Some news of the future…

Hey everyone, Daniel Belasco here.
It’s been a while since I updated this page properly and many fantastic things have happened.
Most recently, I am proud to announce that Glass Apple Bonzai has signed with Artoffact Records for the release of “In the Dark” which will be available soon.
Artoffact has long been one of my favourite labels, bringing us such fantastic acts as Iceland’s Legend, Dead When I Found Her from Portland, Noise Unit, Canadian synth legends Rational Youth, and a multitude of others.
I’m completely honoured and happy to be included among the ranks of such awesome musicians and their incredible sonic output.
More details soon on the release of In the Dark.

A few weeks back I was also honoured with winning the “Electronic Dance Music of the Year” award at the 2016 Niagara Music Awards for the song “Suicide, You, and I” from the upcoming album In the Dark.
It’s always a fantastic feeling to be supported by your local peers, even if they still don’t know what to do with me!

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I also had the opportunity to perform at the awards ceremony, which was totally rad. My regular bandmates couldn’t make it for the show so I brought in my old Defence Mechanism keyboardist Alex Parker for the night.
It was fun to hang around and be the biggest weirdos in the place. By far…

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In a couple of weeks I’m off to Reykjavik, Iceland for the second time to perform a couple of shows during Iceland Airwaves Festival. Always an exciting trip and a nice chance to get away from regular life for a bit.

For now, follow the link below to a “Pay What You Can” compilation courtesy of Artoffact Records, featuring a couple of tracks from yours truly.

Cheers!

Daniel Belasco
Oct 2016

A Synth Love Affair Vol. 1

And here it is…a brand NEW Glass Apple Bonzai song called “Wicked Fire (Jazzi’s Theme)”.
This is a unique version of the song available exclusively on the Synth Love Affair Vol. 1 compilation put together by Marko Maric and released through Future 80’s.

Marko approached me to write a song as a gift for his fiancee Jazzi for her birthday.
Naturally, I did the best job I could.

A slightly different version will appear on “In the Dark”

I DIE: YOU DIE’S TOP 25 OF 2015: 25-16

Alex Kennedy and Bruce Lord of I Die: You Die has always been unduly supportive of Glass Apple Bonzai. Incidentally, Alex Kennedy was instrumental in pushing me to finish the first GAB album and start performing live. It doesn’t surprise me, but continually flatters me that they speak so highly of my creative output and have shown that they are purveyors and curators of a vast musical future where the forum of discussion is always open but not held back by favouritism and pandering.
If they don’t like something they are very vocal about it, while still calling in the merits of any given piece of work.
What they say about my music doesn’t even feel contrived or forced. And for that I am absolutely honoured and thrilled to have “Night Maze” included on their “Best of 2015” year-end list.
Click the photo below to visit their page and give all of the acts listed a few minutes of your time.IGUG-YEAR-END-GRAPHICS-2015-2-06

 

The Niagara Music Awards vs. Glass Apple Bonzai

Last night I was the recipient of two awards at the 2015 Niagara Music Awards.
The Engineer of the Year award and the Album of the Year award.
I’m absolutely honoured and elated to have won in two categories that I feel are based entirely on merit and skill.

I pride myself in my recording quality and technique and to have those attributes recognised is a wonderful feeling.
Winning the Engineer of the Year award alone would have left me feeling very proud and satisfied…

Winning Album of the Year absolutely blew me away.
A total surprise.
Not that I don’t recognise my skill as a songwriter, but I am aware that the type of music I make isn’t necessarily the most popular or understood.
Synthpop is kind of a strange grey-area.
So to have the entire album recognised and given accolade was a very proud moment for me.
To be honest, I’m still reeling from it.
Awards aren’t everything, but they ARE something.
And winning these awards is a very big something.

So let me take the time to thank everyone who helped make Night Maze (the album that won) the amazing thing it is.

Jessie Deye, Lex Gore, Sheenah Ko, and Matty DiFranco for contributing their flavourful backing vocals.
The inimitable Paul Sizer for the absolutely amazing artwork.
Martin Bowes for his perfect mastering job.
And of course….Steve.
Steve’s sax solo really is the icing on the cake. Not to mention the unending support from him and his awesome on-stage antics.

Cheers, triple Cheers to all of you.

– Daniel X. Belasco

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New album details and show announcement!

Hi everyone!
It’s been a while, I know.

Let’s start with the good news.
“Night Maze”, Glass Apple Bonzai’s 2nd album is DONE!
It’s currently being mastered and the artwork is being finalised as we speak.
The release date is May 1st and it will be Digital Only to begin with.

As always the artwork is being done by Paul Sizer of SIZER Design+Illustration
And again, as always the album is being mastered by Martin Bowes @ The Cage – Coventry UK

I’m really proud of this album and can’t wait to unleash it upon the masses.

And speaking of which…I’m pretty damn happy to announce that GAB will be sharing the stage with
Canadian Synth-Legends RATIONAL YOUTH on June 27th @ Nocturne in Toronto, Ontario.

I’ve been a fan of Rational Youth for a long time and this is going to be a special show.
Also performing are Depression Era, who are really good. So show up to see all three acts.
Here’s the poster.
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