Todd Koal

As a singer, songwriter, guitarist and percussionist, Canadian born Todd Koal expresses personal enlightenment and faith in the human spirit through his music. Whether it be from his fluid vocal style or his honesty reflected in compositions, Koal conjures up a great blend of acoustic pop and light rock.

His debut album, A Place to Land, was an excellent example of adult contemporary rock, featuring 10 inspirational tunes. “It was a good learning experience, one which gave me a reference point from which to begin to rework some of the songs in a new light and consciousness.“

His new EP Spirit is Flow was recorded in Vancouver at The Zone with producer Sean Eyre. Koal emphasizes that working with Sean was instrumental in taking the songs to a new level. “Sean has really pushed my boundaries, particularly with my voice, taking me out of my comfort zone which is great because that’s how we grow with anything we do. It’s learning how to be well with the uncomfortableness, thats the real trick. I also see it in my songwriting. Spirit is Flow is an example were I’m not totally comfortable, yet from the very core of my being I know this is what I need to say. It’s pointing me in a direction I want to go.”

Koal believes that meditation and working with consciousness was a major factor in finding the inspiration for his newly released material.  His artistic endeavors brought him full-circle to founding his company, Lucky Dog Productions, which oversees the business requirements of being a solo artist. 

How do you describe your music to people, Todd?
Transcendent Acoustic Pop

My new EP Spirit is Flow is a journey through love's window. An awakening of Spirit. A drop in the sea of consciousness set to a warm fluid soundscape with simple melodies, tasty grooves and warm inviting vocals.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I started playing guitar when i was 8 yrs. old. I was in group lessons with 3 or 4 other kids my age as I recall. Before the first year was over we were playing the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar with several different parts being played all at once... it was great fun. I didn't start to sing until much later.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Wow I could go to a lot of places with that question... But lets keep it simple
Deep authentic belly laughter.
Sex & Chocolate

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Promotions ... But I'm learning... It's been challenging to put my music out
there ..It's a lot more work than i had originally thought.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A fire truck....

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
When you say community I think of the music community as a whole. (globally)
What I have learned is to be authentic with what I am putting out there both musically and personally... Connecting with what's real and true for me, and being able to communicate that with unfettered life force energy.

What other artists out there do you love?
Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, U2, Sting, Coldplay, Seal
Sheryl Crow, Sarah name a few.

What does your future hold?
I don't know... In terms of promoting my music I am working with having this campaign with Ariel Publicity without any sort of expectations or outcomes.... In this way I can keep it fresh and alive andin present time....
I guess mostly though i am working with creating new avenues of possibility.
You never know what's just around the corner.
Hopefully though the god will be shininng down on us all.