WRITING

Conversations with Calgary artist Amy Webber

“We get so used to scrolling through our phones – I’d like to get into a physical space. And do some storm chasing on the West Coast,” she describes. You can almost see the inspiration smoldering behind her eyes. And for a brief moment, she turns deeply philosophical.

I sat down with Amy Webber to discuss ideas surrounding beauty, pain and sadness, while exploring her own unique take on photorealistic landscapes and unconventional mediums.

Written for Local Drop Magazine

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FREQ. does Shambhala20

“If 19 is your teenage years’ last responsibility-free hurrah, then 20 is when things start to get complicated.”

Shambhala holds a special place in my heart. It was my first proper introduction to the West Coast festival circuit, and to many people I respect, admire, and love collaborating with.

I wrote the festival a little love letter for its 20th birthday.

Written for FREQ. Magazine

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dBridge Reflects on his Quarter-Century Musical Journey

"I have this weird sort of self-doubt. And that probably has to do with the fact that when you put something out that’s really personal to you, you don’t really want to hear what other people think."

The short hour I spent speaking with EXIT RECORDS boss dBridge was one of my favorite interviews of all time.

We explored the old and new faces of drum and bass, talked about the constant creative struggle, and had a few good laughs.

Written for BeatRoute.ca

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Ivy Lab: UK halftime tastemakers launch their biggest tour ever

“We used to aspire to make things super classy and polished, and sculpted. That’s what marked our brand of drum and bass. Moving into doing the halftime stuff has allowed us to be rougher around the edges.”

I caught Stray and Halogenix of Ivy Lab on a quick call while they were at the airport, about to take off on their biggest tour yet.

We discussed the growth of the 20/20 movement and how the Ivy Lab formula changed over the years.

Written for BeatRoute.ca

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Cabaret Contemporain give techno that human warmth in ‘Transistor’

“But at the same time, we wanted to emphasize how desperately human we are. There are things that we do that machines can’t, and vice versa. We were looking to give human warmth, through imperfection, to music that can sometimes sound quite cold and robotic.”

I sat down with one-eighth of French techno orchestra Cabaret Contemporain ahead of their mindblowing show at Theatre Junction GRAND in Calgary.

Their atypical perspective and analogue, DIY approach to making live improvised techno is intriguing and refreshingly inclusive.

Written for BeatRoute.ca

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In Review: Baauer @ Flames Central, Dec. 28

“Cynics amongst us might call Baauer’s sets predictable – that once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. But for those of us who are keen to relive the old days, least of all with those who remember them the best, then who’s to say there’s anything wrong with that?”

As part of my ongoing review series with FREQ. Magazine, I attended (and photographed) a throwback set from some trap music icons.

Baauer was my very first electronic show back in 2013. I relived the golden years of a now-established genre with friends old and new.

Written for FREQ. Magazine

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Life’s a beach: Beach Season on lessons learned from ‘Libra Year’

“[Universal] was asking us ‘What do you guys want to do?’ and that’s something that not many artists think about or get asked. It took us a long time to come up with an answer.”

I sat down for coffee with Sam Avant and Simon Blitzer to talk about their sophomore album Libra Year – their first artistic endeavor since signing to Universal.

Read on for real insights from two of Calgary's realest.

Written for BeatRoute.ca

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