The Slow Waves are one of the principle reasons I wanted to start Main Course. My good friend Matty C was making amazing music that I wanted everyone to hear. He’s a bit of an enigma, in terms of musical identity: An established international Drum & Bass producer in the late 90s. A versatile party rock DJ in the late 2000s, playing all sorts of bottle service clubs, and one of the coolest house & electro nights in Vancouver ‘Fast Life, where we really got to know eachother. That ultimately lead to us creating and defining the White Light Mixes series together. A real conduit in the Vancouver scene, an undeniable talent and student of music, which this playlist really illustrates. To me, it seems like The Slow Waves is a reflection of life; its changes and challenges, and it ‘hit’ me at the right time too. I was struck, and moved. There are so many great originals, remixes and releases set to come together that we can’t wait to share with the world. I hope this Sweet Sixteen helps provide some insight into the mind of Matty C and The Slow Waves.
Sweet Sixteen 007 – The Slow Waves
One of the great things about writing music is that it allows you to dabble in multiple personality disorder if that’s what interests you. What you create one day might be drastically different to what came the day before or after. Sometimes, after a while, certain moments can achieve a cohesiveness that can turn into an artist’s “sound” or “______ period”. I’ve always been interested in making multiple styles of music, but right now The Slow Waves sound is what resonates most in my head. This is a sort of audio scrap-book of influences that I was listening to around the time I “came of age”, and 15/20 years later I still draw inspiration from these songs, they immediately take me back to youth and the spirit of the unknown, when I had life a little less figured out and alot to learn. This is.. Route 403
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I’m really happy to have met Marlon. We used to go to the same hip hop shows back in the day, and were both big backpack rap nerds. We didn’t really know each other then, but he knew my crew (shouts to the Boozehounds). We crossed paths years later, after he had finished school in Vancouver and headed to Seattle. He’d come up to Vancouver for shows and we got to kickin it. Then I found out we shared all this past rap experience, which was a trip. He was always making tracks, but then he started making house, and it took a while before he’d up and send them to me. When he did, I really heard something I liked, something that really complimented my tastes. One of the first tracks he sent, Playhouse, I really dug, and popped it into Ableton and added a few things to it I thought finished it off. That sat around for a couple years pretty much, and Marlon kept sending me more tracks, each one better than the last. I had been helping assemble releases for my Finnish crew at Top Billin, and sent my favourite ones for them to hear. The rest, as they say, is history, and Mar’s “Y’all Know” EP was released by the label last year (including Playhouse). Before that, and since we’ve been cold chillin whenever possible. Workin and bouncin ideas of eachother, and plottin schemes for releases. I had to ask him to join us at Main Course, as an artist, A&R and partner. He’s in touch with the music I love, and he also shares a similar encyclopedic knowledge of all types of music. There is no one in the world who’d come close to beating me at a game of ‘name that tune’, but he’d come damn close. Proud to call him a friend!
Sweet Sixteen 006 – Astronomar
(As The Days Go By)
Although this list doesn’t accurately portray all of the musical phases i’ve been through, its almost more representative of moments or stages of my life. And of course some random stuff that stuck with me along the way. I give you..As The Days Go By
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Wow, what can I say about GMAN. First off, he’s an absolute pillar of the Vancouver scene. Back in the day, all I hoped to accomplish was playing a gig for him. It was a real honor when that happened. He asked me to take part in the Redbull 3 style too, which was huge for me. As we got to know eachother better, I realized everything I knew about him was true, but there was so much more to him. His work ethic, and the way he treats people really inspires me, I don’t know anyone that works as hard. His ear for talent is always way ahead of the curve, you’ve never seen a wack DJ at GMAN’s parties. And it’s not just parties. He owns Timebomb, who distribute the best brands across Canada. Plus Livestock! And now Fortune Sound, Vancouvers best club, both for sound and bookings. How he does it all, with family and everything, I have no idea. He’s done so much for me, and everyone else in Vancouver over the years that I can’t even recap it in proper form. He was a big supporter of White Light series from the start, and even sponsored us to press copies of the first 20 mixes! I’m really thankful that we’ve grown to be good friends; it was great to spend a few days with him in Berlin and show him around my new city. Every time I head back to Vancouver, Fortune is my first stop. He was such an obvious choice to feature in Sweet Sixteen. I’ll never stop signing the praises for Garret Louie!
Sweet Sixteen 005 – Garret ‘GMAN’ Louie
(Time Flies, Airplanes Crash)**
It’s virtually impossible to have ’16 favourite tracks of all time’ , but I tried to put 16 tracks down where each one represents a ton of other songs in a stage of my life. It’s a little journey in chronological order of when I can remember the start of my love for music until now. I tried to think of more timeless classics that I would listen to forever rather than music that I just dig now and maybe not 10 years from now. I give you..
Time Flies, Airplanes Crash
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I met Brendan rather randomly outside of a club a couple of years ago. He was in Vancouver shooting the AMC show “The Killing”; I was hopping around to gigs and parties with friends. They wondered where to go, we showed them the way. Then I found out he was an accomplished actor, which was cool. Even cooler though was his very apparent love and knowledge of music. He knew some of the people I knew in LA, and, growing up in NY in the mid 90s, had impeccable taste in Hip Hop. We’d hang out in Vancouver, and when I headed to LA he’d be at the parties. We did the Tall Tales podcast together, to rather hilarious results. He told me stories about a 13 year old Lil Wayne playing lookout on the block. Plus he was working on an unofficial video for RPA & The United Nations of Sound. Sadly, that video never came together, but it remains one of the tracks Brendan put me onto. It’s so appreciated, and incredibly rare that anyone sends me music I didn’t previously know about. Most of this playlist was new to me, and it absolutely floored me. I’ve played it so many times, it sounds like an album. In fact, when he sent me this, the idea for Sweet Sixteen came to me. We had to showcase the Main Course crew first, but I was certain his would be the first guest playlist we offered. I hope you love it as much as I do. And, for the record, I certainly realise and appreciate the beautiful irony of having “the kid caught stealing records” from Empire Records now returning the favour to the world with this amazing playlist. Take it away Brendan!
Sweet Sixteen 004 Brendan Sexton III (Like A Flower)
This is the part of the blog where I knowingly take up too much of your time, but like MJ, I can’t help it if I wanted to. This is my opportunity to over-explain my song choices and potentially reduce their majesty to rubble via excessive left-brain focus.
In the summer of 2010, I wrote a screenplay for a short film about a down on his luck hopeless romantic creep that steals flowers from a cemetery for financial and romantic gain. This playlist was first designed in 2010 as a tone-piece, or mood-setter for that short. A year later in the spring of 2011 the playlist was complete and by chance just happened to be 16 songs. In all its Armand Van Helden-inspired glory, I give you, Like A Flower
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Bot is Andrea Fratangelo. An Italian gentleman living in London, formerly one half of popular production group Crookers, and now apart of this thing we call Main Course. He’s also a good friend, and a man behind the scenes of sorts for Main Course. I had no idea what to expect with this playlist, but I love the approach, and the result. Enjoy!
Sweet Sixteen 003 – Bot (Kid Icarus)
The approach I took with this Sweet Sixteen was trying to remember my personal charts while growing up, rather than recreating them according to what i now think of those bands and tracks. I present to you,
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Zia Hirji is a great friend from Vancouver. For years now he’s been involved in the Vancouver music scene, DJing, throwing parties, and doing his radio show ‘Inside Out’ on CITR. We wanted to feature the Main Course crew first before we branch out to others. With that said, take it away Zeeaa!
Sweet Sixteen 002 – Zeeaa (I’m Sorry, I Can’t, Dont Hate Me)
With my Sweet 16 I wanted to put together a bunch of songs that serve as a sampling of what I listen to day to day. Some of these songs are personal favorites, others are just good tunes I listen to on a regular basis. The first bit starts off pretty sexy and R&B tinged basically music to get sexy to, then we get into rad post punk tunes, and there is a Coke Boys song at the end. I present..
I’m Sorry, I Can’t, Dont Hate Me
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Sweet Sixteen 001 – Neoteric (What Is Life?)
I could make a dozen of these lists, and I just might have to, because theres no way I can make just one. I wanted to put a bit of everything on here. Some of them are a bit obvious. Some of them perhaps you haven’t heard, but these are songs that have really stuck with me in a big way…I give you:
What Is Life?
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