As a youth leader, one of the fun things I get to do is attend Rock Concerts with them. Now I know I don’t look like the “Rock Concert” type, but remember I was a teen of the 70’s and let’s face it, that was the Rock Era! Anyway, Christian music has changed a lot over the years, and for many in my generation, it may sound much the same as secular rap, pop and rock but there is a distinct difference. The Christian bands have a distinctive message for youth…LIVE FOR CHRIST! Whether the artist is “beat boxing” or rapping, the message is still clear: “to live for Christ is gain, to live without Him is pain”. (paraphrased and based loosely on Phil. 1:21)
Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending “Rock the Park”, our church’s youth kick off for the year. I volunteered selling the bands’ “swag” (band t-shirts, CD’s etc.). I had the opportunity of not only meeting the band members of Phao, Transit, D.J. Crosswalk, and Peter Pot, but also enjoyed interacting with all the youth AND of course listening to some great music.
I interview Christian authors mostly on my blog but many young readers of my blog have asked me to consider interviewing some new up and comers in Christian music as well. So….
I have the distinct pleasure of welcoming rapper, Transit to Journey Thoughts today!
This past year, Transit and long time collaborator Dave Wallace created a video titled “Creating a hit: The 8 Hour Challenge.” In the video, Transit and Dave film themselves creating a top 40 pop song from scratch to prove how easy it is to be “radio friendly.” After creating the viral Youtube video, Transit and Dave were approached by KISS star Gene Simmons who was interested in the same sound that Transit and Dave were mocking. Rather than pursuing Gene’s invitation to set up a showcase for his record label, Transit decided to stay independent in order to maintain his artistic integrity. Watch the 8 hour challenge here:
Transit has been featured on Q with Jian Ghomeshi, Global National, Macleans Magazine, CBC Radio 1, CBC Television, Metro Magazine, The Times Colonist, The Calgary Herald, Amp Radio, X92.9, The Zone 91.3, CJSW, HipHopCanada.com and more!