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Spotify Sessions With Scott Helman

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On March 30, Spotify held its first live #SpotifySessions in Toronto with alternative singer-songwriter, Scott Helman.

“I’m actually really excited — I’ve never done something like this,” expressed the 20-year-old.

Helman released his debut EP, “Augusta” in October 2014, and since then his hit single, “Bungalow,” has gone gold in Canada. Recently, he has been nominated for two 2016 JUNO Awards including: ‘Pop Album of the Year’ and ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year.’

“I’m not really getting used to things just yet…I’m a little nervous for the whole weekend ‘cause I gotta do the JUNOS and put that all together,” he said.

Revolution Recording studios provided an intimate setting where Helman performed tracks from his EP, Augusta for a private meet and greet of approximately 30 guests. For the first time, him and his band incorporated a small orchestra team which composed of: two trumpet players, two flute players, one violinist, and one cello player.

“Honestly, every experience is new… I feel like now, every time you do something, it’s not the same as the last time you did something.”

Helman’s youth, deft pen, and mature soulful voice is definitely something special. Augusta showcases his sweet voice and knack for melody set against a breezy pop, alternative style. His innate connection with a variation of musical instruments and ability to produce two separate sounds from his bandmates to a small orchestra is what set goosebumps during Spotify’s live studio session that evening.

“I read an interview with the lead singer of 1975 and he said, ‘we are what we consume’… I like that because as a band, we are what we consume and I think that’s an important thing to recognize,” he said. “What you listen to, what you do, and what you consume ends up making what your music sounds like. For me, I just do what I like and make music that I think is me and reflects who I am as a person.”

Leading up to the JUNO Awards, Helman posted YouTube videos and shared them throughout his social platforms of himself singing covers in support of fellow JUNO artist nominees.

“When the nominees came out, I just thought it would be a fun thing to do,” he said. “I like listening to bands and following artists… Doing covers is more of a passion thing. It was never from a place where I thought it would get me more fans.”

On the topic of being a young artist and inspiring others along the way, Helman expresses remaining humble.

“I just want to be the exact same as I was before the record came out… I believe the same intensions should still be there,” he said. “I’m just so self-deprecating, man…My goal isn’t to necessarily inspire other artists, I just want to make music that people will enjoy. But if people do get inspired, that’s awesome.”

As for his views on Drake, the ‘6 God’, Helman admits he wasn’t previously a huge fan. “It has nothing to do with him,” he said. “But recently, I’ve become more accustom to his music but then again, maybe I’m just a pop head… I think he’s great and I love that he reps Toronto. I think he’s trying to make music that’s different and that’s cool.”

When asked about his preparation process and where he sees his future going, Helman keeps it real and simple.

“I just chug chamomile tea and go out there and do it! But honestly, I try to just focus and stay grounded at all times.”

Posted by Christina Cheng

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Dutch

Dutch is an emerging artist from Toronto, and when we say artist, we mean it in the truest sense. He’s a musician, producer, designer and painter, who just released his debut single entitled “No Measure”. His moody electro-trap/soul kind of vibe is an extension of the Toronto sound that’s been building over the past 6 to 7 years. Listen for yourself…

We’re definitely looking forward to hearing more from Dutch. #OnRepeat

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Digital Dreams Takes Over Toronto

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It’s that time of year again… Festival Season!

Toronto’s Bud Light Digital Dreams is back again on July 2nd & 3rd for what promises to be Canada’s biggest birthday party ever. The two-day music festival is set to take over The Flats at Ontario Place (909 Lakeshore Blvd West) from 2-11pm on both the 2nd & 3rd.

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We spent a day with the official 2016 DD astronaut to find out what to expect at this year’s festival. Bud Light Digital Dreams featured headliners range from Above & Beyond, Armin Van Buuren and Axwell Ingrosso to additional artists, djs, and producers, like Bassnectar, Borgore, Danny Tenaglia, Knife Party and many more.

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As Bud Light Digital Dreams gets ready to take over Toronto, look out for the official DD astronaut around the city and make sure you stop and take a selfie!

For more info and tickets, visit: digitaldreamsfestival.ca

Photos by @SoTeeOh

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Toronto’s own DVSN just dropped their debut album ‘Sept 5th’ a week early on iTunes! Their debut album release was scheduled for April 1st, but dropped this weekend after their OVO SOUND RADIO takeover.

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If you haven’t been following their story until now, DVSN is Toronto’s answer to R&B. They’ve been building an incredible amount of buzz over the last few months with the release of just four songs – With Me, The Line, Too Deep, and Hallucinations. They also signed to OVO Sound and performed their first live show at this years SXSW Music Festival in Austin Texas as part of the FADER Tent OVO Sound Showcase, alongside label mates Roy Woods, Majid Jordan, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and of course Drake himself.

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Do yourself a favour and buy the new DVSN album! #OnRepeat

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Raahiem – “Fear”

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Toronto’s Raahiem carries on with the ever evolving R&B sound that continues to permeate from the city, with his latest release entitled “Fear”. The track premiered on Noisey, and has quickly made it to playlists everywhere. Give it a listen and let us know what you think? Stay tuned for Raahiem’s upcoming debut project “Fear of The Unknown”

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Toronto-based artist Paul Andre just released his solo EP entitled “It All Makes Sense In The Dark”. Paul’s not a new name in the music industry, with previous releases as part of electro-band Beatface as well as The Pangea Project. Paul’s latest offering of music is dark, moody and full of synths. We recommend listening to this EP late at night. Enjoy…

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