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Atlanta native Adam Alexander aka Demo Taped caught our attention with his first EP Heart, a cohesive 3-track project that stood out from the rest of the music being highlighted in the “ATL”. What left a strong impression from his music is the maturity his topics and sound are covering, coming from an 18 year old who opens up in a way some people will never achieve. His following tracks “Not Enough” and “Game On” were a growth that caught everyone’s attention and highlighted some touchy subjects about depression and dealing with what life throws at you and how you deal with it. We chatted with the young musician a day before his show at the Imperial opening for Wet, check out our brief interview below.
WC: How has it been supporting acts such as Nao & Wet on tour?
DT: Everyone is really nice and i’m having a good time performing, seeing people from different cities. I’ve never toured the states before so this a new experience for me.
WC: So, you’re 18 years old. How did you balance high school with your musical career?
DT: I actually finished it a year earlier than the rest of my peers and i didn’t really have to. Once the music thing started happening I kind of just set my sights on finishing school and had enough time to do this full time.
WC: We loved your first remix for Bridget Mendler, will you be doing anymore?
DT: Thank you, yeah I got a remix that i’ve been working on the road and i’m really excited. That Bridget Mendler remix was really fun to work on and it’s always fun to create something a little bit different for a song.
WC: All your previous work was by yourself then came the collaborations with Karma Kid and RKCB, how did that come about?
DT: I had been in touch with Karma Kid’s management before, I actually got to meet him before; we played a show together when I went to London and that was really cool getting to see him live where he’s from. For RKCB I went out to LA for work a little while ago, we actually went into the studio and finished the track pretty much that day. We finished the main part of the track that day which was pretty cool to get ideas flowing like that.
WC: With that being said, what would be your dream collaboration?
DT: Ohhh man, my dream collaboration would be MF Doom. I think that would be really crazy one and very fun.
WC: What are your thoughts on making/putting music out from such a rap dense scene in Atlanta?
DT: It’s weird sometimes. Atlanta is my hometown, but a lot of the people I talk to that like my music live in other places. It’s cool though. I love rap and I’ll always love Atlanta.
WC: What’s next for Demo Taped?
DT: I’m working on another EP and also on my album, really just trying to experiment as much as possible and putting in as much work as possible to creating a good solid body of work.
Catch Demo Taped tonight at the Imperial opening for NY Pop trio Wet, click here for more info on the event and check out his music below.
Adam Mah had the pleasure of sitting down with brothers Ulysses and Zane of local rock-duo Smash Boom Pow and ask them some questions over coffee.
A: How’s it going?
Z: Hey we’re good.
U: I’d agree with that.
A: How was it being in the top 12 for the last Peak Performance Project?
U: It definitely added a lot to our to-do list. It was great, mainly for that reason I think – just made us work a lot more because it’s sort of arbitrary being in a band. You’re like “I don’t really know how fast to work”. Like there’s a few deadlines but some of the stuff is sort of open-ended and as soon as we got in the Peak there was a set schedule for the year and a lot of people to connect with and different projects to work on so it gaves us a framework/timetable that was really valuable.
Z: Flame to the fire y’know? More flame adds more heat to all the fire.
A: What was the biggest thing you learned at bootcamp?
U: Just the sheer amount of different parts that go into being a band, y’know? It’s not just about writing songs. It’s not just about having a cool image or strong social media platform or lots of fans or one thing or the other. You can’t succeed based off of any one thing, it really does have to be a coordinated effort. And they mapped a lot of that out for us but it’s just a lot to internalize and actually use. So that was a big learning curve for sure. A lot of business stuff that I just wasn’t aware of beforehand, it’s like “oh man I gotta keep track of more details”.
Z: Yeah just a lot of new roles that you don’t even know existed – like I didn’t even know that a radio tracker existed. I didn’t know that was someone’s job.
U: Oh yeah I had no idea.
A: Was there anyone in particular that you were excited to meet while you were at bootcamp?
U: Dean Kheroufi.
A: And who’s Dean Kheroufi?
Z: He plays bass in like a million bands.
A: What bands?
Z: Velveteins, Layten Kramer, Braden Gates and like 17 others.
A: That’s a lot of bands.
A: What is the title of the new EP coming out?
Z: Higher Power of Desire or HPOD for short, you can hashtag that. HPOD EP.
A: Where did the title come from?
U: It’s connected to the final song “Higher Power of Desire”. That lyric never actually appears in the song but it is sort of thematically connected. You can kind of read between the lines and see there. It’s kind of just the idea that the desire that you have to do anything, i mean you could say passion or desire, I like desire better. It’s sort of your higher power, the thing you respect the most. And I dig that. It’s something that I wanna communicate you know? An uncomplicated life philosophy. I’mma get what I want.
A: Are there any main themes throughout the EP?
U: It gets around a bit actually, the songs are pretty varied. I wouldn’t say it’s a concept album, unless the concept is “Let’s do four songs that are pretty different from each other… and that sound really good”.
Z: We started with three that were like “These are fresh, let’s get them done”. And then ended up doing the Converse Rubber Tracks initiative and we were debating on releasing that as a single and then our producer on the EP was like “why don’t we just throw it on here?”. And then he mixed it and then it got added on and we’re super happy it made its way on.
A: Are there any themes lyrically? like in terms of subject matter?
U: Yeah. “Friends” is very outwardly directed, it’s sort of about people and a person and feelings of friendship and love and there’s some other ideas in there but it’s pretty outwardly directed. The other ones “Listen to Me”, “What I Do” and “Higher Power of Desire” I’d say they’re pretty introspective lyrically, kind of trying to figure out the different ideas you have inside yourself. Different ideas, different feelings and it’s fairly strong with its ideas I think, if you listen to the lyrics in “Listen to Me” and “Higher Power of Desire” it’s almost kind of working with what are my principles almost. I’d say there’s definitely some serious elements to it just in terms of weighing what’s important to me. A lot of these lyrics just came spontaneously. I often write when I just feel like it and these are the things that have been on my mind and just here and there while writing so it’s definitely not about any one event or person or thing, it’s more just the ideas that keep recycling themselves through my brain trying to work them out on paper and in songs.
A: Where did you record the latest EP/Who did you work with?
Z: We did it at Fader Master with Paul Shepherd. We did the three songs “Listen to Me”, “Friends” and “Higher Power of Desire” with him. Tracked the drums in an afternoon, did the vocals and guitar in a day. Sat on it for a long time and then “What I Do” came together at Converse Rubber Tracks. We actually finished writing that up at the Peak bootcamp cause we were going to record it right when we got back. So we tried a bit more of a pop format cause we were kinda like “Hey, let’s see what happens if we actually use a pre-chorus and that can be a pre-chorus, that idea there, why don’t we use that?”. So it was good in that way.
A: Who are your dream producers?
Z: Jason Corbett
U: Yeah we wanna work with Jason Corbett at Jacknife, he’s local. He’s awesome. It’s actually do-able to, we’re probably going to end up doing that so why not shoot for what we can actually get right now? Further down the line I have no idea actually, I don’t know Rick Rubin? I mean we’re going to produce one of our records, just not yet.
Z: Kanye West
U: Yeah, I wouldn’t turn that down at all. He blows people up.
Z: Danger Mouse is really great but I don’t think he’d work with our sound.
A: You guys have worked very closely with ROOM on all your music videos, how has that been as a process and is there a particular reason you’ve chosen to stick with them?
Z: We kind of moved here around the same time. They’re from Penticton, met one of them kind of out of the blue a few years before that and then it was like “Hey man, we’re living in the same city, let’s do something together”. So it’s really nice seeing both projects grow, over the amount of time it’s been (3 years) and we’ve both come such a long way from where we started and I think that kind of brings you closer together, you have something to share, you’re like “Hey remember when we were doing way shittier things 3 years ago?” and then it’s like now half those guys are working in film and doing a lot of commercial work and it’s really cool to see how they all have so many different hands in different projects and different skills and it’s just really cool to see that growth happen.
U: It’s cool – it’s just sort of an organic process, like every time we do something it’s different. We feedback into each other and when we did “A Girl”, that music video got quite a lot of views. We were really active that summer so we got to share it around a lot. And they got more work out of that. And then other bands working with them kind of comes back around to us cause they know that we know them and we get talked about and we help each other get more exposure just through working together. Plus their shit doesn’t look like anything anybody else is doing and that’s something that we think is really important. Just trying to have a unique sound, unique look and presentation. And they’ve been great with that so far, they always surprise us.
A: Who came up with the idea for a Bocce Ball Tournament video?
U: I think that was me. We had this Bocce set. I don’t even know how we got it, I think our parents gave it to us.
Z: It’s just been in our lives. I don’t even know how it got there.
U: Yeah it’s just been there for a while and we kept having this thought of wanting to have a party or a BBQ and turns out we just make shit and work all the time. So I was like “How the hell do we actually do this?” and we’re going to have to do a creative project. And so that’s how it happened. “Friends” just seemed like the right song to do something silly and I was trying to be all calculated and shit about it, I was like “this has to go viral, what do we do, what do we make?” and I was like “Bocce is going to work for sure”.
Z: It kind of evolved into the training process and that was a later idea, I don’t know where that really came from. But it was like why don’t we make it really intense – it’s like you have to train for this shit.
A: I just love it because it’s so weirdly nostalgic for me. It’s not something you’d normally think about, like Bocce Ball. Normally you’d think of Basketball or Hockey or some shit – but Bocce Ball is so specific and I only played it at my aunt’s house.
U: It’s not really a young person’s sport.
A: No. And that’s why it’s so amazing.
A:If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be?
U: I don’t even know, Future? If I was making trap beats. It’s hard to say cause – James Blake? If he’d do a verse on one of my tracks or like. I feel like I really admire The Weeknd but I think it’d be weird to put us on the same track, cause you know you wanna have like a singer and a rapper or somebody with a crooning voice. I haven’t thought about that one too much. I’ve thought about people I know, like local people. I wanna have Evan Konrad do something on one of my tracks. I wanna have Christopher Henderson from the UltraVillain project do something on one of my tracks and he also works with analogue gear and I want him to actually contribute some beats and synth lines and shit like that. I wanna work with some people around town who aren’t established artists but everyone’s all kind of on a similar level so we can all sort of promote those projects together. That’s not like a pipe-dream but that’s something I actually wanna do for real. 2 Chainz also.
Z: Killer Mike.
U: I’m going to have Bernie Sanders drop some fire on one of my tracks.
A: What are your upcoming shows?
U: Next show we have is May 13th at Fortune Sound Club for our EP release and Oceanographers and Youngblood are playing. It’s gonna be packed, buy your tickets now, you’re not going to be able to get in.
A: Is there anyone you wanna give a shoutout to?
Z: Glen Jackson.
U: Dean Kheroufi.
Z: Connor Ellington. Addison Hiller. Spencer Morphy.
U: Shout-out to… nope.
A: What can we expect from Smash Boom Pow in the future?
U: Just more quality music, it’s probably going to get darker and dirtier and harder to put on in a public place. Recently I read a review of one of our shows that said our sound was not for everyone and I was like “well I fucking hope so”. I don’t wanna be a band that’s for everyone, that sounds terrible.
A: Anything to add?
Z: Go watch our video for “Friends”
U: Share it around
Z: Come to our show
U: I feel like your friends are going to like it, we got an EP coming out soon so reach out to us on one of our social networks that we use, we’re pretty involved with people, say hi and check out our stuff. It’s gonna be good.
Keep an eye out for their new EP “Higher Power of Desire” out May 13th, 2016.
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Dave Fields has been on our radar for quite some time now, performing for Winnie Cooper & Friends several times and opening for Keith Ape & Casey Veggies we’ve seen his growth that has never dropped our attention. Originally from Barrie, Ontario David Winfield moved to Vancouver and began working on material which would eventually become “Neck Deep”. The vulnerability he brings to the table is refreshing plus he does all of his own production, he’s definitely found a sound and expanding it after every song. We put Dave on our “Vancouver Artists To Keep An Eye On In 2016” list because this is just the beginning, check out the interview below + the album!
1. Introduce yourself: My full name’s David Winfield. I go by the moniker Dave Fields because it’s shorter, catchier, and because Dave Winfield the famous baseball player already has Google on lock. I’m originally from Barrie, Ontario, which is about an hour North of Toronto, and I moved to Vancouver in 2014.
2. How long have you been producing/rapping? I’ve been writing songs since I was in grade 8. I was really into music like Iron and Wine and Owen, and I’d write these fingerpicking guitar songs with really sappy vocals. When I got into grade 10 or 11, and everyone at school was getting big into Lil Wayne and Akon and all of that, I started making rap beats. A bunch of my friends would come over to my house after school and we’d make beats and do these cover songs and freestyles. They were really rough and pretty laughable, but it was a lot of fun. In university I moved into a house with some friends and we wanted to have a house-warming party. My roommate suggested that I write a rap album so that we could make it an album release party. That was the first time I really took writing rap songs seriously. I came out with a 6 track project for it and I was hooked.
3. What are your influences? I’ve got to throw something to Wayne, because he was the first rapper I really listened to heavily. I’d also have to say the standards like Drake, Kanye, Kendrick Lamar, etc. But I’d say most of my sound developed from listening to a wide range of music. Artists like Poison The Well, The Tallest Man On Earth, Black Lips, Deerhunter… Currently I’m listening to a lot of Young Thug, Bryson Tiller, and I’m always listening to PARTYNEXTDOOR. The New Toronto scene has really shaped me too. I’ve been listening to a number of artists since I lived back in Barrie, and I’ve followed them and watched them grow.
4. What inspired this project? Not to sound too cliche, but when I started recording for this project I was coming out of the worst period of my life so far. When I got out of University I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and because of the illness, I was going through more changes mentally and physically than I could keep up with. I became very depressed and felt very lost in myself. I got help and managed to pull myself out of the depression thanks to my friends and family, but the whole ordeal left a lasting impression on me. The majority of the album is a reflection of that experience, sort of like a disorganized story with no chronology. I’ve always been a very honest songwriter, and I almost exclusively write songs about myself, or things that have happened to me.
5. How are you liking Vancouver? Vancouver’s great. At first it was a transition, like anything I guess. It feels like a hard city to integrate yourself into, or at least, that was my experience. But now I’ve been lucky to meet a lot of great people. The music scene is heavily overlooked here! I’ve met so many talents I can’t even keep track of them all. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet and even work with people like Jaykin, SO LOKI, Seth Kay, Spotty Josif, Brevner, Futon Don, Ess, etc. I’m already going to go ahead and make the apology to anyone I forgot, the scene’s lit. I’ve also got a great team I work with on a lot of stuff. JSPH, Jordo2000 of Year2000, Gnarlie Sheen, Aric Alston (who did all of the photography for the album), and of course Matt Harvey who’s like a Godsend. He works with me on every track. This project wouldn’t exist without him. I’ve also been fortunate to play a fair bit, opening for Keith Ape with Jaykin, and for Casey Veggies with the homies.
6. What’s next for you? Lots more is in the works. We’re already into the next album. Without giving too much away, I plan on putting out a few more projects before the end of 2016.
Catch Dave Fields performing new material this coming Friday (Jan 29th) at Fortune Sound Club for Winnie Cooper & Friends along with Seth Kay, Spotty Josif + more. Click here for more info on the event and stream the album below!
Here at Winnie Cooper we’ve been quite excited with the growing talent that has come from our city of Vancouver with Nathan Shaw aka Ekali being quite the perfect example. We’ve been fully supporting this act, he delivers heavy hitting tracks while also being able to give R&B a unique sound that only few can pull off. With his first release less than a year ago his success has been quick and thorough landing himself on universal music collective Flow-Fi and now being sampled by PartyNextDoor for Drake’s latest release If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. It’s easy to say that this local cat is not only talented but delivers a unique sound that stands out on it’s own. Check out our short interview with him before he starts his mini Europe tour below.
1. How did your name come about?
It’s just a word I came about with, after the fact I googled my own name it turns out it’s a really baller city in Greece where only rich people live. I mean that’s not very indicitive of my status as a human but hopefully one day i’ll live in Ekali, we’ll see haha.
2. So you collaborated with Maximus MMC and shortly after you got on Flow-Fi? How did that come about?
Yeah, I really respected Max and hit him up on Twitter and just started our relationship organically. Shortly after we decided to make a song and Aywy the founder of Flow-Fi heard it and he hit me up to collaborate on an original which turned into “Another Girl” and after that song was released plus the modest success that the song got he asked me to join the crew.
3. How was your experience working with Om’Mas & Dorian Concept last year at the Red Bull Music Academy?
Yeah that was out in Tokyo, Om’Mas Keith is such a G man. He’s worked on some of my favorite music (Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange) and Dorian is very different from Om’Mas. He’s a self taught musician and piano virtuoso, he’s incredible on the piano. I started with a little drum loop and when I originally made it I had an idea of it being a pretty mellow song. Dorian Concept came into the room and I asked him to lay down some chords, he layed down the chord progression in one take, he did the lead in one take and played the bass in one take. Eventually Om’Mas Keith walked in asking to make it a track and wanted to sing over it so we went down to the main studio at Red Bull Japan and then Om’Mas recorded those vocals in a couple hours and the song was done.
4. Now that the Drake mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is out, most know that they sampled “Unfaith” for “Wednesday Night Interlude” featuring PartyNextDoor. Can you speak on that?
Yeah so Drake’s sample clearance agent hit me up telling me that he had sampled part of my song “Unfaith” and that they wanted to clear the sample with me and go the legal route with it and get me paid royalties. At first I thought it was fake but then they sent the song over and once I heard it I was like “damn this is PartyNextDoor sampling my song and singing over it”. The fact that they even heard my stuff let alone considered sampling it and now it being out is so humbling.
5. We’ve really liked your remixes of rap artists including Tory Lanez, Tre Capital & Sonny Digital. We hear you are working on a official remix?
Yeah it’s a official remix for Sonny Digital, he sent me the acapella to one of his latest songs called “Everything” and i’m going to let Gravez jump on it as well. Sonny is real cool, he’s been fucking with me and Gravez and wants us to get on his music video and to generally work on music together which is crazy. Out of all the industry cats i’ve met he’s one of the most faithful, he’s the most humble and he follows through. He doesn’t talk shit, when he first hit me up it only took him a week and he came through with the vocals. It’ll probably be released in the next month or so.
6. Finally, what can we expect in the near future?
I’m working on an LP right now actually, with it i’m trying to seperate myself from the Soundcloud beat maker flock and find a medium where people can go to a record store and buy my record because I really do appreciate the physical aspect of a record and I want it to be a cohesive piece of art.
Thanks a bunch to Nathan for his time, if you’re in Europe he will be at Lisbon, Brussels, Rennes & Paris from March 5th to the 14th. More info on the events in the picture below.
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Vancouver’s Sleepy Tom has had quite the success with his releases in the past two years, from his debut release The Currency EP in 2013 to his collaborative Jobless EP in 2014. It doesn’t seem Sleepy is holding back for any amount of time putting out a handful of bootlegs and remixes between and after his releases plus his Pillowcast series that he puts out every month. This new year we’re sure will be full of fun and exciting tracks from the Vancity native with “Pusher” being his first single of 2015 which features Australia’s Anna Lunoe on vocals. Stream or purchase the fresh new track and check out our little interview with Tom below!
1. We heard you once were the Fool’s Gold mascot for a Blueprint event before you were with them, how does it feel to go from that to being on the label?
Yeah, it was the hottest day of the year on this A-Trak boat party, and kids really like to take advantage of mascots. Was a tough day lol. I’ve been signed to FG for two and a half years now, but I still feel super geeked to be working with them!
2. How did the track come about with Anna?
Anna put out this song “Breathe” on Fool’s Gold & she and the label asked me to remix it. I think it was one of the easiest remixes I’ve done because her vocal parts were so rad. We just kept and touch and sent some demos back and forth. She wrote on the demo of Pusher back in July & just smashed it :)
4. What are your main influences?
Thanks a bunch to Sleepy Tom for his time!
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Usually happy endings are the conclusion of a Disney story or the result of an extra special massage but five years ago Fortune Sound Club needed to make a Friday event that would stick and be well known not only in the city but by all the artists that played it from around the world. A clubs most important night are on the weekends but Fortune wanted to bring something different to the Friday night life in Vancouver, they didn’t want to do what everyone else was doing nor did they want to slighting be different but go so far left field that it’d be out of bounds. With that they booked artists that were rising with fresh sounds along with already well known DJ’s that pushed the envelope and stretch the idea of what is meant to be played on a Friday club night. We got to chat with Gman & Cherchez La Femme about the beginnings of the club and night plus where they’d like it to go and everything in between. Enjoy our chat below and keep in mind this was a conversation and interview that just could not be short in anyway possible.
1. How did Happy Ending Fridays get started? How did it come out?
GMAN: When Fortune opened Rizk took care of Saturday nights while I took care of Fridays. Rizk had his dream for his night and I had mine. Mine was catering a night towards art, fashion, skateboarding, quality music & everything that interested me therefore Happy Ending Fridays started. Natasha started collaborating on specific nights at first NATASHA: Well I was in the art scene and really liked Fortune and the Fridays and hooked up with you (Gman) and asked if I could bring some art show guests for some events and GMAN said yes. I had this one idea to do a t-shirt art show that was going to be for a local community t-shirt brand and give back to a girls rock camp charity GMAN: So yeah, I have a very demanding day job and I wasn’t getting any younger and Natasha would come in with these great ideas for the scene which was awesome so we started collaborating together on this. It would be like “oh i’ve got a fashion show idea and she be like I got an art show idea” and then it was like “hey why don’t you come on once a month?”. And then I can’t really remember when it was but a couple of years ago I guess I sort of planned this retirement party and the only person that I could think of out of everybody in the 20 years in the game that i’ve known to takeover was Tash as she had really proved herself and I loved working with her. I was like “Tash i’m gonna pass the torch to you, to take over this night” but at the end of the day I don’t know how much I’ve really retired because we work together on the night pretty hard NATASHA: It’s really really fun because I like to be able to collaborate with good people. GMAN: You’ve seen a lot of the stuff but man there is like 10-20 angles to the night sometimes. It’s not like we’re just hiring DJ’s and opening the doors. For example for our Anniversary there are mixes, a t-shirt release, a drawing party in the livestock room that Tash put together, Lil India ‘s doing a karaoke party, we’ve got you guys and the Winnie Cooper crew doing the middle floor then we’ve got Falcons and 16 other DJ’s and birthday parties. It’s so layered, it’s such a beast everytime that it’s just so much work then the event happens but we’re already working on the next 10 of them, it’s a constant hamster wheel that you’re kind of running on and to be honest I did really want to retire because I have a massive day job and family and it gets very tiring to do both but realistically, but Tash kept me in it because there is so much cool stuff that I don’t wanna miss. Whether it’s a certain DJ or producer or certain event or particular art show it’s really motivated me to come out and I think Tash too. I think we just really like working together that much.
How did the Happy Ending Fridays name come about?
NATASHA: Oh the name is genius but I don’t really know that part hahaha GMAN: Everybody wants a Happy Ending right? I have always appreciated good flyer art. If you look at our flyers it’s new every week. It’s an expense. I had this rad artist Randy Laybourne who was doing the creative. We had this sneaky spy guy with a trench coat and it had all of these splatters on it which might of looked like jizzy…just weird stuff. Our latest flyers have been Tasha’s connection with Falcons NATASHA: Well, Falcons came up to Vancouver to go to design school and he started getting into music and i started getting him gigs and I just wanted one of my friends doing the design. GMAN: Yeah see I didn’t know he was doing design I just thought he did music so I was like “Oh shit he’s a dope graphic artist too, he’s got a really good eye for design and he came with the latest concepts that have since been taken by our homies Sam, Jesse and Spencer…a group effort”
GMAN: When I started the concept it was that any genre of people that would come into that night and enjoy the music. “skater” “hip-hop head” “beat head” “hipster” “artist” “weekend mainstream” etc. We wanted to hit off everybody, but with quality music. We’re the one night that could go from RnB to Indy Dance to David Bowie to Falcons to Dancehall to Future to Hip-Hop to Trap to this to that to House music to whatever and that’s the beauty of the night. It’s that you never know what specific genre you’re going to hear. When Tash entered I think she really took the concept and even took that to another level NATASHA: I think with that I definitely had the same formula in the sense that we got close friends or people that we developed friendships with or DJ’s through the years. I was just meeting new talent, producers and Dj’s over the internet and developing friendships with before they even had agents we would bring them to the night. GMAN: I’m looking at our list of our past guests and it really blows me away. I don’t think there is any club night in the city in the history of Vancouver that has brought this many world renowned acts each week. Sometimes we experiment like “Ok let’s bring in DJ XXXX” and it’s kind of “Oh shit that was a little left field for the crowd but our crowd is just so rad that they kind of stay and dance to anything. We do know when we have to pull it back in, we’ll try not to do three weekends in a row that has music that’s going to go to the left field. NATASHA: I think what is important for us is we really take into consideration to the fans and the people that come and we can capture. Whether you’re a skateboarder or a hip hop head or a girl into fashion or your into new music and also the artist. A lot these artists are coming and playing a party with 500-600 people and like I said when they first start out. We brought Carmack & Djemba… they didn’t have agents, they weren’t playing big shows and just to come and have that experience and it makes it international. Fortune, HEF it’s international, it’s world renown. People come there, no matter who you are, whether you’re a big photographer or a producer and people stay with us and their loyal and i mean.. just to be able to give those opportunities not only the people that come every week but the artist, it’s really really important.. it’s to take those chances in a lot of places people would not take the chance. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. You find out that “OK, crowd is not really into Juke or Footwork” but then you find out that they’re really into Carmack and then Carmack will come back even if he’s a lot bigger but we just booked him in December and he was just going on a three month tour and just came back from Brazil but when we heard it was Fortune and Friday he wanted to come. GMAN: It’s the energy and the vibe really.. and then those DJ’s start talking to their homies. It is different, we’re bringing DJ’s that haven’t been brought before so at times you’re taking a risk on it. You’re paying to fly people in, immigration, hotels, food. Some of these artists ain’t cheap to bring in. Sometimes you just gotta say fuck it let’s just try it. NATASHA: We believe to take those chances and I think it’s atmosphere. GMAN says I don’t want anyone NOT on the stage partying. I want everyone to feel welcome. Sometimes there’s weed in the air or there’s people crowd surfing. We’re not trying to be constrictive to anybody. If you wanna have some ideas you’re welcome to do it. Make your dreams happen GMAN: One of the things when we started Fortune was we just wanted to be as close to a house party as we could be and take you outside of that club setting. We also have a bunch of unique rooms that we can open and get creative with. It takes a lot of time to fill everyone of those rooms. To do something in the Special Projects Space or in the Karaoke room or the Livestock Room. It’s great Natasha has so many creative ideas. It just keeps me motivated because new ideas are coming out all the time. NATASHA: What’s important is that no one ever says no and that’s what’s collaborative about it. We don’t do it to be cool. We just do it because we have these ideas that we want to vibe off people. Like Winnie Cooper & Friends if you wanna do that you’re welcome to do it. It’s a creative space and I really feel it’s pioneered how to work with an event venue. Treating it as a gallery and treating it as a space. GMAN: We’ve been doing fashion shows, art shows, video premiers, performances, fanzine release, pop up shops, barber contests, drawing parties. So many weirdo different things. You have to come up with exciting stuff that makes ME want to go out and that makes Tash wanna go out to the night. When we’re still motivated and staying excited about the night then it’s like I feel the consumer public out there, the community will want the same thing. NATASHA: The thing too is that it’s been around for five years which a lot of other nights fold and we’re not doing gimmicks, everybody is welcome. I’ve seen people that i feel we attract are super similar to us either their artists, skateboarders or into fashion or they’re really into music and those are the best. There are so many amazing kids like yourself, Lechvnce, Mario, Christine.. all of these rad kids. They come and get to be creative with us and I love our crowd, I think our crowd is super suuuuper amazing. GMAN: We also wanna thank the team the help us every year, it’s not even just us… there are so many people like yourself and Winnie Cooper and our Sponsors and clothing brands and all the people that help us. It’s really so much work that we need everybody helping out with this night, this night is kind of everybody’s night to help out. If you’ve got ideas out there hit Natasha or myself up and we can execute your dreams and ideas. We just put up an event yesterday thinking “wouldn’t it be cool if we would be drinking and do drawings in the club. GMAN: Or it’s like you XXXX. You’ve been working for us for a while came to us with “Hey I kinda wanna do this idea, what do you guys think?” and now this is our second installment of Winnie Cooper & Friends right? “And the last one was dope with Godmode” NATASHA: Yeah XXXX it was awesome.
Do you have a personal favorite shows?
NATASHA: Carmack & Djemba and so many other its hard to name em all
GMAN: One of my favorite dudes right now musically, production wise and the mixes he puts out is Falcons, which is why he is playing this Friday. Pomo is dope. Hoodboi always delivers. Then our local Dj’s kill it too I mean…Natasha, Klash Akt, LeChance, Yurie, Expendable Youth, Dr. Seiz, Rich-A, The Freshest, Christian Flores, Killing Time, Chapel Sound etc
What would be your dream Happy Ending Fridays?
NATASHA: Jamie xx hahaha
GMAN: Grimes DJ set would be awesome haha
Where do you see the night going?
NATASHA: What I want to do is keep expanding it, I wanna just get more people on the team and build. I’d like to start a record label with it and maybe start a magazine and just kind of start doing more stuff like that. Redifining the art spaces.
GMAN: It’s such a unique thing, you can’t kind of go too far ahead because it’s such an evolving thing. You kind of are going as it goes you gotta understand that five years ago when we started this if people were 20 when they were coming now they’re 25, if people were 25 they’re 30 now. People change, there are people who still come religiously since then, there’s people that get married, people get a boyfriend or girlfriend, people that move away from the city…but come back on a Friday and we got you! NATASHA: I think too with some of our friends that come, like Michelle from Antisocial when she’s going out she’ll come and actually friends and people who you wouldn’t think would make it out. Sometimes you think “Oh this isn’t your kind of scene” but it is for everyone… those are the people that I love. The people in the city that actually work to make the city better and are also creative. I think that’s the direction continuing to go on and that’s what I love because it keeps getting more and more creative with people in the venue. People aren’t there just to get a Facebook profile pic or whatever, i’m just seeing more and more creative people coming out and sharing ideas and vibing.
Thanks a bunch to Gman & Cherchez for their time and joy they have brought to the city with this very special night. Join us tonight for the fifth anniversary that will be including locals Yurie, Cherchez, Gman, LeChance, Rich-A, Dr. seiz, Trizzy Mane, Robert Morton, Christian Flores, Expendable Youth, Eli Muro, DJ SadGirl, Jade Statues, Hrvy, JSPH, Lil India and of course Falcons. Click here for more info on the event and stream an exclusive mix Falcons made specifically for this memorable night below!
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We posted Too Many Zooz new EP Fanimals back in September and now we’ve got them hitting up Vancouver at Fortune Sound Club tomorrow October 17th for an early show, they’ll be supported by Kutapira & DJ Evo. The band has been on a steady rise since going viral on youtube for their performances in New York’s subway stations also having released two projects this year it seems they aren’t stopping anytime soon. With all of the electronic influences in music nowadays this band is a refreshing take on music and what they like to call themselves “Brasshouse”. We got to ask the group questions about how they got together, NY’s club scene and everything in betweem, check it out below!
I (Matt) met Leo at the Manhattan School of music. Leo and Dave met in the Subway playing with a band called the Drumadics. We formed as a band in the subway.
2. With an all instrumental band, how do the songs come about?
The writing process is funny for us… sometimes we’re just playing and something sounds good and we run with it. Some of the compositions are written by myself (Matt) and/or Leo. We don’t really have a set process.
3. The groups fan base has grown quickly after your youtube video went viral, how/why did the NY club scene not take you in at first?
To be honest with you, the NY club scene has taken us in with open arms. Playing in the subway is a choice for us, not a necessity. The thing that people don’t realize, is that typically, club owners aren’t treating musicians correctly. They have the power of choosing and hiring bands, and they’re aware of it. NYC is a cut throat environment man.. hungry cats are gonna take shitty offers for ‘exposure’ or just because it’s a gig in NY. Why would we go play a 30 minute set, with 4 other bands for no money? We can go in the subway, and get 10x more exposure than any club can offer us. We’re in a position where we can choose what clubs we want to play and which ones we don’t, and clubs hate that. And because of that, only the serious clubs come at us with actual, good offers.
4. Who’s idea was it to play the subway stations? What did you gain from this?
Dave had been playing in the subway for years before he met Leo. Then they played in the Drumadics together for 2 years or so. It was more of a grandfathering in. There’s a lot of benefits to playing in the subway. It’s a creative environment where you’re allowed to constantly try new things, edit older stuff, and get an accurate representation of what people like and don’t like. Because there’s no stage, it’s easy to read the audience. It’s also the most exposure you’ll ever receive. People from all over the world, and new yorkers constantly shuffling in and out. On top of that, you make your own hours.
5. Can you explain the self proclaimed “Brass House” sound?
Brasshouse is a genre, yes, but it’s more than that. It’s a style of playing… a mindset almost. A way of approaching music. Brasshouse is something that we’re still in the midst of creating. It involves a community of musicians and artists that we love, and the work that goes along with it. Needless to say, it is a bit of a mystery but rest assured, Brasshouse is very much on it’s way to reaching full form.
6. From our understanding the band has been together for under a year and you already have two projects out and are touring, how is the group adjusting to the changes?
It’s been a crazy year, man… So much has happened. For us, we try not to over think anything. That’s something that fucks with bands that work, ya know? We’re just trying to continually record and perform wholesome music and have fun doing it. It can be hard to keep up with the online presence. At the moment, we’re not signed with a label or manager… This makes for a lot of emailing and calling people haha.
7. With all the electronic influence in music nowadays, how do you feel being an all instrumental band?
Being an all instrumental group is liberating. People sometimes look confused when they first look at us. It’s pretty cool to be a part of something that’s completely new and different, and yet being proven daily to be something that people like and continue to support.
8.What are your influences?
I always have a hard time answering this question. It’s like, I can be heavily influenced by a musician, and you would never hear that in our music. Influences influence the musical decisions you make and the way you make them, NOT the music that stems from it. Also understand that our influences are not exclusively musical. We’re influenced by NYC, food, women, world events, dance, film, and so many other things.
9.What artist could you always fall back on?
Leo: Kanye West
Matt: J Dilla
10. What’s next for Too Many Zooz?
We got a lot coming up. Heading out to cali for some shows and meetings and whatnot… Then we out to France for the transmusicales and then Turkey for some more shows. We also have really big plans for our album release next year. GET HYPE!!!!!!
Big thanks to Too Many Zooz for their time, cheers boys!
Come get crazy with Too Many Zooz Oct 17th at Fortune Sound Club, get tickets at Zulu, Red Cat, Highlife or online here. Purchased tickets will allow you access to Happy Ending Fridays at Fortune this weekend featuring Salva, more info on that event here. Stream or buy their new album below!
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We know how much you guys love to support & empower your very own Vancouver rappers. After contacting them via Fortune Sound Club, we managed to get a small interview with the rap collaboration Northwest Division who immediately agreed to share their love just for YOU:
1. NWD has experienced a lot of growth recently. With your first project released just in 2012, what do you think is what made NWD stand out?
Hungry – I think I would have to say if anything, our live set is where we really stand out the most. We have put countless hours into attempting to perfect, what I think is our own unique style of performance. If you have ever seen our set you will notice that we do a lot of back and forth, bar for bar, double time rhymes where we will literally need to know almost every word of every one of each others verses. To execute this successfully our timing has to be absolutely perfect. I know no other group in the city is rapping like that. I think if you are doing something original that no one else is doing, it’s definitely easier to get noticed.
2. You have defined NWD as a division that collides work & play to create an innovative spectrum of rap & hip-hop. Was this aggregate a planned, strategized combination? Or how did it come to be?
Junk – The work ethic was always there it was just a matter of syncing every individual to his particular niche. In the last two years we’ve all learned a lot from one another. Learning and accepting each other’s strengths and weaknesses has ultimately matured us as a group and in result has made us see the horizons of success. That being said we have learned to put in the effort but not to forget to enjoy ourselves while doing it because essentially, it’s the journey that is the most beautiful thing of all.
3. After opening & co-hosting nights with iconic rap figures such as People Under The Stair, Grieves & Ghostface Killah (amongst others), what do you consider to be a fundamental attribute for acknowledged rap music? Has this evolved over time?
Hungry – I feel like I am still a young hip-hop head so I might not be the best person to ask about it evolving over time haha. I would assume it has a little bit at least. I think the most fundamental quality for music I personally enjoy is authenticity. I can definitely appreciate ignorant shit as well, but my favorite is that real life true from the heart type shit. That’s just my personal preference though. I also think it’s super important to be able to make songs that the average person can relate to. I feel like being able to connect to your audience in that way is a special thing.
4. As of today, do you guys find inspiration in other rappers around the globe? Where do you get your inspiration from?
Hungry – We definitely find inspiration from other artists around the globe. People like Cyhi the Prynce, Rittz, Caskey, Big Krit. Sometimes we will hear a beat ENG or someone made and right away start thinking of concepts and be inspired to write. Also each other. When one of us finishes some crazy bars it can definitely spark the start of another verse. Seeing or playing a really good show can also be really inspiring. I’m sure after we finish touring this summer we will be very inspired to start our next project. I guess you could say we draw inspiration from our life experiences and the people around us.
5. Looking back at where NWD was two years ago, what/whom do you think is the person/thing that mostly contributed to your success?
Junk – It’s definitely not a single person or thing, it’s an accumulation of people and opportunities interconnected at the right moments. Although there are a few key contributing factors, one being Fortune Sound Club. That place probably helped and influenced our success the most in the last two years. Reasons being, the people. Starting from the managers to the busboys all supporting us and giving us the time for us to grow. I mean they give us the city’s best sound system and venue as our rehearsal room. Can’t ask for more. Fortune serves as the backbone to multiple successfully developing entities such as Fanfair, SJS, Timbre and also the group Bestie. There is also a wide but closely-knit range of people who help us be the well-oiled machine that we are becoming. It’s a giant family and everyone does their part. We love everybody there and really appreciate what they have done for us.
6. We all know NWD is releasing its new album “Stay Sharp” in August this year. What are your plans after this? Can your fans expect a potential tour being set up?
Junk – Stay Sharp is pretty self-explanatory; it’s a free digital mix tape that we will release in between albums. This way we don’t keep our fans salivating too long. Haha. The title is exactly what we are doing, we are staying sharp lyrically meanwhile remixing popular songs that we’ve been fans of. This project will also symbolize the integration of Gboxx in our recorded music. Won’t give away too much though. We are recording this mixtape as we speak. As for touring? We are headlining our Close To Home western Canadian tour, while bringing along NWD affiliates J.Dohe & DJ Bates. We are still booking shows for it so hopefully it gets bigger and expands as far as possible. To top everything off, we will be playing the world wide famous Shambhala Music Festival. 2014 has been very good to us.
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