The Drinking Critic
Toronto’s D.W. Waterson releases new EP, “Home Brew Vol 1”, featuring tracks with Sydanie, Maxera, and Tafari Anthony
It has been a while since I wrote something about music.. A long time ago, I used to think a DJ would push a button and the music would play, never fully realizing what a true DJ does. They create music and atmosphere, change music, drive the party, and if they are not paying attention, the event will flop. A DJ is not just a button pusher, they are an artist.
D.W. Waterson is non-binary DJ, drummer, writer, director, and web-series creator. For those who may have never have heard of them, let me tell you, pigeon you are missing out. Their just released debut EP, Home Brew Vol. 1, is an energizing pump-up of extended plays that explores the varying experiences of LGBTQ+ people and celebrates the overflowing talent of queer artists from the community. The result is a fun, uplifting dance album for the queer community, by the queer community.
Their first release off the EP is called, Bubble. It’s not something I would normally seek out because let’s face it, I am not spring pigeon. I have to admit though, listening to the track made me smile and tap my foot like I was twenty-nine all over again. It is just a fun song.
D.W. had this to share about the new single of the EP, featuring Sydanie; “In my opinion, Sydanie should be one of the standout stars in Canada. She has such a distinct vibe and UK-sound to her voice, there was no way I couldn’t have her on my album. In the recording booth, Sydanie unloaded 37 bars of fire, but it was the selected phrases that really stood out to me; I could immediately envision them being repeated over and over, with people chanting along to them in the club.”
D.W. continued, “My goal in directing the video for Bubble, featuring Sydanie, was to create a fun, colourful explosion. Sydanie is the star of this track, and I wanted to make sure that she was front and centre in the video. Sydanie is so playful and charismatic, and we had such a great time feeding off each other, and performing in front of the green screen. The vibrant, kaleidoscopic images throughout the video are reflective of the animation I project onto myself during my live performances, giving a similar effect, but through the screen. During the editing process of Bubble, we were able to make the track and video even more silly and vibrant, while not taking ourselves too seriously— which is the attitude I hope my audiences adopt at my shows.”
D.W. Waterson also directed and created the “That’s My DJ” series, that takes a look at the a life behind the scenes of a DJ, and is worth the watch. The series currently has over six million views.
Does a DJ just push buttons Pigeon? Clearly not, because D.W. Waterson shows a whole lot more, and is worth your time to follow, witness and listen to.
D.W. has also worked on the award-winning film Closet Monster in 2015, directed various music videos, and founded their pwn production company, Night is Y.
About the Author
Geri Atrick is co-host of Not So Str8 Talk, a show that focuses on marginalized & 2SLGBTQ+. Geri also organizes national events around music and the arts, is deeply passionate and active in politics, and is an advocate on many social justice issues. Giver her a little wine and you will never know what she will say. Check out the show at www.str8talk.ca