Last year, Alex Silas set out on a three month backpacking trip across Italy and the Balkans to do a little soul-searching - all while balancing a full time job to put himself through university, pay rent and fund his own studio sessions. Along the way, Silas met up with fellow travelers, hung out with locals at a stop in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina and even went as far as to jump off a bridge 27 meters above the Neretva River.
Inspired by his travels, he immediately started writing and recording upon his return home and, over the next few months, Catania, Silas' new EP, was recorded, mastered and released independently. Almost immediately, Catania started getting adds on local college and university stations, charting in the Top Ten across the country. The song Carryin' On has received features on major stations like CIHT (Hot 89.9 FM in Ottawa) and CILV (Live 88.5 FM in Ottawa). All of this attention earned Silas a spot opening for Kardinal Offishall and Classified at JUNOFest 2012.
Now, Silas is back in the studio working on a follow-up EP due out this fall and performing shows in full support of Catania all over eastern Ontario.