An icon and a unique voice in electronic music as artist and composer. He is best known for his remix of Elvis Presley “A Little Less Conversation” and has composed original music for video games and feature films as well as collaborated with Dave Gahan, Gary Numan, Robert Smith and Chuck D among others.
Check out JXL's music under the Composer Series tab as well.
Kid Sister, aka Melisa Young, was born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Markham, IL. She took an interest in Musical Theater from an early age but did not pursue a career in music until 2005 when she started to rap at monthly Chicago dance parties hosted by Flosstradamus. Shortly thereafter, Young adopted the stage name and persona of Kid Sister and made her debut with the playful and popular single, "Pro Nails." The track caught the attention of rapper/producer Kanye West, who re-released it with his own guest verse. Since then, Kid Sister has released a full length on Universal Records, an EP on Fool's Gold Records, and two acclaimed mixtapes. Most recently, Kid Sister has teamed up with dms.FM to write and produce ten custom tracks for our Composer Series, which are available for one-stop licensing now.
Tom & Jody aka Hellfire Machina have been busy with recent remix and production work for Wu Tang, Brand Nubian, The Beatards, SDUK, collaborations with Proper Villains and Tremourz.
Additionally, Hellfire produces NYC's biggest Dubstep and D&B monthlies, Bass Fueled Mischief at the world famous Best Buy Theatre in NYC.
Wells is an active participant in the New York jazz scene, having played with his trio at the legendary Birdland. He has worked with the likes of Idris Muhamed, Jamil Nasser, Adam Nussbaum, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, John Riley, Jay Anderson, and Akira Tana.
As a music director, he has collaborated with Bette Midler. He appeared with her at the now mythic Continental Baths. Additionally he has earned two Gold Records for his songs made famous by Stevie Wonder - "A Place in the Sun" & "Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday".
Not only one of the sharpest up-and-coming songwriters in Nashville, Natalie Prass possesses a rare artistic method she infuses into all her endeavors. She handcrafts album artwork and flyers and organizes local vinyl listening parties/drawing sessions, and there appears to be little end to the homespun creativity of this bright young talent. She’s also no slouch in the pipes department either — the girl can sing. Although her debut EP is titled Small & Sweet, Prass’ brand of indie folk is not to be underestimated. While her delicate alto evokes clear benchmarks of influence — see early Rilo Kiley, Feist, Karen Carpenter, etc. — Prass never seems weighed down by the artists she’s absorbed. Instead, she has developed a refreshing guitar-grounded musical vocabulary and a knack for infectious and entrancing tunes. Still, it’s a spirit of invitation and friendship that continues to be Prass’ most pronounced attribute.
Imaginary Cities was born in a Winnipeg club called The Cavern, in between sets. This new group, founded in a chance meeting, is fast becoming one of the world's brightest new bands.
Their debut album, Temporary Resident, is being released across the globe on various labels (Hidden Pony, Grand Hotel Van Cleef, and Shock) this year.
Imaginary Cities is the musical duo Marti Sarbit and Rusty Matyas. Marti had moved to Winnipeg from Brandon, Manitoba and was playing in a Motown cover band called The Solutions, for which Rusty did some mixing. Rusty is no stranger to the Canadian music scene either. His former band The Waking Eyes was signed to Warner Records, and toured as the multi-instrumentalist in The Weakerthans.
Rusty decided to write a song for Marti to sing, and in one all-night writing session came up with a triumphant and soulful beginning--the track "Say You." It was a turning point. Marti's stunning and original voice broke open a wealth of creativity between them and they began recording together.
The Black Cadillacs are a six-piece Americana rock and roll band featuring two guitar players, bass, drums, keyboards, organ and a stand-alone frontman in powerhouse vocalist Will Horton. The Black Cadillacs have a diverse array of influences starting with classic bands like The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Pink Floyd and journeying towards more modern bands like My Morning Jacket, The Black Keys, and Jack White. Over the last three years, they have been working hard to hone their sound and live performance. Though their roots are in the Southeast, the band is on the rise in major markets along the East Coast and in the Midwest, including in Chicago and New York City. Run, their sophomore LP, was released by Young Giant on June 5th, 2012. The band has co-billed with national acts including but not limited to Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Dead Confederate, Warren Haynes, The Dirty Guv’nahs, Buckcherry, Ziggy Marley, Big Gigantic, and more. The band can be found at: www.black-cadillacs.com.
Bhiman works in the tradition of songwriters like John Prine, Nick Lowe and Randy Newman, but from a 21st century polyglot perspective. Bhiman's soulful, instantly striking voice has been compared to Bill Withers, Richie Havens, and Jim James, while the Willamette Week described him as "a traveling Dust Bowl folkie crossed with Nina Simone." ‘BHIMAN’ covers a wide stylistic range, from country and soul, to West African-influenced folk. Through every deviation of style, Bhiman’s powerful voice and love of wordplay carry the listener on a compelling journey.
Dante Terrell Smith is an American actor and MC known by the stage name Mos Def. Regarded as one of the most insightful artists of our time, musician, activist and actor Mos Def has captured the attention of critics and audiences alike with a celebrated body of work that has crossed all artistic genres—from music to the Broadway stage, film and television. Mos Def started his hip hop career in a group called Urban Thermo Dynamics, after which he appeared on albums by Da Bush Babees and De La Soul. With Talib Kweli, he formed the duo Black Star, who released the album Black Star in 1998. He was a major force in the late 1990s underground hip hop explosion spearheaded by Rawkus Records. As a solo artist he has released the albums Black on Both Sides in 1999, The New Danger in 2004, and True Magic in 2006.
The Ecstatic, his fourth solo effort, was released June 9, 2009 on Downtown Records. The album was recorded during 2007 to 2009, and production was handled by J Dilla, Mr. Flash, Madlib, Mos Def, Oh No, Preservation, and The Neptunes. The Ecstatic features samples of several diverse musical styles, including soul, Afrobeat, jazz, funk, and Latin music, and has been noted by music writers for its "out-of-the-crates" samples.
Weekend Money, compromised of NYC/Philly MC Ne$$ (member of Dead Prez affiliated group A-Alikes) and Brooklyn by way of Iraq producer/vocalist Baghdaddy, aren’t the first to cite the city of New York as a major influence on their work. New York has it’s fair share of acts in a flourishing hip hop scene, but the duo are a perfect example of New York’s multicultural melting pot and their music is no different. Weekend Money’s debut EP, Naked City, is a contagious blend of underground hip hop, ‘hood street swagger and spaced out beats that play like a diary of a NYC hustler touching on his experiences and thoughts and revealing both the glamour and grime of the city.