Music Monday – Xp da X

By: Jenna Melanson

Hip Hop artist, Xp da X was born and raised in Montreal and is influenced by the East Coast hip hop scene. He traveled a lot at a young age to Brooklyn, NY and with the help of his close cousin, producer Cton, he created this track, “I Never Left” and now he’s ready for the world to hear it!

For more information on Xp da X, check out his social networking sites:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/XP-DA-X-20/213366562034065
Twitter: https://twitter.com/xpdax
Website coming soon!

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Interview – Carlos Morgan

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By: Emily Thomson

Carlos Morgan is a Juno winning singer/songwriter/producer. On top of winning a Juno, Carlos has a MMVA, Canadian Urban Music Awards, SOCAN Music Award and Caribbean Cultural Committee Awards. Morgan also was 1st place for the John Lennon “Gots 2 Luv U” Songwriting Contest and was the recipient of the “Best Male R&B Artist” & “Role Model Award” @ the “2014 Black Canadian Awards. Carlos recently released his single, “Be The One (Tonight)” Ft. Thrust. This single is off of his upcoming album, “C.A.R.L.O.S.” which will be released Feb. 2015. Read & find out more about Carlos Morgan!

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, who are some of your favourite Canadian bands/artists/DJs?

CM: Some of my favourite Canadian artists include: Glenn Lewis, Shi Wisdom, Kim Davis, Karl Wolf, Jennie Laws, Quisha Wint, Chris Rouse, Show Stephens, Joseph Neale, Divine Brown, Omar Lunan, Michael Ferfolia, Joni Nehrita, Jully Black … to name a few.

If you could put together a tour with any Canadian bands/artist including yourself, who would headline and who would the openers be?

CM: I would tour with Karl Wolf, Glenn Lewis and Joseph Neale. Joseph Neale would open the show, Glenn Lewis would be the second artist, I’d follow Glenn and Karl Wolf would be the headliner. The order of the show would also depend on the venue and the audience that came to the show.

What made you decide that music is what you wanted to do?

CM: I decided that music was what I wanted to do when I realized I could sing, dance and perform better than anything else. And when I sang, danced and performed, I felt the most happiest, confident and safest. I still feel the same way to this day. I am grateful every day that God blessed and gifted me with the talent for music.

At what age did you start with music?

CM: I started with music at age 12, singing professionally for a Gospel band at the church I attended.

You recently released your first single from your upcoming EP, what was that like and how has the reaction to the song been so far?

CM: Actually, I’ve changed the direction of the EP. I’ve decided to record an album. It will contain 10 tracks.
The single I released has been getting a good response so far. I’m sending the single out to radio and seeking to submit the single to DJ Pools for possible club play.

What are you most excited for about your album getting released?

CM: What I’m most excited about getting my new album released are the songs, the songwriters and producers I’m working with. For this album, I’m working mostly with David Neale, who is the first cousin of the late Haydin Neale of “Jacksoul”. David’s a young and extremely talented songwriter and producer. David’s latest project was composing and producing half of Karl Wolf’s latest album.
I’m an R&B/Soul artist but for this album, I’m doing something different. I’m very excited about it. This album is Pop/EDM and Urban.

These next questions will help your fans get to know you better. What song is your favourite to play live?

CM: There are many, many songs; both original and cover songs I enjoy performing live. One of my favourite original songs to perform live is the title track of my Juno Winning album, “Feelin’ Alright”. One of my favourite cover songs to perform is “Superstar” by Luther Vandross.

Since you’ve won quite a few awards, If you could make up any award and present it to one Canadian artist/band, what would the award be for and who would you present it to?

CM: If I could make up any award, the award would be the “Afro-Canadian Pioneer Music Award”. The award would be for Afro-Canadians who have never been awarded and acknowledged for their music and contributions to the Canadian Music Industry. The artists I would present the award to includes: Salome Bey, Crack Of Dawn, Aubrey Mann, Liberty Silver, Jay McGee, Wayne St. John, Vivienne Williams … to name a few.

What song describes you best?

CM: If you’re asking what song I’ve written, recorded and released to date that describes me best, is a song from my first album called “What I’ve Done To You”. It’s a song that expresses my remorse for hurting the woman I loved, where my pain and anger comes from and asking for forgiveness.

Do you have any hidden talents?

CM: Some of the hidden talents I have are: I play drums and guitar (but I’m not a guitar virtuoso). I’m comedic, I’m a good writer and I can iron clothes really good. I’m so good at ironing that if I ironed your clothes, you’d think you just got your clothes from the dry cleaners … lol.

And lastly, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?

CM: I want to express my deep gratitude and appreciation to all my fans for their support of my music, purchasing my music and coming to my concerts. If you want to know more about me, my music and career, please go to my website, http://www.carlosmorganmusic.com,
Facebook (www.facebook.com/carlos.morgan.562) and Twitter (@carlosmorgan)

Please support Canadian independent music.

I love and appreciate you all. Keep shining … and God Bless you all!!

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Sunday Covers – Ryan Cook

By: Jenna Melanson

Ryan Cook is a country singer/songwriter from Yarmouth, NS. In June 2011, he recorded some covers as part of the Yarmouth sessions, including this one of “Easy” by Commordores. He does a great job on this song and leaves you wanting to hear more from him.

You can see more of Ryan Cook here:
http://www.ryancook.ca

https://www.facebook.com/iryancook

https://twitter.com/iryancook

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Interview – City Virtue

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By: Remington Fioraso

City Virtue, also known as Jared Buller-Kormos, is a pop musician from Saskatchewan. I had the opportunity to do an email interview with Jared.

Who are your influences?

In life my biggest influence is God. In music, I would have to say a very good friend of mine by the name of Alex Bent is my biggest influence. He has always been there for me and my music and has always supported my music to the fullest. To see his music take off is an amazing thing and I am so proud of him.

What or whom have been your inspirations when writing?

For me there are times when I get writers block and literally can’t put a word on a page, but when that happens I step back and take some time off writing and listening to others more. When I am refreshed that is the best time for me to be inspired. Probably my biggest inspiration when it comes to being a musician is Owl City also known as Adam Young, he has been my favorite artist since I heard of him and I love his look on life and how he comes up with his ideas. The most random and untypical things spark his interest. I believe my biggest inspiration though is my emotions. That is what really gets me to dig deep in myself and write about my experiences and even just make up stories that come from my emotions.

What is the typical songwriting process look like for you? How has it changed or developed from when you first began recording?

Well when I first started writing music about 8 years ago, I started writing really cheesy techno music, I was really big into basshunter and tiesto back then. I never really knew the structure of a song or how to place certain parts of a song. That is the main reason why I stuck with techno for so long is because in that type of genre it is basically layers of different chord progressions and melodies. As I grew up more I always wanted to be a recording artist but didn’t have the equipment or knowledge to produce the right type of music. I then began using a really low end microphone that was used for the play station 2. As the years went by I became more knowledgeable and began to understand the basic foundation of recording my own instruments. I went from recording vocals in the genre of synthetic pop to recording my own acoustic guitar and turning my genre from electro-pop to acoustic-pop.

For those new to your music, what song(s) would you recommend listeners to check out first?

The top 3 songs I would recommend is:
“This Game With You (Understand)” Which you can find on Itunes
“All Alone With You” Which can find on Itunes as well
And “Fall For You” Which you can find on Purevolume.com/CityVirtue

The two first songs I chose because I believe they are my most well produced and written songs. But for the last song it is a really in depth emotional song that I wrote while I was in a state of sorrow and pain. There are many other songs I would recommend but those are the top 3.

What is next for City Virtue?

I am trying hard to get exposure for my music and get some live gigs. I am still recording and working on a new album, I am going for something maybe a little bit different this time but the core foundation will be the same. I am hoping to come up with some stuff and work with the new album a bit more with exposure and promotion tools, as well as do some collaborations.

Who are your favourite Canadian artists?

I would have to say my favourite Canadian artist would probably be Michael Buble

What was the first album you bought?

My album that I ever bought with my own money was AFI’s Decemberunderground. I love that album.

What are your guilty pleasures?

I love cookies! That is probably my biggest guilty pleasure. It is so bad for me but I love it.

What are your favourite things to do when not working on your music?

I really enjoy going out with my friends and doing things. I love going out to movies with friends.

What songs have been your favourite during this summer?

To be honest I really like the new songs from 5 Seconds of Summer. Their song “She looks so perfect” and “Amnesia” I also REALLY like the song “Rude” by Magic

Is there anything else you would like to say to your fans?

To be honest, just be yourself and don’t let people bring you down. My music shows who I truly am and that is how I express myself, don’t stop whatever you do to express yourself. My good friend Alex Bent has shown me a lot when it comes to self respect and realizing the truth behind the music us musicians write. You can find me on Youtube, Reverbnation, Purevolume, Itunes, etc. Thanks for the support and thanks so much Canadian Beats for Interviewing me.

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Show Review – Jordan Pritchett

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By: Remington Fioraso

Who: Jordan Pritchett
Where: Gabby’s Country Cabaret in Langley, BC
When: August 28, 2014

You might recognize Jordan ‘JP’ Pritchett from Faber Drive or the Chris Buck Band, however, he is also performing under his own name. Joining Jordan on stage for the first of four nights at Gabby’s on the long weekend were Seamus O’Neill on drums, Phillip Puxley on guitar/banjo/vocals, and Jeremy ‘Krikit’ Liddle on bass. The last time I saw JP play as a solo artist, it was an acoustic set so it was cool to see him play with a full band.

The cover-filled event saw the guys perform songs from numerous artists including Luke Bryan, Backstreet Boys, Florida Georgia Line, Serena Ryder, and Def Leopard. Instead of going through each set, thought I would touch on a couple of the highlights for me.

Taking a step back from guitar during the third set, Pritchett slowed it down a bit and focused solely on the vocals for “Shameless.” Although it is difficult to live up to Garth Brooks’ version, it was one of the songs that stood out the most the night. Job well done.

The phrase “the apple don’t fall from the tree” definitely fits in. If you unaware, Jordan is the son of country singer Aaron Pritchett. During the four sets, JP covered a few of his dad’s songs including “New Frontier,” “Let’s Get Rowdy,” “Hold My Beer,” and Aaron’s latest single “Boat on the Water.” Having seen both perform the songs, it’s interesting and simply put it, pretty awesome.

JP definitely continues to be one of my favourite musicians to see perform live. He is a talented vocalist and guitarist. It is really cool to see him take centre stage instead of a song here and there or primarily backing vocals. The one thing I would really like to see in the future is at least a few original songs thrown in to compliment the covers performed (which is a slight hint/nudge to incorporate such).

In addition to going on about JP, major props go to the rest of the guys. Seamus is one of, if not the best, drummers I’ve seen perform so far. Puxley is amazing – It was awesome hearing “Johnny Be Good” again. It was my first time seeing Krikit not playing under Faber Drive (although 3/4 playing on the day are with FD) and playing country music. Still my favourite bassist since seeing him play for the first time in September 2008.

Overall, good performance. Well done, Japes, well done. Looking forward to seeing what you do in the future because you’re going to go far.

Stay up to date on JP at:

http://www.twitter.com/jpfaberdrive

http://www.facebook.com/jordanaaronpritchett

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Review – Display of Decay

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Outbreak Of Infection by Display Of Decay
Released: August 26th 2014

The Band:
Tyler Goudreau- Bass and Vocals
Shawn Watson – Lead Guitar, Background Vocals
Jeremy Puffer- Rhythm Guitar
Avery Desmarais- Drums

What’s up metalheads, \m/iki Dom with you tonight it’s been a while hehe! Tonight we are going brutal death metal with Edmonton’s metalers Display Of Decay… These guys aren’t newcomers on the Canadian metal scene, they are rather well established with this EP being their fourth release overall, these guys need no introduction anymore… So let’s talk about this new EP of theirs called Outbreak Of Infection… The Ep contains 4 original song and a cover of the legendary Black Diamond by Kiss a daring choice in my opinion since the people’s… especially metalheads’ opinion on Kiss is pretty varied but i’ll come back to that… let’s talk about the original stuff… The EP Opens with Born Of Rot a pretty good example of what sludge and death metal blended together sound like with some doom influences here and there i really don’t hate the blend it think it’s clever… This band has many doom metal influences with slow but heavy beats and very low growls thee really are on the verge of being a complete doom metal but they do have some sludge and death metal influences too so at time it gets confusing haha! and well let’s talk about that Kiss cover for the people who know and love Kiss this song can be an outrage mostly because they’ll miss the original vocals but mainly and for the most part this version isn’t that bad but as a Kiss fan I just can’t listen to it… According to me only Kiss can play Kiss music but hey it’s only me… So here is my quote

\m/iki’s seal of approval quote 4/5

Not a bad album, i’d recommend more towards doom metal fans because it is rather slow and low for fans of faster death metal… it is still worth checking out… not a perfect album but a solid effort whatsoever!

Tracklist:
1. Born Of Rot
2. Manchurian Candidate
3. Praise The Gore
4. Outbreak Of Infection
5. Black Diamond

Well that’s all for me folks hope you enjoyed this little column and i hope to be with you again soon! Check this one out if you can! They are on Bandcamp it is worth a listen!

It was \m/iki Dom saying take care, good night and stay metalheads

Cheers!

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Review – Andrea Superstein

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By: Remington Fioraso

EP: Stars
Hear two of the songs here: http://www.andreasuperstein.com
Album Release: June 2014

Originally hailing from Montreal, Andrea Superstein is a jazz musician based in Vancouver, BC. She released her debut album “One Night” in 2010. She released her second album, an EP, four years later.

The extended play entitled “Stars” contains five tracks. It includes the singles “I Want to be Evil” and “Just One Time.” The contained tracks showcase Andrea’s vocal capabilities. She has a strong voice. The instrumentals accompanying Superstein’s vocals definitely make the album more unique. They tie in together and produce a solid album. It is easy to find yourself singing along to the tracks.

The tracks being my favourites on the EP are “I Want to be Evil” and “What Goes On.”

Rating: 3.5/5

Connect with Andrea at:

http://andreasuperstein.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Andrea-SUPERstein/177913289788

http://www.twitter.com/supersings

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