CLAYJAY “DRY GULCH” FEAT NESSLY OUT NOW

CLAYJAY “DRY GULCH” FEAT NESSLY OUT NOW
LISTEN HERE

dry-gulch (drahy guhlch), v.t. [p.t. & p.p. dry-gulched, p.pr. dry gulching], to ambush
with the intent of killing or severely mauling; betray by sudden change of attitude or allegiance

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LA based producer, Clayjay, releases his new single “Dry Gulch” feat. Nessly via new partnership with Casablanca/Republic Records. Listen HERE.
Stepping into the wild west, the cinematic music video brings to life the song through old western story telling. Watch HERE.

“This song tells the story of Jona Boon, a frontiersman who goes out West in search for opportunity but runs into trouble along the way.  All the footage for the video was pulled from multiple old silent western shorts and pieced together to create an entirely new storyline for Jona Boon.  I wanted to use footage in the public domain because I think recycling art to create something new and different is always exciting, and I wanted to pay homage to those pioneers of film making while doing so.” – Clayjay

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ABOUT CASABLANCA RECORDS
Casablanca Records, the legendary label of the 70’s, defined the sound of its era. During the infamous days of Studio 54, Casablanca launched the careers of artists such as Kiss, Parliament, Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder. Re-launched by Republic Records executive vice president Rob Stevenson, the label now focuses on Dance, Electronic, and Future Pop music. Working with a global roster of both established superstars and emerging new talent, Casablanca Records is home to Stromae, ALMA, Kungs, Martin Solveig, Tiësto, Felix Jaehn, SG Lewis, and Chase & Status.
ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Aminé, Black Sabbath, DNCE, Florence + the Machine, Gotye, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Jordan Smith, Julia Michaels, Keith Richards, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Marian Hill, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers, Towkio), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Giorgio Moroder, KUNGS, Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (Belly, The Weeknd), Roc Nation (Jaden Smith, Justine Skye, The Dream), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift), and Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Luis Fonsi, J Balvin). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.

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Bambii and Red Bull Music Present: JERK August 3rd – Toronto

For the fifth year in a row, Toronto DJ Bambii is bringing back her incendiary, bi-annual JERK party. This summer’s edition will be hosted at Ontario Place and, as always, early birds will feast on jerk chicken and all attendees can expect to dance to a lineup of exceptional local and global talent, including club DJs Tygapaw, Manara and Paul SoulJoyce, and the one and only Junglepussy. Entry is $5 with RSVP, $15 without.

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RSVP:
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Bambii and Red Bull Music Present: JERK
August 3rd
Ontario Place – 955 Lakeshore Blvd West

THIS JERK IS IN SPECIAL PARTNERSHIP WITH RED BULL MUSIC

What is Red Bull Music?
Red Bull Music is a program that celebrates music, its culture and the transformative minds behind it. With multiple festivals, music education workshops, collaborations with artists and thousands of initiatives, Red Bull Music gives wings to artists and local music communities around the world.

 

ECHO DRAMA release new single + video INSANITY

ECHO DRAMA ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO INSANITY
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Much loved Melbourne nine-piece Echo Drama have today announced their new single Insanity, a heavy condemnation of the selfishness that rules in today’s society, out June 18.  Hot on the heels of this massive track is the accompanying clip, directed by Carl Allison (Hilltop Hoods) and reflecting the band in an apocalyptic performance space.  Insanity will be launched in style with a celebratory show at The Workers Club Melbourne on July 26, where fans will be able to catch Echo Drama in their element – on the stage.

Insanity is a bold name for a bold track.  Echo Drama’s enormous sound is captured perfectly here; distorted horns draw the listener in immediately with an undeniable melody, while Alex ‘Sinks’ Sinclair’s (Recipient of 2017 Hilltop Hoods Initiative) verse is full of hard-hitting criticism on egocentrism.  Zimbabwean born Soul singer Thando Sikwila’s hook is similarly condemning, and sits proudly atop Echo Drama’s signature amalgamation of reggae, hiphop, rock, and dub.  Reflecting on the inspiration behind the track, Thando explains, “This song explores how people are so fixated with self preservation and tend to turn a blind eye to bad things that happen because they’re not affected by them.  My hook is about looking inwards and confronting what being a human being really means, when people no different like us halfway around the world are left destitute all for the sake of profit.  It’s not sustainable.”

The clip is suitably bleak in colour; muted greys are accented by intricate lighting displays while the band perform the track in a destitute, industrial environment.  It’s quick, energetic, and cut with an urgency that suits Insanity perfectly.  Speaking on the making of the clip, Echo Drama’s drummer and founder Jeremy Schiftan says, “The clip was directed and conceptualised by Carl Allison, who is a wizard!  We have been wanting to do a clip with Carl for a while, as he has worked with a few members of the band on other projects and consistently delivers the goods.  The track is pretty hectic, so went for fast cuts, and the set was a great space he sourced to get that big open space we wanted for the largeness of the tune.  It’s big to match the sound, but bare to mirror the blunt nihilism of the tune’s themes.”

Echo Drama are thrilled to celebrate the release of Insanity with a killer live show at Melbourne’s renowned indie music venue, The Workers Club.  A mainstay on the Melbourne music scene since 2012, the band are renowned for their enormous sound and high-voltage live performances, appearing at many festivals including St Kilda Festival, Rainbow Serpent Festival and Strawberry Fields.  Looking forward to hitting the stage, Jeremy enthuses, “We really cut our teeth as a live band…you can expect slick, well rehearsed high impact performances from a large group with a large sound.  Echo Drama has always been about doing our own thing rather than conforming to genre expectations so Insanity really hits that point home for us…we went a little outside the box on this choice of track to show you all, and we’re excited to see how it’s received.”

Echo Drama is Thando Sikwila (vocals), Alex ‘Sinks’ Sinclair (vocals), Jeremy Schiftan (drums), Steve Phillips (keys), Duncan Schmoll (guitar), Stephen Lane (bass), Anthony Foon (trumpet), Jay Scarlett (trombone), Greg Sher (saxophone).

 Stream single: INSANITY            Buy: INSANITY                    Watch: INSANITY

DRAKE’S NEW ALBUM SCORPION MAKES STREAMING HISTORY

DRAKE’S SCORPION MAKES HISTORY
SMASHES FIRST-WEEK STREAMING RECORD WITH OVER 1 BILLION STREAMS
#1 ALBUM IN THE WORLD

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NEW YORK, NY (July 9, 2018) – DRAKE has just made history with his new full-length album, Scorpion.

Upon arrival, it smashed multiple records. Scorpion notably stands out as “the first album to be streamed over 1 billion times in a week,” across multiple platforms and it crushed the “all-time US one-week streaming record” in under three days. Moreover, it broke the “all-time Global one-week streaming record” in four days, paving the way for “the biggest debut of the streaming era.”

Additionally, it emerges as the #1 release on the Billboard Top 200, marking his 8th consecutive #1 bow on the respective chart. Not only did Scorpion achieve the biggest first week of 2018, but it also achieves the biggest first week since 2017.

Drake’s unparalleled RIAA reign also continues. He now has scored “the most RIAA certifications of any artist in history” with 142 million digital single sales to date.

Scorpion is available now.

The Glitch Mob Announce 2018 Fall Tour

THE GLITCH MOB ANNOUNCE 2018 
NORTH AMERICAN FALL TOUR
 
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LOS ANGELES, MONTREAL & BROOKLYN AMONG 13 DATES NOW ANNOUNCED ON
20 SHOW FALL TOUR

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Currently in the midst of a massive 38-date tour (and growing), Los Angeles-based trio Boreta (Justin Boreta), edIT (Edward Ma), and Ooah (Joshua Mayer), aka The Glitch Mob, have announced their impending 2018 North American fall tour.

Approaching the halfway point of their current tour, The Glitch Mob have debuted their Dell & Alienware powered ‘Blade 2.0’ all across North America. From sold out shows to festival performances at California’s ‘Lightning in A Bottle’ and New York’s ‘Governors Ball’, fans have been wowed by The Glitch Mob’s unique brand of live electronic performance throughout the first half of 2018. With today’s fall tour reveal, 13 dates across North America have been announced, included a show at the legendary Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, and Brooklyn Steel, Williamsburg’s new 1,800 capacity venue. With 7 dates still to be disclosed, fans have much to look forward to the remainder of the summer.

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Touring on the heels of their highly anticipated 3rd studio album ‘See Without Eyes’, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Dance / Electronic Album Chart just last month, The Glitch Mob will be performing with their friend and collaborator Elohim for the remainder of the summer, and will be announcing additional support for their upcoming fall dates soon.

THE GLITCH MOB 2018 NORTH AMERICAN FALL TOUR

09/27/18 – The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ
09/28/18 – Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
10/01/18 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
10/07/18 – Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NE
10/08/18 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
10/10/18 – The Sylvee – Madison, WI
10/13/18 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
10/14/18 – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
10/17/18 – Higher Ground – South Burlington, VT
10/18/18 – Webster Theatre – Hartford, CT
10/19/18 – State Theatre – Portland, ME
10/20/18 – Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY
10/21/18 – Rams Head Live! – Baltimore, MD

Keep up with The Glitch Mob below:

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Electric Island 6th Season [Heard It From Nas: Review]

May 20, 2018, Electric Island – The day has finally come, the sixth season of Electric Island has arrived! The energy was high even before reaching Toronto Island. On the ferry ride over to the island, all of the guests on their way to Hanlan’s Point were raving about their favourite DJ’s and who was going to be at what stage. Earlier in the week the weather had been calling for rain but it turned out to be the perfect day for lounging in the grass and dancing at the stage.

As concertgoers started filling up the festival grounds, both stages were full of fans ready to party and get their groove on. A lot of guests were wearing festive outfits and were loving the summer festival vibe. There were also games to be played that groups of friends were participating in while enjoying the warm weather. As well as delicious food truck and alcohol vendors on site ready to serve!

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The Island had the pleasure of having Black Coffee, DJ Tennis, YOKOO, Ellen Allien, Nymra & Sofisticated and Koki at the main stage!

All the way from Miami, DJ Tennis had the crowd dancing to his electronica and techno beats, where just like the 305, he brought the heat!

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Next up on the main stage is YokoO, coming all the way from Berlin to Toronto Island. YokoO embraced the main stage sparking it up with forward thinking music every time. When you see him play, you can see that he has a genuine love and passion for what he is doing and that naturally feeds back to his audience, fuelling energy and the love of good music on the dance floor.

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Moving over to the second stage, the Moog stage, we have Chris Larsen and Demuir who opened up the Moog stage, their electronica and techno beats had the crowd captivated and chanting for more. Nathan Barato and Carlo Lio closed out the Moog stage and left the crowd grooving to the dance and electronic tunes that were flowing throughout the warm summer air. The crowd began getting more and more full as concertgoers navigated towards the main stage from the sounds and rhythms of the tracks that these DJ’s laid out.

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As the sun began to set the stages were lighting up with a beautiful geometric design. The island was jam packed with excited ravers dancing, laughing and going crazy for every beat drop.

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As soon as you entered the MOOG stage, you were swallowed up by the crowd and the only way to get out was by dancing your way through. The energy of the music and people spoke for itself. Whether it’s the first season or the sixth, Electric Island never fails to put on a great festival that keeps fans coming back again and again throughout every season.

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Whether you’re dancing in the crowd or laying out on the hills, there is this sense of community within the music scene that brings us all in together. As the night came to a close with Black Coffee, the stage lighting set the ambience throughout the island with the matching house and electronica tunes that kept everyone on their feet. The night was truly nothing short of electric.

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The May season was an epic success and a great kickstart for more to come! Next up we have July 1st for Canada Day weekend! Stay tuned for more details & ticket information. See you on the Island!

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FLORENCE + THE MACHINE’S HIGH AS HOPE OUT JUNE 29

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE’S
HIGH AS HOPE OUT JUNE 29

“HUNGER” DEBUTS TODAY

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NEW YORK, NY (May 03, 2018) – High As Hope, the hugely anticipated new album from Florence + the Machine, is set for release June 29 on Republic Records. The first official single, “Hunger,” also premieres today, accompanied by stunning new video directed by A.G. Rojas; watch it here.

LISTEN TO “HUNGER” HERE
PRE-ORDER HIGH AS HOPE HERE

Premiering today, “Hunger” pairs Florence’s intimate, rawly honest lyricism with a broader sense of acceptance, community and joy. “Hunger” is effectively about acknowledging those holes in our psyche that we try to fill with love and hate, obsessions or addictions but you can ultimately only ever satisfy yourself.

“This song is about the ways we look for love in things that are perhaps not love, and how attempts to feel less alone can sometimes isolate us more,” says Florence. “I guess I made myself more vulnerable in this song to encourage connection, because perhaps a lot more of us feel this way than we are able to admit. Sometimes when you can’t say it, you can sing it.”

Florence wrote, co-produced (her first time co-producing a Florence + the Machine album) and recorded the majority ofHigh As Hope in solitude, cycling to her studio in Peckham every day.

She finished the songs in Los Angeles with her friend and co-producer Emile Haynie, bringing in Kamasi Washington,SamphaTobias Jesso JrKelsey Lu and Jamie xx as further collaborators. Florence mixed the record in New York, where the daily view of the skyline—often in stark contrast to the chaos of the wider world—gave the album its title.

Florence writes of growing up in South London, of family, relationships and art itself. “There’s a lot of love in this record, loneliness too, but a lot of love,” says Florence.

She continues, “It’s always a work in progress, and I definitely don’t have everything figured out. But this feels like quite a pure expression of who I am now, as an artist, and an honest one. I’m just more comfortable with who I am.”

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE—HIGH AS HOPE
1. June
2. Hunger
3. South London Forever
4. Big God
5. Sky Full of Song
6. Grace
7. Patricia
8. 100 Years
9. The End of Love
10. No Choir

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
Beau Benton
Beau.Benton@umusic.com

Carla Sacks
carla@sacksco.com

Reid Kutrow
reid.kutrow@sacksco.com

ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Aminé, Black Sabbath, DNCE, Florence + the Machine, Gotye, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Jordan Smith, Julia Michaels, Keith Richards, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Marian Hill, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers, Towkio), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Giorgio Moroder, KUNGS, Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (The Weeknd), Roc Nation (Belly, Justine Skye, The Dream), Tuff Gong (Damian Marley), Victor Victor Records (D Savage, Ski Mask The Slump God), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift), and Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Luis Fonsi, J Balvin). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.

POST MALONE RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM “Beerbongs & Bentleys”

POST MALONE RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM 

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History-making multiplatinum Dallas, TX artist Post Malone unleashes his second full-length album and the biggest musical event of 2018, beerbongs & bentleys [Republic Records].

Get it HERE and exclusive beerbongs & bentleys bundles available now at shop.postmalone.com.

beerbongs & bentleys represents yet another creative breakthrough for the genre-defying maverick. The track listing flaunts the #1 smash “rockstar” [feat. 21 Savage], “Candy Paint,and the recent hit “Psycho” [feat. Ty Dolla $ign]. It’s rounded out by “Spoil My Night” [feat. Swae Lee], “Ball For Me” [feat. Nicki Minaj], and additional collaborations with YG and G-Eazy.

TRACKLISTING:

  1. “Paranoid”
  2. “Spoil My Night” feat. Swae Lee
  3. “Rich & Sad”
  4. “Zack and Codeine”
  5. “Takin’ Shots”
  6. “rockstar” feat. 21 Savage
  7. “Over Now”
  8. “Psycho” feat. Ty Dolla $ign
  9. “Better Now”
  10. “Ball For Me” feat. Nicki Minaj
  11. “Otherside”
  12. “Stay”
  13. “Blame It On Me”
  14. “Same Bitches” feat. G-Eazy & YG
  15. “Jonestown (Interlude)”
  16. “92 Explorer”
  17. “Candy Paint”
  18. “Sugar Wraith”

 

Post Malone with 21 Savage and special guest SOB x RBE Tour Dates:

DATE CITY VENUE
Fri, April 27 Vancouver, BC+ Rogers Arena
Sun, April 29 Seattle, WA ShoWare Center
Tue, May 1 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Wed, May 2 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Fri, May 4 Sioux City, IA Battery Park at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City
Tue, May 8 Nashville, TN Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Wed, May 9 Simpsonville, SC Heritage Park Amphitheatre
Thu, May 10 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place
Wed, May 16 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
Fri, May 18 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park
Sat, May 19 Baltimore, MD Preakness*
Wed, May 23 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
Thu, May 24 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
Sat, May 26 Darien, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater
Sun, May 27 Toronto, ON+ RBC Echo Beach
Tue, May 29 Detroit, MI Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Sat, June 2 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Tue, June 5 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion
Wed, June 6 Indianapolis, IN Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
Sun, June 10 Atlanta, GA Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Thu, June 14 Dallas, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Fri, June 15 Houston, TX+ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Sat, June 16 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
Tue, June 19 Phoenix, AZ Rawhide Event Center
Thu, June 21 San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
Fri, June 22 Las Vegas, NV Park Theater at Park MGM
Sun, June 24 San Francisco, CA* Shoreline Amphitheatre

Canada’s Queen of Punk: Bif Naked [Heard It From Nas Interview]

We had the chance to chat with Canada’s Queen of Punk, Bif Naked! This talented Canadian artist has recently released her new single “Hot Box Girls” Read on below to learn more about her multitude of careers, music, and what she’s up to for this year!

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We know you just released your new single “Hot Box Girls” Can you tell us a little more about this song and your creative process behind it?

The song HOT BOX GIRLS is a celebration of my group of friends, and a riotous, carefree and terribly naughty evening out. It celebrates all the things we like and enjoy, like Burlesque, Hot Rods, Motorbikes, Pin-Up Girl Culture, and feeling empowered and happy. Dave Martone sent me the music, and I wrote the lyrics and vocals, and we recorded it in the studio about a week later. It was such fun!

What do you need to have around you and/or a location that you need to  be in for you to start your songwriting process?

All I really need to write a song, usually, is a riff or small melody from my co-writer, and I fill in the blanks with my words and singing. I play terrible guitar and generally always write with a guitar player. Always have. I love this process.

Out of the time you spend in Paris, New Delhi, and Toronto, which is your favourite place to spend your time?

I dream of returning to India all the time, but Paris was my favourite place to live until this year when I moved to Toronto. I am in love with Toronto and all the different neighbourhoods! I have a huge crush on this city.

If you had to choose one career/passion… Would you be an author, a musician, or an actor?

This is such a hard question! I love writing and can’t help myself….but being a performer is all I have ever known. Acting is great as long as I get to play a villain or a cop, to use all the weapons training and fight training I have. Haha!

What is one thing that your fans don’t know about you?

My fans may not know that I am the Most Annoying Boring Eater in the world and eat the very same foods every single day: bananas, apples, zucchinis, cucumber, tomato, carrot, spinach or lettuces, and THAT’S IT.

What is one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring young musician?

I would tell anyone and everyone to NEVER GIVE UP because I never do…we just have to keep going and keep creating our art, and keep trying.

How has your music evolved since you first started singing and songwriting?

Oh, my goodness…I have changed SO MUCH. Just being a performer and vocalist for almost 30 years has physically changed me…My voice was so high when I was seventeen! Haha I laugh when I listen to it, and certainly hope I am a better singer now. I hope I am better at songwriting and that I have improved, and that I keep improving every year. I love being a singer and hope I can keep being one forever.

Who is your biggest music inspiration? Who do you have a lot of respect for?

The list of heroes I have is endless. Mostly I was always so taken by all the punk singers I grew up idolizing like Chi Pig from SNFU and Joe Shithead from DOA and even HR from Bad Brains. But the girly girl in me had a real infatuation with Madonna when I was a little kid and she remains an icon.

A close second to her is Lady Gaga and I think, artistically, she does it all with her choreography and always such a fashion-forward artist (except the meat dress I was sad about that) I love all my rocker mentors like Gail Greenwood and Tanya Donnelley and Brody Dalle and Courtney Love and Joan Jett and Chrissie Hynde and Christina Scabbia and PJ Harvey Grace Slick and even Tina Turner. These are the women I look up to and am amazed by because they tour/toured as hardcore as I do and the show was always 100%.

What are your future plans for 2018? Do you plan on going on tour?

I am looking forward to touring with my rock band across the world, but this fall we are concentrating on Canada. I hope we can play in every single city and town possible! I LOVE TOURING. It’s just the little performer in me, that can never stop.

Interview with Sue Foley “The Ice Queen” [Heard It From Nas]

We had the chance to sit down and chat with one of the all-time great guitarists and blues singers in this country, Sue Foley, or otherwise known as The Ice Queen. Her new album The Ice Queen is currently the #1 album on the Canadian Folk/Roots/Blues Chart for the 2nd week in a row. Read on below to learn more about Sue Foley, her music career, and what she will be up to in 2018!

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We know that you recently released your label debut CD, The Ice Queen.Can you tell us a little bit about the album and your creative process/inspiration behind it?

Well, the inspiration behind it is hard to explain. I’d written these songs in the fall of 2015 and it was sort of while we were going into winter while I was up in Canada. So the album kind of got influenced by the weather I think. There’s a lot of references to stuff like that. I think the feel of it gets wintery in a lot of ways. It kind of gets dark and then gets light again.

I had written these songs and I actually had a whole other concept for the album, I was going to call it “North” because of that sort of theme. Then I wrote The Ice Queen, and it was one of the last songs I’d written and I was talking to the producer Mike Flannigan and he said you’ve got to call the album The Ice Queen. The album as a whole, The Ice Queen represents that wintery vibe and also just my Canadian roots because I live in the South a lot, I go to the states a lot, and they know me as the Canadian blues musician. It’s a part of my identity.

I also have a favourite guitar player named Albert Collins who plays a fender telecaster like me. He’s passed on now but he’s one of my favourites and they called him the Ice Man. So I’m sort of ripping that off too. Conceptually that’s kind of where it’s at.

 

What is it like to finally work with your idols Jimmie Vaughan and Billy Gibbons?

Working with them was unbelievable because every time I play with them I learn so much. I think about what they’ve done and their body of work and I get intimidated sometimes like a kid. But the fact that they validated me means so much. They are so highly regarded and are such important figures in both blues and rock and roll. I’m just tickled everyday that I’m in that group, it’s been amazing. Playing with them and having them on the album was amazing. We pick songs that I think really suited them so it stayed with the concept, it didn’t take over the concept of the album with the special guests. It stays within the framework of the record. It really worked out good.

 

What do you need to have around you and/or a location that you need to be in for you to start your songwriting/producing process?

I think I need space around me. I don’t mean physical space, I mean space in my mind. I can write anywhere and in any environment; at home, on the road, but its more like my mind has to have space around it. Right now I’m really busy promoting an album and playing gigs and planning stuff, so my mind is really full of all this stuff. So I’m not writing right now. There’s too much garbage in my head. For me to write I have to put all the garbage aside and find space and have time to ruminate. Then it will just come.

 

What is one thing that your fans dont know about you?

There’s probably a few! Well, I’m pretty basic. Im really healthy and I’m into health and taking care of myself and I go to yoga. I’m not what you think of a blues musician! I’m a white woman who’s 50, so my life is a certain way. But I really love my work and Im really work centric. But yeah, they probably don’t know I get up in the morning, go to yoga and stuff like that. I drink green drinks, then I go to gigs.

 

What is one piece of advice you would give to aspiring young female musicians?

Grow a shell. In my business in Rock and Roll and Blues you can’t be too girly, unfortunately. You have to curb that. At least if you’re feminine you at least have to have a pretty tough shell around you. There’s a lot of stuff you’re going to need to bat away and get over. Even with all the changes lately in the media and things that have come to light, the music business is a certain way. You’ve got to be tough. You have to be happy with who you are and comfortable around men. You need to learn to assert yourself. That’s probably what I would try to say, you need to assert yourself. That takes a while, it really does.

 

How has your music evolved since you first started singing and songwriting?

It has evolved with me. I think music and life are intertwined. The way I’ve evolved is the way my music has evolved. With age comes more self knowledge. I think when you get more self knowledge you get more knowledge of everything. It’s an interesting thing that knowing more about yourself, helps you know more about the whole world. That kind of compassionate look at yourself gives you a compassionate look at the world so you actually have more to give. When I was 20 I didn’t know anything, I mean, I just barely knew myself. I was good but I didn’t know how to connect with the bigger picture. You need to be able to have access to what they call “universal mind” and “personal mind”. They’re the same thing, you have to know deeply inside yourself in order to know deeply whats going on out there. I know more now. Im better, and I know more.

 

Who is your biggest music inspiration? Who do you have a lot of respect for?

My biggest musical inspiration is a lady named Memphis Minnie. She was a guitar player and singer/songwriter in the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s. She recorded over 200 sides and she was sort of a controversial figure in music but her songs were covered by artists like Bonnie Raitt and Led Zeppelin. She was really influential but she remains sort of obscure because her career ended before the folk and blues music revival of the 60’s took hold. She was inactive those years so she got looked over, and then she died in 1973. Her songs are incredible, her story is remarkable. She was way ahead of her time. She was a lead guitar player in the 1930’s, she wrote some insanely great songs, travelled around, and she was innovative. I think she’s one of the most fascinating people. I always tip my hat to her at every show and tell the crowd about her and do some of her songs because I think she’s so important. She’s my favourite. There’s a lot of people to choose from but I can nail it down to Memphis Minnie.

 

What is one song that never gets old for you, no matter how many times you hear it?

Careless love by Bessie Smith. They call her “The Empress of the Blues”. She was a huge blues star in the 1920’s. They even made a movie about her on HBO and Queen Latifah starred as her. She’s a really important figure in blues and early jazz. I always refer back to her music because Bessie Smith was so influential and she played with Louis Armstrong who was hugely influential. Billie Holiday was really influenced by Bessie Smith, Nina Simon was influenced was influenced by Bessie Smith. So really anybody that was influenced by Billie Holiday was influenced by Bessie Smith. That’s the way I kind of look at things, like I always go back and see that Frank Sinatra was influenced by Billie Holiday and like who was Billie Holiday influenced by? She was influenced by Bessie Smith. Everything sort of leads back there for me. All of her songs I love and I play Careless Love in my show sometimes. Every time it comes on I love it. She’s just so great.

 

What are your future plans for 2018? Do you plan on going on tour?

Yes! We’ll be on tour in Europe at the end of May and I’m heading to Austin, Texas next week. We’ll be back in Ontario in July and August for some dates, festivals, and stuff like that. I’ll just be on the road. I think when you put out a new album, you’re obligated to get out there and tour it. It’s a labour of love for me anyway. I love to play so that’s what I’ll be doing.