GRUMBY is What Happens When Diverse Backgrounds & Styles Collide

Raj Singh (Rajuju) and Andrew Why (Butterfly), better known for their stage name GRUMBY, are a jazz, soul, and electronic duo based out of Brooklyn. GRUMBY’s signature sound combines influences from jazz, R&B, soul, and world music evoking the nostalgia of the 90s with an undeniable contemporary, electronica twist. After capturing worldwide attention with their debut EP, Changes, the duo are back with a new track and the official release date for Changes PT II.  We chatted with the guys to learn about their new EP, which features a guest appearance from Heems of Das Racist, the origin behind their name, and the role that two producers from diverse backgrounds play when it comes to writing and production.

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Artist Spotlight: KingKLA$$

Through contrasting musical backgrounds, Brooklyn-raised, D.C.-based artist, KingKLA$$, aspires to create a new trend in music while cultivating a genre reminiscent of the New York nostalgia present in hip-hop. Drawing influences from 90’s funk, the rapper delivers candid lyrics over a laid back flow while evoking the sound of classic east coast hip-hop. We caught up with KingKla$$ to discuss  his new single, “Lucid,” the importance of social media for emerging artists, how he landed a feature on THUMP through ReverbNation, and his take on the impact of hip-hop culture in America.

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Artist Session: Julian Maverick

Australian producer and singer Julian Maverick has been making waves with his infectious tropical pop sound that has praised by the likes of Hype Machine, Indie Shuffle, Acid Stag, and more. We caught up with him to get the deets on his latest single “Move Your Magic,” production history, and more.

Hey Julian Maverick! Thanks for being part of our series. Can you give us an introduction to Julian Maverick?
It was a solo project I started to combine my own songwriting and production. A project where I didn’t have to be limited to a genre and where I could explore all different styles.

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Artist Session: Holiday Oscar

A year after releasing his debut single, "Carousel," which racked up 200,000 streams on Spotify, Holiday Oscar is back with a delightful new tune. We chatted with him about his new single "Teething Powder,” influences, and more.

Hi Holiday Oscar! Before we get into it, tell us who is Holiday Oscar?
Holiday Oscar is a young man from East London.

Describe your style.
I’ve always felt very comfortable writing folk music and the older I get, the closer I feel I am to putting what’s going on around me on paper.

You elegantly craft raw and honest storytelling over warm arrangements — a Dylan-esque vibe. Who are some of your main influences?
My parents are probably the biggest influence. I grew up listening to Ian Dury, Bob Dylan and The Jam. I read that during the recording of Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited, a lot of the session musician’s were still learning the parts or just jamming along to what Bob had already put down. So we took that approach a lot in the studio. Gives it such a nice live feel.

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Artist Session: Yacht Punk

Long Beach-based post-punk alternative band, Yacht Punk just debuted their first single "Radar" on IMPOSE. Read on to get to know the band, find out what they’re working on, and more.

Hi Yacht Punk! Let’s start off with — who are the forces behind the band?
Graham Bockmiller – Vocals/guitar, Michael Pozzi – Lead guitar/vocals, Tricky – Drums

Where did you guys come up with the name?
A group of our friends were at party or something and for some reason almost everyone in our group was wearing denim jackets. So someone in the group was like “You guys look like you’re all in a gang or a punk band or something”, to which one of our friends sarcastically said “Yeah right, more like a YACHT punk band”. Kinda made me go hmmm, Yacht Punk, that would be a good band name. So basically we stole it. And no one will get the credit that they deserve. But I also think it’s kind of a good analogy for the music. It’s got some grit but it’s definitely not punk, and it’s got some polished hooks but its not nice enough to belong on a yacht either. Maybe we should’ve called it Shit Yacht instead.

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Artist Session: Thaddeus Anna Greene

We’re no stranger to Cleveland powerhouse Thaddeus Anna Greene. After being a part of ReverbNation CONNECT’s The Watch List and premiering their single “Heart Out” on The FADER earlier this year, the band has been busy in the studio working on new material and playing as many festivals as possible. Read on to catch up with the band to learn about their new track “In Vein,” upcoming album, and more.

Welcome to our series! Before we get into it, can you guys introduce yourselves? 
Thanks for having us. We in this thang. We’re Thaddeus Anna Greene; TJ on lead guitar and lead vocals, Anthony on drums and vocals, Ryan on guitar and vocals, and Matt on bass.

You recently unleashed your soul-drenched groove “In Vein” on The 405. Tell us about the inspiration behind the track. 
LOL @ “soul-drenched”. Drenched is such a visual adjective. I like it! First off, thanks to The 405 for liking us enough to premier our music. “In Vein” is a triple entendres of sorts. (TJ) I actually knew a girl who was a junkie, ya know? She was addicted to heroin. Without getting too descriptive, I would see her change when she was high, ya know; but she was so damn pretty! I had never seen drug addiction with a face like that. So the song is kinda from the point-of-views of God and/or higher consciousness and the drugs themselves. Both of those things sort of disgrace this girl and promise her love like no other… Like a tug-of-war, and I’m just sort of watching… in awe.

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Artist Session: Empathy Test

With a stunning new single dropping on September 9th, we caught up with London electronic pop duo Empathy Test about their sci-fi influences, European tour, and more.

Hey guys thanks for chatting! Who is Empathy Test?
Empathy Test is Isaac Howlett (vocals) and Adam Relf (production). We’ve known each other since we were six and eight respectively and have been friends ever since. We grew up in the South East of England and we both now live in London.

We heard that your name was inspired by the film Blade Runner. Tell us about that and has that movie influenced your style?
We made our first EP (Losing Touch) before thinking of a name. So it was a case of finding something that worked with the music. We’ve had a lot of people compliment on it, so we’re glad we spent some time thinking about it. Isaac decided to re-watch one of our favourite sci-fi movies, Blade Runner, for inspiration. In the movie, they use an ‘empathy test’ to work out if someone is a human or a highly advanced android called a ‘replicant’. The theory is that it’s empathy that distinguishes us from machines. Empathy Test makes music with machines but that music speaks to people on a very human level. The fact that the Blade Runner soundtrack was also an influence on our music, created a neat circle of reference.

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Artist Session: Elektrik People

Known for their sensuous voals, infectious lyrics, and lush electronic beats, Los Angeles-based trio Elektrik People just released their latest single, "If I Was Your Lover." The bouncy new track was inspired by a spontaneous trip. We chatted with the band about their inspirations, music production, Denmark, and more.

Hey guys, thanks for joining our series. Tell us your story?
All three of us played together in other bands before Elektrik People. We started making more electronic music and perform just the three of us in night clubs such as The Sayer’s Club and Bootsy Bellows that don’t usually have bands only DJ’s. Kind of a hybrid setup with out Bass or drum set. It was fun to do something a little different like that.

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