“My name is Laura Hermiston and I’m from Toronto. I’m a musician in Twist. When I was a teenager, I used to sit on the edge of my bed and write songs everyday after school. I wish I had recordings of those first songs I wrote. I used to play a lot more when I was younger because there was nothing else to do, besides soccer and homework. I come from a musical family, they’re all composers, who've written songs for other artists, or commercials, or they're session musicians. I grew up in a household with Canada’s best jazz musicians rehearsing beside my bedroom. Being a musician is just normal to me.
My friends and family are my biggest influences. They motivate me to practice, to experiment, to grow, and to consistently work hard at what I do. I work with people who I admire and they’ve given me the support and guidance I often need. I contemplate quitting music on a regular basis because it’s hard and I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing, but my friends continually remind me why I pursued music in the first place. Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy. My Mum recently said, “I guess I’m going to have to accept that you’re going to be a musician.” Her support makes me feel like I’m doing something right with my life.
I used to struggle with feeling let down by people I’ve worked with when it didn’t work out how I'd envisioned. It’s hard when you don’t have money, and you are still a “baby band”. I like working at a fast pace, but at this point, I’m done relying on and waiting on people. If they can join me, that’s great, but I’ve come to realize I can get shit done on my own. My bandmate Matt taught me that.
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This time next year I want to have an album out. I’d love to tour the West Coast and spend a month in L.A., or just spend time anywhere outside of Toronto. I’d like to step out of my comfort zone and make music somewhere else for a change. My good friend [musician] TESS PARKS has been convincing me to do that.
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If I could offer advice to other women wanting to get into music, I’d say to work with as many women as you can. Support as many female artists as possible. Don’t give the men you work with too much credit for the work you do, because the press will usually give most of the credit to the man behind every great female artist anyways. Practice and focus on making quality music. The rest should be secondary."