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Keep your ears peeled for up and coming electronic music producer EKALI (ee-kah-lee). Vancouverite Ekali combines bass-heavy beats with soulful and melodic layers, putting a distinctive spin on his remixes. As the sole Canadian competitor at the Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo in 2014, he has gained a large following spanning beyond the realm of his Soundlcoud account.
Ekali, AKA Nathan Shaw, has amassed nearly 30k followers on Soundcloud, with his remix of Tinashe’s ‘Days in the West’ currently at over half a million plays. If that’s not paving a road for success in the music industry, Shaw’s Facebook following is at over 15k and steadily growing as he announces major live performance dates for 2015.
Before producing and mixing beats on his own, Shaw first found musical success as a member of Juno-winning Canadian group Said The Whale. Touring with the band as their bassist, Shaw broke away to produce music on his own and hone in on creative freedom within his own music.
Shaw is young, ambitious, and fearless. His combination of textured sounds and layering have drawn attention to his excellent taste for electronic music, R&B vibes and hints of soul. A great sound that crosses the vastly popular new genre ‘chillstep’ is easy listening and melodic, with beats that resemble trap anthems blasted at venues for people who appreciate the artfulness required in creating such intricate remixes and bootlegs.
This must be why his latest remixes have caught the ear of industry heavyweights such as Skrillex. One of Ekali’s tracks was even sampled with credits on Drake’s last album. If you’ve listened to If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late, you can hear Ekali’s song on the track “Wednesday Night Interlude”, featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR.
Last year, Ekali nailed an awesome headlining gig at Paris’ ‘The Sound You Need’ Festival. This upcoming year, you can expect to see his name popping up all over. He’s set up for some local upcoming performances, and will be headlining at the 2015 Shabhala Music Festival, as well as Basscoast Canada, set to take place this summer.
This local artist is one to watch.
Catch Ekali’s unique, entrancing sound Saturday May 2 at the Electric Owl Social Club, May 23 at the Electric Owl Social Club.
Written by: Alycia Sundar