Interview – DiRTY RADiO

By: Jordyn Meade-Baxter

Vancouver’s dance music trio, Dirty Radio has recently got back from being on the road with Down With Webster on their P4YL East Coast tour. But who are these crazy partiers? The band is made up of Farshad “Shaddy” Edalat, Anthony “Tonez” Dolhai and Zachary “Waspy” Forbes. They released their newest song, “Illegal”, on September 16, which was a collaboration with Darius. To find out more about Dirty Radio, check out this interview!

This tour had been your first time on the east coast. What kind of impression did you have?

It was a total blast. We can’t wait to head back again to the Eastern side of Canada. The people were so friendly and accommodating! Also Halifax has the best fish and chips!

What is your favourite part about touring?

Being able to perform for a different audience every night and see how the crowd reacts to all the music we play. Plus our show is a total workout so it keeps us in shape.

Do you have any funny tour stories?

Too many to count! Summertime festivals are always crazy and we usually make lots of new friends.

Your newest single “Illegal” hit almost 10,000 plays in 5 days on Sound Cloud. For those who aren’t familiar with your music, is this a good representation of your usual sound?

That track was part of our 2014 vocal remix series we released through sound cloud! All the beats chosen inspired us in different ways. One of the things that keeps DR exciting for us is diversity and that Darius song in particular was a blast to write music and lyrics too. It’s also a great summer track! You can download all of our 2014 vocal remixes FREE in a download pack now at

Who usually writes your songs and who writes the music, or is it a group effort?

Definitely a group effort, however we don’t usually stick to one formula. Waspy is always making beats and messing around with production, so an original DR track could start with him, however if Shaddy has a beat idea in his head, he’ll lay it down. Vocally, Shaddy handles most of the melodies with Waspy and Tonez contributing ideas lyrically. Tonez will usually mix the final tracks and get it ready to release. Things can always change, and that keeps it interesting.

Is there a story behind the band name?

We always wanted to put progressive pop music out that wasn’t so cookie cutter clean sounding. Where songwriting was really important but the sounds themselves were pushing the boundaries of what everyone else was doing. We thought Dirty Radio fit 🙂

How did you form together as a trio?

Zack (waspy) moved to Vancouver from Edmonton and met Shaddy a week after he arrived. They started writing/making beats together but lacked a lot of technical knowledge that Anthony (Tonez) was able to contribute. They all became good friends and have been working together ever since :O

What’s next for Dirty Radio?

Tons of new music! This year will be the most important for us. Not only will we be releasing tons of new originals, but we’ll continue our vocal remix series highlighting our favourite new producers and influences. Also, we are planning on touring and being on the road as much as possible.

The next few questions will be for the fans to get to know you better:

How do you think is the best way to party?

Haha. always with your best friends!

Since Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, who are some of your favourite Canadian artists?

There are so many amazing Canadian artists that are doing great things. We love everyone from Chromeo and Stars to Ryan Hemsworth and Kaytranada. Pomo is also and amazing producer. Canada is truly a hot bed of talent right now and we wanna Vancouver on the map.

If you weren’t in music, what would you be doing instead?

Figuring out how to do music.

Is there anything you would like to say to your Radioers?

Thank you so much for all your support! We hope this year will be our best yet, with your help. Please come see us at a show soon so we can all jump around together and stay tuned for all our new tracks!

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