A lover of music & sound system culture, Citizen Sound is the production moniker of Toronto-based DJ and producer Aram Scaram. He began his musical journey as a DJ in 1999 rocking local dance-floors with his soulful, dubbed out vinyl selections. His first residency was a weekly at a popular downtown bar called Ciao Edie. It is here where he would hone his skills as a selector. It is also here where he met Sassa’le and the next chapter started.
Scaram soon got his chops in radio. In 2001 he was invited by Sassa’le to join the Version Xcursion, a popular weekly radio show that aired on CKLN 88.1 FM. Their show connected the dots between the original roots and dub sounds of Jamaica and the many modern off-shoots that have evolved from that sound. Together they built VX into a leading source for bass culture music exposing audiences to new & exciting local and international artists.
In his 10 years with Version Xcursion Aram helped expand VX into a productions company & DJ outfit. In 2004 he launched the legendary monthly club night Dub & Beyond, which had a successful 7 year run spinning the dance-floor side of dub, reggae and dub inspired music. This event hosted some of the best Canadian DJ’s, producers and sounds, along with International DJ’s including RSD (Rob Smith), J Star & J. Boogie. These parties were hosted by the radio show, broadcast live-to-air from the club and featured some great “unplugged & home-grown” performances. During this period Version Xcursion released 2 full-length albums, 3 EP’s including, the critically acclaimed Tréson meets VX. As a DJ his highlights include gigs at the Toronto Jazz Festival, Virgin Fest, opening for Massive Attack at the Carlu
Theatre, the Dubwize & Dub Collective parties and the time in Hamilton when they almost opened for the Wailers. Turned out to be one of the best parties though!!!
In 2011 the beloved community radio station CKLN closed its doors for good, which ended Version Xcursion’s run of over 13 years on community radio. After close to a 2-year hiatus, the duo re-launched the VX radio show in late 2012. Now in a monthly 1-hour format and broadcast at www.studiofeed.com.
Recording as Citizen Sound Aram released his debut album in 2010. Blending his love of music and sound system culture into a hybrid of dub and soul, reggae and hip hop. He teamed up with some of Canada’s premier singers & musician’s to help bring his home-grown vision to life. The end result is an exciting fusion of sound that pays tribute to the foundational roots.
In 2010 Citizen Sound did a mini tour in Europe with a gig in Amsterdam alongside Big Toes Hi-Fi at the infamous Dubchamber party. During that same trip he shared the decks with Don letts, Wrong Tom & Dubmatix in support of the London release of Prince Blanco’s – Shatter The Hotel tribute album to Joe Strummer.
In 2011 Citizen Sound was recognized by the Reggae Music Achievement Awards (Canada) for Best Reggae Single for Reggae Is Her Name feat. Blessed. This song was also awarded a MuchFact video grant. In the video Blessed and Director David Mewa brilliantly capture the essence of this tribute to reggae music.
Along with the album Citizen Sound has released 4 singles on Balanced Records, several remixes and is featured on compilations including Northern Faction 5 and Echo Beach King Size Dub series. In partnership with Irie Ites records (Germany) Citizen Sound released the Wa Do Dub EP on 7” vinyl. Featuring Wrong Tom, J Star, Aldubb and Citizen Sound’s remix of Brother Culture, this limited double vinyl pressing was massively successful and is in the crates of top selectors worldwide. Currently Aram is working on a full-length album with plans to release it in the fall of 2013.
“Reggae Is Her Name, the album’s Juno-worthy single. A sweet love letter to reggae, it features Blessed and is one of the disc’s standout tracks.”
Errol Nazareth – Toronto Sun
“Citizen Sound is a passionate dub advocate, mixing and producing some wicked tunes. I was tipped off about the track “Seasons Change,” which is a smooth slightly digital upbeat summer-time reggae jam with Melodic & Jahdan Blakkamoore.”
The Groove Thief
„Citizen Sound“ is out and claims its own position to the continuously spreading hybrid genre in which dub and soul, reggae and hip hop are combined in fair proportions for creating the modern urban soundtrack. This a very well balanced record between the production skills of Aram Scaram and each contribution whether that is the collaborating artists or the supporting sound patterns. Worth checking!
Hip Sound Blog
“Veteran Brother Culture never sounded better and Ammoye’s lovely vocal touch is always a treat but this remix has got so much energy that it just pulls you to the dancefloor! If this tune doesn’t make you smile and jump, I sincerely don’t know what will… More please! ”
Youri Van Driessche – Dubfront – Fmbrussel (BE) – 22 Tracks
“Citizen Sound CD beautifully blends roots reggae, dub, soul and electronics.”
Denise Benson, Music Journalist & DJ
solid, sultry jam, with plenty of sax & horns, sirens and mixer sound effects serving as the backdrop for vocalist Tréson’s velvety anti-authority stylings.
It’s wicked. Love the paired down beats, it’s like a soundscape. I really really like it…
Garvia Bailey, CBC Radio One
Campaign Start: 28.03.2013