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Ep. #218: I am Robot and Proud

I am Robot and Proud is the moniker of Shaw-Han Liem, a gifted musician and computer scientist who calls Toronto home. Liem co-designed and composed the music for the award-winning 2012 Playstation game Sound Shapes, and he continues to work as a video game music composer. Since the beginning of this century, he has been making a colourful kind of pop-oriented electronic music that blends organic and synthetic sounds, as I am Robot and Proud. His eighth album is called Light and Waves, it’s out now via Darla Records, and has prompted I am Robot and Proud to play shows across Japan in October and November. Here, Liem and I discuss a weather report from Toronto, making the new album with a live band, past collaborators and playing solo versus being in a band that can be a pain in the ass, camaraderie, being part of a music community, the Robot band, musical Stockholm Syndrome, touring Japan with the help of a local promoter, how Robot songs are made with the Robot band, Mike Smith, Light and Waves surprises, Robin Buckley, getting into video game music composition and co-creating Playstation’s Sound Shapes, knowing your steez, Jordan Howard, game versus film soundtracks, the gaming universe, how Sound Shapes works, that’s edutainment, Guitar Hero, growing up in Mississauga and playing music with Evan Clarke and Jeremy Strachan, Blue Light Blockade, how forgettable I am, being big in Japan and small in Canada, rock-centric electronicism, venues for weird music, gaming fans and collectors of all stripes, not knowing why things resonate more in Osaka than Peterborough, Yellow Magic Orchestra, what’s next for I am Robot and Proud, the song and meaning behind “Kira Kira Zig Zag,” and that was that.

Related links: darla.com robotandproud.com vishkhanna.com

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I am Robot and Proud on MVIMS – 11/25/2009

good morning,

Next week the Mich Vish Interracial Morning Show! is pleased to welcome Shaw-Han Liem of I am Robot and Proud to the program at 8:05 AM EST.


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Shad + I Am Robot and Proud – Ebar in Guelph – 11/26/2009

KYEO & The CSA Present:

Thursday November 26, 2009

SHAD
+
I AM ROBOT AND PROUD


Shad

Shad (Shadrach Kabango) has emphatically emerged as one of Canada’s most gifted young hip-hop artists. After garnering groundbreaking reviews on his independent 2005 debut When This is Over, Shad seems to have effortlessly leaped over huge expectations with his 2007 sophomore release, The Old Prince. Shad stepped into the Canadian music scene, winning first prize at 91.5 FM’s (London, ON) annual Rhythm of the Future unsigned talent competition. Shad put the $17,500 prize towards recording resources for his debut, while completing an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Wilfrid Laurier University. When This is Over earned endless respect for its honest and clever lyrics and its distinct musical aesthetic. Shad toured the album, selling out solo shows in Toronto and London, playing for campuses across the country, and landing opening spots for the likes of Common, Lupe Fiasco, Classified and The Slip. His constantly developing fan base and reputation as a performing musician also landed Shad invaluable stage-time at a variety of festivals including Hillside, the PTBO Folk Festival, Wakestock and Manifesto. Shad’s growth as a musician shines through on The Old Prince. Smashing expectations, Shad has attained lightning reviews across the board, including a spot in Exclaim’s Top 10 Hip Hop Albums of the Year, 5 N’s in Now Magazine, an epic album review on the internationally read and extremely critical hip-hop site, Okayplayer.com, and a 2008 Juno Nomination for Rap Recording of the Year. With two instant classics under his belt, Shad continues to walk the humble path he always has. He appreciates the chance to make and share his music, and he feels really lucky to have his art received the way it is. For Shad, it’s really as simple as that.


I Am Robot and Proud

I Am Robot and Proud (Shaw-Han Liem) is a one-man indie electronic artist from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has toured with bands such as Constantines, Printed Circuit, Marumari, Ariel Pink, and The Unicorns. Shaw-Han has also been a member of Sea Snakes, Jim Guthrie Band, Nathan Lawr and the Minotaurs and Tusks. Currently he is collaborating with game designer Jonathan Mak on an upcoming videogame, for which he will serve as music composer and sound designer. He participated in a roundtable discussion on the topic of independent video game music at the 2009 Game Developers Conference together with the composers of independent game titles PixelJunk Eden, Flower and Night Game. His latest album is called Uphill City and it’s awesome.

Special Guest:

DJ Charless

Thursday November 26, 2009
The Ebar 41 Quebec St. Guelph
Doors at 10:00 PM
All-ages/Licensed

$10 with non-perishable food item
$12 without

Tickets Available:
The Bookshelf – 41 Quebec St. – Guelph
Orange Monkey – 005 Princess St. – Waterloo
CSA Office – University of Guelph – UC Room 274
(non-perishable food items will be accepted at ticket outlets)

Proceeds benefit The Canadian Cancer Society
All food items collected will benefit the Guelph Food Bank.

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UPCOMING KYEO/CSA SHOWS:

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 16 & THURSDAY DECEMBER 17:
KYEO & CSA PRESENT: STAY OUT OF THE MALL VIII ft. THE BURNING HELL – WAX MANNEQUIN – BY DIVINE RIGHT – THE SKELETONES FOUR – GREGORY PEPPER & HIS PROBLEMS + ONE MORE @ Ebar – 9:00 PM $10 w/food donation /$12 – AA/LIC benefit for: www.cancer.ca