In a way, it was a meeting of three travellers – Shallom had just arrived back from a few years in South Africa, Rian was in town visiting from London via LA, and Chin was (and is) almost always on the go, splitting time in Vancouver and LA. None of them had planned to be in the city for long that winter, but fate had other plans.
Suffer The Children developed out of a mutual need to prioritize three things: intelligent songwriting, honest collaboration, and the freedom to experiment as friends and creators – without a specific end goal in mind. Fast forward a year and a half and this casual connection has developed into an emerging project whose sound spans across genres and disciplines - a mix of moody electronica and left-field R&B that draws on aspects of modern trap and 80’s alternative pop. With two singles released and an EP ready to drop by the end of 2017, Suffer The Children continues to write and record, while fine-tuning a larger vision for what the group will eventually become.
Just as the future of STC extends far beyond the music, their story has deep roots in each member’s careers as individual artists. Chin is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer, whose “day job” is making records for some of the biggest names in music today. He has a few Grammy awards (Drake, Eminem, Aloe Blacc) and a Juno (K’naan) under his belt.
Rian is a consummate performer whose main focus is vocals, with a generous side helping of dance. He learned to sing before he learned to walk, and has toured and performed with the likes of Estelle, Leona Lewis and Cee-lo Green. Shallom is the wild card of the group. Having spent the majority of her life as a dancer, painter and poet, she has proceeded to explore a career that has run the gamut from choreography to fashion writing; from street art to theatre.
Most artists today wear a lot of hats, and these three plan to take full advantage of the plethora of skills at their disposal. In Suffer The Children, each has finally found a place where all of their many interests can coexist – from music to art to style, each informing the other.