AARON JAMES AND THE BLACK WATER
AARON JAMES AND THE BLACK WATERAaron James and the Black Water are a compelling new outfit on Risque Disque Records. Their admirable pursuit is to define a genre like never before ... CLICK FOR MORE
Aaron James and the Black Water are a compelling new outfit on Risque Disque Records. Their admirable pursuit is to define a genre like never before - to create pop music that’ s accessible, but also redefines the landscape of the style. “Music is a cruel lover to me,” James says. “I’ ve been pining for her my whole life... I play music because I have nothing else.”
Aaron James and the Black Water have toured from Victoria to Newfoundland. They’ ve opened for Bif Naked as well, defining their live output as one of the most important parts of their act.
Their new music is born from a dauntingly deep well of influence. The emotional output of the Beatles, the guitar styles of Josh Homme, and the vocal inventions of Stevie Wonder, Etta James, and the like, have all inspired the band. Their new album, ‘ The Final Debut,’ is out Feb. 29.
CAMERON GUNN“I’ m passing down what has been passed down to me,”Cameron Gunn mused when discussing his new musical endeavors. The artist is ... CLICK FOR MORE
“I’ m passing down what has been passed down to me,”Cameron Gunn mused when discussing his new musical endeavors. The artist is releasing his new eponymous album via Risque Disque Records. He’ s often compared to the old school greats. From Dylan, to Young, Waits, to Prine, His music dabbles in classic influence heavily, yet still brings a fresh mix of orignal style that trancends the genres.
Gunn’ s first solo pursuit, ‘ Halfway Round,’ was released in 2010, followed by years of wandering and rambling before finding a home at Risque Disque Records. Inspired by folk, rock, country, blues, funk, reggae, and hip hop, Gunn boasts a broad palette of musical influence. This manifests itself into the songwriter’ s repertoire, which has sometimes been described as ‘ music of the streets,’ or ‘ underground street music.’
Years of travel have had a strong influence on his unique outlook and dynamic style. His desire is to spread inspiration through song - a noble effort he’ s pursuing with kickass production, powerful lyrics, and poignant storytelling.
GIBBY NIKGibby Nik may very well be the quintessential west coast roots rock hero. His signature down-home style is honest, vulnerable, elegantly crafted ... CLICK FOR MORE
Gibby Nik may very well be the quintessential west coast roots rock hero. His signature down-home style is honest, vulnerable, elegantly crafted, and served over a lush bed of deep grooves.
Born and raised in the picturesque coastal town of Campbell River, British Columbia, Nik’ s music is heavily inspired by the ocean. At the age of twenty, he picked up a guitar and never looked back. Influenced by the likes of John Mayer, Amos Lee, and Jack Johnson, his easygoing vibes are recognizable, but distinctly original, too. “I write songs from the heart in hopes of reaching common ground with good people,” says Nik. “I want to make people dance.
His debut EP, ‘ Dog Daze,’ showcases Nik as an old soul: wise and gentle. He can get in your face as well, however, creating a superb dichotomy of emotion throughout his tunes. “I’ m proud of what music has done for me and I’ m proud to be an artist in today’ s world,” Nik says.
MIKE J TOMPKINS
MIKE J TOMPKINSThose who have seen Mike J Tompkins perform wouldn’ t be reluctant to say that he puts on a show, swinging from the chandelier ... CLICK FOR MORE
Those who have seen Mike J Tompkins perform wouldn’ t be reluctant to say that he puts on a show, swinging from the chandelier while still being able to pull off his parts musically.
Mike was born in Vancouver B.C. and grew up on central Vancouver Island. His music roots began with the on-line purchase of a BC Rich electric guitar. He was self-taught and dedicated himself to learning and perfecting his skills through playing along by ear to recordings of classic rock, R&B, and funk.
Mike has managed to adapt a wide variety of genres into his music. Influences ranging from blues, rock n’ roll, funk, hip-hop, Motown, folk, gospel and back again. Mike has been a sought after guitar player in many different bands and performance showcases. After studying music and performing in Nelson B.C. for three years he is now based out of central Vancouver island.
He has recently finished recording his first E.P. ‘Bring Me In’ with Risque Disque Records. He will be touring in support of it in the spring of 2016.
OLIVER SWAINHailing from Victoria, BC, nearly the farthest west (or left) one can be, Oliver Swain is Canada’s quintessential folk and traditional musician... CLICK FOR MORE
Hailing from Victoria, BC, nearly the farthest west (or left) one can be, Oliver Swain is Canada’s quintessential folk and traditional musician. He eats, sleeps and breathes music, and his prolific career evidences this in many ways. With his pure, finely tuned vocals that have an astonishing range, and his undeniable skill behind a banjo or upright bass, Oliver grabs the attention of all who hear him, and holds it with his enormous sound and stature. From the most vulnerable and innocent sounding banjo ditties to the brave and imposing bowed bass, Oliver delivers his own brand of alternative folk and traditional music to the masses with a smile and a twinkle in his eye.
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