photo: Topon Das
Tout simplement basé sur les chroniques régulières que l’on peut retrouver de la part de Vinnie Paul et Dave Davidson, par exemple, dans les magazines et sites de médias divers, Ondes Chocs a approché Topon Das, musicien (Fuck the Facts) et producteur (Apartment 2 Recording) canadien afin qu’il nous livre des textes divers sur les nombreuses facettes de l’industrie. En gros, une façon de plus pour lui de s’exprimer sur l’industrie de la musique underground sans être censuré.
Sitting at my kitchen table a few hours before I leave on a 2 week tour in Mexico and probably just a few minutes before my 3 year old daughter wakes up and puts an end to me writing this, I decide to make some sort of introduction and get started on what will hopefully be a continued feature on Ondes Chocs.
Dave asked me to write something and gave me carte blanche on my own column here. That’s a pretty dangerous thing, and I’m not someone that works very well without structure or deadlines (hence my last minute writing of this). Anyway, let me get started by telling you a bit about myself. I’ve spent the past 20 years of my life making music, and the last 13 of those have been playing in crammed tiny basements and large shitty venues (there’s a few good ones mixed in there too), booking my own tours, putting out my own records, managing my band and more recently recording other bands.
I fell into DIY because that’s how it worked when I started. You trade tapes, send out each other’s flyers, and always put glue on your stamps and get them sent back to you. That was about 15 years ago, and even though the tools of the trade might have changed, the approach and work is still very similar. DIY is great for people like me, because there’s no one that can stop you. I love music, but I think I’ve been more obsessed with just doing stuff and getting things done. There’s a rush you get from creating something you’re proud of and accomplishing goals you’ve set for yourself, and even though I love beer, I love this feeling more than anything. So to sum this all up, I don’t really know what to write about here. I’m sure something will come up, but if there’s anything you’d like me to write about or any questions you’d like answered, let me know and that’ll be a good start.
Cheers! – t.
Editor’s note – This fucker gives us content, we’ll give him some, too… That’s the latest EP from his band Fuck the Facts and below his last two projects he got his hands dirty with, Alaskan and Sights of War. \m/ – Dave