NELSON, BRITISH COLUMBIA – West coast Canadian hip-hop electronic
group (DEFIED) released their first single “Can’t Stop”. Vocalist JJ Watts (Jamie Joong Watts) has paired up with rapper and songwriter Vs. (Matthew Richer-Miller) to bring us DEFIED: a music group that layers rapping and r&b vocals over electronic beats. Their new single, “Can’t Stop” combines chill vibes and big club sound with a feel-good beat from Prophet (Isaiah Furman).
Vs. is a Kootenay songwriter and rapper that has taken the stage for dozens of years at Shambhala Music Festival. Vs. wrote and featured on Lyndi Lush’s “Drowning” and “Reflections,” earning him two consecutive Song of the Year titles at the Kootenay Music Awards. Vs. is known internationally for his group Cyphanex with which he opened for almost every member of the Wutang Clan. JJ Watts is a Toronto transplant to BC; her professional background is in touring musical theatre. JJ
also directs and edits the music videos that are released alongside each single. Prophet is fresh on the scene and has immediately become an integral producer for this project.
DEFIED’s sound is a head-nodding fusion of hip hop and bass music. Their songs are filled with lyrical wordplay and catchy melodies. Vs. raps with fluency and attention to the art form, while JJ brings her rich melodic tones and unexpected flow.