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International Trap-Pop Queen Chantae Vetrice Reigned Supreme in her A&R Factory Interview

With melodies as infectious as her autonomy-embracing attitude, we caught up with the Trap-Pop queen, Chantae Vetrice following the release of her piercing and polished hit, Wave Check, which affirms that she’s so far ahead of the curve it is scarcely in her rear-view mirror.

Chantae Vetrice, we’re stoked you took time out from your hectic international TrapPop lifestyle to dissect your distinctive sound. Can you tell us about your latest single, Wave Check?

Wave Check is all about riding your own wave! Doing what you do in the way that only you can do it! And sometimes we have other people that may try to ride that wave because it’s just too damn good! It’s all about feeling confident in yourself.

Coming up with a unique sound in an oversaturated industry is a massive achievement. How would you define your sound, and how did you form such an authentic signature sound?

This has been years and years of self-discovery within the music and just experimenting with different approaches that have come naturally to me over time. I would describe my sound as a bit gritty, with a lot of sex appeal and attitude. I’ve loved rock music all my life so, I try to incorporate that into my music as well. Whether it be by using a guitar in the beat production or with how I deliver my lyrics.

As the adage goes, image is everything, and you’ve got your striking look down to a T. Have you always been so aesthetically confident?

Looking back on my life, I have! I’ve always been confident enough to wear what I want even if it’s not trending, and when it comes to my hair, I’ve always pushed the envelope! Honestly, I get bored very easily, so I love being versatile…I hate looking like everyone else.

You have worked with some impressive names since making your debut; which figure has had the biggest impact on your career?

Thank you. I haven’t worked with this person, but they have been a total inspiration for me…Madonna. I’ve always admired how she can easily transform and evolve herself so genuinely. To me, she is the epitome of a pop icon.

Based on your streaming stats, plenty of people are resonating with your music. What do you hope people get from your music?

Life live, and have fun! This journey is short, and we are here to make an impact! Do what you love and be yourself…don’t be afraid to stand out.

Do you write your songs with a particular audience in mind?

I make music, especially for women…I’m a girl’s girl! So, to all my ladies out in the world…stay strong, be bold, and let them know you’re here to stay!

What is it like living between NYC and Montreal as an artist?

I feel like I have the best of both worlds right now because I can live in another country and get inspired by the locals. Montreal has such a dope creative scene, and I’m slowly navigating my way through it. It’s exciting. As a New Yorker, I love a good adventure and can live pretty much anywhere lol.

What are your next moves going to be in the industry?

Outside of consistently dropping heat, performing, and growing my fanbase…I am getting focused on my debut EP for 2023. It’s something that I think the people are ready for, and I’m up for the challenge of creating a story people can resonate with.

Listen to Chantae Vetrice’s latest single, Wave Check, on Spotify.

Follow her on Instagram and check out her website.

Interview by Amelia Vandergast

Lock up your daughters; ORCHAD unveiled their X-RATED pop-hooked alt-rock earworm, SKIN

ORCHAD’s latest single, SKIN, is easily the sexiest alt-rock offering since She Wants Revenge tantalised us with Tear You Apart. Quickly becoming (in all the ways) one of the hottest acts in Montreal, ORCHAD has torn up the rock n roll rule book and is writhing in the confetti of archetypal rock flavours.

Screeching riffs resound around the dark electro beats to create a fervid platform for the dynamic vocal lines that sporadically run through heavy effects to amplify the dark salacious energy of SKIN to the nth degree.

Instead of attempting to appease the insufferable rock snobs by listing only the most revered rock gods in their influences, ORCHAD let us know exactly where their hooky pop proclivities came from by name-dropping everyone from Dua Lipa to LeBrock to Billie Eilish and by owing the heavier parts of their ever-fluid signature to the likes of Avenged Sevenfold and MCR. As someone that was very much in their emo phase in the early 00s, their partially revivalist ingenuity is far from lost on me.

SKIN is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

ORCHAD Interview: Showing us deep inside the SKIN

Turning the volume up Canadian style and taking our hearts into a new galaxy, we sat down with ORCHAD to chat more about their heavy new release SKIN. Keeping it real and showing us the challenges of the current underground alternative scene in their hometown, this is an insightful look into how it started for the exciting Montreal band.

Hello there ORCHAD. Thanks for taking the time to slice it up with us and chat about your electrifying new single, SKIN. Firstly, please tell us who is in the band and how did things all start musically?

ORCHAD: Thanks for having us. We’re ORCHAD, a duo that’s made up of a singer and guitar player. On vocals we got Julian Della, and on guitars we got Justyn Vynn, and it’s been that way since 2018. ORCHAD started as the brainchild of Julian. After struggling to find members to complete a band, he decided to write and release the music on his own. He wanted to ground the music in rock, but be free to write anything he wanted regardless of the genre. He wrote and recorded a 6 song E.P. that ended up being ORCHAD’s first E.P. “Vices & Desires” of which he completely funded. During the recording process for that E.P. Julian called up good friend Justyn to add a few guitar solos to the tracks. Julian had wanted Justyn several times to join him, but he’d stopped playing in bands professionally. Through the process of writing and recording the solos, Julian asked again if Justyn would join, and after being floored by the level of quality with Julian’s songwriting, and his tenacity, he accepted. From there, it’s been both their goals to make you dance, and make your head bang.

Montreal, Canada is your hometown. What was it like growing up and is the local underground music scene thriving currently or not yet?

ORCHAD: Montreal is really an awesome place culturally. There’s no shortage of entertainment in the city, everything from Art shows and displays, comedy festivals & open mics, music events, so many restaurants, the nightlife is incredible. It’s brutally cold in the winter, humid as hell in the summer, and the city streets are always under construction, but we’re incredibly fortunate to be able to live in a city with so much culture, and personality. It really does inspire.

There are two ways to look at the underground music scene. On one hand, the music scenes are thriving in that there are so many acts with so much talent, and so much variety. On the other hand, there isn’t much visibility available to a lot of these acts, there’s not a ton of A&R around, especially for a metropolis like Montreal with such a diverse amount of music coming out of it. There are some very healthy scenes like the Metal scenes, Hip-Hop and Drum & Bass music scenes, but outside of those, there aren’t really any Music blogs, radio stations, etc. that are dedicated to Alternative or Rock music, especially ones that don’t fit neatly into those lines. Something we feel is important for a local scene to really thrive.

Your music seems to blur the line and is completely original. How would you describe your music style to someone who has never heard a song before?

ORCHAD: That’s our Achilles’ Heel. What is our music style? The only way we can describe it is that we make you dance, and make your head bang. It’s Rock N’ Roll with pop sensibilities, but there’s tasteful shred guitar, and electronic elements. We both love Guns N’ Roses, and Led Zeppelin, but we’re also huge fans of The Weekend, and Dua Lipa. We’ve had a hard time attempting to define our sound, and when we’ve asked members of the music industry, fans, family/friends, other artists, and those within the entertainment world, they also draw a blank to who we can compare ourselves to. If we’re to put something down, it’s adventurous Rock N’ Roll/Alternative, or Aggressive Pop!

Please name a few bands or role models who inspire you all to reach greater heights?

ORCHAD: There’s so many, and over the years the main artists we’re inspired by has changed, but right now The Weeknd, Dua Lipa, Fall Out Boy, Palaye Royale, Billie Eilish, LeBrock, Muse, Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N’ Roses, Queen, Elton John, David Bowie.

Ok, let’s dig deeper into your new release SKIN. What is the vision behind the track?

ORCHAD: SKIN deals with Toxic Hook-Up Culture, Passion, Non-Commitment, and Resentment. We’ve both had our fair share of these relationships, and we’ve both been active participants and fully aware of it. The song talks about a relationship based solely on sex and nothing more, the passion within it, the repeated cycles of attempting to end it and the eventual resentment of the other person who completely mirrors you who also doesn’t want to love you. The best description we’ve heard is that SKIN is an Anti-love song, that SKIN relates more to modern relationships than a ballad does.

Your debut album is set for release in the summer of 2023. What can new and old fans expect from this upcoming project?

ORCHAD: Expect to bang your head, expect to dance, expect for it to be fun, have some humor, be positive, and cynical, and expect that our sound will not fit into what we’ve already released before. No two ORCHAD songs sound alike, and we’re keeping it that way, but what we’ve got ready excites us so much and we can’t wait to share it with the world.

Last of all, do you have any tours or live shows on the horizon?

ORCHAD: We do! Our next show is on December 17th at Piranha Bar in Montreal, followed by some dates in Ontario in February (dates are still being settled now). From there, we’re still planning!

Hear this firecracker of a single on Spotify. See their socials on IG.

Interview by Llewelyn Screen

Circonflex Interview: taking us back to our core with monumental new release Lorem ipsong

With their likeable charm and groovy treats to keep our hungry stomachs filled, we were blessed to speak to Circonflex about their excellent new release called Lorem ipsong. There are delightfully vibrant energies inside their music, so A&R Factory sat down and found out more about this dynamic outfit.

Hello Circonflex. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us today. To start, please let everyone know where you’re from and based currently?

Hello! I am based in Montreal, Canada! But Circonflex also has offices in Toronto and Paris (France!). We speak French, English, and….a bit of Latin!

When you close your eyes and imagine the vision of your new project called Lorem ipsong, what do you see?

We actually wrote this during the pandemic. Our vision was to put a smile on people’s faces during such a difficult time. We thought, music IS a universal language, and these lorem ipsum lyrics are non-specific, so everyone can dance!
Also, I like to imagine songwriters starting to use the Lorem Ipsum lyrics to help them to find a new topline. It helps designers to structure their graphic design, so why can’t these lyrics help composers structure their melodies?

Have you found the live music scene in your local area feels back to normal again?

Pretty much! It’s so great to see people getting together again. I can’t wait to walk into a venue where a band is actually playing a Lorem Ipsong cover!

How would you describe your sound to a complete stranger?
Our sound can vary quite a bit – really it is anything YOU want. We pride ourselves in writing orginal (bespoke) music that resonates. We also do audio branding: so we are known to discover the sound you’ve been searching for.

Your new song is super funky and certainly gets my feet tapping. Do you love making tracks that get the party started?
Absolutely! Have you tried memorizing the rap part? Challenge accepted?

Which musicians in the world inspire you the most?
You know, there are so many great musicians! It’s hard answer this question honestly. But these days, my favorite songwriter is Cicero – who actually wrote the lyrics of Lorem Ipsong in 45 BC!

Do you have anything lined up gig-wise in 2023 and where can we find you?
Hopefully writing more tracks that people love! We made Lorem Ipsum sound amazing – imagine what else we can do!
Which makes me think – maybe we should try and remix the song? Or is there anyone out there who’d like to give it a try?
The stems are available right here: www.circonflex.com/lorem!

Find this facinating outfit on Spotify.

View their website for more.

Interview by Llewelyn Screen

Montreal travellers Nöyze knows that the light is required for that true contentness on Guide Me

Showing us what it’s like to be on the road via the expedition to the next festival, Nöyze asks for that bright light to be shone colorfully so that wonderful love may be reunited again on Guide Me.

Nöyze is a Montreal, Canada-based indie 4-piece band who has played all over the world and continues to develop their sound throughout their life experiences.

The band’s initial influences include groups such as Pink Floyd, Kings of Leon, the Beatles, etc. With these influences as a starting point, Nöyze has created a sound which is very much its own.” ~ Nöyze

Presenting their harmonious melodies with a relaxing effect that might take you to a time and place that you recall so vividly, Nöyze are in a reflective mood on Guide Me and the Canadian band are in full flight with a marvelously serene single made from the heart.

They have once again taken the old continent by storm in the summer of 2018, playing 27 shows (festivals, theatres and clubs) in 50 days. This 15,000 km cross-country tour took them to France, Germany, England, Scotland, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.” ~ Nöyze

Guide Me from Montreal, Canada-based indie 4-piece band Nöyze is one of those songs that stops you in your tracks. This is a peaceful single that will take you profoundly into their mentality that is only focused on that genuine love. Performed by a self-aware outfit who sounds in contemplative form and guide us to that better place, this is a track that you can’t help but truly appreciate.

Sometimes you just need to know that the light is available, so that you may be reconnected to that beautiful soul.

Hear this top song on Spotify and check out the IG page for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Wav shows us his inside that shattered picture with ‘Who Was The One?’

With a tranquil energy that shows you inside the mind circles that have spun out of time, Wav knows that there is not much else to say to a former lover who has slowly faded away into the past with ‘Who Was The One?

Wav is a Montreal, Quebec-based indie experimental alternative solo artist and music producer who is inspired by artists such as Pink Floyd and Kanye West.

”The track explores themes such as addiction to comfort, self-doubt and self realization. Share, like, save. Over-analyze to the point where you know the song more than me and most importantly: enjoy.” ~ Wav

With a majestic approach that shows us all his growing maturity mentally as his calming vocals send you to a nostalgic place, Wav opens up the door into his past that has you shivering at the recollection from that memory you have hidden away for years.

Coming from an Indian family he was constantly surrounded by Bollywood music and his older siblings would encourage him to sing as early as he could talk. Performing with his sisters at their Sikh Temple became Balkirat’s first introduction to the stage and where he fell in love with performing. ” ~ Wav

Who Was The One?‘ from Montreal, Quebec-based indie experimental alternative solo artist/music producer Wav is a cinematic experience that shall take your mind away and get you thinking deeply about that time you wish you could have back. The vocals simmer in hot like a burning fire and shake up your mood while pondering why things reversed so quickly.

Thinking about something for too long that you can’t change can really mess with your mind.

Hear this new single on Spotify and see what happens next on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Montréal rap group The Grey Era fly overseas with that big bag on ‘Bad Bad’ (feat. TGEWatts and TGEMarx)

Taken off their 11-track album called ‘Grey Tape Vol 1‘, The Grey Era shows us that when you are with someone who is good to you, anything is actually possible if you combine that with your lavish attributes on ‘Bad Bad(feat. TGEWatts and TGEMarx).

The Grey Era is a Montréal, Canada-based indie rap collective that has made an impressive entry in the Hip hop game and is known for its sword-like delivery and fashionable style.

Shading away any possible competition off the table with their eloquent and smooth techniques, The Grey Era stimulate the airwaves with an assured persona that lets you know that they aren’t in the business of messing around with fake cats.

Produced by the well-respected Skywalker, this is a memorable single that shall have you pouring another glass and might have you seduced by their highly passionate flows.

Bad Bad(feat. TGEWatts and TGEMarx) from Montréal, Canada-based indie Hip hop group The Grey Era, is a track all about showing that if the desire is there, anything is possible if the crew is loyal and in the right mindset. Stacking checks is the mission and there is much to like for rap fans on this flurry of rhymes, that will get you into the mood of success.

With songs like this, there is a calming aura on offer to learn from that takes you on a flight of discovery with one of North America’s most promising rap crews.

See this stylish music video on YouTube and see more moves on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Jessica Gelinas wonders if this is all worth it with her excellent new single ‘Losing You’

With a captivating intro that sets the mood just right, Jessica Gelinas is quite wonderfully honest and vocally stunning with her latest release which will pull your heartstrings and is called, ‘Losing You‘.

Jessica Gelinas is a Montreal, Canada-born indie-pop solo artist and classically trained pianist who is of French and Taiwanese heritage and studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

As an honor student with an impressive double major in Music Production and Engineering, as well as Songwriting, it’s easy to hear that we are listening to a world-class artist who strives each day to reach her goals and never gives up no matter what the challenges presented.

Her upbringing in a multicultural environment allowed her to learn to speak in three languages fluently: French, Mandarin Chinese and English, naturally that drove her to start singing in all three languages as well.” ~ Jessica Gelinas

With a memorable style that has you turning up the volume so that you can hear each word perfectly, Jessica Gelinas is one of the classiest musicians in the world and shows us why she is so highly regarded with a quite exquisite performance on ‘Losing You‘.

On the side, she also writes English lyrics for Chinese artists and has featured backing vocals on Taiwanese singer: Ponzii’s debut album.” ~ Jessica Gelinas

Losing You‘ from the multi-talented NYC-based indie-pop artist Jessica Gelinas is a reflective gem of the highest quality imaginable. She leads us into her mind that wants that small house by the sea but has the nagging thought that perhaps this is not the road that she should be going down – as she brings the world a truly excellent single – that will have you gazing outside to work out what your next move is.

Sometimes love can be so hard that you start to doubt the connection, even if when you are together everything seems so right. Trusting your all-knowing gut is the only constant you can ever truly turn to after all.

Listen in to this superb new single on Spotify and see more via the IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Montreal’s P.O can’t get her out of his mind no matter who he is with on ‘Still On You’

With a romantic vibe that seems to sizzle just right as you look at her, P.O appears to still be into this former lover that he can’t seem to forget no matter how much he tries on ‘Still On You’.

Montreal, Canada-based P.O is an indie Hip hop artist and podcaster. Experimenting with Rap, RnB, Trap, Reggae, Deep House, we find a creatively advanced artist who loves to evolve his sound as his mindset changes from life experiences.

I do not put myself in a box, and you can hear it through my music.” ~ P.O

Rapping in French and English and keeping the mood candle-lit – with a flashback to a special former flame – who makes his heartbeat rise to a level no one else can even come close to, P.O scrolls through her feed to see things that only has him feeling upset that they broke up before.

Still On You‘ from Montreal, Canada-based indie rapper and esteemed podcaster P.O, sends a shiver down the spine as we imagine being so attracted to someone that you can’t ever forget. He finds that each new romantic partner looks like his ex, as he glances at her IG and wonders why she is still together with that other guy who he wishes would break up with her.

Listen to this bouncy new single on Spotify and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Grinding All My Life: Montreal’s King Mizery shows us into his world with ‘Worth It’

With his first full album on the way soon called ‘No Competition‘, King Mizery reminds us to keep a close eye on those we trust as there comes a point when weak souls crack from the pressure and could destroy everything you have built on ‘Worth It‘.

Mycal King aka King Mizery is a Montreal, Canada-based indie hip-hop artist with Jamaican and British heritage who comes from a family with a rich music history spanning decades.

King Mizery might be one of the most underrated storytellers of our generation. He flows genuinely with such a smoothly-penned style on show and you feel like he is only going to improve as time goes by, as that much-needed hunger to succeed is laced in each one of his verses.

Worth It‘ from Montreal, Canada-based indie hip-hop solo artist King Mizery, is a riveting tale of wondering why someone who you thought was a true friend would eventually switch teams and snitch on you. In a world full of mistrust and lies, this can be a harrowing experience that can cause your mood to flip rather quickly and boil out of control like a shattered kettle.

Rapped with a rugged style that can only be portrayed by someone who has actually lived a life surviving on the streets, this is an excellent underground track that shows you into a world that can change lives forever if one wrong move is made.

See this electrifying video about survival on YouTube and see more moves via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen