With more than 160 performers at Rifflandia 2014 and more local talent in the lineup that ever before I thought I would offer up some video examples of live performances or audio samples to help you research local bands and DJs. I also provide comments about artists I have covered. I’ll be honest, my knowledge of the electronic music scene in town is limited. If I’ve missed anyone with Victoria connections, let me know and I’ll update the list. Who are you planning to see?
Rifflandia happens September 11 – 14, 2014. Single day, full festival passes and full lineup info are available at rifflandia.com
This is your Rifflandia 2014 primer for artists performing on Friday September 12, 2014.
GI Blunt at Market Square – G.I. Blunt originally got his start in Vancouver during the 90s rave scene. His SoundCloud page lists him as Victoria based now. Below is a mix G.I. Blunt recorded at Snowdown 2014 posted on SoundCloud
Thieves at Metro Theatre – Thieves is a new band, but the people in the band have been in the Victoria Music Scene for a long time. The founders of Thieves (Adam Kittredge and Antonia Freybe-Smith) are best known from their previous band Jets Overhead. Below is a live acoustic performance of their song ‘Falling’ performed live on The [email protected].
Lola Parks at Wood Hall – Lola Parks is a folk/soul singer-songwriter. For the last couple years she has performed regularly at The Bard & Banker pub and Breakwater Bistro. This year She has performed at V.I.C. Fest and at the BC Legislature for Canada Day. Below is a video of Lola Parks performing ‘Once in a While’ live at Victoria Celebrates Canada Day.
Riiivr at Wolf/Sheep Arthouse – Riiivr is a DJ originally from the Shuswap. He has performed sets at Shambhala and Burning man. Below is a recent mix Riiivr put together in July.
TRANSIENT at Lucky Bar – TRANSIENT is an ‘underground house’ DJ from victoria. Below is a mix Transient posted to SoundCloud last year.
EMPlicit at Wolf/Sheep Arthouse – EMPlicit is a Victoria DJ and artist. Not only is she performing, she is designing the stage and lighting at Wolf/Sheep for Rifflandia. Below is a recent mix EMPlicit did for a gig at Lucky Bar in July.
eXam at Studio CMCT – eXam is an 18-year-old MC/producer from Victoria. He has been rapping since he was 12. Below is a music video for his track ‘Natural’
Miami Nights 1984 at Distrikt Nightclub (formerly Club 9ONE9 – Miami Nights is a DJ/producer who’s sound is heavily influenced by 80s synth music. Below is a stream of his 2012 album ‘Turbulence’
Jon and Roy at Victoria Public Market – Jon and Roy have been a fixture of the Victoria Music Scene for years. They have headlined Canada Day celebrations in Victoria twice, headlined V.I.C. Fest, and have a yearly ‘Holiday special’ concert and many of their folk/reggae tunes are played on The [email protected]. Below is a video of Jon and Roy performing ‘Vibrant Scene’ live when they headlined V.I.C. Fest last year.
Mindil Beach at ANIAN – Mindil Beach are a rock band originally from the Sunshine Coast with some folk, reggae, funk and hip-hop influences. Below is a video of Mindil Beach performing ‘Swing Low’ live at the Royal Theatre for Rock The Royal back in May.
Rococode at Metro Theatre – Rococode are an indie pop/rock band based in Vancouver. Laura Smith of Rococode is originally from Victoria. Below is a video of Rococode performing ‘Concentrate on Me’, ‘Empire’ and ‘Weapon’ live at the Metro Theatre during Rifflandia 2012.
Hi-Q Soundsystem at Wolf/Sheep Arthouse – Hi-Q Soundsystem are a dub DJ duo consisting of Ian Avery of dUbTeT and Rhythmicon. They are signed with Wolf/Sheep Records. Below is their track ‘Urban Hustle’ that was released last year.
DJ Stallion at Distrikt Nightclub- DJ Stallion is Distrikt Nightclub’s resident weekend DJ. I was unable to find any video or audio samples of his mixes.
Zerbin at Metro Theatre – Zerbin is an indie pop/rock band originally from Alberta. This past July they were named Zone Band of The Month. Below is a live music video of their song ‘Lift’
The Roper Show at Wood Hall – The Roper Show is a blues rock band headed by guitarist Jesse Roper from Metchosin. This year he has performed at V.I.C. Fest, Rock The Shores, Rock of The Woods and BC Day as well as a number of smaller pub gigs. His guitar playing alone is one reason to check out his set. Below is a video of The Roper Show performing ‘Hail Mary’ live at this year’s Rock of The Woods