ABOUT MOD SUN–
It can be far too easy to get caught in negativity in today’s world. We’re surrounded by it in the news, the media and even entertainment. And that’s what makes Mod Sun’s music and message all the more refreshing.
“It’s about empowerment. It’s about saying it’s okay to sit by yourself on a Friday night and make music. You’ll never be lonely if you love the person you’re alone with,” says the rapper, whose name stands for “Movement On Dreams Stand Under None.”
A Minnesota native, Mod grew up in a household that played everything from Bob Dylan to Prince, and that eclectic foundation has informed his musical journey. He started playing drums at age 13, and by 16, he began touring with a few bands, including the successful rock group Four Letter Lie.
But his heart told him to go after something else.
“I was in a state of comfort, touring and in a band, and I decided I wanted to totally change it up and do something I believed in,” the 29-year-old remembers.
So he gave up that steady gig to pick up the mic. Mod wrote his first song at age 19, and hasn’t looked back since. Over the last eight years, he has released six mixtapes and three EPs. He has collaborated with artists including Schoolboy Q, Nipsey Hussle and G-Eazy, and earned a spot as one of sixteen independent artists from around the world competing for the cover of Rolling Stone in 2011.
After his most recent release, 2012’s Happy As Fuck, he again proved his artistic versatility, by momentarily shifting his writing focus in a new direction: His book, Did I Ever Wake Up?
“It’s all about the fact of making your life a dream,” he says of the inspirational work. “I was a stubborn kid. You can never learn if you’re always right. It took all these things for me to become what I want to be.”
Now, the focus is again squarely on the music. He’s built plenty of momentum over the last year, thanks to videos for tracks like “My Hippy, “Free Love” and “Mushrooms.” And now, Mod is getting ready to deliver his Friend Base — because he has no fans, only friends — his debut album is out now, through Rostrum Records.
The music has grown, but the underlying message remains.
“No matter the amount of negativity you’re presented with, 5 minutes from now could be your best moment.”
ABOUT MARTY GRIMES–
Marty Grimes should definitely be on your radar if you’re even minutely in tune with the pulse of the music industry. A budding talent coming from Berkeley, CA and an evolving prominent artist in the Bay Area’s rap scene. Influenced by his Northern California roots, Marty’s music embodies the lifestyle, slang and strut that the area is known for and that bred him. In addition Marty has released several introspective records revealing the details of his journey and ascension. Marty has achieved many feats since the launch of his professional career including the release of two albums Co-Executive Produced by longtime friend, & producer Kevin “KDE” Beggs to bring “Through the Smoke” and “Nobody Said It Was Easy” 2014 & 2015 respectively.
Marty has been featured on music’s premier online and print publications including, Billboard, Revolt TV, VIBE Magazine, The Daily Loud, Sway’s Universe and many more. In addition to achieving over 20 million total plays on SoundCloud; Marty has become accustomed to touring the road with his childhood best friend G-Eazy over the past six years gaining indispensable experience over that time period. Marty Grimes is focused on further expounding upon his brand and making unique music for his fans and supporters.
ABOUT BENNY FREESTYLES–
Benny Freestyles is a world traveling, surfer, snowboarder, spiritually conscious individual, who was put on this earth to inspire through music. Born and raised in Rhode Island, he grew up living the beach life. Taking trips between the seasons with his older sister Emily, Benny has traveled all over the world to such places as New Zealand, Nepal and Costa Rica just to name a few.
Through his passion for music Benny expresses what he learned and experienced from his time spent traveling. Benny has been experimenting with music for over 10 years and has been perfecting his art at a professional level for the past 3 years. Performing sold out shows at his local beach bar The Ocean Mist, and building a strong and enthusiastic following. Benny is just one piece of the whole, which is known as The League AOE (An Original Endeavor). The League is a team of creative individuals who work to generate all of Benny’s content. From music videos to vocal recording & engineering, everything is created in-house and is all original, a style mirroring the vibes in this East Coast beach boys music.
ABOUT KURT ROCKMORE–
Kurt Rockmore was born and raised in the not so sub, suburbs of long island NY. Kurt has toured the country with multiple major acts, such as G-Eazy, Tory Lanez, Platinum Canadian band Down With Webster, Mike Stud, and many many more artists. With a sound unique to its and show stopping energy, Kurt performs a high energy version of Hip-hop he’s coined ‘Rap & Roll’. Kurt is often known as the Life of the party by fans.
Kurt’s music is a culmination of multiple inspirations and his own experiences. Kurt makes music he likes, with no attempts in blending in with what’s popular right now. His only goal is to make relate-able music with playback ability, based on his real life, and to put on the best show in every city he goes to….