Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Jersey Girl In Canada's Interview With Matt Hamilton of Polarity!

Hey readers!
Jasmine with Matt: Photo by James Nicoll Photography

I know it's been a good minute, but I am back!  Back in September, I got the chance to sit down with progressive-rock band, Polarity's newest member, Mississauga-based musician/director Matt Hamilton, formerly of melodic-punk band, IVS!  Finally got the time to sit down and type it out for your reading pleasure.  Enjoy!

JGIC: This is Jersey Girl in Canada on Jamsterdam Radio on the patio of East Side Mario's with Mr. Matt Hamilton of Polarity!  How are you doing?

MH: I'm good- how are you?

JGIC: Good, good!  Yeah- he's actually formerly from (the melodic-punk band), IVS.  He's the newest member and bass player for Polarity, both who you've heard on Jamsterdam. So Matt, tell me: there's a huge difference between the sound of IVS and the sound of Polarity- what made you do the transition?

MH: Well, I was always a fan of both styles of music, I'm a bigger fan of progressive, more experimental music.  As much as I love IVS and they have a fantastic sound and I have nothing bad to say about the music, Polarity is just more of a natural fit for me because, I guess, by my nature, I'm kind of a more experimental guy when it comes to the art that I do.  So, there's a lot of room in Polarity for me to have fun and Polarity has so many different dimensions and I feel like it captures more breath into what I want to do in music.. if that makes any sense..
Photo by JakeLichty.com

JGIC: Oh, absolutely!

MH: ..Yeah, and so it's like, I love the music- I've always been a fan of Polarity and to be in the band now, they're easily my best friends. I've known them for a while- did video work for them. I always kind of secretly said as I was watching their shows "I think they should go in that direction (creatively)!" So, lo and behold, when they show me their new stuff, while doing video work for them covering the process of their new album (Action Potential due out next year), they show me their new songs and I'm like "Holy shit! That's kind of where I thought you guys were going!"  It was cool- it just really goes to show that we're in the same band, and we're really on the same wavelengths.  Yeah- it was a very seamless transition. Does that answer your question?

JGIC: Oh, absolutely! (sound of airplanes flying overhead) I hope you all could hear that (part of the interview), because we're in some kind of flight path right now- you hear some airplanes passing overhead!

MH: Yeah- people coming from fun places, I'm sure, vacationing unlike me- broke musician, stuck in Toronto (laughs) - well at least I'm hanging out here with you- I'm enjoying myself!

JGIC: Yeah, cheers!

MH: Fucking right! Cheers to Coors Lights for 5 bucks! Yeah!
Mike, Jasmine and Matt: Photo by James Nicoll Photography

JGIC: Woo!  Go, East Side Marios!  Anyway, so how do you feel like the energy has changed on stage in comparison to IVS because that was like a really high-energy kind of band- but Polarity is high energy as well, it's a different kind of energy.  Like, how do you compare the two- like, how do you feel on stage with Polarity?

MH: With IVS it's pretty technical fast music and oddly enough, the irony of that is that playing that fast, technical stuff- there's room to move around here and there, but when you have a shred-solo, you're pretty much stuck in one place.. unless you're (one of Matt's fave bands) Dillinger Escape Plan - they're not perfect, right they fuck up still, thrashing around playing.. but you watch them live when they have to play certain parts they stop. IVS was to a certain degree, I mean there were two members of the band who had to play instruments and sing at times.. so there were two guys on the wing that were the guys that worked the crowd, but with Polarity it's like the music is still very technical- there's a lot of technical parts to it. The music's a little groovier at times, it could (also) be a lot heavier at times.  There are not really that many parts where the band has to be really static, especially (front woman) Jasmine- I mean, fuck- all respect to her- she's a great singer and she has great energy.
Jasmine. Photo by James Nicoll Photography

JGIC: and she's gorgeous!!

MH: For sure- and she's got a lot of energy and she's not afraid to throw herself around. In Polarity, the people in the band like to throw themselves around a little bit more, so it kind of encourages that because no one has to really do two things at once and be stuck in their place, you know?  So the energy, yeah because of that I think it looks like there's a lot more going on- it looks a little bit more dynamic.

JGIC: Nice! So wait- rewind- you guys are working on a new album. What are the fans to expect for the new sound? I know you probably can't give too much away, which is understandable but.. what's the difference between the sound that we've been hearing from Polarity and the new sound.. if you can possibly elaborate?

MH:  Oh, I certainly can- I can use key terms here (laughs) and I can go in a little bit of detail because some of the stuff in the P3 documentary (below) I did was released there..

JGIC: (to the readers/listeners) Yeah- so he's also a director- he's not just a guitarist or bass player.  He's really good by the way- you should check out his work online!  

MH: Yeah, I'm ok, I guess. Thank you- I appreciate that.

JGIC: Actually, can you tell people where they can find your video work online?

MH: Ok cool- you can check us out on Youtube.com/PolarityOfficial.  The thing I did was P3- I've done a bunch of really small things since then for Polarity but that's the big thing- the one worth looking at, because that's the one that will give you a better sneak peek than the one I'm about to give you with our new music.  But to answer your question: Fans should expect something that is dirty as fuck. Dirty, dirty, dirty as fuck!  There are some songs that are like anthems that are just going to just destroy people's faces.
Eric and Jay: Photo by James Nicoll Photography

JGIC: (laughs)

MH: Yes.  No word of a lie! The band has so much more dimension to it- long, long passages of beautiful instrumentation, you know? Tonnes of stuff going on- music that crawls all over the place. There are Tool moments on the album, probably some kind of Marilyn Manson moments visible at his most anthemic.. there are softer acoustic moments... aw, man. There's just a lot of stuff to this album so expect something that's HUGE!!  ... I'm gonna end the ramble there.

JGIC: Yeah.. he likes to ramble... (laughs).  So you've got some big shoes to fill, stepping in as the replacement for bass player, Mike (Smith).  How did you feel when they asked you to join the band?

MH: At first I was.. it was surreal because these guys have been my friends for so long, doing video work for them, I guess I had a Hardcore Logo moment where the documentarian becomes part of the act. At first I thought it would be really weird, and then I started thinking about it like "This is what I've always wanted", you know? I've always been a fan of that band, always wanted to play that kind of music so when I hear "Matt Hamilton in Polarity", it's awesome because it just makes sense like I belong there, you know.  I mean Smith was in the band for 7 years so certainly big shoes to fill.  Funny enough, our show we played a few nights ago, he was there watching us!

JGIC:  That's awesome- did you feel any pressure?

Matt and Mike: Photo by James Nicoll Photography
MH:  I didn't know he was there until Jasmine, in the middle of the set said "We're gonna do a shout out to Mike Smith" and I was like (in a Scooby Doo voice) "Huh???"

JGIC: (laughs)

MH: So it was interesting- I don't think he had much time to stay- he runs his own business- he's a busy guy. But yeah- it was a little bit strange knowing that he was watching because it was kinda like.. it's almost like an ex-girlfriend kind of thing- you're seeing her with her latest new boyfriend, so I'm sure for him it must've been weird, and I wanted to get a chance to speak to him, like "Hey bud", you know, touch base on that note.  But I mean he's a cool guy and he's always been really nice to me in the past.  I know he's really happy for us and he's moved on and he's in a really good place right now so..

JGIC: It's pretty awesome that he decided to go to your show.  That's really like, you know.. almost like passing the torch?

MH: Oh, for sure.  I was actually really happy to see that he was there.  He's still good friends with everyone in the band and so it was nice to see they were all happy to see him there too, and that there was no ill will. We all try to be friends, that's very important, and I feel him coming out that night was sealing that.

JGIC:  You guys recently played a show with the band In My Coma, The Rathburns, and who else was there?

MH: Setback.  They're a young band from Milton- we've been friends with them for a little while.

Polarity: Photo by James Nicoll Photograpy
JGIC: Nice. How was that show?

MH: It was fucking awesome!  It was a great show!  I had a blast and the crowd was just so good to us like... at the end of the show, I was literally bowing to them- you guys are the best!

JGIC: I'm sure they appreciated that!

MH: I'm sure they did.  I probably smelled really bad and..

JGIC: Oh my God.. I just hit a wasp...

MH: Uh-oh..

JGIC: I just hit a wasp, everybody, and it's struggling.. (stomps on it) and I just put it out of its misery- sorry- animal cruelty on the radio here.  Sorry.. go on..
Matt and Jay: Photo by James Nicoll Photography

MH: Wow- Jesus! You got some powers there!

JGIC: I hit it with my pinky!

MH: Shit!  Really?!

JGIC: Yeah- it was flying around my beer and it was ridiculous but anyway.. yeah!  I'm sure they really appreciated your whole like "Ahh- I'm not worthy" you know, response to their love for your band.

MH:  Yeah,well I smelled really bad at that point so I was probably fanning all my stink at them and didn't realize that til later.. actually til now.

JGIC: (Laughs)

MH: But yeah I'm sure they appreciated that- we try to be a humble band and we're not the type of people who think we're like 'kings of the universe' or anything like that.  It's very much about sharing the musical experience, we want people to enjoy it.  We try to be personable with people that come up and see us because we really appreciate people coming out to see us play, and to see you never met before
wearing Polarity shirts.

JGIC: Yeah, I saw some photo online like that somewhere the other day! I was like "Wow- that's awesome!"

Photo by James Nicoll Photography
MH:  Yeah, I only know two of those people so for a young band like us where we're trying to still build our following to see people are catching on is really... it makes my day. It really was awesome to see.

JGIC: Nice! Speaking of shows- do you have any coming up that you want to let people know about?

MH: Yeah, certainly, you can go to polaritymusic.com to confirm this, but we're playing in Kitchener October 17th... or mid-October - some time around there... if you check out the website, you'll be able to figure that all out.

JGIC: Any shout outs?

MH: Oh, fuck yeah!

JGIC: Oh wait.. do you wanna drink your beer?

MH: Uh.. well..

JGIC: Take a sip!

L-R: Mike, Matt, Jay, Eric, Jasmine: Photo by Andrew Marshall Photography
MH: Ah, ok.. (in a Southern-ish accent) "Mmmm five dollas, five dollas.. tastes goooood!"  Obviously I wanna shout out to my band: Jasmine, Eric, Jay, Mike Sitana- you guys are my family.  I like to shout out to our lovely production crew: Joey Virgilo, Rich Stewart, Phil Kluba, and the one and only Chris Creglia, as well as our lovely producer, David Bottrill. Shout out to our friends Jeff Aguiar, Wes Laverty, Taalor Stackhouse, Mike Urszeni.  Shout out to my family: my mum, dad, my lovely sister, Heather.  Shout out to all the fine people at Jamsterdam, Jersey Girl right here who's doing this great interview!  Last but not least, I want to send a shout out to our fans.  We love you guys- we love your energy. We love every time we see you out at our shows wearing Polarity t-shirts- you guys rock!  You're the reason why we do this.  Thank you so much!

JGIC:  Wicked!  Thanks so much for your time, Matt!  Looking forward to hearing and seeing more of Polarity in the years to come!





Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Marriage Proposals: Are They Even About The Love Anymore??

Hey readers!

  I was on Facebook, and ran into this article someone had posted entitled Rejected Marriage Proposals: The Top 5 Reasons People Say "No" To Getting Engaged, and thought: "Wow- is marriage even sacred
Totally say yes to the pizza.
anymore?  Are we in such a superficial society that puts too much emphasis on trivial details, solely for the sake of impressing others with the "cute story" of how we get engaged/married??"

According to this article, the top 5 reasons are listed as follows:

1. Unromantic proposal setting: 67 %
I get it: You have dreamed up this "perfect setting" for the day your man (or woman) gets down on bended knee and asks you to marry them, but unfortunately, unless you've put a lot of emphasis on how you'd want the day to happen, you're more than likely going to be disappointed.  On top of that, what ever happened to good surprises?  If you've mapped it all out for your partner, and they actually go through with your plan, chances are, you are not going to have that genuine, heart-melting reaction accompanied by tears of joy that should go along with someone asking you to enter a new chapter in your lives together.

Poor ring choice: 53 % 
If you actually say "no" to whatever ring your partner has spent time, money, and brain power picking out for you, then you don't actually love that person.  Some of you many be reading this like, "Jersey Girl- you're
just a bitter, lonely bitch who wouldn't understand a goddamn thing about engagement rings because you're probably single... blah blah.."  I've been engaged before.  I've said "Yes" to the ugly, lack-lustre ring that I felt didn't suit my taste.  Am I married now?  Never.  It wasn't the ring that was the problem- he was simply the wrong guy for me... but I still said "Yes" because it felt right at the time for whatever my reasons were (and whatever number of glasses of wine I was on at that time). 

My point is, if you want so badly for your partner to propose, but you would say "no" to the ring he or she thinks would be perfect for you, but you hate it... wouldn't you want to consider maybe keeping the ring they put their heart, soul, and hard-earned cash to buy for your ass, and maybe... I dunno... make some upgrades?  If the ring is real, you can definitely customize it, whilst wearing the same ring your partner got
Custom R2D2 ring: Well thought out, I'd say.
down on bent knee with.

Some may argue that if the partner chooses the wrong ring, their partner doesn't know them well enough, so they deserve the reply "No" to the wrong ring... Then if they don't know you that well, why the rush and putting so much importance on marriage???

You know what?  I say, hit up the corner store gum machine, get a 25 cent ring, and propose with THAT.  If she says "Yes", you know it's love and so you can give her the real ring after.. I mean the second right after she accepts your proposal.  

Bad wording of the proposal: 51 %
How do you word this wrong?  There must be a book or online article somewhere entitled Great Ways To Word Your Marriage Proposal. I kind of agree that the wrong choice of words could ruin the moment, as this moment is about genuine expression of feelings so the right words should come naturally, but in the same way of ruining the moment, so would cue cards.  

Not everyone is good with their words, so anyone out there reading this that would love to get better with wording your proposal, maybe try writing down a list of things you love about your partner, why you want to spend the rest of your life with them, remember all this, recite this mini speech (keep it under a minute or two) right before getting down one knee, then pop the question. Bam. You're welcome.


Lack of trust in the relationship: 39 %
Leave the person- if you don't trust them now (and your relationship is far along enough to even think about marriage), are you actually convinced that you're going to eventually all of a sudden magically trust them the minute they put your perfect ring on your finger?? No- you won't. Seriously.

Scared of the commitment: 36 %                
If you're scared of commitment, why are you in a relationship then?  You probably don't trust this person you're with anyway, because if you did, your fear of commitment would be flushed down the toilet because you are a smitten kitten with someone who you share mutual feelings and life goals with.  Scared of commitment?  Stay single, and don't dick anyone around to believe they have a chance at a future with you if they don't.  Easy peasy.

  If you love someone, a fancy ring, a big fancy wedding, and all that other fluff is trivial and doesn't matter.  Just being with them, appreciating and living in the moment, encouraging and supporting each other, and enjoying each other should be your priorities.  Life is too short to not allow things to work out organically. If you wanna get married to them and change your last name to theirs, getting hitched at City Hall is $550.00 (last time I checked years ago it was anyway).  

  I've heard one too many ridiculous stories on how the thought of marriage has ruined relationships (I'm sorry to hear those stories and best of luck to you all who have shared them with me, as I'm sure your next relationships will be 100 times better), so rather than get frustrated about how you're not married yet, or whatever it is you're after, consider the fact it's just a piece of jewelry followed by a huge, overpriced party.  If you get these, great and congrats.  If not, life goes on so enjoy it either way.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Clown Prank

Jamsterdam Radio wishes all of our listeners a Happy Halloween!!! Let's celebrate with a creepy clown prank video...

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pillow Fight!

Go Outside and Challenge Someone to Throw Down!

Coolio Taking It To The Hub

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Love or dud??

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Jersey Girl In Canada Interviews Kaiyzer, Pudgee and DJ Mr. Phantastik!

Hey readers!

I had the opportunity to interview Kaiyzer, Pudgee, and DJ Mr. Phantastik via email on their latest project! Check it out:


JGIC: Hey guys!  What's this new project about?
K: The project is called “Pens-N-Needles”. Tight raps, emcees and beats. Since Pudgee and I are from the old school we wanted to do songs that are for the DJ’s (get it, turntables [needles]), and at the same time show how deadly one can be with the pens. Hence Pens-N-Needles. Everybody’s going in hard with their own styles and making great music together.

The project has nothing but bangers on it. Phantastik has a second meaning to this:

·`Workin’"- featuring: Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard, Kaiyzer, DJ Mr. Phantastik. Produced by NewYorkOutlaw. It’s a track about how everybody works hard in their own ways. The grind is a beautiful thing and its good to share our grinds with the public. Jersey Girl, you remember previously said that I was going to retire from the mic and just stick to the business side of things. But, “I tried to retire, but they forced me back in the booth”  By the way, remixes are already in the works!!!
(*JGIC: I am so glad you changed your mind, Kaiyz!)

· "No Te Quiero"- featuring: Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard aka Tracey Adam, Kaiyzer, DJ Mr. Phantastik and a gentleman by the named John Michael. Another production by NewYorkOutlaw. As soon as I heard this beat, I sent it to the homies and the rest was history on this one. This track is about the homies having enough with their Ex’s and are moving on to bigger and better things and that we aren’t coming back to them. Each lady didn’t want us while we were on the grind and now that we are doing better without them, they want us back. We are done with the lies and drama!
(*JGIC: Good move, dudes! You stand by your man or woman even when things aren't ideal- good things are worth toughing it out for in the end!)

· "Gala"- featuring: Kaiyzer, DJ Mr. Phantastik and Mr. Klutch. Produced by Kaiyzernomics own Alexander Dedov out of Russia. The beat is Soul-meets-Gospel-meets-Hip Hop. The track is a song toasting the legends, glorifying the struggle of getting to where we are now. Phantastik is showing love to his favorites in his lyrics. Klutch is showing love to the Kaiyzernomics movement and what it meant and did for his career. Kaiyzer: Letting the world know that I am leaving the microphone and doing what I do but in the back ground. “No more working the boards. I’m now on the Board of Directors cutting checks up.”

· "Oh Yeah I Run It"- Produced by NewYorkOutlaw; features will be a surprise

· "The Revival"- Another production by Alexander Dedov. Featuring: Paul Lipsey, Ronster BGR and Kaiyzer. This track is a about a lyrical revival. Everybody went in!

· "L.H.M."- This one here features DJ Mr. Phantastik and Kaiyzer. This track is one that the people will interact with for real.

JGIC: Who is part of the new project? 
Kaiyzer – @TheRealKaiyzer
Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard – @Pudgeethaphat
DJ Mr. Phantastik – @djmrphantastik
Paul Lipsey @Paullipsey
Ronster BGR ( she’s from East London) – @Ronster_BGR
Mr. Klutch – @Official_Klutch
we got a few others as well.

Production by:
NewYorkOutlaw @NewYorkOutlawz
Alexander Dedov @AlexanderDedov
Myke Forte @MykeForte (UK)

JGIC: How long did it take to complete?
K: We are four songs in and three to go, we will be done in the next few weeks. Hopefully we get this project out by years end to the beginning of the new year.
DJ MP: Not long at all. About a month an a half. We all have our own respected studios so it made it easy for us to get work done. 

JGIC: Where can we download it?
K: The first hit single “WORKIN’” is available for $0.99 on www.reverbnation.com/Kaiyzer
It will be available on iTunes soon. 
DJ MP: It will be available on all major downloading networks (iTunes, Google Play..etc)

JGIC:  How can fans reach you via social media?
Twitter: @djmrphantastik 
Instagram: @djmrphantastik
Soundcloud: djmrphantastik

Follow on Twitter: @TheRealKaiyzer
Follow on Instagram: KaiyzerTheGreat
Facebook: Facebook.com/KaiyzerJerry

Instagram@ Traceyadammusic
Facebook:  Tracey Adam
YouTube: Tracey Adam

Twitter: @pudgeethaphat
Instagram: @pudgeethaphatbastard
Facebook: Pudgee Thaphatbastard
YouTube: Pudgee Thaphatbastard

JGIC: Anything else you would like to add?
DJ MP: Thanks for the love in advance. And download everything that is associated with our names so you can catch up to speed with our movement. 

K: First and foremost I give praises to the Most High for allowing me to still be here and making great music with great people.

Shout out to all the followers, fans, bloggers, DJ’s, emcees, femcees who are showing us love.

Much respect to BGR (@Ronster_BGR), once she sent me the new single off of her RednBlack mixtape, I said I gotta reach out to her and make it happen. Two emails later her people and I chopped it up and the rest is history. She loved my verse on Workin’, I greatly appreciate it. She get nothing but love from me! Check he video out and music at www.illflavarecords.biz

Peace to my brother Paul Lipsey (@Paullipsey), we have been grinding together since the 90’s. Even when I left the business for 16 years, we picked up and started where we left off. He’s working on a serious of mixtapes and has numerous releases as well.

Shout out to TDS Records in Australia, DS Stanlee has been supportive since my return to the music. He recently signed a few artists from the previsou Kaiyzernomics mixtapes and just released the US/Canada/Asutralian collaborative album called Global Scale, the project is dope.Some of my favorites on that project are: Easy-okokok by Canadas own Jblizz (@JBlizz905) and Prez-P (1_Prez_P).  OOOPS (Another Way) by Paul Lipsey.  Word Around Town featuring Phantastik, Mr. Klutch and Enotez.
I like all the records on the project, too many to list here.

Shout out to JBlizz and The Illish team (@ILLISHCLOTHING on Instagram). We’re about to do somethings!

Shout out to the producers on this project!

Twitter: @MykeForte
IG: mykeforte

Twitter: @AlexanderDedov
website: vk.com/dedovmusic

JGIC: Thank you for your time, and looking forward to hearing more from you!