12.31.2013

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Hey everyone. It's been a great 2013, and I'm looking forward to head into the new year. This post is for you to get caught up on what I got up to this year, and the music I pushed out. I'm so thankful for being able to go for it all every day, and I hope you all keep challenging yourself..while being inspired to trust in your ideas.

Much love


Jan 1 was quite the day cause I left Sydney, Aus at noon and landed in Vancouver on Jan 1 at 7am..so it was pretty much the longest new year's day I've ever had. I wrapped up a one month tour in Australia playing at various festivals and gigs in Sydney + Melbourne. Shouts to Foreigndub who were my hosts again and always have my back :) Here's some footage:



I recorded a bunch of vinyl samples right before my trip so I could work on music on my days off in Aus. I managed to finish a tune called She Wanted It which sampled an old Roberta Flack song. I gave it away in early March.



Shortly after, I did a lil bootleg edit of a M.I.A. beat from her Matangi Mix for Kenzo. Added a verse and beatbox to the infectious opening beat…



On March 14, I did my first show in Toronto in 5 years! It was alongside the Archi-Textures collective who are all solid artists, and their Thursday weekly is still going strong. It was my first 90 min set with the ableton set-up, and it felt nice to play all kinds of deep tunes for an open minded crowd.


My homie Hans Ohm

Photos by ADPhotographe


On May 1, Kline and I released a mixtape project called Open Minds. We were originally going to do one song around July 2012, and then our chemistry in collaborating led us to keep building on ideas. Kline made some nice soulful and organ filled hip hop beats with hints of electronica. I spent about 8-9 months adding vocals which crossed over between rapping and spoken word poetry..and also included layers of beatboxing in a couple songs. Kline had the idea to put all the songs together in mixtape style, and sure enough they all flowed nicely together. So 8 songs later and the 30 minute release came to life! For more info on Open Minds check out our perspective on it here, and make sure you check out Kline's new Mirror EP which just came out on Low Indigo. Also big thanks to High on Beats for their post about the mixtape as well.



My summer festival season started in late June. My pal (and ever so talented + Juno winning wonder) Kellylee Evans from Ottawa invited me to join her for a couple tunes at the Vancouver Jazz Festival. She was touring around Canada and Europe after releasing her I Remember When album. It was an honour to perform with her band in the middle of downtown Vancouver outside the Art Gallery.



After that, I had a busy and fun week performing in Edmonton, Fozzyfest, and Astral Harvest.



Edmonton was fun, and the Step'd Up guys were my hosts..big love to Ootz and the whole crew! After some dope re-branding and a new concept they are now the United Bass Kollective, and have been throwing some serious shows in the 780. The Fozzyfest crew had a roller coaster week prior to their festival. After the Alberta floods took over the Kananaskis area where the fest was scheduled to be held, they had only a few days to decide what to do. Honestly I still can't even imagine how they did it, but at the last minute right before cancelling they found a new spot to hold the event. And what a spot indeed. Lake Kookanusa in the East Kootenays became the new site, and it made the festival feel like summer vacation!



I had a great time, and the weather was amazing. First time ever being in sandals and shorts at 11pm! Props to the Fozzy family for pulling it off and believing in a miracle :)


Photo by Vindaloo Photography


As social media manager for Astral Harvest, I was getting excited to head to Driftpile Valley, AB for a 6th straight year. I did an interview with the Edmonton Sun about the fest, and it went to print (read it here) right before the festivities kicked off. This was the best year for Astral Harvest, and it really felt like people all over Canada are starting to hear about this gem of a weekend way up in Northern Alberta. I've said it once, and I'll say it again..there's something magical about that land..and I feel it every year. As mentioned in the article, Astral is 100% family vibes, and I've watched so many of my peers grow..and it's been beautiful seeing new families come out.


Photo by Chris Hoban

Photo by RA Osiris

Had a fun jam with the Freak Motif cats right before my set. Photo by Emily Rozitis.

Photo by Alliekat Photography


Had a couple weeks off, and then did back to back weekends at Motion Notion in Golden and Bass Coast in Merritt.



Hadn't been out to MoNo in a few years, and the fest has grown quite a bit..and moved from Alberta to BC. I think out of all the events this summer, I had the most good chats with heaps of friends there. I was only around for one day, but managed to catch up with several of my AB/ BC peeps..there was a hilarious game of Cards Against Humanity with like 15 people..and one of the funniest late night campfire gatherings (mostly cause it got VERY cold) on the Saturday. If you were there for either..then you know :)



This was my 5th year in a row being a part of Bass Coast, and the fest moved from Squamish Valley to Merritt. I hold Bass Coast close to my heart, and it's a great opportunity for anyone to see what's happening in Western Canada. Many more good chats were had, and by this point I had run into a lot of homies multiple times all summer. It's sweet how we're all creating, writing, crafting, all year..and then we come together to share on outdoor land. It started raining during my set, and the wind began to blow the decor right in my face..but somehow I pulled it off..and some people braved the rain and kept dancing!



Shortly after that a huge rainbow emerged over the entire festival grounds!! I took this from my campsite:


I didn't get a lot of pics on the weekend cause it rained a lot, but here's a couple great ones that Vasho took:


At this point I'm realizing, I haven't even mentioned who my favourite acts were, and more details about all these memorable times..but please know they were all inspiring times with many wonderful moments amongst friends. It's hard to pick my favs right now, or single anyone out. I saw and heard a lot killer music/ shows, and encourage you to check out some of these events for yourself! It's more than the music too..it's the feelings, vibes, togetherness and more :)

By mid August I thought my summer was winding down. Then I got booked for the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival at the very last minute due to a cancellation. I was to do a 45 min beatbox jam with Finland sensation (and youtube phenomenon I might add) Felix Zenger. The whole process of getting booked happened in 24 hours. I'd always heard about the fest from my friends in the Shushwaps/ Okanagan..so I was pumped to make it out there finally. Felix is freakin unreal with huge amounts of skill when it comes to beatboxing. We met about a half hour before our set, and pulled off one of the most fun acappella jams I've been a part of! Picture hundreds of people gettin down to only 2 human voices:)



Later on, I ran into Skratch Bastid backstage. I opened for him once in Calgary and jammed with him at a Fractal Funk jam at Shambhala..and it was cool chatting with him for a bit. I've been a big fan of his for years now, and was stoked to see him perform. He then proceeded to play a BOSS set which was the grand finale of the festival. At the end, he called up Felix and myself to jam with him..which was a fun time! Felix and Skratch did a turntable scratching back and forth, and then Skratch cut and played an acappella while I beatboxed. Energy was high!


Huge thanks to everyone involved with all these events, sound crews, volunteers, first aid, the artists, and everyone who came out!


In mid August I did a remix of Blue Coast by Numbersix & Emily Spiller which came out on East Van Digital. The original was a deep and melodic drum n bass song, and I brought it down to 60bpm which actually was quite the task!



The release featured other remixes by Joseph Martin, Dan Solo, Kir Mokum, and Enso. You can purchase it on Beatport here.


In September I gave away a new song called Free Spirit. It's an uplifting progressive house tune, and is now the intro for my friend Tammra Broughton's radio show, Living Proof Radio on A2Zen FM.



Fall 2013 was a good time to reflect on summer, and to do some shows around the city. I did 5 shows in Vancouver: a gig with Sweet Soul Burlesque at Keefer Bar, Nautilus at the Anza Club, Dissolve at the Cobalt, a Shah DJs monthly at Backstage Lounge, and Back to the Farm at Five Sixty.



The shows went well, and it was a pleasure working alongside good people/ crews around this city:) I've been living here for 5 years now, and am thankful to be a part of this shining community. So what's next? I have a few collabs coming out in the next couple months, a new EP that's getting mastered right now, and working on my continually evolving live show. My main focus is production right now, so I hope to keep learning and playing an even bigger role in all the music I make :) I was also recently in India, so stay tuned for some pics and new developments in the photography front :) Wow, thanks so much for reading if you made it this far! Peace & love going out to each of you as the new moon and new year appear. You can do anything if you put your mind to it..just have to really believe and get out of your own way if you're holding yourself back! All my links are at the top of this blog if you want to stay updated!


Happy 2014!


Leaving you with a verse I did over an Oddisee tune…



12.28.2013

Flume + Isabella Manfredi: THE GREATEST VIEW


Wow what a beautiful tune.


Roleo: LOTS OF LOVE


Nice lil gem from Roleo that he put out over the Christmas break. Enjoy the free download, and stay tuned for more heat from him next year.


Casio CoPilot live at Fortune 12/21/13


I had the pleasure of performing alongside Casio CoPilot a couple times this year. Once at Nautilus at the Anza Club, and also at an event called Dissolve which he put on at the Cobalt. His love for the smooth, slow, low end music is always showcased in his sets, and here's a great one for you to listen to. This one is from a recent set at Fortune Sound Club. Enjoy, and track list is below!



Track list:

Shlohmo Ft Jeremih - Bo Peep

J.u.D - Our Teen Days

Cashmere Cat - Mirror Maru

Kaytranada - At All (Sango Mix)

Nobody - Beaches

Myth - Summerboys

A$AP Ferg - Shabba (remix)

EPROM - Rave Alarm

Skepta - Mastermind

Nobody - Lingus

Wiz Kalifa - Mesmorized (Wayvee Remix)

Danny Brown - Lie4

BoeBoe - Low Key (G Jones Mix)

DVNGLEz - Majora

Dark Sky - Be Myself

Dahlia Black - Fuck a rap song (Blue Daisy Presents)

Wayvee - Black Magic

Comma - Rainman

EPROM - Superfx

Mura Masa - A.K

HPNTK - WTFA (R3 Mix)

Danny Brown - B.A.B (The Titts Bootleg)

Falcons & Mike G - Oh!

Mr. Carmack - Fire (No Payroll)

Bukkweat Bill x Djemba Djemba - Kawasaki Tires

Big Chocolate - Blue Milk

Rustie - Slasher ( Elaksi Mix)

Disclosure - You & Me (Flume Remix)

Stray: MATCHSTICKS


VERY stoked on this tune. Heard it for the first time on Dbridge's recent Boiler Room set, and he dropped it when he came to Vancouver last month. No surprise it's on his Exit Records label. Grab Stray's Matchsticks EP here.

Enjoy!


12.26.2013

DJ Semper-Fi & Rayjah45: CHAMPION



Here's some new heat from a couple good mates of mine in Sydney. I met DJ Semper-Fi and Rayjah45 at Peats Ridge Festival in Glenworth Valley in 2009, and we shared the Dub Shack stage together. Semper-Fi has pushed out some killer drum n bass with crisp percussion over the years, and Rayjah's soulful kiwi dub styled vocals have complimented fresh tunes by many producers and bands down under. We've all been brought together by the Foreigndub crew, and it's only fitting that Champion is coming out on the crew's imprint of the same name in early 2014. Stay tuned for the Shock Doctrine EP and grab the tune for free (or pay what you like) via Bandcamp. There is a solid reggae, dub, DnB, and hip hop movement in Sydney and tunes like these will definitely put Australian electronica on the map! Much respect.



--DJ Semper-Fi returns with his second track from the upcoming Shock Doctrine EP on Foreigndub. Teaming up with MC Rayjah45 (Sweet Az Soundsystem, Kakhand, The Nomad), ‘Champion’ busts out a rough n’ready dancehall / reggae / drum’n’bass hybrid highlighting the MC’s intense reggae harmonies alongside raw ragga vocals. It’s the second of a series of tracks Semper-Fi is releasing in the coming months, following on from the first single ‘Shock Doctrine’ and setting the stage for upcoming releases with The Herd’s Ozi Batla and Kye of Budspells.

The former Toronto native and now Sydney resident made his way to Australia in 1998 bringing along a battered drum kit, some killer ragga jungle vinyl, rave inflicted tinnitus and a Music Engineering School degree.

Since arriving he’s carved out a formidable reputation as a skilled DJ and producer in the local drum n’ bass, hip-hop, dubstep, reggae, dub and any other bass style currently vying for a micro-genre scene. Think nights like Basscode, Blueprint, DNBBQ, Void, his own infrequent Jungle Genius nights and numerous raves over the years.

He began things in 2000, taking out the Radio Dex Bedroom Bangers DJ comp. With his DJ credentials now award winning he then went on to support dub reggae legends like Sly & Robbie and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Mad Professor; New Zealand’s finest in Fat Freddy’s Drop and Salmonella Dub; dubstep bass-heads DJ Pinch, Appleblim and Mark Pritchard, as well hip-hop cats like DJ MK (Roots Manuva) and drum n’ bass fanatics Rockwell and D-Kay among others.

Always on the look out for new music Semper-Fi has been no slouch in the studio himself. In the late 00’s he teamed up with Philadelphia’s MC Halfcast and the pair released a self-titled EP seamlessly melding hip-hop, dancehall and drum n’ bass. Others liked what they heard leading to bass friendly remixes for Arrested Development, Western Synthetics, Astronomy Class, The Bird and Budspells. --


Follow DJ Semper-Fi:

facebook.com/djsmprfi

twitter.com/djsemperfi

12.16.2013

Kline: MIRROR EP


My good pal Kline just released his debut EP titled Mirror on Low Indigo! His work always manages to sound perfect in headphones and on large sound systems. Paying close attention to sound design and the feeling music creates, Kline shines beautifully with this project. The general consensus about him amongst our mutual friends is that he totally gets it. I'm super proud of him, and believe he deserves it all. Enjoy this release which goes from dark, to moody, to stripped down, to late night love jams featuring Oshea Adams on the last tune.

Free download or pay what you like, and check out the video for Heartless below. Much respect!



Vasho: OCEAN PULLS DOWN


The very talented Vasho has posted a new ambient experimental mix to his new Soundcloud page. Have a listen. Deep vibes...



VASHO - (live recording)

BOC - Uritual

NEOTROPIC - Money or Old Rope

BOC - Collapse

NEOTROPIC - Micro Cosmic

TELEFON TEL AVIV - Time is running out (Phil Ranelin)

LONGWALKSHORTDOCK - Patricia comes back to life

BOC - Sundown

Greenskeeper & Bevvy Swift: PYTHAGORISK


Nice heater here.


12.07.2013

Shamik PSA - After Thoughts by Oddisee


I got super inspired when I heard the Oddisee beat I posted yesterday, so I wrote a verse over it! Lyrics are below. Please note, I mean no disrespect to Oddisee or his label by doing this…I just wanted to say something positive over top of it, and I’m a huge fan.



Lyrics:

You might think my words are gift wrapped

Putting a positive spin on a world of riffraff

But we are all equals

Underneath the evil is good

So you shouldn’t criticize me trying to uplift that

My presence today with mix match

Of population caught in the fantasy who’d rather sit back

Effervescence shining with ways to bring the bliss back

In fact the ages shall be courageous I wish that

The city wasn’t being gentrified

Another generation of gentrification leads to the next high rise

When politician’s in the limelight they open their eyes

Shutting the venues and night life to their corporate demise

So ask yourself what are your priorities?

To whine and moan and hide alone behind your computer screens?

Or can we rise over these disguises of leaves?

Cause society’s still falling and crawling and stalling and trying to breathe

Equality’s necessary for race and gender

They’re trying to get married and sexuality is still praying to blend in

Is the media still deceiving or bridging the gap?

Are we reading for any reason or just living to chat?

Are we eating all our feelings with guilt after the fact?

Are we bleeding or healing to get our fill of the glass?

Empty or full it’s time fill up my gas

Then see me pull my weight accelerate and kill every task

Then steal every mask separate hate from the blast

Ground zero built upon with patience and class

Ground below still the one that’s shaping this man

Now we know we’re beyond all the pain in these hands

No more waiting for the sadness to vacate this land

So yo I’m waking up to have this day to command

Saving all this vastness with ways to have grandkids

Educating elevating putting faith in this plan →

Mala: MULATA


Was listening to this today and forgot how it good it is :) Large ups Mala...


12.05.2013

Oddisee: AFTER THOUGHTS


Beautiful song and video from Oddisee's recent instrumental album titled The Beauty in All. I've been listening to his People Hear What They See album on repeat since it came out, and caught his show in Vancouver awhile ago. Oddisee deserves it all and his DIY lifestyle has inspired me a lot. Enjoy.



"The Beauty In All is about the flaws & mistakes that give life its character and worth - how even ignorance can give light to knowledge. For me, not knowing how to do something & still trying is a process that helped my production style evolve. If everything we are is out in perfect tutorials, we might never deviate from the teacher. This record is dedicated to imperfection and the sense of pride & accomplishment we get from our struggles. Hopefully, you listen to this record, reflect on the ups & downs of life, and see the beauty in all."

12.03.2013

Shamik footwork beatbox


Check out my new video..inspired by all the dope footwork music out there :) Subscribe to my Youtube channel.

12.02.2013

Kline: HEARTLESS


My pal Kline got some blog love on XLR8R last week:) Stay tuned for his forthcoming Mirror EP on Low Indigo.


How to Deal with Negative People & Energy Vampires


Wise words from my gal Sarapy! It's nice to redefine your boundaries and how to communicate them when necessary...


Graze: SKIP CRUSH

New video from Toronto duo, Graze. Feelin it! Preview their debut Edges album and get an in depth commentary from them over at Self-Titled Mag. Much respect.