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VIVEK SHRAYA >> “Girl It’s Your Time”

February 17th, 2016  |  by  |  published in New Music | Comments Off on VIVEK SHRAYA >> “Girl It’s Your Time”

VIVEK SHRAYA >> “Girl It’s Your Time”

It’s about time for new music from Vivek Shraya!  In a Facebook post earlier this week, Sharaya introduced “Girl It’s Your Time” by announcing: “35 today. New chapter. Using female pronouns. She & Her. Wrote a song.” All proceeds from the single’s release will go to Supporting Our Youth’s Trans_Fusion Crew program—a grass-roots drop-in group […]

TOO ATTACHED >> “Snake”

October 28th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Singles | 276 Comments »

TOO ATTACHED >> “Snake”

Two coasts plus two cultures plus two brothers equals Too Attached.  Siblings Vivek Shraya and Shamik each have their own distinct musical style and personality. Shraya’s art spans music, literature, film and performance. Shamik is a beatboxer and MC, photographer and producer, and touring partner of Method Man & Redman, and Tanya Tagaq. Working together as Too Attached, the […]

RE-DiSCOVERiNG >> QBiM Q+A: VIVEK SHRAYA

July 16th, 2015  |  by  |  published in QBiM Q+A | 89 Comments »

RE-DiSCOVERiNG >> QBiM Q+A: VIVEK SHRAYA

Quick Before It Melts is dipping into its archives this summer, throwing back to some favourite records and posts, and re-discovering lost classics along the way. Today’s re-posted Q+A with musician/author/activist Vivek Shraya originally appeared on November 9, 2009. Shraya is a Toronto-based artist working in the media of literature, music, performance, and film. His debut novel, She of the Mountains, was […]

MiXTAPE: July 2013

June 30th, 2013  |  by  |  published in MiXTAPE | Comments Off on MiXTAPE: July 2013

‘Sup, friends of QBiM? Could Summer ’13 be the best you’ve ever had? Possibly. Could the Quick Before It Melts mixtape for July ’13 be the perfect soundtrack to your season of sun, sand, grilled sausages and Slip ‘N Slide? Most definitely. MP3: Quick Before It Melts July 2013 Mixtape 01. Amy Millan “Skinny Boy” […]

A grand gesture

November 23rd, 2011  |  by  |  published in New Music | Comments Off on A grand gesture

If you have been reading QBiM for a few years now, you’ve more than likely encountered my raving and praising Vivek Shraya, whose last LP, Keys & Machines, produced one of my favourite moments of 2009, “In/Out”.  Shraya has proven himself to be an electro-pop song wizard of the highest order, and a new release […]

With glowing hearts

July 1st, 2010  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | Comments Off on With glowing hearts

Quick Before it Melts presents… With Glowing Hearts 01. “Canada, Eh” – Stompin’ Tom Connors 02. “Destroyer” – Young Galaxy 03. “Battles On” – The Ghost Is Dancing 04. “Write it All Down For You” – Elliott BROOD 05.  “All Yr Songs” – Diamond Rings 06. “In/Out” – Vivek Shraya 07. “It’s All Over” The […]

Jury duty: picking Polaris 2010 pt. 1

June 5th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

O, woe is me, eh?  I’m in the same boat as 225 music writers in Canada this weekend, cramming in as much musical sampling and chin scratching as we can before the Tuesday night deadline when we have to submit our choices for the best five albums of the year for the 2010 Polaris Music […]

QBiM Q+A: VIVEK SHRAYA

November 9th, 2009  |  by  |  published in QBiM Q+A | 7 Comments »

Back on July 17, 2007, Vivek Shraya subjected himself to a little thing I used to call the QBiM Questionnaire.  The premise was simple:  I emailed artists a list of nonsensical and non-threatening questions all in the name of getting to know them better.  Vivek was a willing victim subject, and we had a fair […]

Vivek Shraya returns: are you in or out?

September 24th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

I’ve been writing QBiM for over three years now, and one of my favourite things about this labour of love is seeing and hearing the return of some of the artists I wrote about in the early days of the blog.  It’s akin to a visit from an unexpected visit from an old friend, and […]

from the Queen of England to the Houndogs of Hell

August 16th, 2007  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | Comments Off on from the Queen of England to the Houndogs of Hell

It looks like Vivek Shraya, featured in the last QBiM Questionnaire, is generating some blog attention lately by way of his take on the White Stripes‘ “Seven Nation Army”. Apparently Vivek likes to include covers in his live shows, and thought it would be a great idea to do a cover in the studio, too. […]


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