Our Story

Artificial Lift is a 3 piece energetic rock band situated in Lloydminster, SK. They began playing together in 2013 as a jam band under the moniker: Biggs Hosan. They are a mix of Progressive Rock, Blues, Metal. The 5-track “Ominous EP” was released in 2014 and takes listeners into a sound-scape consisting of huge rock guitars, pulsating rhythm sections, and lyrics forged from experiences of living in the Canadian Mid-West.

Trent Bloch-Hansen

|| Guitar/Vocals ||
Q. How long have you been playing?
A. I have been playing guitar for 12 years.  Before that I was classically trained on piano until I achieved my Grade 9.  I will play until I'm cast away to sea on a burning raft like my Viking ancestors would want me to go...

Q. Who are some of your influences?
A. Eric Clapton and SRV for the blues. Slash, EVH, and Joe Satriani for rock. Yngwie Malmsteen, Luke Hoskin, and Alexi Laiho for metal.  And that's just a short list of my guitar heroes.  One of my biggest musical influences of all time is Frank Klepacki, producer of the video game soundtracks for C&C95 and Red Alert.

Q. What gear/equipment do you use when playing live?
A. Guitars: Jim Root Signature Fender Telecaster, Jackson DKMG, Sunburst Fender Telecaster, Norman B60 Acoustic... Amps: Line 6 Bogner Valve, Peavey 6505... Aux: Shure Mics, Presonus StudioLive 24.4.4, assortment of fancy pedals (but don't always use them all...).

Q. Tell us something cool or funny about yourself.
A. I found the cure for hiccups... when you feel the first hiccup coming, if you time it properly and burp at the exact same time it will cancel out the hiccups.  I call it a hic-burp.  I played college basketball for 5 years and love to record/mix/produce music for all sorts of different genres.

Deric Sheppard

Drums/Vocals ||
Q. How long have you been playing?
A. I have been playing the drums for 12 years now.  I started playing piano at a young age and when my teacher moved away I took to learning other instruments such as the guitar and bass but didn't take to it very quickly.  When I convinced my mom to buy me a set of drums I really started to be inspired.  My first serious 
band was Harridan, which was a metal/rock band in Lloydminster. We played a couple shows in Lloyd as well as up in Flin Flon.

Q. Who are some of your influences?
A. Some of my favorite bands growing up were AC/DC, Metallica, Foo Fighters, Opeth, and more currently I would have to say Porcupine Tree and Tesseract.  Drummers that have inspired me are Martin Lopez, Gavin Harrison, Neil Peart (of course) ((I listened to LOTS of Rush while I was little... and Kiss)). 

Q. What gear/equipment do you use when playing live?
A. At the moment I am using a Pearl Reference kit with Sabian Cymbals and Vic Firth 5A drum sticks.  I have a Mapex Saturn IV kit on custom order which will be arriving soon, featuring a 20" Kit drum, 3 rack toms, and a floor tom.  For practise in my condo I use a Yamaha DTX-900 Electronic Kit. 

Q. Tell us something cool about yourself.
A. I'm a pilot. 


Trent Paterson

|| Bass ||

Q. Tell us a bit about yourself and how you ended up playing bass with Artificial Lift.
A. Name's Trent. Yes it's true, there are 2! When I was in junior high I began playing drums (which was not pleasant for many bystanders at the time) but after years of dedicated self discipline I gradually begin to improve  and was introduced to the metal scene, seeing some success with the Lloydminster band Ascesis.  Fast forwarding to Artificial Lift, it turns out you only need one drummer in the band so I decided to take on the challenge of learning the bass guitar.  I have been playing the bass since February 2013 and have found that the rhythms I learned as a drummer have translated very well onto the 4 and 5-string basses. Music is a huge part of my life and I wouldn't change that for anything!

Q. Who are some of your influences?
A. Drummers: Martin Lopez (Opeth), Marco Minnemann, Thomas Lang, Mike Portnoy (Drem Theater), Casey Rogers (Exit Strategy)..... Bassists: Evan Brewer, Victor Wooten, Jon Myung, Les Claypool

Q. What gear/equipment do you use when playing live?
A. Bass: Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass with upgraded Duncan Quarter Pounder P/U's. Amp: Ampeg SVT Classic /w (2) 4x10 Cabs. Pedals: Polytune, Flanger, Chorus, Empress Compressor.