In a video interview with SOCAN, Exco Levi – who’s already won five Reggae Recording of the Year JUNO Awards, and is now nominated for the seventh time in eight years, for his Narrative album – briefly talks about his reaction to latest nomination, how he recorded the album, and what’s next for 2019.

Erica Grayson, Darren Fung

L-R: Erica Grayson, Darren Fung

About 80 SOCAN members, member teams, key music industry personnel, and other colleagues in the music community came out to enjoy drinks and poutine at the new SOCAN Los Angeles Office on Feb. 4, 2019, for an open house mixer, organized around playing a connective game of “We’re Not Really Strangers.”

The crowd at the open house included a diverse array of member songwriters, composers, and producers, including screen composer Darren Fung; hip-hop/R&B producer FrancisGotHeat, and his manager Jai Huang, of EI Mgmt.; pop singer-songwriter FAANGS; multiple JUNO-winning producer/songwriter Brian West; R&B singer-songwriter/producer Sylo Nozra; producer/songwriter Brandon Delyzer; producer/songwriter Erik Alcock; publisher Kim Temple of Six Shooter Records; and longtime professional songwriter and recording artist Ian Janes.

Sylo Nozra and Erik Alcock hadn’t seen each other since the 2018 SOCAN Kenekt Song Camp in Nicaragua, and because of meeting again at the open house, planned to co-write together within a few days – which is exactly the sort of connection SOCAN aims to accomplish at its gatherings.

Racquel Villagante, FrancisGotHeat, Camille Mathews

L-R: Racquel Villagante, FrancisGotHeat, Camille Mathews

Attending the open house on behalf of SOCAN were Los Angeles-based Senior A&R Executive Erica Grayson; Los Angeles-based A&R Representative Camille Mathews; and Vancouver-based A&R Representative Racquel Villagante.

SOCAN honoured Ryan Guldemond, of Vancouver-based rock group Mother Mother, with a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award, on Feb. 7, 2019. SOCAN’s Coralie Hummel and Sara Pavilionis presented the award backstage before a sold-out performance at The Orpheum Theatre in their hometown.

SOCAN recognized Guldemond for writing the band’s song “Get Up,” which topped the Mediabase Alternative Rock chart for seven weeks, and the Nielsen BDS Modern Rock chart as well. “Get Up” is published by Guldemond’s own publishing company, Mother Mother 35. The band is currently on a cross-Canada tour in support of their new album Dance & Cry.

In addition to SOCAN’s Hummel and Pavilionis, the presentation was attended by a strong contingent from Watchdog Management, which takes care of the band, including company President Darren Gilmore, General Manager Sarah Fenton, as well as staff  Anastasia DeRosa, Katie Smith, and Kassia Edwards.

SOCAN congratulates Ryan Guldemond, Mother Mother, Watchdog Management, and the band’s entire team on this achievement!