Back from the brink Good times, bad times, you know KO's had his share.
Kostas Kapches, who opens for Daniel Wesley and Rebel Emergency Thursday at The Blue Grotto, is a product of the musical melting pot of the Toronto neighbourhood in which he grew up. "Within a two block radius there was reggae to rock to rap live," he said. With his 2009 debut release, Let's Blaze, KO was able to translate the energy of his live performances into raw and gritty glimpses of life's hardships. As when Johnny Cash sang oakley cheap outlet the Nine Inch Nails song Hurt, you know the pain is real, the emotions acutely felt. KO soaked up more influences on the road, travelling across the United States, but that was the up side. The down side was addiction as he used and sold in the street. "It wasn't white oakley glasses a good time in my life," he said succinctly. Multiple attempts at rehab failed during his teen years, but one element of that treatment proved effective in an indirect way. As part of his treatment, he was unable to listen to any music referencing drugs. He credits this with inspiring him to get back to music. "It was the only thing I cared about more than drugs. It became the thing that helped me through it. I feel very blessed." He was signed by Warner Music Canada five years ago. Addiction dogged him at first, but he's come through. Working on his music and with other musicians had a cathartic effect as he recovered, but he didn't undertake it with that in mind. "I was still hooked and on coke at shows two or three years ago. I didn't have a record out and felt I hadn't done my due. I had the greatest opportunity ever to have the best job in the world." The extremes of past and present come to light in the song Capable, about a relationship in which one partner is drug dependent. Sometimes it takes compassion rather than condemnation to recognize possibilities. "I think it has lifted people out of that despair and given other people some hope as well." All three acts this Thursday have been on a bit of a roll. KO was nominated for two CASBY awards and a Canadian Radio Music Award for Capable.
oakley nanowire Wesley, from the Fraser Valley, was nominated as emerging artist of the year by XM Radio. Toronto's Rebel Emergency was named "the next big thing" by that city's radio station Edge 102. As with KO after his debut release, they've were asked to open for Snoop Dogg recently oakley sunglasses specials.
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