Chelsey talks about building bridges across cultural boundaries. She says, "When I first started touring in the north, some people instantly accepted me and other times it was like, 'We don't want her on stage.' I understood what lay behind the external colour of my skin and all the years of mistrust and hurt that are associated with colonialism, so I didn't take it personally."
She adds, "I just took the time to build trust and relationships with people, you just have to work a little bit harder. Now they call me the 'inlaw of the North' and every door is open to me. It's just been incredible and it warms my heart."
The same challenges and opportunities also exist in bridging the gap with southern audiences. Chelsey explains, "A lot of people are unaware of the Inuktitut language. If they don't understand what's being said, they don't necessarily want to listen. People needed to take the time to hear our stories first and then feel the music. We've sparked their curiosity and now they want to learn more. We've really seen that bridging of cultures. We're at the front lines of that and we're very excited by the opportunity."
As they work on their second album, Jaaji points out that they've learned some lessons about recording. He says, "Having a strategy gives us the time to develop the songs. When we did the first album, we had to rent the equipment, so we ended up going the whole summer without recording anything. We were too busy with shows and touring. On the last day of recording, we still had eight songs that were unfinished. The project still ended up turning out well, but we don't want to put that stress on our new producer or ourselves again."
Twin Flames' sound has been refined in the past year according to Chelsey. She points out, "We've revamped the band and the musicians who are surrounding us. We've got a good team together now that's true to our messages and the music itself. We've changed our sound and removed electric guitar as well as a whole drum kit. Our drummer is more of a percussionist now. He plays a traditional war drum as a kick drum, a T-shaped cajon and shakers. Along with my hand drum, there's a more tribal, organic feel and we love it.”
Of the band’s future goals, Jaaji says, "Our goal right now is to get as many shows as we can within Canada. We also hope to visit other parts of the world. We hope to line up a European tour in November or December. Maybe when it's cold outside in the winter, we'll head down to the summer in Australia or New Zealand."
Chelsey talks about her sources of musical inspiration and says, "Life inspires me. Music has always been a part of me since I was born. I feel that anybody who is given a gift and can use it is very lucky. Music is always what I go to for anything. If I’m having a bad day, if I need to vent even if I’m having a good day it’s my way of processing. Music is my comfort. "
In terms of his inspiration, Jaaji says, "For me, the amount of respect and gratitude that we have both received from our fans, the messages that we get about how much we've helped them and the number of face to face meetings we've had with our fans pushes me to continue to do more and continue to have songs of hope."
Collectively they draw inspiration from having lives that revolve around music. Chelsey says, "We get one life, we're here and we can't waste our time with things that don't make us happy. The fact that we get to do it means we're grateful every single morning that we wake up. We get to live our dream every single day creating music."