Toronto’s More or Les represents at SXSW in Austin, Texas and prepares for Mastication [Article/Video]
More or Les is currently completing his new, food-themed album, Mastication, which is set for release this June. On March 13th, he performed at the Flamingo Cantina at the Nerdcore concert as part of the annual SXSW festivities. Jesse Dangerously and Timbuktu were some of the other Canadian names inside the venue. Nardwuar tweeted about the success of the show along with a stream of SXSW fans. On March 22nd, More or Les will take the stage at Garrison in Toronto as part of Canadian Music Week. Click the jump for more info and for More or Les’ SXSW showcase video “Ain’t Going Out” – originally posted in September 2011.
Austin, TX – With three critically acclaimed albums, North American and European touring under his belt, and a feature on the latest album of UK hip-hop band The Herbaliser, MC, producer and DJ More Or Les is a hip-hop triple threat. Building on the success of his 3rd full-length project Brunch With A Vengeance with the song “Busted Gear” voted no. 14 in CBC Radio 3’s Top 103 Songs of 2011, More Or Les is putting the finishing touches on Mastication, his upcoming release of mouth-watering proportions. All about food and including several rapped recipes, this early summer 2012 release will feature artists including Timbuktu, Latté D. Kyd, The Mighty Rhino, and early 90’s rapid-fire rap specialist Chip-Fu (of Fu-Schnickens fame).
More Or Les’ over a decade-long performance career includes such highlights as SXSW performances 2011, ’10 & ’09, 2011 & ’08 Halifax Pop Explosion, Pop Montréal Festival in ’10, ’08 and ’07, ManifesTO Cultural Arts Festival, 2008 Under Pressure Festival, the Luminato Festival, Harbourfront Centre, Wavelength’s 7th Anniversary, Canadian appearances on the Vans Warped Tour, opening for Eyedea & Abilities, appearances at The Second City, Style In Progress, a trip to each coast with the Perpetual Motion Roadshow, many local clubs around Toronto, Government of Canada Pavilions at the 2003 World Cycling Championships and the Canadian National Exhibition, as well as busking on the streets of Toronto.
Music releases for More Or Les include albums I Only Stop For The Red Ants, The Truth About Rap, and the aforementioned Brunch With A Vengeance, 2009’s collaboration with TO Producer Fresh Kils The Les-Kils EP, and appearances on the latest release of The Herbaliser. Appearing on their 2008 album Same As It Never Was, More or Les connected with the group over three shows on their 2005 Canadian tour, a week-long gig in London, UK in November ’05 and European and Canadian tours in 2006 and 2008.
With “crates steeped deep in hip-hop history,” Les is a DJ/co-host at the monthly Toronto hip-hop showcase 5 Dollar Rap Show with the Wordburglar, host at Toronto’s monthly classic hip-hop celebration, Never Forgive Action and co-host/DJ of the media-attention-grabbing hip-hop Karaoke. He was also the resident DJ at Toronto’s most influential underground hip-hop showcase, In Divine Style, which ran weekly from 2001-2006.