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Arcadia – Stripes

Arcadia was founded in June 2018 by Will Adler, and Scott Lubin. Will is a guitarist, producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, and Scott is a songwriter and talented vocalist. Will and Scott began making music in high school, and have been developing their sound and style ever since. Arcadia presents a bright and fresh take on indie rock music, with four on the floor driving rhythmic elements, paired with bright and exciting guitar riffs.


Foley – Talk About It

Foley  started  almost  as  a  dare  –  a  challenge  between  two  long  time  friends  to  blend  their  mutual  love  of  popfunk  and  dance  into  a  meaningful  spin  on  pop  music.  Frustrated  with  the  standard  model  of  two-piece  acts  being  pigeonholed  into  1  vocalist  and  1  producer,  Foley  made  a  point  to  be  equal.  Songs  are  crafted  together,  50/50;  with  neither  party  more  important  than  the  other.  In  a  male  dominated  industry  where  female  vocalists  are  often  commoditized,  it’s  an  important  distinction  to  make.

Both  talented  writers,  producers,  and  performers,  the  pair  collaborate  on  everything  from  lyrics  &  melody  to  instrumentation  &  performance  –  nothing  is  one  sided  and  the  result  is  greater  than  the  sum  of  its  parts.  The  long  list  of  achievements  following  their  debut  single  ‘Settle’ is  proof  that  going  against  the  grain  works.

Released  in  October  2017,  the  bass-driven  debut  immediately  launched  the  pair  into  local  hearts  and  minds,  receiving  extensive  radio  support  from  one  of  New  Zealand’s  largest  commercial  radio  stations  ZM  and  NZ’s  largest  dance  station  George  FM. ‘Settle’  also  received  wide  support  from  DSPs,  landing  on  Spotify’s  prestigious  Fresh  Finds:  Hiptronix  playlist  and  clocking  up  over  50K  streams  since  release.  And  after  only  one  month  in  the  public  eye,  Foley  were  invited  to  play  New  Zealand’s  largest  New  Years  festival,  Rhythm  &  Vines  for  it’s  second  consecutive  sold-out  year.

Waves  like  this  don’t  go  unnoticed  –  Foley’s  success  quickly  pricked  the  ears  of  the  industry,  landing  the  duo  features  on  tastemaker  blogs  like  Coup  de  Main.  The  pair  also  secured  government  funding  and  a  coveted  spot  on  the  NZ  On  Air’sNewTracks  disc  –  which  is  presented  to  top  level  broadcast  media.  Behind  the  scenes,  the  duo  have  formed  a  relationship  with  some  of  NZ’s  best  producers:  Josh  Fountain  (Thomston,  LEISURE,  MAALA)  and  Djeisan  Suskov  (Mitch  James,  Matthew  Young)  –  trying  new  sounds  and  tearing  apart  old  habits.

Esty – Cathartic


Providence raised, Dominican R&B/soul singer-songwriter and guitarist Esty ​has just released her second record as of earlier this month. She is renowned for her soft angelic tone, addictive melodies and timeless vocal. A vocalist with a vibrant, yet soulful sound Esty has been making her mark on the music scene over the past 4 years. Esty strikes a fine balance with her musical sound, finding the perfect equilibrium between R&B and Soul vocal with her catchy signature melodies. She has drawn comparisons to artists such as Sade, Tracey Chapman and The Weeknd as a high quality vocalist and an artist in her own right. She’s co-written and featured songs for Chris Brown, as well as collaborated on various tracks with Tyga. Through her new EP Cathartic, she has taken a new direction and emerged into a sound described as sophisticated, raw, heartfelt and mesmerizing.

How did it all start?
“I started out printing the lyrics of my favorite songs at the time and learning them so I could perform them at family gatherings. All the kids were put in one room while the adults cooked and hung out in the living room/kitchen. My sisters and cousins were my first audience. I signed up for Providence’s All City Orchestra and played violin and drums at age 12. When I was about 13, I was told by my school counselor that there was a Performing Arts Camp in the summer she thought I would be interested in. It was a ten day camp fully backed by Britney Spears at the time and all I had to do was write a letter explaining why I wanted to be a part of her camp. Only 250 kids were to be chosen for this camp and I ended up being one of them for 3 summers. My life was never the same after that. It solidified for me that this was what I was meant to do. At 16, I bought my first acoustic guitar and wrote my first song. During High School I knew I wanted to go to Berklee College of Music, but my grades weren’t up to par so that didn’t happen. After I graduated H.S. I moved to Los Angeles with $400 and slept on my friend’s couch til I could find a job. At 20 I attended The Musician’s Institute in Hollywood for a little and PA’d for an artist signed to Atlantic Records at the time. Originally, I was auditioning for her band (backup vocals) but ended up being her personal assistant and touring America with her so I got to see the work that went on in the background. In 2014, I self-released an EP called Darkroom which featured Tyga and appeared on the Fan of a Fan album with both Chris brown and Tyga. Later in 2016 by then I had written dozens of songs on guitar and learned to compose/produce music on Logic. The year of 2017 was spent writing and recording the songs for my newly released 8-song project called ‘Cathartic’.”

Which artists inspire you?

“The ones who are unapologetically and passionately themselves. I’m inspired by the artists that wreak of authenticity. Tracy Chapman, Billie Holiday, Al Green, Selena Quintanilla, Sade, Miles Davis to name a few, inspire me. Most recently I’ve been inspired by Moses Sumney.”

How would you describe your sound?
“Soul/Pop/R&B Rhythmic, mellow, ethereal, blissful, bold, lush, mesmerizing, heartfelt, and sophisticated.

Check out Esty:

Web: https://www.EstyOficial.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esty/
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/EstyOficial
Facebook: https://facebook.com/EstyOficial
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/EstyOfficialMusic

Esty Leone better known as “Esty” is a 23 year old singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer an exciting emerging artist coming straight out of Providence, Rhode Island, who is renowned for her soft angelic tone, addictive melodies and timeless vocal

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Pianist. Guitarist. Vocalist.

Melissa has been writing music since she taught herself four chords on a keyboard almost 13 years ago.

As a way of escaping her difficult upbringing, Mel lived and survived through her music and now wants to share and connect with people through those songs.


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