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"52 Shows.com"


I was searching through my Inbox last night and came upon a week old email touting DNA6 as one of “Canada’s Hottest New Indie Bands of 2008.� But the thing that caught my attention was a line in their press release that said the group has the ability to make new fans after each of their live shows.

After reading more, I discovered this was a hip-hop group that found a way to mix up the sounds of rock, soul, funk, and jazz. I know…it sounds insane.

But it’s a kind of controlled insanity and after listening to their second full-length album “Human Condition,� I was convinced of two things: Canada always seems to have some unique hip-hop going on (Swollen Members and early Buck 65) and DNA6 have knocked Jurassic 5 off their rap-for-people-who-don’t-like-rap pedestal.

Check out the track at the bottom of this post and you’ll get what I mean. The album, and this is assuming you’re the kind of person who still listens to albums all the way through, is an evolution of sorts, with the group jumping from genre to genre and mixing up their sound from track to track. It’s a great start for a group I’m convinced will be around for a while, assuming they strive to never repeat themselves.

Right now they are only on tour in Canada, so if you’re there, lucky you. For the rest of you, enjoy “All The Things You Do� at the bottom of the post - 52shows.com

"Freshjamz Online - Featured Artist"


The great thing about our site is that we can bring to attention fresh talent; those truly deserving of an audience. DNA6 is a talent that oozes charisma and their unique and innovative approach to Hip Hop makes their new album Human Condition a must for any true fan of the genre.

The FreshJamz Squad recently had the pleasure to shoot the shit with the boys at DNA6 — very chill and very down to earth guys who know and love their craft.

Hit the jump for the band’s beginnings, sample clips of their jamz, and their insight on the industry. - freshjamz.com


DNA (LP, released 2004)

Human Condition (LP, released 2007)



"...Canada always seems to have some unique hip-hop going on (Swollen Members and early Buck 65) and DNA6 have knocked Jurassic 5 off their rap-for-people-who-don't-like-rap pedestal." --52shows.com

"...their unique and innovative approach to Hip Hop makes their new album Human Condition a must for any true fan of the genre." --Freshjamzonline.com

DNA6 is proof that hip-hop is not dead or even on life support - it's just changing. DNA6 is the indie-pop/hip-hop crossover act that can turn entire new audiences into fans halfway through their opening song. The secret to their success is their positive message combined with a top quality performance backed by a full live band. With elements of hip-hop, funk, jazz and pop they steal fans of any of those genres. Currently being hailed by venues as one of the best touring acts in Canada, the band's popularity has grown by leaps and bounds as the word catches on. Main members are Alex Maher, Mario Vaira and MC Dosia, and joined onstage by David Spidel (bass), Ryan Stewart, Tim Proznic or Brendan McLean (drums), and Chad Taylor (trumpet and keys).

The DNA6 sound is a combination of hip-hop, funk, jazz and pop influenced by artists such as A Tribe Called Quest, D'Angelo, Talib Kweli, Sade, Elliott Smith and Miles Davis. With top musical talents, Alex Maher (vocals, sax, guitar, percussion, beatbox) , MC Dosia (vocals) and M. Prime (vocals and guitar), DNA6 drops multidimensional, intelligent rhymes on top of their funky, original musical tracks. Their second album, Human Condition, brings a new era of hip-hop straight from Vancouver's underground music scene, engulfing a wide audience with their distinct cross-over hip-hop/funk sound.

DNA6 was formed in 2004 and released their first self-titled album the same year. The band released their second album, Human Condition, in 2007 and have toured frequently through Western Canada as well as performing at key shows at the 2007 World Freestyle Ski Championship, New Music West, Crankworx in Whistler and the Vancouver Folk Fest. They have also had a song placed in the world famous mountain biking video, Seasons (Collective Films), in the feature length movie That One Night (Lion’s Gate Films) as well as licensed songs on several compilation cds. The band's sound is a unique blend of pop, hip-hop, funk and jazz elements which, combined with their intelligent and often poetic lyrics, provide a welcome new sound in the world of hip-hop. The show consistently makes new fans on the spot and has an unparalleled energy. Dugg Simpson, former director of the Vancouver Folk Fest called DNA6 the best live band in Vancouver.

Both Alex and Mario have worked on several musical projects over the past 10 years, and have played together since they were they were fifteen years old. Alex and Mario studied together under Bryan Stovell, acclaimed teacher of Diana Krall, performing with several award-winning high-school jazz bands, Alex on saxophone and Mario on guitar. They were both members of the band Flannel Jimmy, which was signed to Nettwerk Records in 1999 and toured Canada three times on their first album with such notable acts as the Proclaimers and Wide Mouth Mason. MC Dosia met Alex and Mario in 2003 during a freestyle session at the Urban Well in Vancouver, BC.

The original, fresh sound of DNA6 is one of the hottest new bands to watch for as they are fast becoming a force on the Canadian music scene.