Coming Soon: DD Studio Sessions

The recording studio can be a magical place to make music.

But for all of the toys and the wires and the bells and the whistles, the studio’s true powers transcend the cutting-edge equipment and technological advancements. At its core, the recording studio remains a realm for creativity and experimentation. A space concerned more with art than science, more conducive to risk than ritual. An environment fueled by equal parts intensity, intimacy and imagination, where ideas are born and moments are immortalized. Where songs become more than just music.

With our forthcoming Studio Sessions series, we set out to explore exactly what goes on behind closed doors in a professional recording studio. From the secrets of songwriting and the technical considerations to the collaboration between artists and producers, we wanted to capture the making of a track from conception to completion.

The result is a collection of videos chronicling the sessions of six different artists at six different studios across Canada. As you’ll see over the next few months, each story has a narrative as unique and authentic as the artists – and the studios – themselves.

Here’s a closer look at the artists we’ll be featuring in Season 1.

MOB BOUNCE

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Mob Bounce at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver.

The Warehouse Studio, Vancouver

From their childhood friendship to the formation of electronic hip-hop duo Mob Bounce, B.C.’s Travis Hebert (Heebz the Earthchild) and Craig Frank Edes (The Northwest Kid) have always bonded over music. Drawing from their indigenous roots and cultural identity, they explore everything from politics to spirituality and focus heavily on creating social and environmental awareness.

Website: mobbouncemusic.com

Facebook: @mobbounce

Twitter: @MobBounce

Instagram: @mobbounce

Meet the guys from Mob Bounce in our DD Spotlight, and check out their Studio Session here.

SISTER SAYS

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Gillian Thomson of Sister Says at Space Studios in Vancouver.

The Space Studios, Vancouver

Fronted by Haida-Tsimshian siblings Gillian and Robert Thomson, Sister Says is a soulful indie-pop group based out of Vancouver. Refreshingly authentic and lyrically rich, their sound fuses elements of the blues, jazz and soul music they grew up on. They are currently at work on their third album.

Website: sistersays.com

Facebook: @sistersays

Twitter: @SisterSays

Instagram: @sister_says

Meet the duo in our DD Spotlight and check out their Studio Session here.

ISKWÉ

Catherine North Studios, Hamilton

Iskwé at Catherine North Studios in Hamilton.

Iskwé at Catherine North Studios in Hamilton.

With her eclectic sound and empowering lyrics, Iskwé has been making noise on the national music scene since dropping her self-titled debut album in 2013. Weaving her Irish and Indigenous roots, and touching on everything from gender and culture to relationships and politics, she creates art that is both relevant and emotional.

Website: iskwe.bandcamp.com

Facebook: @iskweMUSIC

Twitter: @isKwe

Instagram: @iskwe

Meet Iskwé in our DD Spotlight and check out her Studio Session here.

MIDNIGHT SHINE

Jukasa Studios, Caledonia, Ont.

Midnight Shine at Jukasa Studios in Caledonia, Ont.

Midnight Shine at Jukasa Studios in Caledonia, Ont.

Not many bands play their very first show opening for legendary Canadian rockers like Trooper. Then again, not many bands are quite like Midnight Shine. The Northern Ontario foursome is turning heads with a sound that seamlessly mixes roots and modern rock. Anchored by the melodic vocals and eloquent lyrics of Attawapiskat’s Adrian Sutherland, their music is not only radio-friendly, but also explores Cree culture, tradition and life in the North with depth and meaning.

Website: midnightshineonline.com

Facebook: @midnightshineonline

Twitter: @midnightshineon

Instagram: @midnightshineonline

DAVID MORIN

Bombay Records, Vancouver

David Morin at Bombay Records in Vancouver.

David Morin at Bombay Records in Vancouver.

Whether he’s beatboxing on a street corner or playing guitar onstage, Vancouver’s David Morin makes a solo performance sound like an entire band. Influenced by the late-90s neo soul movement, he fuses everything from blues and funk to disco and pop for a contemporary sound as accessible as it is seductive. He recently won Urban Artist of the Year and earned a nomination for Aboriginal Artist of the Year at the 2016 Western Canadian Music Awards.

Website: www.davidmorinmusic.com

Facebook: @davidmorinmusic

Twitter: @davidmorinmusic

Instagram: @davidmorinmusic

Get to know David in our Aboriginal Music Week 2016 blog and Spotlight.

SIERRA NOBLE

Stereobus Recording, Winnipeg

Sierra Noble at Stereobus in Winnipeg.

Sierra Noble at Stereobus in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg songstress Sierra Noble has been a staple of the Canadian music scene since the age of 14, when she began her touring career as a solo Old-Time fiddle player. She has since evolved into a multitalented singer/songwriter and has had her music featured on television shows such as One Tree Hill and Switched at Birth. Her latest album, City of Ghosts, dropped in Fall 2016.

Website: www.sierranoble.ca

Facebook: @sierranoblemusic

Twitter: @SierraNoble

Instagram: @sierranoblemusic

Meet Sierra in our DD Spotlight.

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