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Friday, 27 September 2013

TICP: OPINIONS #1 - EvanIvan

In our first edition of 'Opinions', we caught up with Canadian singer-songwriter EvanIvan. The talented musician has featured on both compilation albums of The Indie Cassette Player. The caring, charitable man opens up to TICP and gives us his opinions on some random topics.

Calgary Music

Calgary is a great place for music.  There’s the obvious Country-Western scene, as well as a somewhat large scene for Hip-Hop and Pop-Punk music.  Though there isn't much in the way of Pop, Folk or Electronic music yet, there seems to be a growth in the Calgary music industry that seems hopeful!  After playing a few shows at different venues around the city, I really saw how enthusiastic Calgarians are about music.  I’d love to go back and play some more shows!


EvanIvan is my most recent music project, and it began when I moved from Calgary to Vancouver.  I've released two EP’s under that name, and I've started to perform the songs live with the help of some amazing musicians.  My hope is that we can collaborate and release some killer tunes in the future!


The majority of my extended family lives in Dublin, so I've spent some time in Europe, and I love it.  It’s very different from North America, particularly Calgary, which might be why I enjoyed being there so much.  I would love to do some writing and recording in London at some point. There seems to be a music industry there unlike any other in the world.  It’s also a dream of mine to do a tour of Europe.

Touring vs. Studio Time

I have never had the opportunity to do a tour, though I'm working hard so I can.  I would love to take the songs from the EP’s on the road, starting with a tour of Western Canada.  As for studio time, recording has been a passion of mine for years.  I've studied Audio Engineering at three different schools (one in Dublin), and I feel most at home when I'm working on a track in the studio. 

The best thing about being a musician

My favorite thing about being a musician is being told that someone has related with the lyrics I've  written.  I've written a lot of songs that are deeply personal, especially on my first EP, and hearing that someone else has had the same experiences as me, or can understand where I'm coming from, is great.

The EP ‘I Am’

‘I Am’ is the first EP I released under the name EvanIvan.  The songs were recorded as I attended the Nimbus School of Recording Arts in Vancouver.  Some of the songs were written while I was in a relationship, and others were written as the relationship was ending.  It chronicles my journey through that time, which was a hard one. 

The Internet & how it's helped your career

Without the Internet, my music would have not reached a fraction of the people it has.  It has helped me earn fans from around the world, and got my music to DJ’s who have played it on radio stations in Calgary, Vancouver, London, Dublin and France.   Up until now, it’s been the major platform for releasing my music. 

You can find EvanIvan here:

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Monday, 23 September 2013

SPC-ECO - This Is Not An Album Review

…this is Indie Dunes version of Breaking News. Stop what you are doing. Listen to this.
Bandcamp has this handy little setup which, if you are a registered member (aka have bought music), notifies you the moment a new album is available from your fave bands and/or artists.

Buy it or not – you can listen, link, embed – spread the word type situation.
A couple of days ago I was notified that SPC-ECO (pronounced “Space Echo”, you’re welcome…) have a new album out.

SPC-ECO, if you have not heard of them before, is an alternative dream-pop electronic indie nu-gaze (these are their tags, I agree with most, I would add psychedelic – just listen to “Don’t Need Fear” and you will agree with me – all 8 minutes 48 seconds of it) duo from the UK – Dean Garcia (former member of Curve) and his daughter – Rose Berlin.
SPC-ECO have been in existence since 2007, and have released a number of albums and EPs since.
Their latest album “Sirens and Satellites” features 16 tracks - I am replaying Delusional Waste and Zombie to death at the moment, I have yet to listen to the album in full. Strong candidate for album of the year - half way through.
To quote another SPC-ECO fan: perfect tracks for chilling out, reading, drifting out of real life or sex. Agreed. Pick any album and the sentiment remains the same. Listen and get into the SPC-ECO induced trance.

And to remind/introduce you of/to Curve, take a listen to "C U Roses R S Y S mix" from the album “Rare and Unreleased”

If you are wondering what the other half of Curve is doing now, Toni Halliday's new project is called "Chateline" - more info on official webpage here.

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Friday, 13 September 2013

Soundtrack To Your Thoughts

There is music and then there is music. Some to tap your foot to, some transports you into the moment in time by which it is forever tainted, some tears you apart at the first few cords, some teases out a smile, some makes you wonder how a perfect stranger can get into your mind and put your emotions hopes and fears into words you could not shape.

TDeL2 is all of these – and none of the above.
I usually have headphones in my ears while driving (not safe, I am told), working (yes.) or if I am out and about on my own – the sum of the three basically make up my day. More often than not, my thoughts block out the sound, rare is the tune that snaps me back.
Listening to TDeL2 commands you to do just that – think. You can’t help it. You are transported over the rolling soundscapes of lush electro-indie into a warm fuzz of the last summer days. Your view is unobstructed for miles, there is hope after all, life is good. Smile.

Tony says:

“The LP is a collection of songs I've worked on for the past 6 months or so. It will be released on Monkey Records out of Berlin, Germany.  All songs on the album were written, performed, recorded, and mixed by me (Tony DeLuca) and they were mastered by Shawn Hatfield of Audible Oddities in Oakland, CA. The album is heavily instrumental, but includes several tracks with vocals.

If I had to compare it to current bands, I would probably say it would be for fans of Emancipator, Owl City, Miike Snow, Yppah, Lusine and The Album Leaf.I try to write songs that create a mood for the listener, and evoke some sort emotion whether it be happy, sad or contemplative.

I just want the songs to mean something to the listeners.”

His debut single "Fearless Youth" is out today - September 13th. It's available on iTunes and Amazon. The full length debut album ”Barnegat” will be out November 8th, on Monkey Records.

Debut single "Fearless Youth" video:

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