Alt-pop duo Neon Dreams chases rare blue butterflies
While their home base is Halifax, Nova Scotia, vocalist Frank Kadillac and drummer Adrian Morris of Neon Dreams were shocked when their single “Life Without Fantasies” went platinum in South Africa. Inspired to put out a positive message after the world had been in lockdown for a year, Neon Dreams knew they needed to meet their new fanbase. They played 16 shows in South Africa―some shows sold out within five minutes.
When they heard the voice of South African artist Mthandazo Gatya on his number one track “Senzeni,” Kadillac said, “This guy’s voice sounded like it was the earth singing.” Gatya and Neon Dreams collaborated on “Say It Out Loud,” a song that incorporates the band’s signature alt-pop sound with Gatya’s Afro-pop influences.
Known for their high-energy live sets, Kadillac and Morris both play multiple instruments in genres from rock and folk to hip-hop and reggae. Neon Dreams has gone on to garner Gold and Platinum singles, sell out their shows, and win a coveted JUNO award. They’ve also backed their values by becoming Goodwill Ambassadors for The Justice Desk, a non-profit that teaches youth about human rights and how to defend them.
Continuing to inspire with new music, Kadillac also seeks serenity through meditation. At the eye-opening Blue Butterfly retreat in South Africa, he observed the rare, precious butterfly and saw it as a symbol to stop overthinking. “I realize we are all chasing a blue butterfly,” he explains. “That butterfly is our dreams, hope, love, and redemption. At the same time, we’re doing a little dance under the sun.”
Dance under the sun with Neon Dreams as they bring uplifting songs from their latest album Sweet Dream Till Sunbeams to the Four Fire Festival in September.