Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year Nomination at BreakOut West!
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.
Those of you who are members of Music BC, Alberta Music, SaskMusic, Manitoba Music, MusicYukon, and MusicNWT are eligible to vote for nominees in all categories. Hit up BreakOutwest.ca