Five Questions With EDGE

Kelowna, BC-based Afro-fusion, house, and hip-hop artist Edge has released his new single, “Vice City Vibes (S.S.C.R.C.Y.)”.

Produced by Flowers in Narnia and Ramoon, “Vice City Vibes” lands as a two-part modern-day 80s disco dream mixed with hip hop vocals and Afro-fusion. As a follow-up to his previous release, “11:11” — which sits at over 70,000+ streams and counting — Edge reaffirms his multi-faceted versatility and inventive genre-blending skills through distinctly rhythmic vocals.

With sonic traces of his Nigerian roots throughout, Edge says

“Vice City” is a nod to his melodic direction; a doting ode to the Abuja-born, Kelowna-based artist’s childhood influence, Grand Theft Auto Vice City, he adds that the song marks a crucial part of his creative journey. “It’s taken me awhile to find my sound, but this song is it,” he shares. “I feel the most comfortable and confident I’ve ever been in creating music.”

Check out the lyric video for “Vice City Vibes (S.S.C.R.C.Y.)” below and find out more about Edge via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi, I’m Edge and I’m an artist based out of Western Canada. Kelowna to be exact. I moved down from Nigeria five years ago. I would say I’m an easy-going person with a chilled personality. I’m mostly lowkey, and always looking for ways to execute my next vision/ideas.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

My music is best described as a blend of eclectic alt-trap, & r&b with distinct influences from world sounds. I make music that makes people feel, whether it be happy, sad, nostalgic, and or psychedelic. They’re all spectrum of emotions that my music invokes in people. I make vibes, majorly influenced by the music I enjoy, and experiences in my life. I’ve made most of my songs (yet to be released) at night/early mornings (around 2 am-7 am). I feel that’s when I’m most creative and all the juices are flowing then. And when writing, I write my lyrics by every 4 bars, then record those 4 bars, mix it on the spot so I have a reference for the sound I want to go for, then continue with this process till the song’s done. I find it much easier and things come to me more this way. And I’m just honestly able to sit down and just concentrate and finish up the project. I love just being able to sit down in one go without distraction.

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

Now no, just because of what’s going on right now with COVID, we are all trying to be safe, but as soon as it’s remotely okay, I’ll be back to playing shows. That’s the more reason I’ve set out to release more music for my fanbase. Well if you’re coming to an Edge show, just be ready to sweat, because I’ll have you dancing from start to finish. My shows are like a celebration of life, it’s a huge party with people chanting, jumping around, dancing, and just having fun… It’s really a big explosion of energy.

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

This is a tough decision; my songs are like my children and I love them equally! More so my songs are very different from each other in genres, but you know what if I were to introduce someone new to my sound, I must play them an unreleased song named ****. I can’t tell you guys the name just yet lol. But yes, that would be the song just because I feel my sound is headed a bit to that direction which is Afro-fusion, I just want to take people on a little journey to where I’m from whilst having the most fun with it. It’s such a groovy song. But for one that’s already released, I’d have to say Vice city vibes, that song is such a vibe and gives just a little glimpse as to what’s to come.

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

Post Modern-Connection
Teon Gibbs
Tory Lanez
Jazz Cartier
Night Lovell
Speak easy
Drake (of course)
Nate le
Kid Filthy

The list doesn’t stop here, there’s a ton of super talented artists out here in Canada just waiting to be discovered.

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