Singer-songwriter David Myles never imagined he would collaborate with a hip-hop artist like Classified, but with a 2013 Juno Award for rap recording of the year under his belt, he's more than happy it happened.
Myles will be in Parksville Sept. 17 for a 19+ performance at the Quality Resort Bayside as part of the western leg of his tour supporting his new double album, In the Nighttime.
In addition to the full-length album, Myles released an EP as disc two, with six songs produced by Classified.
The two's ongoing collaboration reached dramatic heights in 2013 when their single "Inner Ninja" became the best selling rap single in Canadian history.
But hip-hop's ability to find harmony with other musical genres, from hard rock to country, is no longer a surprising trend to artists like Myles.
"Hip-hop is still one of the most dynamic genres, even the most popular hip-hop," said Myles. "There's maybe a bit of a competitive element - everybody's pushing."
The creation of Canada's bestselling rap tune was purely collaborative, according to Myles. Neither he nor Classified approached the project as a genrebending exercise, but it is reminiscent of the days when RUNDMC and Aerosmith shocked the world with the release of their cover of "Walk This Way" in 1986.
In keeping with an open mind as an artist, Myles was called upon to sing the national anthem in front of thousands during an Aug. 23 Canadian Football League match between the Toronto Argonauts and Calgary Stampeders. The artist became gripped with fear in the lead-up to the anthem, but found himself cool and collected when it was time to perform.
"I was nervous man, because you can't screw up the national anthem," he said. "I could so easily slip up and become a You-Tube legend. That's what you don't want."
Fortunately his first large-scale performance of the national anthem went off without a hitch.
Myles said his show in Parksville will include plenty of getting- to-know-ya banter between the artist and the audience.
The availability of cocktails in the adult-only event might help.
The Parksville performance begins at 7:30 p.m. with cocktails an hour before.
Tickets are $20 in advance and can be bought from the Quality Resort on 240 Dogwood Street in Parksville or online at www.arbutusevents.ca. Tickets are $25 at the door.
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