The Toronto native talks about working with the Weeknd and how Drake "kicked down the doors" for Canadian artists. By Shirley Ju. As rappers go, Nav is among the more mysterious talents to emerge from Toronto.
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Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Canadian rapper and producer Nav is in an awkward position. Nonetheless, the DJ and Nav, at separate times during the set, felt compelled to thank everyone for selling out the venue, even though tickets were available at the box office and the room was hardly at capacity. These are things we can overlook. Onstage, Nav seems comfortable — much more comfortable than Abel seemed in for his House of Blues run. Nav certainly commanded the room. At times he made obvious use of Auto-tune, at other times he screamed into the mic, adding more energy to the room, as it fluctuated from song to song. Technically, Nav gets it all right. His sonics are on point and utilize that hazy, atmospheric, uber current sound, coupled with trap snares.
For Punjabi-Canadian rapper and record producer Nav, the last twelve months have been demanding. The equalisation, the mastering, the compression on the drums and the hi-hats… Everything. We did every little intricate thing. Every layer. It took a lot of man hours. I knew I was focussing on the wrong things.