This past Happy Ending Fridays on August 29th at Fortune Sound Club we got to host Soulection’s co-founder Andre Power and artist Abjo. These two put on some crazy vibes which I might add was after an amazing performance by TDE’s SZA, from her chill sound to Soulection’s diverse styles these two put on a hell of a show. If you aren’t familiar with the Soulection label we suggest you do your research, they have been on a steady rise lately welcoming new artists to the label, getting their Radio show on Rinsefm and putting out clothes with brand Stussy. The roster consists of several different artists with different sounds, styles and genre’s but they all have a soulful sound that makes their music timeless which really does imply that they are “The Sound Of Tomorrow”. We got to ask Abjo some questions about his career, the label and what’s to come in the future. Check out the interview below!
Q: First off, how did you like Vancouver?
A: Man. I didn’t wanna leave, weather was perfect, the people, music and atmosphere, everything. Maybe I’m exaggerating, though, haha…
Q: How did your musical career come about? How did it all start?
A: Started in elementary school, technically. Picked up a violin in the 4th grade and kept playing around with it. Next thing you know, I’m at a performing arts school playing any instrument in any school band they’d let me play in. The rest is history, it seems.
Q: How did you link up with Soulection? Since you’ve been around from the beginning.
A: I’ll try to make the story short, haha. My boy Bob and I both went to the Art Institute of California in San Diego, met a lot of talented folk there. One of them, whom he introduced me to, was Andre Power, a graphic design student there at the time. Bob wanted us to meet because he knew, since Andre had this “Soulection thing he and his boy in Long Beach had going”, and I always trusted Bob on his instincts about this kinda stuff. Skip forward to a few weeks/months later, after clicking seemingly quick, and Soulection becomes a digital label, and I have my first real EP out, the third release on the label at the time. And the rest is definitely history this time, haha…
Q: Your sound is quite unique compared to the rest of the roster, what do you think makes you stand out from the rest?
A: Yeah, sorta. But I take influence, a lot of influence and inspiration, from everyone on the team, so I don’t always feel like what I do is so unique, you know? Either way, I am actively producing music my own way, I just have a great team to put the fire under my ass when I need it, right??
Q: The Soulection camp has been pushing “The Sound Of Tomorrow” motto, what does that mean to you?
A: The sound of tomorrow to me, is the sound of forever. It’s timeless. Tomorrow is today, has been yesterday, and will be tomorrow, as always, if you get what I mean. You could play our music to anyone of any time and they would get it, they would groove to it, they would resonate with it. It’s universal, that’s what it means to me.
Q: What are your influences?
A: There’s too many of those, man! But right now, I’d say my biggest influences are still veterans like FlyLo and GLK, my boy Mike Gao too, for instance; cats still doin’ it for the art and the culture from a time when it wasn’t an art or a culture quite yet…
Q: You cover so many different sounds, styles and genre’s. Everyone hates labelling but how would you describe your sound?
A: That’s why I’m with Soulection, they made it easy for me: my sound, our sound, is timeless. I know we beat it into your head all the time, but the best way I know to describe it. I make timeless music, man, I just wanna make something that could last forever…
Q: With the recent rise in success for Soulection, where do you think things will go from here?
A: We’re gonna be huge. Stussy huge, Stones Throw huge, Warp huge, maybe even Def Jam or Aftermath huge, hahaha. Just you wait…
Q: What artist can you always fall back on?
A: Again, FlyLo. Or my personal idol, Madlib, the reigning godhead producer/DJ. Seriously, though, he’s the man.
Q: What can we expect from you in the future?
A: Another album, my first real album, which I am taking my sweet time on. And more shows. Everywhere. That’s the plan, my man…
Big thanks to Abjo and Andre Power for connecting with us and lending us their time, can’t wait to hear more from Abjo and the rest of Soulection. Keep up with Abjo on his Soundcloud, Twitter and/or Facebook.
Posted by @Hernandizzle
Dave Luxe has been steady working on new material and this right here is a great original track that really shows his progression and flexibility. Still keeping that deep and heavy sound Dave adds the great vocals of Kaya, the only way I can describe this song in one word is “R&Bass”. This cat has been pushing some nice edits and remixes but this original material has got us excited for more, stream or download above.
The independent label Flow-Fi have been putting out a lot of good music lately with new artists pushing the limits on different styles and sounds. Flow-Fi co-founder Aywy and Sh?m who is also on the label teamed up for a great edit to Craig David’s first single “All The Way” from his 2005 album The Story Goes…. These two take the originally R&B track into a more danceable and club vibe with some great production and a nice modern take on a great song. Stream or download above.
The Soulection crew have been on a steady rise lately with new artists, new radio network with Rinsefm and even new clothing with brand Stussy but their original artists are hard at work. LA’s J-Louis who has been with the label from the beginning is known for his beats he makes on his iPhone but recently he’s moved on towards laptop production and has put out some impressive material including his White Label release. This new joint he takes on Curtis Mayfield and gives the legend a nice flip adding some exquisite bass. Stream or download above.
More Vancouver artists collaborating is exactly what we like to see, singer/producer/rapper Unjee from Van has been posting tracks on her Soundcloud for quite some time now. With her latest track “so long (u_u)” she held a remix contest and Van’s Hrvy had to be thee best one of the bunch taking the song to a completely different vibe adding house elements. Stream or download above!
Two Vancouver cats came together to revive Young Dro’s “FDB” into a more club vibe having house elements in the beginning which breaks into a Hip-Hop beat for the hook. We’ve featured both of these producers on Winnie before, Joseph L’Étranger is known for his work on TDE’s Isaiah Rashad’s Cilvia Demo and Shaun!c for his “Touch Me, Tease Me” remix. Glad to see some Van city artists work together, stream or download the track above!
Cyclist & Maiko is a collaboration between Toronto-based soul queen Maiko Watson and DJ/producer Mark Penner (aka Cyclist). Today they released a music video for their funky, soulful jam ‘Shine‘, directed by Adam Goldhammer and production company The Field. Sit back and let this laser light show take you to outer space.
For more Canadian poolside disco, be sure to also check out their recent single ‘Sunrise’.
New Pat Lok remix for New York-via-Istanbul songstress Sirma on the mid-tempo house tip.