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FM HI LOW is the evolution of sound and personal explorations by multi-instrumental musician and singer Fraser MacDougall. A sound and vision he has achieved by spending a lot of time developing his craft in front of live audiences and in dozen's of home and professional studios all over Canada, U.S.A, Australia, New Zealand, and Jamaica. For the past twelve years MacDougall has been playing music and enjoying pursuits into different climates and cultures while having adventures and conversations with people from all walks of life. As a result FM HI LOW resonates with a universally appealing frequency of positivity, unity, the pursuit of knowledge and self actualization.
Fraser Walters MacDougall AKA Frase W, is a singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumental musician from Montreal, Quebec. He has been writing and recording music under the band name FM Hi LOW for the past five years. With FM Hi LOW, MacDougall has founded what he calls “DUB POP”. A genre-bending blast of good vibes that bring you to the farthest ranges of reggae, folk, hip-hop, indie rock, and electro, all nicely arranged with a smooth pop sensibility.
FM Hi LOW’s dynamic, up-beat performances are filling venues and festivals all over Canada with people dancing and singing along, song after song. From this FM HI LOW has gained a reputation as the live band not to miss, who’s uplifting pop anthems will be stuck in your head for days. Positvely, lead singer and composer MacDougall writes lyrics attuned to the protection and conservation of Canadian waterways, the slow food and organic movements, human rights and justice, among other socio-political causes. FM Hi LOW is the vehicle for these messages to reach the masses one bumping dance beat and catchy hook at a time.
MacDougall spent two months traveling and recording in Jamaica in early 2012. He toured all around the island, playing acoustically, writing songs, surfing, snorkeling, working in studios, and jamming with the local artists and musicians. He was no longer seen as just another tourist after he shared his music, in fact it was a instant ticket into the underground. Jamaicans claimed MacDougall had an authenticity in his spirit and voice while adding new flavours to the Jamaican reggae sound-scape. While performing at the world famous Alfred’s Seaside Stage in Negril, MacDougall caught the attention of Sizzla’s Judgment Yard crew and was invited back to CHOP CHOP Productions studio for a session. MacDougall ended up staying for a week, working and recording in the west-end Negril studio. Amazing sessions resulted in a collaboration with Rapper/Singer JUTAH Rhymes who is featured on the new FM Hi LOW single: “More Than a Pretty Face”.
MacDougall and Producer/ Engineer Borza Ghomeshi are now currently working on tracks for the next FM HI LOW record. Ghomeshi has worked with award winning artists such as: Emmy Lou Harris, the McGarrigle Sisters, Lauryn Hill, and Andre Dédé Vander. His studio space and sonic expertise have added a whole other dimension to the FM HI LOW sound . MacDougall and Ghomeshi work together to polish and refine the FM HI LOW material. Adding overdubs, re-amping, mixing, and editing the recordings into master tracks that the modern listener and music industry demand. The first release by the production duo was a nine track album called ¨Up On the Hillside¨. It was pressed independently in July, 2009 and is sold at FM HI LOW shows and on Itunes.
Here some of FM HI LOW s most recent highlights and achievements:
Nov 2012- Musique Plus is currently playing the video for ¨More Than a Pretty Face¨. The first single from the upcoming FM Hi LOW album.
2012-2013- MacDougall is finishing tracks for the new album with Producer Borza Ghomeshi. Plans are in the making for a parallel release of the album in Canada and Jamaica in March 2013.
2012- Two songs, ¨More Than a Pretty Face¨and ¨No Evil¨ were recorded live on camera at Musique Plus and were featured all summer on the 3-4 program.
2012-This year the band performed at such festivals as: Pop Montreal, Canadian Music Week, Evolve Festival, Folly Fest, Artswells, Edge of the World and Montreal Fringe.
2012 - FM HI LOW's DJ Henward won the 2012 Red Bull Three-Style DJ competition for Quebec, and placed third nationally.
2009-2012- The debut FM HI LOW album ¨Up On the Hillside¨ has sold over 2,500 copies and been streamed online close to 25,000 times.
2010- MacDougall was noticed by Coachella Music Festival in California, winning the Odwalla open mic contest. That green light secured FM HI LOW a performance spot at the Odwalla Stage at Bonnaroo Music and Art Festival in Tennessee later that year.
2010-2012 - FM HI LOW won the "Fan Favourite Award" at the 2010 Edge of the World Festival in Haida Gwaii and this year returned as the festival headliner where they performed two sets.
2010- The song "Human Enemy" was chosen by Montreal NRG radio host and artist Mitsou as her track of the week.
FM HI LOW Management Team:
514 779 3377
Mary Catherine Harris
The combination of electronic and acoustic elements has always been a part of the FM HI Low sound but now its in full swing with a killer live band.
Based in Montreal FM HI LOW is composed of four talented musicians. They are:
Alain Burr, a multi-instrumentalist from the Laurentiens of Quebec. Burr has been playing reggae, soul, folk and hip-hop professionally for the past 7 years and is great asset to low end on the bass guitar and also adds percussion and mandolin
Bryan Curtis plays the drums. He was fresh off the plane from Ireland coming to check out Montreal's music scene when he met MacDougall. Curtis comes from a jazz and hip hop background and is smooth, fresh and funky and at only 20 years of age is a legend in the making.
Yonatan Rosando, better know as Henward is a turntabalist and DJ from Montreal. Henward has been killing it the Montreal Bass scene and is a regular at the weekly Bass Drive night at Le Belmont, voted as #1 club night in Montreal. Henward adds all the electronic elements to the FM HI Low show with sequences and fx,and skratches .
Fraser MacDougall loves to interact with the crowd, he sings lead, plays electric and acoustic guitar, keyboard and percussion and is always hyping people up, engaging in mass sing a longs and causing an all out dance party.