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24HRS: Atlanta RAPPER EXTRAORDINAIRE

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24hrs (IG: @2fourhrs) and I (Christina/VanIsReal.com) after his show at Fortune Sound Club

What do you love about Vancouver?

I mean so far the weather was super cool, like the snow. It was like snowing, but it wasn’t too cold, so it was like super lit. And then, like, the people have really nice hospitality. It’s cool so far.

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

The freak part? Like what type of freak? I’m just playing with you. Just following my dreams and people actually supporting what I do, like, and maybe at first people didn’t get it or understand it, but to see everyone scream my lyrics to my song, it looks like being the outsider or being different or being a freak or whatever it is helped me, and it paid off, so continue doing what you’re doing.

Here’s a link to his soundcloud: 24hrs soundcloud.

Background story from my perspective: I almost never go to live shows even though I often go out dancing to DJs, because it’s always a risk…you never know what you’re going to get. Another requirement for me if I’m going to see a live show is that I wanna hear music that lets me release some of my aggression and energy, so I gravitate towards rap shows since artists in this genre most often give me what I need out of a live show.

Anyways, I work super close to Fortune Sound Club and tonight while at work I thought I should take a look and see what was going on at Fortune tonight (Saturday, February 4th). I found out that an Atlanta rapper called 24hrs was doing a show.

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24hrs Open EP: No throwaway songs…he’s oozing talent.

Before tonight, I hadn’t heard of him and I didn’t listen to a second of his music before purchasing a ticket for myself and my boyfriend. I took a risk in spending $50 plus dollars on an artist I’d never heard (though during his show I realized I already did know some of his songs, I just didn’t know he was the artist performing them), and it was SO WORTH IT.

My job can be stressful at times and tonight my coworker and I were on the receiving end of intense anger coming from tenants of the building we work at, so I needed something to make me feel good after work. I felt reinvigorated after this show and I was on cloud nine after 24hrs let me interview him!

24hrs is such a present, confident, and fun artist. He owned the stage all the way. His music sounded so beautiful, tight, and powerful live and I am now a huge fan of 24hrs! I am always on the lookout for motivational, intense songs to add to my workout playlist, and I’ll be adding 24hrs EP Open tomorrow.

Thank 24hrs…I’m so happy to have some new special music to listen to.

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.

Embrace Your Freakishness!

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After it poured outside for most of the day, it finally turned sunny out just after 4, so I got off my butt and headed out onto Main Street with the hopes of finding some sweet soul to interview.

Brittney’s look appealed to me, and when I asked her if I could interview her she obliged. Her answer to my question about whether or not she’s ever felt like a freak or an outsider, and if she has what’s helped her through it, was great. Brittney (brittney@laceembrace.com) suggests “EMBRACING IT”–how apropos considering she works at Lace Embrace. I wholeheartedly agree. As they say, let your freak flag fly!

If you’re ever interested in a corset, sexy lingerie, old-fashioned clothing, or pin-up style outfits go visit Brittney at Lace Embrace Atelier on Main (or check out Scout just off Main which is owned by the same person).

DAWN PEMBERTON: INTERVIEW

DAWN PEMBERTON and I

DAWN PEMBERTON and I

I had the pleasure of interviewing Vancouver-based musician DAWN PEMBERTON tonight at Fortune Sound Club. When I arrived, Dawn was hard-at-work setting up merchandise for her show. Yet, when she greeted me she was patient, friendly, and wonderful to speak to.

Ms. Pemberton’s first solo album, called SAY SOMETHIN’, is the cause for celebration at Fortune tonight. I asked Dawn which songs she recommends new fans start-off by listening to and she suggested:

  • DEEPER
  • SAY SOMETHIN’
  • GIVE IT DO IT TO IT

I asked Dawn my usual question about whether or not she has ever felt like a freak, an outcast, or a loser, and if so what music helped her through it. Dawn said MARVIN GAYE and ELLA FITZGERALD are two specific musicians who have helped her through feeling like an outsider.

DAWN PEMBERTON celebrating SAY SOMETHIN' at Fortune Sound Club

DAWN PEMBERTON celebrating SAY SOMETHIN’ at Fortune Sound Club

Pemberton also stated that “Anything that feels good” is the right type of music to help uplift you. Also she said “Any kind of music actually has been lifesaving”. So true!

I asked Dawn what she loves about Vancouver and her response was “fresh air”, “ocean”, “mountains”, “the crows”, and “maple trees in the fall and cherry blossoms in the spring”. I strongly agree!

Dawn’s show was filled with good, positive energy and it was a packed-house! It is clear that Dawn has developed a big Vancouver following over the approximately 20 years she’s been performing.

Dawn’s voice is warm, beautiful, and powerful and she had the audience eating out of the palm of her hand at the show tonight. Thanks to Dawn for the interview. When I asked Dawn if she wanted to share anything with her fans, she wanted to let people know her music is “from the heart” and that “it’s been a long time comin'”. About SAY SOMETHIN’ Dawn says “Give it a listen because I think you’ll like it”. It was blatantly obvious at the show tonight that many people more than like Dawn’s music: love is a more appropriate word!

AB-SOUL at FORTUNE: Gentlemanly Ways!

AB-SOUL-Fortune Sound-Oct 15th, 2014.

I’m 5’1 and I often go to hip-hop shows alone. It can be so annoying how pushy and aggressive guys are (tonight one guy tried to put his hands around my waist and then grabbed my butt when he walked by me later, even though I had already asked him twice not to touch me).

It doesn’t stop me from going to enjoy the music I love live, and I can stand up for myself…but, the following video shows that AB-SOUL and his “crew” ain’t down with pushing the ladies around:

FYI: “smashing” can refer to having sex (i.e. “I wanna smash” means a guy/girl wants to have sex). People can also be smashed around and that double meaning is what they’re talking about:

“It ain’t even that type of party. Smash the girls, but you don’t smash the girls. What the f%$# is going on?”

Thanks to AB-SOUL and his compatriots for setting the tone. It didn’t stop guys from being pushy (alcohol probably makes that impossible). Still, this is the first time I’ve been at a show where the male artists ask the men in the audience to respect females and give them space.

THE SHOW WAS INCREDIBLE! I sweat buckets and ended up with crazy, frizzy hair but it was all worth it. Ab-Soul is a very engaging performer, his songs are awesome, and he deserves to be the centre-of-attention up there on the stage.

 

 

NYC Rapper BAS: Interview at Fortune

I attended AB-SOUL‘s Vancouver stop on his THESE DAYS tour at Fortune Sound Club tonight (October 15th).

Thankfully, I got to see his opening act BAS perform as well (“These Days” is Ab-Soul’s most recent album–2014).BAS spoke with me shortly (though it’s hard to see his face due to poor lighting) after the show.

Original source: BAS' instagram page @FIENDBASSY..onstage at Fortune.

Original source: BAS’ instagram page @FIENDBASSY..onstage at Fortune. AIR!

BAS had me dancing and he’s a big guy, but he puts his all into his performance and moved around and inspired others to get their butts moving too. BAS‘ album is called LAST WINTER…give him a listen! He has two other mixtapes as well called QUATER WATER RAISED, VOL.1 and QUATER WATER RAISED, VOL.2.

BAS’ birth name is ABBAS HAMAD and he was born in Paris, France and he grew up in Queens, New York. He is signed to J.COLE‘s DREAMVILLE RECORDS.

On whether or not he can recommend any uplifting music: “Um…I don’t know. Honestly, it’s all about what the song means to you…you know, you got to find those songs that take you to a better place. It’s different for everybody.” Words of wisdom!

Is there anything that you love about VANCOUVER so far?: “Great weed and friendly people.” 

Sounds like a Vancouver-fan to me! Thanks to BAS!

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.
INCREDIBLE SHOW!

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.

MOZART'S SISTER and me!