Concerts have changed, point blank and simple. To agree or disagree shouldn’t matter because either way you spin it the fact still remains, the concert experience has drastically shifted in the past decade. But what exactly do I mean? Could it possibly be the better sound quality which most live bands/artists are adhering to these days, maybe. Perhaps it’s the overabundance of smartphones you see at today’s live concerts, and maybe the skyrocketing ticket prices that can only be remedied by a small bank loan, which when you think about it isn’t really an over-exaggeration. The list goes on, but could these reasons be improving the concert-goers experience or diminishing it? Let’s take a closer look.
Today marks our official return to the internet. We’ve spent several months rethinking what 1VIBE could be and are hyped to share our ideas with you in the next coming weeks. We begin a new story with the launch of our first video show titled “The Vibe” where myself, and my co-hosts Andrew Bacchus and Gowsigan Sabanathan discuss upcoming album releases, hit the streets of Toronto gathering public opinions, break down the biggest stories in music, shine light on indie artists, re-introduce you to some of your favorite classic records, and expose the latest random acts of fu*kery occurring within the industry. Full disclosure: right now all of this is still an experiment but with your feedback we hope to improve our content focus and build a community around the passion that started it all: hip-hop.
In Episode 1 of “The Vibe” we discuss the highly talked about “PRhyme” album from DJ Premier & Royce da 5’9″, the newly released “ShadyXV” two-disc compilation from Eminem & Shady Records, the upcoming debut album “Ba.Da.$$” from Joey Bada$$, Kendrick Lamar’s new album which currently sits without an official title or release date, the possibility of Drake dropping a new mixtape in January 2015, J.Cole’s third studio album “2014 Forest Hills Drive”, and break down the latest developments in the Taylor Swifts vs Spotify beef that has created a lot of discussion about streaming and music sales. We conclude episode one with a clip which we hope will make you lean back featuring Fat Joe teaching Americans how to hustle and become rich by earning residual income (trust me you need to watch this).
We’d like to give a special shout-out to our sound engineer DJ Mercilless for helping us capture that clean crispy sound for “The Vibe”, video director Frankie Ndreu who shot the full show with three cameras on deck, Samson Ogundigie who handles a lot of the web development/coding at 1VIBE, and our homies Amanda Magiure, Masashi Appeadu, and Sam Turner for their assistance in making the first episode possible.