I'M BRINGING IT BACK..
After a two year hiatus it's time for the YYC House Project to be resurrected into something new and current to suit the musical landscape of the city now. 4/4 producers in Calgary, submit your best recent works for the Internal Affairs YYC mix. Deadline is April 1, 2016. My plan is to air the mix again on CJSW pre-summer and continue to push forward promoting the music & producers that I love here in Calgary.
The YYC House Project was a pilot project that local DJ Krystle Love B and I initially facilitated in 2013. The purpose was to promote and unify house producers in Calgary by making an all locals DJ mix and present it on CJSW 90.9FM (Calgary college radio). We were able to compile 24 artists for the DJ mix, which at the time, came as a surprise to some because it wasn't common knowledge that we were sitting on a hotbed of house music producers in Calgary. DGTL ENVY recorded the mix for us and we went live on air December 13, 2013. The mix was celebrated and helped to bring producers in all corners closer together in collaboration.
An unexpected bi product of this effort was an increasing awareness of local producers overall. In all pockets and genres of our scene, there was a feeling in our city that the bubble was about to burst and we were about to embark on a new era. At the time, I was involved with Habitat Living Sound as a DJ and was heavily inspired and motivated by what was going on around town. With Beatdrop (music production school) churning out young producers, artists getting record deals and a more unified culture all around, it finally felt like we had arrived at a higher state of doing business in Alberta. Talks of a producer night were underway and only a few weeks later, Studio Social was born. A first of its kind in Canada, a night dedicated to sharing local music and sustaining local producer culture, Studio Social virtually erased walls between sections in our scene. This project was very close to my heart for the two years that I worked as a volunteer on the organizational committee before stepping away in January 2016 to focus on Substation Recordings and my own creative works. It has been tremendously rewarding to watch a rich and dynamic producer culture emerge in the numbers of 200+ which is not something any one of us could have imagined just a few short years ago. Now, with similar efforts popping up in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton and soon, Seattle, it's clear that artists crave more from their local music scenes than just gigs and high fives. Electronic music has become a way of life rather than a passing trend and it is here to stay.