What Alex Stavropoulos-Laurie ultimately set out to attain when he embarked upon his latest project was to seize the freedom to write and produce music on terms dictated by no one but himself. He’s calling this solo act of defiance RUBĒHILL (pronounced Ru-bee-hill) a name taken from the main character of Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Stroke of Good Fortune”. While Alex’s lyrical style has been described as “anxious thoughts from a floating head” the music is generally pretty eclectic. With a list of influences including (but not limited to) David Bowie Joni Mitchell Talking Heads Gorillaz Frank Ocean James Blake James Brown and Flying Lotus the sound of Rubēhill is not confined to a single genre. He speaks in earnest of the faith he has in the intelligence of music audiences and rejects the notion that people will only be interested if the music follows a certain format. Rubēhill’s first single “Waste Case” was released in early 2017 and features Arkells drummer Tim Oxford. The second single, Apartment, is a short yet progressive electronic / alternative / pseudo-jazz crooner about the debilitating effects of letting your anxiety take the reigns in a confined space. Alex sees great value in the collaborative approach a lot of his favorite artists have adhered to, and it’s a philosophy that he continues to implement in his inner circle of Toronto-based friends: a group of tightly-knit musicians seeking to nourish a sense of community in an industry that mostly nourishes the individual.
May 8, 2018 10:00 pm NU MUSIC NIGHT