when i penciled this flume remix in for today’s post, it had literally just been released (6 days ago). since, it’s gotten over 800 000 plays.
when you listen to emily’s skahan‘s debut solo album mean things i’ve said about other people, it’s hard to believe that such perfectly heartfelt words could come from someone who is as absolutely fucking crazy as emily. then you hear lyrics like “and you said, ‘good morning, you beautiful stranger, jesus christ i am so hungover and do you have any particular feelings about advil liquid gels and pancakes?’” and it all makes sense, because crazy as she may be, she lives – and writes- more honestly than anyone i know. her album is stunning. so stunning, in fact, that i had to thank her, literally thank her, for producing something so beautiful.
one part of montreal folk band motel raphael, emily skahan is an established singer/songwriter/busker (number 2 in the city according to cult mtl) (but, you know, number 1 in our hearts). it was my sincerest pleasure to catch up with emily to talk about love, her inspirations, song writing, and the roommate she can’t live without. in celebration of mean things i’ve said about other people, here are some nice things emily skahan has said about other people.
ever since i got back from detroit, all i can do is talk about detroit. in that really annoying way that when other people do it, i’m like “christ, can this bitch shut up about her trip to mexico? no one cares” but when i do it is for some reason okay. a couple weeks back, i travelled to detroit for the annual electronic music festival that takes place for three days in hart plaza – detroit electronic music festival (DEMF), or for you other weirdos, movement electronic music festival. it is not only the one time of year that people from all over the world, you know, actually go to detroit, but it is the kind of party that makes a name for electronic music in a way that has less to do with raving, over-zealous drug use, and half-naked chicks, and a lot more to do with the music.
i don’t know about you guys, but i’ve had the best week. music is on my mind, kind of in that way that makes me seem totally psycho for talking about it non-stop, but i can’t help it because the past 7 days have been absolutely mind-blowing, music wise. in case you were wondering, DEMF was unreal (actually, you’re probably not wondering because i haven’t shut up about it since i got back), and it was followed up by MUTEK montreal, which was equally astounding. keep your eyes peeled for my review of both, forthcoming!
photo via dialogue incorporated
i’ve been waiting for this weekend for months now. after a ton of back and forth, more planning and organizing than i’ve ever done in my life, a couple solid favours, money saving, and a bit of luck, i’ve made it happen. my bags are overpacked, and i’ll finally be on my way to the detroit electronic music festival (DEMF) (or movement, for you weirdos). although i’m a bit disappointed that my partner in crime miss nolan brown won’t be joining me, i’m actually pretty excited to be flying relatively solo for the weekend. i’ll be covering the festival for beatport (which i write for, for those of you psychos who haven’t been paying attention) and am planning on hitting a ton of daytime events, and six different afterparties in only 4 days. sometimes i can’t believe this is really my life.
here’s who i’m excited to see…