Always defying classification, Keram is an experimenter and pioneer. Ranging from ambient circuit bent minimalism, to heartbreaking acoustic folk, from noise core punk to sugary Tokyo pop, he follows his whims and fulfills them all.
A growing number of listeners around the world have learned to follow him on the adventure.
Keram, an accomplished musician, film and television actor, is an out-of-the-box artist. His new album, Come To Life, executive produced by Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, is a sprawling, other-worldly rock adventure that took an army of about 30 musicians, whose collective credits include Coheed & Cambria, Zappa Plays Zappa, Edwarde Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Mary Margaret O’Hara, and of course Rush.
From “Killing Days, Living Nights” that sounds like a cross between Neil Young and D’Angelo to the 12-minute “The Devil Knows Me Well,” an audio history of the blues that starts with the Delta, visits the Stones, pulls in Beach Boys-type harmonies and stops at Hendrix, the 10-song opus is an unpredictable hybrid of Americana, new age, electronica, roots, rock, theatre, experimental, jazz, pop, and then some. It ends with the 21-minute title track.
As an actor — who has appeared in the films American History X, Punisher: War Zone, Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy and Texas Chainsaw 3D and TV shows True Blood, The Mentalist, Saving Grace and The L Word — Keram (Malicki-Sanchez) brings that expression to his music too, writing from other people’s perspective.
Recorded in Toronto and Los Angeles, Keram chose the musicians for their improvisation skills, including Lifeson who appears on “Devil Knows Me Well,” “Mary Magdalene” and “Moving Dark Circles.” The album was mastered by Andy Vandette (Rush, David Bowie, Dream Theater) and “Mary Magdalene” was mixed by Rich Chycki (Rush, Dream Theater, Aerosmith).
The Longer Story:
At 10 years of age, Keram was performing radio dramas for the CBC and launched his music career, releasing a full length album at fourteen in South America signed to a major label with songs charting at radio.
At 14 Keram was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award (Canada's Tony) for his performance in "The Prince and the Pauper." At fifteen, he met Keith White and the two formed the band Blue Dog Pict for which Keram was the frontman for seven years.
"Some call it a cult, others a culture"
Keram created Constant Change, an indie record label in 1993. BDP released three albums and toured North America, charting in the top ten on a dozen College radio stations. BDP evolved into a lifestyle; the 'crew' helped them make every show an event: lighting, sets, costumes and makeup, and when themes for shows were announced, the audience prepared accordingly.
Keram dubbed them "Sky Pirates," a global network of creative pro-active skeptics. August 4th, Robot Pride Day, is a holiday recognized globally by Sky Pirates.
In 2004, Keram wrote/produced/directed the "The Charge of the 08.ZIYA," a feature-length film about the Sky Pirates. Drawn from logs of old Sky Pirate chats in IRC (internet relay chat) the film details the fight to keep the imagination free from the Corprat Empyre.
In 1996 Keram teamed up with Joshua Joudrie and DJ Shine to form Automated Gardens, an ambient-electro project using delays, turntables and instruments. Dubbed "Autogard" by fans, they played a wide variety of raves, usually taking over the chill out rooms for up to eight hours!
Keram relocated to LA in 1996 to form Ribcage with pavlo (bass) and Eric Herrmann (drums). The band toured until 1999 and recorded "For Machines To Dream About". After the band parted ways, Keram went solo. He released songs via film soundtracks (Happy Campers, Uptown Girls) and has scored for Sony, EPCOT Center, and the CBC among others.
He released his debut solo album "Box" in 2008 and the full band follow-up "Come to Life" - executive produced by Alex Lifeson (Rush) in 2014.
The musicians on "Come to Life" have, at one time or another, played with RUSH, Coheed and Cambria, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Mary Margaret O'Hara, The Zappa Band. They have offered me invaluable feedback and insight into how to improve and complete this album. Thus this record has become a collaborative document for some of the best musicians working today and has surpassed my wildest dreams.
The album, made in various studios between Toronto and LA actually has its earliest origins over a decade ago. While it was a huge exercise in perseverance, in many ways I am glad that it took as long as it did; along the way I found more and more unique and fascinating musicians to join the effort.
The 10-song opus is an unpredictable hybrid of Americana, new age, electronica, roots, rock, theatre, experimental, jazz, pop, and then some. It ends with the 21-minute title track. Recorded in Toronto and LA, I chose the musicians for their improvisation skills, including Mr. Lifeson who appears on “Devil Knows Me Well,” “Mary Magdalene” and “Moving Dark Circles.”
A really important part of the story is that in the final stages, the album was supported by the friends and fans. Here is the IndieGoGo campaign video that shows more about how the record came together.
"Independent songwriter/producers move fast. So fast that we have sometimes turned around a request for a specific cue, from composition to delivery of the final master, within hours. Online delivery and licensing helps to make that possible."
- Keram Malicki-Sanchez, President, Constant Change Music.
Our team continues to deliver and offer music:
- any musical genre
- any budget - from micro indies to huge Hollywood hits
- from short incidental cue to a completed score
- video games to theme park attractions
- hassle-free licensing process
- fast turn around
- on budget and on time
- connect independent artists to content creators
- mutually fair deals
- Zero-fee licensing option for ASCAP/BMI reporting and assured TV broadcasts and films (that's right no mechanical or sync fees - call to discuss your project and see if it qualifies)
Quick facts about Keram Malicki-Sanchez:
A professional actor, writer, composer and musician spanning three decades, Keram studied theory and composition at St. Michael's Choir School in Toronto before launching Constant Change Music, an independent record label, in 1993 distributed internationally by Distribution FUSION III.
His band Blue Dog Pict released three albums and toured North America, charting in the top ten on several dozen College radio stations. In 2008 he release a solo acoustic album "Box" that was met with critical acclaim. He is working on his follow up album featuring over 18 musicians.
Has served as a consultant to Nick Negroponte/Adam Kidron/Chris Blackwell's company "Urban Box Office"
A multimedia producer Keram knows and understands all aspects of the creative and technical processes. He was amongst the first to open a digital music storefront online (1995) and has been invited to speak on panels concerning technology and the arts at North By Northeast Music Conference, The Toronto Star, Cinegear in Los Angeles and the National Association of Broadcasters Conference in Las Vegas.
His music has been licensed by Motorola, Disney, Sony Playstation and he has contributed songs and musical score for a wide variety of films and television series including:
Into the Abyss - (film - James Cameron)
Catwalk (series - Franklin/Waterman Entertainment)
About A Girl (series - MTV)
Happy Campers - (film - New Line Cinema)
Uptown Girls - (film - MGM)
Broken (film independent - starring Heather Graham and Jeremy Sisto)
Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy (film independent - starring Kirsten Kreuk and Billy Boyd)
For more information on submitting Cue Sheets to ASCAP or BMI visit http://www.ascap.com/playback/2005/winter/features/cuesheets.aspx
Feel free to preview a small selection of the catalog from the Song section of this site.