JMSN AT WRONGBAR
By: Sadé Powell ( @SmokeandRoses_ )
Singer/Song-writer JMSN graced the stage of Toronto’s Wrongbar on Saturday November 16th. Mic issues got the show off to a rough start, but afterward JMSN flawlessly transitioned into Adá followed by Wasted Love, two tracks off his EP “†Pllajë†”. He got into his own zone on stage and the crowd got down with the vibes and sang along.
The show picked up when he switched the tunes to those off his first album “†Priscilla†”. The audience was drawn in by the relatable lyrics and of course the angelic voice bringing them to life. There was crazy hair action going on, if Pantene is looking for a new spokesperson there was a handful of options on stage! More people began to mill in closer to the front for pictures and to take in the full experience. JMSN then announced that the next song would be for a girl he used to know, faces lite up as the melody kicked in and the words “How you doin’ how you been” rolled off his lips. This song was definitely a crowd favourite, especially with the ladies. At a point JMSN cut the band and the audience sung acapella style.
People bellowed requests. ‘Hotel!’ ‘Walk Away!’ ‘Jameson!’ In the end the beat for ‘Something’ filled the room and it seems everyone was satisfied with the choice. JMSN confided in his fans that he was feeling a bit under the weather and they let out a roar of support. “You guys have to help me with this one” he stated and to close off the show he dabbled with a little Love & Pain.
JMSN demonstrated that he’d be a major contender up and coming in the R&B world. His music has the ability to warm hearts and lift one’s spirit with his harmonized blend of poetic words and melodies that are able take the listener’s mind on wild unexpected adventures.
The Beastie Boys are being sued
The hip hop group is back in a legal tug-of-war over the use of their music in commercial ads. After toymakers GoldieBlox used the groups ’1987 song ‘Girls’ in a commercial it’s suing them. The rappers had previously asked why GoldieBlox had used their song and for the video to be removed off of Youtube, but the toy company accused the group of threatening them with copyright infringement. The ad parodies the track and feature re-vamped lyrics to empower young girls. Now even though they do support the message behind the ad, the groups’ surviving members Ad-Rock and Mike D released an open letter yesterday stating that they did not want their name or music used as a gimmick to sell product for company profit. Last year the beastie boys took Monster energy drink to court for the use of several of their singles in an ad campaign.
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GET TO KNOW: MOD SUN
Words By Amanda Polla
Meet MOD SUN a fun loving ‘Hippy-Hop’ rapper born in Minnesota and currently touring North America spreading both love and a positive message. The first impression of Mod Sun is a fun loving, happy go lucky rapper who automatically welcomes any crowd he is performing for as his friends. Mod Sun expresses his love of individuality and spirituality through music. He has five mix tapes under his belt, the latest The First Take released this year and an album set to release early 2014. His novel Did I Ever Wake Up is Mod’s personal take on the world as he sees it. He offers advice on how to succeed in life, and how positivity and following your passions is the brink of success. ILuvLolaOnline had the chance to talk to Mod about his music and passions while he is currently on tour with Hoodie Allen, OCD and D-why for the Party With Your Friends Tour:
I.L.L - For anyone that doesn’t know, who is Mod Sun?
MS- A good human. I make music + write books. My name “Mod Sun” stands for “Movement On Dreams, Stand Under None”. I call the music I make hippy hop + I have no fans in the entire world, I’m only trying to make friends + grow the #FriendBase. My message is to empower yourself + understand we are here to be happy. The universe wants you to get everything you desire.
I.L.L - Your music is described as ‘Hippy-Hop’? Where does the ‘Hippy’ come from and through this, how do you personally describe your sound?
M.S -Hippy comes from more than the obvious aesthetic you see when looking at me. The hippy era was about fighting for your right to not have to fight. These individuals wanted a change and the older people started listening to the youth. Right now, I feel like it’s 1973. In our case, we all know the youth knew how to use the Internet before the elders. We were right about the importance + power of social networks + now every company thrives off of the Internet. The youth was right + they are listening to us again. We are the new hippys.
I.L.L - I’ve witnessed both online and during your live shows that you refer to your fan base as friends rather than fans. What message are you trying to set across through this movement?
M.S - No boundaries between the one creating the art + the one viewing it. You are “Mod Sun”, you are this movement, you’ve made this possible. Thank you.
I.L.L - From drumming, to rapping, to writing. What inspired the different outlooks of your creativity? Are you planning on writing any more books following ‘Did I Ever Wake Up’?
M.S - I don’t want to be great at one thing, I want to do all the things the people who inspired me have done. I know there’s only one way to become an “author”, you gotta write a book. That goes with everything in life. Become all the things that inspire you. I’m gonna leave a lot behind so while I’m here I keep adding to the list.
I.L.L -Where do you channel your positivity? Why is it important to you to spread positivity both through your music and actions?
M.S - The Law Of Attraction is what inspired my life of positivity. I know that every thought that enters your head also leaves it. The universe wants to give you everything you want, so when you think about the things you don’t want, that’s actually what you are asking for. The universe is an un-biased place + only hears the topic of your thoughts. If you say, “I never want a parking ticket again”, all it hears is “parking ticket” + that’s what it’s going to give you. Only think about what you want my friends.
I.L.L - You tour very heavily throughout the year. Describe what someone can expect from a live Mod Sun show?
M.S - Energy, happiness, gratitude, + friends. I have a very one of a kind show.
I.L.L - Any recent memorable tour experiences?
M.S - I’m currently on tour with Hoodie Allen, OCD, + D Why. Crowd wise, this is the biggest + most consistent tour I’ve been a part of yet + I’m super grateful Hoodie took me out. I celebrate life all day everyday + I’m not afraid to admit I’m a partier. That being said…trips in the desert, drunken Nashville nights, + Miami backstage raves happen quite often. We also make touring a very spiritual experience though as well. Laying in a field of flowers in the middle of nowhere asking the clouds questions can change your life.
I.L.L - Through your craft, do any artists/ musicians inspire you in particular?
M.S - Absolutely! My upper arm is tattooed with the faces of all my biggest inspirations. Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Jim Morrison, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jean Michel Basquiat, + Frank Sinatra.
I.LL - Also, whom are you currently listening to?
M.S - The 1975.
I.L.L - Last but not least, what can we expect next from Mod Sun?
M.S - My new album “Hippy Hop” in early 2014. The 1st song we release off of it is called “Free Love” + it will align the stars. Good things ahead for us all. I love you lola.
Look out for Mod Sun in the new year through both new music and upcoming 2014 tour dates. Safe to say were are officially apart of the #friendbase
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