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July 20, 2008. Whistler, BC. Kevin Drew with Broken Social Scene plays at theWhistler Music Festival in Whistler, BC, Sunday evening July 20, 2008. Photo: Laura Leyshon for the Globe and Mail (Laura Leyshon For The Globe and Mail)
July 20, 2008. Whistler, BC. Kevin Drew with Broken Social Scene plays at theWhistler Music Festival in Whistler, BC, Sunday evening July 20, 2008. Photo: Laura Leyshon for the Globe and Mail (Laura Leyshon For The Globe and Mail)

Kevin Drew’s must-have travel item Add to ...

When asked about the must-have items he packs for his tours, the Broken Social Scene co-founder Kevin Drew lists mystery novels, oregano oil, beard oil, multivitamins, Export A cigarettes, a list of recommended restaurants, and, of course, a stash of Kevin Drew’s Tequila Lime Body Butter.

He probably takes along a copy of his sublime new solo album Darlings, too, but when it comes to his absolute most essential travelling companions, it’s a collection of atmospheric music he absolutely could not do without.

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“I have an iPod filled with ambient music. When you’re travelling with a big band, whether through airports or riding in buses or vans, ambient music is the most soothing way to stand all the personalities that are involved. I used to have a room up front in the Eurobuses, up top. Everyone would come in, and they’d know I’d be in there staring out the window, blaring the ambient jams. It’s also a meditation. Life is a state of mind, so you have to direct it and control it the way you want to. Sometimes you can’t drink a bottle of wine to forget your problems, so you have to put on some ambient music.”

Kevin Drew plays Field Trip Music & Arts Festival, Toronto, June 7; Hillside Festival, Guelph, Ont., July 25 to 27; Osheaga Music and Arts Festival, Montreal, Aug. 1; and Squamish Valley Music Festival, Squamish, B.C., Aug. 9. – Brad Wheeler

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