Best friends since the age of 7, Frontman Jacob Snow and Bassist Alex Deuzeman broke away from a previous band and decided to form the ALL CANADIAN duo that is Gorilla Tophat.  Snow grew up singing and performing in the Pentecostal Church while Alex took a more traditional approach with formal education at Mohawk College.  Alex introduced funk music to Snow, helping him perfect his falsetto, Snow took to the groove immediately.  The pair decided to showcase the lost art of funk and bring their own modern spin to the genre.

Their debut album was well received winning nominations in the category of Best Funk Fusion Song (IMA), Best Funk Fusion Album (IMA), Best Funk Album (Acadamia) and Best Jazz Vocal (TIMA). The pair played several shows across Ontario including the infamous Burlington Music Festival.

After taking some time off to write music, the band teamed up with legendary Producer Mark Berry and released a new Single titled Mayday featuring Firechild in 2019 and a video in October 2020. The band also has several single releases pending but production was affected by the global pandemic. 

Their music is bringing back the smooth, soulful magic of Funk and mixing in a little Rock, Reggae and Pop. Overall they are defined by infinitely groovy bass lines and thought provoking lyrics, complimented with horns, piano, percussion, rock & funk vocals. 

They site their influences as widespread and include Artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, 311, Big Wreck and Third Eye Blind. 

They have also been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to bring you collaborations with the following talented Artists: Katisse Buckingham, Brian Doherty (Big Wreck), Kevin Cadogan (Cadogan Salazar, Formely Third Eye Blind), Tom Teasley (Drummie Percussionist of 2016).

Mayday feat. Firechild

Gorilla Tophat

Gorilla Tophat teamed up with Sony and legendary Producer Mark Berry to release their new Single Mayday featuring Firechild. Mayday features a signature funk bass line with a Reggae feel. Vocals from Jacob Snow are soulful and thought provoking, highlighting issues of technology addiction and how it affects millions of people everyday. The track was followed up with the release of a music video in October 2020; one year after the Single was released. The video was filmed in Toronto at Coalition Music and was filmed and edited by Beatchild; a Polaris nominated Artist.

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Vocals/Song Writing-Jacob Snow

Bass/Song Writing-Alex Deuzeman

Producer-AMG Entertainment (Mark S. Berry)

Engineer-Phase One Audio (Mike Smith)

Mastering-Absolute Audio

Guitar-Matt Eittel

Drums-K Note

Background Vocals-Shannon Williams and Kemesha

Breakdown Vocals-Firechild

Video Directing & Production-Beatchild (Byram Joseph)

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