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Get to “The Heart of It” with Alt Country’s Dustin Bird

Emerging country artist Dustin Bird definitively stakes his claim in alternative and pop with the infectious love anthem “The Heart of It.”

Released on March 31 along with a vintage-feeling music video, “The Heart of It” highlights Dustin’s welcoming and inviting vocal performance within a lush country-rock orchestration including lap steel and banjo. The song is sincerely delivered, consistently engaging, and ultimately heartwarming.

“Heart Of It speaks to that point in every relationship that has become routine – do we go on with the status quo, or do we lean in to an honest conversation and assessment of where we are truly at,” Dustin shares. “The opportunity to either keep things as they are, or stoke the embers and reignite the fire. Do we glide along the surface or go deep into the heart of it?”

Based in Canada, Dustin’s 2021 debut album Unscripted debuted in the Top 10 on the iTunes Canadian Country chart. He was then nominated for multiple awards include the CMAOntario’s Rising Star, the Indie Award’s Country Artist of the Year, and won Ontario Independent Recording Artist at the London Music Awards.

Find “The Heart of It” on the Alchemical Records Multigenere Mixture playlist on Spotify and YouTube.

Daniel Warren Hill

Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, writer, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the frontman for Washington DC area Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy, as co-founder of Capitol Groove Collective, and increasing the exposure of artists on a global scale through his work with Alchemical Records. 

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Betty Who, headliner of Kinetic Presents Pride Month event

Zach Renovátes, Kinetic Presents: In the Name of Love For All

As a producer bringing some major events to Capital Pride this year, Zach Renovátes admits that he was keen to get Betty Who on the lineup. After having seen several of her live performances already, Renovátes knew the Australian would make a fine marquee addition to the “Kinetic Presents Candyland” event at Echostage June 10.

Fortunately, she was both available and interested.

“Something that I personally saw was that [Betty Who] is one of the most pro-LGBT singer-songwriters I’ve ever ever seen perform live,” Renovátes said, adding that the D.C. audiences at her concerts come largely from within the gay community. “So she absolutely knows that we as queer people make up a huge percentage of her fan base.”
The June 10 event is the main draw of a weekend of collaborations between Kinetic Presents and the Capital Pride Alliance in celebration of D.C. Pride 2023. Other big names who will play at various venues around the District include DJs Abel and Cindel, Dan Slater, as well as Jerac and Paulo Fragoso. It’ll be a pride-filled musical weekend indeed, with Echostage, Sax, Bunker and Bliss Nightclub hosting the pulsing sounds of revelry. And there’s also the big parade on June 10.

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