Sire is the breakout star of Lifetime Networks “The Rap Game” from Executive Producers Queen Latifah and Jermaine Dupri.
J-Lee “Sire” Haulcy, 15, "The Yung King of Hip Hop" is a hip hop artist, actor, and television personality from Saginaw, MI by way of Atlanta, GA.
At just 15 years of age Sire has had many notable accomplishments. He was the youngest emcee invited to join the UBL as well as one of the youngest featured artist on Cypher Circuit and 16 Bars of Real Rap.
As a spokesperson for then First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Drink Up” campaign, Sire worked with the likes of Beyonće, Doug E. Fresh and Dr, Oz, encouraging kids across the country to "Drink Wat-aah”.
Sire is also an IMDB accredited actor with several film credits as well as a professional model and a well accomplished motivational speaker who recently added Youth Correspondent to his resume.
Being an emcee has always been at the heart of Sire. From a very young age Sire began to hone his craft freestyling, writing songs and eventually making records. Everything that he has accomplished has led to his breakout moment as a contestant on season five of the Lifetime Networks hit series “The Rap Game”. Executive produced by Queen Latifah and Jermaine Dupri (who hosts the show) this show follows six aspiring rappers, challenging them to freestyle, flow and rhyme their way to victory. In what is being called “The Most Intense Season Yet” season five showcases Sire as he works with legends like Lil Jon, Killer Mike, and Will.I.Am.
You can follow Sire and support his #YungWor1d movement on IG, Twitter and FB @Sire_YD1. His motto is Peace and Love and his mission statement is (UMI) Uplift, Motivate & Inspire.
The Go Rounds have used Psychedelic Americana Pop, Twang-Rock & Jelly-Roll and [bits of all your favorite bands exploded into rock n roll confetti] as placeholders intending to cast an umbrella over the sprawling landscape of their sound. Fingerpicked hollow body guitar makes space for slashing fuzz tones; down tempo, introspective ambiance opens into synth-led dance pop; spellbinding vocals weave a silver cord through this field of lush textures and intricate arrangements — a variegated sonic voyage that changes and returns like the seasons, flourishing and weathering the Beauty and the Fury. The result is an experience that is at once accessible, engaging, evocative and surprising– the comfort of a sedan and the exhilaration of driving fast on a loose gravel road.
Their latest record, “Whatever You May Be, released last November in Mexico and officially being released in the United States on April 5, is the ideal Zen-like combination of meditation and unpredictability. Just as each song could suggest four different genres, the Kalamazoo band sounds as though its excavated a certain serenity by continuing to dig.” The the songs are “a lush and swooning composite of spacious drifters, aerobic kickers and some cavernous sonic curtains to create a multifaceted, ambient art-rock epic.” —Jeff Milo, Local Spins Album Reviews
In a recent video premier for the single “Foxtrot”, directed by Maren Celest, Go Rounds singer Graham Parsons paints the new record as "an examination of our mirrors — the places, times, and relationships that hold our reflection. A fever dream, sweating out an obsession with romantic partnerships or self-indulgence as means of seeking approval and creating self-worth. A clearing on the horizon." —PopMatters
The Kalamazoo, Michigan quartet has become an influential force within the Great Lakes music community over the last 9 years, releasing 5 LPs, 5 EPs and playing dozens of the region's bountiful music festivals. Starting in small concentric circles around Michigan, The Go Rounds have traversed the nation’s coasts, made the pilgrimage to Texas for South By Southwest, packed two-night stands in Toronto and established a tradition of touring to Mexico City with independent label support from their partners at Pedro Y El Lobo Records. They have amassed a resume including festivals such as Otis Mountain Get Down, SXSW, NuMuse Experimental Music Festival, Wheatland Music Festival, Camp Greensky, Green Music Fest Chicago, Blissfest, Mile of Music, Earthwork Harvest Gathering, Farmblock Fest, Founder’s Fest and Sinestesia in Veracruz, Mexico to name a few. A list of acts they have shared the stage with includes Greensky Bluegrass, Vulfpeck, Joshua Davis, Jeff Tweedy, Caroline Rose, Billy Strings, Mickey Hart, Keller Williams, Luke Winslow-King, Ava Luna, Mike Gordon, Liz Cooper & the Stampede, Delicate Steve, Frontier Ruckus, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Chris Bathgate, May Erlewine, Lucy Rose, Moon Taxi, Sweetwater Warblers, Mandolin Orange, The War and Treaty and The Wood Brothers.
“The Go Rounds are bringing a head-clearing common sense to the sometimes senseless head-banging of rock ‘n’ roll. Or maybe they’re here to exterminate cynicism.” — Paste Magazine
WYCE JAMMY AWARDS
2016 Runner-Up Album of the Year: dont go not changin – The Go Rounds
2016 Special Jury Prize Album of the Year: dont go not changin – The Go Rounds
2016 Most Fun to Watch – The Go Rounds
2017 Critic’s Choice Album of the Year: i promise i wont get hurt — The Go Rounds
"The first tape I made was about my eighth-grade teacher," recalls the 44-year-old rapper, whose real name is Joseph Foreman. "She got me kicked out of school for sagging my pants, which was a big deal back then. So I wrote this song about her and it sold about 400 copies: it was selling to teachers, students, just about everybody. And I realized that, even though I wasn't at school, my song was at school, so in a way I was still there. All these people would come by my house just to give me comments about how cool they thought the song was."
That episode was precisely the proverbial 'kick in the pants' Afroman needed to satisfy his burgeoning musical aspirations. Using a low-cost microphone, tape deck and mixer -- purchased by his parents to "keep him out of trouble" -- the novice rapper went from ragging on his teacher to crafting spirited tapes filled with his patented mixture of perceptive humor and straight-from-the-street sentiments. "I'd hustle to all the swap meets in LA until security ran me out," he remembers adding that he initially lived in the infamous South Central section of Los Angeles before moving, as a teenager, to Palmdale, California. "I also went to all the low-rider shows and Venice Beach. Basically, any function where I thought I could flip over a dollar and expose people to my music." That hustling ultimately paid off when "Because I Got High" from THE GOOD TIMES, his debut full-length CD, became the most popular summer song of 2001. A hilarious ode to the pitfalls of smoking marijuana, the track was a Top Ten tune in over a dozen countries, with the album certified gold in the United States.
"In two minutes, eleven seconds, I had written a hit, but before that it had taken me nearly seven months to recognize I had a marijuana problem," says the now-reformed rapper. "It was only then that I realized everyone talks about smoking weed, but no one ever really talks about the effects of marijuana. We know about the effects of drinking beer, we know about the effects of looking at a naked lady, but nobody knew about the effects of smoking weed. Actually, the problem was more that the people who did know weren't songwriters; they were just dudes walking down the beach or whatever. So I decided to write that song." Now, Afroman is following up the worldwide success of that recording with the aptly titled AFROHOLIC ... THE EVEN BETTER TIMES, a comprehensive, two-disc collection -- released on his home-grown Hungry Hustler Records label -- showcasing forthright lyrics, skilled guitar work and infectious hooks. Whether raising the roof with "Let's Get High Tonight," reliving painful "Ghetto Memories" or simply "Hittin' Switches," every hip-hop-infused cut is hard-rocking and undeniably heartfelt.
At the same time, while most of the tracks admittedly focus upon having a good time, listeners who know Afroman solely through "Because I Got High" are in for a surprise. "I caught a lot of flak for having so many drug references in my music, so on this album I wanted to give cats a few songs that are really good but don't say anything about drugs," reveals the singer. "For example, on 'Cali Swangin',' I'm talking about low-riding, which I really love to do. That's one of my hobbies -- it's kind of like skateboarding to me. I've also got another tune called 'Just My Paranoia' that's simply my interpolation of the song 'Just My Imagination.'"
Regardless of the subject, for Afroman the most important thing, both in creating the music and sharing it with fans, is that he and his audience are having fun. "Music was really made for a good time," he notes, adding that key influences include classic hip-hop heroes like Too Short, DJ Quik and 2 Live Crew. "Nowadays, most Los Angeles rappers want to kill you, which is natural, because it's LA, and a lot of those dudes are gang members who've come off the street. Well, I don't really care about this guy trying to kill me in the verse; I just like the funk he's rapping to. So on AFROHOLIC ... THE EVEN BETTER TIMES, I decided to fillet all the bullshit. I tried to get rid of all the hostility and animosity out there that usually goes with the funk, and just rap with clever, uplifting lyrics."
Ever since the eighth-grade expulsion that kick-started his career, Afroman has striven to fuse the finest early rap elements with modern-day attitudes, creating high-spirited yet unquestionably up-to-the-minute melodies. From his perspective, if the tunes sound a tad familiar, that's fine, so long as his fans are smiling, dancing and, most important of all, having a grand time.
Haterade is a trap/hip-hop producer out of San Diego, CA with over a decade of producing cinematic trap and hip-hop anthems. His signature SoCal Trap Music has gained support from dance music power houses such as Diplo, Skrillex, Krewella, Crizzly, Herobust, Antiserum, DJ VICE, and many more. When Haterade takes the stage in your city, expect an exhilarating high energy performance that you will not forget.
Milo & Otis
Gent & Jawns
Trap and Bass
All things Trap
When The Beat Dropz
With the ever growing popularity of food based music artists, POPSIKL steps stick first out of the frozen isle of the grocery store and into the world of electronic dance music like no other. Popsikl recently graduated from Frozen University (FU) and discovered his love for producing electronic music soon after. Deep in the frozen isle section, POPSIKL is up until dawn writing his chilly tunes after the grocery store closes. Pop is no stranger to producing, creating a wide variety of genres ranging from Future Bass, Melodic Dubstep, Mid Tempo, Pop Music and hybrids in between. POPSIKL’S music has also been played by a vast majority of EDM artists across all sub-genres; some of these artists include Tritonal, Skism, and The Chainsmokers. POPSIKL has reached over 3 million plays across all streaming platforms. Pop's melodic personality fused with a creative mindset shows that there is no expiration date for this evergreen, tasty treat
Lvrboy was born August 28, 1994 in Detroit, MI . Dave discovered his love for music and musicianship at an early age attending rehearsals at his childhoood church with his mom. Lvrboy admired the talent of the church musicians during choir rehearsals and decided he wanted to learn. At age 8 he began playing drums and soon after was appointed to playing for the youth choir once everyone realized he had a gift. At age 14, Lvrboy found a new love for the bass and guitar and caught on very quickly.
Finding a balance with playing guitar and mixing in his signature vocals, he took his shot at performing in front of his first audience during a high school talent show and decided to follow the footsteps of his top influencers which include John Mayer and Frank Ocean.
Lvrboy began performing as a solo artist in 2016 and has since then released several singles which have been featured on several platforms including the CW 50 artist to watch list.
In 2019, Lvrboy signed to Creators Row Recordings, a local Detroit record label, as an artist. Dave plans to drop an EP fall 2019 with some new music and pre-released singles.
Hailing from Minneapolis Minnesota, 10K launched his artist career in mid-2017. In a short period of time, he has opened for a variety of touring artists and released his first original track along with remixes spanning multiple genres. His passion for music was sparked at a young age when he started playing piano at age 8 and picked up his first pair of drumsticks shortly after. Coming from a diverse musical background, 10K is looking to put an innovative spin on the current electronic music scene.
He isn’t interested in finding a formula, so expect something new with every track, mix and show. With a variety of collaborations, remixes, and original songs in the works, stay tuned!
DJ Fixed is an accomplished underground DJ & Producer.
Performing Up-Beat Techno, Hard Minimal and Tech-House. After years of playing guitar in bands, Fixed took to the turntables at the age of 18. Within a few months he was playing House Parties,After Hrs and anywhere he could be heard around Metro Detroit. His Up-Beat, Hard Techno flavor mixed with some Detroit Style Funk and mad Scratching Skills always gets the crowd hype! Fixed is an accomplished Detroit Underground Artist that has had the opportunity to play along side some of the best in the business and at some of Detroits biggest shows. Including Meltdown 6.5, Detroit Rave City, Beats & BBQ, Detroit Promo Tv, Impulse Detroit, Bass Market, House Connection 3 (Bad Boy Bill and Richard Vision), Frankie Bones, Angel Alanis, Dj GodFather and Dj Assault Just to name a few. Fixed is also a Member of Detroit Deep Session, Strange Luv Productions and is a Co-Owner of TechnoSnob. Recently Fixed took first place in the Wild Boyz Ent. Dj Battle on Technics (March.2019) and has been booked to play on The Electric Ship a 3 day Ocean Liner Cruise Ship in the Bahamas (May,3-6 2019). Currently finishing his debut album DJ Fixed is poised to become an esteemed artist in the world wide Techno scene
A lot of guitar rock bands with two female vocalists garner comparisons to Sleater-Kinney these days, but Cincinnati trio Leggy might be the only band who truly deserve the mantle. Like the mighty S-K, Leggy’s scrappy songs oftentimes feel like they’re being held together by sheer force of will: harmonies all akimbo, lyrical patterns unhinged from whatever the guitars are doing, and song structures that shift like quicksand with only a locked in rhythm section serving as a safety rope. On the band’s latest release, the grimy and compelling Let Me Know Your Moon, Leggy’s unconventional approach to garage pop proves to be a powerful one, especially when they let their freakier tendencies out to play, which (lucky us!) is pretty much on every song. While the band can do a bubblegum-chewing rebel girl “I’m no good” jammer with the best of them (try “Bad News” or “Already Gone”) and know their way around a good hook, Let Me Know Your Moon shines most brightly in its weirdest corners, as on the atonal avant-rock of “Eden” or dissonant love song “Taffy.”
-Mariana Timony, Bandcamp Editorial
A Detroit native, Cleveland Thrasher has a heart for the city and creates music that empowers and uplifts.
Beneath a good-natured grin and glasses akin to Clark Kent, Alexander Drazin, aka ADMN, is a sonic superhero. With an innate knack for music and technology, he has been conscientiously honing his craft since childhood. Having learned to play piano, trumpet and bass guitar all before graduating from high school, his extensive training in Classical and Jazz theory and technique only propel his propensity for making electronic music. Inspired by the darkest reaches of his native Detroit, the DJ/Producer brings skill and tenacity to the studio and the stage
“Though space and time have separated
them the majority of their lives, their love of music, life, and one-another saw them together in the summer of 2015. Since then, they've combined their tales of travel, love, loss, & the peaks and valleys between;
allowing them to share their stories in song."
"Combining honest, heartfelt lyrics and the love of a family, with psychedelic energy and instrumentation, The Rupple Brothers & Company craft a sonic space like no other. An amalgam of worldly musical stylings from all time periods, that is “folk” in presentation; The Rupple Brothers bring something rather unique to each song and thusly, to each town they pass through. A night of musical and spiritual exploration is always in store when The Rupple Brothers come to town."
What started as a gathering of available hands at an open mic has morphed into an musical tour de force looking to leave their mark on every stage they step foot on. Multi talented musicians Corey Bergey, Tim Gonzales, and Jesse Fisher aim to blend their influences to create a sound all their own. With songs telling of the perils of life, the embrace of death, the corruption of power and the courage it takes to be a hero of legends, Remnant vows to represent the local scene that birthed them and prove that not all that linger are lost.
Singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalists J Blum and Matt de Heus and drummer John Scott come together in Catfood Sandwich. Performing a mix of popular and original music, the trio will appeal to fans of acts as diverse as Hot Tuna, Waylon Jennings, Cream, Roger Miller and Bobby Darin.
Augustus Williams, aka DJ Gusto, may not have had the most ideal childhood and with all of the many ways that could have turned out, Gusto’s story is a positive one with a promising future. Gusto has memories of his father listening to Marvin Gaye and old Motown records. What first spoke to him was hip hop. By junior high, Gusto was spending much of his time listening to the radio, taping shows of new and exciting music. This is where he first learned of artists like DJ Godfather and DJ Assault.At 14, a friend brought him along to his first party. Gusto did not yet know what techno was, but validates that this was the event that would evidently, shape the rest of his life. While he can’t remember the name of the party, nor does he remember who was playing, he does remember one thing. He had never heard anything like the music he heard that night.From that point on Gusto’s interest in music grew into a passion. That passion drove him to become a part of the music. He began DJing, now with more of a focus on electronic music, evolving from his first love of hip hop to electro and drum ‘n’ bass.
At 19, Gusto really started to learn about “The Belleville Three” and found himself completely drawn to techno. He started to play frequently at house parties.One of these parties would prompt a meeting with fellow DJ and soon to become close friend, Jesse James. This meeting and newly established friendship would provide Gusto with an opportunity to shine in his future. Jesse James and cousin James Woods would later become responsible for the “NightSneak” parties. Gusto would become a favorite at these parties. Playing for “NightSneak” saw him perform alongside such artists as; James Pennington, Mike Dearborn, Terrence Parker, Green Velvet, Frankie Bones and DJ Assault.Gusto started playing out in Detroit frequently. First mastering his DJ skills, his passion then grew with a desire to explore techno in its analog form. After years of DJing, Gusto began to direct his energy through drum machines and sequencers, often combining those efforts for a no less than impressive show. Playing mostly live shows for the better part of the last 7 years, people often forget he started out as a DJ.
His years of service as such are evident in his production. His tracks are made with the DJ and the dance floor in mind. Years of determination posed yet another opportunity for him. Twonz was back in Detroit preparing for the Movement Festival in 2008. Being consistently impressed with Gusto’s hustle, Twonz approached him with an offer to join the “Hijacked Records Detroit” family. The rest as they say is not history, but the future.
Pink Sky is an indie electronica duo from Grand Rapids, MI that performs with hardware synths, drum machines, samplers, electric pianos, and live visuals.
Their self-released debut album, FORMS, was released on vinyl and all major platforms on August 25th and hit #13 on the NACC Electronic Chart. FORMS was the #5 Most Played Album on WYCE 88.1FM in 2018 and won a Jammie for the Best Electronic Album.
PINK SKY is currently recording their second full-length album and completing degrees in Painting, Visual and Critical Studies, and Recording Technology while playing shows in the midwest and preparing to tour in Spring & Summer 2019.
Comprised of husband and wife, Ryan and Angelica Hay, PINK SKY channels their turbulent personal stories of loss and trauma into immersive audio-visual beauty, and seeks to build community through transformative art-making. PINK SKY hosts an art and music series (HAY YAH House Shows) that features two synth-based artists and two visual artists each month during the spring and summer.
PINK SKY is part of a growing indie synth scene in West Michigan. PINK SKY was the #1 Most Played Regional Artist on WYCE 88.1FM in July 2018, and is currently spinning at college radio stations nationwide.
Recently, PINK SKY has received notable press in Revue magazine, Rapid Growth Media, WYCE’s Local Spins, and The Seraphine Collective’s Vidlings & Tapeheads.
Upcoming and recent shows include performances at The Pyramid Scheme, The Loving Touch, Hamtramck Korner Bar, Mexicains Sans Frontieres, The Grand Rapids Public Library, Lions and Rabbits Art Gallery, The Witch House, Green Acres (house), GRLIVE, In The Clouds Music Festival, Lamp Light Music Festival, and Blue Bridge Music Festival.
In 2019, Pink Sky pledged to donate 10% of profits to local charities that advocate for social justice and environmental issues. Each month, Pink Sky will choose a new charity for donations. In January 2019, Pink Sky will be donating to Well House GR.
A folk singer-songwriter evokes a certain image. Matt Sauter breaks that image. With his backward ball cap, knuckle tattoos, and knee-shredded shorts, the lone singer/songwriter behind Adventures With Vultures tinkers with the image of what a folk singer should be. Adventures With Vultures’ Matt Sauter, who was a mere 24 years old when he signed with Original 1265 Recordings, hails from Plymouth—a small town that sits roughly 25 miles outside of Detroit. That location is crucial to his music: a rural area outside a major city. After all, like all good folk music, Adventures With Vultures’ songs are about specific places and the people who give those places their personality. Stylistically, it’s different from what Sauter is used to—he spent the better part of this decade writing hip-hop music, not folk music. Mos Def and J. Cole are cited among his influences, but so are Carol King, Shakey Graves, and Nathaniel Rateliff. Perhaps that’s why Adventures With Vultures brings a welcome, abrasive quality to tender, stripped-down songs.
Billy Moon is a band that currently operates outside/inside/kind-of general-area of Hamilton, Ontario. Stop listening to bad music, and listen to Shitty Rock n Roll.
While their biography says they hail from Michigan, one listen to Barbarossa Brothers suggests a musical philosophy with its roots much further south.
Drew Pentkowski and Loren Kranz started out as an acoustic duo, sharing songs and singing harmony…bassist Ryan Fitzgerald joined in soon after. After five years as a trio, Ryan decided it was time to move on, and the Barbarossa Brothers, once again a duo, called on a couple friends to round out the sound.
With Loren switching to keys and Drew on electric guitar, the group expanded to a five-piece, adding husband-and-wife drum & bass team Andy and Allison Scott, as well as longtime friend and mentor Scott VanDell on guitar. Tapping into a shared love of the blues, gospel and the rhythms of New Orleans, BBros continue to craft their patented brand of 'bayou folk-rock'.
Through their most recent release, 'Holy Water', the band issues an open invitation to music lovers and festival goers to kick off their shoes and dance. Fans of The Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Little Feat, and The Wood Brothers will find a lot to love about this band. Catch them playing at a venue near you!
Lokey is a multi faceted artist from Bay City, MI. Music has been the main creative outlet for the last 4 years & continues to change and grow in depth. Combining a mix of quick witted lyrics & smooth feel instrumentals, Lokey delivers a vibe unlike any other. It’s all love, respect, & good times during a Lokey performance.
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A Kid Called Finn got his first taste of electronic music at the age of 16. He began attending local shows and became completely inspired by the music and community. This evoked a deep drive in him to make music his focus for life. Since FINN has worked tirelessly to learn production and mixing to create a unique and engaging sound. FINN is an avid lover of perfomance and has been making waves playing local shows in the Detroit area. FINN is a natural hype-man and loves to keep the crowd going wild.
Spiritual Gangsters were born to be entertainers. Comprised of Austen Zielinski and Derek Glowacki, their creativity and versatility has made them some of the best rising talents in their respective Dubstep/Trap genre. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Zielinski & Glowacki attract listeners not only by the music, by their friendship and overall welcoming personalities both on and off the stage. With multiple hits under their belts, they are taking over their scenes, and stopping for no one.
Remote Viewing Party is the Detroit house and techno project of Mike Petrack and Aran Daniels. These veterans of the Electronic Dance Music scene have moved crowds for years with their infectious mixes and original tunes. Do not miss this Mid-Michigan appearance.
Ricochet The Kid has a sounds that could withstand the test of time. Self proclaimed “Music for the people” describes exactly what these guys are about.
Wakeview is the solo electro/pop venture from Travis Bobier, formerly of the Michigan-based bands Search The City and Shapes & Colors. If you’re seeking a simultaneously retro and contemporary vibe to brighten your mood, you’ve found it.
Piano-driven, foot tapping rock and roll. Guitars that evolve from subtle rhythms to soaring leads. A rhythm section that is both tasteful and thunderous. Add a positive, introspective attitude and an intimate live atmosphere. These are the pursuits of The Mercurials.
The band began in 2016, and has had the pleasure of working with multiple talented MI-based artists. The current line up consists of Trevor Hayse Hardin on bass guitar, Matt Strong on lead/rhythm guitar and vocals, and Anthony Lee on lead vocals and piano/organ. Drumming provided by Ed Birch, Matt Brege, and Josh Dievendorf.
Keef Courage formed around the 2003 summertime, in a little town in the middle of Michigan with a Chemical factory in the background of the scene. The characters are three middle class kids with hopes and dreams to become Rock Stars! Long hair and attitudes to match, wearing baggy jeans, Walkmans and carrying skate boards. A lot of cigarettes were smoked that summer and so many beers were consumed. One started playing with turntables another with making dope beats and a third concentrated on all things audio and video recording. Fast forward to 2019, you have three fly guys with tons of live show experience, multiple studio albums, and numerous adventures all around this great country. Hip hop flows through their veins and their knowledge on the subject is almost unfathomable to regular people. If you’re lucky enough to catch them out in the wild, disappointment will be the last description you’ll think to use!
Chase Passion will bring you that feel good hip-hop with an in-depth passion for words. Backed by live drums and a DJ, this a trio you won’t forget! Known for their spontaneous freestyles and in the moment performance. Heavily inspired by Rhymesayers. Straight out of Bay City, MI.
Following a Primus concert, Andy & Connor were inspired to experiment with merging progressive rock and experimental elements into a hard rock package.
Orc is the result of that experiment: a two-piece band that sounds like a three piece, due to a unique dual-output bass rig.
A Tropical Martian, The duo based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan first debuted in December 2017 by incorporating live keys and MIDI drums over DJing some of their favorite tunes. The original 2 parted ways in mid summer 2018 shortly after introducing Zac Dvorak and AMINALHOUSE into one of their live performances. The addition of Zac was perfect for the new direction the Tropical-Funk duo was headed and decided to continue working together. People from all over are groovin to this new music style, incorporating live instruments as well as electronic production.
Andrew Martin (Producer/DJ/Trumpet)
Zac Dvorak/JRR (Producer/DJ/Guitar)
Scott James/AMINALHOUSE (Producer/DJ/Drummer)
Conceived in Toledo, OH with a home base in sister city Detroit, ROVR is the sinister twosome of heavy-soul. Combining the best elements of trip-hop, punk, metal, rap and future soul, ROVR have spent years cultivating a sound truly all their own, with an unparalleled live show to communicate it. Dean Tartaglia simultaneously plays effected octave bass, sampled synths, and chaotically manipulated vocals, all while drummer Matt Klein grooves and thrashes beside him.
Formerly known as Silent Lions, ROVR is a continuation of the ideas that project spawned, and the success earned (including music placements with MTV, Showtime, GoPro and Marc Jacobs among others).
ROVR's debut project "FUTUREMETAL", is a deep exploration into genre manipulation. From hip-hop to sludge metal, ROVR creates moments of lo-fi chaos out of hi-fi clarity. With their unofficial third member Zach Shipps (Electric Six) producing, FUTUREMETAL takes enough risks to turn your head, but never strays from ROVR's visceral, trademark, super sub bass and drum sound.
Dean started making his mark nationally with Detroit local legends The Sights, touring the U.S. and Europe supporting Tenacious D. In recent years he has fronted Secret Space (Equal Vision Records) who have toured with indie veterans Turnover and Anthony Green of Circa Survive. ROVR is proud to continually share the stage with great established acts (Reignwolf, Foxy Shazam, Electric Six)*
From Michigan's northern lower peninsula, the Charlie Millard Band has developed a unique sound, voice and poetry of their own, with tones of an indie-americana style that is reminiscent of a 60's/70's singer/songwriter. Currently touring the Midwest, with percussionist Mickey Siggs, Jercat Millard on guitars, and Charlie on the piano/keys, they strive to give you a thought-provoking musical experience, like small movies for the ears.
"If you can imagine the offspring of Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, and Rufus Wainwright rolled into one, then you’d have an idea of what the Charlie Millard Band is all about" - Chuck Marshall : Life In Michigan
Kollin Houghtaling aka Flats Stanlie is an up-and-coming producer based out of West Michigan. Having been featured in Sub Stream Magazine, The Hypist, Mother of All Bass, Euphoric.Net, River Beats, and The Untz – Flats Stanlie is an artist to watch for 2019. Bringing a high energy performance to any stage. Our goal is to create a fun atmosphere and keep the crowd on their feet at every show we play. Music is the vision, but the love is our dream.
Festivals: Arise Music Festival, Electric Forest Music Festival, Imagine Music Festival, UP North Music & Arts Festival, Sonic Bloom Music & Arts Festival, The Untz Festival, Dancefestopia, Breakaway Music Festival, as well as GridLife.
stop.drop.rewind is the primary musical outlet for four like-minded individuals currently residing in northwest Indiana who believe that music should be innovative, inclusive, and above all else, shared. After nearly twenty years of education, practice, and cooperative songwriting, stop.drop.rewind has come together to confound those who try to define them, bringing their unique brand of jazz-tinged progressive pop rock to audiences across the Midwest and beyond.
Kris Lohn and DJ Crenson met in 2000 in Baltimore, Maryland when they were both 11 years old. It didn’t take them long after that to get instruments in their hands, as they started their first band together that same year. They spent their formative years taking in everything the blossoming Baltimore scene had to offer, coming up with the likes of All Time Low and You, Me, and Everyone We Know before relocating to northwest Indiana for college. It was there that stop.drop.rewind formally began.
After writing songs and performing around the region throughout college, the group solidified their rhythm section by adding region native Andy Sutton on drums and releasing Polarity, their 2016 EP. The success of this release afforded them the opportunity to begin regular South by Southwest appearances and perform with the likes of Secondhand Serenade, The Spill Canvas, Hawthorne Heights, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Soul Asylum, Halifax, and Amber Pacific, and in 2018 they released their first full length album, entitled Element & Aftermath. Shortly thereafter, their lineup was finally completed with the addition of fellow region transplant Matt Alley, who moved to Indiana from South Carolina to pursue his own musical education. This quartet of musicians is determined to share their music with anyone eager to listen, with plenty to love for fans of pop and prog rock alike.