Some 2 7 years into his career as a recording artist, Art Alexakis — best-known as the singer-guitarist and sole songwriter behind the iconic alt-rock outfit Everclear — has started a new chapter in his remarkably prolific career, now as a solo artist. Writing all of the songs and performing all instruments on his own, Alexakis most recently released his first-ever solo album ‘Sun Songs’ via The End Records in October 2019. ‘Sun Songs’ finds Alexakis exploring sounds, styles and lyrical subjects outside of the realm of Everclear, his generally rock - focused band. “ For the most part, it’s an acoustic singer-songwriter type of album,” says Alexakis. “ It’s not about making another Everclear record; it ’s about doing something that’s just me. I’m pushing my ability and pushing the envelope, and having fun at the same time. I’ve always wanted to do something like this.” Formed by Alexakis in 1991 in Portland, Oregon, Everclear has enjoyed a lengthy career spanning 11 studio releases, numerous videos, thousands of shows and accolades that include a 1998 Grammy nomination for So Much For The Afterglow. The band remains active today; most recently issuing Black is the New Black in 2015 and touring extensively. In recent years, Alexakis also created and performs as part of the annual Summerland Tour, which features a package bill of popular ’90s alt-rock bands. For several years Alexakis has been performing solo shows, dubbed “Songs and Stories,” where the singer-songwriter plays stripped-down acoustic versions of Everclear favorites, while also offering the audiences tales and anecdotes pertaining to those compositions. Most recently, Alexakis took his Songs & Stories show on a full North American tour, accompanied by fellow singer-songwriters Chris Collingwood of Fountains of Wayne, Max Collins of Eve 6, and John Wozniak of Marcy Playground. Alexakis’ solo work offers the songwriter a new and somewhat different outlet for his creativity. While the singer-guitarist has always been the driving force behind Everclear, there’s still a sharing of ideas and playing styles among its members that ultimately shapes the music. Contrary to that approach, his solo album finally offered Alexakis an opportunity to create music solely on his own, without any preconceived notion or collaborative influence as to what it should sound like. “On the other records, I’m always playing with other musicians who, even though I’m pointing them and pushing them in the direction I want them to go, they’re still bringing what they bring to the table, so they’re adding to it,” Alexakis says. “Every album that has different players on it sounds different, as it should. I’ve always wanted that with Everclear: to be an amorphous thing that changes and becomes different things. I’ve never wanted to make the same album twice. That’s why I’m excited about my solo material because it doesn’t sound like any Everclear record. Not even close.” Creating outside of the Everclear realm also gives Alexakis the chance to explore styles and sounds that don’t necessarily work for his band. His solo work will continue to push the boundaries of what you can expect from an Art Alexakis composition, as no direction or source of inspiration is really off the table. He cites everything from the Hamilton soundtrack to the great acoustic singer-songwriters as influences for his own writing. The liberating freedom he’s been enjoying since venturing down this new path has expanded his potential musical palette, allowing him to explore a seemingly endless array of ideas. Although he’s not always sure of where those ideas will ultimately lead, one thing is certain: The journey will bring Alexakis — and fans — to places where he’s yet to venture. It is exciting to hear the sonic offspring of that pioneering voyage.
In this age of pervasive and boundless jadedness, you might be forgiven for being taken aback when someone saysto you: “I hope you’re happy.” It’d be easy to load that phrase with acerbic meaning, to interpret it foremost as comingfrom a place of spiteand sarcasm. And nine times out of 10, you’d probably be right. But in the case of seminalmusicians Blue October, the statement is disarmingly sincere.
Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Kiiara is a multi-platinum singer-songwriter and anything but a typical pop star. She exudes a cool confidence and channels a diverse array of edgy musical influences, from Eminem to Linkin Park. She dropped literal “Gold” onto SoundCloud in the summer of 2015 which led to a recording contract with Atlantic Records. “Gold” has racked over 675M streams, peaking at No. 5 on the Billboard U.S. Top 40. In 2016, she released a debut EP called low kii savage, which lead to performances on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Coachella, Lollapalooza, and her first sold-out headlining tour. Kiiara’s chameleon-like vocal prowess and ability to adapt in the studio and toggle between powerful and ethereal vocals has resulted in high-profile collaborations with some of pop, EDM, rock and hip-hop’s biggest players. In a twist of fate, she also teamed up with one of her longtime idols: nu metal/rock legends Linkin Park. Their Gold-certified collaboration, “Heavy,” earned Kiiara a nomination for Top Rock Song at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. Now, as she gears up for the release of her highly anticipated debut album, Kiiara is ready to turn her focus inward once more. Whether she’s belting out notes on a collaboration or singing about her most intimate feelings on her own track, one thing is for sure: When Kiiara opens her mouth, we’re compelled to listen.
As much as it embodies the musical union of individual singers, producers, songwriters, and multi-instrumentalists Michael “Mikey” Foster and Charles “Scootie” Anderson, Social House serves as a destination. It represents a place where genre lines disintegrate and co-exist in a hummable hypnotic harmony unlike anything else out there. “It’s a melting pot,” says Mikey. “We pull from our collective influences. Th ere could be a jazz vibe to the melodies, guitar rhythms from the country, hip - hop production, or really alternative chord progressions. It’s a fusion.” The musicians met by way of producer Tommy Brown, sharing a house and creative hub in Sherman Oaks, CA. Together with Brown, they collectively penned and produced multiplatinum number one smashes such as “thank u, next ” and “7 Rings” for Ariana Grande’s blockbuster thank u, next in addition to the GRAMMY ® Award-winning Sweetener. One day, the pair cooked up an idea they couldn’t part with, which resulted in their debut single as Social House, “Magic in the Hamptons” [feat. Lil Yachty]. Not only did the track surpass over 100 million cumulative streams within a year, but it also paved the way for widespread acclaim from Billboard, Refinery29, HotNewHipHop, LADYGUNN, Ones To Watch, and more. Embodying a singular identity, they retreated to a cabin in Big Bear, CA during early 2019 for a career first. “It was technically our first session dedicated to us as Social House,” says Mikey. “We were able to focus on our own thoughts and tell our story the way we wanted to. We had never done that. ” “It was a big kumbaya trip hashing out our experiences and what we wanted to talk about through our music,” smiles Scootie. After 14 days sequestered from modern civilization in the mountains, they returned to Los Angeles with their debut, Everything Changed... EP [School Boy Records /Republic Records]. Under the influence of recent breakups experienced by the duo, the EP examines “a breakup in reverse” as it traces “the ups and downs of a relationship starting from its end and tracing back to its beginning.” The world immediately fell in love with this blockbuster collaboration as it most clearly showcased the dynamics of the Social House sound. In a few short months, it gathered nearly 200 million cumulative streams, as the boys opened up Grande’s Sweetener World T our, following their standout performances at Coachella and Lollapalooza. Not to mention, they have attracted over 15 million monthly listeners on Spotify and counting. The duo capped off an unbelievable year by taking home “Song of the Summer” for “boyfriend” at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards and a GRAMMY nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for the global smash hit. In the end, Social House invite listeners to feel right at home in their emotions. “We just want you to feel,” they agree. “We aim to connect, identify, and help people through things. It’s what music does for us.”
is a multi-platinum and Billboard chart topping singer, songwriter, and producer. A Los Angeles native, gnash stepped into the national spotlight in 2016, with his 5X platinum breakthrough hit “i hate u, i love u,” which spent an impressive 39 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, peaking at #10. The single also landed at #5 on the top 40 radio chart and has to date accumulated over 1 billion audio streams, and 500 million YouTube views. The track was included on his third EP, us, which released in March of 2016, following his two previous EPs, March 2015’s debut u, and the December 2015 follow up, me. It was also included in his full-length debut album, we. In October 2016, gnash was featured on acclaimed singer, songwriter MAX’s 2016 2X platinum breakthrough hit "Lights Down Low,” which has 400M+ streams and made the top 10 at Top 40 Radio. gnash has performed on The TODAY Show, as well as, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and has been featured in numerous high-profile publications including Billboard, Vogue, Nylon, The New York Times and Teen Vogue, in addition to countless others. A strong advocate for mental health, gnash has been open about his struggles and has publicly acknowledged the benefits therapy has had on his life. gnash uses his story to show fans that its ok to have feelings, and through his music, has encouraged people to find their own unique way to express them. gnash hit the road in early 2019 for his “the broken hearts club” tour with the final leg of the 40-date trek concluding in early July.
Frank Zummo is one of the busiest, versatile and passionate drummers out there today. He has worked with countless artists through the years, and is currently the drummer of the rock band SUM 41 and EDM/pop duo Krewella.
Born in New York City, Zummo began drumming around age 3, when he discovered his father’s drum kit. By age 7, he was an award-winning drummer, taking home top prize in Long Island Drum Centers “Battle of the Beats”. At the 2017 AP Awards (Alternative Press Magazine) Zummo won the "Drummer Of The Year" award and performed at their awards show ceremony alongside Josh Dun (Twenty One Pilots) & Adrian Young (No Doubt, Dreamcar).
Zummo recently performed the special Linkin Park & friends Chester Bennington celebration concert at the Hollywood Bowl with Linkin Park & special guests System Of A Down, Steve Aoki and Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley.
Frank has collaborated with iconic street artist Shepard Fairy and his two drum kits can been seen showcased currently at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.
In 2004, Zummo co-founded the award-winning drum ensemble Street Drum Corps, which became his biggest project to date, resulting in countless world tours, Vegas residencies and performances onstage with Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, Chris Cornell (Soundgarden); and has now expanded into a nationwide franchise with several theme park residencies.
Other projects Zummo has in his pocket include: Motley Crue (filled in for Tommy Lee during a hand injury), Gary Numan, Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots’ late singer), Julien-K, Orianthi, the Start, Dhani Harrison, and many more.
Deep moments of catharsis often produce transformative work, and this is certainly the case with the debut EP of 24-year old Toronto native, Aunty Social aka Daniela Gitto. Titled, The Day My Brain Broke, the EP documents a period of isolation and evolution for Daniela, as she worked her way out of a toxic lifestyle — computer, mic, and MIDI in hand. Using these tools for recovery, the EP is both an amalgamation of references (from poetry to childhood memories) and a personal statement on the inner workings of the mind. In combination, the five songs that make up The Day My Brain Broke, cover a wide range on the emotional and sonic spectrum. On the latter, it’s hard to pinpoint a genre Aunty Social’s work falls into. Descriptors like electronica, experimental, and art-pop don’t really do the EP justice, but they are starting points for understanding just how far Aunty Social can stretch. In essence, the EP captures the process of transformation and its many attributes, both the dark and the light. As Daniela says, “this is a personal catharsis where I’m trying to let go of that part of me, that lifestyle, that person I used to be.” The EP itself is an exercise in unpacking pain, and unfolds in a series of vignettes that make up a larger story. “Each song represents something that affected me during my upbringing and during this journey into a toxic lifestyle,” says Daniela. “ There are a lot of underlying mental health things that intertwine everything together.” The EP’s first track “Trying,” recounts Daniela’s religious past, and the crisis that followed when she left it all behind. “ Before all of this, religion was my identity.It’s what I relied on, it’s what I followed. I was raised in a Catholic family, I went to a Catholic school. Once that was gone, I really didn’t know who I was. I felt like all this progress that I had made from six to sixteen was completely void, and then I had to muster up all the things that make me who I am.” While most of the EP deals with more somber themes, it ends on a lighter note, at least musically. It’s rare that a debut EP is so complete and fully formed, but Aunty Social has achieved such a thing. The Day My Brain Broke is a powerful mixture of rhetorical prowess and raw truth. While Daniela makes clear that this is first and foremost a personal statement and not an awareness campaign, she notes that she wishes that people her age (she is 24 for reference) would seek help. “A lot of people say to me, I’ve already adapted to the world, I’ve already become who I am. What’s the point of getting checked out just to confirm it? And what people don’t understand is how valuable the education is and just the feeling that you’re not inadequate because that’s how I felt my whole life.” If transformation is the overall theme, then the conversion of inadequacy to self affirmation is on full display on this incredible collection of songs.The Day My Brain Broke is coming out in 2020 on Nettwerk Records.
Brian Mackenzie is a pioneer in the development and application of custom protocols to optimize human health and performance. His work harnesses and integrates respiratory, movement, strength, conditioning and endurance-based training approaches to elicit unprecedented positive results. His protocols have been used to accelerate and raise both mental and physical performance in world-class Olympic and professional athletes, top executives, and elite military operators, as well as to improve the health for people suffering from various chronic and pathological issues.
Brian’s work is voluntarily and repeatedly subjected to rigorous 3rd party scientific testing, re-testing and improvement, at top institutions. He has been contracted and his work involved in research projects at Stanford University School of Medicine, California State University Fullerton, and San Francisco State University.
Brian is himself a highly accomplished practitioner. He completed the Ironman (Canada, 2004), completed both the The Western States 100 mile and The Angeles Crest 100 mile runs using adapted training protocols he developed to improve performance. He is the co-founder of The Art of Breath a division of Power Speed Endurance that teaches a principles based approach to breath & performance. Brian has also co-authored the book Power Speed Endurance, The New York Times Best Seller UnBreakable Runner, and UnPlugged, which assesses the integration of emergent technology and human performance. His programs have been featured in Outside Magazine, Men’s Health, Runners World, Triathlete Magazine, Men’s Journal, ESPN Rise, as well as periodicals such as The Economist. Brian and his protocols have been featured in 2 of Timothy Ferriss’ New York Times bestselling books including: “The 4-Hour Body” and “Tools of Titans” and Scott Carney’s New York Times best seller “What Doesn’t Kill Us”.
His clients have included: Ari Emanuel, Kelly Starrett, Tim Ferriss, U.S. Military (Navy, Army, Marines), Canadian Military (CANSOF), Jon “Bones” Jones, Laird Hamilton, Tia Clair Toomey (3X CrossFit Games Champion), Rich Froning Jr. (4X CrossFit Games Champion) and many others.
Currently, Brian is the Founder & Creative Director of Power Speed Endurance, Co-Founder & Managing Director of My State LLC; a technology based company that specializes in the delivery of science based protocols to optimize physical, emotional and cognitive performance and health via breath practice. He is also the President and Co-Founder of The Health and Human Performance Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to researching how breath and innate tools can optimize and help health and human performance.
Joe Sib, co-founder and co-conspirator of Side One Dummy Records for 25 years, has continued to climb up theranks of the comedy scene. Joe released his first comedy record, Joe Sib Nowhere Near the Top, in April 2017 whichdebuted #3 on the Billboard’sComedy Chart. From the 1980s punk scene to millennium parent, Joe’s comedy takesyou on a manic, ride from growing up in the era of “safety last”, and into the present, as he tries to helicopter parentwithout a license. After throwing himself into the punk and skate underground of his California hometown, Joe’s bandWax was signed to a major label as part of the early ’90s breakthrough of punk rock into the mainstream. He co-founded an indie label, SideOneDummy, that signed such now-iconic bands as Flogging Molly and the GaslightAnthem. Turning his behind-the-music stories from the road into a one-man show led to touring as a stand-up comic,which led to such highlights as his recent tour with Metallica, in which he and comedian Jim Breuer created a showthat re-defined the term “opening act.” With every new twist and turn in his path, Joe has been left wondering “Howdid I get here?”
Lauren Dair is a 21-year-old alternative-pop singer and award-winning songwriter. Hailingfrom Anchorage, Alaska, Dair moved to Los Angeles as a child actor, starring in the hitFOX show New Girl. Releasing her first EP at 12 years old, Lauren Dair hasalways mademusic far beyond her years. With her music compared to the likes of Julia Michaels,Charlie Puth, Verite, Halsey, and Sasha Sloan, Lauren Dair pairs vulnerable, honest lyricswith catchy pop hooks that hold their own again Top 40 heavy-weights.Dair’s biggest,and perhaps most moving, release to date came in 2018 when she collaborated withGrammy-winning rock band, Linkin Park. After winning the Stagelight Monthly MusicContest II for her song “Monster,” Dair won the opportunity to work with Mike Shinodaand Brad Delson. After the passing of Linkin Park frontman, Chester Bennington, Laurenbegan writing a song dedicated to Chester and all the complex feelings that come withlosing someone. With the help of Shinoda and Delson, they helped her complete “EveryLittle Light,” a song that focuses on the struggles of mental health and continuing topush forward even when all hope seems lost. After its release in April 2018, anunwavering amount of support came in from fans all over the world to say howmuch thesong impacted them. Lauren continues to advocate and encourages others to open upthe conversation about mental health.