We Outspoken: a voice for those who want and need to be heard, a stance above the crowd. An inclusive movement, philosophy, and driving force that four musicians have cultivated into an art form that expands the medium of music into something relative, real, and true, calling their audience to be outspoken; to live the life they choose.
Hard, authentic, edgy, disciplined… are some words used to describe the sound and focus of the band We Outspoken from Toronto, Canada. The year of 2008 brought together Anthony Mascarin (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Alex Mascarin (drums), Joe Manchisi (lead guitar/backup vocals), and Chris Andrews (bass), in hopes of creating their dream of playing in a band, not making music a pastime, but making it a career.
Like scientists, We Outspoken spent their early years and many hours writing, recording, touring and performing—getting their feet wet; understanding the music business from a “do it yourself” perspective.
We Outspoken created Outspoken Entertainment, a label and management company, proving that you are nothing without a good business prospective.
We Outspoken have been featured in three international and domestic magazines: Canada’s Faze Magazine, Germany’s Outspoken Magazine/OX-Fanzine, and Ride UK, BMX Magazine, along with being on three international and domestic CD compilations: HIV Yellow Head Comp, Pop-Punk Comp, and CBC/Tea Volume Comp.
We Outspoken have released two albums and one EP: Hear We Go (2008),Self-Titled (2012), and New Heights EP (2013) under their own company Outspoken Entertainment. All of these albums made their way onto shelves and digital stores across the country. This feat made things very real for We Outspoken; a profit was being made, tours were happening, merchandise was selling; a medium was being marketed and sold.
We Outspoken have released four music videos for their singles, “I don’t know”, “The fall out”, “Crisis” and "A million people watching", all in conjunction with Toronto based film production company, Rawfootage Productions.
We Outspoken has had the opportunity of running a lot of shows; their biggest, was a show for American rock band, The Ataris in 2007. Under Outspoken Entertainment, We Outspoken funded, marketed, promoted, and managed the show. We Outspoken toured with The Ataris in 2008, 2009 and 2011. We Outspoken also toured with singer, Kris Roe, and got to play many of his hits with him such as, “In this diary”, “The boys of summer” and “San Dimas” proving their great camaraderie and teamwork.
We Outspoken has made some radio appearances on the Jason Ellis Show (Sirius/XM- Los Angeles). The band returned later in 2010 for a summer tour in California, playing in Hollywood at the Viper Room with Matt Sorum (drummer of Guns and Roses/The Cult/Velvet Revolver) and his new band, The Darling Stiletos, and playing in almost every city in California, from San Diego through to San Francisco. We Outspoken were also invited back to play at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, for Ellismania 7 and at Ellismania 8 in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel for a performance with music legends, Unwritten Law. The Hard Rock Hotel has put up We Outspoken’s kick drum skin from the night of the performance along with some pictures for display.
We Outspoken from time to time can be heard on Sirius/XM Ch. 41 hosting their own radio show, playing their favorite artists and marketing their brand and songs to thousands of people.
We Outspoken have also played for Live Nation, playing shows with Gob, Die Mannequin, Pennywise, Face to Face, and opening up for many acts across the country, offering local and tour support.
Five songs off We Outspoken’s Self-titled album (2012) have been licensed in a video game created by Distinctive Developments, called Downhill Xtreme. The second single, “Crisis” has been the flagship song of Downhill Xtreme. “Crisis” has been featured in numerous commercials and advertisements for the game which has generated over two and a half million downloads.
Skateboard Party 2, developed by Rat Rod Studios, has also licensed many of We Outspoken's music in their video games.
BMX The Game, is another video game that is currently in development and has included “Crisis” into their soundtrack.
"Crisis” is a fast paced, hard-hitting song that is perfect for action sports. Ride UK, BMX Magazine has licensed the song for use in their promotional DVD that was released with their monthly subscription magazine to over one-hundred-thousand subscribers.
The years of 2012, 2013 and 2014 saw We Outspoken tour in Europe and the UK consecutively, with South American and Canadian tours in 2014.
2014 and 2015 will see We Outspoken tour and play in Asia, Australia, North America and South America.
We Outspoken have finished recording their fifth studio release, Musicomania, and will be releasing it late in 2014 or early 2015. The first single, “It’s not alright” is available for free download (soundcloud.com/weoutspoken). A music video for the song is also going to be released in late 2014.
We Outspoken and their dedication, hard work and passion, have gained them more recognition as an independent band amongst thousands.
Here they stand…
You are the movement, together we are outspoken.