Our featured artist this month is Vancouver, BC indie/alt musician EKKSTACY.
In high school, EKKSTACY struggled with his mental health and found himself friendless. His pain led him to drug-induced psychosis and a suicide attempt. As he bounced back, EKKSTACY immersed himself in music.
Working alone and teaching himself as he went, EKKSTACY channeled his musical obsessions and PTSD into songs with brutally honest lyrics about self-harm and sadness, and slate-grey production that recalls early-80s post-punk.
When he began posting tracks like his breakthrough single “i walk this earth all by myself” to streaming services, he found an eager audience awaiting him. When a friend crunched the numbers and told EKKSTACY he was making enough money from Spotify to pay his rent, he quit his job the same day.
Debut album NEGATIVE (2021)
NEGATIVE tells the story of EKKSTACY’s first love, the 19-year old unafraid to get vulnerable as he explores his emotions in intense detail. The record intriguingly chronicles the relationship backwards, journeying from the depressing dissolution to its hopeful beginning.
On Misery, the hooks are even hookier, and the lyrics are even rawer, and the entire project is infused with an urgent new energy that brings the anxious aggression and breakneck tempos of early punk into the doomscroll era.
Misery will be out on September 30. Pre-order it here.