The incredibly talented duo, Young Medicine are taking the Needle Happy Hour stage by storm Friday, February 10th. You may recognize them from the Big Dreamer Jam, where they’ve captured our hearts before. Young Medicine are Curt Young and Jamie Medicine Crane; Curt comes from the Salteaux-Cree from Gordon’s and Cowessess First Nations in Saskatchewan and Jamie is Blackfoot from Kainai & Piikani Nations in Alberta; Young Medicine work with people of all ages but primarily they work with the youth, about 75% of the work they do.

We caught up with them briefly to get a glimpse of their life as musicians and innovators in the music community.

 

Q: What was the first piece of music you owned? Record, CD or tape? How did that shape you as an artist?
The first piece of music we owned was: for Curt – a tape, I owned a break dance album from 1985. Jamie’s first piece of music owned was a record mix from the 70s. Music was a huge influence to us as it was a big part of our culture. the more genres experienced allowed us to see diverse perspectives and talent.”
Q: Why is it important to you to get your positive message (Be your own person and follow your dreams) out to others?
Throughout our lives we both have experiences that have been negative and with the history of this country, with cultural genocide and the negative stereotypes against Indigenous people, we feel that the energy we send and share with others should be positive.”
Q: You both play a variety of instruments and have several different talents. Were your childhoods filled with music lessons or are you both self taught? If you could add another instrument to your repertoires, what would they be and why?
We both have learnt music by self-teaching, guidance of others and through spirit. Our childhoods were both different upbringings but very musical, traditionally and contemporary. Jaime would learn saxophone….Jamie loves the wind instruments and think this would be a fabulous addition to our repertoire  Curt would like to learn how to master the harp because it is such a rare instrument.”
Q: Young Medicine works predominately with youth and now the AGLC has created a new law incorporating youth into licensed venues. How important do you think this will be in giving youth a chance to be involved in the music community?
 
It would be a definite asset and really important, for we have a number of fans that are under age who are talented and should be able to share thier talents with so many. This will allow them to come to more shows that are held in licensed venues to be inspired by many talented artists and even have the opportunity to perform in these venues. Allowing them the experience of performance with an audience and allow for networking.”
Q: Anything else you’d like to add about your careers or what’s on the horizon for Young Medicine?
We have two albums that we will be releasing in the near future. Jamie will debut her first solo Flute album February 14 and Curt will be releasing a solo album this year.  Our album ‘Meant 2 Be” has been submitted to the Juno’s (for the first time ever) It has also been submitted to Indigenous Music Awards.”
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