Canada's own Down With Webster wants you to know that despite the Juno Award nomination for New Group of the Year, they're actually not very new. "Technically, we've been around for 12 years, but as far as having presence in the marketplace, I guess we are new band on the scene," says band member Tyler Adams. The 7 member band started out doing hip hop back in high school but soon starting infusing more rock and experimental elements into their music. Now in their 20s, the group has definitely hit their stride with a month long stint on the Vans Warped Tour and touring with The Roots collective. Not only have they created a large fanbase outside of the music industry, they've created one inside as well.
KISS lead singer, Gene Simmons, made it no secret he wanted to sign the band to his newly created Simmons records. "It came out of left field. My phone rang and someone said that Gene Simmons was on the radio talking about us," Armes explains. "Later that night we were sitting in a greasy-spoon diner eating bacon and eggs with him. It was very cool and flattering, but being Gene Simmons it was all very over-the-top."
The band even caught the ear of Timbaland, jamming with the Timmy T on an all night jam session at the Hit Factory in Miami. Timbaland was so impressed he invited the band on a string of tour dates and even offered to sign them to his MMG label. In the end, despite the Timbo praise of calling them 'the illest group I've ever seen live in person' Webster signed with Mowtown Universal and will be releasing new music very soon.
Hopefully we can get a Timbo track or 2 on their next album!