I started MrSuicideSheep because I had some friends who were sharing music (via YouTube channels) at the time and I thought it would be cool if I did it too. I started sharing the songs I thought deserved more attention.
Beyond - Single
With Me/Too Many Times
I used an image of a good friend for the cover art haha.
The title track of this EP was the first to 'blow up' for the label.
Since Then - Single
We used to share music over Skype and worked together over the internet for the first 6 months of knowing each other before Tal moved to Portland so we could pursue music together in the same state.
The first time we hung out, I remember Nick picking me up from my moms house, where I was currently living. We drove down to his place in Denver, and immediately just started working on Drop Our Hearts Part 2. As soon as we started working, I knew that this was something special. One of us would sit in the chair, and start cranking out some ideas. As soon as that person started slowing down or running out of a direction, the other would already have loads of ideas, take over, start adding, until they started slowing down, and that process would just repeat until a song was finished...
Working with Nick was unlike working with anybody I had ever worked with prior. I think we ended up finishing 2 or 3 songs in about 2 months. Shortly after that, his lease was almost up, and I was trying to move out of my Mom's basement, so we both found a place in Denver and lived together for a couple years. I've learned so much from him since meeting him, and continue to learn from him every day. Its not even just music related. I respect him, and the way his brain works so much. He's taught me more about life in the past 5 years than I felt I had learned the first 20 years of my life. I'm blessed and so grateful to have him in my life.
It's Alright (feat. Lizz Kellermann)
The Way She Moves
My friend and I made this cool home made 'music video' for this. Stabbed myself with a syringe while filming it.
Trees n Frisbees
Tunnels and Planes
Then & Now
Tried using a coherent style (like Anjuna) for for the cover art for each release. Didn't last very long.
Worked with Nick, of Illenium, and Trevor, of Said The Sky, for the first time.
We released this album as a collaboration with Kannibalen Records.
It's Alright (NGHTMRE Remix) [feat. Liz Kellerman]
See, didn't last long haha.
This project was extremely important to me, as it was my first major release and it grew my confidence as an artist. Many of the songs were written and left on my computer, but MrSuicideSheep had reinvigorated my motivation and spirit. After my submission, Seeking Blue had told me they thought I needed a bigger platform. I was elated. I finally had the chance to pursue a genuine passion. Snow Ghosts EP had some of my favourite tracks I had ever made, "Thrive" and "Snow Ghosts", and it was mind boggling to see the response.
I remember EDEN reaching out on twitter asking to be featured on the channel and I wasn't really sure who the artist was. I'd seen him on Koala Kontrol a few times and as a collaborator for bunch of artists I followed but I wasn't that aware. He said he was just finishing off an EP and I asked if I could get an early listen. Was instantly blown away! Decided I needed to sign it immediately.
SubtactJay RodgerMr FijiWiji
Burden (Mr FijiWiji Remix)
MrSuicideSheep Presents - Taking You Higher
Taking You Higher started out because I wanted a mix to showcase the kind of Progressive House/Trance that made you feel like you were flying. It did so well that I continued the series. Definitely plan on bringing it back someday especially considering that genre has seen somewhat of a revival recently.
Speechless (feat. RKCB)
This is when we started putting more effort into gaining traction on Spotify.
First major label upstream and huge streaming numbers. Steve James "Renaissance" was first track for us on the "Global Viral" Spotify playlist.
Silhouettes was one of our favorite songs to make. One of my old roomates used to work at a coffee shop we have out here in Portland and they were having a work party at our house at the time and they asked if they could come down into the studio and listen to what we were working on (Silhouettes) I remember everyone started dancing around to it and had us play it on repeat. Until the day we released it - anytime we would get coffee there, everyone would ask us about when it was coming out. Still to this day it's probably one of our favorite songs to play live!
"Afterlife" was the first song I released with Seeking Blue. I felt at home almost immediately with the label and knew from the start that this was the right place to release my first album.
While I was in LA for one of EDEN's first shows we met up with Pierce and Griff (his bro/manager) and as we had already worked with him in the past (EDEN remix haha) we wanted to take the relationship a little further. We decided to release an EP together. He came up to Vancouver a few months later with most of the tracks half completed!
Who R U?
Tomorrow (Kicks n Licks Remix)
In My Head (ft. RKCB)
I took a small leap of faith trying out a new style for my "Borrowed Lives" EP, releasing 4 songs that were quite different from the rest of my discography. On a trip up to Vancouver to visit the Seeking Blue team and finish up the EP, I decided to take another sort of leap on a rope swing up near Whistler after a weekend of hiking and snowboarding. That leap didn’t work out quiet as well...I broke some ribs, stayed an extra 2 weeks in Vancouver and returned home to finish the EP while I healed. The whole accident turned into the inspiration behind the music video that I made with friends Rob Wadleigh, Skyler Greene, Griff Fulton, and location scouted by the District’s own Josh Carr-Hilton for the EP’s title track “Borrowed Lives”. That whole period of my life was quite an adventure, thankfully I’m fully recovered and am a lot more cautious around trees.
Anything You Want
Tried again to have a consistent artwork style...
...and again decided that it wasn't that cool haha.
For a Minute
Releasing our first ever LP on Seeking Blue was a dream. We were challenged to write one song a day for thirty days straight to see what would come out of it and we had to turn the song in by midnight every night as an exercise to hold us accountable. It was fun to write with that free-flowing mindset, unfiltered and literally about the first thing that came to mind. We were both going through some growing pains at the time so it was easy to create every day without thinking and once we took a step back after the challenge was over we realized there were enough gems in there to put out a body of work. It was some of the most fun we've ever had making music. We would call each other each night and say "Dude did you finish your song are you about to turn it in?" and some days we would even find ourselves separately writing in the same key so we were able to blend our demos together from the same day - it was a really magical process.
Rush Over Me
Seven Lions has always been an idol of mine so it was great working with him. I had asked him to work on a remix of one of my songs and during the course of that he sent over a vocal from Haliene that would become Rush Over Me. Trevor (Said the Sky) had known him previously so the three of us ended up bouncing the track back and forth for awhile until it became what it is today.
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In My Head (Joe Mason Remix)
Fractures (feat. Nevve)
"Fractures" was the first single released from "Awake" and people were super receptive towards it. There's always expectations surrounding sophomore albums so it put my mind at ease when the first track had so much success.
Speak in Tongues
Talk About Me
Life in Boxes
Life in Boxes was the most genuine project I had ever made, as it spoke of something pure within me. It was mostly about the insecurity I was facing in my life, and how important redemption is. I made an extremely ambient, post rock inspired electronic album, as I felt it was possibly the last album I'd ever make. I was incredibly surprised to find the MrSuicideSheep not only loved the album, but actively helped me achieve my vision for the project. I wanted to have an album that flowed from track to track, as well as an accompanied animated album mix. We worked on the vision for a while and I'm glad it turned out so well, as the album really speaks to people on a deeper emotional level.
SMLEJust A Gent
Leave It All
CharlzMaths Time Joy
About Last Night
Said the Sky
Show & Tell
This was pretty intimidating, but would wind up being the best experience for me. The idea that I was going to get an album together, and release this full body of work was not only exciting, but kind of scary for me. Up until this point, finishing songs was still not the easiest thing in the world for me. I had hundreds of unfinished ideas in my laptop, so to think that I was going to get an entire album together and release-ready was quite daunting at the time. Show & Tell was a great song to kick off the project with. The song came together so easily for me, and Claire did SUCH an amazing job with the vocal. As soon as she sent me the first draft, I knew it was the one. Took no time at all for us to finish it, and I couldn't be happier with the outcome.
Beretta Lake (Listen2Liri Remix)
Idea of You
Where I Won't Be Found
Signing a Seven Lions EP was pretty crazy, as we supported his first ever release on the channel, which was part of a remix competition for Above & Beyond.
What Are You Doing Here (feat. Casey Breves)
Fractures (Trivecta Remix)(feat. Nevve)
Go Ahead Boy (feat. Kevon)
Pray for Me (feat. Origami)
I was stoked to receive the Remix of the Year award from the first EMA's! This was also the day that 'Awake' officially released :) An exciting 24 hours for sure!
iTunes accidentally spelled AWAKE as “AEAKE” in their promotional banners. We were still stoked to have the support nonetheless and they fixed it pretty quickly.
Lonely (Phantom Sage Remix)
The song 3:00 AM was originally a throwaway track, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to finish it and put it on the EP - but it ended up being the most successful song I’ve released to date.
I Am The Mountain
Said the SkyKwesi
All I Got
This was the first tour I did with a live band and an actual full scale production. Also my first bus tour!
This tour was so so much fun. I feel like I should have more to say about it, but all I really can say, is it was such a beautiful and humbling experience to be able to tour the country with my best friends, playing our music for people who enjoy it. I wouldn't trade that for the world!
Let You Go
Where I Won't Be Found (Remixes)
Said the SkyFRND
Awake (Piano Covers)
ILLENIUMThe Glitch Mob
Crawl Outta Love (The Glitch Mob Remix)
Leaving (AWAY Remix)
'Til the End
I haven't counted recently but I believe MitiS is the artist that has been featured the most (if it's not him it's Rameses B) on the channel. We wanted to release something together for ages but it never really lined up right and it was incredible that we could put out his first album. It was a real moment of "Wow the channel has made such a difference for some of these artists".
Dabin had been featured on the channel so many times before and I'm surprised it took that long for us to put something out with him for Seeking Blue.
One of my bucket list festivals. It had always been a dream of mine to play Coachella so to actually get the opportunity to do so was kind of surreal. Still one of my favorite sets I've ever played.
Playing Coachella was crazy! By far the biggest stage I had ever played on. The whole experience was so great. During the week we all got to hang, do some swimming, played a bunch of ping pong... haha we actually brought our gaming computers out so we could set them up and play Rocket League or PUBG.
In Your Eyes
I got the news that I'd won the ISC's Songwriter of the Year during Coachella and it was a total surprise for me. I worked with some great writers on this track and it made an amazing weekend even better.
ILLENIUMSaid the Sky1788-L
Sound of Where'd U Go
When I started creating electronic music, I told myself that if I worked hard enough, that one day I’d be able to play at a festival like EDC, so playing there was a huge milestone and personal victory for me. It’s a set I’ll never forget
This album was a dream turned into a reality and one of the most impactful moments in my life
Over Getting Over You
BLUE: VOL 1 Livestream launched to raise donations for TWLOHA, the first of it's kind by YouTube Music Curation channels. Ultimately collecting $17,986.20 in donations in 12 hours.
Said the SkyDabin
Talk about a huge weight off my shoulders, as well as one of, if not the biggest accomplishment in my life for me. Releasing Wide-Eyed felt like nothing I had ever felt before. Something inside me really felt like "I'm really here, doing what I love, and what I've always wanted to do". It was almost hard to believe that it happened, but the day it was released to the world was one of the best days of my life. I was just happy to be sharing it, and even more happy to be hearing from people that they enjoyed it.
The first show of the tour was in Hawaii, and it could not have been a better place to have my first tour show. Not only did we sell it out, the first song from the album I play is "All I Got". As soon as the verse came in, I heard what sounded like the entire crowd shouting "I TOLD YOU I WOULD COME BACK HOME". I think I kind of just start laughing, while fighting back tears, all while trying to not f*ck up playing piano. That moment was something I'll remember forever, and that moment is really when I realized that people out there did connect with my album, and I was on the right track.
The first single of Soldier, "Falling", was released on my wedding day as a surprise by MrSuicideSheep. It was such an incredible gift as the featured vocalist in the track is my wife.
I still remember the day my friends decided to play Avoiding in the car and sang along to every lyric before the song was even released. This song holds so many great memories, including the overwhelming excitement I had when I got the news that Seeking Blue wanted to release it.
Euphoria was another fun one to release. I was a bit nervous of putting this one out because for me it felt like the first song I've ever really gotten "angry" with my lyricism. When we first sent this demo out to Seeking Blue, our label manager asked me what style of music I had been listening to while writing these lyrics and I mentioned I was really inspired by the raw and unfiltered/lightly "call out" vibes of Post Malone. He encouraged my to continue writing without this filter and to make "You talk a lot of shit for somebody who's sorry now" the opening line of the song, as it would be a new angle of our fans to view me from. It felt incredibly good to pour a new emotion into my writing - one I've always been too afraid to express, and then leave it all in a song.
In partnership with TWLOHA launch Charity Livestream for World Suicide Prevention Day, raising $11,610
Prove Me Wrong
Yoe's first live performance takes place on MrSuicideSheep.
Soldier is incredibly important to me. The album was about the struggle an artist faces when trying to remain true to themselves. It was also about the duality of a relationship gone awry. I always found it interesting how easy it can be to love something that isn't good for you, and Soldier is about facing that part of you and cutting it out. I wanted to continue the narrative of Life in Boxes, where the main theme is self discovery, and out of that ambition came Soldier.
Even Though You're Gone
Releasing "Even though you're gone" was a big moment for us. It was the first time we have ever spent nearly 2 years working on a body of work. We collaborated with so many talented instrumentalists on this one as well and it really brought the world of ETYG to life. I think its our best work so far as it's the most honest we've both ever been in our art. Its inspired us to continue this honesty and raw openness in our creative process and I truly believe that ETYG was a very pivotal part for us not only as musicians, but as people. We really left a lot of our old selves behind in this body of work. We grew up.
Right Now (feat. blackbear)
This was dream collab that I still can’t believe happened. I was sitting on this acapella for a year and I’ll always be grateful for the team that helped make it possible.
Kerli's first release since Love Is Dead in 2008
Rings & Roses
I wanted the title track for my album to be both a reflection of the sound that helped me originally get noticed as well as the beginning of something completely new.
I’d known about Trevor Daniel for years and this one made me regret not working with him earlier. Still one of my favorite songs I’ve ever done. Will definitely be making on a lot more him, that kids a beast.
Say hello to my new puppy Blue! She is a Newfloundland and adorable! Seeking Blue and Blue unite!
I don’t love how the electronic scene has a ton of talented artists who make the same thing over and over again. On RESET, the goal was to have each track stand out in its own way, and ultimately I wanted this project to push the abilities and comfort zones of everyone who worked on it.
These Thoughts In My Head
This is one of my expressions of sonic depression. I try not to glorify it but rather show how one can sink into the feeling and essentially feel safe in it. This and realizing that finding a way out is still possible.
Ego is a song praising those who live humbly. We think 99.99% of us struggle with wanting to be liked, in our case especially from an artistic view. Those that do not let that affect the actual outcome of creativity should be looked up to. This song was written with a couple people in mind who we are inspired by and think do a great job of quieting that voice, or ego, to allow themselves to be proud of their work. When people focus on themselves instead of outside approval, creativity thrives.
Run Wild / Feeling Forever
Maybe I'm Overthinking
Every track on this EP comes from a very vulnerable place and I was actually pretty afraid to put out something so exposing. It was a huge leap for me in terms of what I'm willing to say and what I'm able to achieve musically. I just wanted to create without putting any limitations on myself.
Relationships come in so many different forms but yet still so many aspects are shared in every single one we have. Trust, Companionship, Respect, and Love being some of the most common. I wanted to write a song about my brother and pains I've had with him, but also one that translates across a multitude of relationships and the tribulations that come with those.
Need Your Love
I love this track too much. My friend and I made something that we genuinely bonded over. We didn’t put pressure on ourselves beyond making it as good as we liked it and to create a really good soundscape. Also fun fact, the girl heard speaking at the end of the song is our good friends ex. Before the track came out we asked her to pretend to break up with someone over the phone, but they actually ended their relationship a bit after. So there is something real in her voice.
If you’re a human being then you’ve experienced stress, love, anger, confusion and many other emotions. Sometimes it’s nice to be able to detach from the rollercoaster and have something or someone to confide. This song is about that emotional journey and the moments we are able to find our Warm Blanket.
Releasing our first EP "Temporary High" was an amazing feeling, especially considering the fact that we had the Seeking Blue team supporting it all the way through. The body of work was built to bring our new sound "Bass Pop" to life and showcase life as an up and coming artist pursuing your passion.
Wild Youth (The Remixes)
All I really wanted to do was take these really raw life experiences I had, and turn them into something people could connect to. There were things I wasn’t ready to forget, and I wanted to turn them into something I could have forever. I wasn’t really sure how to go about doing that, but I just sat down one day and started writing, and Stories happened. I couldn’t be more proud that Seeking Blue is it’s home.
WE ARE FURY
We had previously released two remixes for Illenium with Seeking Blue and we knew this was the place where we wanted to release original music as well. Two years later we sent over Broken and it became our first single released with them. We are really happy to be a part of the label and really stoked for the future.
- Joachim & Stuart
Everything in Between