Five Questions With Lailien

Toronto, ON-based artist, Lailien has unveiled his new single, “Money”. The single is from his new record, TA-DA! 

Check out the single below, and find out more about Lailien via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Lailien and I am the anti-matter twin and alter-ego of poet and creator Brad Shubat. A hyper-dimensional sorcerer, bodysuit of Brahman, gender-fluid ghost through darkness and magician of music, I am trained classically in piano since the age of 5 and throughout life discovered a love of experimental electronic, pop, and rock sounds that fuel my creative imagination.  I compose, write the lyrics for, and direct videos for all my music while co-producing with Grammy winner Mark Zubek.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I make what I call ‘Eschatological A-tune-ments’: Music not for some looming cessation of time, but to reveal time’s openings in an already omnipresent and accessible end in itself full of immense grace. For me, these finalities, which crucially are also always beginnings, are where one’s immediate nexus of space and time is given superconductive pre-eminence. Musically I do this through peculiar and particular sonic modes of attention engaged with the immediacy of incarnate experience’s full-fledged charge of wonder. With a strong foundation in poetry and philosophy, I write in a lyrical register that reveals the common foundational absence that unites each self with its greater spirit. Through this space of negation, powerful emotive currents gesture towards and awaken a multidimensional orientation of body, psyche, and soul. The culturally sanctioned trance is currently inadequate so I open our historical moment of crisis into a connection with eternity. For me,  music exists to actualize and activate the soul in place of and as the material world perpetually achieving nirvana in the process. My artistry realizes that life is immensely difficult and tragic but nevertheless triumphs to catalyze, transform, and heal in utterly revelatory, enlightening ways that re-integrate one with an understanding of the divine.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

Unfortunately, everything is currently on hold with the pandemic. When I am able to perform live, my show is a complete instantiation of my poetics and philosophy. I embody and channel the music in a full-fledged theatrical manner while pouring out heart and soul to galvanize the audience listeners.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?


Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

Other Families, Animal Party, Dusts of Binary, Waxlimbs, Kellti, Vyvien, Lil Ghostwriter, The Tragically Hip, Grimes, Owen Pallett, Arcade Fire, Tegan and Sara, Kaytranada, Neil Young, The New Pornographers, Broken Social Scene, A Tribe Called Red, Wolf Parade, Cowboy Junkies, Stars, Doldrums, Apostle of Hustle, Caribou, Our Lady Peace, Rush, Leonard Cohen

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