TRIFECTA MUSIC COLLECTIVE ‘18
2018 was a huge year for the Trifecta Collective. Multiple nominees at the SK Music Awards, a trip to SXSW, and the addition of two great new members.
As 2017 rolled into 2018, there were talks of many exciting things coming to Trifecta in the new year and although not everything had gone as planned, I still don’t think anyone was expecting things to unfold as they did. Trifecta had continued on being a driving force in Saskatchewan’s urban music scene throughout 2017 thanks to the continued support from Sask Music and the sheer determination from the collective’s head Marvin Chan. On the horizon, there were talks of Samurai Champs becoming one of the Saskatchewan artists to make an appearance at SXSW’s 2018 showcase as well as a possible tour around Asia. Many of the artists of Trifecta had been consistent with singles and music videos throughout 2017 and many had plans for projects to be released in the new year. This included LOA’s TIDE EP, VBRTR’s EP with local hip-hop duo The WrongKrowd, and if we include the freshmen to Trifecta in this then we would include Alex Bent + the Emptiness’ Vanilla Blue EP.
Now that the year has come close to its end we see what Trifecta had accomplished in 2018 and what might not have gone as planned. Samurai Champs made their way to Austin to perform at various SXSW showcases. They also landed a slot at Seattle’s UPSTREAM festival as well. This was the year that they perfected the inclusion of a backing band in their sets to really amp up their live show presence and put a twist in the type of music that they have been described to play in the past. Although the Asia tour had not been attained in 2018 there is still talk of it coming to fruition in the next year.
Something unexpected reared its head this fall when Sask Music (the provinces organization for promoting artists in the province through grants, write-ups, etc.) announced the first Sask Music Awards ceremony, Sask Music Week, and Very Prairie Music Summit. We were ecstatic when we heard about this information as we believe that there is a lot of unheard talent in this province that deserves to be recognized for their achievements. Not only was this an exciting thing for Trifecta’s collective of artists but it also ended up being a successful moment for the group. They hosted two events during the festival as well as spoke at two separate panels as conference delegates.
Shortly before the festival was underway, Trifecta had announced two new additions to their music collective, those being Alex Bent (seen after intro paragraph) and Denise Valle (directly above). Both artists brought something special and new to the collective through their incredible talent and unique music style. These two artists attended the Sask Music Awards along with Trifecta where the collective had received five nominations for awards; Trifecta was nominated for the Industry Achievement Award, Samurai Champs were nominated for Hip-Hop Artist of the Year, VBRTR landed two nominations, Electronic Artist of the Year as well as Producer of the Year, and LOA also landed the nomination for Electronic Artist of the Year. Needless to say, this was very uplifting to the crew as they realized, along with the rest of the province, that they were hitting the right notes.
CHECK OUT VBRTR’S LATEST TRACK WITH THE TALENTED VOCALIST XANA, “SILENT NIGHT”. NOT YOUR TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS SONG, THIS BUMPS!
Just as December hit and the year was on its way out we received exciting news from Marvin about his recognition from some large organizations. TD Bank & SOCAN selected Marvin as one of their 20 “high potential future music creators” out of 1000 applicants for their inaugural Creative Entrepreneurship Incubator. This made him the only participant from Saskatchewan as well as the only applicant of SE Asian heritage. Here is the national press release that was put out on December 3, 2018.
On top of this amazing announcement, Marvin was also recently named a CBC SK’s Future 40 2018 recipient. It goes without saying that Trifecta is in good hands when it comes to Marvin’s impressive leadership and industry know-how. To top it all off, both LOA and Alex Bent landed on Sask Music’s long list for The Best Saskatchewan Albums of 2018 and you can vote for them here! 2018 truly has been an amazing year for the collective and we wish our good friends in Trifecta a wonderful 2019.