After six years of working hard and kicking ass, NIXON (formerly Tiny Danza) are about to blow up. They hail from Toronto, Ontario and are a perfect blend of hip-hop, dance and r&b. They’re committed to writing contemporary music that is at once sophisticated, accessible and meaningful; it’s where art music meets hip-hop.
Inspired by musicians such as The Roots, Donny Hathaway, Outkast, Led Zeppelin, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson and The Beatles, their music combines live drums, synth keys and electric guitar with soulful vocals and tight rapping to create a signature sound that unifies the best elements of both electronic and acoustic sounds. They continue to be inspired by artists such as Usher, Drake, Florence and the Machine, Arcade Fire and modern hip-hop acts such as The Cool Kids, and Wax. There is something for everything in their music. At a NIXON show, you’ll see people from all walks of life nodding out to the hypnotic grooves, spellbinding guitar solos and infectious vocal hooks. The effect is timeless; nostalgic yet innovative.
This electric 5 piece has appeared at all the major clubs in Toronto. They recently opened for the talented Melanie Fiona an event sponsored by Monster Cable, and have also been featured performers at the Beaches International Jazz Festival, Halifax Pop Explosion, Festival Envol et Macadam and Canadian Music Week.
This electric 5 piece has appeared at all the major clubs in Toronto. They recently opened for the talented Melanie Fiona, an event sponsored by Monster Cables, and have also been featured performers at the Beaches International Jazz Festival and Canadian Music Week.
Their first single, Beat Fly, has garnered them much critical acclaim internationally through features on CBC Radio 3, Blind I For The Kids, Whotune and Much Music. It is featured on The Amazing Compilation alongside Colm Wilkinson, Natalie McMaster and Dan Hill of Blue Rodeo to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. As well, the single was one of three songs selected by Whotune and Harmonix to be professionally authored and published and is available now for download in the latest release of ROCKBAND for Xbox and PS3.
2011 was a big year for the group. They were chosen by industry judges as the winners of Indie Week 2011, coming in first place out of over 200 other groups. They have completed a sucessful tour of Eastern Canada playing shows in Quebec City and showcasing at the Halifax Pop Explosion. Their show at Canadian Music Fest was a runaway success. They were the headline performers at the Zauntourage Party for Sick Kids charity event organized by former Blue Jay and Sportsnet broadcaster Gregg Zaun and represented Toronto at the Festival Envol et Macadam in Quebec City. Additionally, their self-produced, full-length studio album, You Could Have It All…, recorded at Canterbury Music Company in Toronto with engineer Sam Ibbett and mastered at The E Room with the legendary Peter J. Moore was released in June 2011 and is available across Canada at HMV and worldwide through Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon.com. Also, their song Hindsight was recently chosen by BLARE Magazine as one of their top songs of the year.
Now signed to the record label Wax/Universal, 2012 is shaping up to be NIXON’s biggest year yet.