Isolation night Live: Climate Edition
For AJR, making music is paramount to unadulterated freedom. Yes, to hear this trio of brothers tell it, when best harnessing their innate musical skillset, the inevitable result is complete catharsis. “It’s about a mindset, not a specific sound,” multi-instrumentalist band member Ryan says of he and his siblings open-book approach to their music. It’s why AJR have forever taken a no-rules approach to their craft – as they see it, each song is an opportunity to push the limits of pop music. It’s all effortlessly executed on their kaleidoscopic third album, Neotheater [AJR Productions/S-Curve/BMG], the aural answer to a simple question: why put up sonic roadblocks when endlessly colorful possibilities await on the other side?
We met Gabriela Richardson in 2015 lending her voice to Yall's “Hundred Miles”. The song was a great success backed by more than 230 million views on streaming platform and Diamond in Spain, France, Belgium and Mexico. In May 2018, she took a step forward with the publication of her first solo single ‘Don´t Talk To Me,' PRODUCED BY easyFun - one of the visible heads of PC Music, the collective responsible for the sound of artists like Charlie XCX. In 2019, she published her first EP album “DÖLMA” produced with Sony Music.
Multi-platinum-selling DC trio SHAED are enjoying global success thanks to their breakout hit single “Trampoline.” Taken from the band’s 2018 EP Melt, “Trampoline” made waves after being featured in Apple’s MacBook Air ad campaign that resulted in feverish radio play, landing them at #1 on both the Alternative and Rock Airplay charts, #1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart, #4 on Top 40, and #13 on the Hot 100. Thanks to a March 2020 sync on Grey’s Anatomy, “Trampoline” also hit the #1 spot on the Top TV Songs Chart. Along the way, the song has tallied more than a billion streams and caught the ear of pop sensation
ZAYN, who appeared on a special version of the track, as well as Grammy-nominated DJ/Producer Steve Aoki – who enlisted SHAED & Sting for the “2 In A Million” single off his April 2020 LP Neon Future IV. SHAED has played to massive crowds at major music festivals including Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, BottleRock, Summer Sonic Japan and more, all while completing two sold-out North American headline tours. The band made debut appearances on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and Late Night with Seth Meyers and they’ve been featured by Billboard, Rolling Stone, Variety, MTV, Interview Magazine, i-D Magazine, NYLON, The Washington Post, and many more. SHAED looks to continue their meteoric rise with their debut album on the horizon.
A. R. Rahman is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist and philanthropist.
Described as the world's most prominent and prolific film composer by Time, his works are notable for integrating Eastern classical music with electronic music sounds, world music genres and traditional orchestral arrangements. He has won two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards South in addition to numerous other awards and nominations.
Laura Bell Bundy
Laura Bell Bundy is an American actress and singer who has performed in a number of Broadway roles, her best known being the original Amber Von Tussle in the musical version of Hairspray and the original Elle Woods in the musical version of Legally Blonde. In addition to dominating Broadway stages, Laura Bell has also been spotted in front of the camera appearing on network television shows such as Cold Case, Veronica Mars, and How I Met Your Mother.
As Big Wild, producer Jackson Stell crafts lush soundscapes and sweeping melodies that challenge the status quo of electronic music. Formerly a hip-hop beat producer, known as J Beatz, in his native Massachusetts, Stell switched creative lanes following a life-altering trip to Big Sur, California. He adopted influences from the state’s natural glory and open spaces to create the atmospheric and wide-spanning Big Wild sound, which today traverses electronic, indie, pop and beyond.
Born on an island in Washington and raised in the Rocky Mountains by a park ranger turned physician’s assistant and a doctor, alongside a sister who is studying evolutionary biology, Kathleen finds her foremost inspiration in nature. From the age of seven, when she began writing songs, she found herself directly engaged with the world around her—its maximalism in the mountain landscapes of Colorado and its minutiae, the pattern of leaves as a vine climbs a wall or the insects living in a fallen log. Her work investigates these natural extremes and how they apply to our everyday lives—“I want you to cry in public,” she says of its intended effect.
The music Avery Tucker and Harmony Tividad release as Girlpool occupies a transient space. Their constant evolution makes it perfectly impossible to articulate exactly where their project falls within the contemporary musical canon; this is one of the many reasons Girlpool’s music is so captivating. 2019's What Chaos Is Imaginary was a collection of songs unlike any Girlpool songs you’d ever heard, exactly what 2017's Powerplant was to 2015's Before The World Was Big. For the first time, it is clear who wrote what song.
There was never really another option for Toronto’s fiercely feminist rock n’ roll moon fairy Luna Li. “I always knew that I was going to go into music,” she says. Born into a musical atmosphere — her mom taught music — Li started to learn the piano at age five. There was always music in the air about her, she says. In university she studied classical violin and is also classically trained in both piano and ballet.
Today, through her music Luna Li is making changes to create an inclusive and safe music scene for all people. Her shows aim to create a supportive environment where everyone and anyone can feel welcome.
As world travelers for nearly two decades, Rising Appalachia have merged multiple global music influences with their own southern roots to create the inviting new folk album, Leylines. Remarkably the band has built its legion of listeners independently -- a self-made success story that has led to major festival appearances and sold-out shows at venues across the country. Founded by sisters Leah and Chloe Smith, the band established an international fan base due to relentless touring, tireless activism, and no small degree of stubborn independence.
Kaleena Zanders is an explosive and captivating singer, songwriter and producer, most recently known for her empowering song “Stronger Than I’ve Ever Been (piano edit). It was heard on the Toyota commercial “Good Odds." and reached millions of listeners after premiering during Super Bowl LII and as a featured spot throughout the 2018 Winter Olympics. Her powerful voice has been featured on numerous of popular dance music tracks – a path that kicked off after a highly successful collaboration w/ SNBRN called "California" (Chris Lake & Matroda remix). Combined with support from Diplo, Oliver Heldens, Benny Benassi and many more "California" quickly became a quintessential dance music song, still played on the radio today.
Vishnu with Mattavi
‘Vishnu with Mattavi’ are two yogi’s who exemplify music that has no borders. One lives in New York, the other lives on the road, the two continue to collaborate remotely through a creative space that transcends. Deeply moved by culture, their first record ‘Curandera’ was an offering to indigenous wisdom and paved a way to give back to Mother Earth, honoring her as being the principle healer and Curandera. Together their debut album called 'Sādhanā' is soon to be released.