St. Patrick’s Day in the city has ups and downs: cheap draft beer with green dye, cheap and easily discarded accessories from a dollar store littering the streets, and hordes of people proclaiming their Irish heritage, even if they aren’t technically Irish. But one of the things that brings everyone together is that no matter where you go, especially in our PNW scene, there’s always gonna be some amazing music.
This year in Vancouver, we got to play host to Shambhala resident and all around good guy Stickybuds! Born Tyler Martens, this guy is on the top of the heap for BC DJs, boasting almost two decades crushing the Fractal Forest at Shambhala Music Festival. Not to mention every major festival across the world over the last few years. Tyler is making a name for himself with his high energy sets, which he packs with originals, bootlegs, and straight classics. Every Stickybuds show is different, as he is never one to replicate sets. Every time we see this madman play, it’s a ground shaking good time and this was no different.
If you haven’t been to 560 Seymour St in Vancouver, it’s one of the most unique venues in the city. With multiple levels and a gender neutral bathroom area, it’s an inclusive and welcoming place as soon as you walk in.
Now, the most interesting part of this whole evening, as is with many Stickybuds shows, is the amount of festival family you run into there. Especially this time of year, where the cold winds and torrential rain make summer seem a million miles away, going to these shows makes you feel right at home. Everywhere you look there are hoods, hoops, glow toys and giant smiles. It feels just like getting down in the middle of Fractal Forest again, and it’s the best boost to get us over the hump until festival season starts anew.
Featuring eclectic sets from Vancouver’s Allya, JD13, and Alex Mei, the openers kept the vibe tight, locking the floor in preparation for the man himself. The music was on point from beginning to end, with all artists making a solid name for themselves in the Vancouver scene, and their warm up sets reminding everyone why they came. From start to finish, the night was unreal. There’s such a sense of community in our PNW scene, and these nights really showcase that.
Check out his 2016 Fractal Forest mix below:
Where are you hoping to see Stickybuds this summer? Let us know in the comments below!