Boston based artist Johan, originally named Stephen Feigenbaum, is a composer, songwriter, and singer who dabbles in a variety of genres including pop, classical, and musical theatre. An East Coast native, he was born in Massachusetts and earned his degree from Yale in music composition. His classical music has been recorded by a variety of notable ensembles including the Cincinnati Pops, Boston Children’s Choir, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra. He has also worked as a pop music producer with artists such as Vic Mesa, Rufus Wainwright, Trinidad James, and Mr. Hudson. In his personal pop project, Johan, he explores the world of indie pop with a splash of R&B and hip hop. His recently released EP, Wild, contains hip hop infused collaboration with Vic Mensa “High in the Woods” and pop bangers such as “Sober”, among many other gems that are sure to become your new earworms. Johan was also the primary arranger for his 2016 “Yeethoven” project, a sold out concert in Los Angeles, which fused the music of Beethoven and Kanye West, earning him much notoriety and acclaim. Johan will be reviving “Yeethoven II” at the Belasco Theatre on December 14th so make sure to check it out, I’ll see you there!
Gabe Acheson’s concept behind his musical persona Goldwash is to create music that will “gold wash” suffering into artistic expression, leaving you dancing through your pain, heartache, and strife. Though his music can be described as “jazz-infused indie-electronic baroque-soul”, Goldwash self identifies his genre as “existential funk”, a unique genre related to his intent of making music that will turn “shitty experiences into a positive thing”. Acheson, a classical and jazz pianist, studied composition at Yale and graduated in 2016. In 2017, he released his first EP, Episode, which accurately showcases his ear for catchy and accessible, yet musically interesting and dynamic melodic phrases. He pairs these melodies exquisitely with his clever, yet relatable lyrics, creating the perfect funky musical cocktail that will inevitably leave you wanting more. The four-song EP consists of banger after banger, but my personal favorites are “Won’t Cry” and the title track, “Episode”. So next time you’re feeling extra sad, take the opportunity to “gold wash” your life with this existential funk, which is certain have you sobbing while simultaneously getting your groove on.
Self-proclaimed “anti-pop” songstress, tiLLie has been tearing apart pop music ever since she graced the Los Angeles music scene. With her keen ear for pop-friendly earworms and dance inspiring beats, tiLLe draws her audience in and then takes them by surprise with her ironic twists on what seems like lighthearted pop tunes (this is most evident in her series of, at times shocking, yet overwhelmingly enticing music videos).tiLLe released her first EP, titled Lost Boy in 2015, since then she has released her two most popular singles “Pink & Blue” and “Save Yourself”, both of which are coupled with intriguing music videos that bring a whole different light to the song. Recently, tiLLe performed in her first tour at the 2017 Van’s Warped Tour and collaborated with Machine Gun Kelly, a project which garnered over 250K views! tiLLie is currently in Los Angeles working on new anti-pop bangers, so fingers crossed that a full length album with be in our near future.
San Francisco's Electro-indie Dream Pop singer-songwriter, Esbie Fonte recently packed up her life in the Bay, moving South to Los Angeles in pursuit of her professional musical career. Fonte paints her musical canvas utilizing a vast array of sounds, textures, and colors. She does not limit herself to music, but incorporates a pallet of found sounds and noises, organic and synthetic, to convey her message. Her soft and delicate yet poignant vocals, combined with her keen ear for production, gives Fonte’s music an edge over other artists in her genre. Fonte draws inspiration from an array of gifted musicians across jazz, pop, indie, and folk genres including Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Baths, Britney Spears, Selena, OutKast, Lykke Li, and CocoRosie, this myriad of musical influences is evident in her music, giving her sound the many layers that make her so special. Fonte currently has three singles released, “Yesterday”, “Pools”, and “Rain Man” all of which encapsulate those layers of dreamy, vintage, and melancholy feels, making it easy to lose oneself in her entrancing music. Fonte also directed and produced music videos for “Yesterday” and “Pools”, which are available for viewing on her Youtube channel. In addition to her music and videos available online, catch Fonte performing at local venues all over Los Angeles, recently her music and interview was featured on USC’s Youtube Streaming channel, Soundstage and channel 8.1. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for this budding musical goddess for she will undoubtedly be making waves in the future.
Chameleon Pop, a genre coined by San Bernardino’s Royaljag, blends various genres in order to produce music that everyone can vibe with. Considering their influences: Tame Impala, Michael Jackson, Vulfpeck, ABBA, Native Tongue, Stevie Wonder, and Prince, it is no wonder that their music is riddled with sparkles of 80s inspired synth, funky with a Neo Soul twist, danceable with Disco beats, and completed with a dash of smooth R&B. The band is comprised of twins, J. and Roland Garcia and long time best friend to the brothers, David Ajoku. Their EP Chameleon, seemingly named after their innovative genre, showcases the band’s talent for songwriting through their array of infectious melodies and rhythms. Unwind with my personal favorite, “Daydream” or get your groove on with their most popular song “Jungle” (which was featured on KROQ), Royaljag has you covered.
“Pink-haired songstress” Alxxa, is making waves across genres with her personally inspired electro-pop tunes and undeniably captivating persona. Two of her originals, “Nobody” and “Hung Up” paradoxically combine themes of heartache, lost romance, and unrequited love though EDM inspired beats and catchy, almost upbeat melodic lines, giving her listeners the perfect opportunity to cry, sweat, and dance away their emotional strife. In addition to her collection of singles available worldwide for streaming via Spotify, SoundCloud, and other streaming services, Alxxa boasts two videos on Youtube through VEVO for her singles “Fire” and “Nobody”, which have together garnered her over 20.9K views and counting! Other recent and notable live performances including Sofar Sounds, Live at Resident LA, and Balcony TV have featured Alxxa’s acoustical performance style, allowing her to portray a different spin on her recorded music, concurrently proving that she is a talented and versatile performer. Alxxa’s most recent release was a cover of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” with an intriguing EDM, electropop spin. Keep your eyes peeled for more from this hot-pink haired pop princess in the making!
The Black Noise is a dynamic musical duo based in Long Beach, whose style of music crosses several genres including indie rock, R&B, and soul. Vocalist Donovan Brown possesses a soulful, tender, and captivating voice which, when matched with the smooth and emotive stylings of guitarist Victor Ujadughele, creates a musical message that cannot and will not be ignored. The pair began collaborating together in 2010 with the intention of utilizing a vast array of musical influences including Tame Impala, Alabama Shakes, N.E.R.D., Frank Ocean, and Radiohead to create their own unique sound … fast forward to 2017 and these gifted musicians have done just that. Their first release, Dreams, encompasses this unique sound with a variety of gorgeous original tunes such as “Should’ve Been Real” and “There Will Be Love”, as well as a special cover of Radiohead’s “Creep”. In addition to the beautiful messages conveyed in their music, Brown and Ujadughele actively stand for equality and social justice. Recently they were featured in Unity in Color, an artistic photography series that represents strength in diversity, equality, and support of feminism and Women’s Rights. You can catch The Black Noise performing at a variety of venues all over the greater Los Angeles area from clubs, coffee shops, to the Long Beach Pier. Stay tuned, for I foresee great things in the near future for this special duo.
DAISY is a Los Angeles native band (voice/piano, guitar, bass, and drums) whose signature sound crosses a variety of genres including jazz, soul, surf, and rock. Front woman, Daisy Hamel-Buffa’s sultry and smoky vocals combined with her impressive songwriting chops, piano stylings, and commanding stage presence makes Miss Hamel-Buffa a relevant musical force to be reckoned with. Their most recent EP Smoke About It contains catchy jazz and rock -influenced tunes such as “Overtime” as well as soulful, sexy ballads such as “Way Cool Baby Love”, making the EP a well-rounded and dynamic debut. The band began their career in the Los Angeles DIY scene, headlining in local music festivals such as the annual All Your Friends Fest, and performing in classic LA venues such as the Bootleg Theater, the Viper Room, and the Resident. Recently DAISY opened for The Shadowboxers at the notable El Rey Theatre, a famous LA venue that has hosted many music greats in the past. Daisy, the lead vocalist, was also featured on the adidas Original commercial with her hit collaboration “Your Future is Not Mine” with Joseph of Mercury. DAISY seems to be making great strides in the progression of their career so hopefully a full-length album and tour will be in the near future for these young and gifted musicians.
Los Angeles based artist, Kingsbury, performed for the Five of Five Music Entertainment A&R team amongst a packed house of fans and industry professionals at the Bardot’s weekly School Night music event on Monday, September 11th. The indie-pop singer-songwriter captivated the audience with her strong vocals, quirky dance moves, shimmering sound, catchy melodic lines, and snazzy jumpsuit, proving that she is certainly an upcoming artist to pay attention to. She performed her staple singles “Emeralds” and “Easy” as well as debuted a new single, “Alone Again” which was released to the masses the following day. Kingsbury’s unique sense of self is emanated through her music and performance style, creating a tangible sense of personability and closeness with her fans and audience. Congratulations Kingsbury on your recent release and killer performance, we can’t wait to see what you have in store for the future!