Fans of the TV show Clone High remember the character JFK’s dig at lame, lazy hip-hop: “What if we take a ‘sample’ of a song that already exists, and then you rap over that ‘sample.’ I call it ‘song-taking!’”
It was funny and all, and then Kanye West did it for real. So for ill-taught youth who think Kanye wrote “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” school is at the Marquee this Saturday with the 10 members of Toronto’s The Daft Punk Tribute.
The group is composed of Humber music students with a mutual love of Daft Punk: Michael Carillo (drums), Keith Doiron (bass), Matthew Giffin (keyboards), Nevin Dunn (tenor sax), Martin Matuszczak (trumpet), La-Nai Gabriel (alto sax/vocals), James Ervin (robot/trumpet//EWI), Will Hebbes (stunt guitar), Joanna Mohammed (vocals), Ryan Spratt (vocoder/laser noises).
That’s right people, laser noises.
When the band formed in 2007, their plan was to play a one-night-only tribute show featuring music from the Daft Punk album Discovery. They played for a capacity crowd at Clinton’s Tavern in Toronto, and realized more shows would have to come.
“There was snow on the ground,” says Ervin. “I remember that because I was trekking my robot suit in my suitcase through the snow.”
Ervin says for the first show he was “more mascot than performer” but soon complimented his onstage robot suit with trumpet and EWI (electric wind instrument). After honing their set in Toronto, DPT is ready for their first production in Halifax.
“We’ll take stuff from live sets, and base a lot off of studio work, and then throw our own things in there,” says Ervin. “We’ve got four horns---why not use them for something a little differently?”
Saturday, August 9 at The Marquee Club, 2037 Gottingen, 9pm, $9.99 adv/$12 door.