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A Life Less Ordinary

Tegan and Sara (Eluvier Acosta)

From PinkPantheress to Steel Pulse

Also this week:

Sara of cover stars Tegan and Sara told us of their TV show High School that, “When we finished writing our memoir, we sent the manuscript to our friend Clea DuVall and she said that it could be developed into a TV show. We had talked about it, internally certainly. The pandemic gave us a lot of time to work on it, so we started pitching the big networks during the early months of the pandemic. We were really shocked how quickly the deal came together and the writing happened. There was a taste for it. Here is a story about queer girls, queer musicians, queer Canadians, in an era that is interesting for the culture right now – the 1990s. So it was the right place, right time. It wasn’t a huge endeavor. We made it in Calgary, and are so delighted with the way the show came out.”

In “Not Another DJ,” Ray Volpe said, “The bass side of things feels like it’s been lacking in some ways. I can’t really put my finger on it. I think it’s natural, every few years things get stale and then someone swoops in and revitalizes it with a bunch of new life and fresh ideas. I think we’re just at that lower point now. I THRIVE when I’m inspired by a ton of great music to listen to by friends and inspirations etc. Lately, I’ve been missing that from bass music. On the other side of things though, melodic music and house music has been absolutely huge. The new Illenium album, Dabin’s last album. Both are incredible and inspire me a ton to make more melodic stuff with catchy toplines and emotionally driven melodies. House music is also just insane right now, whether we’re talking Mau P or Dom Dolla or go down into the bass house realm like Crankdat or Habstrakt. I don’t want to sound grumpy about my frustrations with bass music though, there’s so many amazing underground artists killing it and even headliners as well. Guys like Subtronics & SVDDEN DEATH are constantly pushing the envelope and then you have these kids like Emorfik or W IN K making crazy waves with these unique ideas. I’m also constantly struggling with pressure and anxiety to make music though lately, so who knows. This could just be me having my own internal crisis haha.”














































































































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