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New Ottawa Senators song almost didn't happen after computer crash, says rapper

Just two days before he was supposed to deliver a new song promoting the Ottawa Senators to the team mid-January, rapper Peter Joynt's computer crashed.

"I started working on the beat in September, and with the lockout, I put it on the shelf," said Joynt. "They called me up in January and I got back on it. Then two days before I was to submit the track to the Sens, my computer crashed and died. I lost all my music files."

Immediately, Joynt bought a new computer and began rerecording the track called Ready for More from a backup he had saved before Christmas. "I still had to stay up all day and night reworking the song, finding samples again and rerecording all the vocals," he said. "It was stressful, to say the least."

With a helping hand from friend DJ SoNice, Joynt said he was just able to meet the deadline. "The silver lining is that the track turned out even better than it was initially," he said. "The cuts he made were way better than the ones I did originally."

Joynt got the choice assignment after his music video ode to Ottawa Capcity took off in 2011 and the Sens screened it on the video monitors over centre ice at Scotiabank Place. "Apparently the Sens and fans really liked it, so they asked me back," he said.

With the help of Sens videographer Chris Paine, Joynt shot the video at the Sens home opening game Jan. 21. "The idea with the video is to have it play at the start or between periods at each game this season," he said. "This song was a roller-coaster ride, but a labour of love nonetheless."

The track Ready for More is available for free download at The Joynt.

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