TWEET: “It’s something that just lights my soul on fire. I always knew, it’s just I was waiting until I got in the right frame of mind when I was able to create something I was proud of,” says Chelsey Moisan, a rap artist from Charlottetown.
Chelsey Moisan goes by stage name LAVNDR and has toured the Maritimes with Snak the Ripper as well as performing regularly at Baba’s Lounge in Charlottetown.
When Chelsey Moisan was a girl, her grandpa would put on a show he called Canadian Idol, where he would get her to perform songs for him. “You have to be a singer,” he would say.
When she was 16 years old, Moisan found her voice as an artist. She was at a New Year’s Eve party with her friends when some instrumental beats started playing. “I’d never really done it before but I just kind of started freestyling.”
Her friends couldn’t believe it. She just kept going. “It’s been like two hours, how is this a thing,” they said.
That’s when she realized music is her passion, Moisan said. “It’s something that just lights my soul on fire. I always knew, it’s just I was waiting until I got in the right frame of mind when I was able to create something I was proud of.”
Now, the time has come for Moisan to make a career out of her talents. Over the summer, she went on a Maritime tour where she opened up for Canadian rapper Snak the Ripper under her stage name, LAVNDR. It was an amazing experience, Moisan said. “Being a rapper is just like off the charts for me, like that’s pretty much all I want to do.
And it’s nice to be able to share it with people because I feel like the exchange of music is such a powerful thing.”
Moisan also performs regularly at Skrrt Skrrt Chtwn at Baba’s Lounge, a trap and hip hop event hosted by her producer, Matt MacDougall, also known as Fatt Matt or Matt the CFA. MacDougall came up with the idea because he wanted to bring something different to Charlottetown, he said. “There is a natural inclination to think that rap music draws a rough crowd. I don’t think that’s true at all. Skrrt Skrrt Chtwn operates under the banner of inclusivity, and building resilient communities.”
In order for a community to thrive, Islanders need to support local artists, MacDougall said. “There are younger artists here who have all the skill and talent of artists from large urban centres, but the perceived lack of local understanding does nobody any favours.”
Crystal Dawn, also known as DJ Ruby Booms, has been to the Skrrt Skrrt Chtown shows and says it lives up to its reputation. “There’s a ton of top 30 EDM nights but none compare to what Matt and Chelsey bring to the table,” she said. “It’s all about having fun in a positive, inclusive atmosphere to genres of music that aren’t often heard exclusively.”
Moisan will continue to work on her album featuring MacDougall’s beats, increasing her internet presence, and hitting the recording studio more often, she said. “I have tons of things written, so essentially I’m just trying to get it all out there.”