Dream Trance Invasion

Dream Trance Invasion, aka DTI, have been very busy in the studio these past couple of months putting the final touches on new single releases due out in the coming weeks. DTI continue to explore new sounds and combinations to expand on their existing palette of ambient progressive rock. Their newer material explores darker, esoteric topics while remaining true to their laid back vibe. Expect to hear echoes of jazz and odes to New Wave as well. Some tracks have already had previews on various TEA South volumes. This has led to one of those songs – Find You Soon – being in rotation at college radio.

True to exploring and expanding, they have recruited Karl Machat into the fold. Karl mastered DTI’s self titled debut album. After finding out Karl was as skillful with keys as he was with his mastering chops, he was incorporated into their line up. His contributions add a new dimension to DTI’s sound.

This new collection builds on the heady combination of edgy metal riffs and ambient vibes laid on top of steady and solid grooves of the first album. That foundation allowed DTI to explore and deliver a wide range of moods and textures from Mazzy Star, Radiohead to Pink Floyd chill out . This tradition continues on this latest single release “Hearts to the Flame”.

DTI were also privileged to have worked with the very talented guest musicians Alissa Vox Raw, Meghan Morrison and Jessica Spaziale on this new release. DTI music is recorded like before at TEA South studios. Using the resources and instruments available, the DTI combine an organic balance between live instruments and synthesized sounds. The single “Hearts to the Flame” is now available at iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby and many other online music distribution locations.

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Dream Trance Invasion Line Up

Clay Phillips – Lead Vocals, Guitars, Synths

Karl Machat – Keys, Bass, Accordion and Synths

Phil Perrone – Drums and Percussion

Kaye Pauli – Bass

Special Guests

Tija Coules – Vocals

Mike Field – Trumpet

Meghan Morrison – Lead Vocals and Co-Writing

Alissa Vox Raw – Vocals

Jessica Speziale – Vocals


49 Parallels

TEA Volume 15 artists 49 Parellels grace the TEA Volume 15 compilation CD with down to earth passion. A little info……….. Musician since an early age, it was obvious Norman Ribidoux’s destiny would be making music for a living. A long career has graced his life & this new production & band members triggered a wave of creation named 49 Parallels. Using all the tools in his bag of knowledge, sat down behind the producer’s desk & got working on new material with the help of some phenomenal musicians & friends. Multi-instrumentalist, Engineer, Producer, that is what he is made of, a none stop whirlwind of ideas & creative approaches.He is the personification of persistence & dedication to his art. Simple in his action & life, he calls it like it is,,, true blue to his nature, enjoying his little acreage in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia with his wife and faithful dogs. What a life.

49 Parralel members are…

Jeff Wilcox (guitars) one of the more seasoned players in the Okanagan. Jeff’s bands have opened for greats such as Long John Baldry, Helix, Nazareth, Prisim, Trooper, The Powder Blues, members of Kiss (Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer) the list goes on.

Laura Robidoux’s (keyboards) very first contact with the music industry happened when she met Norman. From then on it was her main goal in life, to hold her post in 49 Parallels, and she does it with a touch of brilliance & finesse.

David Mihal (Drums) – David is a drummer with many years of professional experience, having toured and recorded with many Canadian/US artists, including the great Canadian jazz pianist Oliver Jones, Juno nominee Rita Chiarelli, Stacey Heydon of David Bowie and Iggy Pop fame, Refugee/Myles Hunter, Shawne Jackson, Ken Hamilton Show (Las Vegas/NYC) and many others.

A 25 year veteran of award winning bands, Jim Leduc (bass) spent many years performing and recording in the bluegrass/country music industry with along list of credits to his name. He was a member of the award winning band “Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Boys” who were two time winners of the BCCMA “Bluegrass Performers of the Year”.

Trevor Davies

TEA Volume 15 artist Trevor Davies brings Nostalgia to the TEA Volume 15 compilation release. Trevor is currently performing in the Toronto area. Check out listings and Blog for more information. Born in Winnipeg Manitoba, in 1987, Trevor Davies has spent his entire life as an independent musician on Vancouver Island. Largely self-taught on guitar and vocals, he fronted a rock band at fourteen which performed some original material and performed near his home town in the Cowichan Valley. As his songwriting developed, a more adventurous group called Freedom Toast was formed. Here began his passion for both improvisation and ideas in music…

The teenage experimental band released two professional recordings and played hundreds of shows including the Islands Folk Festival, VIEX, and other gigs typically reserved for grown-ups.

Trevor maintains a deep interest in literature and language. He has written many poems, short stories, articles and essays, some of which have been published. Some of which have become songs. He has also written and directed several films and worked as director and musical director in theatrical productions.

In 2005, Trevor enrolled in jazz performance at Vancouver Island University, where he studied with some of the best musicians in Canada, including: Buff Allen, Ken Lister, Greg Bush, Bryan Stovell, Myron Makepeace and jazz-guitar jedi Pat Coleman. Trevor has performed with such talented performer/musicians as Ian Finkel, Ken Lavigne, The Nylons and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Commercial work as a guitarist locally and on cruise ships around the world has resulted in a certain musical versatility and a growing vocabulary of styles. Through a constant exposure to music, Trevor also plays bass, drums, piano and trumpet to respective extents.

Trevor is currently promoting his first “solo” release (with full band), entitled Vanity Press. It is comprised mainly of material that has been accumulating for several years. The title is a reflection of the self-produced nature of Davies’ career. These song-poems are based in personal experience and love, and are strongly influenced by external works of art. They betray a fascination with wordplay, people, nature, and the simplicity (yet depth) of pop music. Over the years, and definitively with this release, the focus of Trevor’s music has shifted from the group collaboration of a jam band to composition and language, with an emphasis on elegance, authenticity, and personal emotive forces. Trevor is currently performing in the Toronto area. You can check out his show listings and Blog for more information.

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au4-live1TEA Volume 9 Compilaiton artists Au4 just released their new album “…And Down Goes The Sky”. Join them in bringing their new album live to stage. Au4 is an electronica based musical group formed in 2004 by brothers Ben and Aaron Wylie in Vancouver, Canada. Au4′s musical style has been described as “Electronica/Dream-Pop/Post-Rock/Shoe Gaze”. The project was inspired in part by the electronica explosion of the 1990s, and landmark albums by Underworld, Massive Attack, Björk, and Nine Inch Nails. Ben and Aaron began layering and shaping musical and visual composites, accumulating a body of work that would eventually find its way onto their debut album On: Audio, and into their technically involved live show On: Visual. In 2003, close friend Jason Nickel heard their early demos and brought them to producer/engineer Richard Dolmat. The group Au4 was officially formed along with Nathan Wylie, their brother, who was at that time currently drumming for EMI act Stabilo.

Au4 has released one album, On: Audio in 2006 on their independent label Torn Open Records. Their second album … And Down Goes the Sky is set to be officially released on April 4, 2013.

On: Audio was nominated for the 2006 Outstanding Independent Album at the annual Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA). Following its release, the album had regular airtime on CBC Radio 3, was featured on many radio stations across the US, Brazil, and Europe, and a remix of “Everything Always Moving” was played on Tiësto’s Club Life overseas.

The “On” projects not only allude to the beginnings of Au4 as a group, but they make reference to ‘reality’ as an overall concept: consciousness, ‘coming into being’, or one’s general state of being ‘on’. On: Audio is the audio representation of the project, and On: Visual is Au4′s live performance and visual projection counter-part. On: Audio was produced by Au4 and Richard Dolmat at Digital Sound Magic studios and mastered by Zen Mastering in Vancouver. It was released on March 17, 2006 on Au4′s independent label, Torn Open Records. The nine tracks draw from trip-hop, post-rock and dream pop styles, the vocals of Ben Wylie, who scripted the melodically woven lyrical stories. A melancholic tone weaves throughout On: Audio, but the mood is of contemplative optimism: the acoustic-guitar laced love song “Hit and Miss” undulates like a nostalgic embrace, while the bass-driven “A Mile from Here” is a captivating up-tempo track. Even the epic “An Ocean’s Measure of Sorrow” rocks; a fresh take on the piano ballad. “Everything Always Moving” sums up the album’s hypnotic qualities and themes of hope.

On: Audio was nominated for Western Canadian Music Awards Outstanding Independent Album of 2006. In May 2007, Au4 opened the award show with a tailored version of “Everything Always Moving”.

TEA Volume 9 Featured Artist

Au4′s music has been showcased on two CD compilations: “Everything Always Moving” on the Toronto Experimental Artists compilation TEA Volume 9, and “An Ocean’s Measure of Sorrow” on Manoeuvers Vol. 1: A Collection of Vancouver Electronica.

Songs off On: Audio were also featured on the science fiction-fantasy television series Sanctuary (2008–2012), Blood Ties (2006- ), and in the independent horror film The Chair (2007).

… And Down Goes the Sky (2010-2013)

Au4′s second album … And Down Goes the Sky, digitally pre-released December 2012, was recorded and produced by Richard Dolmat, Ben Wylie and Aaron Wylie over a two-year period at Digital Sound Magic. Picking up from On: Audio back in 2006, … And Down Goes the Sky conceptualizes a journey from childhood teachings and systems of beliefs toward a world of free-thought and renewed curiosity – where the wonders, evils and beauties of our experiences are re-interpreted and re-imagined.

Band Members

Ben Wylie – Composition / Production / Vocals / Keys / Guitar / Sequencing (2004–present)
Aaron Wylie – Production / Vocals / Keys / Programming (2004–present)
Jason Nickel – Bass / Vocals (2005–present)
Nathan Wylie – Drums / Percussion (2005–present)

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Sarah Troy

TEA Volume 15 artist Sarah Troy adds a huge spark to the TEA Volume 15 release with her track Arson. Sarah Troy is a prolific songwriter and recognized as a captivating performer. Her unique sound moves audiences with original songs and lyrics that demonstrate knowledge and skills far beyond her years. Couple this with dynamic piano compositions and you have the amazing young performer that is Sarah Troy. Sarah’s musical style is pop/rock singer/songwriter with undertones of blues and jazz. Her songs explore the passion and emotion of her life’s journey, her relationships and her dreams; featuring lyrics full of integrity that are extremely easy to relate to.

Upcoming Events

Over the past year Sarah’s been performing and promoting her 4th independent album release, ‘A Dozen Hearts’. Sarah’s single ‘Arson’ has been featured by Music Week in London, England in the best of Canada feature and is featured in the TEA (Toronto Experimental Artists) compilation CD release. Her recent live performances have included shows in Boston, Vancouver, Edmonton and New York City’s oldest rock club, ‘The Bitter End’. Sarah was also featured in the Shaw Calgary Cable series, ‘A Room Full of Sound’ in September 2011. In March 2013 Sarah will perform in Toronto as part of Canadian Music Week at two venues listed below. Sarah Troy is currently working on a new EP that is due out in May 2013. This past summer Sarah studied music performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston on a full scholarship.

Sarah was born a musician and loves to perform. Her fans are entranced by her musical abilities and amazed at her maturity and relaxed, captivating stage presence.

“If you haven’t had the privilege – meet Sarah Troy! This young contemporary pop singer/songwriter is causing a stir in the Alberta music scene and giving hometown Bragg Creek much applauded bragging rights.”

Routes Magazine, Sandra Wiebe, 2011

Canadian Music Week Dates – 2013

March 22, 2013 – Marriott Lounge Bar – 7:30pm
March 23, 2013 – Czehoski – 8pm