With the release of debut album Time To Win, Vol. 1, Toronto rap/rock troupe Down With Webster successfully made the leap from their middle-school talent show beginnings to becoming a full-fledged act. It’s with their new album, Time To Win, Vol. 2 that the six-man outfit make their biggest step yet — to a major label.
Time To Win, Vol. 2 demonstrates the band’s readiness to present their big, party-centric sound to a whole new set of ears. To celebrate, Down With Webster have created an exclusive playlist for Rdio, and also let us interview them about their influences.
“As a band we take a lot of pride in how much energy our shows have. For as long as we've been performing, we have a ritual before concerts where we all get together backstage a few minutes before the show, and listen to music that gets us amped up and ready to go. It's pretty silly, we call it ‘getting evil,’ and it mostly involves all of us dancing and making stink faces, but it gives us a chance to get everyone together, in the right head space, pumped up for a show. Here are some of our favorites...”
“Down With Webster's ‘Getting Evil’ Pre-Show Playlist”:
Five Questions with Down With Webster
- Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
Tyler Armes & Cam Hunter: In the hip hop world, Big L is probably the most underrated rapper of all time. He's incredible, so nasty. He was killed around the same time that Biggy and Tupac were, but never received the same kind of acclaim. Listen to the album The Big Picture. It's great front to back.
- If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
TA & CH: You'll never get us to agree... so it's better not to even try.
- Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
TA & CH: We all grew up on Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson, Weather Report, Prince, Tom Petty, Steely Dan, the music that our parents were into. The first bands that we felt like we "discovered" ourselves and loved were things like Sublime, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Lauryn Hill, Wu-Tang Clan, A Tribe Called Quest and the Chili Peppers.
- We hope people are __ when they listen to our music.
TA & CH: Amped up/Inspired/Happy. Any of those would be fine when they listen to our music.
- We were thinking about _when we wrote music for the new album.
TA & CH: The music that we write is always a reflection of what's going on in our own lives at the time. We always work in a very collaborative way, so on any given song, you might have parts from a few different members perspectives, or ideas that came from different places. The thing that each of the songs on the record shares, is that they made us excited about where we are at right now as a band.