Interview with The MG

Today on What On What’s Good with Jovin Tardif, I am here with the MG.  The MG is a songwriter born and raised in Toronto, Canada.  What I found fascinating about my new friend is how versatile he is.  He sings, raps, plays guitar, drums, and so much more.  He has been creating his whole life including hip hop tracks and metal music.  The MG has toured around the world making music for bands, production work for other artists, television shows, theme songs and show intros.  The MG has a new song This Time available everywhere on May 22nd.  Let’s just say it’s a track you don’t want to miss. 


1. Can we discuss the different types of instruments that you play?

I started playing really young, back in 1992. Nirvana was a big influence and Kurt Cobain got me started on the Guitar. Eventually I picked up other instruments like Bass, Drums, Piano. As I created music I would experiment with things, mostly self-taught. As my music tastes evolved I just naturally picked up more Instruments. It got me into more styles and I learned different ways to see and approach songs of different genres.

2. How would you describe your musical style?

Definitely influenced by rock, metal, hip hop, classics and pop music.. so it’s really hard for me to judge that. I feel I’m a little bit of everything, but I get people telling me all kinds of different things, and often it’s about another artist I haven’t even heard of that I might remind them of. When I meet fans of my music now, they mostly just see me as a hip hop artist. A lot don’t even know I was touring in a metal band for years before this. So I hear all kinds of different opinions and comparisons. Some make me check out new people I haven’t heard of which is always a cool way to discover new music for me.

3. You have toured with hip hop artists Onyx, Merkules, Lil Windex, Snak The Ripper, Talib Kweli and also internationally renowed bands such as Machine Head, In This Moment, Devildriver, Damageplan, Disturbed, System of A Down, Nonpoint, Sevendust, Alice in Chains, Spineshank and Lacuna Coil. Have you received any tips or advice from these artists or have any fun stories to tell us from behind-the-scenes?

I’ve been really lucky to get to play with so many bands and artists I love, definitely lots of stories. Not all I can talk about publicly lol.

It was great getting to meet one of my favorite band’s Machine Head and having them all be really good people. I’ve met a few other individuals that I looked up to and when they didn’t live up to expectations it was a bit disappointing. Getting props from a Guitar legend in Dimebag for me was everything when it happened and my band got to play with him and Damageplan. He was always one of my favorite guitarists. He was a good guy.

When I started doing hip hop under the name The MG, my first tour was in Europe with Onyx. That was an amazing experience to be out there with them.

One story was we were in Spain and about to play a show when I notice posters around the hotel we were staying at saying Talib Kweli was playing the same venue the same night as us. So that was really confusing! Eventually, we got to the venue to found out we are playing the same show with him. Very unexpected but another awesome experience.

You definitely pick up tips along the way and I think getting to play with and meet a wide range of pros has been very helpful.

4. You make music for bands, production for other artists, television shows, theme songs, and internet/radio show intros. How would you describe the process you use for songwriting?

It really depends on what I’m working on. I approach things differently if I’m working on music for another artist, or if I’m just making background music for a commercial / TV show. A lot of the times now when I’m going to make music I just picture how I want it to sound in my head, I’ll go for a walk and just think of the melodies and music and then come back and create/record it all. Sometimes I just freestyle guitar riffs and feel it out, then base a song around it. When it comes to my lyrics, I just vibe out to the beat, shout out to C-Lance, and I put the song on repeat and just write what comes in my head. Sometimes I’ll have a thought or vibe in my head and I will start off with that and go from there.

5. You have a new song coming out on May 22. Can you tell us a little bit about it?

My new song is called ‘THIS TIME’ with production from C-Lance.

Its a chill laid back vibes kinda song. It has a lot of personal meaning to me that I feel other people will be able to relate to in their own ways.

I’m singing a lot in this one for the hook and I rap as well. It’s a bit of everything, but it’s all me. My last few songs featured some dope Canadian artists like Evil Ebenezer, Junk, and Luca Mele. So I wanted to release something where It was just myself and I could be more creative on my own doing everything.

It will be available everywhere you listen to music on May 22nd.

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Jovin Tardif
Jovin Tardif is a freelance writer, storyteller, interviewer, reviewer and conversation starter.