Born in Oxnard, California this Ventura county native has made his way into the now explosive Los Angeles music scene as a drummer/producer/vocalist/singer/songwriter. Credited for his efforts on the title track and starring role on popular Internet show, RUN DMZ. He has current features and production with several notable artists; Shafiq Husayn, Tiron & Ayomari, Wax, Dumbfoundead, and Watsky. With his present release "Cover Art", the debut EP introducing an innovative â€œSoul Rebelâ€ sound. Offers the standout lead cover single "Maps" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, with a bold treatment of crooning vocals paired with minimal electronic production, allowing the remainder of the voyage to open for the six-track set featuring renditions of popular cuts by a variety of rock, folk and alternative bands. Including the Beatles â€œBlackbirdâ€, and the White Stripes â€œSeven Nation Armyâ€, joined by vocalists Noncado, Milo and Raquel Rodriguez, with all original production and arrangements of music. Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals delivers a finite process in remaking alternative rock classics from beloved bands into compelling, funkier versions by extracting every bit of soul, jazz, hip-hop, electronic funk, and r&b from these great tunes- simultaneous paying homage to some of his all-time favorite songs and bands.
At 15-years old, Amber Liu moved from her hometown of Los Angeles to Seoul to pursue her music career. A few years later, she debuted in 2009 in what would become an iconic K-pop group called f(x). The band would go on to win numerous awards, becoming not only South Korea's biggest act but renown internationally. With 6 of their albums reaching #1 on the charts, f(x) was the first K-Pop act to perform at SWSX. Since then, Amber has collaborated with top producers and acts including, Anna Kendrick, Superfruit, and R3hab. Having 5M Instagram and 2M Twitter followers, Amber has become an online influencer and icon to this generation. Amber embarked on her own solo career in 2015 with her EP “Beautiful” and continues to evolve as an artist, songwriter, and creative director. Recently, she made a splash with her self-produced mixtape, “Rogue Rouge”.
It has been just over a year since Los Angeles based Jez Dior first hit the indie rap scene. Known for infusing overt grunge with smooth hip-hop, the 21 year old emcee has created a sound all his own. And it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Son of legendary punk-rock guitarist Steve Dior (Sex Pistols), Dior draws much of his musical inspiration from artists like Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, and Kanye West.
It was Dior’s debut project, Scarlett Sage, which first boosted his reputation, giving him much deserved recognition. His singles "Candles" and "Love Me To Death" both landed #1 spots on The Hype Machine and MTV Iggy hailed him as "The real thing of 2013." No stranger to the stage, he’s opened up for both B.o.B and Chance the Rapper, and recently played SXSW.
Jacquie Lee arrived in extraordinary fashion with her Atlantic Records debut EP, "BROKEN ONES," hitting the Top 10 on the iTunes Pop Chart upon release. The inspiring track has also drawn over 20 million streams on Spotify and major Top 40 airplay. Hailed by Elle as a preternatural belter who blends powerhouse pop with the bluesy, lovelorn vibe of Janis Joplin, "Jacquie has further garnered critical praise from such national outlets as Glamour, Seventeen, MTV.com, and more. Passionately performed and powerfully personal, Jacquie Lee's first single "BROKE ONES" immediately affirmed the 19-year-old New Jersey native as an exceptional singer/songwriter with a singular voice and limitless future.
Singer/songwriter/actress/director Hayley Kiyoko spent the past year quietly instigating the most wonderful sort of pop disruption via her breakthrough independent single “Girls Like Girls” and critically acclaimed This Side of Paradise EP. The music video, written and co-directed by Hayley and Austin S. Winchell, garnered over 40 million YouTube views in just the span of a year and 10 million Spotify streams. Along the way, she’s received praise with Billboard describing her enigmatic style as “Energetic, high-stakes pop music,” and Us Magazine claiming she’s “giving a whole new meaning to pop anthems." This year Hayley makes her major label debut with the highly anticipated EP, Citrine, bringing a fresh, focused, and fiery perspective to pop music.
Wisconsin native Alice released the Glass Lake’s EP The Evolution in 2013 at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The record was met with crystalline reviews. Pigeons and Planes listed Alice among the 12 female artists everyone should know and Repeat Button predicted her to be “the Cosmic Pop Queen of 2013.” Bonnaroo called the EP “haunting, lush [and] ambient.” Alice’s melodies, inspired by echoes through the trees, speak of life’s infallibly honest reflection in the water while hinting at the surreal. She is currently working on her debut LP with producers Danny Garibay of Atom Factory, DJ Dahi, Twice As Nice and Frequency (producer of Billboard #1 “Monster” by Eminem ft Rihanna.) Recently signed to Paradigm Agency, Alice is poised for an even bigger 2014.
Described by Billboard Magazine as a “Rising star” and by TheNext2Shine music blog as a young musical prodigy with “a voice that exceeds any realm of expectation,” Tamir discovered his own unique talent and deeply rooted passion at an early age, which is what brought him to attend and study at the school of art. The schooling in the arts inspired Tamir to begin creating and performing his own music, and eventually led him to form his own eight-piece band while eagerly beginning to learn the creative process of writing, composing, arranging and producing original music. Possessing an old soul and outstandingly distinctive raspy voice, Tamir drew heavy influence from Funk, Blues and Jazz to find his musical inspiration. Tamir harnesses his youthful energy taking an authentic, vintage sound, and creating modern music that connects with today’s modern music scene. With songs such as “I Was Made To Love Her” and “The Only One Who Really Cares,” Tamir showcases his passionate vocal delivery onstage while also exploring his unique songwriting ability that can be described simply as “timeless.”