Music has an extraordinary power to heal. Whether writing songs or listening to them, something indescribable about the process touches and transforms us. Just ask Saskatoon's Dayda Banks, whose very career is testament to music's power to change. The Saskatchewan emcee behind Roy Meets World experienced it firsthand nearly five years ago in a particularly low place - more on that later. Since that moment and in the process of finding his voice as an artist, he's experienced an impressive amount of success, opening for the likes of Pusha T, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Machine Gun Kelly, and R.A. the Rugged Man. Read the full feature after the jump. Name: Mitch Roy Hometown: Saskatoon, SK Influences: "I grew up listening to lots of Slug, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Eminem, Hieroglyphics, Zion I, Classified, and Sweatshop Union among plenty of others. Lately I've been listening to lots of artists like Logic, Watsky, Kid Cudi, Anilyst, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore, Sam Lachow, Mac Miller, Childish Gambino, the list goes on and on. I love the storytellers, you know?" Sounds Like: Soulful beats and honest, straightforward lyricism. Latest Release: Roy Meets World Must-Listen Track: "Bring Boots" and "Thanataphobia" Download "Bring Boots" on Dayda Banks' Roy Meets World.
Every once in awhile, I'll stumble across a gem in the inbox. Today, that gem is Dayda Banks' Roy Meets World. On the mixtape, the Saskatoon, SK emcee delivers a heartfelt, carefully-crafted project with some talented rhyming to boot. A couple early favourites are "I Want It All", "Bring Boots", "For The Hell Of It", and "Therapy". Stream/download Roy Meets World and read what inspired the project below.
"About a year ago I found myself lost, frustrated and sick of living in the same day routine. You could say I had a sudden moment of clarity and realized what I have been doing is not important, and this repetition I have been caught up in, is not the way I want to spend my life... Where I live, the easiest thing to do is to lose yourself, and fall into something I see people regret for their whole lives. Instead, I picked up a pen. Music has been a way I can inspire and motivate, vent about personal conflict, and help others with their own." - Dayda Banks.