Here it is the new video ALIVE from Art of Fresh “When The Night Comes In”
It’s a follow up to “Out This World”
Shoutout to Arcade 44 for covering us at our CMJ showcase in New York City that we did in October…
Click on the image to check out the video…
“We caught Art of Fresh at Arlene’s Grocery, during their CMJ showcase in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Hailing from Canada, this crew from the north was anything but cold! The crowd was dancing, the jams were live, and their energy was completely infectious. Art of Fresh’s latest album, Back to the Earth is in stores now.”
I woke up this morning and felt like I should be getting ready to go to the airport… that’s how I’ve spent the previous three days so I was getting in a routine!
On Wednesday morning the crew was off to New York City for the CMJ Music Festival… We were playing as part of the Canadian Blast event and were the only hip-hop act on the line up… but first, I had to get my Diddy on. I was invited to be part of a luncheon with music executives from the US. It was interesting because it was held at the Canadian Counsel… Shout out to CIMA for organizing it and doing an amazing job on the catering!
From there we only had a couple of hours to rest up before the big show…
The venue was Arlene’s Grocery in the Lower East Side of NYC…
The first act of the night was Rich Aucoin from Scotia… I didn’t know much about Rich before but whoa! This man can put on a live show. First he was giving out 3-D glasses… next thing you know he was getting everyone to hold a parachute while bouncing glow sticks off of it…
We were on next and as always, Nana made sure that the crowd was hype before we went on. We’ve heard in the past that a New York crowd was similar to Toronto in terms of lack of crowd response, but we didn’t have that problem. The crowd was hype and were rocking with us from beginning to end!
After the show we didn’t get a chance to take a break… we were doing a few interviews outside of the club.
We caught a couple hours of sleep and had to head to the airport for the next stop… at least we managed to hook up a nice ride to the airport!
Then it was off to beautiful Miami… after reading tweets and status updates from our Canadian friends of the cold weather it was a little different here and we could tell as soon as we touched down – sunny sky, no clouds and 86 degree temperature. We performed at Barry University which is in North Miami. As soon as we hit the campus, students were showing us love and we saw lots of posters up so we knew it was going to be a hype show. “You guys are going to do Out This World right??” – yep we knew it was about to get hype. The best part about the show was the group of dancers that came. They danced the whole time so it was easy for us to maintain the high energy. After rocking a couple of encore songs we chilled out with the students for awhile before bouncing… after all we had another plane to catch in a few hours.
So there it is – two days – two wild nights – from East Coast to down South to back up to the North… wish we could have spent more time in each city but it also feels good to be home!
Next stop?? stay tuned!
On Friday night we celebrated the release of our album “When The Night Comes In” with a party at Czehoski’s downtown Toronto…
Album release parties are always a great time… you’ve got your fam, your friends, and fans coming out to celebrate… how could it go wrong?
The evening began at the hotel catching up with my peeps from The Come Up show… although we were doing an interview, it was bigger than that because we’ve been working together for the last few years, so it was good that they were able to come early to get in on the celebration. It was the only interview we scheduled before the show. We had to give them the exclusive because like their slogan, Real Recognize Real!
Look for the interview to appear soon at www.thecomeupshow.com
After the interview, it was time to rehearse for the show… Without mics, we had to substitute with a blackberry and a flipcam… did the job though!
Soon it was time to hit the jam… and hit the stage! This is a look at how we put it down..
Everything was going smooth and the crowd was hype but then we ran into a slight problem… At first I thought Nana was dropping the beat in the middle of my verse so I expecting him to bring it back in… but as my verse finished, I realized it was something else – the Serato messed up and Nana had to reboot the computer… We’ve done hundreds of shows, but this was the first time it happened in the middle of a set!
What could have been several minutes of deadtime, turned out to be an opportunity for us to do what we do best – get a freestyle popping! There was a piano on stage and Slakah started playing Enjoy Yourself… I started freestyling and Slakah came in singing the hook… By the time the computer was back up, we were ready to finish off the set with Out This World. We closed the curtains and were ready to chill but then we were called back out to rock an encore!
After the set we got a chance to chill and kick it…
Here’s a look at the rest of the night…
Instead of a merch booth we had our two Art of Fresh girls holding down the merch all night…by the end of the night seemed like everyone had a Hoody or T Shirt!
All in all a great release party and perfect way to get ready for the album to drop!
Unfortunately there were no cameras around after the venue shut down… another freestyle session popped off this one with myself, Rich Kidd, I James Jones, and DL Incognito… ahhh yeaaah!
He’s far from just a DJ… Shout out to DJ Nana for organizing the event and including it in the It’s A Party series… a weekly every Friday at Czehoski’s.