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Who is Natural Ensemble? Natural Ensemble, or N.e (always spelt with a lower case e) is a unique hip-hop duo created by the imaginations of two young, talented artists who hail from Okotoks, Alberta, Canada. Early 90‘s hip-hop influences the positive, upbeat lyrics (provided by Josh “Geeze” Giesbrecht) and laid back beats (courtesy of Brendon “B-Ren” Caron). Alone, they could impress any rap enthusiast but together, they’re creativity blends to unveil a side of hip-hop you’ve never heard before.
The official debut of Natural Ensemble was in January, 2010 at Converge – a hip hop music, art and fashion show held at the iconic Calgary Tower. The duo wasted no opportunity to help others with their music, raising over $3,000 for victims of the Haiti earthquake at Hip Hop for Haiti – a hugely successful show that they organized themselves. At the end of 2010 the duo began their relationship with True Rhythm – one of the top hip-hop promoters in Calgary. Since then, N.e has been a permanent name in Calgary hip hop, appearing alongside names like Sweatshop Union, Moka Only, Son Real and Dub FX. In December, 2010 Natural Ensemble signed with their long time friends at indie record label, Big Rock Records Inc. One year later their first album, Naturally, was released at a sold out show in Okotoks. The album saw itself at #17 in the Canadian iTunes Hip Hop chart – a huge success for the duo that was just getting started. More new fans got the chance to discover Natural Ensemble for themselves when Geeze was featured on the single, I’m So Indie, from fellow Calgary hip-hop artist, Transit. The video was featured on Much Music and currently has over 300,000 views on YouTube. On the heels of the successful single, N.e joined Transit and DJ Crosswalk for a western Canadian tour. Natural Ensemble has appeared at some festivals in 2012 including Fozzy Fest and Shake The Lake.
Natural Ensemble has already passed many milestones in a short period of time – so what could be next for Geeze and B-Ren? A Canada-wide tour would be the first time N.e has the chance to bring their music to a stage in front of hip hop fans outside of Western Canada. But of course, “it’s all about the music.” Natural Ensemble wants to bring their second album to hungry fans and make sure there is never a shortage of peace, love and great hip hop. This is just the start of the Natural Ensemble story.