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Toronto, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2008 | SELF

Toronto, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2008
Solo Electronic Hip Hop




"PIQUE: “Subtle Blend” (Dustin Good & Mario Anzola)"

PIQUEd has officially launched! It’s a documentary series produced by PIQUE which focuses on 10 Toronto creatives. From music to fashion to art, the participants all embody a singular characteristic: dedication. Starting this week, they’ll be releasing one documentary every friday for 10 weeks. We talked to all the participants and got some insight into their world.

Dustin Good + Mario Anzola, “Subtle Blend”

Subtle Blend has built a community around providing a stage for local live electronic acts and beat makers. The evenings are usually comprised of an eclectic mix of performers who bring out live gear and play all original music. The audience is able to experience live music-making and watch as artists explore and put themselves out in the open. Subtle Blend inspires audiences to open themselves to innovative local talent at the same time as inspiring artists to truly perform for their city and expose themselves to new creative situations. – Dustin Good

The showcase has had a positive response because of the people I’ve met through it. Now in its second year, it works more as a collective effort and it is based on what the acts brings each night. I started doing lives sets and booking myself because I wanted to play more and meet other people to share a stage with. Now every month, we put together these shows and I get to work with truly talented and humble musicians and video artists that joined the showcase in the most organic and perfect way possible. They came up and said: ” what’s up,…”. – Mario Anzola - 1 LoveTo

"The Northern Hussle: Meeting the pioneer, Mario Anzola"

It isn't unusual for the city of Toronto to Tune in to the sounds and culture of hip hop on the weekends of every month.

What is unusual is what Mario Anzola (producer, pioneer, and visionary) did for the Toronto HIP HOP scene.

We are used to going to venues to see rappers, and DJ's perform, but have you ever been to an event where beat makers make beats on the fly?

Neither did we until we bumped into Anzola at an event that he has established out here in the DOT.

The name of the event is called the "Subtle Blend" a producer showcase event held on the second Friday of every month at the BassLine Music Bar located on Bloor st. W, Toronto.

How did we meet Anzola??? Oh yeah... It was one of our first outings last year around this time (2014). We actually searched through the local "what's happening" Toronto magazine "NOW." We did eenie, meenie, miney, moe with a couple of shows happening that night, and chose to go out and see Anzola.

Since it was one of our first rugged underground movements, we were a little hesitant as to what our reception would be like, we didn't call anybody, we just took our equipment and showed up at their event.

It isn't advised to just pop into people's events unannounced with cameras (not for the faint of hearted).

In any matter, because the bass hadn't come out of our voices to attend the guys at the door of the event yet, we figured we'd grab a bite to eat at a rather interesting Ethiopian restaurant right next door to the venue.

After our well arranged dinner, some dude came by from the event. By the way he was postulating, he seemed to have something to do with the event. My memory doesn't serve me right but Alex says the guy was our guide into the showcase, we spoke to the bartender who then directed us to the organizers.

After a fumbling introduction of who we were, we were introduced to Mario Anzola and Josh Grant (a fellow beat maker) who was an awesome host for the night.

He gave us free reign of the place, and agreed to have us do an interview on him and his event.

Ok, Ok, OK..... let's stop with all this long wind and get to the episode. - One Vybe

"RAC Alumnus Interview: Mario Anzola"

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RAC Alumnus Interview: Mario Anzola

What is your background in music prior to enrolling at RAC?

"I learned to play classical guitar by the age of 13, by 15 I bought my first electric guitar and started to learn the riffs from Punk Rock bands. At 18 I was a part of a couple of bands and got into in playing and producing electronica. By 21 I was djing venues that focuses on Rock and Dance Music. By 23 before moving to Toronto I had produced a couple of albums for the bands I was a part of, as well as my solo electronica album."

What kind of music projects did you do before graduating from RAC?

"I’ve been producing and performing a style of instrumental beats with electronica under the name: Anzola. I also played guitar in band here in Toronto that didn't last very long."

What was your experience like at RAC?

"My experience was RAC great, I would have enjoy more studio time, never the less I made a lot of valuable connections and learned a huge amount of skills I use every day in my own production."

Did anything particularly influential happen during your studies at RAC that shaped the decisions you’ve made since graduating?

"Yes, it did. At the time I was offered the chance to book a whole night at an venue with the music I wanted to play. This cause an action that I can only describe as necessary to what I do today. It was thanks to the support, advice and loyalty from my peers and ultimately my instructors that drove that initiative to do my own shows."

Where do you work? Describe the studio, and how did you get the gig?

"I am the Founder of Subtle Blend: a monthly Producer Showcase promoting the work of local artists. The event showcases them playing live sets with their analog gear. I perform at them, promote and produce these events every month.

"The only studio I’ve work for is my own. It is a acoustically treated room where I play and record various instruments. I use 3 Synthesizers, a drum machine, a sampler, delay pedal, loop station, guitar and bass amps for textures, 2 dynamic microphones, one condenser, and a 2 channel 24 bit interface into Pro Tools.

"The first Subtle Blend gig I got was by going out on my own and getting a night booked. I also hold the position of Account Manager for Canadian Art (well know magazine and website) and I got that gig through the Live Good Project."

Any recording session that was particularly memorable?

"The band recording final project at RAC was probably the best time I had there."

Anyone impact your professional career?

"I've been impacted by a lot of people in my professional career, if I were to narrow it down to my experience at RAC then definitely the interactions with Brian, Danny and Rob where of great influence to my career. It was great to have the ability to speak to professionals in the industry on those levels."

How would describe the Toronto music scene ?

"Competitive. There is a night booked for every single style of music in this city every month. People listen to a ton of music here and yet there a few styles that dominate the venues, other styles get attention if someone comes into town and there are others that are always growing. I honestly feel like people in this city like supporting more the person that plays the music, than the act as a whole elaborate result. It almost looks as if the process of watching an act become successful is the biggest reward, its to see that build up and then if they “make” it people call them sellouts. What do I know."

What are your personal goals and ambitions? Long term, short term…

"This is a loaded question that I will answer with the following key points in order to make it shorter: "Long term: I want to build and run my own record label and have final say on everything. I want to compose music for movies. "Short term: I want to produce albums for bands I love. I want to perform and tour as my solo electronica project and release a number of albums over the next few years."

Do you have any advice for people interested in starting a career in music & recording?

"Save your money now. I’m serious. If you are planning on starting a career in music to make money, save your money now. Don't waste your time if your truly don't love music for what it is. A career in music does not come with proven steps to success or guarantee of anything. If you truly love it music, if you really appreciate sound for what it is, then go for it, it will be more rewarding than you can ever image. You don't have to be a musical genius to express a thought and you don't have to be a virtuoso to write that sounds beautiful. But don't waste your time if your motivation is to make money."

What opinion of the recording biz would you share with our readers?

"I am not the most qualified person to give you an opinion of the recording business, but it is a business after all.

"My honest opinion is that a business that once was focused on recording albums is now focused in recording singles. We once used to listen to full albums and love bands that would work in that format of concept. Now we follow a trend of only picking out singles from an album and buying them for a dollar. We are creating artists without substance. Artist that are way more popular now in terms of revenue that some biggest most influential names 40 years ago." - Recording Arts Canada


Pedals on the Table EP 2015
Wah - 2010
Wicked Wario Demo 2008



Live Electronic Beat Maker ∆ N Z O L ∆ (pronounced Anzola) makes live music with different synthesizers, a sampler, effects and loop pedals; ∆ N Z O L ∆ performs live sets merging styles of Experimental Electronica, Future Soul, Dub and Instrumental Hip Hop.

One year ago ∆ N Z O L ∆ founded a producer showcase and online radio show called SUBTLE BLEND; where local Toronto Producers of different genres perform their original material in the form of live sets. Creating the SUBTLE BLEND collective and performing this style of live sets led ∆ N Z O L ∆ to be featured in a multimedia project called PIQUE Toronto that focuses on profiling 100 artist from the city each year.

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