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Pigeon Hole Interview: Sweatshop Union, Festival Season, and The Future

Going forward, the two were a force to reckon with. Their unique live sets had Colin making beats while Lee rapped live over them, establishing themselves as a fresh new answer to a tired live performance in the scene. The guys continued on until a self-described “matter of necessity really” had them changing up their style, switching to standard b2b DJ sets, stating:

 “It wasn’t something we planned on doing, but we started showing up to play sets at all these venues & parties that either didn’t have proper mics or stages for us to play on and truthfully sometimes we felt like we wouldn’t get booked if we were doing the live thing. Then we kind of fell out of practice with writing etc. This year we focused on bringing it back into the fold though. I still want to see what we do evolve. It always does. That’s what I like about it. As soon as something doesn’t feel exciting we switch it.”

Not that the act of making sets is always glamorous and exciting. In fact for McCue, it seems to be his least favourite aspect:

“Planning sets is the absolute most shit thing we do. It’s torture. I don’t like it at all. I’m always happy with the sets in the end and glad we put the work in, but it just brings me down actually doing the work. I love playing. I love making new music. But putting sets together . . . gross.“

Crushing The Village Stage at Shambhala Music Festival 2017

Fast forward a couple years, the guys managed to place themselves at the top of the heap. Summer 2017 was a flash of festivals, clubs, road trips, and massive highs. The guys smashed a headlining slot at Tall Tree Music Festival, right before their first ever set on the famed Village Stage of Shambhala, and following was a whirlwind and life changing trip to Burning Man. Lee and Colin have been all over spreading their love of bass, high fives, and fist pumps across North America.

The focal point of the summer, in Colin’s words:

“I remember looking around at one point when we were playing The Village and was just so blown away by the amount of people and good friends who came out to support. I was so shook before that set and seeing all those faces made me feel so lucky.”

With Lee tagging on that last summer was “all highs” and that “it’s gonna be a hard summer to beat.”

Beyond all of that, the boys are humble. Not humble on the outside for an image; the guys are just considerate human beings, who constantly make time for their fans after and even during shows. Looking forward, in their own words, the guys want to “tour some sunny places this winter and hit the summer hard.”

Lee finishes up by describing his dreams to “travel the world with music” stating:

“It’s been happening around North America for awhile, but I’d love to spend winters touring Europe and Asia.”

You can check out the Pigeon Hole Soundcloud here where you can stream their tunes for free, along with their Beatport where you can give them some love. Keep your eyes peeled folks, and let us know in those comments what you think of these guys and their sets this summer!

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26 years old, with a voracious appetite for bass, dancing, all things art, and a flair for the dramatic, Jamie Gib grew up in the rave scene, having been introduced to electronic music in the late 90s as a small child from his cousin and he joined the rave scene in 2004, and never looked back, A DJ, Promoter, Go-Go Dancer, and writer, Jamie has made his mark on the Vancouver Island scene and beyond, having worked or attended 90% of the festivals on the Pacific North West and has no plans on stopping there. If there's dirty house, drum n bass or glitch hop to be heard, you can bet he's not far behind.

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