BC Drummers Part 1-Mili Hong and Ben Brown

Here is a new series of articles I am writing for BC Musician Magazine. It features 2 drummers (1 female, 1 male) in a genre. This first article talks to jazz and experimental drummers Mili Hong and Ben Brown. I had the opportunity to work with both of these drummers on a project called “We’re Making A Band” and it was part of Justine Chambers residency at the Scotia Bank Dance Centre. The project focused on research of bodies moving while drumming. Mili is an incredible jazz drummer and Ben is a daring and exploratory experimental drummer.



Fortresses Cassette Release

Super stoked to be announcing a new project that I have started called Fortresses. We are a Vancouver based psych post-punk project with the super dream team of Ora Cogan on synth and vocals and Matt Duiry from Summering on guitar.  We accidentally became a band after Ora Cogan asked Matt and I to back her up for a solo show at Big Joy Fest- a Vancouver experimental festival. We all loved playing together so much, we decided to make it official! Ora and I had been talking about starting a project together and had a few initial jam sessions, but adding Matt to the mix finalized our vision of a project together. The band worked hard for 3 months, writing, rehearsing and booking shows. In March we recorded our self titled ep at Craft Cave Sounds with Justin Aucoin. Isolated Now Waves, Vancouver tape label will be releasing the album.



BC Musician Magazine – BC Instrument Builders Articles #1- Goldline Drums


It has been a lot of fun to work on this 3 part series for BC Musician Magazine. There are many talented builders that are working locally to produce quality instruments. This first article is about my dad, Bill Machuga, who not only was the person who taught me how to play drums, but also a builder of fine hand drums. Check out the article to learn more about his company Goldline Drums.


Mind Of A Snail and Emily Rose Nyberg Parker House Productions House Show

Parker House Productions and Small Room Series present an evening of shadow puppets and music.

Mind Of A Snail present Shadows and Sound: Inside Outlet

Emily Rose Byberg

Saturday, November 29

Doors at 6 pm, show finished at 9 pm

Free and all ages

1715 Parker Street (corner of Commercial and Parker, above Dream Designs)

Unfortunately, the space is not accessible and there are 20 wide stairs at the entrance. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Thank you to the Vancouver Foundation’s Small Grants Program for making this show free.

Mind Of A Snail Show


Red RIde Tour 4-way

Red Ride 4way

Getting really excited to be a part of this very cool tour featuring Kristi Lane Sinclair and Cris Derksen. We will be hitting up all the big cities in Canada and performing with many special guests, including George Leach, Iskwe, Nick Sherman and Laura Ortman.

Here is a little write up from the Red Ride Tour 4-way site

A collective of Aboriginal musicians will hit the road May 16 taking their showcase of artists across the country in what is described as an eclectic community of culture.

From a cellist and violinist to a guitar god and grunge goddess, Red Ride Tour: The 4-eva will embark on a two-week tour across Turtle Island from Vancouver to New York City. Anchored by classical grunge rocker Kristi Lane Sinclair and critically-acclaimed composer and cellist Cris Derksen, they will be joined at various gigs by 2014 Juno Award winning rocker George Leach, celebrated songstress Jennifer Kreisberg, pop diva Iskwé and rising folk singer Nick Sherman.

“This is our fourth year in a row taking indigenous acts on the road across Canada, and each year it grows,” says Sinclair, the brainchild behind the Red Ride Tours.  “It started out as just Cris and me, in my little Chevy Optra hatchback driving across Canada playing live music venues,” she explains.  “And now this year, we have acts like George Leach and Jennifer Kreisberg wanting to join the tour for a few dates.”

The Red Ride Tour begins in Vancouver on May 16 and will make stops in 14 cities including Banff, Calgary, Regina (where they will pick up Leach), Winnipeg (that is quickly becoming the Aboriginal musical center of the universe), Thunder Bay, Toronto, Montreal and culminating in Brooklyn, NY, on June 1.