FIT TO LIVE | Factor Chandelier

  • April 20, 2017
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Who is Factor Chandelier?

A producer / beat maker, sometimes DJ.

Why did you choose the name “Factor Chandelier”?

My name is my name. There isn’t a big meaning behind the name, it’s one I chose in my youth that’s been through many tours, albums and stories. Recently I had to add the Chandelier so it would be easier to find me on the Google machine etc.

If you aren’t familiar with our slogan “Fit to Live”, it comes from Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote “A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.” How would you say this relates to your life as you’ve taken this journey into music as a career?

I have been doing music since high school and I am now in my 30’s. I’ve done hundreds of shows, across Canada, US, Europe, UK and Japan. I have committed a huge portion of my life to this art stuff and don’t plan on quitting any time soon.

That being said, how did the interest in music begin? Was there a certain instrument that you picked up or an artist you heard that inspired you to make your mark in the industry?

This whole thing started was when my homie got garage sale turntables and a radio shack mixer. He invited me over to his place to “scratch” after basketball practice and honestly ever since that first day cutting and mixing, I haven’t slowed down one bit. It is wild, I didn’t really choose it, it was just something I wanted to do all the time. The west coast underground scene in the late 90s and early 2000s made me fall in love with hip hop, all the different styles and personalities, it was like nothing I had ever heard before. It was an entirely new world for a kid from Saskatoon, SK.

That reminds me that last year Allen Iverson was inducted into the Hall of Fame and was thanking musicians like Jadakiss, Dipset and Michael Jackson, can you remember who you were listening to on the way to your ball games?

I remember every single game no matter what for the warm up somewhere on the playlist had to be the Space Jam song “Hit ‘Em High”. For me personally it had to be The Chronic, Wu-Tang or Pharcyde.

You’ve become known for producing original tracks. Tell us what goes into making a beat and what keeps you from sampling pieces?

I started out as a DJ so everything I did was sampling, mixtapes, blends or whatever. To this day that it still some of my favourite stuff. In around 2009 I got a opportunity to get a song in a movie but it got flagged for sample clearance and that made me rethink my whole approach to making beats and songs. Don’t get me wrong, I love sampling and still do it but the majority of the newer stuff I do is not that anymore. I work with a lot of session players, field recordings and chop up my own butchered playing these days. It all came from learning to sample and looking for little gems and sounds on vinyl.

What goes into putting together a good beat from start to finish? When you’re making something, do you create it with vocals in mind? I’d love to hear how your mind works during the creative process.

I like to try and start every song a bit different as often as I can. If it is the drums first or the melody, I like to change it up and try to look at beats from multiple angles. For me the creative process is for sure easier to get into if I have someone or something in mind that I am making the music for. I will always have the vibe, style and/or vocalist in mind when creating, I try and make something that I think will compliment the rapper or singer when I am working on the track. I like to try and push the boundaries of what their music sounds like, but also stay true to both our respective sounds. If the song is 100% going to happen and I am excited about it, then something usually pops in my head right away. If not I usually have to noodle around and see what happens, then once I get a cool vibe, I just continue building and building on it until I feel it is complete. I have noticed working with a lot of different artist and sounds, timing is very important for getting the best possible product. Everyone is so busy so when it is about to go down you have to be ready, keep that creative muscle flexed.

The first album you remember purchasing?

I can’t remember the first album I bought but I do remember getting Snoop Doggy Dog – Doggystyle the day it came out. Instantly my mom made me return it only for me to re-buy it again the next day.

What are you currently listening to?

I check out every new rap album, but some stuff I’m really into currently include Young Fathers, Milo, Open Mike Eagle, Radical Face, Thundercat, Beach House, Aesop Rock, Serengeti, Travis Scott, Frank Ocean, Blood Orange, Kid Cudi, Why? … stuff like that.

One musician you want to have a drink with?

Devin The Dude.

Do you have any upcoming projects?

I entirely produced a new full length album for Kay The Aquanaut dropping June 9th on Fake Four Inc. and our Saskatoon album release is June 2nd and 3rd at the Capitol Music Club — look out for that! I will also be releasing a bunch of singles throughout the year with a bunch of talented artists! Everything will be up on my social media @factorchandelier and factorchandelier.com.

Any pre-show traditions?

Honestly, no. With me being on the road so much and every show situation being different, it would be hard for me to have something like that. Well, maybe a couple drinks? ha ha.

Any last words?

Shout out to Fit To Live and the good folks at Olé.  For anyone who want to stay up on my music everything is at factorchandelier.com and check out Factor Chandelier on social media.  I have a bunch of fresh new singles about to drop this year along with that new full length record I mentioned with Kay The Aquanaut produced and mixed entirely by me on Fake Four Inc. June. 9th.  Don’t be afraid to reach out, much love and thanks for all the support.
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Thanks to Factor Chandelier for hanging out with us and shedding some light on what music looks like through his eyes. It was also recently announced that he will have his own Saskatchewan Jazz Festival show along with a second showing where he will perform with Kay the Aquanaut, Parab Poet, Talib Kweli and Arrested Development on Canada Day. We hope to see all of you prairie folks out there!

Take 5 | Spring Music (NSFW)

  • April 13, 2017
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I haven’t posted too many personal blog posts since the journal has gone live but I’m too excited about all of the new music that has been coming out lately. I like to think that I appreciate majority of the genres out there but my ears have always been heavily drawn to hip hop and R&B. I love playing it while I’m at work or when I’m in the car and it makes you bob your head while you’re sitting in traffic, you automatically feel some strong vibes. From breakout artists to veterans, these are some of my favourite tracks that were recently released that are too good not to share with you.

 

Yours Truly

Faded with Olé | Dustin Veitch

  • April 7, 2017
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Name: Dustin Veitch

Occupation: Multimedia Producer and Photographer

Model and fabric: 306 13oz

Wears: 1 year, nearly every day

Washes/Soaks: 2 soaks, 3 repairs

Washing rituals and methods: I dip my Olé’s in a shallow bath of cool water and Woolite Dark. Sometimes I weigh the jeans down, and sometimes I don’t, depending on how ambitious I’m feeling. I let ‘em soak for 45 minutes, drain the tub, fill it again to let them soak for another 20 and gently hang-dry. Next time, I’ll probably just throw them in the regular wash.

Fond memory in this pair: I’ve been wearing my Olé’s just about every day for the last year. They’ve become a regular part of my life, as much as my wallet, boots and watch. They’ve been with me through thick and thin, so it’s hard to pinpoint a specific memory.

Favourite artist/photographer: I can only recite titles of a few of his lauded masterpieces, such as The Tetons and Snake River’ or ‘Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico’, but it’s not just Ansel Adams’ images that resonate with me. Not only did he influence the world around him with his artwork, his inspiration also led him to, literally, write the book on it. Many of his techniques are relevant and still taught in today’s largely digital world.

One website you visit daily: the hustle

Social media handle: @faultyflipflap

What’s next for you: It’s never easy to tell what’s beyond the next few rolls of film. I’ve recently started getting my feet wet with large format photography, specifically working on portraiture. It’s been a slow process getting familiar with the equipment and learning how to process the media, but I am at the point where I am starting to see consistent results and I’m proud of that.

Reach out to us at info@oledenim.com to have your pair featured.

FIT TO LIVE | Kyle Michael

  • February 28, 2017
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We sat down with Saskatoon restaurant owner and chef, Kyle Michael to chat career path and his ability to utilize resources. All of this, while doing our best not to be distracted by our indulgence of his culinary talents.

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.

My name is Kyle Michael, I am the Chef and owner of The Hollows and Primal Pasta.

We are inspired by the idea of striving for your dreams – what spurred the decision to start up The Hollows and later Primal Pasta?

I moved here (with my wife Christie) to start our own restaurant, so that we could do things the way we wanted to do them – so I can do what I want, when I want.

Has cooking and food preparation always come naturally to you? How did you become an expert in the kitchen?

No, it takes a lot of work and experience. I started young, and I’m still learning.

I love eating but am inexperienced in the kitchen. What tips do you have for people out there like me?

One tip I have is keep making the same thing over and over again until you get good at it.

I remember a few years ago watching a video of you utilizing the entirety of an animal in your cooking. Can you touch on your views of the importance of doing this and how difficult it may be to incorporate into your dishes?

Sustainability is a governing principle for both of our restaurants. Food scraps from the restaurants become food for the animals we use. It is important for us to use the whole animal because of the energy spent raising it. And although it is difficult to learn the techniques required to utilize the whole animal, once you have them, it’s a much more fulfilling way to cook.

A lot of the ingredients you bring into your restaurants are handpicked, can you touch on how ingredients are selected for your dishes?

We have relationships with many farmers, as well as our own horticulturist on staff. We use what they have available and do what we can to make them delicious.

What is coming up in the future for you? Is there anything you can share with the readers and us?

Won’t stop, Can’t stop.

Favourite dish at The Hollows?

Charcuterie.

Favourite dish at Primal Pasta?

Beef heart Bolognese.

Favourite place to ride the dirt bike?

Duck hunting.

What is your dream bike?

Any bike I actually have time to ride.

The best thing about running your own business?

Being your own boss.

Where can we learn more about you and your restaurant?

Come give us a try @ The Hollows, 334 Ave C South, or Primal Pasta, 423 20th ST. Or check out our websites:
thehollows.ca & primalpasta.ca

Take our advice and stop by to get a taste of what Kyle and Christie are doing in Saskatoon. From casual cocktails and teas to savoury breakfasts or supper dates, these guys are not messing around.

Faded with Olé | Evan Neufeld

  • January 24, 2017
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Name: Evan Neufeld

Occupation: Investment fund and life insurance advisor at Enns & Baxter Wealth Management in Saska-toon
Model and fabric: 306 13 oz

Wears: 1.5 calendar years but I don’t get to wear jeans as much as I would like so actual wear is less than a year.

Washes/Soaks: one soak, one hand wash

Washing rituals and methods: I gave up on using the washing machine after one mishap so I only do hand washes now. Sounds like a lot of work but if you’re only doing it once or twice a year it’s not so bad. A bit of laundry soap in the tub with some warm water, hand scrub some of the notoriously dirty zones, rinse with cool water and hang dry. I like to give them a little bit of a stretch out afterwards just so they don’t dry with any weird creases. I’ve got a MacGyver set up using about 4 hangers so they drip dry while hanging in the shower.

Fond memory in this pair: Having my engagement photos taken in Squamish BC while wearing them.

Favourite sports team: San Antonio Spurs

One website you visit daily: uncrate.com Most of the stuff on there is out of my league but its always fun to look.

Social media handle: Twitter/IG @evanneufeld

What’s next for you: Everyday stuff: Continue to build my business and settle into the first year of married life. Fun stuff: Hoping to make a quick trip to France this summer with a few other weekends dedicated to camping and maybe a hiking trip or two.