you could start all over again would you do things the same or would things be different?
Everything I've done has brought me to this point so I don't think I would change anything.
Why do you think it is important to shop locally?
Shopping local helps to keep the community connected and supported by the people you interact with on a daily basis. Shopping local is vital to the fabric of our community.
Give someone that you think deserves a shout out and explain why!
Angela Quinn because she is so passionate in what she does, she is incredible! She is an artistic director, choreographer, professional actor and adjudicator! She worked on such successes as Grease! Which was very popular this year. She also worked on The Full Monty, and was an actor in the film in which I produced the original score for called “Out of the Darkness.”
My nomination for the In Focus spotlight is:
Travis Cross – he has some very exciting stuff on the go, for our community and beyond!
Other information you would like to share:
I have several events coming up that if people want to check out my live music it would be great to see them out and come say hi!
Fri., Aug. 19 at The Marmalade Cat Cafe at 5 p.m. and on the same day, Aug. 19 at ParksAlive at Kerry Park Stage at 9 p.m. Then Sat., Aug. 20 a very amazing and unique event being held at Gratitude Cafe at 8 p.m. where we are pairing organic wines from Summerhill Pyramid Winery, with a six course vegan, gluten-free tasting of these delicious and amazing recipes, and the atmosphere will be set by certain lighting and each song and lighting colour will go with each course, so it will be a journey of the senses! Call Kristi at Gratitude Cafe: 778-478-9090, tickets are $100 per person.
In September I will be playing at Artwalk 2016, in Lake Country, which is an absolutely amazing event! If you've never been I highly suggest it! It's a place full of all the most amazing artists from the Okanagan Valley! It's Sept. 10 and 11 this year.
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