Odyssey Gathering Angel Contest

Angel (n): person of exemplary conduct or virtue.

We all know a few of these people, the ones who go out of their way to put a smile on someone else’s face. Who, despite all the turmoil in their own lives, show up daily to help us deal with the mess in our own. And they deserve the term, they deserve to be labeled with a word that can only describe the goodness and pure energy in their hearts, that surround them and follow them wherever they may go.

But these angels aren’t always recognized; not because we don’t want to, but sometimes there just isn’t anything in the moment that is enough to say “thank you” for those moments when they put themselves aside to give their love to others.

So it was with great excitement that Odyssey Gathering Music Festival decided they would do what they could, and hold a contest, to give back to the community and honour an angel, or two.

“We’re holding this contest to recognize those in the community who deserve a ticket but may not be able to afford one,” said Bee Adoneye, co-founder and general manager of the festival, held near Smoky Lake, just north of Edmonton.

The Angel Contest was just a small feature, prompting anyone and everyone to nominate their favourite person, someone they thought always went over and above.

“We have over a dozen submissions! Community work is often thankless and unpaid, and we really wanted to recognize those who were putting the work in.

“This is our first year doing it, and based on the response, we plan to hold it annually.”

Really happy to give back to the community he so happily resides in, Bee is grateful to everyone that has submitted so far.

With the May 1 deadline creeping up, the month notice gives whoever the recipient is more than enough time to prepare for the June festival.

With the possibility of multiple recipients, the winner(s) will be given a full weekend pass, with all access perks, so they can really just take the time to celebrate themselves, surrounded by those who love them.

To nominate that special angel in your life, visit:


Odyssey Gathering takes place June 1 – June 3, 2018.


Winter Onesie Party renews spirits of the Calgary Festie Scene


Cassie Weiss

Stacked.Music.Blog Contributor 

It has been a hard winter, and a crazy one. The temperatures rise and fall like baking bread and the busy city slowly ticks its way through the new year. Festival season seems so far away, and traditional festie wear has been put away for a warmer day.

Lucky for us, on Friday, February 2, tutus and harem pants were not the dress code of choice, but instead all the organizers of a local music tour wanted was for everyone to show up in a onesie.

The We Are Onesie tour, hosted by Astral Harvest and the Genesa Project, featuring K-Lab and local talent, brought out every creature imaginable, and for the first time since the year grew one older, it felt like the attendees had stepped out of the cold city into the loving embrace of the forested mountains.

It wasn’t just a show everyone had decided to go to, it was a family reunion. Smiling faces greeted others around every corner, and groups of friends sprawled throughout the venue, Distortion, located in south Calgary.

Being a part of it felt like magic, from watching artists live paint, to vendors sharing their love and passion with those in the vicinity. It was refreshing to know that no matter how long the winter, the warmth and love of the festival season will always be so close by.

With opening performances by local talent, attendees were able to support friends and family through a good variety of sound designed to make the crowd shake their buns. Opening the night with AniMAL, followed by Kali Yuga and the Genesa Project and Nada Deva, the constant shift from bass house to break beats kept the energy pulsing late into the night, whether a person was front and centre on the dance floor, or catching up with old friends in the back of the nightclub.

The honoured guest of the night, K+Lab, hailing from New Zealand with his infamous keytar, didn’t disappoint either, as guests were able to watch him play some of the recent glitch/hip hop tracks on his newest release. With the Wiggy EP the first to come out of his newly relocated Vancouver studio, it was a treat to his supporters to hear the tracks everyone has been playing. Keeping the energy high with a stellar performance on the key tar, it was a highlight to hear Wiggin, Boomerang, and many others live and in the flesh.

Finishing up the night with the Vancouver-based duo, Average-Gypsy, the wobbly bass kept the energy alive right until the end, closing out the dance floor in the wee hours of the night. As the clock struck 3 a.m., goodbye hugs were given away easily, cabs were called, and the crowd slipped away into the frozen air with renewed hope in their hearts.


Push it Along

“It’s a Dog-Eat-Dog World, Every Dog has its Day”

I got an advanced copy of EVeryman’s new single, Push it Along, which is off the new album called Good Deeds, and it’s got me tappin my feet and hummin up a storm. The beat spins on the record player, the needle feels the grooves of the track, this is the rap I grew up with.

This is real Hip Hop.

First, to tackle the beat itself, it reminds me of J. Dilla, that bass line is a classic throwback to the good times, the uncertain times, the groovin times, the times of the 1990’s.

So many elements of this song bring back memories for me, from my first Hip Hop album, (Stocks and Bombs by Warsawpack) to hanging out on my porch listening to Tribe Called Quest and K-os, back when I was just a lil MC with a lot of dreams in my pockets.

Next up? The lyrical content, which is as positive as it is deep, playing with age-old phrases to illuminate, and contrast, common-sense knowledge. What was really neato for me was that these old phrases compounded the memories evoked in the beat, harkening back to the past to remind ourselves, as the track’s hook flows, to, “Push it Along”

This is one writer and teacher who sincerely hopes EVeryman keeps ‘Pushin On’ solid tunes like this for us all to listen to.

Check it out here:



Phatcat Interview

1. What are you working on right now?
Putting together the next releases for the Future Roots label, an LP from Jake Robertz in Mid Feb, and Volume 2 of our compilation series before summer, plus there’ll be a series of freebies and singles in between all that.  I’m also diving a lot of time between developing my live hardware set and working on material for my own LP which will dance around jungle/footwork/160/85 etc plus a long field recording project I’m embarking on through spring of 2017 which bits of will make it into my dance work
2. What was some of your earliest musical influences?
within pop? i kinda liked MJ and the obvious hits of my youth but I kinda got into the local punk scene briefly in high school which quickly segued into the early rave community – the early music I really gravitated towards was hardcore and jungle and drum & bass. I remember getting the CD’s of Goldie’s “Saturns Return” and Plug’s “Drum & Bass 4 Papa” from the public library after my first raves knowing only to search the terms DRUM & BASS, I’m glad these were my entrys to the genre as Goldie’s label Metalheadz has been a important influence to the genre as a whole and Plug(aka Wagonchrist aka Luke Vibert) was a huge pioneer of early experimental breakbeat music yet always say firmly outside the dnb scene proper so having the contrast of these 2 LP’s; one on the inside of the scene and one on the out; was really important – I always had a big respect going forward for the boundary pushers(many of whom have been scoffed at over the years for their boundary pushing but often those boundary pushers are what herald the new evolution of the music
3. How long have you been making music?
I started DJ’ing in 97, but started with production a few years later closer to 2001, so just over 15 years
4. What inspires you?
Risk takers, boundary pushers and the like.  I love it when artists cross genre lines but stay true to who they are – theres tons of the former occurring in dance music, but when it’s joined with the latter the surprises come out!  Of course that and my friends – I’ve been lucky enough to have a group of amazing artist-friends who are constantly inspiring me to do better, to do more!  Thats something I think we forget in the the digital age when seeing all there is out there to take in – we all have potential mentors and friends in our local artistic communities that can help us grow as people and artists and so we mustn’t forget the wealth in our own backyards!
5. What changes would you like to see to the music industry to make it more profitable?
I oddly enough don’t really want to see it get hugely more profitable but rather see Artists taking more fair wages across the board.  On a more local concern, our city of Edmonton could grow its underground music nightlife imensly with some slight relaxing to “last call” regulations making performance hours later.  I’d also love to see more venues that are NOT nightclubs become desirable spots for underground electronic events.
6. My first dubstep (or electronic) show was one of yours; Excision and Datsik  in 2009, at that Greek restaurant downtown! You’ve come a long ways and become an icon of the Edmonton scene
– What would you like to do more of?
Going back to my previous answer – more shows in unique and off the beaten path venues is one thing for sure. I also want to expand Future Roots reach beyond the confines of just “bass” music – not too drastically but widening focus to include those threads of house and techno which I feel are at home within the scope of the Future Roots concept
– Where would you like to see yourself in 10 years?

Much of the same, just more.  Touring my live performance, writing and releasing tracks, developing new artists through the Future Roots label, definitely still DJ’ing, still breaking new and cutting edge artists to the community through our events…the only new thing might be more travel 🙂

7. How long have you been throwing shows? How did you get into it?
Well at the time I began hosting events there was not much going on in the community for Bass/Jungle/D&B events so I set out to create a new series of events under the name “Subterranean Sound”.  The first event I booked was Dieselboy’s first ever Edmonton appearance at The Rev (now known as Starlite Room) and I followed that with an event which would become an annual thing called Four Twenty which was the first “rave” I hosted at the Orange Hall lol.  I learned a lot in those early years and unfortunately Subterranean Sound was doomed from the get-go as we didn’t know enough about business then and the negativity, selfishness, and later betrayals from one of the early members led to a schism in the crew which saw us all moving on to our own projects by around 2005.  Future Roots was both a reaction to those experiences and an idea that had been building for a long time – I put my focus into hosting events with risk taking and cutting edge bass music and once it was rolling there was no looking back 🙂
8. You recently released a cassette tape on Future Roots recently, which was such a classic move! How did that do for you guys? Do you have more plans in store for Future Roots you’d care to share?
The reaction to the tape has been inspirational! The cassette has so much history both within Dance music and the whole scope of music industry and I felt that the concept of Future Roots worked perfectly within that as well.  I think people really want to support music but the mediums have been forsaken – it’s much more difficult now to produce a physical version of your music and even harder to sell it – I decided that tape would be our first foray for all the reasons already stated but also the fact that it was within our reach as an independent and a way to put something real into the world of ‘things’ – it really matters to me that you can hold it in your hand and get a sense of who we are as artists and what we want to accomplish – and the best part is that the download is always included with the tapes so someone who still just want the digital, someone who doesn’t even have a tape deck can still buy the tape to support us and for all the reasons anyone ever would and still have the music in all the formats they desire!
9. What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?

First of all I should state that this is not a “career” but rather a “passion-that-can-sometimes-pay” so I advise never to chase the “career” angle. That being said there are many careers in the music industry and they are varied and often quite fulfilling but as always the most elusive and the one I think you are asking about and that I am referring to is the career of “Musician”.  Do it for love of your art form and for NO other reason – if you enter this pursuit with a passion to create you will be happier – and pleasantly surprised if the magic combination of talent, charisma, luck, and opportunity conspire to take that passion into career territory.

10. What are typical mistakes people make when trying to pursue a career in music?
Do not do it for fame or money, both could come but neither will last.  I have seen many try and fail and am aware of many empty shells of former people who were once maybe artists but are now products.  In a nutshell this industry can and has chewed up and spit out too many to name.  I would first avoid the pitfall of changing your sound to suit the “current taste” – adaptability is good but too much flexibility means the backbone is gone. I’ve seen seminars and youtube videos alike advise modern students and newcomers to change their sound until they hit success – this is fine if you only want fame of money but see my first sentence for the outcome of that.  Stay true to yourself as a person and as a artist!  Also please don’t let your pursuit of music as a career destroy personal relationships – I’ve seen a few walk this dark path and it leads to maybe fame, and maybe fortune, but the price is loneliness and emptiness – don’t forsake your friends, family and lovers for the idea of a career that is built mainly on fantasy – the life of a working and touring musician is harder than many think and if it starts to become a reailty maintaining balance is very important as  fame or money will never last like healthy relationships.

Dunngeon Keeper at Zion Noiz Haunted House

Dunngeon Keeper.

Two words that I’m sure this artist hopes are burnt onto your soul. This guy played one awesome set at the Zion Noiz Haunted House show on November 4th, and I’m consistently caught off-guard by the styles and genres he plays. For the most part, his sets are all-original production, which is actually just insane. Instead of being committed to a mental ward, the Keeper keeps us trapped inside his walls of bass. Almost every show he plays is part of a series of Episodes, which ensures that you are never listening to “the same old track”… Ever. It must take an incredible amount of energy to produce at this rate, and not only did he produce it all, he fell off a roof and broke half of himself a few weeks before the show. Dunngeon Keeper is committed. Check him out December 17th at Zion Noiz presents, “Nightmare Before Christmas” at the Sewing Machine Factory on Whyte Ave.

Here’s Dunngeon Keeper:

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