PlaylistAlan Greyeyes picks music to match his mood
Posted by Alan Greyeyes | Tuesday January 29, 2013
Alan Greyeyes at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards in 2009. (Ange Young)
Alan Greyeyes is the chair of Aboriginal Music Week and the co-chair for
Manito Ahbee which puts on the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards.
He works for Manitoba Music as the Aboriginal Music Program Coordinator
and runs a number of projects that help Aboriginal people develop
careers in the music industry. All this work helped him take home the
Future Leaders of Manitoba award for arts over the weekend.
Since Greyeyes is surrounded by music for a living, SCENE asked him to share some of his favourite songs and give us a Playlist.
"Serve This Royalty" by Cody ChesnuTT
My buddy Namowan had this track playing in his car a long time ago and it just stuck with me. I like the style. The horn in this song is great too.
I actually got to see him perform at South by Southwest (SXSW) in 2009. I was running to a venue and got there too late to get in. I didn't even know Cody ChesnuTT was at SXSW that year and I was super surprised when I walked in to the venue next door and found him on stage. It was pretty awesome.
"Express Yourself" by Diplo I don't party often, but when I do, I party to Diplo. [Ed.
note: The level of booy-shaking in this video is so high it crosses
into the ridiculous category. You'll have to Google it yourself, we
don't want angry letters from parents of kids injured while trying to do this
dance.] "Tshinanu" by Kashtin
These guys are legends in my mind. I actually put fringe on some of my shirts so I can spin like Claude McKenzie whenever this song comes on.
"Boogie Man Song" by Mos Def
I'm a big Mos Def fan and "Boogie Man Song" is the lead single from one of my favourite albums. I love the tempo and instrumentation. It's laid back and relaxing. I like to relax.
"Heart the City" (MTV Unplugged) by Jay-Z
I love Jay-Z's MTV Unplugged album and I'm really interested in these kind of collaborations. Great live band with great vocalists, produced for television, CD, and the live audience.
If I had a time machine and was only allowed to go back in time once, I think I would go back to 1991 and give myself the winning lottery numbers so I could have 10 years of wealth accumulation under my belt before the concert. This would help me buy my way into the room for the performance.