LDN Music City Spotlight – Strange Breed

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About Strange Breed

LDN_Reverb Strange Breed

I am an openly bisexual singer/songwriter/rapper from London, Ontario. I have grown up going to hundreds of concerts over the years, inspiring me to try different projects of my own. After several high school bands and a lengthy hiatus from music making, I have recently returned to try various genres I never before saw myself working with. With the alternative lifestyle I have lived and the many strange experiences I have had, I’ve been trying to write music I wish I had when I was going through my own battles.

I am currently focusing as a performer with my solo hip hop work, while also keeping a few rock based side projects on the side. I have been focusing on providing a sound and lyrical content that’s not commonly recognised right now, bringing less common lifestyles and experiences to the forefront of listener’s minds.

My most recent length of works have started in 2017. In that time I have released two short albums, one acoustic in nature, and one hip hop, with many more in the works.

Favourite Things

Influences: I could bore you for hours with music, but in terms of my biggest influences for my current projects: Vince Staples, Fitness and Eminem.

Album: Eve 6 – Horrorscope. They have been a musical inspiration my entire life and this album is them at their peak, musically, lyrically and conceptually. Max Collins has always served as a lyrical guide for me, and I would always keep his songs in mind before releasing a track myself. The phrase I use before ever posting a song is: “Is this at least half as good as a Max Collins song?”

Q & A

Name a world class musician you would collaborate with.

 I would definitely have to say Damon Albarn, especially if it was on a Gorillaz track. He has such a knack for mixing hip hop with alternative rock and I feel that getting a guest spot on a Gorillaz track is not only a personal dream but a highly sought out accolade.

You’re in a cabin in the woods. What three things would you bring with you?

Some recording system to get tracks done, a notepad to write my lyrics down, and my art clay. I feel like a month of solitude with only my recording equipment would elicit a very fast and untainted album. Plus like, a thousand little critters I made out of clay.

What’s one piece of advice you recently learned that you wish you knew for a long time?

It sounds simple, but just being completely genuine and yourself while not caring what others will think. It is far better to be hated for who you are, than loved for who you aren’t. 

You’re going on a road trip. What 3-5 albums are you taking with you?

1. Karate by Fitness

2. The Fragile by Nine Inch Nails

3. The Wall by Pink Floyd

4. Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples

5. Hot Show by Prozzak

What’s one thing you like to do before a show?

I have a small, almost turquoise statue of Ganesha that I keep next to a bigger gold one in my house. I’ve always loved his spiritual mythos, being the creator and remover of obstacles. I’ll always take the tiny one with me and set it up somewhere near me on stage before my set starts. It reminds me that all good and bad things happen purposefully and lead to something bigger. It gives me a good outlook and prepares me for any outcome the show might lead to.

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