'Mr. Super Dude's fun & upbeat songs aim to captivate the whole family. His entertaining stage presence includes storytelling, crowd participation, props and dance moves'.
Mr. Super Dude's first single dropped today! If this first track is any indication of what we can expect going forward, then we are in for some more fun original songs filled with humour and danceable beets (yes, I spelled beets correctly. Read to the very end and you'll find out why!). The first song is called 'Sticker On My Toe' and it's a cute, catchy story that I have no doubt will have kids everywhere singing and laughing along. I'm very excited to hear what he does next!
Your first single, Sticker on My Toe, just dropped today! How exciting! Where did the idea come from to write this song? Can your fans expect more music from you soon?
First, thank you Beppie for having me on here. I’m honoured. We love your music. Congrats on the Juno nomination.
The song idea came from my son when he was almost 2 years old. He got a big sticker stuck on his toe and couldn’t possibly walk fast or do anything quickly. He tried walking on his heels, but that didn’t help. Rather than get frustrated, we got silly.
Yes, fans can expect more music. There’s another video done, a few more songs complete and a remix from a Juno nominated producer / beatmaker.
How would you describe your music and your style to new listeners?
I’d like to think it’s fun, upbeat and creative. I want to give my music a chance to stand out on its own, so unique song themes are important to me.
I suffered a concussion in 2011, but prior to that I played dozens of shows & festivals, toured 6 times and performed on most major TV networks. I loved finding creative ways to keep the crowd engaged. Over time, I realized I enjoyed the simpler and more entertaining songs.
So, all of that experience has factored into the sound & style you’ll hear from Mr. Super Dude. I’m hoping everyone will enjoy it as it’s for more than just kids.
What inspired you to start making family-friendly music and how did you decide on the name Mr. Super Dude?
Back in my performing days, several people told me I’d make a great kid’s performer. Once I had kids of my own, I finally felt like I could embrace that suggestion and make family-friendly music. My kids have provided inspiration and input for several song.
As for the Mr Super Dude name, I released a song with my brother, Colin, back in 2003 called ‘Super Dude’. It was simplistic, energetic & light-hearted. It achieved cult-like status in Fredericton and over the years, I sold dozens of Super Dude shirts. Even legendary Halifax hip-hop beatmaker Jorun remixed it.
‘Super Dude’ was one of my favourite tracks to perform. That’s the style I hope to capture with my family-oriented music and so “Mr. Super Dude” was born.
Just to add to that, early in my music career I got advice from a couple established songwriters – Gordie Johnson (of Big Sugar / Grady) and Grammy winner Gordie Sampson. They both had praise for some of my simpler tunes and encouraged me to focus on the fun. The full Gordie Johnson story is here: https://www.brockwaybiggs.com/newsletter/2006-05-22.html. Gordie Sampson & I both won ECMA awards the same year and hung out afterward.
Your first single is a collaboration with your brother. Do you anticipate that the two of you will make more music together, or is Mr. Super Dude strictly a solo act?
My brother, Colin, and I have both been involved in the music scene for 20+ years, so we’ve always bounced song ideas off each other. We’ve collaborated several times in the past. Now with both of us being parents, this collaboration was natural.
We’ve have a few more songs that are yet to be released. Rather than form a group, we decided to remain as individuals. I’m Mr Super Dude and he is KinderChartin’. This allows us to build our own brands and do individual collaborations with others.
KinderChartin’ has so far released instrumental lullabies to the tune of popular hits. So, this is something new and exciting for both of us.
Are you going to be doing any performances to help celebrate the release of your new music?
I had a bad concussion in 2011 and it completely altered my life. I had to give up a lot I enjoyed – including music for several years. I’m still quite limited in what I can do. While I’ve been very slowly and steadily improving, sadly at this point, performing would be too draining for me. Given how much I absolutely loved performing, I hope to someday get back to that point – at which time I hope to have a great arsenal kid songs.
If your music was a food, what food would it be and why?
Golden Beet. It’s delicious, versatile, hearty and looks great. They’re underappreciated. If more people were acquainted, they would be fans. Plus, I like to think my music brings the golden beats…