Interview by: Martin Bauman
As they’ll tell you, TiRon & Ayomari are tired of hearing the same old music. With their latest full-length effort, The Great New Wonderful, they offer an alternative — boasting that “happiness is guaranteed,” and then following through on that promise. “The best music has not been created already,” says Ayomari. “The human condition always changes,” adds TiRon, “so as the human condition changes, so should the message. Yeah, we want you to jam, but we’ve been jammin’ for a long time. Yeah, we want you to party, but we’ve been partying for a long time. There’s so many things going on within society that are little nuances that the music doesn’t reflect, and [we’re seeing] a disconnect [as a result].” TGNW is at-times uplifting, reassuring, dance-inducing, a call-to-action, and at all times, refreshingly different.
If you haven’t yet heard of the Los Angeles-based duo, now’s the time to get on board. After their superb A Sucker For Pumps release, followed by the strong offerings of HNGRY and The Wonderful Prelude series, they’ve made fans out of the likes of Q-Tip and Diddy and proven themselves as much more than a one-album success. More than being great artists, though, the two happen to be thoughtful and profound individuals with plenty to say. We caught up with TiRon & Ayomari to talk about the importance of self-love in the black community, getting out of their comfort zone, why they make music, and much more.
Listen to the podcast above and read the highlights after the jump.
Imagine you just won a very unexpected Juno award and it’s Saturday night, what is your first choice of drink?
If you missed our original behind the scenes coverage of the Juno Awards I’d suggest you take it in. You will appreciate the bonus cuts that I’ll be releasing in the coming week. The first video is from my interview with Tona and Adam Bomb they take us to the exact moment when their names were announced as the winners of the Rap Recording of the Year. They share if winning the Juno Awards does anything for their motivation and Tona explains what his favourite drink Tiger Blood consists of and yes, what their choice of drink would be.
I’m proud to present our second interview with the homie Big Sean! The first interview was four years ago in Toronto and this time around we caught up with him in London during his Canadian Tour. Big Sean speaks on the times he was full of fear and impatience coming up as an artist and why he feels the journey is just as important as the prize. Big Sean also shared his excitement of performing at this years OVO Fest and how he measures success. The interview ended off with a question if Big Sean had $100 million would he still be hungry as an artist? What do you think? Would you?
Check out the full breakdown of the interview PLUS the podcast version after the jump!
I am proud to present our coverage of the Juno Awards 2015 in Hamilton, Ontario. The award categories of interest were the Rap and R&B/Soul Recording of The Year. The Weeknd won the latter category but he wasn’t present at the Awards Gala, yo Abel holla at me! I am excited as are plenty of people that the Naturally Born Strangers won Rap Recording of the year. Check out the video which features Adam Bomb, Tona, Tre Mission, JRDN, Muneshine, and SonReal. I’d love to know what you think of our coverage and let me know how you feel that NBS won the Rap Recording of the year.
I recommend listening to the podcast which is a whole different presentation on its own, you’ll find the behind the scenes action, funny interviews and clips that didn’t make the video.
While they were on tour across Canada, we caught up with A-Game, two individuals that happen to be twin brothers. Having something the industry does not have, they give valuable advice on how to take your hustle and apply it south of the border, their beginnings as producers, Drake recognition and wanting to see a lot more unity in the Canadian scene because as they say, this Canadian industry will have you second guessing yourself.
Hit the jump to read more about our podcast with Toronto’s own, A-Game.