7.27.2009

bass coast love

It's a hot night in Vancouver. I'm feeling pretty blissful after an amazing weeekend in Squamish Valley. Bass Coast Project celebrated the first year of its existence. It was fantastic! Every few minutes I would look up and see the mountains and water and it was hard to believe a festival was happening there. Everyone who was there was part of something truly special. Thanks to the Bass Coast Girls for putting it together!

Some pics...

Squamish Valley at 2PM on Friday.



Miss Bliss.


Friday sunset...



Mat The Alien in his donkey mask:-)


Daega Sound on Friday night.


Taal Mala during the Lighta reggae jam.


Bluetech on Saturday evening. This was my highlight of the weekend.



Sun setting on Saturday night...





Tank Girl.


Rainbow emerging...



Self Evident on Saturday night.


Fort Knox Five!


Michael Red.


8AM Sunday morning...



My sets went well. I performed alongside Mat The Alien & Neighbour during a sweet jam that involved MTA scratching and Neighbour playing electric guitar. Threw down with Lighta in the Saturday afternoon reggae jam. Also performed between Self Evident and Bitchin on Saturday night. My fav was throwin down after Librarian (who rocked it) on the Slay Bay stage right before Calamalka. It was a sweet vibe all around, and people cleaned up after themselves too! The weather was great...the water was cold but was still very refreshing...and everyone was in a happy mood all weekend. It was awesome hangin with all the West Coast peeps, and welcoming the international artists. Can't wait for next year.

Bass Coast project was a dream come true...

7.22.2009

bass coast project

I am really stoked for Bass Coast Project in Squamish Valley, BC this weekend. For more info go to: http://www.basscoastproject.com

The line-up:

Bass Coast Project - Musical Line Up from Bass Coast Project on Vimeo.

7.16.2009

thank you VIMF!

In 2007, I performed at the Vancouver Island Musicfest...and there was a lot of magic that happened there. So I was really excited to head back this year. Arrived on Wednesday the 8th to settle in, and get ready for 2 days of rehearsals. We had a 90 minute jam to work on for Saturday afternoon. The jam was called "Salutations to the Generations," featuring Jane Bunnett, Larry Cramer, Jennifer Scott, Rene Worst, Kellylee Evans, Eekwol, Tim Posgate Horn Band, Quinsin Nachoff, Lina Allemano, Jay Burr, and Kevin Fox.

We rehearsed for two straight afternoons coming up with great ways to blend our sounds with each other's music. Threw in a couple covers too like "Chameleon," and "I Shot the Sheriff." We had a good time getting to know each other, sharing festival stories, and of course jamming. I had fun lending my beats for Los Misioneros from Mexico, as they rehearsed at the hotel. Here's a clip of us gettin down:

Jamming with Los Misioneros from Shamik on Vimeo.



Friday night was cool...got to see Old Blind Dogs, Steven Page (former frontman of Barenaked Ladies), Arlo Guthrie, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue! The next day our collaboration went well in the Concert Bowl! There were loads of people...it seemed like more than ever this year actually. The Embracing Voices, who were to accompany Jane Bunnett, came up for "Sheriff" and we rocked out...they had a mean vocal bassist! I later joined them and Telmary Diaz (dope Cuban MC) for their set too. I also did an instructional workshop about beatboxing on Saturday afternoon. It was very well attended with people of all ages. Good times. They really nailed some of the basics. After that, caught sets by Los Misioneros, Donne Roberts, Del McCoury Band, Los Lobos, and Etana & Legendary Abyssinians.

I had my loop pedal going for my concert on the Woodland Stage on Sunday. I'm very stoked at how many people came out for it. It was great energy all around, and the crowd cheered so loud that the people behind main stage were wondering what was going on :-) Threw in a "Billie Jean" cover with my looper cause I wanted to do an MJ tribute. Thanks to everyone who picked up my "Equal Eyes" CD and came to meet me in the autograph signing booth. It was a busy day, but I managed to catch some sets from Snehasish Mozumder, and spoken word legend Shane Koyczan.

Before I knew it, it was 5pm and had to head over to the Grierson Stage for the "All the Freaky People" collaboration. This was with Jerry Douglas, Tim Posgate Horn Band, Mighty Squirrels, Jennifer Scott, Rene Worst, and Boris Sichon. This was one of the coolest jams I've ever been a part of. At one point I was beatboxing drum & bass and that went into Jennifer singing "Summertime." Plus rockin alongside THE Jerry Douglas (12-time Grammy winner) was grand too. Together we all covered a tonne of genres, tempos, and had the crowd itching for more!!

Yes the magic was happening all weekend. I missed a lot of other aritsts' sets from having overlapping set times...but managed to hang with some back stage. It was cool hangin with old pal David Ross Macdonald, chatting with young star Karly Summers, and meeting artists in the shuttle to and from the hotel. We all had fun Sunday night. I think at that point we were all relieved to be finished our sets and now we could chill out. Sunday night featured Skip Hop & Wobble, and the crowd favourite Enter The Haggis. The latter invited me and members of Old Blind Dogs, to jam on their second last song. Main Stage looked great at 11:45pm! The crowd was absolutely amazing!!

Thanks to Doug Cox, Marcy Jaster, the other artists, Jan & Kevin (for helping with rehearsals), staff/ volunteers, sound crew...and everyone who came to support the festival. There's something truly special about that piece of land in the Comox Valley!!! Hope to be back soon. Here are some pics...

Friday evening crowd...


Steven Page


Backstage with Los Misioneros


Los Lobos


Trombone Shorty


Shenanigans...


Moments before our 90 minute jam...


Collaboration with Kellylee Evans, Eekwol, and Jennifer Scott


With Jane Bunnett & Embracing Voices


The crowd on Satudray afternoon...


Etana


This guy has his priorities straight, especially at 1pm :-)


My concert...


Shane Koyczan


The crowd on Sunday at 5pm at the Grierson Stage...



Enter The Haggis


Jammin with Enter The Haggis



Backstage with Riley & Katelyn


Thanks to Riley Cox and Erica Fisher for some of the pics...should be uploaoding more when I receive them. Off to Emrg-N-See Festival in Oregon. Peace.

7.10.2009

soul sector

When I was in Manila...I met Naytron of the bboy crew, Soul Sector. They're based in the Bay Area. He rocked some great skills at the Dubplate Festival gig on May 17th. It was a great show. Check out their video:



7.06.2009

2009 Summer Festivals

Hey everyone...here are my festival dates for the next 2 months...hope to see you on a nearby outdoor dance floor!


July 10/11/12- Vancouver Island Musicfest- COURTENAY, BC

Saturday- Concert Bowl- 12:00PM
Saturday- Workshop Stage- 2:00PM
Sunday- Woodland Stage- 1:00PM
Sunday- Grierson Stage- 5:00PM

http://www.islandmusicfest.com


July 17/18/19- Emrg+N+See Music Festival- MACLEAY, OR

Set times TBA.

http://www.emrgnsee.com


July 24/25/26- Bass Coast Project- SQUAMISH VALLEY, BC

Friday- Bass Beach Stage- 11:55PM
Saturday- Bass Beach Stage- 3:50PM
Saturday- Bass Beach Stage- 12:40AM

http://www.basscoastproject.com


Aug 7/8/9- Shambhala Music Festival- SALMO, BC

Saturday- Village Stage- 6:00-6:15PM, Hip Hop Showcase w/ Emotionz
Sunday- Village Stage- 12:30-12:40AM, Between Benga & Bassnectar

http://www.shambhalamusicfestival.com


Aug 29- Astral Harvest Festival- DRIFTPILE VALLEY, AB

Saturday- Second Stage- 2:00AM, w/ Degree

http://www.astralharvest.com

7.05.2009

auto-tuned vocals

So tonight I was quickly caught up on a lot of the top 40 pop and rock songs that are "hot" right now. I involuntarily watched a bunch of music videos on MuchMusic...every song had vocals that were auto-tuned or over-produced and processed. Is it uncool to have actual vocal talent? I mean I know the auto-tuning has been around for awhile...but to watch like 10 videos in a row where the vocals are all fake was enough for me to be annoyed.

Anyway thanks to Jay-Z for writing a song and making a video about it. Peep "Death of Auto-tune."

7.02.2009

malaysia update

I was in Malaysia for gigs in Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, and Penang. Here are some pics from my tour. It was my third year in a row performing in Malaysia. Upon arrival, I did an interview with R.AGE Magazine and Star TV.


Here's a clip from the video interview:



My boy Vandal organized a hip hop MC competition over the last year. I was to perform as a guest at the final edition. Flyer for Think You Got Skillz final round in KL on April 17 @ Cloth & Clef...


My set at Cloth & Clef.


The crowd...


Vandal & Shamik in full effect!


That's what she said!


w Vandal & Ira @ Loft.


Apparently your mom delivers now too:-)


Thanks for the heads up!


Went to Melaka for a Wednesday night gig at Pure Bar.


My set at Pure Bar.


Melaka crowd knows how to get down.


Sound check for Hennessy Artistry Series KL edition with Caprice & Jimi of Starz Angels.


In the VIP with Starz Angels of France.


My set at Loft in KL.


Apparently kissing is indecent...


At the famous Heritage station. Next stop Penang!


On the way to Penang.


Big ups to BOH tea!


Aaaahhhh Penang. Breathe it in...


Vandal, Ira, and I hit the town the next afternoon. It was a great day!


Had a fake photo shoot with all the cool old walls.


Downtown Penang.


These birds were everywhere.


Old school basketball court.


QEII, the outdoor venue for the Hennessy Artistry Series Penang edition. It was right on the water...


The red carpet.




Classic Buddha statue.


Victoria street in Penang.


Birds of a feather...


...flock together.


Malaysian tap house.


Interesting. Do you leave your sins and buy them later?


Penang after sunset.


QEII at night...


They even had a Hennessy ad in the water.


Show getting started at 10pm.


On the red carpet with Vandal.


Backstage with Caprice, KL's hip hop superstar.


The great view of QEII.


My set in Penang.


Clip of jam with Caprice:


The jam with Caprice and Jimi...blending sounds from France, Malaysia, and Canada.


The crowd partied hard...


Holdin it down in Penang!


Starz Angels played loads of electro hits...


Carmei of Melbourne.


Vandal and I with the Malaysian celebs.


The crowd goin hard at 1AM.



It was great to throw down in Malaysia again...and to see one of my best friends, Vandal! The Hennessy Artistry Series gigs were pretty packed...and the crowd had fun. It was dope linking up with the Melaka crew that I met last January! Penang was for sure my highlight...and I hope to head back there some day.