The concept holds true across all areas of the musical world, but for underground and forward-thinking electronic music especially, it seems like a natural step to take matters into your own hands and create an autonomous platform for yourself. The Internet has always made this a more tangible possibility for musicians, and there is an element to the role of many a DJ and electronic artist in their constant search for sonic progression that seems intrinsic to the ever-changing face of this medium. Vancouver’s Chapel Sound collective are a prime example of how a cyber-connected world – what some might consider to be an alienating societal development – can be used instead to foster a musical community.
Broadcasting a weekly live video stream every Wednesday from their chapelsound.com website, the group describe themselves as “a collective of artists who’ve come from a variety of backgrounds and joined together in Vancouver to push creative expression forward without boundaries or prejudice.” The website and weekly show is a simple but effective setup – a webcam view of a living room shows a variety of people trading positions behind turntables for the duration of an evening, with the music travelling the breadth of the realm of IDM and cerebral beat music and its influences. Whilst to some the webcam element might seem a superfluous addition to what is primarily a musical venture, the explosive worldwide popularity of the Boiler Room platform suggests that the video element helps a geographically scattered audience to connect. “The live stream element was very much inspired by Boiler Room and their success,” says an anonymous Chapel Sound representative. “Since our style of music isn’t quite mainstream, internet broadcasting is the ideal medium to gather people with similar music tastes from all around the world, as well as a substitute for having a physical space or ‘venue’. Chapel Sound is focusing on providing a playground for the artist.”
The group has a substantial roster of artists including DJ Silence, Dream Dior, Headspace, Nick Wisdom, Kline, A-Ro and 8prn, several of whom have released music on Vancouver’s Jellyfish Recordings label. Yet, in keeping with their rejection of ‘boundaries or prejudice’, guests outside of this core collective are a regular occurrence in the broadcasts, and it seems their playground is only going to get bigger.
Chapel Sound broadcasts every Wednesday at 8 p.m. from chapelsound.com. A-Ro will be opening for Large Professor and Cormega at Venue on April 7th, and the group hosts a monthly Secret City show at Fortune Sound Club.
By Andy SolomanBC, British Columbia