5 QUESTIONS with ANDERS
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What inspires you and motivates you?

Travel, seeing new things, meeting new people, that first coffee in an unexplored city.

What’s the best part about what you do?

I get to do what I truly love, and that excites me every morning.

What new projects are you working on?

I’m currently writing and recording in the Greek Islands (beautiful little place called Sifnos) from where I just released my first single, ‘I Wish (You Were Mine)’. I’ve got 3 more singles lined up before the release of my album in December.

Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work?

I try to latch onto an emotion and hold onto it for as long as possible, but that doesn’t always come, so you’ve got to learn to force yourself to be productive even when you’re not feeling it. It also varies depending on the stage of the song you’re working on.

What can we expect from you in the near future?

3 more singles, and an album in December. All wrapped in a folktronica sheet of honest songwriting.

5 QUESTIONS with TEP NO
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What inspires you and motivates you?

Life, hot bitches (the ones you eat sushi on) and money of course, oh and my pet snake Jack. My gf too.

What’s the best part about what you do?

I can release music I consider crap and people think it’s amazing. People are starting to think I’m a big deal when I’m not.

What new projects are you working on?

I’m currently finishing a few remixes and I’m planning to release a few singles soon, one on MrSuicidesheep in early August 2014. I’m also directing a really dark and underground film where everything is so deep and scary, because you don’t know what the evil creatures look like until they show a green beast coming out of the woodwork on national TV, and then you see a Joaquin Phoenix surprised face with a slow zoom on the actor’s closeup.


Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work?

Yes, usually when I’m crying/sobbing while watching the Titanic or the Notebook with my gf, or when the Blue Jays’s game is over and I listen to Mike Wilner on the Fan 590, and all those crazy people call to get the GM and the skipper fired, it puts me in a state that says, I’m ready to produce the best music possible. Also, watching The Kardashians on the E! channel while drinking an Iced Cappuccino from Tim Hortons, it puts me in that perfect state of mind.

What can we expect from you in the near future?

World peace through global domination, and possibly Mars and the whole universe, then I’ll pull a Darth Vader, join the darkside and try to blow every planet up with the Death star while at the same time, cutting my son’s arm, and telling him that I am his father when really I’m just messing with him, I pulled out.

5 QUESTIONS with MILKMAN
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What inspires you and motivates you?

Being the sound of a new generation. Unlike rock, unlike alternative, country, funk…etc, this dance movement is uniquely ours. That is so cool to me, and I want to be a influencing member to shape this genre for generations to come. We are in it’s infancy and everyday I wake up excited to hit the studio and see what boundaries can be pushed/

What’s the best part about what you do?

I get to make music that people love to listen and dance to. Whenever I get a message from a fan, or speak with them after a show and they tell me how much they love my music, that is the best part of what I do. I get to have an impact on peoples lives while doing exactly what I want to be doing with mine. That’s extremely rare in this world and I treasure the fact that I get to do it everyday.

What new projects are you working on?

My new EP Reboot comes out this Tuesday July 29th. There are 5 featured tracks on that EP which will also be a part of my album that will come out later this year. That is where all of my time and focus goes right now, everyday in the studio working with amazing singers and songwriters trying to make the best dance album ever!

Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work?

It completely depends. For more uplifting and fun tracks, obviously it’s better to be in a generally happy/good mood. But there are many times when you are trying to write a more emotional and deeper song that requires you to kind of get in the zone and, well, not be depressed or anything, but kind of reflect on your feelings and get as deep as you can within yourself. Those are some of the best studio sessions because the music comes straight from the heart.

What can we expect from you in the near future?

Well, as I mentioned earlier, loads of new music coming out this year. In a more general sense though, I think people will see a more mainstream side to Milkman that hasn’t surfaced since my old school mashup days. I like to go through cycles with my music, never standing in one place, and honestly right now I am really into more pop-infused dance music. Dance music, for the most part, is supposed to be fun and worry free. To me, that kind of lends itself to the popier side of all music. As someone who is never content with where they are, you can rest assured knowing that I will always be pushing the Milkman boundaries in one way or another!

5 QUESTIONS with DJ 809
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What inspires you and motivates you?

Nothing really inspires me and what motivates me the most are my fans and supporters of course.

What’s the best part about what you do?

The best part of what I do is make the music people dance to.

What new projects are you working on?

I’m working on a few projects, such as Jersey Club, Dembow & many more!

Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work?

I usually make the best music when I’m in a bad mood and take my anger on the track I’m working on .

What can we expect from you in the near future?

Everyone can expect a mixtape coming out real soon mid October!

5 QUESTIONS with DJ LILMAN
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What inspires you and motivates you?

WHAT INSPIRES ME IS MY 5 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER AND SHE KEEPS ME MOVING. ALSO THE FACT THAT I TOUCH SO MANY LIVES WITH JUST MUSIC , OR HOW MANY KIDS I KEEP OFF THE STREET FOR HOURS BECAUSE I’M HAVING AN YOUTH EVENT . THAT KEEPS ME GOIN ” GOD IS GOOD”

What’s the best part about what you do?

BEING IN POSITION TO BE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING I WANT , WHEN I WANT TO . THE SUPPORT AND THE LOVE FROM MY STATE AND OFFICIALS IN MY STATE FROM TOWN TO TOWN GIVE ME 100% OPEN DOORS TO DO WHAT EVER FOR THE YOUTH AND TO ME THAT’S EVERYTHING.


What new projects are you working on?

A NEW ALBUM CALL ” TRANSITION ” & A VINE ALBUM. ALSO A HIGH SCHOOL TOUR ACROSS NEW JERSEY STARTING IN SEPTEMBER

Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work?

WHEN IM IN MIAMI I CREATE SOME OF MY BEST TRACKS , BUT MOSTLY LATE NIGHT HOURS IS WHEN MY BRAIN IS ON FIRE! JUST LIKE NOW ITS 1:13AM LOL ABOUT TO DROP A HIT! LOL

What can we expect from you in the near future?

EXPECT MORE MUSIC , MORE VIDEOS , MORE YOUTH EVENTS , & GOD WILLING A DEAL! (Smiles) GOD IS AMAZING

Any new projects you are working on?I am currently working on a project called “Upping the Aunty” that is about challenging fashion and honouring the role of our aunties, particularly in the South Asian diaspora. There is a trend towards street photography, to capture (stylish) people in their everydaywear out and about. I began this project as a way of challenging how we understand street fashion and honouring the role of our aunties, particularly in the South Asian diaspora. Growing up, I was surrounded by my aunties: at family parties, dinners, pujas and weddings. They were a constant and important presence in my life. My auntieswere there with endless jokes, teachings on tradition, the occasional admonition or intrusive question, and of course, plenty of food! Collectively, they had all survived a migratory experience out of India at a time when the West was not very hospitable. It is a two-part project. The first part is collecting photographs of aunties on the street invarious cities. The second part is turning those photos into paintings. The project began earlier this year when I began photographing aunties and will continue until early 2015 when the paintings will be complete.Which one of your pieces received the most attention and discussion?My series of paintings called “Firangi Rang Barangi” (Colourful Stranger) has so far gained the most attention. This was my first series of paintings and it began as casual paintings I would create after my 9-5, but propelled me into being a full-time artist. Thepaintings speak to people on many different levels. Some like them for the vibrant use of colour and patterns and others for the attempt to capture a sense of style, rooted in the relationship between identity, dress and hybridity. These life-sized paintings, combine North American street style with Indian textiles, garments and jewellery, reimagining identity across borders.Does being an Indian born and Toronto raised individual make for a unique perspective as an artist?Definitely! I have been very fortunate to have spent significant periods growing up in Delhi along with life in Toronto. As a result, I stand at a very unique place that allows me to create a “third-culture” that takes elements from both the East and West. It is the stuff of my life and my art.Is there a particular state of mind or time of day where you create best as an artist?Hmmm, as for time of day… I’m still figuring that one out! I would say that my daily meditation practice is what helps me the most with my art. It helps me develop ideas and brings clarity to my work.What can we look forward to from yourself in the near future?Lots of new artwork - and one very special participatory art project! Stay tuned by connecting with me on Instagram, FB or Twitter, and visiting my website at http://www.meerasethi.com where you can also sign up to my email newsletter.


Any new projects you are working on?

I am currently working on a project called “Upping the Aunty” that is about challenging fashion and honouring the role of our aunties, particularly in the South Asian diaspora. There is a trend towards street photography, to capture (stylish) people in their everyday
wear out and about. I began this project as a way of challenging how we understand street fashion and honouring the role of our aunties, particularly in the South Asian diaspora. Growing up, I was surrounded by my aunties: at family parties, dinners, pujas and weddings. They were a constant and important presence in my life. My aunties
were there with endless jokes, teachings on tradition, the occasional admonition or intrusive question, and of course, plenty of food! Collectively, they had all survived a migratory experience out of India at a time when the West was not very hospitable. It is a two-part project. The first part is collecting photographs of aunties on the street in
various cities. The second part is turning those photos into paintings. The project began earlier this year when I began photographing aunties and will continue until early 2015 when the paintings will be complete.

Which one of your pieces received the most attention and discussion?

My series of paintings called “Firangi Rang Barangi” (Colourful Stranger) has so far gained the most attention. This was my first series of paintings and it began as casual paintings I would create after my 9-5, but propelled me into being a full-time artist. The
paintings speak to people on many different levels. Some like them for the vibrant use of colour and patterns and others for the attempt to capture a sense of style, rooted in the relationship between identity, dress and hybridity. These life-sized paintings, combine North American street style with Indian textiles, garments and jewellery, reimagining identity across borders.

Does being an Indian born and Toronto raised individual make for a unique perspective as an artist?

Definitely! I have been very fortunate to have spent significant periods growing up in Delhi along with life in Toronto. As a result, I stand at a very unique place that allows me to create a “third-culture” that takes elements from both the East and West. It is the stuff of my life and my art.

Is there a particular state of mind or time of day where you create best as an artist?

Hmmm, as for time of day… I’m still figuring that one out! I would say that my daily meditation practice is what helps me the most with my art. It helps me develop ideas and brings clarity to my work.

What can we look forward to from yourself in the near future?

Lots of new artwork - and one very special participatory art project! Stay tuned by connecting with me on Instagram, FB or Twitter, and visiting my website at http://www.meerasethi.com where you can also sign up to my email newsletter.

5 QUESTIONS with MEHER PAVRI
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What inspires you and motivates you?

Wow, the list is endless, but if I had to narrow it down, I would say music, nature, and people inspire me the most. All my friends inspire me too. I think being surrounded by other people following their dreams and passions really motivates me and I’m lucky to be friends with such talented, hardworking people.

What’s the best part about what you do?

I love performing! The best part is connected with people on a deeper level. I want to make people feel. Being able to do that with my voice as the instrument is incredible.

What new projects are you working on?

Right now, I’m putting out videos every Sunday on my youtube channel, http://www.youtube.com/MeherPavri or if you look up #sorpranosundays on social media, you can hear what song I’m working on that week! I’m also in an opera right now doing rehearsals.

Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work?

The joy of being a singer/actress as all opera singers are is you can channel any emotion or state of mind at any time. I wouldn’t say there is a specific one to generate my best work. Sometimes being very angry or upset is great because then you can easily access those emotions for a song you might have to sing at the time. When I’m not performing, I do think yoga and meditating helps maintain a balance for myself.

What can we expect from you in the near future?

You can come see the opera I’m in! It’s on Sept. 12th. I’m playing Monica in Menotti’s The Medium. I update everything on my Facebook page under my name. Also, this is a very interesting opera to see if you haven’t been introduced to this kind of music before. It’s only an hour long. (Smiles)

What inspires you and motivates you? 
I am inspired by success in my Aboriginal community, I am inspired by my travels in my country Canada. I am inspired by my culture and land Nunavut and Inuit. 
What’s the best part about what you do?
The best part about what I do is that I keep learning and that I can keep improving and adapting, a lesson I never grasped but once I did, it was very liberating. 
What new projects are you working on?
Currently just released a new Christmas album so I am building a Christmas tour around that, I am also developing a children’s book series, see where that goes. 
Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work? 
Anytime I am outdoors I find I am in the right state of mind to write.  
What can we expect from you in the near future?
Hopefully the new Christmas tour and a release of my first children’s book.

What inspires you and motivates you? 

I am inspired by success in my Aboriginal community, I am inspired by my travels in my country Canada. I am inspired by my culture and land Nunavut and Inuit. 

What’s the best part about what you do?

The best part about what I do is that I keep learning and that I can keep improving and adapting, a lesson I never grasped but once I did, it was very liberating. 

What new projects are you working on?

Currently just released a new Christmas album so I am building a Christmas tour around that, I am also developing a children’s book series, see where that goes. 

Does a specific state of mind or mood generate your best work? 

Anytime I am outdoors I find I am in the right state of mind to write.  

What can we expect from you in the near future?

Hopefully the new Christmas tour and a release of my first children’s book.