Peak Performance finalist Kyprios plays Live N Direct on September 9th [News]
Vancouver, B.C. – Kyprios – a top 20 contender in the 100.5 PEAK Performance contest for $100,000 – will play Tonic Nightclub alongside H.N.I.C (Trajikk and Hydro) on September 9th as part of the Live N Direct hip-hop series. The event is presented by Leftcyde Media. Click the jump to check the official flyer.
Kyprios on being a PEAK Performance finalist:
“Huge announcement for me and my career, I’ve just been selected from a list of 470 entries as one of 20 finalists in the Peak Performance Project! This is a competition for artists based in BC and offers $100, 000 to the winner. The final 20 consists of a variety of gifted and talented musicians that has me feeling as equally honored as intimidated to be in their company. I will need help from all of my family, friends and fans if I am to be at all competitive. This is an enormous opportunity for me and I’m drunk with humility to be selected. I apologize in advance for the hounding and participation that I will be asking for in the future. I will keep you posted on all upcoming events and news.”
About The PEAK Performance Project
Applications opened on Friday March 19th 2010, and closed on Friday April 30th, 2010. Year two of The PEAK Performance Project will see an increase of overall funding to B.C. artists from $275,000 to $315,000 in development cash awards and will see all Top 20 artists receive artist development funding. The 1st place artist will receive $100,500, 2nd is $75,000, 3rd is $50,000, 4th is $10,000, 5th is $5,000 and all 20 finalists will receive $3500 each in initial artists development funding. In addition to this, all of this year’s 20 finalists will receive a showcase spot at The Kelowna 2010 BreakOut West Festival presented by the Western Canadian Music Alliance October 21–24, 2010.
The Top 20 Artists will be announced on May 31st followed by the PEAK Performance Orientation (June 12, 2010), Bootcamp (August 27–Sept 3, 2010) and the PEAK Performance Concert Series (Sept–Oct 2010). The final three artists will be announced on November 1st followed by the final showcase and the crowing of the ultimate PEAK performer in late November at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver.
The $5.29 million PEAK Performance Project is designed to educate, promote, develop and hopefully launch the careers of some of British Columbia’s top emerging artists. It also hopes to foster the province’s music industry and create a sense of community amongst music professionals. In addition to the rigorous six month artist development program and the $315,000.00 in artist development funding, The Pattison Group of Companies will also contribute an annual media credit of $1,000,000.00 in support of the PEAK Performance Project by marketing, promoting and advertising the PEAK Performance Project and the participating artists making it the largest individual radio station project in Canada.
The classic definition of the term MC is one that has the ability to grip a mic and control the crowd, and Kyprios has more than earned this title. He is a commanding presence on stage—able to hold the crowd in silent rapture as he drops an introspective piece that draws heavily from spoken word, only to suddenly flip it and incite a sea of thrusting hands with a rapid fire set of punchline-laden lyrical flows. Able to deliver a seamless blend of rapping, singing and harmonizing, The Vancouver, BC native’s larynx is a potent stash of varied lyrical weapons.
Lyrically, Kyprios’ conscious lean can be attributed to the artists he cites as his major influences—a list that includes Gil Scott-Heron, Aceyalone, Saul Williams, Q-Tip, Pharoahe Monch, Guru and De La Soul. “The people that I connected with were the people who were trying to use positivity and conscious lyrics as their fundamentals,” he confides. “However, my biggest influences as an artist are my friends, lovers, enemies, associates – the relationships I have had with other people are what really shapes my artistic voice.” And, as he is quick to point out, one of those most influential relationships is the one he shares with the city that spawned him. “Metaphorically, I think that Vancouver represents me in a real way. There are beautiful mountains, sands and vast ocean that you can capture in a picture, but you have to experience it firsthand to really understand it. The city also has an ugly underbelly, but it doesn’t try to hide it—it presents the problems and tries to confront and heal them. I think my music shows both the beauty and the struggle.”