Get to know a few Calgary artists playing Sled Island 2018

Interviews by Laurel McLean
Photo by Will Geier

Local Drop Magazine had the opportunity to chat with some of the many amazing Calgary bands playing Sled Island this year including Lyrique, OAKK, Bebe Buckskin, Mademoiselle, Heavydive, Selci, Slut Prophet, and Miesha & The Spanks. Here’s what they had to say:

LYRIQUE

Who are you?
My name is LYRIQUE (pronounced Ly•ric). I am a hip hop artist originally from the Philippines currently based in Calgary, AB.
 
Describe yourself in one sentence…
I am an extroverted Gemini who loves making music.
 
What is your favourite venue to play at in Calgary and why?
I love playing the Hifi club. The energy and set up of the room just feels right. The crowd often always has an awesome vibe and the people at Hifi are always appealingly stylish.
 
If you’ve played at or attended Sled Island in the past, what memory sticks out the most to you from a previous year?
Last year was special to me. I got to see one of my heroes, DJ QUIK, and I randomly saw him and had a chat with him at Stephen Avenue before his show at The Palace Theatre
 
What bands or artists are you most excited to see at Sled Island this year?
I am very excited to see THUNDERCAT, KARI FAUX, and my HonorRoll Music Collective brother K-RIZ. And I am also excited to see Calgary/Winnipeg artist SELCI.
 
What will you be doing June 20-24 when you’re not sledding?
To be able to perform in Sled Island has been a dream of mine since moving to this city. If I were not sledding, I most likely will be working on new music to make sure I get lined up the next Sled Island.
 
What are five songs on your playlist right now?
⁃West Savannah by Isaiah Rashad
⁃D’evils by SiR
⁃The Juice by HERO
⁃ATM by J.Cole
⁃All Night by Jerreau
 
What’s your favourite song to sing at karaoke?
I don’t do karaoke much, but if I were to do karaoke I would probably be doing a Snoop Dogg song if not some Justin Timberlake.
 
If you had to change your band name to something new, what would it be?
Oh man, haha, thinking of a band name alone is hard. But since I love ya’ll, I will answer this. If I were to change my band name, it would be: “LYRIQUE and The Project”.
 

Catch LYRIQUE Friday, June 22 at 9:00 PM at Broken City.

OAKK

Who are you?
My name is Cole Edwards and I also perform my music as OAKK. 

Describe yourself in one sentence…
I like to make people dance. 

What is your favourite venue to play at in Calgary and why?
My favourite venue to play in Calgary is The Hifi Club. They’ve given me some of my biggest opportunities musically and helped me a lot in the beginning stages of my career, and it always feels like home when I play there. 

If you’ve played at or attended Sled Island in the past, what memory sticks out the most to you from a previous year?
The first year I played Sled Island was at the Block Party. And it was my first gig on a stage and sound system of that size. That one sticks out to me as a big moment for me. 

What bands or artists are you most excited to see at Sled Island this year?
Thundercat, Kari Faux, SYNKRO, Mount Kimbie, Lido Piementa, josh pan & Shabazz Palaces.

What will you be doing June 20-24 when you’re not sledding?
Eating and biking.

If you got to create your own hot dog at Tubby Dog, what toppings would you choose?
I have this one idea for a hot dog that is a beer sausage, kewpie mayo (japanese mayo) warm kimchi relish and topped with chicken chicharron (fried chicken skin). But.. the A-Bomb is a classic and I usually won’t consume anything else except that when I’m at Tubby Dog. 

How many times do you have to listen to a song you love before it becomes a song you hate?
I never over listen to a song because I know I’ll start to hate it. But if someone else over plays something it only takes a few days for me to be over it. 

What’s your favourite go-to food to buy/make after a night of sledding?
Buy: either pizza or A&W because those are the only places open late…
Make: Grilled cheese

Catch OAKK Thursday, June 21 at 11:45 PM at HiFi Club.

Bebe Buckskin

Who are you?
My civilian name is Danielle Ghostkeeper, but my stage name is Bebe Buckskin.

Describe your band in one sentence…
Rootsy nostalgia rock.

What is your favourite venue to play at in Calgary and why?
Dickens Pub is a rad time. The sound is always great and the service is always friendly. 

If you’ve played at or attended Sled Island in the past, what memory sticks out the most to you from a previous year?
It’s our first time playing Sled, so we’re all pretty excited! It’s hard to choose a singular memory about the festival… it’s an amalgamation of feelings of elation and colors. So yeah, good times!!

What bands or artists are you most excited to see at Sled Island this year?
Lido Pimienta, The Flaming Lips, Mob Bounce and Matthew Cardinal (The latter 2 acts are friends of mine!).

What will you be doing June 20-24 when you’re not sledding?
Recouping in the bat cave. I’m also playing another festival that weekend – Indigenous Sounds on the 23rd at Stampede Park!!

If you could feature anyone on a song with no limitations, who would it be?
Neil Young.

If you had to change your band name to something new, what would it be?
My guys have joked about naming the band Bebe Buckskin and the Foreskins. Haha!! But if it were up to me, I’d probably just go by my civilian name. 

What’s your favourite go-to food to buy/make after a night of sledding?
I’m obsessed with pepperoni. 7/11 pepperonis in particular. I created a special pepperoni song to sing while I eat it… it’s to the tune of Barbara Ann by the Beach Boys… “Pa pa pa pa – peper-on!” Maybe we’ll play it at Sled. 

Catch Bebe Buckskin Thursday, June 21 at 11:00PM at Commonwealth (Downstairs).

Mademoiselle

Who are you?
A femme fuzz punk duo with a hatred for the patriarchy and love for friends.
 
Describe your band in one sentence…
Two best friends who found an acceptable way to be mad at people.
 
What is your favourite venue to play at in Calgary and why?
Broken City for sure because it always feels like a safe and creative environment. There’s always pals there and it’s allowed us to have a fun space to experiment and expose us to other great bands. The Nite Owl Library is another favourite because we’ve played some great shows there and the energy is always good.
 
If you’ve played at or attended Sled Island in the past, what memory sticks out the most to you from a previous year?
Our drummer is experiencing their first Sled ever this year and our bassist has been going to sled for the past five years. She says the shows hosted outside at Olympic Plaza were incredible and she saw some incredible acts there, her favourite being Ex Hex. She’s also seen some raw and exhilarating punk shows in a cramped Tubby Dog that were pretty memorable.
 
What bands or artists are you most excited to see at Sled Island this year?
We’re excited to see our buds in Miesha and the Spanks, The Shiverettes, and Vanta. But also Cherry Glazerr and Bat Fangs for sure.
 
What will you be doing June 20-24 when you’re not sledding?
Our drummer has the luxury of just getting drunk during Sled when she’s not at shows. Our bassist however will be working when she’s not at shows.
 
What’s the strangest thing that’s ever happened to you while performing or practicing?
When we were first starting, we didn’t have enough material for a full set so we’d end early but almost always be encored. One show we asked people what their least favourite movie was and we improvised a killer song about the movie Independence Day – even though neither of us had seen the movie.
 
If you could feature anyone on a song with no limitations, who would it be?
We thought about this one for a long time and the clear answer would be to feature Nicki Minaj for a rap solo. Even though we play punk, we love pop music.
 
If there were absolutely no restrictions, which artist/band—living or dead—would you like to see play at Sled next year?
Our bassist says she’s always wanted to experience a Rage Against the Machine show, our drummer says definitely George Michael. But we both agree seeing Bowie would be life changing.
 
Catch Mademoiselle Saturday, June 23 at 1:00 PM at McHugh House.

Heavydive


Who are you?
We are Heavydive, a shoegaze band from Calgary Alberta. Members: Santiago Ortiz  (drums), Juan Ortiz (guitars), Randy Squires (bass and vocals).


Describe your band in one sentence..
Big sound, high energy, small band.

What is your favourite venue to play at in Calgary and why?
Nite Owl Library, because it has great sound and is always filled with great people.

If you’ve played at or attended Sled Island in the past, what memory sticks out the most to you from a previous year? 
That time Andrew W.K. got his headlining show shut down early after only three songs due people hanging off of speakers, broken glass everywhere, and half the crowd being on the stage.

What bands or artists are you most excited to see at Sled Island this year?
Juan Ortiz – Mary Timony playing Helium.
Santiago Ortiz  – The Body.
Randy Squires – Wand 

What will you be doing June 20-24 when you’re not sledding?
Working on our new EP.

If you could feature anyone on a song with no limitations, who would it be? 
Johnny Marr

If you had to use your band name to something new, what would it be?
Metallica

What’s your favourite go-to food to buy/make after a night of sledding?
A Tubby Dog A-bomb and a beer.

Catch Heavydive Wednesday, June 20 at 7:00 PM at McHugh House.

Selci



Who are you?

I am Selci. My full name is Samantha Marie Selci.

Describe yourself in one sentence?
Alien princess searching for peace.

What is your favourite venue to play at in Calgary and why?
I am still pretty new to Calgary so I have yet to play at all of the venues. Koi is welcoming and always has a loving crowed out; they also treat their artists really well. I frequent Hifi and love going to shows there. I’ll play there for my first time during Sled and am v stoked for that.

If you’ve played or attended sled island in the past , what memory sticks out the most from previous years?
I was in town visiting family a few years back and I stumbled upon a bunch of shows without knowing Sled was even going on. I was like, “WOW, the music scene here is increds.” Then I found out I was in Calgary during the most opportune time (Sled Island). I saw Jesse Lanza at Hifi and it was real nice.

What bands are you most excited to see at Sled This Year?
Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat, Mount Kimbie, Dirty Projectors, Ada Lea, Best Fern, Lido Pimienta.

What will you be doing June 20-24 when your not sleddding?
Serving tables and making drinks at Koi.

Whats the strangest thing thats happened to you while performing or practicing?
I was playing a show with a very low turnout and had a couple macking hard for a majority of the set. I was happy for them.

If you could feature anyone on a song with no limitations who would it be?
Pharrel Williams, but we would co-produce songs together and feature each other. 🙂

If there were no restrictions, which artist—living or dead—would you like to see play at Sled next year?
Living: Bjork
Dead: Amy Winehouse

Catch Selci Wednesday, June 20 at 11:00 PM at HiFi Club or Saturday, June 23 at 4:45 PM at Sled Island Block Party.

Slut Prophet



Who are you?
Mary: That’s a really fucking difficult question.
Audrey: I’m Audrey. I do vocals and guitar in the band Slut Prophet.
Andy: Andy from Slut Prophet.

Describe your band in one sentence…
Mary: Weeds that look like flowers.
Audrey: A personifaction of the things I’ve always wanted to say to men but have been to afraid to.
Andy: Bad.

What is your favourite venue to play at in Calgary and why?
Mary: Emmedia because the whole place is painted black.
Audrey: Salsa restaurant is a quaint new venue but the food is incredible and the staff was so sweet and hospitable.
Andy: Palomino! I think I consistently have the most fun there.

If you’ve played at or attended Sled Island in the past, what memory sticks out the most to you from a previous year?
Mary: I’ve never attended Sled Island.
Audrey: I overdosed on caffiene pills and had to miss the act I was most excited for so I could go to the doctor.
Andy: Seeing HEALTH at Dickens two years ago! It was amazing.

What bands or artists are you most excited to see at Sled Island this year?
Mary: The Body, Guerilla Toss and Turner Fries.
Audrey: Deerhoof, Lié and Prissy Whip.
Andy: All of my friends’ bands.

What will you be doing June 20-24 when you’re not sledding?
Mary: Sleeping and watering plants.
Audrey: Working at CJSW!!
Andy: Working.

If you got to create your own hot dog at Tubby Dog, what toppings would you choose?
Mary: The last endangered white rhino on earth’s meat (would sell for $800).
Audrey: The PB&J Captain Crunch veggie dog is already my dream dog, but adding cheese whiz on top would be heavenly.
Andy: Just like, a lot of fried onions.

How many times do you have to listen to a song you love before it becomes a song you hate?
Mary: An infinite amount of times.
Audrey: I can never fall out of love with a song. I’ll hear songs that I was obsessed with when I was 14 for the first time in forever and still get stoked about them.
Andy: I’m not even sure. I don’t think that’s happened to me yet, thankfully.

What’s your favourite go-to food to buy/make after a night of sledding?
Mary: Avocados on toast.
Audrey: Salt and Vinegar chips and a blue gatorade.
Andy: 2 a.m. cinammon raisin bagels are my go-to.

Catch Slut Prophet Friday, June 22 at 7:00 PM Palomino (Main Floor).

Miesha & The Spanks



Who are you?
Miesha from Miesha & The Spanks!

Describe your band in one sentence…
We do the rock.

What is your favourite venue to play at in Calgary and why?
We spend a lot of time on the road and I’m always grateful for the amount of awesome spaces there are to play in Calgary, which isn’t true in very many cities across Canada, unfortunately. Every scene has its struggles and keeping venues open, thankfully, isn’t one of Calgary’s! Picking a fav is hard because I have the best memories at so many! The Ship & Anchor has always been super sweet to us, since both Sean and I turned 18 and became regular performers and patrons. I can watch a Stompin’ Tom tribute in an afternoon and then Bison later that night. Amazing.

If you’ve played at or attended Sled Island in the past, what memory sticks out the most to you from a previous year?
I don’t think I’ve ever missed a Sled Island, and we’ve played quite a few since I started the Spanks 10 years ago. Lately I’ve been talking a lot in interviews about how I met Danny Farrant from The Buzzcocks at Sled, and how it led to him producing our new album Girls Girls Girls, BUT the following year, 2012, we got to open for Hot Snakes. I’m a huge fan, so that was unreal for me. And they were the sweetest dudes – hugs, chats, helped load-out? So nuts.

What bands or artists are you most excited to see at Sled Island this year?
We listened to a lot of Cherry Glazerr this last tour, so I’m definitely going to be there for that. Otherwise some stand outs for me are: Dead Soft, BBQT, Expanda Fuzz, Eamon McGrath Devastation Trio, and Mad Ones. But the best part of Sled is finding the stuff you’ve never heard.

What will you be doing June 20-24 when you’re not sledding?
Keeping cool at banger beach, or napping.

What are five songs on your playlist right now?
Courtney Barnett “City Looks Pretty,” Cherry Glazerr “Told You I’d Be With The Guys,” Sheer Mag “What You Want,” Dirty Nil “Fucking Up Young,” Partner “Everybody Knows.”

What’s your favourite song to sing at karaoke?
“Take These Chains From My Heart” Hank Williams, or “Keep On Lovin’ You” REO Speedwagon are my go-to’s.

If you had to change your band name to something new, what would it be?
Meisha & The Spanx. Might be less spelling errors?

Catch Miesha & The Spanks Sunday, June 24 at 6:00 PM Palomino (Main Floor).