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”.
A mold-breaker right out of the gate with a slew of notable mixtapes and EPs, Jez Dior has expertly threaded his hip hop and rock influences into a genre-bending aesthetic all his own. With emotive singles such as “Sober,” and “2 Birds” released to acclaim last year, and independently released projects like Scarlett Sage, The Funeral and Youthanasia, he’s cleared the decks for his upcoming album that melds his honest perspective and gritty L.A. roots into new sonic heights.
Growing up in a musical family with punk rock guitar legend Steve Dior as his dad, he’s deftly absorbed his unique background and influences (from the Doors to Nirvana to Eminem and Kanye West), forging a hard-hitting identity with confessional lyrics that pull no punches. Dior’s music has drawn critical acclaim since the start, with Nylon calling him a “soul-bearing lyricist with a bright future and an interesting backstory” and Hypebeast exclaiming that “the LA-based up-and-comer continues to make impacts with every new song…” He has also received attention from the likes of Complex, TIME Magazine, Billboard, XXL, Clash, VIBE, Hypebeast, Nylon, Alternative Press and more. He possesses a riveting live show that has seen him open for the likes of Chance The Rapper, B.o.B. and most recently Noname, while sharing the stage with the likes of Kanye West, J. Cole, G-Eazy (whom he has also collaborated with) at festivals around the world and more. Dior’s catalogue is near 1 million monthly listeners on Spotify, with his 2018 summer single “Cocaine” placed on the coveted New Music Friday playlist. Along with his own music, Jez Dior runs his own imprint, Funeral Crew.
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.
Multi-talented artist/director/actor/dancer HAYLEY KIYOKO has become one of the most celebrated new artists in the pop landscape since releasing her debut album EXPECTATIONS. According to Rolling Stone, the album’s singles “‘Curious’ and ‘What I Need’ (featuring Kehlani) have placed her at the forefront of an unapologetically queer pop movement.” Coined by Kiyoko and her fans, #20GAYTEEN turned out to be a year full of firsts for the rising pop star who continues to break down barriers at every turn. After being nominated for two VMAs (Best New Artist and Push Artist Of The Year), Hayley attended her first-ever awards show to perform “Curious” and take home the moon person for Push Artist Of The Year. Her captivating live performance soared to new heights with a Coachella festival debut and a nationwide headline tour, which sold out every date including two nights at New York City’s Irving Plaza. Not stopping, Kiyoko went on to join Panic! At The Disco on their “Pray for the Wicked Tour,” performing in arenas across North America. She also took the stage in a stadium for the first time when pop icon Taylor Swift brought her out as a surprise guest on her Reputation World Tour. Kiyoko created a storm that drew attention from not only fans, but the media as well. She stunned on the covers of NYLON and PAPER, and was named to the No. 4 spot on NPR’s list “The 21st Century's Most Influential Women Musicians,” right behind Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Rhianna. Kiyoko made her national TV debut performing “Curious” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and went on to perform fan-favorite “He’ll Never Love You (HNLY)” on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Ending the year on an extremely special high note, Kiyoko was honored with the Rising Star Award at Billboard’s annual Women in Music event in December. With absolutely no signs of slowing down, Hayley is kicking off 2019 on the road for her sold-out European Encore headline tour.
"MJ116" was established in July 2004. They started with South Style music with strong rhythm and rap flow, which was a complete breakthrough in the old school Mandarin Music scene. Their strong rhythmic style, quickly set them up as a favorite in the Taiwanese club scene and subsequently a very successful club tour.
To this day, their music is most popular with students, blasting their songs throughout Taiwan’s clubs and school campuses. In 2006 MJ 116 was signed to True Color Music, the home of famous Rock Star Chang Cheng Yue and Mandarin rap Super Rap Star MC HotDog.
For the past decade, MJ 116 has become a phenomenon in Taiwan. Their lyrics speak to the hearts and souls of Taiwan’s young generation. Their music and revolutionary rap style have taken the Mandarin Music scene by storm.
Born into a family closely involved with the Pentecostal Church, Californian-bred Guisande got his start playing drums at the age of ten and later took up piano and guitar. At age sixteen he co-founded a band with his guitar-playing brother Kyle and began writing songs of his own, relying almost entirely on instinct rather than mining influence from other artists (“I didn’t even know who Kanye West was till I was 18,” notes Guisande, who was forbidden to watch movies or listen to secular music). Over the next few years, Guisande experienced a life-changing transformation as he left the church he was raised in and moved away from home. “I’d thought I was going to be a preacher when I got older, but I started questioning everything and just completely changed the whole trajectory of my life,” he says. With a batch of self-recorded songs under his belt, Guisande headed to Los Angeles at age nineteen and fully devoted himself to pushing forward with his music career and then eventually moved to Nashville in 2013 with his brother following on. Too broke to afford beds, the siblings shared an apartment and slept on the floor, working full-time jobs all day and spending every night writing songs.
Fast forward three years, Kyd the Band's releases (sans Kyle who left the band amicably in 2017) have garnered over 25 million collective streams. The 2019 single ‘Easy’ was one of the most played tracks on German radio that year and landed Kyd the Band onthe cover of Spotify’s official ‘Swag’ playlist.
At the top of the year, Kyd the Band supported NF and Lennon Stella on their huge international tours in addition to his own sold out hometown show. He also gained support from the likes of Forbes and CLASH. A deft songwriter, Devin has penned tracks for artists as eclectic as hip-hop legends Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and German DJ Robin Schulz as well as gnash, NF, and ROZES. Channeling his experiences and lessons learned into his work, Kyd the Band’s music radiates a hard-won positivity that inspires anyone to live more boldly.
bLAck pArty the artist/producer/songwriter delivers smooth vocals over “Tropical Funk”, a genre that he describes as a blend of hip hop, funk rock, reggae, jazz, and a touch of pop soul. Born Malik Flint, this Little Rock, Arkansas native comes from a family of blues musicians, vocalists, and songwriters. Destined to be
the musical prodigy that he is, bLAck pARty first encountered singing as a child, while in church, and started producing by the age of 13. Some of his early work was so dynamic that it caught the ear of local radio DJs who featured it on their shows. bLAck pARty spent his teenage years in rap groups, fronting a rap-rock band, and producing and engineering for local rappers. His love of music led him to begin coordinating musical events in Little Rock at a time that none existed for his age group, and the youth of the city continue to use that format. In 2014, his co-production on fellow Little Rock native Kari Faux’s “No Small Talk” was so fresh and new that it was re-mixed by Childish Gambino and included on his “STN MTN” mixtape with DJ Drama. Shortly afterwards, bLAck pARty relocated to L.A. to further his pursuit of personal musical evolution, and after teaching himself to play guitar and bass, he began working on his surprise project “Mango”, an 8 track EP, released in 2016, and introduced to the world by a rare tweet from Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino. “Mango” includes breakout hits ‘Bloom’, ‘Wanderlust’, ‘Best View’, and ‘Summer Love’, all of which reflect his eclectic musical influences of Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse, J Dilla, India Arie, Portishead, Fela Kuti, Miles Davis, Kid Cudi, Barrington Levy, Phil Collins, and Michael Franks.
bLAck pARty has produced for Kari Faux, Childish Gambino, Father, Cuz Lightyear, Leikeili47, DMP Jefe, and Chloe x Halle. bLAck pARty’s list of productions includes songs and original scores included in the soundtracks for TV series “Insecure” (HBO), “Dear White People” (Netflix), “Atlanta” (FX), and the Chris Rock movie “Top Five”.
BIG DATA is the paranoid pop brainchild of artist/producer, Alan Wilkis. With a healthy dose of distrust, Big Data’s music explores the relationship between man and machine, and the ways in which technology is reshaping the human experience.
In 2014, BD made waves with the #1 alternative hit, “Dangerous (feat. Joywave),” which has since been certified Gold in the US and Canada, and with nearly 40M streams. Big Data’s 2015 debut album, 2.0, featured collaborations with Kimbra, Rivers Cuomo, Twin Shadow, and Jamie Lidell.
Set for release in May 2019, 3.0 is the long-awaited “system update” from Big Data. In creating 3.0, Wilkis became obsessed with the subject of artificial intelligence and its many possible applications in our not-too-distant future. While AI may become humanity’s greatest achievement, it carries with it a potential risk that is both existential and irreversible…one of many reasons why experts refer to AI as our “final invention.” This tension is both fascinating and terrifying all at once, and it is the chief inspiration behind Big Data’s latest effort. Released in September 2018, Big Data’s latest single, Monster featuring Jamie Lidell has been gaining traction and receiving early radio love in addition to excitement for the companion visual, slated for release in conjuction with BD’s Fall Tour.