On the Horizon of Musical Genius: The Beaudifulhors Julia Ho September 9, 2014 Art, INTERVIEWS, LIFESTYLE, Music, Review, Shows, WHAT'S UP T.O. Six lovers of jamming, funk and hip-hop, donned the basement stage of Annette Studios on Aug. 29, 2014, as an intimate audience of equally soulful and eager qualities swayed and stomped to jazzy instrumentals and—at times—seemingly spontaneous vocals. The Beaudifulhors are most accurately described as an unrelenting force of hip-hop lyricism and funk melodies. The two elements combined is unequivocally unique. Since 2012, the Toronto band has been jamming, recording and playing live shows at an energy level that is beyond what you’ve probably experienced recently. Soulful and powerful, the six members of The Beaudifulhors—Balazs Ordog (drums), Fithawi Iman (bass), Sean Trudeau-Tavara (guitar/keyboard), Ishan Sharma (vocals/aux percussion), Mohammed Yassin (vocals/aux percussion) and Salvatore Maio (guitar, drums, aux percussion)—began as musically inclined floaters in the psychedelic metal band, Seed of Nature. It was apparent that they all cliqued, and soon enough, The Beaudifulhors was formed. Although the band is not strict with style, it is difficult to deny the conscious use of funk and heavier classic rock elements to embellish lead singer Yassin’s rhymes. “These guys started playing some funky shit, we started rapping and it just happened,” said Yassin of how the group first got their sound. The band defines itself as a jam group, which explains their lack of a full-length production yet. The Beaudifulhors has also been switching up their line-up since they first began jamming over the summer of 2012, and before their first gig that fall. “Our sound is constantly evolving.” The Beaudifulhors has yet to fail in indulging in something that is incredibly unique and mesmerizing. Yassin’s smooth vocals layered over Iman’s funky beats and Maio and Trudeau-Tavara’s captivating melodies is quite honestly what the music world has been lacking. Hip-hop traditions, such as Sharma’s ad libs, backed by Ordog’s drums, reminiscent of classics like Queen, are what make this band’s sound one of its kind. “The genre made itself, all of us have different influences, but we don’t sound like anyone but The Beaudifulhors.” With such complex musicianship done so effortlessly, it is easy to see why Yassin’s incredible flow and the band’s stylistic influences make for enjoyable listening, for both the amateur and theory-backed critic. “We’ll bring an idea, instrumentals. We jam out and just feel it…let it form naturally,” said Sharma. And as synchronized as all six members of The Beaudifulhors are, much of their work is actually done separately, on their own idiosyncratic terms. From recording individual instrumentals to sending it off to each other for approval, each member of the band truly, and quite literally, brings a piece of themselves to the table. But maybe The Beaudifulhors are just destined soul mates that have a knack for feeling each other’s musical grooves. “We’re a jam band before we write songs. If I hear something I like, I might add a little more,” said Yassin. Because of this, the group records almost everything they play, and when it sounds cool, they put it online. At the start of the year, they released “Beaudemo,” a demo consisting of four tracks, including “Homage”—a personal favourite. As fun as genre labelling is, The Beaudifulhors has so much diversity embedded in their music that it can only be experienced to its fullest extent through listening/attending a live show. On the band’s soundcloud, you’ll see hashtags of #Rap Rock, #Progressive Rock and every other imaginable combination of genres, but be not confined by mere words and the industry’s obsession with labels. The Beaudifulhors are, like they said, simply The Beaudifulhors. To keep up to date with The Beaudifulhors and when they will be playing shows, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.