Nick Waterhouse is a So-Cal rooted musician who uniquely fuses classic rhythm and blues, jazz and soul, with a mid-century inspired sound. According to Time Magazine, “Song for Winners,” the first single in his newest album exemplifies this genre-melding style as it starts “with a rock ‘n’ roll vibe” before “it quickly evolves into a bluesier groove that shows off his classic style.” Over four albums, he has written, performed and arranged with an intention to paying homage to the sounds of the ‘50s and ‘60s, while also subverting them with new twists.
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Kilo Kish is an alternative R&B singer-songwriter and rapper whose musical voice and style is hard to pin down. As a multidisciplinary artist who takes inspiration from an eclectic range of subjects and sounds, Kish is constantly genre-blending and experimental with her music. The range and quality of her music have evolved tremendously over her career, as she continues to experiment and divert from expectations with each release. She has collaborated with several prominent rappers such as Vince Staples, Childish Gambino, and ASAP Rocky, and her work has been spotlighted by the New York Times, Vogue, and Time Magazine.
Jen Awad is a rising Peruvian-Egyptian soul singer who is part of a rising movement of Latinx, queer artists in Los Angeles. With her classic soul voice and her punk glam style, she released her EP, Jewel of the Nile, earlier this year where she explores themes such as dealing with love, feeling unworthy, and trying to make sense of relationships. Her influences span generations of soul music from “Cocoanut Grove-era jazz singers like Etta James and Sara Vaughan to the hip-hop-steeped era of Lauryn Hill, Raphael Saadiq and Winehouse” (August Brown, LA Times.)
Recently established in 2018 and straight from East L.A., Thee Sinseers embody the lowrider sweet soul vibe. Love songs, washed with reverb, slow tempos for rolling, and a vibe for days. This type of doo-wop soul has been embraced by the Chicano culture and with a growing scene, Thee Sinseers look to make their own mark.
What started as a solo project by Oscar Miguel Santos in 2008, Sister Mantos has transformed into a live multi-instrumental band and performance group who sing songs about love, queer & POC empowerment, and utopias free of war and oppression with a psychedelic blend of Latin beats, punk attitude, and funk rhythms. Their audiences are always treated on a trippy psychedelic adventure - an out of this world experience of spastic dancing and bombastic beats that makes for a total rave.
Earth Arrow is an Afro Indigenous Hip-hop & dance band based in South Central Los Angeles. Early 2017 the band united over a need to revive ancient African and Indigenous rhythms and dance as a release, as therapy. A reflection of the fire that burns in the hearts of all who live in colonized lands across the world , Earth Arrow harnesses the likes of Santana, Jimi Hendrix , The Godfather of Soul , The Roots, and touches on the groups Afro-Latin roots with jams that Celia and The Fania Allstars might approve.