Discover NYC Preview: Meet Jesse Ruben, Jaye Bartell & Henry Hall

October's edition of Discover NYC will take place on October 11th at Rockwood Music Hall featuring singer-songwriter Jesse Ruben, Sinderlyn artist Jaye Bartell, and alternative artist Henry Hall. Read on to meet the artists.


Jesse Ruben
Hometown: Maple Glen, PA
Based: Brooklyn, NY
Influences: Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Ben Folds, Elliott Smith
Inspiration Behind “This is Why I Need You”: I got really sick with Lyme Disease back in 2012, and had to take more than two years off from playing music before I finally got better. “This Is Why I Need You” was the first song I wrote when I got healthy. It’s a song that acknowledged all of the people in my life who helped me get through that period. It is a song that means so much to me, and it’s been really great to see people have such a strong positive reaction to it.
Touring in Europe: There’s this great company that finds artists from the US and UK and brings them over to Germany to tour for a month. I’d never been, so it was a great way to see the whole country while also playing 25 shows in a month. It was really exhausting, but really fun. I may or may not have gotten too drunk and lost my passport my first night there (but then I totally got it back the next day!). I would love to do another tour in Europe.
Fun Fact: I’m never sure what qualifies as a “fun” fact. I have a twin sister. I’m really good at ultimate frisbee. And my feet are two different sizes, which makes buying shoes a nightmare.

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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 You Should Know: 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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On Tour: Thee Phantom

Described as “part b-boy, part Beethoven,” Thee Phantom uniquely combines hip-hop with live orchestration. Read on to get the 411 on his upcoming College Tour that kicks off this week with a SOLD OUT show at the University of Texas, the advice he’d give someone who’s trying to break into the business, and more.

Hey Thee Phantom, thanks for being a part of our series! Introduce yourself – who is Thee Phantom?
Thee Phantom is the combination of all my childhood inspirations. Hip-Hop, Classical Music, Comic Books, Sports & of course my favorite Broadway musical, Phantom of the Opera. I am a Composer/MC/Producer who combines the raw energy and passion of Hip-Hop, with the beautiful melodies of live orchestral accompaniment.

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A Non-Definitive List of Nashville Music Venues

Are you new to the Nashville scene? Our Nashville-based CONNECT Manager Daren, who has lived in Music City for over a decade, rounded up a list of venues that are establishing the current music scene. Read on for the inside scoop.

I think it’s important when embarking on new territory, or maybe when needing a change of scenery, to forge ahead with a solid understanding of the lay of the land. While I do realize that this post exists within my bubble of the city I’ve lived and worked in for around 11 years, I think it’s important for bands, songwriters, and singer/songwriters to play Nashville. Music City cliché aside, there really is a ton of music (so much so that some people specifically seek out places without music) and a ton of people that support it, fans and industry included. This inevitably means there will need to be venues to support these artists. Below is my list of Nashville music venues that are establishing the current live music scene:

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Artist You Should Know: Well Well Well

Described as “Easy Listening for Uneasy People,” San Diego-based band Well Well Well just released their debut EP ‘What Do We Have Here?” Read on to meet the duo, get the deets on their debut show on September 29th, and more.

What’s up guys? Before we get into it — can you tell us a little about Well Well Well?
WWW is myself on guitar/vox and Dan Nichols on bass/synth/drums. Dan has this crazy unique ability to play drums one handed and play the bass keyboard and synthesizer with the other hand simultaneously. The music came quite naturally once our band Barbarian went on hiatus.

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Hidden Focus: Selected New Age and Ambient Artists

Listen to a hand-picked selection of some of our upcoming and established ambient artists.

“Ambient music must be as ignorable as it is interesting” says Brian Eno who first coined the term. Say what you want about a genre that hides in the shadows, but the Spotify “Sleep” playlist is a powerful one, boasting over 1.1 million followers.

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Artist You Should Know: Dave Thomas Junior

As a producer, performer, and multi-instrumentalist songwriter, Dave Thomas Junior’s music has been featured on Vampire Diaries, The Muppets, and more. Read on to learn about his new album ‘Pieces’ that just premiered on PureVolume, his collaboration with Don Diablo, and experience with sync placements.

Hey Dave! Who is Dave Thomas Junior?
He’s this dude who makes music all the time.

Give us the breakdown of your new album ‘Pieces.’
Pandora recently added me and they said my music has ‘folk roots, mystical qualities, a subtle use of vocal harmony, acoustic rhythm piano and mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation.’ Which is just about a good description of the new album as I could hope for.

I’m really interested in the technological singularity, so (along with love which I pretty much always write about) a lot of the songs are about the concept of time in some way or another. The idea that things are moving exponentially faster is something that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about – it seems so amazing and exciting and terrifying to me – so that always makes its way into the songs. Except ‘We Belong Together’ which is purely about Drake’s unrequited love for Rihanna. I saw the video for ‘Work’ and pretty much straight away had the idea for that song. It’s such a tragedy, he’s got it all except the one thing he wants more than anything.

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