A few nights ago, while taking a break from writing one of my final papers for school, I started browsing the web in search of some new music to share with all of you this weekend. I was fortunate to come across the work of Ontario-born Brad Lyons, an independent artist who goes by the stage name Oceanship. Upon looking for some more detailed information on him, I learned that he has surprisingly never been signed to a record label. His first full-length album “Oceanship” was released in 2009, and since then, he has been trying to raise funds through fan-based donations to help him produce, record, promote, and successfully launch his second album. His personal biography on his website is really inspiring and tells us a little bit more about his dream. It reads:
“I crumbled during my first week at university. After visiting every faculty and finding no relief, I moved beyond the confines of education in search of happiness, and what I discovered was that there is a big world out there. I came to the conclusion that I enjoyed- above all else- singing, creating. I then placed an ad in the local paper that read,’Experienced Singer Seeks Band.’ I received many calls. I began writing and recording immediately. And that led to this. In short, the day I decided to be a musician was the day I became a musician. If there is something you want to be, go be it. Everyone starts from the same place.”
So far, his song “Hotback” from his debut album is my favourite, as is the music video that goes along with it. Take a listen and click the link below to check out the music video to this amazing track.
Oceanship – “Hotback”
THE BONUS TRACK: If you have the time, watch the campaign video to learn a little more about Oceanship’s fan-based funding campaign, and if you like his music, consider purchasing his first album and/or donating to his cause! It’s talented independent artists like Brad Lyons who truly need our support.
You can view the campaign video and place a donation through Oceanship’s website here.