Oliver and Danka Pigott
LAMBLION has been honing their sound since 2019, an enigmatic mix of indie-folk and Americana with indie rock undertones. Drawing from early lives spent in Portugal and Serbia, their music weaves divine lyrical abstraction into otherworldly harmony and melody, the extreme vocal highs and lows often transcending traditional male-female dynamics.
Beginning with a BMG Canada publishing deal in 2002, Oliver Pigott’s time in the entertainment business has seen him as a frontman for projects of varying genres, from folk/pop to country, electronic, soul, and hard rock. He’s worked with industry luminaries like Nick Tauber (Thin Lizzy, UFO), Doc McKinney (The Weeknd, Esthero), and Dean McTaggart (Wynonna Judd, Amanda Marshall) and recorded in premier studios, including Abbey Road in London, England and CBC Studios in Toronto, Canada. He also appeared as a finalist, alongside his brother Sebastian, on the closing season of Canadian Idol.
Danaka Pigott has spent the last decade performing, directing, and producing theatrical productions in the US and Canada. Most recently, she served as the co-artistic director of Sterling Theatre Company in Toronto.
- What passion project are you working on these days?
On May 29th, we released our single “Only The Brave,” produced by Nashville’s Marc Copely (Bono, The Edge, Willie Nelson, Roseanne Cash, Joe Walsh). Swiftly-paced and prophetic, it explores themes of life, death, and redemption. The basic structure was written in an hour in Copely’s Nashville home studio, just before the global quarantine. “Only The Brave” is an ode to strength and resilience in extraordinary times. We also wanted to honour brave individuals with our mini-documentary for the song.
- What first inspired you to become a musician? What was your training?
OLIVER: Growing up as a kid in Portugal with my family after the passing of my dad, I used to perform in the local karaoke bars. I also got into the harmonica while there, jamming to the blues records I had inherited from my father, with harmonicas he had played. Becoming a real, gigging musician became an obsession from then on.
DANKA: My family immigrated to Canada and I didn’t speak any English when we first arrived. I used singing and performing as a way to navigate my new world. I found that music was always an easy way to connect with people from all walks of life. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Honours BFA in Theatre Arts from Drake University and earned music diplomas in piano and voice from The Royal Conservatory of Music.
- What are some challenges that you have faced while building a career in the arts and how did you overcome them?
DANKA: I used to run an indie theatre and so I learned early on about the challenges involved in the arts. However, I have always found that creating content that is compelling and truthful can trump any challenge faced.
OLIVER: I was homeless in London, UK for a while as a broke musician, until I landed a job doing night reception at a hostel. I had a private room there and 150 pounds per week, which allowed me to get by while playing my gigs.
- What lessons have you learned that has proven the most valuable?
If you take the time to create art that is authentic and meaningful, people will respond. The priority is always storytelling. How can we share stories that inspire others to open their minds and hearts? We’ve learned to take the time to let inspiration flow and to always explore possibilities during the creative process.
- What is your WHY? (why do you do what you do?)
Making music is an intimate and exhilarating process. We find that co-creating as husband and wife is a special opportunity to delve even deeper into our expression. We do what we do because we want to share our innermost feelings about the world from within and without. Expressing our vulnerability and strength through song is our favourite way to tell a story. If we can touch something real within ourselves, we can then trust that something universal will be activated in the listener. The energetic exchange between musician and audience can be a magical experience if both are open and willing to go for the ride!