“Some songs just stick. It’s like superglue: you’ve got 20secs and then you’re caught. That’s exactly what happened the first time I heard Operators Are Standing By. ”
— Urbanicity Magazine
About This Mad Desire
"Like neil young on david bowie drugs"
This Mad Desire, Mackenzie Kristjon’s rock and roll brand, has toured North America, UK, Europe, and Iceland since winning his first national songwriting competition as a teenager. 2017 video Operators Are Standing By, produced at Digital Canaries in Hamilton, has garnered almost 250,000 views on Youtube.
2020 album American Dream includes production from Toronto-based hit producer Mark Zubek (Zedd Records) and Dan Konopka (OK Go) and an unwitting collaboration with Leonard Cohen. Most of the basic tracks were actually recorded in public at the Hamilton Public Library. As the Dundas branch studio is in a non-soundproof fishbowl-setting in the children’s department where patrons can see inside, recording became almost a form of public performance art.
While recording American Dream, Kristjon was randomly and brutally assaulted in Hamilton by a meth addict, who severely disfigured Kristjon’s face. Recovery and physical healing lasted into the beginnings of the lockdowns that swept Planet Earth. American Dream spawned five videos, received press across North America, Europe, the Mideast, and Asia, and saw two songs get added to compilation albums –Stand Up And Dream Again was added to the 2021 Save Toronto Music Venues comp CD and Reykjavik Shuffle was added to the Interlake All-Stars vinyl collection coming out soon in Manitoba.
In spring 2021, during the pandemic, Kristjon recorded a new album –the forthcoming Open Hearts Open Minds- and collaborated with an ever-increasing number of musicians across the planet who were also in lockdown. Currently released singles from the album include Operators Are Standing By (felino Remix), re-imagined by Brazilian artist felino and Love Is A Glorious Thing, featuring background singers from Vancouver to Cape Breton and from San Francisco to Philadelphia.
Additionally, this past Christmas saw Kristjon co-write Calgary country artist Kim Thompson’s track This Christmas which produced by Chris Birkett (Sinead O’Connor, Buffy Ste. Marie) and release a modern indie rock version of Christmas classic Deck the Halls featuring Jessica Magoch on co-vocals. Jessica won the 2019 Philadelphia Music Award for Jazz and a 2022 John Lennon Songwriting Contest Song of the Week.
For OHOM, Kristjon again worked with Dan Konopka in Los Angeles who drummed and mixed several tracks including Victim Appreciation Night, which is going to be advance-released as part of an exclusive, limited edition NFT offering in April 2022 in partnership with Brazil-based Kickoff Music. The offering will include a remix from Cas Weinbren, caskeyboardproducer, owner and manager of See See Beats, who is a 46 Million streamed, multi-genre producer and classical and jazz trained keyboardist from New York City. Top bids will also receive specialized Victim Appreciation Night T-shirts.
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