electronic music

New Music: All Failures by Isomers

Artist: Isomers. Song: All Failures.

This is the first video I’ve directed, and it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

DAWN GOLDEN (aka Dexter Tortoriello): Interview

DEXTER TORTORIELLO has released his first album under the pseudonym DAWN GOLDEN and it is called STILL LIFE.

I had never heard of Dexter or Dawn Golden prior to seeing him open for METRONOMY at the Imperial on October 26th, 2014, but I am now a fan. He seemed to grab the entire audience’s attention by pouring out his emotions via his big voice, and by playing electronic sounds in a way that filled the room with his heartbreak, pop culture influences, and surprisingly danceable dark music.

Dexter Tortoriello and I: fan friendly at the Imperial in Vancouver.

Dexter Tortoriello and I: fan friendly at the Imperial in Vancouver.

I asked Dexter if he had any experience feeling like an outsider. “Dawn Golden” explained that he has felt this way for most of his life. When I asked him what music helped him through it, he said that the song US ONES IN BETWEEN by SUNSET RUBDOWN has inspired him the most during painful times. After his set, Tortoriello sat selling his own records. I observed him have a genuine conversation with the three fans in front of me, which impressed me. Some artists seem to think it is cool to be arrogant. I do not feel this way, and Dexter doesn’t seem to either. I appreciated his open demeanour.

DAWN GOLDEN (this is the name he used to introduce himself to the audience) suggested new fans begin with ALL I WANT from STILL LIFE. I WON’T BEND is my DAWN GOLDEN favourite so far.

DAWN GOLDEN vulnerable and impactful.

DAWN GOLDEN vulnerable and impactful.

Tortoriello’s best-known musical project so far has been as half of the duo HOUSES. With his band member (and girlfriend) MEGAN MESSINA, HOUSES released 2 albums: ALL NIGHT in 2010, and A QUIET DARKNESS in 2013.

MOZART’S SISTER at Fortune: AUDIO interview!

CAILA THOMPSON-HANNANT‘s solo project MOZART’S SISTER led to her taking the stage by storm at FORTUNE SOUND CLUB on September 12th, 2014. I was absolutely astounded by her voice, her control and accuracy while playing ELECTRONIC POP live, and by how much fun I was having dancing to her catchy, yet undoubtedly emotionally-impactful, music.A

MOZART’S SISTER‘s album BEING was released on August 5th, 2014. Please download it, it’s stupendous!

Fortune Sound Club September 12th, 2014. INCREDIBLE SHOW!

Fortune Sound Club
September 12th, 2014.

THOMPSON-HANNANT is from MONTREAL, and she has performed with GRIMES and TOPS. Her first EP as MOZART’S SISTER was released in 2011 and it is called DEAR FEAR. In 2013, she released a second EP called HELLO.

MOZART’S SISTER took the time to speak with me about her music, and briefly touched on TRIP-HOP and her old-school fave PORTISHEAD.