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BESTiE

BESTiE started in Spring 2012 in East Vancouver when friends Andrew Janczewski, Tristan Orchard, Daniel Ruiz and Rob Cameron started jamming with the goal of making a fun accessible pop band. Soon after discovering their array of world and pop music influences, they started crafting their unique sound. On January 16th, BESTiE released their debut single, "Pineapple" shot and directed by lead singer Orchard, a Gemini nominated film maker whose documentaries have aired on Bravo! television and short films played in festivals around the world. The tropics inspired video has had over 10k views providing the group with their first real attention being featured in over 30 music blogs and media outlets in Canada, the US and abroad. The single also managed to reach the number 25 spot on the Hypem.com’s popular chart and earned the group radio airplay. March 8th they followed that up with a well received single release party for “Asleep on the Bus” with a capacity crowd at the Cobalt in Vancouver. Both the groups existing tracks were produced by Digory Smallz, an emerging talent known for his work with, Young Liars, Oh No! Yoko, Jasper Sloan Yip and Joshua Hyslop. The band recently received notable attention in June when they were announced as one of the top 20 finalists in the renown local talent contest, The Peak Performance Project. In November 2013 BESTiE was announced in third place in the contest taking $50.000 towards their musical career. The group’s new video for “Asleep On The Bus” also directed by Orchard is one of the first challenges for the program which include a showcase date October 17th at Fortune Sound Club, week long boot camp in Princeton, BC and a charity event. In September 2013 the group announced their Peak Performance Charity event, #Safefest an all ages music festival with proceeds going to Safe Amp and The Music Tree to help fund the creation of permanent all ages music venue in Vancouver. They aim to draw awareness to the importance of the all ages scene in Vancouver and the accessibility to music for people of all ages. The festival features over 75 acts in all genres playing 13 events over 4 days, October 10th-13th. The group has had a packed summer full of festival dates at Sled Island, Music Waste, Khatsalano, The Vancouver Fringe Festival and Rifflandia in Victoria. They are currently in the studio recording their debut EP with Howard Redekopp, a Juno award winning producer best known for his work with Tegan and Sara, Said The Whale, The New Pornographers, Mother Mother, The Zolas and more.

Hometown:
Vancouver, British Columbia
Buzz chart position: 258
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