DEMF Coverage

Some awesome snaps of the Detroit Electronica Festival, come out next year!

Conner Youngblood Interview!

The very talented Yale musician gives us a sit down and talk Sketches.

The Shins at The Fillmore

The Shins Live, yes please.

Teen Daze Interview!

Exclusive sit down with Teen Daze. We take a look at his upcoming album and his insights on his success as an artist.

Sailor and I Interview.

Swedish band Sailor and I are something very special, very much so.

7/23/2013

The Blue Stones Interview + Updates

The Blue Stones are a diamond in the rough found in the city of Windsor. Their garage rock sound provides an entrancing tone that is unique to the music scene. Comprising of guitarist Tarek Jafar and drummer Justin Tessier, the band has come a long way from playing for close friends to packing venues like Villains and Phog Lounge.

When they first got together during their first year of university, their adventure did not start with music. The pair could trace their origins from when they were just 14. A friendship had blossomed from sharing mutual friends and athletic hobbies. “There was instant chemistry, based upon the years of friendship that was non-musical,” says Tarek. “The foundation is almost 100 percent built based on friendship.” Indeed, the ability to read the other persons mind allows the two to form a musical style that blends both of their distinct personalities.

The formation of the Blue Stones in itself was an inevitable one. Originally on guitar, Justin would jam with Tarek. “We would always do originals, no covers,” describes Justin. After deliberating on whether or not to become a four piece, Justin returned back to his native drums, as they began to record and form songs written and inspired by Tarek. “It’s where I’ve always been,” says Justin. The band had been created; however, they still needed a name. Hours were spent with message after message being exchanged between the two. Finally they reached a verdict. A gift, the name The Blue Stones was given and it was official. Tarek says, “We wanted something edgy.” It most certainly was.

Their travels have given them new insight on diverse audiences. “Every time we play in a new city, it’s back to square one,” Justin explains. “In London, we would be opening for bands; relying on their draw. In Toronto, it was the same thing; in Detroit, same thing. It’s great to be able to relive it.” The experience of playing at different venues has taught them a lot but no more so than being across the border, playing in Detroit. “In Detroit, people worship live music,” Tarek says, recalling the experience. The crowd was a little hostile from the start. “It was like they were undermining us before the set because we’re Canadian,” Justin explained. After the set they shook the foundations and changed many hearts. “Wow these guys are good and they’re Canadian, that’s better,” Justin describes the reaction. Breaking into the States for any Canadian musical group can be difficult, “It’s a huge challenge for any Canadian band, like the Hip playing a sold out show in Toronto but settling for a small venue in Texas,” continues Justin. The show went well accompanied by theStone Foxes.

After success on the road, they finally make their way back home and into the studio. A special edition of their EP is coming out with logo designed by Zack Berjawi (a local filmmaker and photographer) “It’s a play on being suited up,” Justin explains and it does fit the stylish duo very well. Often clad in button down shirts and neck ties, the two were featured on the website Dappered. “This was huge for us, it’s our morning coffee,” Justin claimed, describing their fondness of the websites content. Indeed, with great style and a mature attitude, the Blue Stones do make an impact on the music scene.

The new special edition EP contains new songs and old songs like ‘I’m a Stereo’. With influences such as Alberta Cross, Black Keys, and Kings of Leon, it’s no wonder that the band has grown to such popularity. The pair plan to go back into the studio later this fall to record covers that are to be made available online for the public. Inspired by John Mayer’s cover of ‘Crossroads’ and Jimi Hendrix’s rendition of ‘All Along the Watchtower’, The Blue Stones plan on covering some big names, including The Black Keys, Sam Roberts and guitar great Jimi Hendrix. Look for new content soon as the band expands their fan base.

What is to come of the band is uncertain, they just want to have fun and as long as they see progress they’ll move forward. “We’d Like to be in a bigger sphere of influence,” Says Justin. “We are playing and trying to do the right things, as long as there is progress and its not stale well keep going.” Tarek says describing the future of the band.

They left me with a couple of tips on bands before doing so. “Don’t force crowd interaction, let them see you’re into your own music,” says Tarek. “When I’m up there if I’m into it, they’ll see it. It’s good to see artists who like their music, feel it out, almost 100 percent of the time people will enjoy it too.” Justin adds, “Don’t feel like your under a microscope, just be yourself. The looser you feel the better you sound. If you stop thinking about how you look like, you’ll focus on your sound a lot more and you’ll sound better. If you think about how you look like your sound suffers, it’s a catch 22.”

UPDATE**

... A year later we can see them growing as a band. With their release of How's That Sound? The Blue Stones are serious contenders for the music scene. You can download their album for a name your price, at www.thebluestones.ca. If you like their sound support them. 

Also check out the feature on Suits as you will hear their song Rolling With The Punches, on the mix.

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2/22/2013

Chillstep Dreams V3 - VA

So it has been a long time since we have posted anything, and we are sorry for that. It has been a crazy year so far with school and work. I am not trying to make excuses but let's dig deep and explore some more music together.

Here is an amazing set we came into contact with just the other day. If you are just getting into chill step and want a fast plethora of music form this genre this is the way to go. Just an amazing core set of songs that will get you started really quickly. Chillstep Dreams will hook you up with some nice music to keep you going in these cold times.

As always happy listening.

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11/16/2012

Odessa - Olenka and the Autumn Lovers

Odessa - Olenka and the Autumn Lovers
So I will be seeing Olenka and the Autumn Lovers tomorrow and I am pretty pumped. I have only recently started to explore their music and as of right now I am excited. I love the mix of strings with classical rock/folk sounds. Last time I got a chance to see that combo was when I saw Hey Rosetta! and that was amazing. So here is hoping to a wonderful set! This comes off the album And Now We Sing. Also if you are wondering they are from London, Ontario. As always guys happy listening.

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10/29/2012

Live Your Life - Yuna

Live Your Life - Yuna
Malaysian/Muslim singer Yuna charms us with her very first single off of her US debut album Yuna. The track is produced by Pharrell Williams. If you can listen carefully you can tell the Cool kid influence on the way the song is laid out. Yuna's style is still quite present and is complimented quite well by Pharrell's production style. If you like this song definitely check out her roots with the Decorate EP. As always happy listening.

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10/28/2012

Apocalypse Dreams - Tame Impala

Apocalypse Dreams - Tame Impala
When I played this gem a while back on The Otter Beats it came out to some amazing reviews. The Perth based band of Tame Impala embraces the psychedelic dreams of being a kid in Australia. If you are a fan of the Beatles you will definitely like the arrangement that they bring with Apocalypse Dreams. Tame Impala awakens the beast that took the globe over. Adding layers of electronics atop of the classic instruments. This comes off their album Lonerisms which is a must buy. As always happy listening and expect more goodies soon.

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10/21/2012

Hello My Old Heart - The Oh Hello's

Hello My Old Heart - The Oh Hello's
The brother sister duo of Maggie and Tyler Heath have taken a piece of me. This is their first EP together and hopefully not the last. They draw a lot of their inspiration from Irish Folk songs and I can definitely think about rolling to moss on this one. Amazing track and do not forget to like The Oh Hello's. They are set to release their first album on Oct/30 so be on the lookout! Happy Sunday and Happy Listening.

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10/19/2012

Samson - Regina Spektor

Samson - Regina Spektor
So we haven't really posted anything in a while. Trying to get this domain issue sorted out and we opted to just switch providers. Anyways we got a chance to see Regina Spektor live last Saturday and it was such an amazing show. She was spectacular live and her voice was even better than her recordings, that is quite a feat. I have posted the song Samson from her newest album What We Saw From the Cheap Seats. We indeed had some cheap seats but it did not take away from the experience. I would definitely recommend watching Regi live you will not regret it. Samson is the song of Samson and Delilah where Samson loses his god like strength by losing his locks of hair. She actually played this song in her encore set, it was beautiful. Much cheers guys.

Happy listening

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