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    Folk band from Vancouver, BC.
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    Originally founded in 2003 by G Hernandez II pka "Cortez" as Traumawest Recording House Ltd, and later joined by David J Leon in 2011, G Hernandez quickly gained the trust of many recording artists in Toronto and abroad. He has got the opportunity to work on music embodying the likes of such artists and producers as Solitair, JD Era, Joel Ortiz, Darryl Riley, Don Million, Soundsmith, Fito Blanko, Tone Mason, Rich Kidd, Kat Martinez, Snaz, Ray Robinson, Glen Lewis, Shelley Gupta, Johnny Major, Richie Sosa, Tory Lanez, Beenie Man, ONYX, Code Blue, Thank The Academy, Blacksage, Saukrates, Rappunzall, The SH Brothaz, Lotus and the list goes on. Since 2003, the studio has taken 3 different forms over 3 different locations. However in late 2013, G Hernandez sold his Weston Rd studio to begin the next phase of his plans in the music industry with David J Leon: Audio Management. "It just kept happening. They would come in, blow $500 on recording sessions for one song and then come back 6 months later to mix and have no money left over to promote the record! That's just not practical." - G Hernandez II With a combined experience of over 15 years in the business, G Hernandez II and partner David J Leon now offer their clients a complete start to finish production schedule tailored to meet their budget and their deadlines with money left over to pay for exposure costs. Add their accumulated relationships with music producers, session players, writers, graphic designers and web gurus and you have a great place to start planning your next production. Whether you're looking to record, mix and master a beautiful, rich record with Grammy award players and world-class instruments or just want an urban mixtape mastered and published on Soundcloud for the lowest possible cost, Traumawest has a solution for you. "Some artists full-heartedly believe that being heard by the right person is all they need to make it. Yet, they don't do shows or have a budget in place to promote their records. They need help." - David J Leon
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    Vague Notion is made up of two experienced musicians with multi instrumental talents. Computers aiding in the creation and production of their musical ideas allowed Vague Notion to be born deep in the wilds of BC Canada. They began this journey in 2012 and by Nov. of 2014 they released their self titled debut on Bandcamp. Bevan Early has been writing and producing his own music since he was a young boy when his Grandmother bought him an electric guitar and he discovered the record button on his ghetto blaster. Rhythm has always come naturally to him and has been inspired by African and Reggae music in particular. Over the years Bevan has become a proficient guitar player and percussionist. He is a self taught producer and started using the popular Ableton Live recording software in 2013. Cheryl Janzen also took up music at a very young age as she was surrounded by her four brothers and father all playing guitars and singing at home. Her first instrument was the flute and piano soon followed. It was not uncommon for her brothers to find her dancing and singing her heart out to the stereo in front of the big mirror in their living room. From those early days of disco and 70's rock and psychedelia, her taste gravitated to more synth based rock, new wave and punk genres coming out of the UK. Cheryl has always loved performing and her voice has been compared to Chrissie Hynde, Grace Jones and Siouxsie Sioux. She has played in numerous bands of all styles and configurations from Arctic Canada to Baja Mexico. Together these two artists create music that is rooted in total freedom of expression and you can feel the passion in every track. It is a modern sound with lots of power, meaningful lyrics, dense beats with a sawtooth ambience. It is highly original, expansive electronica with an artful edge. Welcome to the sound that is Vague Notion.
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    “There is a lot of success in finishing something and enjoying the moment of how all of the parts came together. I get a lot of satisfaction in that.” Hailing from the east coast of Canada, singer-songwriter Pennan Brae has carved out an incredible niche for himself as a truly independent music artist. Making his own way with his talent and passion as a guide, he has achieved a level of success normally reserved for artists with a team of executives pulling the strings. For Pennan, there was no compromise when it came to his art, it has been an obsession for as long as he can remember; he always knew he wanted to play music, and have the ability to express the emotions that were driving him. Taking his name from his grandfather’s Scottish heritage, Pennan’s journey began in Toronto, when his parents signed him up for classical piano lessons at the age of five. While he was an excellent piano player, he began to tire of playing other people’s songs. The performance bug bit hard when Pennan and a friend performed in his school auditorium at an end-of-school celebration, playing to over a thousand people. But it was a lonely New Year’s Eve (his family had moved from Toronto to Vancouver in his last year of school and he was spending that New Year at home) that resulted in Pennan really finding what moved him: writing original music. It may not have been a great song, but it was an inspiration. He had focus. His first year at University brought something else into the spotlight, the seven-note blues scale, taught to him on piano by his Jazz Professor. Pennan, who could play any piece of sheet music you put in front of him, started to experiment with creating his own sound. He began to experience the music as he was playing, giving him a feeling that like no other. “It was like an addiction. I just wanted to learn about new sounds and new chords. I experimented by putting notes together, so that I could continue to discover what sounded good, and what could be produced from me musically.” Shortly thereafter, Pennan continued to challenge himself by buying a low-priced guitar, teaching chords to himself while his fingers suffered on the inexpensive strings. It wasn’t until he was comfortable with his skill on the guitar that he treated himself to an upgrade. He also made a move to Prince Edward Island, the smallest province in Canada. It’s a very tiny island, and also a home to the arts. Pennan came with the desire to work on his music and to start recording some of his original songs. He was surprised to find producer Paul Milner owned a studio on the Island. Milner, who has worked with Keith Richards, Queensryche and Eddy Grant, to name a few, agreed to produce Pennan’s first release, something that Pennan, a huge Stones fan, could hardly believe. Their work together would yield three albums, a triptych of sound that showcased Pennan’s musicianship and songwriting. “Shaded Joy, Amber Glow and Early Rise are mostly sequential, with seven songs on each release. I thought seven songs was the right focus for each album, and while there is a lot of development, musically, within the series, I believe the albums are consistent. They have a similar sound and intention.” While experiencing some success on Triple A Radio and doing promo – once driving 10 hours from Canada to Idaho for a radio interview and acoustic performance – Pennan hooked up with Venezuelan guitarist Yonny Vizcaya. Originally, Yonny accompanied him on some acoustic dates, but they decided to join forces musically, the result of which is Pennan Brae’s fourth release, Turquoise. The recording was meant to be a straight piano/guitar acoustic record, with Pennan wanting to experiment with a different sound from his previous three releases. However, the music and emotion took on a life of its own, with Pennan, along with Vizcaya and producer Kaj Falch-Nielsen, deciding to add drum, trumpet, pedal steel guitar, and, for the heck of it, a little FX. “There are two versions of Turquoise – an FX and non-FX version. Growing up, I loved those odd bits of strange noise in a song. To me, it made a tune fun and memorable. This album has more songs then I’ve ever had on a release – ten this time – and I wanted to give my audience something unique with the music.” A personal high for Pennan’s on this album was having legendary Canadian DJ Bro Jake help to end the last track, “Signs.” “I contacted him on Facebook and thought for sure I’d get no reply, but he jumped in with both feet. It was a huge cherry for me, I’d grown up listening to him, and he just couldn’t have been nicer.” Also unique is Pennan’s experimentation with music video. His YouTube channel [www.youtube.com/PennanBrae] is a cinematic goldmine, and also a nod to the story telling videos he loved as a kid. From kamikaze filming at San Francisco’s AT&T field, to a 26 hour shoot with no sleep in a 1950s classic car to getting permission from NASA to use actual footage from an Apollo 17 landing, Pennan continues to break new ground with his marriage of music and film, experimenting with up and coming new directors eager to put a vision to his songs. As Pennan prepares to take his new music on the road, he is excited about what these ten tracks will mean to his fans. From the opener, “On the Highway” to the moody “Goin’ Down” to “If I Lose You” with its poignant harmonica break, and the lilting “Anyways,” which highlights Pennan's gorgeous piano playing, Turquoise is all part of the fantastic journey he began when sitting for lessons as a boy. “Like any songwriter, it’s an honor for people to enjoy my music. I would love even more people to hear the songs I write and record. Today’s marketplace, and the Internet, makes it easier to remain an independent artist and being your own boss is every one’s dream. Being a musician can be a hit and miss business, but that makes it very exciting. You never know what’s going to happen next.”
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    Producer, DJ, Songwriter, Musician, Manager, Label Owner Musical genres: Pop/Urban, R&B, Soul, Dance, Electro, Dubstep, Reggae/Dancehall, House, Techno, Rock, Country, Alternative Ron Allen is a Toronto based JUNO Nominated music producer/songwrite/DJ and founder of legendary dance music label Strobe Records that was instrumental in developing the house and techno genres in the early 90’s. Ron began his musical career as a DJ who later transformed his love for music into a talented producer and songwriter working with countless artists in Pop/Urban. Dance music, Hip-hop, R&B Rock and Country. After moving to Toronto in 1988 for University, Ron signed to Bigshot Records, owned by Gerry Fumo, Andrew Komis and Nick Fiorucci (Hi Bias). “My first meeting was with Andrew Komis (RIP) AKA (KOMIX). I played Andrew my demo that i had only been heard by Derek May (Transmat) who gave me my inspiration to do this music thing. Andrew signed me to Bigshot and I became a studio rat from that point on.” “Time To Feel The Rhythm” was Ron’s first recording project. “The track was made basically with a JUNO 106 and an SP1200 sampler recorded to 1/2″ tape and then edited with a razor blade to the final product. I will never forget walking into TRAX and Carnival records in Toronto to buy records for my next DJ set when i saw it on the shelves – talked anout hooked!.” Time To Feel The Rhythm” went on and hit the UK dance charts in a big way and was eventually licenced to Outer Rhythm in the UK. Ron has had countless Soulful House, Deep House and Techno releases on Strobe Records since 1991 and also has many features on labels such as Strictly Rhythm, Plus 8, Stickman, Definative, DNH, Poker Flat, ClubStar, Soul Candi, Tresor, Crosstown Rebels and Defected (Nikki Beach Compilation, Bargrooves Ibiza 2014). Ron also made the 2013 Traxsource TOP 200 Afro House and Soulful House Charts for 2013 with Ron Allen Featuring Chach “Wunder Y” (Dino and Terry Remix) and Ron Allen Featuring Affrica “Words” (Steve Bug Remix) In 2007 when he was signed a production deal with Atlantic Records as the producer for KO Kapches (Atlantic Records) entire album which was released in 2009, and has s reached top 10 radio status and is climbing the Billboard charts. KO has since been signed in 2011 to Universal Republic Records with a major US release. In addition to the hundreds of releases on Strobe, Ron has also produced and/or written for artists such as T.I,(Atlantic Records) . Usher (Jive), Snow, Karl Wolf (Universal) , Misha Q (Lonewolf), J. Melody, George Nozuka (HC Entertainment), Honorebel (SONY/Ultra Records), Shaggy (VP Records) Chach (Strobe Records), Linda Luztono, Aleesia (EMI), Cindy Gomez (Interscope) Snow, Van Ness (Universal), Masia One (Merdeka- 2013 VIMA Award Best Hip Hop Song – Masia One )and Elephant Man (Atlantic Records) Brett Kingswell, The Game, Pharrell Williams (2013 VIMA Award Best Collaboration – Masia One ) to name a few and is currently developing many new artists. Ron also operates an Artist Marketing and Entertainment company 360am that provides music consulting services and artist development. Tune into @StrobeLifeRadio hosted by @ronallen on Realhouseradio.com Thursdays from 7PM-8PM(EST) and deepinradio.com Saturdays at 1PM (EST) http://www.facebook.com/ronallenproducer http://www.twitter.com/ronallen http://www.mixcloud.com/ronallen3000 http://traxsource.com/artist/7820/ron-allen
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