Grab the nearest fire extinguisher cos Jen Awad is about to set your wig alight.
This half Egyptian, half Peruvian powerhouse delivers the kneecap melting soul and sass of Etta James combined with an in-your-face swagger reminiscent of Tina Turner. Self taught on vocals, piano, guitar and bass, Jen also pens the lyrics to all of her material.
Jen's ability to deliver cherubic, velvety vocals that effortlessly transition into the radical rumble of a runaway 18 wheeler doing 90 mph on an open highway is a feat in itself to witness live. Backed by an eight member band with a horn section, Jen Awad packs a combination punch that will leave your core ringing in the most delectable manner imaginable.
Iconique melds disco rhythms and silky synth highlights to draw out the shimmering grit within pop music. Since arriving onto the scene in 2015, the band’s opulent sound has earned praise from a diverse set of media outlets and has been featured in Billboard, Earmilk, Gawker Media, and World of Wonder. The group electrifies live audiences with over-the-top displays of grandeur and the occasional keytar solo. Before their first pair of dance shoes had even worn through, Iconique graced the stage of some of Los Angeles’s most in vogue venues including The Echo, The Echoplex, and The Satellite. The trio consists of brothers Eric Promani (drums / synths) and Greg Promani (guitar), and frontman Leo Paparella (vocals / synths). Listeners are lured onto the dance floor with a synthesis of sounds ranging from Chic to David Bowie. By drawing from the past, Iconique creates the disco of the future.
Capyac is a surreal dance act made up of one half swamp baby (P. Sugz), one half mechanical trash diva (Potion). To question the origins of the band is to ponder the origin of humanity itself. When founding member Potion stumbled upon the name, half-conscious on his bedroom floor at 3 a.m., it was nonsense, much like the primordial soup from which life on this planet emerged. Soon after, he performed his first show at the 2014 closing party of Wardenclyffe Gallery (birthplace of dematerialism). It was that summer in the sensuous milieu of youth and self discovery that Potion asked P. Sugz to joined the band. And from that moment it was a flurry of late night sets and caffeine filled studio debauchery.
The duo began to sculpt a unique sound out of their diverse musical backgrounds. They gained notoriety online after their debut EP Movement Swallows Us in 2015, followed up by releases on Lavish and Crosswalk Records. Their full-length album Headlunge was released summer 2016, and was followed by an extensive US/European tour.
In January 2017 the duo released the song “Cloud” with French label Crosswalk Records, which, despite having no actual references to clouds, elevated their reach extensively in Europe, Korea, and Japan. February saw the release of their second EP Fis, which their manager Samosa Jones described as “a dark and swampy romper, sad and alone, meets the clean-cut hero of a Jodorowsky film.”
2017 has been referred to by many experts as "The Year We Heard About Capyac," with appearances at Austin City Limits, Euphoria Music Festival, South By Southwest, and Red Bull Sound Select. The live act often features multiple accompanying musicians and is marked by a mix of intricate orchestration and improvisation, as well as a repertoire spanning hip hop, house music, jazz, samba, and disco.
In 2018, the duo released an 8-track EP entitled "Who Is Donny Flamingo?" The release party was the largest self-promoted show the group had produced, with 750 in attendance. That show featured a 12-piece live band and a comedic appearance from famous producer Donny Flamingo himself. The duo shows no signs of stopping, despite being asked to stop what they're doing often.
In fact, on the matter of stopping, the duo had this to say:
"What is this? What the f*ck are you talking about...no one reads bios. Lemme finish my coffee in peace..."
Lizabeth Lonely (DJ Set)
Indie sensation Lizabeth Lonely makes art. She is a multi-disciplinary artist and she is interested in science fiction, fashion, and the forest. Her music is fun and thought-provoking. She is currently focused on multi-dimensional travel that can occur through dreams. You will love her!