One of our previous own & THUMP contributor Ziad Ramley featured Matthew Owchar of Blueprint Events, a veteran of the scene and unparalleled tastemaker along with Mad Decent A&R Paul Devro to discuss on how Vancouver became what it is today, and how a handful of individuals grew the scene from dive bars to sold-out stadiums in just a few years. It also touches on the relationship both Paul & Matthew have with our Principal, Alvaro Prol & his contribution to talent in Vancouver. Read an excerpt from the feature & check the full article HERE:
“During a recent trip to LA, I managed to link up with Paul Devro at the Mad Decent HQ and asked him about his time throwing parties in Vancouver. “At one point I had five nights,” he explains, “I had a grime night on Tuesdays, I had an R&B and house night at Ginger 62 on Fridays. I had a night at Shine, at Section 3. We also had a party called The Kids that we would do with My Gay Husband and my brother Erik, and Andrew. Then Alvaro from Blueprint got in touch and basically said ‘Yo man, let’s just have fun,’ so we did and it was great”.
“I learnt a lot from Alvaro and we started doing bigger and bigger shows.” If you told a young Vancouver music-lover today that the head of A&R for Mad Decent used to work for Blueprint’s Alvaro Prol they probably wouldn’t believe you at first, but it certainly explains the company’s long standing relationship with the label. Dillion Francis, Baauer, and many more all got their first showings in Vancouver courtesy of Blueprint before blowing up in the scene”.
– Ziad Ramley