Change your mood.
Mood Change is the alias of Taylor Lysohirka, a Calgary-based DJ who’s shared the stage with artists like Jimmy Edgar, Mall Grab, Leon Vynehall and Midland. His role in the city’s underground, however, extends beyond that of a DJ and into broadcasting, event programming, and organizing two locally celebrated artists platforms. In 2015, after having DJ’d around the city under various aliases for three years, Lysohirka founded Excursions.fm alongside Prashant Dutt, DJ Anokha. Taking inspiration from an online digital platform of the same name (created by Anokha), Excursions.fm launched as a series of mixes where local figures are invited to showcase the music that resonates with them regardless of commercial viability. The series is now on its 50th iteration, and has been rapidly growing in notoriety and stature featuring DJ’s and producers from across Canada. Shortly after the group’s creation, Lysohirka was also brought on as a co-curator of Versions. Now entering its fifth season, this summertime series of bi-weekly open air events has gained an air of prestige locally by highlighting luminaries of the Western Canadian electronic music community. With Excursions.FM and Versions solidified Lysohirka turned his attention back to DJing, and Mood Change debuted at this start of this year with an hour-long podcast presented by Calgary label VRNT. The podcast’s interlacing of dance floor-centric tracks with ambient and broken-beat textures affirms that underpinning Mood Change are the same values of exploration and experimentation that define Excursions. Mood Change exemplifies the role of the classic selector and embodies the attitude of DIY music culture by unearthing selections that radically depart from convention and presenting them through independent grassroots platforms that he’s helped to forge, pushing the underground forward in the process.