Genres:Ambient Soundscapes, Electronic - Lounge/Chillout, Electronic - Ambient, HipHop - Pop/Modern, HipHop - Experimental/Alternative, HipHop - Pop/Modern, Alternative Pop, Specialty - Soundtrack Alternatives, Rock - Alternative Pop
Common Citizens came to fruition in late 2005 when Chad Skinner and Cam Sloan started making a few test tracks in Cam's basement studio. It wasn't much at the time. Basically just a computer and a microphone. They put together 10 songs, using Fruity Loops and Sony ACID to produce and record everything, and were on their way to making their first album. They self-released the album "People Like Us" in June of 2006 and sold enough copies to make their money back and purchase some more gear. Cam, being the main producer for the group, invested some funds into purchasing an AKAI MPC 2000xl and started getting to work on learning how to use it. Today, the studio is still in a basement, but has a hell of a lot more equipment in it, and a lot more talent being put to use on it.
In 2006, Chad and Cam were honored to announce the addition of a new group member. Derek Born, a talented singer and songwriter from Ottawa, added a whole new level of musicality and melody to the group which was missing before. This important addition, along with Cam's instrumental work shifting from the typical boom-bap hip-hop style to a more chilled out electronica genre, was sending Common Citizens into new worlds of music.
Today, the group could be compared with artists such as M83, The Go Find, Junior Boys, Owl City, Tycho, and Bonobo. They are attacking their music from a general electronic genre, but still stray between sounds of hip-hop, ambient, pop, and indie rock at times. In the future, Common Citizens is hoping to start recording tracks with a live band to start developing a more organic feel to their music. For now, they are sticking with the options they have and are making the best of it. Songs such as 'Back and Forth' and 'That Wednesday' show the utilization of synthesizers and drum machines to create mellow instrumental melodies, accompanied by melodic vocals. Some other tracks such as 'Simple Place' and 'What You Wish You Had' highlight more of a hip-hop feel with Chad's spoken word style of verses. Derek's singing on 'Aliasy' and 'Walking Sundays' highlight his gifted lyrical talent and prove why he is a key part of the group's new sound.
While things have been moving slowly lately for the group, still waiting to release their second album, no one has given up on the venture. College and university have made for minor roadblocks in the groups progress towards finishing a new release. With all the group members being finished with their studies once Spring 2011 rolls around, fans can expect to hear a lot of new material coming from Common Citizens, including a new full-length release album and much more. Stay on the lookout and keep checking back because big things are coming. Common Citizens would like to say thanks to everyone who has been there to show support and help along the way.