Made in LA 2018
These are the current artists joining us for a two-day Music & Arts Festival on September 1 & 2, 2018 at Golden Road Brewery Los Angeles.
Andre Power is the co-founder and creative director behind the music and artist collective, Soulection. As a DJ, Power has played in over 25 countries, and continues to travel the world promoting the music of up-and-coming artists, marrying the powerful influences of both music and art. Andre continues his role as creative director for Soulection by developing partnerships with brands in every industry. He grows himself as a DJ with his curated event series, “A Night With Andre Power” and other live events, showcasing new talent that he discovers from all around the globe.
Dorothy was built around Dorothy Martin, a singer who was born in Budapest but raised in San Diego. As a child, she started singing early and eventually made her way to Los Angeles. Rolling Stone named Dorothy one of the best 50 Best New Artists of 2014 and soon after, Dorothy was signed by Jay-Z's Roc Nation. Martin recently put together a new, high level, and powerful band including guitarist Owen Barry, guitarist Leroy Wulfmeier, bassist Eliot Lorango, and drummer Jason Ganberg. Dorothy is releasing their second full-length album 28 Days in the Valley on March 9th. The lead single "Flawless" is out on January 19th. The band is managed by We Are Hear and represented by Roc Nation.
One of the original turntablists, J Rocc founded the Beat Junkies in 1992 with Melo-D and Rhettmatic, but has done just as much on his own as in a group setting. He began DJing in the mid-'80s with a California group named PSK. Soon after forming, the Beat Junkies became a seminal force in the rise of instrumental hip-hop, including core member Babu plus future stars Shortkut and D-Styles.
In addition to numerous mixtapes and his own production for Stones Throw releases, J Rocc has been the DJ for Madlib's live shows since the early 2000's, was the 3rd member of Jaylib (Madlib & J Dilla) during the group's live events, and collaborated with Madlib on Beat Konducta Vol. 5-6: A Tribute to J Dilla.
J.Rocc is on the air every Sunday Night from 10pm-12am PST with KPFK (90.7 FM) in LA. As the host, J Rocc plays a wide range of music from new releases to dusty old records made around the world. Past guest include Gaslamp Killer, Cut Chemist, Dam-Funk, Peanut Butter Wolf, Stro Elliot, Lakim, Metta World Peace and many more. You can tune in on-line at kpfk.org.
Every 2nd Saturday you can find J.Rocc on Apple Music/Beats1 with Dr. Dre presents The Pharmacy. Hosted by Xzibit, D.J. Pooh, Eddie Francis, and Wyann Vaughn.
J Rocc is currently working on a new LP for Stones Throw and is co-producing a "Flaunt Edwards" project on Leaving Records.
A/J Jackson (vocals)
Aaron Sharp (guitar)
Dak Lerdamornpong (bass)
Greg Erwin (drums)
The year before making their breakthrough with a mainstage performance at Coachella and the chart topping single "My Type," Saint Motel had planned to host an event of their own called "saintmotelevision" -- a multimedia spectacular of music, dance, comedy, art, and more that was shut down by authorities before it even took place. "That crazy mixture of worlds and ideas is something we've always gravitated toward," says front man A/J Jackson in reflecting on the original saintmotelevision. "We've always been fans of strange combinations, and that glorious yet doomed event became a symbol of all that." So when it came time to create their forthcoming full-length debut for Elektra, the band reclaimed the name saintmotelevision and, in the end, dreamed up an album as magnificently kaleidoscopic as that mythic party itself.
Featuring production from the likes of Lars Stalfors (Cold War Kids) and Tim Pagnotta (Walk The Moon) -- as well as from Jackson, in and around the band's own studio in downtown L.A. -- saintmotelevision builds off 2014's My Type EP with a sound even more expansive and artfully genre-blurring. And with its effervescent melodies and shapeshifting grooves, the album emerges as a beautifully alchemized piece of alt-pop, every bit the "channel-surfing odyssey" its namesake was meant to be.
Lead single "Move" serves as saintmotelevision's opening track, a psych-rock-tinged dancefloor anthem with a chorus so catchy that -- during Saint Motel's raucous sets at summer festivals like Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo -- audience members instantly shouted along despite never having heard the song before. In the lyric video for "Move," Saint Motel have also unveiled their latest undertaking as a decidedly visually-oriented group: the so-called "virtualizer," which combines 360° animation and virtual reality technology that allows each viewer a chance to experience the music in a fully immersive manner.
Throughout saintmotelevision, the band transforms their infinite inspirations into songs that radiate an electric, unabashed joy. On "Getaway," for instance, Saint Motel shape their fascination with Donna Summers' "I Feel Love" into a shimmering, intensely charged pop number powered by massive piano riffs. With "Destroyer" (as in "I don't break hearts, I destroy them"), the band echoes the seductive danger in the song's lyrics by bringing in some fantastically trashed-up horns a la Exile on Main St.-era Rolling Stones. Meanwhile, on "Sweet Talk," Saint Motel channel Iggy Pop-inspired swagger into a stomp-and-clap-driven heavy-hitter destined for sing-along status.
Just as inventive in its lyrical element, saintmotelevision brilliantly twists together melancholy and levity in songs like "Local Long Distance Relationship (LA2NY)" (a brightly wistful meditation on love in a social-media-crazed era and on being with "someone who's physically there with you but mentally far away," according to Jackson). One of saintmotelevision's starkest moments, "Born Again" calls on an L.A.-based gospel choir to help convey the track's enigmatic message. 'Born Again' rides the line between two worlds, so you can't really tell which way to take it." And on "For Elise," Saint Motel play on the mystery of Beethoven's immortal beloved by paying rhapsodic tribute to the legendary muses behind songs like the Kinks' "Lola" and Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side."
Passion for eclecticism has always been at the heart of Saint Motel, a band founded by Jackson and guitarist Aaron Sharp: film-school classmates whose longtime friendship had its roots in a shared appreciation of obscurist cinema and mutually adventurous musical tastes that include everything from Imperial Teen to Beethoven's 7th Symphony, 2nd Movement. After bringing bass player Dak Lerdamornpong and drummer Greg Erwin into the fold, the band released their debut EP ForPlay in 2009 and began hosting a series of "experiential concerts" with such themes as Zombie Prom and Judgment Day. "We played in half-pipes, semi-trucks, circuses -- pretty much anywhere we could," says Jackson. "We just wanted to do what we could to push ourselves beyond our comfort zone, and give people some kind of big, crazy experience whenever they came to see us."
Thanks in part to those one-of-a-kind live shows -- and to their critically acclaimed, independently released 2012 full-length debut Voyeur -- Saint Motel steadily built up a devoted underground following throughout their early years. Releasing the My Type EP in summer 2014, the band saw their fan base grow exponentially as the title track became a top 10 alternative radio smash, with both the song and its companion video (directed by Jackson himself) each collecting streaming figures in the tens of millions, and counting.
Now set for a fall headlining tour -- with their past tours including support slots for Arctic Monkeys, Imagine Dragons, Band of Skulls, and Weezer -- Saint Motel have discovered a new outlet for their boundary-breaking brand of artistry. With plans of creating virtual-reality-enhanced videos for more tracks from saintmotelevision, the band hopes to offer an even more immersive way to experience what Nylon recently referred to as "a bright, dreamy sound that transports listeners to another time and place." "There's essentially a new art form there," says Jackson of the virtualizer. "But it's also like when you were younger and bought a new record and went home and put it on, and you'd sit back and close your eyes and kind of enter the album. This is a whole new way to do that, where we're letting people walk into the album and then just live inside it for a while."
Transviolet is an LA-based quartet made up of vocalist/lyricist Sarah McTaggart, multi-instrumentalist/producer Michael Panek, drummer/producer Jonathan Garcia, and guitarist/keyboardist Judah McCarthy. The band’s first song, “Girls Your Age” popped online in the summer of 2015 announcing Transviolet’s arrival. “Girls Your Age” gained instant online traction with Sarah’s voice at once recalling the Lana, Lorde, Karen O and Imogen Heap: sultry, measured, assured. Katy Perry praised the lyrics, Harry Styles tweeted his support, Ellie Goulding selected it for a spin on Beats1 and Twin Shadow delivered an exclusive remix. Transviolet has appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden (twice) and The Today Show. They have toured nationally with Mikky Ekko and LANY, and toured the UK with Twenty One Pilots. They've played the festival circuit including SXSW, Governor's Ball, Firefly, Read and Leeds, Great Escape and more, generating over 20+ million spins on Spotify.Meanwhile, they garnered widespread acclaim from i-D, Nylon, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Noisey, Billboard, and many more. In 2017, they released their softmore EP "Kaleidoscopes" paired with videos for "The Hamptons", "Astronaut", "Kaleidoscopes" and "Pretty Head". In 2017, they performed on The Today Show and for MTV, Billboard and Baeble Music while quietly creating this latest body of work.
Damon "Dam-Funk" Riddick is the epitome of funk. Ever since debuting with Stones Throw in 2008, Dam-Funk has become one of the genres most passionate proselytizers, out to save it from devilish depictions of cartoonish caricature. To Dam, funk is a way of living, "a feeling of struggle and staying cool through it all."Dam-Funk grew up in the Los Angeles city/suburb of Pasadena. A '70s baby, he came of age in the era of the Uncle Jamm's Army parties, of electro-pharaoh Egyptian Lover, of Prince's purple reign. His parents nurtured his musical talents as a child and by his teens, he mastered the drums, then the drum machine. A chance encounter led to an apprenticeship under funk songwriter/producer Leon Sylvers III (SOLAR Records) and by the mid-90s G-Funk era in hip-hop, Dam found his musical skills in high demand by rappers such as Mack 10 and MC Eiht. "Everybody was trying to do the live instrumentation thing, so then you got cats like me playing on records," Dam explains.Sideman status wasn't enough though. Dam remembers "watching gold plaques hitting the wall" for everyone but him and he decided to go "full-funk" and make a do-or-die try to become an artist on his own terms. In 2006, Dam-Funk and a few friends launched the popular Funkmosphere party in L.A., bringing the boogie back. It's around then that Dam drew the attention of Stones Throw and both label and artist related to Dam's insistence that "funk is not just a Jheri Curl. There was more than that."Dam's partnership with Stones Throw has seen the release of his debut 'Toeachizown' (2009) and 'Invite the Light' (2015), as well as an anthology of early productions, 'Adolescent Funk' (2010), to 'Higher' (2013) with Steve Arrington and '7 Days of Funk' (2013) with Snoop Dogg.
South Central recording artist and designer, DUCKWRTH, is known for releasing honest, in your face, genre-defying music and an ven more electrifying live performance and he is ready to bring that energy to a city near you.
Duckwrth, born Jared Lee, started developing a cult fan base by appearing on popular TeamBackPack Youtube videos and releasing local mixtapes like "Ducktape" and "Taxfree V1". After a stint living in New York during the increased tension of police brutality and gentrification, he saw firsthand the determination, sacrifice and commitment it would take to be as great as he wanted to be without compromising his integrity. This journey led to the release of the politically charged Kickdrums collaboration project, titled "NOWHERE". DUCKWRTH's overall experience inspired him to take a fearless approach to writing, producing and performing his own music.
In 2016, DUCKWRTH took the energy he developed in New York back to Los Angeles where he created and released his critically acclaimed debut LP, I’M UUGLY. I’M UUGLY is equal parts mainstream and underground. With smooth crossover tracks like I'M DEAD and RAREPANTHER to mosh pit songs like BLAKK RAGER and RUUUN, this was a project that merged the most unique parts of DUCKWRTH’s personality and talents to create a sound and visual palette that indicated he had not only grown as an artist but well on his way to being a music icon and visionary for his generation.
DUCKWRTH's recently released project, an XTRA UUGLY Mixtape, vowed to take that vision a step further by blending genres from rock to hip hop to funk and soul and incorporating live elements from guitars to violins. What started as just an accumulation of demos he started while working on his previous release quickly proved to be more than just a few leftover tracks sitting on his hard drive. It is a legitimate body of work that caught the attention of tastemakers around the world.
Mondo Cozmo is an American singer-songwriter based out of East Los Angeles, CA. Working influences ranging from The Verve, Primal Scream, Beck, Beastie Boys and Bob Dylan in a contempt fusion of beats, guitars and attitude.
In the Spring of 2016 multiple Los Angeles radio stations including KCRW 'Morning Becomes Eclectic,' 98.7, 88.5, KROQ, Zane Lowe and NPR, started playing the demos which led to a record deal with Republic Records which was signed in a Mexican restaurant in Burbank. Upon hearing the songs Spike Stent demanded to mix the record. Anna Faris (Mom, The Dictator, Lost in Translation) stared in the first video "Hold on to Me" which was shot documentary style in a retirement facility in Santa Monica, CA. That same week a second video was shot starring Paz De La Huerta for "Higher," the video was originally shot for "Sixes and Sevens" but was changed after Mondo saw the footage leading him to write the song "Higher" for De La Huerta.
His current single "Shine" is currently rising fast at radio and has been a message of hope in today’s troubled times. Look out for more music and a full length album coming soon.