I normally NEVER share any unfinished demos or things like this, but I came across this old demo from 2010 (after having made beats for about 3 years), and decided to put it out there! Mind you, it’s still only a 46 second clip of what I assume would have been a larger track, but I shelved it for a reason. However, there ARE some parts about it that I still like, and figured it would be worth sharing, purely as a progress-tracking exercise.
I’ve been producing beats since I was 17 or 18, and after 3 EPs, I feel like I’m finally starting to find my sound. I’ve played a lot of different kinds of music over the years which, no doubt, has been an advantage which blessed me with a lot of practice, theory, and source material to pull from. Still, it’s nice to see that after 7 or 8 years, all the excess is being whittled down to the essentials of my sonic palette (and my beats ARE improving)!
I’ve started working on my next EP, slated for release sometime next Spring), so here’s to the next step in moving further and further away from this demo :)
2014 Polaris Music Prize gala was fun! It was great to hang out with Shad and the gang again, as well as to see the poster I did for him IRL, meet some other great musicians throughout the night, and the one and only Olivia Chow! Congratulations to Tanya Tagaq on her win. She’s an amazing musician, and an incredible performer!
Full set here.
FreeChurch Fall Launch 2014: The Spirituality of Wine
Full Set here.
Live at the Square
Full set here.
Rumble In Regent
Full set here.
Only one more day before the Rumble. Been deep in the lab, prepping to snatch HRLD’s chain tomorrow night!
Somebody better let HRLD know that I’ve prayed 4 and wield only the RAREST of bricks! Come check out the Rumble In Regent this Friday night and watch the baddest DJs in Toronto duke it out for the title of Champion Sound!
Manifesto starts this week! Having worked closely with the organisers over the summer, I can assure you that it’s going to be an awesome festival this year. The event I’m most looking forward to, however, is the Rumble In Regent DJ Soundclash! 12 of the city’s best DJs from 6 different styles are coming to compete, and the crowd’s favourite style wins!
I’ll be competing for Future Beat/Disco/Boogie against a mystery competitor, so be sure to come through and support! Paul Chin is the Champion Sound!
The Polaris Music Prize committee commissioned me to do a poster for one of this year’s shortlisted nominee. The album they assigned me was Shad’s Flying Colours. I’ve been a fan (and casual acquaintance) of Shad’s for a while, so it was a lot of fun to get to work on this, however challenging.
I struggled with an idea for a long time, since the posters are all silk screened, and limited to five colours – an obvious technical limitation for an album called Flying Colours – but I eventually just stopped overthinking it and went for a fun freehand vibe. Posters are available here. Read more here.
Just a few Mid Autumn Festival snaps from dinner (& a show) with Phoebe’s family.