A Chat With: Stranger On The Bus

Hey! Our fist interview of 2020 comes all the way from Australia!

If there’s something Stranger On The Bus has to give is palpable nostalgia for all. Melbourne local one-man band can challenge every little soul out there due to its introspective and exciting songwriting.
Damián Gaume’s side project has been described as “a perfect example of what you get when you mix 90’s boy band vocals with our newly beloved bedroom pop atmosphere”.
(SSG Music)

The decadent and tragic melancholy is evident in Stranger On The Bus. It is a deep departure taking into account multiple sub-genres to make a 3D crystal of modern music.

“Damián Gaume’s project Stranger On The Bus is a fabulous psyche infringement of the current wave of pop and rock. The Buenos Aires, Argentina originating Melbourne Australia based singer/songwriter, glances at the highlight of life with ‘You Gotta Be Mad’. And through it he takes you on a short journey of instincts and platitudes, regrets and successes. This Beatles-vibin’ single hits all with all its might, as the fun in the sun feelz come alive. Take this single and let the sunshine, roll, right in”.
(Come Here Floyd – Jan 2020)

His single “When I’m The Prey” has been described as “a visit to the styles of the 60’s and 80’s pop converge to make this George Michael-like digital extravagance”.
(Come Here Floyd – Jul 2018).

Official artist bio received via e-mail prior to interview
  1. How would you describe your sound?

I record combining old and modern recording techniques and use analog and digital synthesizers. The idea is to achieve a textured, organic sound with a lot of character. Could be considered analog lo-fi but modern and pristine.The final audio is analogically distorted via tuve pre-amps.

  1. Who are your influences?

Guns N’ Roses
Daft Punk
The Beatles
Pink Floyd

  1. What’s on the horizon for your music in 2020?

It’s a new project. Sort of. I’ll release music quite frequently and non stop.
I decided I’m not going to release albums anymore unless they are compilations.
I actually haven’t with this project. Albums are fine from a concept perspective and all that, but a waste of time if you want to keep the thing going in a quick world.
I haven’t played live yet so that’s a must for 2020.

  1. What is your creative process?

Each song is different for me. Sometimes I start randomly mumbling no-sense over guitar chords. Normally I don’t think what to write about. That no-sense I don’t know how turns into something that makes sense and then I realize it’s something I actually feel deep inside me. Quite magical.
Recently I started songs with an improvisation on drums then dropping some synthesizer chords on top and see what happens.

  1. Where do you draw inspiration from?

If it isn’t something that happened to me it would be something that happened to someone close to me. Sometimes I feel emotional about certain topics and I just go in that direction. Other times I just make up stories.

  1. How do you deal with nerves before a show?

I just try to relax. If I practiced enough I shouldn’t be nervous but, I guess there’s always insecurities that can’t be controlled that easily. If I get lost or forget lyrics I just try to think that people don’t give a shit anyway.

  1. Fave venue in you’ve ever played at?

The streets.

  1. Craziest thing you’ve seen at a show?

A guy from the public got on stage to wee on the hole in the kick drum head where the microphone goes.

  1. If you could tour/play a show with any line up who would it be?

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Boom Boom Kid

10.Advice for new artists?

Just be yourself. Don’t fake it. People are not stupid. Also, quite often the song that you like the most is the one that you’re audience will ignore. They’re not you.

  1. Any shout outs you want to make?
    Yes. I’m really enjoining another Australian band at the moment. Please go and check out Timi Temple!
  2. Social media links/music links

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0K76g8wQYb6PPZhyUn5Vtv?si=iPvkjfhCS8efOnp7uA38jw
Twitter: @strngronthebus
Instagram: @strangeronthebus
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/strangeronthebus

3rd Annual TOSMA

Submissions Open


We are now accepting submissions for the third annual Ottawa Sound Music Awards!

Email us your recommendations at theottawasound@gmail.com, with the subject line: TOSMA 3

Include the genre, and what song or album you want to be considered for, and also a brief bio of the artist.


To be considered for an award the artist must be from The National Capital Region (Ottawa, Gatineau and the Ottawa Valley), the music must have been released in 2019.

Submissions will be accepted until February 15th 2020!


  • Rock Artist Of The Year
  • Rock Album Of The Year ( 3 songs or more)
  • Rock Song Of The Year
  • Metal Artist Of The Year
  • Metal Album Of The Year (3 songs or more)
  • Metal Song Of The Year
  • Pop Artist Of The Year
  • Pop Album Of The Year (3 songs or more)
  • Pop Song Of The Year
  • Instrumental Artist Of The Year
  • Instrumental Album Of The Year (3 songs or more)
  • Instrumental Song Of The Year
  • Rap/Hip Hop Artist Of The Year
  • Rap/Hip Hop Album Of The Year (3 songs or more)
  • Rap/ Hip Hop Song Of The Year
  • Photographer Of The Year
  • Photograph Of The Year
  • Music Video Of The Year
  • Live Band/Artist Of The Year
  • Editor’s Choice (submissions not accepted)
  • Song Of The Year
  • Album Of The Year (3 songs or more)
  • Artist Of The Year
  • Producer Of The Year
  • Videographer Of The Year*
  • Live Video Of The Year*

Voting will open February 16th 2020.

Good luck to everyone,


*After a sugesstion from a member of the community we added this category in.

We're Back

After taking some time off to plan the music festival, celebrate the holidays and get ready for my first child to arrive, The Ottawa Sound is back for 2020.

We have a lot of exciting ideas for 2020 and we can’t wait to share them with you. To start with we will be starting History Monday and Theory Thursday back up, we will be promoting more shows and conducting more interviews.

We are super behind on album reviews and will be starting to get those released every Sunday. We’re no longer focusing just on local artists, but they will take priority over other artists.

We now also offer advertising packages for local businesses and artists. But we will still not charge for interviews and reviews, as that goes against everything we stand for.

We are also considering starting gear reviews and music production tips. We would also like to start taking opinion pieces once a month from local artists and music fans. To submit an OpEd email us at theottawasound@gmail.com with the subject line OpEd, followed by your article title. For example:

To: theottawasound@gmail.com

Subject: OpEd | We’re Back

We have more exciting stuff coming up as well, inlcuding getting back into YouTube videos.

Thanks again for all your support!


December Blood Drive

Ottawa special Events and local radio host, Dylan Black, have teamed up to run a blood drive in December.

On December 14th Ottawa Special Events, Dylan Black and local musician Jarrod Goldsmith will be holding a blood drive in honour of Dylan Back’s father, who recently passed way.

You can sign up to donate here.

All of the previous blood drives conducted by Ottawa Special Events have been booked to capacity, and blood is most needed during the holidays. If you are able to, please sign up and donate.

Sinking City Music Festival


My name is Kyle, and I’m the founder of The Ottawa Sound. We as a team have put this website off to the side lately and haven’t been focusing on releasing content about our local music scene for about 2 months now. I’d like to take a moment and explain why.

The Ottawa Sound Crew has been working hard to plan an event called Sinking City Music Festival. We wanted to bring together some of Ottawa’s most talented musicians and put on a show like no other. We have been working on this since June, and have almost hit the final steps.

The festival will be hosted at Cafe Dekcuf from May 15th-17th 2020. We currently have about 18 acts ready to play the show. Tickets will go on sale on November 1st 2019. The full line up will also be announced on November 1st.

Tickets are available as a one day pass for each individual day (for example if you only want to go to the Friday show, buy the Friday pass) or, they are also available as a three day pass.

The one day passes are $10 each and the three day passes are $20 each.

Each act will be selling tickets for their individual days and the three day passes, or you can buy them online from Eventbrite.

We are so excited to bring you this event and we can’t wait for May to roll around!

Thank you for all your love and support,


A Chat With: Sinful Ways

Today we chat with our pals in Sinful Ways! The local metal act sat down and gave us some insight on how they operate and what they use as inspiration for their music!

How would you describe your sound?

Brad – Fresh and unique, a mash of multiple metal genres.

Andres – Same, old school metal crossed new school metal.

Dave – Heavy, fast and melodic with classic metal influences and modern scream vocals.

Georgio – Heavy and melodic in all the right places.

Who are your influences?

Brad – Motley Crue, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, A7X, Trivium.

Andres – Metallica, As I Lay Dying, BFMV, Dream Theatre, Lamb of God, Misfits.

Dave – Drummers: Dave Lombardo, Travis Smith, Alex Bent, John Bonham, The Rev, Chad Smith, Mike Portnoy, Chris Adler, Bands: A7X, Trivium, Slayer, Metallica, Parkway Drive, Rammstein, KSE, Korn, Slipknot, System of a Down, Lamb of God, Sum 41.

Georgio – BMTH, Architects, Parkway Drive, The Devil Wears Prada, Alexisonfire, Crown the Empire, We Came As Romans, Muse, NOFX, Bad Religion.

What’s on the horizon for 2020?

More music (new singles and another EP), and more shows.

What is your creative process?

Brad – Whatever clicks in my head.

Andres – Anything that comes to mind, record it as fast as I can and send to the band.

Dave – Guitar riffs come in, then rhythm section and vocals last.

Georgio – I usually start with guitars and drums, melody and lyrics come afterwards.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Brad – Other music, environments, mental state.

Andres – Social problems, politics.

Dave – Always looking for new music and inspiration to listen to constantly. Doesn’t even need to be metal… could be funk, jazz or even pop music sometimes.

Georgio – Everywhere, whether its different musical genres or politics.

How do you deal with nerves before a show?

Just sit back, take a deep breath, and relax, the only way you stress over things is when you spend too much time thinking about what could go wrong. Just sit back and have confidence in what you’ve practiced.

What is your favourite venue in Ottawa?

Brass monkey by far… nice big stage and a very cool dark atmosphere.

Craziest thing you’ve seen at a show?

Clammy from Exciter flashing the crowd at our EP Release show while wearing a kilt. Dave’s family friend asking to get her boobs signed. A wall of death.

If you could tour or play with any act or line up, what/who would it be?

B – Trivium.

A – Download 2006 lineup.

Dave – Metallica, Parkway Drive and probably Slayer…3 huge bands, I couldn’t imagine how big and wild the crowd would be.

Georgio – Parkway Drive, Architects, and TDWP. 

Any advice for new artists?

Just start and be super dedicated. Practice as much as possible, get tight and play as often as you can at shows. Play each show as if it were your last and it doesn’t matter if you’re playing for 5 or 200+ people. Make it a truly unforgettable experience. Learn theory, practice chords, and just jam chord progressions to find what you like and what sounds good to train your ear.

Any shout outs you would like to make?

Scepter, Ivory Knight, Lyncanthro, Rebel 101.7, Pandamonium, Joe @ Dark Moon Productions, Ken @ Fuzztone Music.

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