… of the Towers and Trees,

They hit up Sneaky Dee’s,

Now they wait in the YYC.

Connecting to the coast,

To the west they love the most,

The Westjet girl was s’posed,

To bring my coffee: darkest roast

Davey, Davey, Davey, can’t you see

Sometimes your D’s just hypnotize me.

Alright… a little context now, right?

Little did I know when I booked the earliest flight home to Calgary, I’d have the opportunity to sit with a couple of new best buds of Towers and Trees, the Dave’s. AKA: Double Dee’s.

I bought the dude that had the aisle seat with these two guys off with a copy of my book. (Turns out his name is Wes, and he loved the book. Works with heavy equipment and is always sore. Loves music. Wanted it autographed, so of course I was pumped to hear that. )

Point being, do well. It’s important to do good, but it’s more important to do well.

Be kind to everyone you interact with. I’m flying back in to TO in a couple weeks because of that exact mentality. Good hangs always win.

More to come in the next few days… just stay tuned. And try to keep up, it’s insane in my life these days. Good kinda insane.

Catch y’all soon!

Xo

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Time after time we are taught to be kind. Be real. It’s still something I’m working on, but it is starting to show itself in my day to day life and tonight I would like to talk about the importance of putting the light out there and staying humble. Everything comes back tenfold, and it truly has. I’m 3 days in to my trip and I keep on saying “I can’t believe it.” But I really can so I’ve got to stop saying that. It’s everything that I’ve been working at. Someone famous once said, “stop discounting yourself. Accept the gifts and roll with it.”

I’m rolling.

Thank you

On a much lighter note please check out my new and improved podcast: MikeDrop Radio. I had the pleasure to sit down and chat with some real beauties in the completely undiscovered world of traditional healing music, Ancient Echoes. Please take a listen and subscribe to the show wherever you listen to your podcasts.

Copy of Mike drop radio

https://anchor.fm/mikedropradio/embed/episodes/Ancient-Echoes-Live-and-In-Conversation-e1dafh

New intro tune. Similar message. “Spinnin’ tracks and lifestyle hacks.” Tune in if you’re into health and wellness and good music. Or tune in if you have a heartbeat or if you’re breathing.

Pre-qualifiers, right? Haha.

Big day tomorrow… a potentially huge shift, pivotal in my career… but here’s the lesson I wanted to get across today.

Be kind, be positive and no matter how hard things seem, they will turn around. You always had the team around you and the time just has to be right for everyone to show up. The time is now for me and boy oh boy are people ever showing up.

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Namaste sweet!

xo

 

M

The irony is unmatched, eh?

Canadian hip hop, r&b, soul, spoken word, beats, rap and all other sub-genres of urban music got a huge break Sunday at the 2018 JUNO Awards in Vancouver, BC.

Tory Lanez couldn’t have planned it better if he tried. Due to his absence at the awards show, Rascalz, Thrust, Checkmate, Kardinal and Choclair busted into “Northern Touch” in an impromptu self-proclaimed “takeover” of the JUNOS. This, much to the likely chagrin of the brass (and my parents) was a very radical and much needed shakeup in the musical landscape. I think is sad that a nation so proud of its heritage, proud of its diversity and proud of acceptance still has “-gasp- moments” when a group of artists take the microphone and lay down the facts like they did last night…

Its 2018. Let’s get real. Urban music is very much a part of our national identity and because of the talents that took the chance at the shake up last night, we are leaders in the urban space. Much love. Much respect. You’re true foot soldiers. We need more of that.

I had the pleasure of meeting one of these legends of Canadian Hip Hop, Kardinal Offishall this winter, when he hosted an event at NMC, interviewing another leader in the World Music genre, fellow Calgarian, Raghav.

Kardinal is hilarious, classy and it’s great to see him continue to give back to the music community and really help to continue to grow the hip hop movement.

So yeah. I wanted to not just base my argument solely off of opinion, even though I know a lot more than the ignorant, culturally narrowed-minded opposition… so here are three of my favourite arguments to counter those who deny urban music and its legitimacy in the industry.

1. “Rap is not music.”

Oh, is that so? Well, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition music is:vocal, instrumental, or mechanical sounds having rhythm, melody, or harmony.

So if you believe rap is not music, you would be incorrect.

They tie lyrics together in multiple rhythms and rhyme schemes to a beat generally, but not always. Case closed.

2. “Rap Artists have no talent.”

Have you ever tried to fit 14 syllables into one sentence and line it up like poetry and craft stories around your experience?

No? Still not sold?

Okay. Watch this then – The Greatest Rhymers of All Time

3. “It’s just a bunch of gangster noise”

Awfully insecure, ignorant and insensitive, don’t you think? Here, watch this clip and tell me urban music hasn’t moved entire political, socio-economic and popular culture agendas. Straight Outta Compton – trailer

Urban music is charged by emotion. Rhythmically, lyrically and ingeniously it is an art form simply reserved for an elite class of forward thinking artists. Sure, there are some pretty shitty artists out there, like any industry. But generally speaking, the urban scene, especially in Canada is alive and well.

I find that most people fear change. These are typically the same people that horde, and share an incredibly narrow focused belief system about how the ways things are.

We fear what we don’t know.

And a lot of people don’t know urban music, hip hop and the like…

Tonight’s takeover was a huge step in alleviating that fear.

Thank you, Kardinal et al.

This one was birthed from my buddy, D.O.

https://duanegibson.wordpress.com/2018/03/19/i-will-not-lose/

Thanks, man!

Here are my top 11 favourite albums to hit the gym with:

1. Rage Against The Machine – self titled

2. The Zolas – “Swooner”

3. Daft Punk – “Homework”

4. Thornley – “Come Again”

5. Jay Z – “The Black Album”

6. Rage Against The Machine – “The Battle of Los Angeles”

7. Mother Mother – “Eureka”

8. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – “The Heist”

9. Big Wreck – “In Loving Memory Of”

10. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Blood. Sugar. Sex. Magic”

11. Beastie Boys – “Hello Nasty”

Runners up

The Dudes – “Brain. Heart. Guitar.”

Minus The Bear – “Planet of Ice”

What is your favourite album to dig in to when you workout? What makes a great workout song, anyway?

Til next time,

Stay sweet

Xo

M

Ahhh. I know it’s out of schedule for me, but I JUST HAD TO TELL YOU!

My first episode is up. And damn, that was a thrill. I got over my fear of talking to myself in a room and just let things subconsciously flow. Check it out below.

Episode 1 “Thoughts + Action = Reality”

Here’s what we have on the PPLSKLZ Radio feature I’ve dubbed “The Symposium”:

Expect a new topic that’ll keep you a “dope soul” every Monday night.

Then, you can also expect every second Thursday starting up in February a new guest in studio. Not just anyone. These are individuals that are pure magic. I will be hosting athletes, musicians, entrepreneurs, artists and anyone else that is next level shit. These people light me up and inspire the room they’re in to a totally different world. These are true rock stars and my aim is to bring to the forefront these inspiring stories of adversity, challenge and success so we can have a collective of badassery and solid PPLSKLZ.

Again, here’s the pilot…

Episode 1 “Thoughts + Action = Reality”

Check it out! Let me know if you have any particular topics you’d like to discuss or if you have any impactful people in your life that I can get on the show to help others become better humans.

Use the form below or just tag me on social media @coach_schwartzy

 

Front page. Centrefold. The way it should be. FACT: Musician’s tend to lead shitty lifestyles. I’m here to help! My article for Canadian Musician’s November/December Issue has been out now for a little while and I’m very excited to see how well it’s received. Listen, if you’re a musician, please contact me! I want to add years to your career. And I have the tools to do so.

My goal when speaking with the magazine, editor Andrew King specifically, was to help inform musicians and music industry members about the common issues I see, as the health ambassador to the music scene and present some proven solutions.

I’m the guy that wrote the book on how to survive the rock star lifestyle, and it’s my mission to help as many industry pros that are dealing with these ailments in movement, nutrition and stress management as I can. Especially when we start to see and feel a sub-par performance.

So, to my American readers, happy Thanksgiving weekend. Please consider spreading the news that I’m out to tear it up and help anyone combat the wear-and-tear of the rock star lifestyle! Here’s the link to pick it up.

www.nmcmarket.com

Remember, you don’t have to be a rock star to start, but you have to start in order to become a rock star.

Stay sweet!

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I’m holding an open request for submissions for all musicians and music industry professionals interested in bettering their lifestyle, or at least reading about it.

Basically I’m looking for an honest review, unbiased and constructive on my upcoming book – ” The Musicians Guide to Surviving the Rock Star Lifestyle” (available for pre-order here) from my immediate circle of influence. You know? People that don’t know me and won’t just say what I want to hear. I want to have a critical review from leaders in the industry; musicians, songwriters, producers, stage hands, tour managers, label reps… the works. Everyone who is anyone in the business that wants to know how to better themselves in the ways of movement, nutrition and mindset to elevate their performance.

Why? Well, this book is a passion project for me. I’m aiming to better the lifestyle of my fellow industry professionals and weekend warriors alike. If we can bring some general awareness towards the importance of health and how it relates to elite performance on and off-stage, I will be able to help more people that need my specific attention. We are trying to spearhead a health movement in an industry that has a reputation for exactly the opposite. You can be a part of this and help to remove that stigma. 

For anyone that provides a review I will gladly offer $100 worth of my services exercise or nutrition and provide you with a copy of the finished product.

This is bigger than you and me, people. Let’s help make you the best version of yourself.

Use the contact form to get in touch and I’ll send you the PDF

 

Chat soon!

Coach