ROTO Certified Presents: EKALI (OWSLA)
|Date:||October 11, 2017|
|Address:||5 Hood Street Hamilton|
1Roto Certified presents..
Wednesday 11th October
Pre sales have sold out! Second release tickets are now available! Sign up to our RSVP through the ticket link to secure yourself a 2FOR1 $10 ticket on the door.
The Canadian Trap and Bass mastermind, famous for his saucy originals + bouncy remixes of names such as Flume, Denzel Curry, Jack Ü and more is hitting STATIC (FUCKEN LITTLE OLD STATIC) for one VERY special show this October.
Awarded BEST LIVE SET of 2016, you will not want to miss…
Before being the only Canadian applicant to be accepted into Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo in November of 2014, the Vancouverite was fairly unknown in the electronic music sphere. This wasn’t due to his music being not good enough or that he wasn’t able to network properly. It’s because Ekali has only been producing for less than a year before that. On the surface, it would seem that Ekali, real name Nathan Shaw, is the bedroom producer’s golden child. The guy uploads mostly remixes, and they all hit high numbers and attract positive attention from the original artist. His third upload and only original song, “Unfaith,” got sampled by Drake and PartyNextDoor on the Toronto rapper’s chart-topping album, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. He’s only got about 15 tracks on his page (with all of them except “Unfaith” being remixes or collaborations) but he’s been able to perform at huge festivals alongside A-list producers like ODESZA, Duke Dumont, RL Grime and more, headline sold-out shows everywhere he goes, make mixes for prestigious/respected publications, and now, embark on a headlining world tour. Just how does he do it?
It may sound cliche, but like all success stories, Shaw was able to do it because of passion, goal-orientedness, timing, hard work, dedication, and of course, talent. Although he’s only been producing electronically as Ekali for two years, his relationship with music began way before that. At the age of 12, he picked up violin-playing; throughout and after high school until recently, he played in various bands as a bassist. Being on a project with fellow producers 40, Boi-1da, WondaGurl, Eric Dingus and others, it’s common for Ekali to be stereotyped as a rap producer by those who associate him with Drizzy’s project. But if one digs a little deeper, it’s more than evident that each piece of Shaw’s work reflects his vast array of music influences. Rap may be one of his outlets, but Ekali’s much more interested in expanding and developing his sound to see where and how far it can go.