Tuesday, October, 16 2018
Rival Entertainment & Masquerade Presents:
Backward Books 2 Tour with Jez Dior & Boregard
ABOUT• at Masquerade (Purgatory)
• All Ages Welcome
• General Admission (first come, first served)
• Tickets available online via Ticketmaster.com or without ticket fees in person at The Masquerade Box Office, M-F, 11-6. Online sales end at 5pm on day of show
VIP Meet & Greet with Azizi Gibson
- 1 GA ticket to the show
- 1 Meet and Greet with Azizi Gibson
- Photo Opportunity with Azizi Gibson
- 1 Exclusive piece of tour merchandise
- Early Entry
No matter what sort of obstacles he’s faced in life, Jez Dior has music to help process what he’s going through. Over the past few years, the Los Angeles-based artist has developed his unique sound—a blend of hip-hop, pop and rock sensibilities—in an attempt to channel his frustrations with the world into a creative outlet and sort through the issues he’s faced, spanning his battles with substance abuse, relationships and deeply personal family matters that have been the catalyst for his widely acclaimed compositions.
“Music for me, and for so many people, is about healing,” explains the 25-year-old. “Music has always been what I do when I'm upset. I either go and make music or I listen to music. Music helped my dad through all the shit that he's been through. My mom has always listened to music and been emotionally attached to it, hence the reason why she probably married my dad and why I'm the way I am.”
Since recording his 2012 debut single “Candles,” which went straight to No. 1 on Hype Machine upon release, Dior has meticulously crafted several projects, including Scarlett Sage, The Funeral and 2016’s Youthanasia, that have slotted him among hip-hop’s most promising ones-to-watch. His upcoming Epic Records debut, a 4-song EP set for release in the fall of 2017, steps beyond the darkness of prior records and brings his message into a more positive light, with lead single “Sober” setting the tone. On the tinkering track, he reflects on moving to Hollywood a few years back, unable to control his addictions, but coming to terms with how they rule his life while wanting to overcome them. “It has always been important for me to be honest with everyone that listens to my music,” he says. “If it just helps one person get through and they have a similar situation in their life, that for me is enough.”
His path to music should have been clear from the start, though Dior has never had it easy. He was raised in Thousand Oaks, California, son of famed British guitarist/songwriter Steve Dior known for working with members of New York Dolls and Sex Pistols. Music wasn’t the focus when Jez was growing up. He was more interested in playing soccer until the age of 13, when a cousin introduced him to Eminem’s The Eminem Show that spurred an interest in hip-hop. Beyond growing up listening to bands such as Nirvana and The Doors, he began experimenting with writing lyrics that echoed that of 50 Cent and G-Unit, joining groups in high school, setting the stage for him to eventually find his voice as a solo artist.
Dior’s late teen years and early twenties were met with reckless abandon: he was heavily drinking, taking prescription medications and even crashed his mother’s car. Therapy was one method to cope with problems, but music became a primary form of expression at the age of 20. With that, things began to take hold. Dior set to work on 2013’s Scarlett Sage, a unique blend of sounds that spawned the fan favorite “Love Me to Death” (2,400,000 Spotify Streams) and followed it with 2014’s The Funeral EP—“a dark project,” he recalls, “that was the biggest outlet I’ve ever had really, just emotionally.” The project’s cuts took off, including “Old No. 7” featuring G-Eazy that accrued more than 9 million listens across various streaming platforms and the project as a whole to date has netted over 16 million Spotify streams alone.
Now, a couple years later, Dior finds himself in a better space. In addition to his strong touring record—he opened for Chance the Rapper and B.o.B, and has shared the stage with the likes of Kanye West, J. Cole, G-Eazy and more at festivals—he runs his Funeral Crew imprint whose first signee is Toronto-based artist 12AM, and has lofty ambitions for his Epic debut EP and first full-length LP set for release in 2018, which he hopes will put both himself and his fans on a better journey. “I want people to be able to have sex to this shit,” he says. “I want people to be able to party to this shit. I want people to cry to this. I want people to feel every emotion when they listen to this. I'm being very specific in my song choices that will make the album, because I want to hit every feeling and emotion and aspect of life on this album. I want them to walk away and be like, ‘Wow, I really feel like I know that guy. I really feel like I know this person. I know what he's been through.’”
Born to Sierra Leonean parents in Atlanta, GA in 1995 BOREGARD. (Bockarie Amara) lived with his single mother who worked two jobs in order to fund Bockarie’s private education for the entirety of his academic career. Though separated, Bockarie’s father remained very active in his life, and exposed him to various artists during road family road trips. Listening to artists such as Nelly, Tupac, Whitney Houston, and Biggie Smalls, which curated vibrant playlists throughout their travels. This exposure to interesting sounds and lyrics settled into a fond place in Bockarie. In addition to these influential trips, an important source of music influence came by the way of Bockarie’s older cousins, who constantly played varying genres of music around him. Artists such as, Kanye West, Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock, Eminem, and Nas diversified Bockarie’s taste in music. In school, Bo took a special liking to poetry, and was often known for writing witty poems and creative short stories. It wasn’t until senior year of high school that Bo considered taking rap seriously. After a surprisingly successful pep rally performance, there was much acclaim and positive feedback for Bockarie’s music career. This inspired him to push boundaries, and thus the music artist BOREGARD. was born. BOREGARD. released his first mixtape, Beauregard Blvd in 2013, with the assistance of his executive producer and childhood friend Sensei Bueno. Bueno pushed BOREGARD. to find his own sound, rather than mimicking his biggest personal influences at the time such as Childish Gambino and Kid Cudi. Finally, BOREGARD. heeded his advice during his junior year of college at Emory University, when he released his song “Honey, did you know about this?”. The song drew attention to Bo, and there was a very entertaining video that ensued. He has steadily released new songs, and grown his fan base following with each consecutive hit after. Since then, BOREGARD. has performed at every single MASQUERADE stage in Atlanta, and sold-out while doing so. He has hosted what was called, “The best party of Emory’s History,” and consequentially raising nearly $1000 for Experience Camps, a local nonprofit that provides support for children with parents who have terminal illnesses. (Joseph North, 2016) Most notably, BOREGARD. has opened for international superstars Emmerson Bockarie and Phyno, as well as American rappers Rae Sremmurd and Ty Dolla $ign. As 2017 continues, BOREGARD. plans on further developing his music, and making some exciting new releases on his upcoming album that are not to be missed.