Well my day got exciting today after learning that I'd been nominated for "Best Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year" for the BreakOut West awards here in Western Canada alongside Dirty Radio, Iskwé, Kytami & I.M.U.R. Now, I don't make music or participate in this culture to win awards, but surely as many know, I am involved in developing my local community to a sustainable place where the music business is thriving for me and my fellow artists so we can stay in Western Canada. If being nominated for an award like this raises awareness for the things that I work on to better our community, I'll take it. The real MVPS are the people out there coming to our shows, buying our music and helping us share our stories and the promoters who tirelessly book us and try their hardest to help us.
2016 was an extremely challenging year for me. I suffered a sever physical injury that knocked me out of my music-making routine and took compromised my major summer touring and show season. I took on too many projects early in the year which after the injury, distracted me and used all of my energy up to execute and ultimately, I ended my year in a state of breakdown albeit in the face of some extremely successful projects. I was not sure if I was going to keep doing music. I wanted to quit. It was the coming forward of friends and other artists urging me to keep going because my music and contribution was valuable that has me still here. So, thank you to all of you for doing that, for keeping me accountable for my dreams and not letting them slip away. This culture has given so much to me over the years, (now 20 years), and I want to make sure we can keep it going for the future kids and people who find their identity and solace through their expression of electronic music, and of course those late night dance floors that we all love so much <3 Big love and big thanks.
Perhaps the most creative lineup announcement video I've ever seen, the Astral Harvest 10 lineup announcement is awesome! So pleased to be joining a slew of excellent artists in Alberta's north side this summer for my first Astral experience.
As promised, the very last track from my vaults, "LOST CITY" is a free download for you my loves to celebrate my bday. This track requires patience to fully experience. Picture yourself in a very dark warehouse type room in Berlin after a long weekend of dancing to techno. This song was created and inspired by the other side of that journey. Enjoy.
I'm back at ADE this year to take in some education at the conference but also to play on the Supremus showcase with some lovely gents; Giom, Doza & Deeligent Soul. Aptly, at a Whiskey bar and during the day. So, if you're out and about and want to have some PM bevvies before you kick off your night time programming, drop in and say hi. The event is totally free, come wander!
It is the year of music in Calgary, and all sorts of cool things are popping up including the first annual YYC Music Awards Gala at the newly minted National Music Centre which I desperately need to go tour now that it is open.
I was pleased to find out that I've been nominated for "Best Electronic Recording of the Year" for my single "YOU" which came out in 2015.
The freshman EP by my good pal Andrew Williams aka Dunmore Park hit stores this week and people have some really nice things to say about it so far. I'm not surprised; when I first heard this new project by Andrew, I knew right away it was special, unique and remixing it was a no brainer. I was so glad to bring something to the table for the launch of this project.
5 Chicago had some very nice things to say about the release
It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of the Groundwerk panel at Bass Coast Festival in early July alongside 3 of Western Canada's movers and shakers; Michael Red (Low Indigo), Sergio Levels (Modern Math) & Andrew Williams (Night Vision Academy).
Was pretty excited today to see the promos for my forthcoming release with my best friend and vocalist Piper Davis hit our inboxes today. This record features super hot remixes by Giom & Neighbour and an extra super special top secret remix to be revealed later this summer.
The release is slated for July 4 worldwide. And I'm pretty excited! Here's a tease of the artwork. You'll have to turn up at one of my sets in the coming weeks to hear the tunes ;)
Check out the full Supremus back catalog for some other music heat including Fred Everything, Doza, Palmer & more!
Well, the news has broke! Substation will be taking over HIFI Club in Calgary every Thursday starting June 9th, 2016. I am humbled and excited to have this opportunity to have a weekly residency in Calgary again for the first time since 2008. The whole crew is extremely honoured to have been invited to take the place of Hai Karate, which had a 17 year run, made famous via the Small Town DJS and it's early days at The Night Gallery.
Hey friends, I'm sorry to report that I will not be able to perform at Vibrant Festival this weekend because my tent attacked me and as a result I've been left with some minor damages to my Left eye. (One day we will laugh about this) A full recovery is to be expected but I'm on bed rest until the pressure in my eye drops and the bleeding stops. A huge thank you to the incredibly professional staff and volunteers at Vibrant Music Festival for helping me get the medical attention I needed. Thank you Crissana, Jamie & Mike for going the extra mile and I am so sorry to have to miss my set! The festival looked fantastic when I left last night, I'm sure this weekend is set to be a memorable one for all who attended! "See" you all next time ;)XOX