Darcy Ataman is the founder of Make Music Matter, and continues to serve as Chief Executive Officer. He is a producer of both music and film and a guest lecturer at the University of Winnipeg's Global College. After graduating from the University of Manitoba with a BA in Psychology, Darcy embarked on a creative journey that led him to live and work in New York and Philadelphia. He was mentored by recording engineer Shelly Yakus (U2, John Lennon, Tom Petty), and has since worked with countless artists from Levon Helm to DJ Jazzy Jeff, receiving several Juno nominations. These successes propelled him to spearhead and produce the original Song for Africa CD single for the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto in 2006. As a filmmaker, Darcy produced documentaries in Kenya, Rwanda and Sudan. Beyond the production of his documentaries and music projects, Darcy led efforts to build a primary school in the Masai Mara, supported two HIV clinics and created a scholarship program in Kibera, Africa's largest slum. All of this was accomplished through Make Music Matter.
David Bottrill is a multi-platinum-selling music producer with several albums that have reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He began his career at Grant Avenue Studios in Hamilton, Ontario working for producer Daniel Lanois and later followed Lanois to the UK to work with Peter Gabriel. David worked for Gabriel over the next 9 years and spent a total of 19 years living in the UK, working on album projects for Gabriel as well as other bands. While in the UK, he gained much experience in the World Music field, making records for Real World Records with bands such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Geoffrey Oryema and the Afro Celt Sound System. Leaving the UK, David moved to New York (USA) sharing his time between projects in New York and Los Angeles, mainly. In 2004, David returned to Canada. He continues to work internationally, and has collaborated with bands like the Smashing Pumpkins, Tool, Muse, Silverchair, Godsmack and I Mother Earth.
Joycelyn David is Director of Product Marketing at Western Union Canada and leads a diverse team of community marketing and product marketing managers in all areas of consumer financial services marketing. Since 2007 she has led strategic planning and account-based marketing with Canadian Western Union Agents such as Scotiabank, Wal-Mart, National Money Mart, Cash Money, Safeway, Metro and Super C. A graduate of the University of Alberta and York University, Joycelyn holds graduate degrees with specialization in communications, culture and ethnographic research. On the musical side, Joycelyn is a classically trained pianist, and has produced an Original Pilipino Music (OPM) single with legendary producer Pablo Vergara entitled “Kailan Kaya.” She continues to volunteer in her local community as choir director, and plays the occasional gig with her band/group Harmony.
Lo-Fantasy, the fifth studio album from Sam Roberts Band, takes its name from the literary genre in which elements of magic are seen to exist in the real world. In a way, this could have been a fitting title for any one of the band’s albums, but it fits this one the best. Even in its embryonic state, Lo-Fantasy had big ambitions. This is the album the band has been leading up to since their formation just over a decade ago. Each previous album has been an important musical step along the path that leads to Lo-Fantasy.
Careful consideration was made to selecting the right producer, and when the name Youth (a.k.a. Martin Glover) was tabled for discussion, a man whose production credits include The Verve, Primal Scream, The Charlatans and Crowded House, and whose band pedigree includes artists as impressive and varied as Sir Paul McCartney, ambient-techno kings The Orb, and post-punk outfit Killing Joke, there was no question he was the man for the job.
Tracked in record time in the band’s hometown Montreal at Mixart Studios during a flurry of creative inspiration, the job was then brought to Spain’s El Mirador studio in the rolling countryside of Andalusia, where Youth typically resides. Here the band would complete overdubs, apply some finishing touches and magic, and at the same time create an entire album’s worth of dance-electro and downtempo remixes to be released as deluxe bonus material for the second disc of Lo-Fantasy.
Applying the same creative mandate to the mixing process, supermixer Dave Bascombe (Depeche Mode, Erasure, Goldfrapp, Tears For Fears, The Verve, James) was enlisted to sculpt the music into the tracks that comprise Lo-Fantasy.
The result is an album which is taking shape as Sam Roberts Band’s most experimental yet most broadly appealing collection. From the anthemic, fist pumping lead single “We’re All In This Together”, to the Daft Punk-esque groove of Shapeshifters, to the heartbreaking introspection of Never Enough, to the dancefloor rave-rock The Hands Of Love and Golden Hour, Lo-Fantasy is a sonic collection of stories that depict the magic moments in our lives.