by The Alchemist
Vanela is a UK singer/songwriter with a sweet yet edgy pop sound. Her versatility has also found her working with an array of other genres, from hip hop to drum and bass. She grew up in Bedford, UK, but many of her musical influences come from Italy, a result of being born into a music-filled Italian household.
Her music has appeared in The Sims 4 and ITV’s Ladies of London. She has also written for RAM Records. Vanela is currently working with the American band RDGLDGRN, their collaboration is set for release this summer. She recently accompanied Stamina MC during his live set at Sun and Bass festival in Sardinia.
RDGLDGRN is a band from Washington D.C that has gained a ton of attention lately. They initially gained widespread recognition after self-releasing the song, “I Love Lamp,” on YouTube, a song that landed them in the studio with Dave Grohl and Pharrell Williams, with whom they collaborated on their debut album, RDGLDGRN LP. Williams co-wrote and co-produced the standout track “ Doing the Most ,” which showcases the breadth of the group’s capabilities and their willingness to defy convention.
However, while the singularity of their music demands attention, it is their live performance that has boosted the band’s reputation and built them a diverse and loyal following. The band’s ability to engage with their audience—combining audience participation and irreverent ad-libs and mash-ups to accompany their high-energy performances—has established RDGLDGRN as a must-see live act, sharing stages alongside Outkast, The Killers, The Foo Fighters, 311, Lauryn Hill, Talib Kweli, and AWOLNation and currently on tour with The Dirty Heads. With each performance, RDGLDGRN delivers the kind of energy that could jump-start a stadium, as they did opening for (Foo Fighters July show), with the kind of audience connection one would expect at a private club.
RDGLDGRN proved they have and will continue to evolve in their sound, as the group fuses its genre-bending musicality with a sly wit, honesty, and truly global worldview. On, “No Pixar,” the group confronted the trials of forging their own path and establishing their own sense of identity and morality—a move that not only has The Source calling them “the rap game’s Disney,” but signals the band’s willingness to step into the void. Then, “Runnin Away” earned spots on the Spotify New Music Playlist, garnered nearly a half a million Spotify streams and landed on EA Games, UFC 2016. Now, In preparation for their next album, they have released a new song, ” Karnival ” along with a Pledge campaign that is nearly 100% funded just one month after its launch date. Not content to be the product of their myriad influences, RDGLDGRN continues to stake their claim as the new musical vanguard.
The newest collaboration between the two is titled, “Good Life.” They originally recorded the track for the video game The Sims 4 and were asked to sing in “simlish” which is the language the characters speak in the game. The shazams racked up so much attention from the game, that they decided to record the song in real English, and it has gained a ton of anticipation regarding the release. The song starts with a memorable piano melody, adding in some catchy synth elements with the hook singing, “I’ve been dreaming bout the good life, now I live that good life, living for the good life yeah.” “Good Life” is a great song to play during a long drive on your way to the beach or a camping trip. Check out the track below.
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Rich Caviar is an artist that was born in Moscow, Russa, but raised in the USA. He is a multi-talented artist and has been steadily growing his music fan base by performing with the likes artists such as J Cole, Big Sean, Mac Miller, Fabolous, and MGK. He was recently featured on both Starz Hit TV show “Power”, and in the movie “Glass” directed by the legendary “M Night Shyamalan.”
His newest track is called, “Shyamalan” and Rich Caviar also produced it himself. It has an inspiring horn sample that really brings a feeling of ambition to the entire song. He combines an compelling form of lyricism and hard hitting drums and 808’s to make a very catchy track. Check out the track below.
Lund is an artist who grew up about 65 miles away from Los Angeles in Moreno Valley. He developed developed a heightened musical perspective as a little kid. Born to high school-age parents, he lived with his paternal grandparents as mom struggled with drugs and dad faced severe mental health issues. Lund’s grandfather taught him how to play guitar at just six-years-old. At the same time, he listened to everything from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, and Coldplay to N.W.A. and Gravediggaz. He played trumpet throughout middle school and even participated in marching band and orchestra. Discovery of Ableton broadened his sonic horizons further. By eleventh grade, he found himself cooking up his own productions and laying down vocals. Working out of his home studio, he architected everything from scratch, crafting the production, instrumentation, and singing.
Rumy Love was born to Iranian Muslim immigrants in Maryland, but spent majority of his life in Northern Virginia. When he was seven years old along with his family they relocated to Iran which was a huge culture shock for him. Iran is a country with a fascist regime, culturally very different from the United States. “I went from listening to Madonna, and New Kids On The Block, to getting arrested for listening to Pop music… Living in two totally different countries has influenced, and shaped me as a artist.”
In 1996 Rumy moved back to the United States. “I remember being exposed to so many different artists like, No Doubt, Puff Daddy, Coolio, Aaliyah, Mariah Carey, Missy, TLC, Metallica, Jarool, Ashanti, Naz, Red Hot Chilly Peppers” This was during a time when Pop, R&B, and Hiphop where at the forefront of mainstream media. Not only is Rumy influenced by Persian music because of his time spent in Iran, but also by the pop music he began hearing once he came back to the United States.