Artist Profile - MudFunk
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Vancouver-based collective MudFunk bring an eclectic blend of Neo-soul, Blues, and R&B. With influences such as Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and Aretha Franklin this is one group that you're not going to want to miss out on catching live. 

What are some of your long-term goals as a band/artist? To reach as many people as possible in our hometown and beyond!

Who are some of your favourite Vancouver-based bands/artists? Tonye Aganaba and Khari Mclelland.

What has been your most memorable show? The Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, opening for Booker T Jones.

How do you best prepare yourself for a show?

What is the songwriting process like for you as a band/artist? Collective. Mostly songs come from Will Lloyd (guitarist) and Adriana Parejas (vocalist).

What bands/artists are you currently listening to? Eliza, Amy Winehouse and Snarky Puppy.

What are some of the best things about the Vancouver music scene? That it's thriving, alive and well. So many amazing artists at every turn.

Catch MudFunk live at this year's Ponderosa Music Festival August 17th - 19th. View the full lineup here.



Pacific Sound Radio
Six questions answered by CENZINA

CENZINA is a talented musician, acoustic singer, and songwriter, inspired by variety. She’s dabbled in Pop, Hip Hop, and R&B, and can easily move from vocals to keys to guitar. As reflected in her range of styles, the up-and-coming solo artist draws inspiration from many genres including Neo-Soul and R&B female powerhouses (think Jhene Aiko, SZA, Jessie Reyez, and Lana Del Ray to classics like The Beatles or alternative bands like Alt-J and the Shins). CENZINA is moved by them all — and it shows in her music.

What is the songwriting process like for you as an artist?
My songwriting process varies. Sometimes songs come to me in a pretty cohesive form; words and melodies feel fluid and tangible and the writing process is majorly done within 15 to 20 minutes. Other times it starts with a riff on the piano or guitar, it could take weeks to several months to complete a piece. And then there are ones that are lyrically driven, usually tied to a mood, pain, or situation that gives me the compulsion to express it through poetry and composition.

How do you best prepare yourself for a show?
Mostly I just try to stay chill, go over my mental map of the chords of the songs in my head, and make sure my voice is nice, warm and showered with honey.

What has been your most memorable show?
My most memorable show would have to be my first ever which was at Fortune. I was the opener which was a great experience in and of itself, however, at the end I got to go up and perform an original Hip Hop collaboration with my friend Somethin' Like That. By that point in the night over one hundred people had showed up. I felt excited and surprisingly comfortable being up there in front of all those people. It had given me a taste of something I now work towards: moments of absolute presence in a room where people are connecting with you and you them, while doing your thing. It was an exciting night for me, to say the least.

What are some of the best things about the Vancouver music scene?
To me, the best thing about the Vancouver music scene is how warm and inclusive it has been to emerging artists like myself. There's a lot of creative people and groups out there looking to connect and work together. It has really helped me build a platform and network in this city.

Who are some of your favourite Vancouver-based bands/artists?
I'm a pretty big Bob Moses fan. But in terms of developing artists there's so much budding talent in this city! I'm pretty hyped about The People North West and their female member Tee Krispil. She's been killing it as a female Hip Hop artist, she's on a conscious wave. On that same vibe Teon Gibbs just dropped some fire on his latest album These Are The Times . Definitely one to keep on your radar.

What bands/artists are you currently listening to?
I've been listening to a lot of Doja Cat, little bit of Kanye and Kid Cudi. Jhene is always on heavy rotation. I've also been keeping up with the Pusha / Drake drama which has been entertaining.

Be on the lookout as CENZINA's debut EP is set for release this July. 

How to prep for a gig with The Carbons

Imagine The Red Hot Chilli Peppers got down and dirty with the Foo Fighters. Then every once in awhile, their offspring went ahead and got to second base with Royal Blood and Kings of Leon. If this sounds familiar, you've probably been listening to The Carbons. 

The Vancouver-based groove rock group is fresh off the release of their debut LP August Ash and are currently on an extensive tour throughout western Canada. Between late nights and long drives, the rock trio were kind enough to share a few tips as to how they best prep for a gig...

#1: CLOSE THE TAILGATE! We actually drove around Vancouver with all our gear loaded up right before the tour and the tailgate was down! Luckily we didn't lose anything or at least we don't think so.

#2: Green Room Huddle! We huddle up before each show and we all sing and groove to the first song on the set list! We get all pumped up and our blood flowing so we are high energy right from the first song. If there is only 1 person in the audience, close your eyes, imagine there's 1000 or 10,000 or however many would make you happy, and play as if that were the case. That one person will never forget that show and he/she will come to the next show with 2-3 friends.

#3: Checklist! We actually created a checklist before we went on tour because we kept forgetting equipment at venues. We actually left 500$ worth of equipment at one venue one week. That event initiated the checklist. The last thing on the check list is to CLOSE THE TAILGATE.

#4: Early Bird! We show up early so we have time to talk to the sound guy and light tech. We have everything set up usually an hour before the sound guy even gets there. Tomy checks every guitar pedal he uses to make sure the levels are all correct and he tapes the knobs so they don't move around when he engages each pedal - Tomy has huge feet. We also go around the venue to talk to all the people there to thank them for coming and supporting us!

#5: Hustle and be nice! Be nice to everyone and most of the time they will be nice to you! Hustle and work harder than anyone you know! Promote your shows by sending people private messages and taking a genuine interest in THEIR life! Ask for people's feedback about your music and your shows will get better and better.

The Carbons are currently on tour through western Canada and have lined up shows all over BC and Alberta. The trio will be opening for rock n' rollers The Wild! at the SMS Equipment Stadium on June 23rd.