JOHN ORPHEUS SHARES STUNNING VIDEO FOR LOST
EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE VIA NOW MAGAZINE
GOATLIFE AVAILABLE NOW
NEW HAUS ORPHEUS EVENTS IN TORONTO ANNOUNCED
Toronto, ON – August 31, 2018 – John Orpheus continues to create summer magic, as they share the stunning new visuals for Lost today, a song from their GOATLIFE mixtape, released on June 29. The video premiered exclusively with NOW Magazine alongside an interview with the group. Check it out here. The group has been riding the heatwave in their homebase of Toronto and beyond, recently rocking stages at Luanda House and Lula Lounge, with a July tour across Michigan. They’ll continue to do so with their community event series, Haus Orpheus, combining live performances, DJ sets, spoken word, and local vendors. See below for a complete list of dates and watch the video for Lost here.
The video for Lost was directed by Patrick Hodgson of Kicking Tire Films and was filmed in four takes, walking down a quiet residential street at sunset, to the delight of a few families watching! The theme and inspiration for the video was beautiful simplicity and the idea of endlessly walking/endless motion. The song itself is inspired by the concept that “a relentless love affair with art and music keeps life endlessly moving, but is the most satisfying way to be.”
The group previously launched videos for Parachute and a vibrant lyric piece for the title track, Goatlife. "Goats aren't afraid to be themselves and neither are we,” John Orpheus says. “GOATLIFE is what Sarah, Chaenel and I have been building towards for 2 years. It's everything we adore: AUTHENTIC, FUN and JIGGY AF."
GOATLIFE is the culmination of two years of developing sound and building energy. The fourth and final mixtape in a series that established a sound equal parts Hip-Hop, Afropop and Dancehall, it finds J.O. and his swaggy Trinidadian drawl at its best. Filled with dancefloor ready jams and sing along anthems, it fulfills the promise of earlier mixtapes with a noticeably more pop and upbeat vibe.
Produced by Mike Schlosser at Little Noise Records, and written by J.O., with Afro rhythms laid down by partner in crime, Sarah Jane Riegler, the team has perfected its cocktail of fun, dance-ability and catchiness. Find yourself in the flow of Lost, party with the group at Afro Haus, and stay tuned for more John Orpheus.
About John Orpheus
John Orpheus is a Trini Troubadour and Pan-African poet whose musical journey has taken him from the Trinidad bush, to blues and folk festivals across Canada, and to some of the biggest rock & roll stages in the world. Born and raised in South-Central Trinidad, J.O. grew up singing in Pentecostal and Shango Baptist churches. After attending the famed Presentation College in the same year as legendary Soca singer, Machel Montano, he immigrated to Canada where he soon became fully immersed in the music industry, and studied English and Literature at the University of Waterloo.
His current musical iteration with his musical soulmate, DJ/drummer, Sarah Jane Riegler, and singer/dancer, Chaenel Mattis, combines hip-hop swagger, afrobeats energy and dancehall charisma to create a sound built on big catchy hooks, African rhythms and Caribbean twang. The trio is known for rabble-rousing live shows, filled with audience participation, chanting and impromptu dance offs that feel more like Caribana road parties than concerts. They aspire to conquer the world with their internationalist ideas of fun, freedom and positive energy, often showcased through their traveling event series, Haus Orpheus, combining live performances, DJ sets, spoken word, and local vendors.
In 2017, the crew dropped three mixtapes in seven months, each built on the themes of Pan-Africanism, intersectional feminism and a fashion forward aesthetic: the downtempo manifest, Goldchain Hennessey, the Carnival fete-infused Bacchanal, and the Canada/Nigeria/Ghana collaboration, Black Star Rising. Each mixtape was launched with a successful video and single featuring collaborations with Toronto’s freshest dancers and videographers: Leanin, Jiggy AF and Wey Ya Call Dat Ting? (respectively).
LISTEN – Lost: spoti.fi/2ospmcG
John Orpheus on Spotify: spoti.fi/2KZElTX
GOATLIFE on Spotify: spoti.fi/2OHmlQx
GOATLIFE on Apple Music: apple.co/2vQ4Jey
HAUS ORPHEUS EVENTS IN TORONTO
September 2 – TDOT Fest (Canadian Urban Music Conference showcase) – Yonge Dundas Square
September 7– Afro Haus – Art Square Gallery (with DJ OWABOWA and DJ Kuya Rain) – Info & RSVP
September 19 – Speak Ya Truth – Art Square Gallery – Info & RSVP
September 28 – Afro Haus –Art Square Gallery (with DJ Damiger)