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D-Sisive and Hoods mix local and global at CMW

Submitted by on March 23, 2012 – 11:03 pmNo Comment

Canadian Music Week is known for showcasing the talent of national new jacks and veteran acts – talents from across Canada’s three coasts. The festival, as highlighted on the second night of the 2012 instalment, never fails to get love back, not only from local players, but from artists who travel the globe to gig CMW.

Australian hip-hop barons Hilltop Hoods absolutely destroyed the Opera House stage last night.  Headlining with a live drummer busting beats and DJ Debris no doubt on the turntables, the trio left nothing less than a stellar impression and gave fans a first-person perspective of their passion for their latest album by playing much of it on the night.

The combination of MC Pressure’s charisma and MC Suffa’s insanely fast lyricism astounded the triple-digit crowd, even taking time to silence the track and break it down acappella. Even in silence they stood to prove they’re the kings of the hill – even opting to redo a song three times faster in a display of musical dexterity.  “We always love coming back to Toronto,” said Pressure, “It’s always showed us nothing but love. That crowd was live as fuck for a Thursday night!”

Before Hilltop took to the stage to a roaring crowd, Toronto’s own D-Sisive, aka Derek Christoff, elevated the crowd to sonic euphoria as the opening act on the night. .“CMW showcases thousands of artists, and not to be a Derek-downer, but only about 100 of them really get seen. Fortunately I’m one of the lucky ones that gets a filled venue,” said D-Sisive.

“It was amazing to play for them tonight,” he said of opening for the Hoods. “I was just focused on not screwing this up, or missing lyrics. I put out so much music and [I’m] always writing, so I tend to fuck up at shows. I wanted to look good in front of Hilltop. They’re an amazing group, I just wanted to impress the boys. I’ve listened to them for a long time.

“Even though this is home [playing shows] is never a comfort zone for me, to be honest,” he explained, sweating a day’s worth of water out outside after his set. “I’ve been doing shows pretty much non-stop four years now, but playing home is always more nerve-wracking.”

The five-day celebration of Canadian artists from all planes and genres peruses all venues big and small across Canada’s largest city from March 21-25. Follow @MartyrMagazine and @DevinJSize hashtags #MartyrCMW and #CMW for live ground coverage, updates and photos.

Story by Devin Size; photos by Tee Onek

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