Friday, March 30, 2012

THE COLLAPSE OF THE INDUSTRY
pt. III

4th Annual Gravity Summit - 2012


CURT SMITH
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Saturday, March 24, 2012

"Who are the 
Donovan Mojopin
Lead vocals, guitarist, songwriter & composer
Michel Bruyere
Drummer, songwriter & composer, vocals
Leroy Constant
Bassist & composer, vocals
Killah Green
Guitarist & composer

RECEIVE JUNO 2012 NOD”

Bruthers of Different Muthers (BODM) spent over a year 
creating their debut album, Speakers of Tomorrow, released in 2011. 
As self-published songwriters & musicians, having no label, 
agent or manager backing them,
 it was some years before they decided to go it alone 
and release & promote the album. 
And their hard work as independent artists has already started to pay-off. 


Since the release of their debut album in 2011, 
these talented artists have already received music accolades, including: 
• Best Rock CD at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards 
in November of 2011; and
• JUNO Nomination in February of 2012 in the Aboriginal Album category.

The Aboriginal grassroots fan base across Canada gave BODM 
their first award, and the fans continue to throw 
their support to the Brutherspropelling their single 
Speakers of Tomorrow” to No. 1 
on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown (NAMC) 
on February 11, 2012, shortly after their JUNO nomination. 
The band’s second single “How Long” 
is also starting to get airtime play too. 

BODM’s upcoming show at JUNOFEST in Ottawa 
alongside other JUNO nominees 
will be another quantum leap on the music scene; 
it will be BODM’s first chance to reach a broader listening audience
 and establish themselves as a multidimensional rock band 
with widespread music listening and market appeal. 

During an interview with the Bruthers
Brian Cook (NCI Spirit of Manitoba 105.5 Hot Country and More) 
had this to say following BODM’s JUNO nomination: 

BODM’s music “transcends genres”, “can appeal to many people”, 
“SPEAKS to people”, and is simply “music for PEOPLE”, 
because the music is just plain “SOLID”. In his opinion, 
BODM’s album is a straight-up quality rock-recording period!
 It also happens to spread a positive message 
about having a VOICE and using it as SPEAKERS OF TOMORROW. 




A whirlwind of wider interest from the music industry 
and media continues to build around BODM 
and the Bruthers have already done multiple radio, 
magazine and television interviews. 
Through this entire flurry BODM is also in the studio writing 
and recording their second album, 
energized by the support they have received from fans & peers.

Awards:
• Best Rock CD at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards 
in November of 2011; and
• JUNO Nomination in February of 2012

Recent Features & Interviews (since release of their 1st album in 2011):
• Arbor Live Season 3 on APTN
• Single “Speakers of Tomorrow” featured on 
CD Manitoba Aboriginal Artists Volume 5. 
• Interview by Brian Cook on NCI February 10th 2012
• Interview by Shaw Media March 20/12


OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
February 15/12


PERFORMING LIVE:
JUNOFest2012
Aboriginal Music Showcase, 
Friday, March 30th, 2012
Ottawa, ON.



Thursday, March 22, 2012

From 
"Oh, and before I forget - 
John says a big thanks 
and huge laughs at the B-Day tribute!! 
ALL GOOD STUFF as he put it!"

VERY SPECIAL THANKS - Carmen Bla



Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012

TORONTO SCENE
with
ANDREW BARKER
of 
THE DARK AGE
hosted by Ashley Lockyer
video
STAY TUNED FOR MORE FROM 
ASHLEY LOCKYER!!!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

INTRODUCING...

"An immersion in blues, 
as well as an upbringing in 
Toronto's rock scene 
and the music and culture of 
her birthplace, the former Yugoslavia, 
created a bicultural artist."
 
Last year I had the privilege 
to connect with another 
independent Canadian artist with Balkan roots, 
REENIE is currently in British Columbia, 
where she finished her Bachelor of Music 
at the University of Victoria
and completed her first solo album 
with NY-based producer, Charlie Van Kirk.
On March 29th, REENIE will release her debut album 
THE REAL WORLD 
and host a special CD release 
and visual art exhibition 
that will feature a performance by Chris Ho 
and contributions from 
the Canadian Federation of Artists 
and Island Illustrators.

Shortly thereafter, REENIE will relocate to Toronto
where she will reside for a number of years.
I recently had the opportunity to ask REENIE 
a few questions regarding her upcoming album 
and future plans in the city.


 RT - Could you please tell me more about your background and upbringing?

IP - I was born in Sarajevo, BIH. My family left in 1992 
when the civil war was just beginning. 
I was only 5, so I remember the people I was surrounded by 
more clearly than the physical surroundings... 
I was raised in Toronto, and later Kitchener-Waterloo, 
where I started a punk/rock influenced band in high school. 
We signed up with a company called Supernova 
that made us sell lots of tickets for them in order to play. 
Looking back, it was kind of a pay-to-play situation, 
but it was really exciting cause we got to play in these really awesome 
Toronto venues (like the Opera House and The Docks) 
and we met other great bands… it was an inspiring time. 
Luckily enough, I was able to see my extended family 
and Serbian family friends quite often, as they all lived in Toronto, 
so even though I had grown up very much Canadian, 
I felt that my roots were still present, and still feel bi-cultural.


RT - What brought you to Victoria, B.C.? 
What were some of your experiences there?

IP - University. I went into a classical music program on percussion 
and soon took an interest in composing modern “classical” music. 
It started out super fun, but halfway through I felt pressure 
to make everything complicated and lost touch with the soul of music. 
At the beginning, my extra-curricular music mellowed out, 
I began listening to more blues, jazz, and folk, 
and started a funk/pop band called The Vista. 
We gigged around town and in Vancouver, 
played a bunch of festivals including Victoria’s Jazz Fest. 
The band fell apart after a couple of years, and with all the academic pressure, 
I was less inspired to write music outside of school. 
I did get some wonderful opportunities to have my work read 
by professional ensembles, such as the Victoria Symphony… 
it was really cool to hear my piece come to life.

RT - I'd like to know about the making of 
THE REAL WORLD. 
How long was this project in the works 
and what was it like recruiting 
the collaborating musicians involved?

IP - The Real World happened just as I was finishing university (laughs)
It was just after I had gone through a long period of writer’s block, 
I was coming to terms with where I really wanted to be and 
thinking a lot about real world experiences versus institutionalized education, 
and all these songs came pouring out. 
I was just going to record the first two in August 2011, 
just to have a demo of where I was at, and then all these other songs happened. 
I wasn’t thinking of “the real world” concept with the album at the time, 
but after realized how autobiographical 
and how in touch with human emotion and experience all the songs were, 
I decided on that title. 
The collaborating musicians were all friends, 
or friends of friends I had met along the way. 
Amazing performers, improvisers, composers.


RT - Was it difficult as n independent artist to make this album on your own? 
What would you say were the most crucial components to see its release 
and what tools were you working with 
that allowed you to come this far, independently? 

IPYes and no. 
It didn’t really feel that I was on my own in this project, 
since there were so many other musicians involved; 
some of the best parts of the album happened by accident in rehearsals. 
I’ve been in so many bands where it felt more like jamming than rehearsing; 
we never really explored the meaning behind the songs 
and never tried to execute it through the arrangements. 
I feel that this album is the first where I’ve been in control 
and could focus more on the soul of each song. 
The most difficult part was definitely the financial side of things. 
I got some help from family and friends 
through the IndieGoGo fundraising campaign. 
Other than that it’s been coming from my pockets 
and borrowing from lovely people. 




RT - You'll be relocating back to Toronto immediately after the release of the album; 
what can we expect from REENIE this year? 

IP - Yes, I’m very excited for the move. 
Looking forward to a change of pace and LOTS of performing. 
A couple of music videos are in the making, 
and my Toronto debut will be on 
June 1st at the Trane Studio


taken from the upcoming release
"THE REAL WORLD"
available March 29, 2012

NOW AVAILABLE ON CD BABY & iTUNES!!! 
WATCH OUT FOR MORE REENIE NEWS!!!  

photographs by Ryan Wyllie

Friday, March 16, 2012

Over 200 Musicians, 
40 Tracks, 
15 years in the Making, 
Two Albums. 
Four Supported Charities:






follow the progress of the 
on the Facebook site


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

THE COLLAPSE OF THE INDUSTRY
pt. II

interview at SXSW 2012

UPDATE - MARCH 27

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Friday, March 09, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!
"Long may you make more noise!"
The OFFICIAL 70th BIRTHDAY 
TRIBUTE PAGE
featuring 2 exclusive tracks by
"I really enjoy Cale's EMI period from "5 Tracks" to "Circus Live
and continuing now with "Extra Playful" on Double Six. 
There's some great experimental work there 
with some incredible musicians!" 
- Robert Torbica


"John Cale fans from around the world came together 
to celebrate John Cale's 70th birthday. 
Mr. John Cale, we love your great music 
you have given us over the last decades 
and we hope you enjoy our little tribute 
and realize how many people you have inspired. 
We wish you a happy birthday and all the best 
for the next 70 years! 
All the contributions here are fan made."


http://www.johncaletribute.com/

VERY SPECIAL THANKS - Carmen Bla