Torii Wolf, a singer-songwriter and musician from Wantagh, New York who traded coasts–bouncing around West Coast cities and enhanced herself artistically; shunning categories, confinement, and convention. Torii also just happens to be the first female artist to have her entire project produced by DJ Premier. “Torii has such a weird, wicked style,” Premier offers. “It’s just very left field—reminiscent of a Bjork or something like that. She is so unique and versatile; she writes, sings and is an accomplished guitarist and drummer. But image-wise, there is no comparison. Subject-wise, Torii is in a whole different place.”
Moving into a new live performance and production with Mike Zombie, the OVO-beatmaker behind Drake’s “Started From the Bottom.” Zombie’s productions with Torii Wolf are dark and deep and that really resonates with her overall vibe. Having Valerie Franco incorporate live organic drum patterns along with the original beats that Zombie has created makes for an epic live experience.
SPELLES, the moniker of Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Kathryn Baar, is preparing
to release her second EP titled Skeleton Coast I. The name, which was inspired by the
desolate stretch of animal bones and shipwrecks along the coast of Namibia, actually
refers to her life in LA. “I developed a lot of anxiety, depression, and health issues when I
moved to the west coast after college and it felt like the perfect title to represent those
experiences. There’s also something really spooky and primal about the sound of it,
which are elements I like to play with in my music.”
Recorded in 10 days with the majority of help from producer Sonny DiPerri (Animal
Collective, Emma Ruth Rundle) and collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Luc Laurent,
the EP sonically ranges from stomp-y and tribal driven songs like “Teach Me How to
Pray” and “Dead in the Water” to the delicate and haunting apocalyptic-esque guitar
vocal track “Wildfire.” “ I grew a lot in the making of this EP. I felt like I had dialed in
the sound I was trying to create as an artist and also, for the first time, I did a ton of preproduction
with Luc before recording in the studio. I’ve become a much stronger and
more efficient producer and arranger because of it.”
Thematically the EP touches on topics of perseverance, introspection, and hard truths.
“Dead in the Water” is reminiscent of the Marcus Aurelius quote, “The impediment to
action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” “A lot of times people
may think that they’re not in control of their own lives, or they feel easily defeated when
faced with obstacles. But every one of us has the power and capability to overcome
whatever stands in our way if we recognize that and learn to become resourceful. “Light
Me on Fire” is a bluesy surf-rock style song about supporting someone you care about
even if it wears on you, with a wailing choir chorus that sings “...even when it hurts, light
me on fire and let me burn.”
SPELLES first gained attention in 2014 when her - at the time unreleased- single “Bird in
a Cage” was synced on the show Pretty Little Liars. This powerful gang vocal and
percussion style beast of a song caused Baar to receive a flood of emails from fans of the
show saying they loved the song and wanted to know where they could buy it. "It was my
first experience with exposure on such a large scale and I was deeply grateful for the
overwhelmingly positive response.” Her self-titled debut followed in 2015 with the eerie
orchestral ballad "Wild Heart” and the bluesy Rib Cage - which Consequence of Sound
stated, “If this is what Baar sounds like when she feels she’s not “good enough,” she must
leave a wake of wreckage when she gets a confidence boost.” Following the release she
did a college radio campaign, became part of the Feed the Beat team, got more syncs, and
played shows in the LA area, opening for acts such as LP and most recently Skott.
Ever So Android
Ever So Android fuse rock and roll with a contrasting electronic presence. Formed in 2012 by guitarist/programmer Drew Murray and vocalist Hope Simpson, the duo quickly gained notoriety as one of Seattle's most explosive live acts. With the addition of drummer Ben Hilzinger in 2015, Ever So Android’s sound took on a more melodic tenor. This current line up has found a band both rich in power and pop sensibility.
9 Theory is the solo project of eclectic producer, singer/songwriter, and recording/mixing engineer, Gabe Lehner, who has been passionately focused on creating music for over 16 years, perhaps most notably with the past projects Inspired Flight and Metrofique. With a love for learning guitar and writing songs that slowly evolved into an obsession with producing, recording, and making beats, Gabe has come into his own as a renowned producer with a knack for effectively blending different genres into an original, unique sound, and has become an impressive remix artist as well. He has also come into his own as an experienced and charismatic performer playing hundreds of live shows; performing at music festivals such as Coachella, Lightning In A Bottle, Camp Bisco, Electric Forest, What The Festival?!, Re:Generation; and opening for major artists including Thievery Corporation, Bonobo, STS9, Beats Antique, Emancipator, Wax Tailor, and Sage Francis.
The culmination of Gabe's 16-year journey has led to the birth of his first solo project and main focus from now on, 9 Theory, which combines many different genres into a beat-heavy electronic sound with flavors of hip-hop and indie rock that has been compared to acts like Gorillaz, Radiohead, Postal Service, and DJ Krush. Although 9 Theory is based around Gabe's own production and songwriting it also involves numerous collaborations and featured guests, including female vocalists and MC’s both on the recorded music and in the live show. While working constantly on his own music, Gabe as 9 Theory has also been collaborating on other projects with various artists including Amp Live, Grouch & Eligh, and Black Knights, and has done official remixes for such artists as Jason Mraz, Emancipator, Zion I, and Beats Antique.