New artist on the scene, Lucas DiPasquale, grabs his guitar for his first single off his forthcoming project, "Pager." Shot in DiPasquale's hometown, Toronto, the video showcases his ability to blend several different genres together. We hear hip hop, pop and acoustic influences in this catchy track, perfectly paired with his smooth vocals. After being chosen as one of Spotifys Spotlight Artists for 2016 and a Tidal Discovery Artist, he has us wondering: is he the next big songwriter out of Canada?
An amazing artist who refuses to be bound by genre, (MTV) Lucas has come into his own since going viral with his acoustic mashup of songs by Jamaican dancehall artist Popcaan in 2014. With more than 350,000 views on Youtube, the dorm room-recorded cover video led to a major endorsement from Popcaan himself the two share the single, No Talking, and performed together at Jamaicas largest reggae fest, Dream Weekend 2014. As featured by Noisey, the Fader and Complex, just to name a few, the Toronto native charmed listeners and critics with his infectious reggae-infused pop arrangements. Its not shocking, given Torontos Caribbean specifically Jamaican population, that a native of 'the 6 can nail the patois, but it is a nice surprise that Lucas music is darned good. (The Guardian) For his debut EP, Post Secondary, Lucas teamed up with Universal Music Canada. Produced by Stephen McGregor (Sean Paul, Bounty Killer) and Mojam (Sam Smith, Emeli Sande) the project was recorded at the legendary Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica, as well as in London and Toronto.
One of Spotify Canadas Spotlight Artists for 2016 and Lucas has gained a tremendous following with over 1 million streams on Spotify and 1.5 million views on his Youtube channel. His first original single, Do It Like, featuring Stylo G, Kardinal Offishall and Konshens, reached #1 on the Urban Music Charts in UK. An unrepentant banger that absolutely, categorically will blow the figurative roof off any sun-soaked summer party, (Complex ) the track made waves at BBC Radio 1Xtra, with a major stamp of approval from leading dancehall deejay Seani B. In addition, Lucas music has also been on rotation at Radio 1 in the UK, Power Power 105.1 in New York, and No Talking (feat. Popcaan) is currently gaining radio momentum across Canada, at Top 40 on the pop radio charts, with adds at major stations including VIRGIN Vancouver, Z103.5 Toronto, Hot 107 Edmonton, and Hot 89.9 Ottawa. In December 2015, Lucas was invited by BBC 1Xtra to perform at the historic Maida Vale studios, which has hosted performances by other notable artists such as The Beatles, Beyonce, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran. His most notable performances also include Reggae Fest (Toronto, CA), Anything Goes (New York, NY) and Notting Hall Carnival (London, UK), and SXSW 2016 (Austin, TX).
Stay tuned for more from Lucas, as he is preparing for the debut of his first full length album, set to release summer 2016!