The Zolas latest record Swooner marks a major departure from both the cabaret rock of 2009’s Tic Toc Tic and the atmospheric minimalism of Ancient Mars. This time around the band dove headlong into vibrant, experimental pop, stirring modern production into the influences that surrounded them as kids growing up in the ‘90s.
“This is the most ‘us’ of anything we've done,” Zach observes. “It’s fun to be in an era of music where people are ready to appreciate messed-up combinations of influences, and we had a good time pushing that.”
2016 saw the band achieve their highest radio chart position yet (’Swooner’ reached #2 on the alternative chart), tour Canada, Germany and abroad to sold out crowds, and win Alternative Group of the Year at the Indie Awards.
The Zolas are showing no signs of slowing down in 2017 as they head into the studio to build on the success of ’Swooner’.
David Beckingham is a singer-songwriter from Vancouver who spent the last 10 years touring, writing and recording with the Canadian Juno Award nominated trio, Hey Ocean. During this time his own catalogue of unreleased solo material piled up and in May, 2016 he released he solo debut, Just When The Light. The album is loaded with folk-pop gems and touches on the contrast between existential gratitude, and deep, personal unrest. It’s about light and shadow, and the cosmic magic of existence. Since the release Beckingham has toured through Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland and western Canada. He’ll touring across Europe in April /May, 2017 and playing festivals in Canada in the summer.
DJ Shub, formerly of A Tribe Called Red, is a title earning DJ and award winning music producer. He lives in Fort Erie, Ontario and counts two DMC Canada DJ Championship titles (2007 and 2008), a DMC Canadian Battle for Supremacy title (2008), a Canadian Red Bull Thre3style title (2012), and a King of the Dot Canada vs. USA DJ battle win along with trophies from the JUNO Awards and the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards as some of his most notable accomplishments.
He is a proud husband and father of two; a member of the Turtle Clan; and, Mohawk from Six Nations.
DJ Shub parted ways with A Tribe Called Red in 2014. His work with the group includes the JUNO Award winning album, Nation II Nation and their most popular single, “Electric Pow Wow Drum” (1,585,539 steams on SoundCloud
We're always in our studio,” says DiRTY RADiO member Waspy. “We're here every day, non-stop. We wouldn’t have it any other way.”
This obsessive dedication to songwriting explains the leaps and bounds the Vancouver trio has made in recent years. DiRTY RADiO began as a glorified solo vehicle for singer/keyboardist/percussionist Shadi, who released the album Debut in 2010. As the project evolved, it quickly took the shape of a three-piece live band, including Waspy (drums/keyboards/production) and Tonez (keyboards/mixing).
Shadi is a prolific top liner and multi-instrumentalist who grew up studying jazz and has a background in soul and R&B, Waspy grew up playing drums in punk and metal bands before becoming obsessed with hip hop and electronic music, and Tonez is a classically trained pianist and technically savvy production whiz. Together, the three members split songwriting duties democratically, resulting in a glittering, futuristic R&B sound that mixes soulful hooks with widescreen synth swells and thudding dance beats.
In a world where we are constantly defining the sum of our lives through the filter of another’s gaze, genuinely unchained artists like Winnipeg-bred Hamilton-based singer-songwriter IsKwé (pronounced iss-kway) are becoming a rare breed.
IsKwe is a Cree/Dene/Irish artist from Winnipeg who plays Electro-Pop/TripHop/Jazz. Her performances are high energy, include visuals (projections, costumes, paint), and are very full-sounding through use of live drums, keys, triggers, violin and effects, and harmonies over backing tracks.
Hailing from Haida Gwaii, BC, Carsen Gray is indigenous (Haida) and mixed descent and is no stranger to a life of art, music, and entertainment. Being the oldest daughter of Robert Gray, who played along side Nick Gilder in the band "Sweeney Todd" and niece of Bobby Taylor, most noted for his discovery and mentoring of Michael Jackson - The King of Pop; Carsen comes by her love for music naturally and started traveling over seas, performing and recording with her uncle at age eleven.
With a recent start in her professional music career, Carsen became a regional finalist in the CBC 2015 Searchlight contest, and since then works closely with independent heavy weight artist Joey Stylez song writing, recording , and touring across Canada. In June 2016 Carsen reached a national audience performing along side Stylez for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)Aboriginal Day Live, performing her single "Supernatural" which reached #1 on the NCI FM National Aboriginal Music Countdown.
Joey Stylez is an award winning singer-songwriter, rapper, First Nations activist, visual artist and fashion designer. His debut studio album The Blackstar was released in 2009 to critical acclaim, earning him a JUNO nomination and three Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. In 2013, the CBC listed Joey Stylez as one of the Top 25 Rappers of All Time in Canada.
Passionate about his heritage and artistic expression, Joey continues to explore Native American culture through urban mainstream fashion and music. His 2007 video entitled “Living Proof”, featuring a Pendleton coat, illustrates injustices faced by aboriginal youth in residential schools. By reclaiming traditional imagery, Joey brings themes associated with Aboriginal aesthetics to the forefront of an ongoing debate.
The Racket is an alternative rock trio originating five years ago in the small communities of Hazelton and Smithers in Northern BC. Since their formation in 2011, they have been writing original music. A few of their influences are Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Raconteurs, and Jeff Buckley. Being raised in the northern BC festival scene and having toured and headlined festivals all over BC in the last two years, they know damn well how to get a crowd on their feet, dancing the night away.
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