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.
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.
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.
Catherine North Studios, 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.
Meet Iskwé in our DD Spotlight.
Jukasa Studios, 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.
Bombay Records, 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.
Stereobus Recording, 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.
Meet Sierra in our DD Spotlight.
UPDATE: Dec. 7, 2016: The DD Studio Sessions premiere featuring Mob Bounce is now live. Check it out here.