Tonight: Mike Boyd & D-Sisive Canadian Tour reaches Kingston, Sarnia tomorrow [News]
Kingston, ON – The Mike Boyd & D-Sisive Canadian Tour makes it’s way to Kingston tonight for a concert inside The Mansion (506 Princess St. – 613-531-0003). Tomorrow night the tour will reach Sarnia, Ontario inside Optimist Club. Tickets can be purchased in advance here. For ticket listings of other cities please click here.
Remaining cities include Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Calgary (with B.C. and East Coast dates to be added). Interviews with Mike Boyd and D-Sisive coming soon!
About Mike Boyd
Mike Boyd is an emcee and lyricist from Enfield, NS. He is also the younger brother of hip hop star, Classified and is best known for his appearances and co-writes on several hit tracks including, “Inner Ninja”(Certified 3 x Platinum), “3 Foot Tall” (Certified Gold), ʻFamiliar”, “Sibling Rivalry” and “Live It Up”. Over the last decade Mike Boyd has joined Classified on stage and toured around the world. As Classifiedʼs dynamic hype-man, Mike adds an undeniable energy to every live performance. His long history touring alongside Classified has allowed the brothers to develop an unparalleled chemistry, and established Mike as a force unto himself on stage.
Mike Boyd steps out from his brotherʼs shadow with the release of his album “Note The Sarcasm” on March 25th via Halflife Records/Universal. This project is full of Mikeʼs trademark wit, crude humour and of course, sarcasm. Produced by Classified, this album reaffirms Mike Boydʼs place amongst the strongest and most exciting emcees in Canada. The album includes features from Classified, Shad, Madchild, Kayo, D-Sisive and Naledge – the hip hop community is out in full force to support Mikeʼs solo endeavour.
When asked about his first foray into solo work since 2008ʼs “Lost In The Woods”, Mike Boyd explained, “I found myself being inspired to write my solo stuff again after the birth of my son Mason. I spend a lot of time in the studio anyways, but for this record I started going through some of Classifiedʼs beats that no one had picked before. We picked some, re-worked some of the production and songs began to take on a new life.” Key tracks include the self deprecating introductions, “Mr. Mike” and “Small World” (ft. Madchild and D-Sisive) and the powerful “Fly Like A Butterfly”. Featuring exclusive production by Classified, “Note The Sarcasm” brings the heat both lyrically and musically. “My goal was to create good ol’ fashion hip hop tracks, beats and rhymes, hopefully fans catch that vibe.”
Visit mikeboydhiphop.com for more information.
There was a time in Derek Christoff’s life when he didn’t have many words. It’s not that he didn’t have a story. But he was stuck on the start. In the late 90s, the young MC known as D-Sisive came up quickly in the Toronto hip-hop community with a string of well-liked singles, but his burgeoning profile was stopped cold with the illness and death of both of his parents in a six-year span. Grief and depression stole his creativity and motivation for the better part of a decade, but in a moment fit for fable, his lyrical inspiration returned suddenly one day while singing along to the Beach Boys on the radio. It was the new start D-Sisive’s story needed. And he hasn’t stopped since.
2008’s The Book EP was nominated for a Juno and its single “Nobody With A Notepad” won the SOCAN ECHO Songwriting Prize. 2009’s Let the Children Die was longlisted for that year’s Polaris Music Prize (and would later get an elaborate send-off with a fullband live funeral after legal issues forced it out of production). The same year, he released Jonestown as a free download. Less than a year later, we got Vaudeville, and a year after that, the Jonestown sequel, Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye, back and forth between his story and others’. Along the way were a series of Hijacked singles, with D-Sisive rapping his own words over the music of such songs as Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks” and Sigur Ros’ “Festival,” an homage to just some of his comprehensive influences and tastes.
November 2011 brings D-Sisive’s latest, Run With the Creeps. It’s a deeper dive back into himself, and with his wide-open online look at the creative process along the way, his most honest yet. The hunger, pain, humour, and scrutiny have been on display every day; he’s forever brazen in ambition and as credulous as a kid. He’s writing the whole thing down, sparing no detail and certainly no time.
D-Sisive is a disciple of hip-hop and a Bowie devotee. His eleven-year-old imagination was captured by Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff’s “Nightmare On My Street,” and later,
by a legendary punk spectacle as heard on Creep single “GG Allin.” There’s something new everyday, and so he’s running, trying to keep up with himself, trying to connect with his fellow creeps. There was a time he didn’t have these words; didn’t know how to say them. So now he’s making sure he doesn’t miss even one.
Visit http://www.urbnet.com/artist-DC.asp for more information.
Twitter: @MikeBoyd31 | @DerekChristoff