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DEVOURS: Delightfully Dark Dance Music

Earlier this week, I was listening to the CBC while driving and someone (sorry because I can’t remember her name) started playing snippets of different DEVOURS songs. I immediately loved them! I’m terrible at looking for music, but I’m always desperate to find music that makes me want to dance or exercise. Within a few seconds of listening to his music, I could tell that DEVOURS fit the bill!

The CBC announcer said Devours was a Vancouver musician, so, out of curiosity, I googled whether or not Devours was going to be playing any shows in Vancouver. Lo-and-behold, I found out he was playing the China Cloud on Main on August 24th. I purchased tickets for my partner and myself. We had so much fun at the show! Devours (a.k.a. Jeff Cancade, who originates from Nanaimo) is also playing a show tonight, August 25th, as part of the Hexistential Festival on the Red Gate Revue Stage (CLICK HERE for more info about the festival).

What do you love about Vancouver?

DEVOURS: “I have a list of things that I love: the first, food wise, favourite restaurant is a place called Kinemi’s Kitchen. It’s in Champlain Heights. It fuses Asian with Italian cuisine, really interesting meals. I love it. This is a sort of a boring answer, but I also love that the Skytrain goes right to the airport. I’ve been to a few other cities, and this is like amazing in Vancouver. And then the other thing maybe just is the size of the city, it isn’t so big that it’s overwhelming, but it has everything you’d want in a city: lots of diversity, a cool arts scene, it has the downtown, it has neighbourhoods that feel kind of cozy. I don’t know it kind of has a bit of everything, so I think it’s a nice city. Is that a boring answer?”

No, I don’t think that’s a boring answer! I avoid spending money on cabs at all costs, so being able to take the Skytrain directly to and from the airport does make this city extra special.

If you’ve ever felt like a freak or an outsider, what helped you through it?

DEVOURS: “Ooh yeah, definitely feel like an outsider in Vancouver still…not so much, but a few years ago, before I started performing live here…I wanted to play music in Vancouver and music, like genre-wise, there wasn’t a lot happening here that sounded similar to my music, and so I felt like an outsider. I also am a little bit older than some of the people starting out in the scene here, so I felt a little bit awkward about that at first. Also at the time I didn’t know other gay musicians in the scene here, and so I wasn’t sure if my voice would be heard, or if there was a place for me here. All of those things combined made me feel pretty hopeless that I wouldn’t be able to find my place in Vancouver, but I think that what helped get me through it was getting involved and that is ultimately what it is.

There are a lot of people in this city that also feel like outsiders, I think. It’s not the easiest city to break into, but there is a lot of amazing stuff here and a lot of amazing people. I joined a choir actually, an East Van choir. I joined something called Shindig, which is like a battle of the bands. I just got involved and really was outgoing and forced myself to go to stuff and go to shows. I think that that’s what it takes I guess is just like exposing yourself to stuff and realizing that everyone feels a little bit weird, but that everyone wants to be friends and make friends.”

I am really going to focus on taking that last line of Devours answer to heart! It is so easy for me–as someone who gravitates towards spending time alone and because I have a lot of anxiety when I am around other people–to reinforce my self-perceived outsider status. Devours words reminded me that I will never be able to break out of feeling like an outsider until I open myself up more and realize that I am not alone. Next time I feel like a freak, I’ll remind myself that “everyone feels a little bit weird”-Devours. Well put!

Here’s a link to DEVOURS Bandcamp page: CLICK HERE. 

I just bought Devours 2016 album Late Bloomer from Bandcamp. Hopefully, I’ll use his music as motivation to get outside for a workout in the rain today!

FRESHEST AND FRIENDS: DECEMBER EDITION

Before all else, if you love catchy and addictive RAP MIXES by Vancouver’s 4 best DJs (aka THE FRESHEST: DJ SEKO, DJ MARVEL, KUTCORNERS and RICO UNO) go to this address and download their FREE MIXES: https://soundcloud.com/defreshest

DJ SEKO (right) of THE FRESHEST at 303 COLUMBIA

DJ SEKO (right) of THE FRESHEST at 303 COLUMBIA

The place to be in Vancouver last night was 303 COLUMBIA. If you like rap/hip-hop, hot and intriguing folks, and to dance (or just observe talented dancers) then make sure you show-up for the next FRESHEST AND FRIENDS showcase at 303 Columbia.

SAILOR GERRY (centre) was one of the DJS at FRESHEST AND FRIENDS last night

Hot girl, SAILOR GERRY (centre) was one of the DJS at FRESHEST AND FRIENDS last night, and manager INSOMNIAC JEEZ

Ryan was feeling it!

Ryan was feeling it!

Lovin' the hair!

Lovin’ the hair!

I was totally inspired by this sexy lady's dance moves: you go girl!

I was totally inspired by this sexy lady’s dance moves: you go girl!

Oh yeah

Oh yeah

Look, all men are freaks...interesting shirt, do you agree?

“Look! All men are freaks”…interesting shirt, do you agree?

Fashionable

Fashionable

Bump'n'grind/ lovey-dovey

Bump’n’grind/ lovey-dovey

Celebrate!

Celebrate!

Fun Times at FRESHEST AND FRIENDS

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Last night I went to watch THE FRESHEST DJ quartet at their monthly showcase at 303 COLUMBIA. I had never been to the bar before, but I’ll be back again soon. The interior was really artsy with white, exposed brick walls, and lots of little cozy pockets and a generous-sized dance floor.

KUTCORNERS played my new fave song 7/11 by BEYONCE

KUTCORNERS played my new fave song 7/11 by BEYONCE

I love rap music, so I was very excited to go let off steam and dance last night. I arrived around 12:45 and the place was packed with lots of attractive and well-dressed people. About half the crowd was dancing and I got to see some impressive moves.

This lovely lady is my BEST-DRESSED choice for the night.

This lovely lady is my BEST-DRESSED choice for the night.

DJ SEKO, DJ MARVEL, KUTCORNERS, and RICO UNO comprise THE FRESHEST. They are my favourite DJs in the city since they play the best hip-hop around. In my opinion, they cut the songs so that it’s never boring or formulaic.

DJ SEKO cleverly did a video set so I could watch BEY while dancing: amazing!

DJ SEKO cleverly did a video set so I could watch BEY while dancing: amazing!

THE FRESHEST are interesting to me because I think that anyone trying to make a name for themselves in the entertainment industry can benefit from branding themselves, instead of just haphazardly doing their thing without any forethought about what they want to represent.

Beautiful ladies abounded at FRESHEST AND FRIENDS

Beautiful ladies abounded at FRESHEST AND FRIENDS

Their “GOOD LIFE SUNDAYS” at REPUBLIC on GRANVILLE STREET is an example of The Freshest’s methodical approach to connecting with their audience. Who doesn’t want to live the good life? I know I do, and therefore I’m showing up to anything that claims to promote it (and they follow through on their claim).

I think that these guys get that 2 heads, or in this case 4 heads, are better than 1. What they can do alone is multiplied by teamwork, and above all else they have helped me to have tons of FUN every time I come out to see one or all of them DJ.

Around 1:45 a Vancouver-based rapper DKAY CASTILLO, who I was previously unaware of, performed. I loved all of his songs! Though I had already been dancing for an hour non-stop, I still couldn’t help but move to his music. I hope to interview him in the future, and I am going to find his music online very soon.

 Thanks for creating FRESHEST AND FRIENDS and I can’t wait for the next one!

My necklace got in the way so I took it off, hid it behind a table and forgot it there. Oh well, $10 at topshop.

My necklace got in the way so I took it off, hid it behind a table and forgot it there. Oh well, $10 at topshop.

RICO UNO (The Freshest) Interview

Forgot to get a pic of Rico and I when I interviewed him...but ran into at #FortuneHootUp tonight

Forgot to get a pic of RICO UNO and I when I interviewed him…but ran into him at #FortuneHootUp event Oct.20/14.

If you live in Vancouver and you’ve even been to the BILTMORE CABARET or REPUBLIC, or any other number of bars and clubs, you’ve likely had the pleasure of getting to dance to RICO UNO‘s amazing work as a DJ.

I had the privilege of asking him a few questions about his life, his passion for rap, his favourite up-and-coming rapper (YOUNG THUG), and where he wants to take his career in the future (rap producer).

If you are a fan of rap and fun, inspiring music with a dark (a.k.a realistic in my world) edge go to SOUNDCLOUD.com/DEFRESHEST (link) or SOUNDCLOUD.com/REUPTRIPPYSHIT (link) to download some of his mixes for free. I’ve also just typed in RICO UNO on soundcloud and I’ve found his music that way as well.