Shambhala 2019 Official BC Spotlight Series
•• Mr. B ••
Known for his uncompromising blend of jazz and funk-infused house and breaks, Mr. B is a Village Stage veteran, having played at the festival as well as work on the Village Stage team for many years. His sets are focused on bringing people together in positive ways through music, this comes through in his seamless mixing of timeless classics with future favourites that maintain pop appeal without sacrificing underground sensibilities. Over the years residencies in Calgary and Victoria allowed him to hone an eclectic style reminiscent and inspired by legendary artists mr. scruff and Mark Farina. Currently maintaining a residency at Shambhala’s Village Stage for the last 10 years other notable appearances include Vancouver island’s Tall Tree and Soundwave festivals as well as numerous openings for acts that range from live bands to full spectrum electronic music events.
Supported by Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia
1. How has Shambhala Music Festival helped you grow and evolve as an artist?
It’s taught me how to fix the unexpected as quickly and efficiently as possible. For something to go right, it has to go wrong first. I’ll never forget that – practice.
2. What can we expect from your 2019 Shambhala set and what can we expect from you on the music front in the future?
I never play the same set twice, so you can expect something different from what I’ve played in the past. As the sun comes up you can expect me to always drop some lost gems and re-inventions from the pop past. I really enjoy getting quirky in left field, never genre specific— it keeps the laughs going, after a hard night on the dance floor you need to lighten things up, right? As far the future goes, I’m going to curl back the live gigs and focus more on production. Simple edits of old tunes to put them in my DJ sets when they come around. I’ve been fortunate enough to spend a significant amount of years playing in the Village Stage and its time for me to take a back seat and let some other people that don’t get the opportunity to get their spot up there—hopefully that means more opportunity for women like Chrystal Fresh, Lotus Queen, Spindy Sara, Ohm Girl, Breo, Ninjette, Dutchess, Esette and the list goes on. So this year is a bit of farewell to performing in the Village for a bit, hopefully, those that have been supportive over the years will help me do a proper send-off.
3. What do you have to say about the evolution of the West Coast Music Scene? What makes it so special and unique?
I can go for hours about this but to keep it simple it’s the people. Its evolution is what it is because the people that are involved have remained the same. There are always some people that come and go but there’s a core of individuals that put their entire lives behind this thing, scene, culture — whatever you want to call it. Some of us are approaching or well beyond 20 years of dedication. And let’s make sure to include Alberta in this—borders are arbitrary in this scene, there’s so much cross-pollination going on-Alberta gets a bad rap in pop media, that’s not fair for an industry like ours. It’s also not just about performers either, it’s everyone behind the scenes too—volunteers, office people, clean-up and construction crews, etc.—every single person from the bottom to the top matter, without them nothing would get done.
4. What BC town or city are you from and how has it influenced your music and you as an artist?
I’m currently in Nelson but have lived in Victoria, Whistler, Calgary and Winnipeg. Nelson has such a crazy diversity of artists it blows my mind and they all seem to do something different you can’t really say Nelson is known for a specific sound. It’s rad because you get influenced by all sorts of different avenues that you wouldn’t normally adventure down.
5. What are your future goals as an artist?
Honestly, I just want to have a consistent local gig to share tunes I’ve been enjoying on a regular basis. Maybe the odd mix release if there’s a demand for it. Everything else is a bonus.
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