DIE MANNEQUIN – NEON ZERO – FEATURE ALBUM REVIEW

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NEON ZERO

FEATURE ALBUM REVIEW

 

By: Fridae Mattas

 

Toronto’s female fronted punk rockers Die Mannequin released their third studio album Neon Zero today! They will be celebrating tonight at Cherry Colas where Tony and Care will be spinning their favorite tracks off of the new record. Since receiving this album back in August, I have been listening to it every chance possible and I’m so glad I did! Opening track “Welcome To The Badlands” sets the tone for this musical journey, collectively modern yet retro with an anthemic feel. Their strong first single “Sucker Punch” was an instant ear pleaser, if you haven’t heard it yet I suggest you take a listen and don’t forget to get your copy of Neon Zero. There were a few songs on this record like “Blood In Blood Out” and  “Pretty Persuasion” that I skipped at first listen. Had I not absorbed the records tunes entirely, they wouldn’t have grown on me as they have. Now, “Pretty Persuasion” is one of my favourites, I love the sound of the guitar riffs, they give the track this haunted vibe my ears are drawn to. “Murder On the Dancefloor” is another catchy tune that is worth a listen, compared to their previous records this is the most radio friendly I have heard DM. Quite surprised to tell you the truth but it turned out to be a pretty fucking fantastic surprise!

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They have created a vibe that reminds you of 80’s music with a slice of Hip Hop, 90’s, Punk, Grunge and Dance. You can hear all of those influences in there. One track in particular “Girls At the Mall”, reminds me so much of Veruca Salt’s “Volcano Girls” with a little Nirvana to end the track. Very impressed with vocals, major props go out to Care for showcasing her vocal versatility, keep up the amazing work! The band sounded tight, the quality of sound in the production of each sonata is crisp and proper, no ghetto recordings here. “Prettier lips tell prettier lies” from the last tune, “Outta Time” on this eleven track musical adventure is one of my favourite lyrics. I also loved the randomness at the end of the fast paced “Ka-Ching” with the bonus. There are a few tunes like “I’m Just A Girl” that I just couldn’t get into. I tried, and I commend vocals, but the tune itself was a little too Avril Lavignesque for my ears to handle. Neon Zero is worth many listens, from the first time I saw Die Mannequin rock out at the Horseshoe to this album here in 2014 they have come a very long way and I’m liking this new direction. The nicest people you’ll ever encounter, and so beyond talented! Die Mannequin is; Care Failure – Vocals/Guitar, Anthony Bleed – Bass/Backing vocals, Stacy Stray – Guitar/Backing vocals and Dazzer Scott on the Drums. NEON ZERO is an essential listening need! Everyone needs to buy this record and support these great Canadian talents, Die Mannequin’s Neon Zero gets 4 music notes ♪♪♪♪ out of 5!  

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NEW MUSIC MONDAY’S BAND OF THE DAY – DIE MANNEQUIN!!!

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NEW MUSIC MONDAY’S

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DIE MANNEQUIN!

 

 By: Fridae Mattas

 

Canadian shit disturbers “Die Mannequin” are back with a new “Neon Zero” feel for everyone to groove with! Watch the new video below, read the press release and sooner rather than later you can read my review on the new record. Buy “Sucker Punch” here and keep your ears and eyes open for the new album “Neon Zero” to be released in October!

Die Mannequin is:

Care Failure – Vox/Guitar

Tony Bleed – Bass

Dazzer Scott – Drums

Stacy Stray – Guitar

“Proving people wrong is my favourite pastime,” laughs the singer-guitarist. “I always feel like I have something to prove. It’s kind of in my DNA. I know people have been like, ‘Oh crap, what is Die Mannequin doing?’ Because I haven’t been in the forefront for the last few years. I’ve been regrouping. But now I’m back.”

And back in the grPasted Graphic 24oove. Make that a new groove. A neon groove. Neon Zero, the band’s third full-length and their first for eOne Music Canada, finds Die Mannequin not just resurrected but reborn. Rejuvenated. And retooling their wham-bam-thank-you-man punk and guttersnipe metal with an inspired injection of edgy electronics, big beats, massive melodies and polished production. It’s the sound of the mosh pit invading the club floor (and vice versa). The look of a studded leather jacket over a miniskirt and heels. The equivalent of Courtney Love sucker-punching Metric’s Emily Haines and teaching Iggy Azalea the real meaning of a new classic. You need it simpler? It’s an album that puts the DM in EDM. And turns it into Evil Dance Metal.

You could call it a comeback. An evolution. Even a revolution. But you already know what Failure will say about that.

“It’s really just been a natural progression,” she explains. “If it sounds like a big change for people, that’s just because of the years between the last record (2009’s Juno-nominated Fino + Bleed) and now. I’ve been DJing quite a bit over the past few years, and what I do is very contemporary and quite dancey. And I’ve been writing a lot on piano again. I’ve always had so many different influences that weren’t necessarily just rock. But when I started in music I was 14 and 15 and I kind of got stuck in this teenage punk hell of having to play the same songs for 10 years.”

Well, it hasn’t all been hell. Those songs — like Do it or Die and Saved by Strangers (from their EP-compilation Unicorn Steak), not to mention their 2009 top-20 track Bad Medicine — helped Failure and longtime partner-in-grime bassist Tony Bleed crawl their way from underground clubs to arena stages where they’ve opened for dudes named Marilyn and Axl. Along the way, they earned that Juno nom for Rock Album of the Year, along with a nod in the New Group category. But for every high on the rock ’n’ roller coaster there’s a comedown, and Failure has been no exception to the same catalog of professional setbacks and personal indiscretions as countless other fluorescent heroes.

Getting here from there didn’t come easy. But then, nothing good does. And even if it did, Failure doesn’t do easy. For Neon Zero, she spent eight months of madness holed up with co-producers Arion Anderson and Nathan Quinn and mixed by Gavin Brown (Metric, Billy Talent, The Trews) and Lenny DeRose (Metric, Hey Ocean, Walk Off The Earth), sleeping in the studio and painstakingly crafting these tracks — mostly by herself, mostly from scratch. Then she got down to business, bashing and belting out the bulk of the album in an eight-day marathon with Vancouver’s Andrew Conroy. The ends justify her means. The stomping swagger of first single Sucker Punch, the ecstasy and violence of Welcome to the Badlands, the pulsing fuzz of Murder on the Dance Floor, the grind-groove of Knock Me Out, the ominous slow-burn of Pretty Persuasion, the live-for-the-moment anthem We Own the Night, even the tender-hearted neo-balladry of I’m Just a Girl — they upgrade and update DM’s scrawled sonic signature with sharp synths, layered vocals, undeniable grooves. But Diemaniacs needn’t fear the repurposing — it all comes without sacrificing one iota of Failure’s guitar-shredding grit.

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“I am such a riffy chick,” she admits. “I can’t help myself. I’m a guitar wanker. There is never enough rock in it for me. I love bands like Sleigh Bells and The Kills, where you have both electronic and rock. That was the whole point, to show you could have it all together. It’s trickier. You have to put more brainpower into it. But when it works, it’s way deep and way more guttural. The music sounds better when you can get it to run hand in hand.”

Now, freed from the shackles of her past, with the most focused, consistent and fully realized work of her career firmly in hand, Failure is ready to run headlong into the future.

“I made this album because I want to kick down doors,” she explains. “I want to be able to really evolve and grow as an artist and not have to do the same old thing again. I don’t want to have to play by the rules. That’s why I needed to do this.”

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CANADIAN ARTISTS! YOUR BIG BREAK IS A VIDEO AWAY!

Big-Break-300x164 ENTERTAINMENT ONE & BEGIN AGAIN GIVE CANADIAN MUSICIANS THEIR BIG BREAK 

WITH A CHANCE TO WIN A MUSICAL RECORDING SESSION AND A SHOT AT A 

DISTRIBUTION DEAL WORTH UP TO $10,000.

 

TORONTO – JUNE 17 2014 – Entertainment One (eOne) and Begin Again are on the search for Canada’s top undiscovered music talent! Just steps away from their Big Break, Canadian singers and bands can upload their original works to a new YouTube contest (www.youtube.com/beginagainmovie) to be entered for a chance to win a musical recording session at Metalworks Studios and a Digital Distribution opportunity from eOne Music, the #1 independent music distributor in North America, worth up to $10,000!

Contestants must rally their friends, fans and followers to vote for their original work to avoid elimination. Only the top four artists make it through to the final round.  Canadian Recording Artist and Winner of Canadian Idol Eva Avila is joined by Eric Alper (Director of Media Relations at eOne Music and Host of ThatEricAlper’s Show on SiriusXM), Nathan Quinn (A&R and Label Acquisitions at eOne Music) and Kevin Dietz of Metalworks Studios in judging the four finalists and selecting the winning song.

image_242471_4“This inspiring film is set in NYC, and in a lot of ways, YouTube has the same huge caliber of undiscovered talent. Musicians can approach this like an open mic opportunity and do an original song to get heard by hundreds of thousands of music lovers,” explains Kai Exos, Creative Director at SPOKE and musician in his own right.

Begin Again is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City. 

“eOne Music Canada’s mission is to discover Canada’s next big star and showcase their stunning talent to listeners here, and around the world,” says Eric Alper, Director of Media Relations for eOne Music Canada. “We’re thrilled to be part of the Begin Again YouTube contest, so get your best song ready!”

The campaign, developed by creative agency, SPOKE, lives on YouTube and is powered by a custom YouTube contesting engine. The launch is supported by a heavy Social Media buy on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter as well as in-store POS at HMV, that forms part of eOne’s broader wide-release Media campaign, which also includes broadcast, digital, social, print, radio and Out of Home.

eOne opens Begin Again in theatres across Canada on July 11.

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COLLIE BUDDZ LIGHTS UP THE DANFORTH! TORONTO 2013!

All Photography By: Fridae Mattas
All Photography By: Fridae Mattas

COLLIE BUDDZ

LIGHT IT UP TOUR TORONTO 2013

WITH

NEW KINGSTON AND CRIS CAB

FEATURE EDITORIAL REVIEW

By: Fridae Mattas

Yes, it’s time to let the world read this editorial, that’s just me reassuring my O.C.D perfectionist self to let it go. Not the first time Collie Buddz brought the fiyah to Toronto and probably not the last! Good music and talented artists always get repeated coverage from me because it’s so rare to find these days. Collie Buddz (Colin Harper) new school Dancehall, Reggae, Soca artist hit Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall on his “Light It Up Tour” with support from Miami’s Cris Cab and Brooklyn’s New Kingston. Unlike many publications I don’t care about covering bands/artists that will give me a million new views and fans, I like introducing people to the good ones, new and old. Quality is very important because my ears don’t hear numbers but music is heard clearly. If I were to cover all of the mainstream crap everyone else does, I would be working at Much Music like everyone else instead of running my own budding media empire.

COLLIE BUDDZ CROWD DANFORTH MUSIC HALL 2013The Danforth Music Hall has been a part of East Toronto history since 1919 and was even shut down a few times since, most recently for a year and a half until it was resurrected in 2011. Come to think of it, this venue is where I saw my first ever live concert performance, a Greek Singer my Mom took me to see back in the late eighties. The Danforth is a neighbourhood in Toronto known as “Greek Town” by non Greeks and is always fun to wander, I partly grew up on that strip from Greenwood to Pape.

NEW KINGSTON LIVE @ THE DANFORTH MUSIC HALL 2013COURTNEY PANTON JR - DRUMS/VOX - NEW KINGSTON LIVE @ THE DANFORTBack to present day, I was hoping to make it on time for the first band New Kingston and I did! Finally I saw their full set! Well, kind of…I missed one song but did get a few good shots from the pit, they actually had a pit! Very surprised and excited when I saw the pit because I was ready for a general admission, no pit shoot from the crowd event, so I came prepped with different lenses. No complaints here, this show ended up being my favorite of the year thus far! New Kingston is a band of brothers with a “Fathager” (Father & Manager) Courtney Panton Sr. who also plays the Bass in the band. Brooklyn, NY is where they:  Tahir Panton – Vocals/Keys, Stephen Suckarie – Vocals/Guitar and Courtney Panton Jr. – Vocals/Drums) are from. They have two records available for you to hear “Kingston University” and “In The Streets“. You can usually find them on tour with Harper (they are also his backup band), it is pretty fantastic that they get to kick off the night with their own material. I remember last year, they had a set in the city without Buddz that I wanted to cover but I had another show and all my photographers were booked. It’s hard to be five places at once, unless you can freeze time or fly which unfortunately I have yet to learn how to do.

NEW KINGSTON LIVE @ THE DANFORTH MUSIC HALL 2013STEPHEN SUCKARIE - VOX - NEW KINGSTON LIVE @ THE DANFORTH MUSICThe band was vibing it out, still I felt like they were not fully comfortable on stage but did warm up and let loose by the end of the set. Drummer/Singer Courtney Panton Jr. migrated from behind his drum kit, took off his shirt and sang for the people of Toronto. The females were loving every minute of the shirt removal and I noticed every time I wandered to different areas of the venue the crowd was growing quickly. New Kingston has this one tune with a sick beat that I have heard before but never know the name of the tune because they don’t introduce all the songs. Advice for all newbies: introduce your songs to the crowd if you want people to actually remember them and check out your music. Tahir was a lot more enthusiastic, he even smiled a few times as he was rocking a portable keyboard instead of being so serious all the time. Steve did a commendable job entertaining the crowd but he could talk to them a bit more. They need to separate themselves from being the backup band and embody more of a headlining act attitude with every performance. They also need to work on tightening up those harmonies, they were pitchy in a few songs but overall well done, I would see them again for sure.

NEW KINGSTON LIVE @ THE DANFORTH MUSIC HALL 2013TAHIR PANTON - KEYS/VOX - NEW KINGSTON LIVE @ THE DANFORTH MUSICThe next artist to heat the stage was Cris Cab, he is new to my ears, I have never heard of him or his music but quite a few people in the crowd seemed to be familiar with him. There were plenty of different age groups, couples and of course the hard core Collie Buddz fans keeping their space hostage at the front of the barricade. Cris Cab is from Miami, Florida and like many people from Miami he has Cuban roots. Cuba is such a beautiful country and my heart aches for the people who live there, prisoners of paradise.

CRIS CAB LIVE @ THE DANFORTH MUSIC HALL 2013The crowd cheered Cab on as he was jamming out with his band, strumming a few tunes on the acoustic himself. Not bad for a young Larry, a little work is still needed here and there but he already has swagger and a presence about him. Cris was working the stage and a crowd like a seasoned veteran and looks absolutely natural! Truly coming from his heart you could see how much he loves being on the stage, I could tell he was nervous but had it under control almost immediately. He just released the Red Road Mixtape which you can grab here. Cris was discovered by Pharrell Williams and was signed to Mercury/Island Def Jam in 2011, one thing I know is Pharrell is right, this kid is the future.

CRIS CAB LIVE @ THE DANFORTH MUSIC HALL 2013CRIS CAB LIVE @ THE DANFORTH MUSIC HALL 2013The headliner for the evening Collie (Colin Harper) Buddz was up next! The crowd was more than ready chanting his stage name “Collie Buddz!”, “Collie Buddz!”. Once the house music stopped and the band started to jam the packed venue erupted into cheers of excitement for their favorite Reggae artist. The girls were going nuts, I avoided the area he was performing right in front of because the fans were getting grabby and “Too Watchy” (laughs). I really didn’t feel like having a chunk of my hair pulled out or my head whacked by hands.

COLLIE BUDDZ LIVE @ THE DANFORTH MUSIC HALL 2013COLLIE BUDDZ LIVE @ THE DANFORTH MUSIC HALL 2013Better lighting this time around and the setlist had old tunes and new, he even played a few super fresh tunes like “Light It Up” and “Payback’s A Bitch”. I was shocked when he threw down “Come Around” so early in the set, I think it was the last pit tune before I migrated back into the crowd. Usually when I’m shooting in the media pit and I have a three song limit I can barely remember the songs, its all a blur! This was true for the first two but the last one I photographed I remembered. “Come Around” is one of his big tunes and I’m used to it being played in the middle or near the end of the set, this time he mixed it up. Looking forward to hearing what Collie drops next his tunes are always original big tunes.

COLLIE BUDDZ LIVE @ THE DANFORTH MUSIC HALL 2013Once I stood still long enough to observe the set for a minute, my attention was drawn to the security guards who came out of the pit to converse with an older Jamaican man. He clearly had a problem with a female who was smoking weed and apparently was blowing the smoke in his face on purpose when he told her to put it out. She should not have aggravated him by showing some common courtesy and he should have known by going to a Collie “Buddz” show on the “Light It Up Tour” people would be blazing herbs. Both could have moved somewhere else in the crowd to avoid the whole problem from the start but that didn’t happen. Don’t know the outcome because I wandered off to another corner too much drama for me, that was the first and probably the last time I will ever see a Jamaican man so mad about ganja.

COLLIE BUDDZ LIVE @ THE DANFORTH MUSIC HALL 2013LADY ALEXIS - BACKUP VOX LIVE @ THE DANFORTH MUSIC HALL 2013Unlike many musicians and people, I noticed that Collie is loyal to his COLLIE BUDDZ LIVE @ THE DANFORTH MUSIC HALL 2013crew, New Kingston always is his back up band and the fantastical Lady Alexis is always backup vocals. Lady Alexis (Alexis Layne) did a fabulous job although she didn’t get a solo this time around. I loved the shirt she was wearing, all the haters really should.

Buddz not only played fan favorites like “Mamacita”, “Sensimilla” and “Tomorrow’s Another Day” he also threw down some old school Reggae, DanceHall, Soca tunes like “Murder She Wrote”, “Who Am I (Sim Sima)” and one of my all time old school Reggae favorites “Everyone Falls In Love” by Tanto Metro and Devonte, I believe Beenie Man did a remix of the tune or was featured. I wish my siblings were with me they would have loved this show as would have many of you.

COLLIE BUDDZ LIVE @ THE DANFORTH MUSIC HALL 2013COLLIE BUDDZ LIVE @ THE DANFORTH MUSIC HALL 2013Buddz was relaxed yet extremely enthused when engaging the fans, throwing smiles at them, jumping around. He was bringing his music to life for his fans wholeheartedly with sweat cloth and mic in hand. I have not heard anyone like Collie Buddz, he is still the only one who can throw it down the way he does. With other artists you can tell many are putting on a front but with Buddz he’s as real and natural as they get. The one song the crowd loved the most and I’m basing it purely on the decibel level was “Blind To You”. As Harper came back on stage for the encores, he popped out wearing a custom Toronto Blue Jay jersey with Buddz on the back of it, the crowd exploded! Everyone loves it when people represent their city and Collie does have some history with T.O.. The largest crowd I have seen for Collie Buddz, he also noticed stating that it was his biggest Toronto show and he didn’t want to leave the stage. I will definitley be covering Collie again to see his progression, plus I still want to do an interview! You all should go check out his unique blend of island sounds live if you get the chance. I’m glad everyone was having fun and nobody ended up on a gurney this time.

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Q & A WITH DOLLS!

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Q&A WITH DOLLS

 

By: Fridae Mattas

 

Amidst the whirlwind of press for her new album “Secret Sulk”, Nikki of Dolls (You may know her as Nikki Awesome.) had a few minutes to catch up and share some of her life.

 

Fridae: Hello, Hello! It has been awhile since we hijacked a ballroom, how are you?

DOLLS – Nikki: OMG I almost forgot about ballroom-hijacking. I mean, nowadays they just give themselves up. It’s been a while!

 

Fridae: What has been going on in Awesome land since we last chatted a few years back?

DOLLS – Nikki:  So much.  I’ve pretty much left the ‘Nikki Awesome’ thing behind (DOLLS website launching soon, but won’t change my Facebook fan page), relocated to the UK (three grey and glorious years this summer), learned how to produce my own music, have thrown myself about traveling, meet/greeting some of my favourite artists and making ridiculous videos.  Basically, I’ve spent the last three years regaining control of my art and having FUN again after leaving the major label game, which has definitely been a good move.

 

Fridae: How was Dolls created? If you could tell the world and myself a little more background information on the history of Dolls.

DOLLS – Nikki:  DOLLS was initially an outlet for me to create music with a darker overall sound which wasn’t really compatible with The Royal Society’s.  I always listened to synth-heavy music with a dirty, raw vibe, like Nine Inch Nails, Gary Numan, Depeche Mode, and Joy Division/New Order.  I also really love some of the pop artists of the 80’s like Tears for Fears, Pet Shop Boys and Men Without Hats, all acts that had depth in their lyricism as well as wicked synth lines.  I found that many mainstream artists were not into that style when I was last living in North America. There weren’t many artists making a crossover between ‘alternative’ and ‘synthpop,’ coming from a commercial pop background (though some were crossing over the other way).  I’ve always written all my own lyrics and melodies, played guitar and keys, but I felt despite that, I was limited to one style of music by virtue of having had a hit in that genre and lacking the resources to produce music on my own.  Even though The Royal Society’s fans were wonderful and the media outlets were amazing in supporting the project, the club scene was feeling a little superficial to me.  After losing several years worth of work to a series of heavily political power plays (in case you ever wondered why there wasn’t a Royal Society album), I began learning production in order to make the music I wanted, so as not to have to take direction from people who didn’t get me as an artist.  It wasn’t the easiest transition and I probably burned some bridges, but ultimately I feel more empowered and happier doing what I want to do, and if people don’t ‘get it’ I don’t have to answer to anyone.

Fridae: Good for you! It’s seems like every artist comes to learn in their own time, that the only person who can truly relay your vision is you.

 

Fridae:  How did you come up with the new records title?

DOLLS – Nikki: It was little bit of a joke at my own expense. I felt like in writing the material for DOLLS, people saw me as being a bit of a ‘poor little bitch girl,’ biting the hand that had fed me. Because the songs were a lot more angry, less commercially friendly, and openly bitter about things that usually get hushed up. Dolls music is a total contrast to The Royal Society vibe which is all “let’s party, everything’s rad.”. I wrote so many songs over the last three years that chronicled some experiences pretty viciously, and it turned out that after incessant (often unsolicited) input from everyone else I was (un)surprisingly kind of pissed off.  Making Secret Sulk the album’s title seemed appropriate in the sense that everything I did musically and the way I did it was otherwise so atypical and ‘inappropriate’.

 

Fridae: Did you work with someone on the new album or did you create everything yourself?

DOLLS – Nikki: Millions of hours alone in my bedroom. I didn’t have any previous experience with production outside of being in-studio, so it’s been an insanely huge learning curve, which is obviously not yet complete.  The new (unreleased) stuff is a lot more refined in terms of sound quality (since I have upgraded my equipment) but it’s still DOLLS: dark cynical synth/wave with pop vocals.

1dolls_nice_high_resFridae: What separates Dolls from all the other artists trying to break the global scene?

DOLLS – Nikki: It’s no secret that the whole music industry is upside down.  Everybody’s looking to sign the prepackaged ‘next big thing,’ so I’d say it’s pretty rare to be invited in to hear the ‘flaws’ and outtakes from the onset, especially from someone who was formerly perceived as being the prepackaged ‘thing’ . DOLLS is the evolution of an artist, not the ‘delivery of a product.’  In my opinion, flaws are what resonate with people and give the audience something real to connect with.  The pitch-perfect image airbrushing that has become par for the course is not what I want to buy into or sell anymore.  Imperfections have always intrigued me; whether it was hearing a wrong note, a crack in the vocal performance – those kinds of things are so smoothed-out these days that I feel it’s tremendously different to allow fans in on a project’s development. Not just delivering a polished focus group-approved sound or image, which means releasing material that hasn’t been over-refined.  Which is unconventional in the current system.  I’ve chosen to work outside the model of recent tradition, and I will make mistakes, backtrack, change things around, have opinions that will piss people off. It’s more interesting (to me) to throw down total chaos rather than play a formulaic game, shuffling alongside everyone else, everyone crossing their fingers for a major to pick it up.  Getting signed doesn’t always benefit an artist, more often than not it just brings in a bunch of watered-down opinions on how you can best sell your music like it’s a breakfast cereal.

 

Fridae: Are you planning on hitting the road anytime soon?

DOLLS – Nikki: Definitely, but nothing’s set in stone yet.  I’ve had interest in the UK and Europe, but because I don’t have label support it’s a bigger deal to commit to touring, so I’m still working out the bugs and deciding who I want to work with for the live show.

 

Fridae: If you could work with any artist in the music world today who would you choose?

DOLLS – Nikki: Trent Reznor, David Bowie or David Lynch.  I feel like they should come as a package-deal, just so I don’t have to hurt anyone’s feelings.

 

Fridae: Are there any other projects in the works?

DOLLS – Nikki: At the moment DOLLS is pretty all-consuming and there’s some deadly business waiting in the wings, but it’s all hush-hush, innit!  I’m just releasing my first collaboration with a Canadian artist since 2010 (On Your Lips with Toronto electro artist COINS), and have been talking with another UK indie artist (Magpies and Vagabonds) about a new concept project. He also did the Dustcover Mix of NOW NOW. Both tracks are on my Bandcamp and Soundcloud accounts for free download.

 

Fridae: Whose music are you playing on repeat right now that you could not possibly live without?

DOLLS – Nikki: I really like Miike Snow, Das Racist, HURTS and Paloma Faith.  I’m pretty shit at listening to new music, so I go through phases of not knowing about anything new and just snuggling into old faves, followed by frenzied accumulation of Spotify playlists.  I feel like not buying physical copies of albums combined with being so obsessive about learning production has changed the way I consume music; it’s like the line in Amadeus, about how sometimes there are just too many notes. When I (n)ever have spare time, I prefer to see plays, go to galleries, read.. Whatevs.

 

Fridae: Words of wisdom for aspiring artists….?

DOLLS – Nikki: Probably not to take anyone’s advice.  Nobody else knows how to develop your art better, and letting them try, almost invariably leaves you disappointed or risking relationships to maintain the integrity of your ideas.

 

Fridae: Where can people find your music?

DOLLS – Nikki:  DOLLS’ Secret Sulk is available for free on my Soundcloud account (http://soundcloud.com/dollsxx/sets/secret_sulk) and if people like it, it would be fantastic if they want to purchase it for whatever they think works; I’m asking for £5.00 on Bandcamp (http://dollsxx.bandcamp.com), which allows me to continue to make music and develop the project.

 

Fridae: Are there any last words you would like to share with the world?

DOLLS – Nikki:  “She probably had it coming.”

Fridae: LOL!! Thank you so much Mizz Nikki Dolls!

 

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FRIDAE TV’S TOP 10 LIVE OF 2012

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TOP 10 LIVE

OF

2012

 

By: Fridae Mattas

 Here we are again! Another Entertainment filled year of FridaeTV coverage ends and a new year of fun journeys begins! The year of 2012 had many incredible live moments and just as many failed attempts by bands new and old. Below is the list of the top ten best live artists I have had the pleasure of covering this year, they all have that something special that transcends on stage. You can find the reviews in the archives as well as videos on Fridae TV Youtube and photos not in the galleries on Fridae TV Facebook. I am very excited as to what the new year will bring! Wishing everyone an amazing 2013, thank you for all the love and support!

Much Love xo Fridae

TOP TEN LIVE OF 2012

#1 – DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN

GREG PUCIATO - VOCALS - DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN - HEAVYT.O. 2012,

#2 – SALT-N-PEPA

SALT N PEPA LIVE @ CNE BANDSHELL BEER FEST TORONTO 2012

#3 – THRICE

THRICE LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS MAY 30TH 2012

#4 – COLLIE BUDDZ

#5 – DEFTONES

#6 – EMELI SANDÉ

#7 – REFUSED

#8 – SYSTEM OF A DOWN

#9 – THE WALLFLOWERS

#10- BILLY TALENT

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

SLIPKNOT

DIE MANNEQUIN

THE TEA PARTY

SIX SIDE DIE

ENTER SHIKARI

BREACHED

NICK CARTER

THE WANTED

 

BANDS TO WATCH!

THE PACK A.D.

THE JOY ARSON

NEVEREST

THE SUBURBIANS

 

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TYLER MEDEIROS – TM EP: FEATURE ALBUM REVIEW

 

Photo By: Alexandra Mattas
Photo By: Alexandra Mattas

TYLER MEDEIROS – TM EP

FEATURE ALBUM REVIEW

  

By: Fridae Mattas

First time hearing of CP/IMGStrongArm artist Tyler Medeiros was back in 2010 when Fridae TV covered his first video shoot for the song “Girlfriend”. The track is the first on the EP and it features Medeiros’s labelmate and cousin Danny Fernandes. For more about the shoot you can always check out that article with behind the scenes video here.

As I listen to Tyler’s debut EP, I noticed that all of the songs are similar in subject matter with different tempos, music and lyrics. One of the tracks “Say I Love You (Please Don’t Go)” is a semi-cover of the KC and The Sunshine Band hit. This album is your typical happy pop album tailored for Medeiros’s audience, the younger generation. However, I believe Tyler is capable of more mature content, he is seventeen and not fourteen anymore. He should eventually grow with his audience and convey that through his music if he wants longevity past puberty in this industry.

Vocals are improving, you can hear the difference between earlier recordings  compared to the most recent. One of the tracks, “I Got It Bad” was fantastic until the breakdown of the song. There was too much emphasis on a few of the last letters in the words, sounding too harsh and unnatural. It is always good to have clear diction for crisp recordings but, there is a difference between clarity and over enunciation. People working with younger talent need to be a little more nurturing to mentor and refine the artists’ natural abilities. With continued vocal work, time and dedication to his music, Tyler can turn out to be a great Canadian entertainer.

Many songs on this record like “Girlfriend”, “I Got It Bad”, “First Time” and “Radio” featuring Flo Rida are surprisingly strong songs. But, as stated above, I think his content needs to reflect his age group and their issues, dig deeper. If I were fifteen, I would have somewhat enjoyed this record. It’s fun, has great sing-a-long songs and decent enough beats to create dance or cheer team routines to (I would have). 

This is an honest first attempt for 17-year-old Tyler Medeiros; I look forward to seeing how he progresses and grows into his talents on a full album. All of you young pop aficionados, this record should be on your playlists! Parents Christmas is coming, you can purchase TM here.

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TM Track Listing:

  1. Girlfriend ft. Danny Fernandes
  2. #QTEE
  3. Radio ft. Flo Rida
  4. Say I Love You (Please Don’t Go) ft. Lil Twist
  5. First Time
  6. I Got It Bad
  7. Favorite Girl
  8. www.TylerMedeiros.com/
    www.myspace.com/TylerMedeirosCP
    www.twitter.com/TylerMedeiros

NICK CARTER TAKES ON TORONTO – FEATURE EDITORIAL REVIEW

All Photography By: Fridae Mattas

NICK CARTER

LIVE @ THE CNE 2012

FEATURE EDITORIAL REVIEW

 

By: Fridae Mattas

 

No, there is nothing wrong with your eyes, you can say his name out loud if you want Nick Carter. The Backstreet Boy who brought Boyband madness to a whole other level back in the 90’s. To this day many artists and groups aspire to be like Carter and his group. All the rock and metal fans are probably like why does she keep throwing poptarts at us?! The Arts Curator (That would be me) selects what is covered based on quality and audience demand. After I published the insanity of last year’s autograph signing people have been searching for content on this particular artist every day. I try to give the people what they want and introduce them to new music. Prior to publishing the CNE press release I saw on the list of performers that Carter was scheduled for the 19th. Naturally, my curiosity kicked in! I had to see what baby Backstreet Boy all grown up had to give as a solo artist. He released his second solo record titled “I’m Taking Off” last year and has had a few shows in Toronto since but I couldn’t make them. Plus, it’s not like his publicists have rushed to respond to my media request so why bother? I don’t chase anyone.

This was not the first Nick Carter solo show I have been to but the first I was actually able to kind of watch… Flashback to 2002/2003 when he released his debut solo record “Now or Never”, my friend whom I lost touch with a few years ago was his bodyguard for that tour. When they came to Toronto I went to visit him with my Korean friend and chilled backstage prior to the show at the Kool Haus. All I can recall from that night was Carter jibbering Japanese to my Korean friend just before he went on stage, his super creepy friend and a contest winner totally freaking out in his dressing room. When I say freaking out I mean blood curdling screams, tears and convulsions! I could see her on the floor flipping out thinking she was having a seizure or something! I asked my friend what was going on, he came out of the dressing room and told me nothing, she just met Nick Carter. That was mind blasting! To this day I will never forget that girls’ hysteria, I just don’t get it!

He’s a talented attractive guy, okay but there are many talented hot guys! What comes over a person to have that kind of reaction? As for his actual performance, I don’t remember much of it at all! My attention was focused on the fans peeking through the curtain as they were pushing the barricade closest to us. I was scared, praying that it wouldn’t fall over to cause a stampede of fans stage left. A few teenies managed to sneak past security landing behind the curtain; clearly security wasn’t doing a very good job keeping the teenies at bay. They pushed me and my then friend out of their way running as fast as they could to the stage, completely blocking the “Make a Wish” girl’s view. I kept asking them to move out of her way so she could watch the show if they were going to stay. It was only common courtesy but the teenies obviously didn’t care about anything other than getting a piece of Nick Carter and continued to stand in front of her for the rest of the set. Sadly, I am pretty sure the Make a Wish girl has passed on by now, she did not look well but you could see the excitement in her eyes as she watched Carter on stage, she was absolutely thrilled to be there.

Fast forward present day 2012, well last Sunday August 19th to be exact when BC’s Andrew Allen was opening the show for Carter. The crowd wasn’t too large yet so there was ample room for me to float around and get the shots I needed without being in the pit, until it started to rain! I quickly put my camera away until it stopped. The CNE Bandshell’s sound is so impeccably crisp. A recent example of their professionalism was during Salt N Pepa’s set when one of the speakers blew out mid song. The fabulous femmes continued on with the track and the speaker was repaired before it ended. I was not at all worried about the sound but the tragic lighting washing everyone out was going to be a challenge, as was the stabilizing the footage, I tried my best. Shooting from the audience at a pop show, is completely different than a metal or rock show but have similar elements of danger with the huge possibility of assy footage and photos.

Never in my life have I heard of Andrew Allen or seen him perform but I arrived just in time to catch the BC native in action with his drummer. Andrew’s audience interaction was a decent start; you could tell he was nervous which is only natural. I wish he migrated around a bit more on the stage but he still needs to get used to being on the bigger ones. Vocals were good but do not stand out amongst the plethora of singer songwriters I have seen. The songs need some tweaking but they weren’t too bad, he had a few catchy ones like “What You Wanted” and “Sooner”. Andrew Allen has potential to blossom into a fantastic artist and I recommend checking him out if he ends up playing in your neighborhood!

Next up the headliner, I have not seen such a massive crowd gather so fast, Carter even mentioned something about this audience being the largest crowd on his solo tour yet, at least he’s honest. The fans in the front have been waiting for him since who knows what time. Guaranteed there were a few that flew in from different countries (I think he even pointed one out during the set) and I’m sure many camped out as early as they could to get their front row spot. It was funny because the CNE staff I spoke with told me to push through and make way to the front. If I’m not in the pit or on stage, I try to shoot from the sides or farther back in the middle. No way in hell was I about to even go near the front row, especially after my recent close call at Heavy T.O.’s metal mud fest.

Carter launched his Space themed set with the title track from his sophomore album “I’m Taking Off” coming out in a space suit with super ugly red leather hammer pants. He started in sounding pretty good with Axe in hand, I could tell he was still learning to master the axe but he’s way better than I and many other “Guitarists” I have come across. There weren’t too many pitch issues except for near the end of this tune and a few others but not as bad as most would assume. I’d rather see Nick Carter live again than Marylin Manson! His recent performance was absolutely the biggest disappointment to my ears of the century. I tried my best to keep the camera steady while shooting but had to stabilize most of the footage in post; no control over the waving hands smacking my lens mid filming. Nick sang a few tracks off of both his records with a few Backstreet Boys tunes mixed in, he even went half over the barricade to touch the fans during the classic hit “I Want It That Way”.

Mid set it was sexy time for the fans as he turned on his “Nasty” seductive charm which made me laugh! He even chose a fan to serenade on stage, that caused extreme screams every girl in the audience was hoping it was them, except me of course. Thank God I remembered my ear plugs they saved my ears from the high vocal decibels of the fans. Nick ended up choosing a ginger again, when I covered the NKOTBSB Hamilton show last year he also chose a ginger but she had a clever sign. I felt sorry for this girl because when he asked the fans to cheer for her none of them except her friends did, they were jealous moodies. Carter was giving the fans exactly what they wanted and at times it seemed like he was actually teasing them on purpose which was very amusing. He gave the chosen one some extra attention, playing with her hair, caressing her face and ending the serenade with a kiss. This was more than likely the best day of her life and she probably creamed her luckies on stage.

Carter has had a busy career life, past few years touring as part of the NKOTBSB, doing his own solo thing and working on the new Backstreet Boys record with all of the members including Kevin, he’s back! But, life is not always peachy even for a Backstreet Boy, earlier this year Nick tragically lost his younger sister Leslie who was a singer and new Mother. It is so hard to lose anyone especially immediate family, people say time heals all wounds but I have come to conclude you never really get over certain things. You just have to adapt to life the best way you can and hope to survive this journey . I met Leslie in the past, she was a sweet girl. One thing I will remember is how much she loved her family especially her big bro, he was all she would talk about.

Nick was trying to keep everything smooth and on key while dancing and playing the guitar at the same time, his efforts did not go unnoticed and the crowd of course thought he was flawless. His vocals are becoming stronger and he had the stamina to perform a fifteen track set on his own. In fact, I was quite impressed with his steady tone when he sang “Incomplete”. There were moments he seemed genuinely happy but also many instances he looked drained, running through a set he’s performed many times before like a robot. I also picked up on this intense sadness about him especially during the track “Falling Down”, cheer up Charlie!

He probably loves every minute of his career but it must be getting to him, he’s been working since his early teens with the Backstreet Boys. All of his group mates have been able to grow up and move on with their lives getting married, having children but not Carter. Who knows if he has someone in his life that actually really loves him and even if he did, would his fans allow him to grow up? Nobody will be good enough for him in their eyes, even if she was the new age Mother Theresa! Aside from the nut jobs I’ve come across, some of Carter’s fans truly have his best interests at heart and want to see him happy. Well, according to the random sobbing Asian girl who turned to me near the end of the set and said “I just want to see him happy”. I thought she was the only one in tears but when I turned around to see the rest of the audience there were a few more wet eyes, some had mascara running down their face.

The band Nick had backing him up was amazing, they even dressed up as aliens and astronauts playing their part in the show. The audience was majority female, couples, families and a few guys lingering around who were probably secretly teenying out amongst themselves like these army dudes were. Although he could relax on the redundant pointing and hand gestures, his solo music has more of an edge and the content is getting better lyrically. Nick Carter did an exceptional job taking on Toronto by himself, far exceeding my expectations! He closed the set with his single “Burning Up”, you can check out more photos here and a few tunes from the set will be up here shortly. Catch Carter later this week on Good Morning America August 31st where he will be performing with all of his Backstreet brothers. If you have the opportunity to see this Backstreet Boy rock the stage solo, take that chance you may be pleasantly surprised.

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DEADMAU5 SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM SEPTEMBER 25TH!

NEW ALBUM ‘> album title goes here <’

SET FOR RELEASE SEPTEMBER 25

PREORDER BEGINS AUGUST 14

NEW SINGLE “PROFESSIONAL GRIEFERS”

FEATURING GERARD WAY

OUT AUGUST 14

The world of deadmau5—the world-renowned electronic artist—is always fast and furious. He recently overhauled his studio in his Toronto hometown and following his full-scale European tour this past spring, he locked himself in and went on a creative spree to finish > album title goes here <, his new album due out September 25 (Ultra Music).

Following his performance with the Foo Fighters at the Grammy Awards earlier this year showcasing his stellar remix of the group’s “Rope,” deadmau5 continues his collaborations in the rock world by enlisting the vocal talents of Gerard Way, lead singer of My Chemical Romance for his new single “Professional Griefers.” Out on August 14 on Ultra Music in North America, the single sits on the tougher end of deadmau5’s productions and already leading rock stations such as Los AngelesKROQ, Live 105 in San Francisco, KNDD in Seattle and SiriusXM’s Alt Nation have been lending early support.

Fans first got to experience “Professional Griefers” as an unreleased instrumental track during deadmau5’s North American Meowingtons Hax tour last year, premiering the track at his critically acclaimed headlining performance at Lollapalooza.  Now “Professional Griefers”–which kicks off with stomping beats and heavily distorted guitar stabs, then builds tension with discordant synth strikes leading into the chorus–features vocals from one of the most distinctive voices in rock.  Look for its accompanying video, featuring both deadmau5 and Gerard Way and created by Dave Stewart’s Weapons of Mass Entertainment production company, to emerge this month (exact date TBA).

All the tracks on > album title goes here < are deadmau5 original productions.  They include collaborations with “Animal Rights” co-producer Wolfgang Gartner (“Channel 42”); vocalists Imogen Heap (“Telemiscommunications”) and Chris James (“The Veldt,” the critically acclaimed track inspired by the Ray Bradbury short story); and legendary hip-hop outfit Cypress Hill (“Failbait”).   There are also new pieces like the Close Encounters of the Third Kind classic film-inspired “Closer,” the dance floor burner “There might be coffee” and electronica piece “Sleepless.”  Like “Fn Pig” and “October,” many of these tracks have been available on deadmau5’s SoundCloud as rough edits. For > album title goes here < they come together as finished songs in the format the way he intends them to be heard by his fans.

deadmau5 just headlined the VELD Music Festival in Toronto this past weekend.  His next North American major performance is confirmed for Saturday, September 22 in Las Vegas for the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

The complete track listing for deadmau5’s > album title goes here < is:

  1. Superliminal
  2. deadmau5 & Wolfgang Gartner – Channel 42
  3. The Veldt (featuring Chris James)
  4. Fn Pig 
  5. Professional Griefers (featuring Gerard Way)
  6. maths
  7. There might be coffee
  8. Take care of the proper paperwork
  9. Closer
  10. October
  11. Sleepless
  12. Failbait (featuring Cypress Hill)
  13. Telemiscommunications (featuring Imogen Heap)

> album title goes here < is available on August 14 for pre-order at www.itunes.com/deadmau5.

 

About deadmau5

Joel Zimmerman, more commonly known as deadmau5 (pronounced ‘dead mouse’), is one of the world’s most respected electronic music producers of modern times. Enjoying international chart success with his singles “Sofi Needs A Ladder,” “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” and “I Remember,” he has also released three critically acclaimed albums: 4×4=12, For Lack Of A Better Name and Random Album Title, with a fourth album, > album title goes here <, due out September 25, 2012. The multiple JUNO Award-winning and Grammy®-nominated artist performed at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards as part of its first ever telecast performance highlighting electronic music. His ability to push the boundaries of his talent grows at an equal rate to his fan base, which counts over 6.5 million on his Facebook page. A major touring act, he has headlined Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Sonar, Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Ultra Music Festival and Electric Daisy Carnival, and sold out Rogers Centre in Toronto and PETCO Park in San Diego, as well as multiple consecutive nights at legendary venues like the Roseland Ballroom in NYC and the Palladium in Los Angeles.  He recently appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone, marking him as the first EDM artist to do so.

www.deadmau5.com

www.facebook.com/deadmau5

www.twitter.com/deadmau5

www.deadmau5.tumblr.com

 

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