Yes we are! We are in the process of completing our EP and hope to release it by spring of 2014. What we are focusing on right now is completing some great remixes of our track “Hold You” and finishing up our TOP SECRET second single for radio. We can’t wait to share it with the world.
- What is your favorite club venue in Vancouver?
We can’t say that there’s a particular club venue that sticks out for us. Give us any venue in Vancouver and a crowd that wants to get crazy with us and we can make it a banger night.
If we HAVE to choose one though… Venue on Granville is pretty awesome. They always seem to have great live shows and awesome DJs coming through.
- Letty, do you miss touring with a full band and playing the rock scene, or have your musical tastes significantly changed since LiveonRelease?
There are definitely times that I miss it. It was an amazing experience touring all over North America in a rock band. There will always be something about a rock show that calls to me. It may be the live instruments, it may be the rock stance… Every so often I find my old CD case and reminisce by listening to an old “My Chemical Romance” album.
My music taste has shifted quite a bit since my teenage years. But what’s really cool, is I feel like everything I learned from being in a full rock band has been transferable into doing a DJ gig. We’re not just DJs. We incorporate a live aspect to our show that still allows us to get out there and sing/rap and jump around with the crowd.
I was really surprised when I decided to become a DJ how similar the energy is from the crowd to being in a full band… I know that sounds odd and it was really odd to me too at first. But I love it! People who want to have a good time give off the same energy as people wanting to have a good time at a rock concert. The end goal is always to get people to enjoy what you’re doing and dance their asses off.
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Amaris, your bio states you've been gifted in music since a young age - did you pursue any formal or informal music education? What methods do you prefer for honing your skills?
I’ve been pretty much self-taught. I started rapping by emulating my favorite artists by studying their tones, flows, rhythms patterns and rhyme schemes. In time, I developed my own unique style. In the production area, I took the same approach at first but over the years, I’ve spent thousands of hours using tutorials available online, learning the technical aspects of music theory, songwriting, composition, mixing and many others areas. I’ve spent many more hours developing my sound and learning through trial and error.
Does Red City perform frequent live gigs in Vancouver? When can we expect an upcoming show?
We have just announced our residency at White Buffalo Restaurant and Bar, a new club opening up in Surrey in January 2014. We will be playing every week on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. So come on down!
We also have some dates coming up in Vancouver that will be announced shortly, so please check out our website at www.redcitygroup.com or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcitymusic for updates.
Right now we’re focusing on the local (Vancouver) scene since we just announced our residency at White Buffalo Restaurant and Bar, but we are in the process of expanding our brand nationally and getting out to other parts of the country and hopefully the world.
- What is your opinion on the digital music marketplace? Do you think sites like iTunes, SoundCloud, and ReverbNation are helping or hurting the quality of music and what do you think this evolution of the industry means to the future of new music?
Overall, the digital marketplace is good for the listener and the artist. While people are still force-fed popular music through various mediums, the online marketplace has opened up a world of music that people would have never been able to access 10 years ago. As an artist, you have ability to share your art with the world very easily without a lot of money or being signed to a traditional record label. We find that the digital marketing place has created a singles driven industry. MP3 singles sales and online streaming will continue to grow, where album sales will continue to drop. With so much good music readily available and so many artists releasing music independently or on smaller labels, the industry has shifted away from the big labels and has put much more emphasis on establishing your own niche among the millions of artist/listeners on the internet.
- What is the best way for my readers to keep up to date with Red City?
Just like so many independent artists, we are almost EVERWHERE! Like us, tweet us, be our friend!
- Is there anything else you would like my readers to know?
If you can’t decide if you want to see a live show or a DJ rock the decks… look no further, Red City has got you covered. We offer a high energy show with fun music and a live performance aspect. You’ll be hard pressed to find anything like us in Vancouver. So come out and paint the city red with us!
We would like to give a huge thanks to Letty and Amaris of Red City for granting us this interview. Please support these fantastic Vancouver artists by requesting "Hold You" on your local radio station, and by visiting the following links to keep up to date with upcoming gigs, and to sample and purchase their music.
Official Website - www.redcitygroup.com
Facebook - www.facebook.com/redcitymusic
Twitter - www.twitter.com/redcitygroup
YouTube - www.youtube.com/redcitymusicgroup
SoundCloud - www.soundcloud.com/red-city-music
ReverbNation - www.reverbnation.com/redcitygroup
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