Aug 14 2014

Facebook Sucks. But Suicide Sucks more.

I REALLY wanted to gripe about Facebook/the Internet and the way everyone abuses their freedom of expression and opinions about nonsense, using buzzwords to sound like they know what they’re talking about, “15 things you didn’t know about this useless celebrity”, “This idiot got arrested for this stupid shit”, “I’m battling depression – I’m a victim” and trendy links to more bullshit, but instead of ranting I’ll just write about it in this sentence I just finished.

On that note, Depression/Suicide is serious shit. Whether or not it’s a last ditch effort for attention, or simply an escape from the shackles of this MESSED up world, ultimately it’s the end of a life. Which is what crushes everyone who loves that person, regardless of why. Now, I’ve written songs that brush on this topic (”Neck Tie“, “The Good Life“) because admittedly at some points I’ve asked myself “What am I even doing here?” and “What have I ACTUALLY done for this world?”. But there’s usually a sense of Hope or Love that brings me back.

…and Segue… My friend and amazingly talented Photographer Suzanne Sagmeister recently asked me to get involved in a project of hers called “Conspiracy Of Hope” which I didn’t hesitate to hop on board with. Basically the idea is give Hope to people who have been affected by or dealt with Suicide. She is doing a photography project (which I believe I am a part of) and on MONDAY, August 18th, we’ll be recording a song with a bunch of Talented artists/Producers (think “Band-Aid”, We are the World, type thing). I’m really looking forward to that. This whole project is important and wonderfully moving & inspiring.

On a MUCH MUCH MUCH Brighter and unrelated note, I’ve received the Masters back for The DC Show’s Drinkognito album So I will be sending that off to get Manufactured shortly!! Wahoo! Thanks to DJ Nato in Edmonton at Up In Arms Studios for doing that!

GQ and I are also looking forward to the Podcast Interview/Performance with FYFC Lights Out Radio THIS Friday, August 15th. It’s NOT LIVE so go follow their page to be the first to hear it when it’s put up this weekend. Gonna be full of laughs and music!

Well… Here’s a Comic Book Version of the Doomsday Cartel (The DC Show) that I drew one night. DC Show

Aug 8 2014

Ice Cube told me to “Turn Off The Radio”

Before he became a Disney Dad, 90’s Gangsta Rap was defined and influenced greatly by the one and only Ice Cube. Through aggression and controversy, Much of his work with NWA and his Solo work is still quoted today, “Fuck tha Police”, “A Bitch is a Bitch”, the deeper-yet-easygoing “Today is A Good Day”, “Check Yo Self” … before you Wriggidy-Wreck yourself (*nudge nudge* Das EFX), but this week I’d like to draw from a track called “Turn Off The Radio”.

A lot of discussion has been going on in the Radio world, specifically Calgary, regarding the format change at AMP Radio. For those that haven’t heard, or noticed, they are playing MORE songs, but at a shortened length using “QuickHitz”. In some cases, they just cut the song short, in others they rearrange the song, so they can still cut the repetitive parts out, but still keep all the “changes” in the song (ie, verse, prechorus, chorus, bridge).

Anyway, Is this actually a bad thing? As a songwriter/song listener, my initial reaction is HECK YES. They are ruining the songs, changing the arrangement, appealing to the short attention span of today’s youth, and making music feel more worthless than it already has become. If it catches on, this will only make pop music attempt to appeal to this Market and write even shorter, more meaningless songs. Sad day.

On the other hand, I don’t give a shit. I NEVER listen to the radio… except when I’m forced. Neither does most of the people I’ve seen talking about it on Facebook, etc. MY songs don’t get played on the Radio. The majority of people get their music from Youtube, when they want it on their ipod they download the full versions from Itunes. I recall someone referencing the movie Demolition Man, where in the Future the Radio’s Popular station only plays Commercial “oldies”. I’ve been thinking about this for a few days and given the Market of the Music Industry, It’s not REALLY hurting the musicians. They’ll still get their Royalties (potentially even more) and if the listener actually appreciates the band or the song, they’ll pay for it and download it from itunes or get the CD (I’m old, I know), and then go to the Live show when they come to town (Which I hear is where the real money is still being made).

As a sometimes foul-mouthed Rapper, I’m all too familiar with knowing I have to make “Radio Edits” of songs if I swear, or appealing to a certain standard time-limit of songs. Even Eminem’s 6-minute long “Stan” was shortened for the Music Video 15 years ago, and although it seems kinda lame, it made sense. And knowing that this “shortened” song change is happening, I wouldn’t mind shortening something – if I were to get Radio play – as long as I get to shorten and Edit it MYSELF. A part of the issue I’m feeling from this is because in some cases they are changing the ARRANGEMENT of the song, which to me, is an important part in the songwriting process.

Now, I’ve been to a lot of Hip Hop/Rap shows, and it REALLY kinda gets under my skin when rappers only perform the first or second verse of their song and then “BLAM! BLAM!” the DJ plays a gunshot sound and they move on to the next song. It’s kind of the same thing with Radio, and TOTALLY opposite from Rock bands who Jam out at a Live Show for 6 extra minutes with additional acoustic Breakdowns and Solos in their Epic Masterpiece that’s been overplayed on the Radio 4 billion times.

And those saying it’s the “Younger Generations” fault because they have no attention span? FUuuuuck that, You know you have an ADD friend YOUR AGE who would play songs on the Stereo in your Car and switch it to the next one after the first Chorus. So annoying right? Well now Amp Radio is that Friend.

I’m not usually one to Harp too hard about change in the world, because it happens and sometimes there’s no stopping it, for better or for worse. Maybe it’ll catch on, maybe it won’t, maybe AMP Radio will die just like Much Music and no one will actually care. But I know for a fact Musicians will still be making 3-4 minute long songs, College Radio will still be playing full versions, and Pop Radio will still be super snobby about what they decide to play or not play, and still overplay the shit out of songs 6 months past their shelf-life.

I will still Buy CD’s and download the full songs from Itunes and listen to the songs I Like Front to Back.

So here’s what I think…

“Turn off the Radio! Turn Off That Bullshit”

(Thanks, Mr. Cube).

Ice Cube

Aug 3 2013

Ice T is nothing without Ice Cube.. – I mean “Iced TEA”

So i was sitting on my deck sipping on some Iced Tea, when my ipod shuffled to “the Tower” by rapper-turned-actor Ice T… I had a little chuckle and continued on, staring off my balcony into the trees, the street below and enjoying the summer day. THEN.. (coincidences abound)

my ipod was being cheeky and decided to play some Ice Cube, a song called “Today is A Good Day”, and I smirked again, continuing to sip my iced tea (with a few essential ice cubes floating around), thinking that: “Yes, Today IS a good Day, because I’m drinking Iced tea, listening to music, I didn’t even have to use my A.K. and…

my latest single “Queen” has now been played on 8 different CHR Radio stations across Canada over 200 times!! My radio promoter Andrea Morris tells me that some stations are still waiting to confirm the add… so there could be more!!

Oh yeah, and Happy 39th Anniversary to my Parents today!! I’m impressed by that. Never divorced, Only one marriage (obviously they’re both crazy.. and amazing.) with 3 kids. I gotta give Kudos to that. Next year will be 40. I will give another Kudos next year.. maybe 40.

Thank you to the following stations!
MAX 104.9 FM – Bathurst, NB
GIANT 101.9 FM – Sydney, NS
6X 106.9 FM – London, ON
CINN- 91.1 FM – Hearst, ON
CFLO 104.7 FM – Mont-Laurier, QC
CJMC 100.3 FM – Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, QC
CKBF 104.1 FM – Medicine Hat, AB
My 96.1FM – Medicine Hat, AB

Ice T and Ice Cube

Jul 24 2013

“QUEEN” Music Video is out now!!

Hey, I’ll tell you a secret! My video is out now! Be share to share it wherever you can!!

Jun 18 2013

It’s a Rap! Music Video Shoot for Queen is done!

So, since the shoot for my music video “Queen” wrapped up last night, (Yay!) I figured I would be posting Queen related things from now until the Video release… Don’t forget to phone your local Top 40 Station (in Canada) and request my song “Queen”

Starting with the most obvious (although very much unrelated to my song).. What’s YOUR favourite song by the epic rock band Queen?? Is it Fat Bottom Girls? I want it All? We Are the Champions? Who Wants to Live Forever?? …. This is mine Queen – THE SHOW MUST GO ON (Video)

Shout out to my awesome crew!! Spotlight TV, Taryn, Dylan

Aug 30 2012

90.3 AMP ROCKSTAR $200,000 Contest!

It’s been an exciting summer! After playing a few fun shows with some awesome local Calgary rock bands, I received some of the most exciting news yet!

90.3 AMP RADIO has awarded me with a $10,000 Career Development package and Selected me to compete for another $200,000 on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th! The “AMP ROCKSTAR” event is a live Battle of the Bands sorta thing, and is held at Mount Royal – Wyckham House. I need your attendance to help me win! And if you come, wear your KING DYLAN T-shirt (if you have one! – If you don’t I will have some at the show!) ROCKSTAR Poster GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!