Sat, Sep 3
Sun, Sep 4
Fashion Meets Music Festival 2016 - 2 Day
Neil Avenue/Spring Street
Columbus, OH, 43215
Doors 12:00 PM
Fashion Meets Music Festival
FMMF is a two-day, four-stage festival featuring a variety of the best acts in live music and featuring some of the most talented designers in the country. The festival fuses two loves into one celebration elevating music and fashion into an experience featuring live performances, runway shows, local food, beverages, unique activations, and more.
Matt and Kim
Rambunctious, Danish indie rockers New Politics formed in the late 2000s around the talents of vocalist David Boyd, guitarist/vocalist/keyboard player Søren H, and drummer Poul Amaliel. The band's high-energy, guitar-driven blend of punk, pop, and electronically induced dance rock (Boyd specializes in wildly unpredictable stage posturing) eventually caught the ears (and eyes) of RCA, who signed the group in 2009. Fearing American anonymity, the band relocated to New York City, or more specifically, the indie rock center of the universe, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Their self-titled debut full-length was released in July of 2010.
Music fans may still be getting familiar with Bebe Rexha's name, but they've already grown to love her sound. She's the songwriter behind a monster hit and has upcoming collaborations with some of the biggest names in music. With the release of her single, "I Can't Stop Drinking About You," a song that MTV calls a "certifiable smash," 2014 is shaping up to be the year Bebe Rexha takes center stage. Bebe is a first-generation Albanian-American from Brooklyn. Her major break into the music industry was as the front-woman for Pete Wentz's Black Cards project, where she honed her talents opening up for acts like Travis McCoy, Panic at The Disco and Bon Jovi. In 2012, Wentz decided to fold the project to refocus his attention on his group Fall Out Boy, and Bebe found herself doubting her direction. She channeled those emotions into "Monster Under My Bed," a dark, hypnotizing track produced by Frequency. "It was a breakthrough for me because I felt like I was accepting myself, my anxiety, the panic, all my flaws," Bebe says. Eminem remade "Monster Under My Bed" into "The Monster," featuring Rihanna. The song spent five weeks at #1 and sold a massive 3 million copies. Fans soon discovered Bebe's original demo online, and the buzz around her has been building since. Fresh off her songwriting success, Bebe released "I Can't Stop Drinking About You," an EDM-driven anthem about drinking through a breakup that Billboard describes as a "beguiling solo debut." With online streams of the audio and video in to the millions, "I Can't Stop Drinking About You" has all the makings of a chart-topping hit. Bebe draws from her experiences with romance, family difficulties and personal challenges to create electrifying tracks that are a combination of toughness and vulnerability. Her sound is as versatile as her subject matter. A self-professed EDM addict, with influences ranging across the genres of Alternative and Pop, Bebe has written with a slew of producers on her upcoming album, including Fraser T. Smith, Busbee and Stargate to name a few, and is a featured vocalist on the latest David Guetta and Pitbull albums. She most recently made a Billboard appearance writing for and singing on Cash Cash's dance hit "Take Me Home," that has spent over 13 weeks on the US Hot 100, and peaked at #5 and the UK singles chart. Singles like "I Can't Stop Drinking About You", produced by the The Monsters & Strangerz, are just one reason why in early 2014, Billboard named Bebe an artist that will define the year. She's keeping focused on the future as she works with Warner Bros. Records on her debut album. "If you chase mainstream radio you're already too late," she says. "I want to do something fresh and unique." With her authentic songwriting ability and unforgettable voice, Bebe Rexha is set to redefine pop music for years to come.
BØRNS may hail originally from the lower peninsula of Michigan but his dreamy blend of folk, glam and electro rock sounds like it comes straight from the cosmos. This tree-house dwelling LA transplant will be bringing his angelic voice and dynamic live show across the U.S. this fall. Do not miss a chance to catch this unique, otherworldly talent.
The streets are talking: French Montana is one of the hottest rappers in the game right now. And what the streets want, the streets shall get.
The Bronx representing rapper waded through a fierce bidding war when several labels began taking interest. Among these, were Def Jam, Warner Bros. and Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music. Yet, when all was said and done, Montana came afloat announcing that he was ready to ride the wave with hip hop impresario Sean "Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Records (via Interscope Records).
The partnership, made possible due to Bad Boy president Harve Pierre, makes perfect sense. The label has earned a reputation of igniting the careers of bubbling street artists, transforming them into steaming hot hip hop game changers; a path which fit into French Montana's vision.
Born Karim Kharbouch in Casablanca, Morocco, Montana immigrated to New York City with his family at age 13. His parents, seeking greater opportunity than what they could find in their native land, settled in The Bronx. While fluent in French and Arabic, Montana spoke only a small bit of English. However, he quickly became acclimated to Bronx culture, partly through his infatuation for hip-hop; an obsession which would later become his profession.
"I just love hip-hop. [At first] the rapping was just a hobby," explains Montana. "I figured out it was a career when I got my first check, [after] I came out with the Cocaine City DVD. It was a winner from the jump."
"Winning," it was; but Montana is no new jack that got lucky. This shot caller's come up dates back almost a decade. When street DVD's were king, Montana's Cocaine City series, which he began dropping in 2002, were grassroots video royalty. Featuring raw and uncut interviews with both up-and-coming and established artists like Jadakiss, 50 Cent and Young Jeezy, each volume was also interspersed with music from Montana himself. "The DVDs were always the plan for me to get on as far as rapping," says Montana. "It was a platform. It was a stepping stone."
The next step in his journey to rap riches was solidifying his growing fanbase by dropping great music. Acclaimed projects including his Mac & Cheese and Coke Wave series of mixtapes established his rep as a hustler with legit rhyme skills that listeners could steadily gravitate to. Mixtapes, viral videos and songs like "Choppa Choppa Down," featuring Waka Flocka Flame, only heightened Montana's buzz.
That buzz was amplified with the release of his single, "Shot Caller," in 2011. The song became a runaway smash, earning major airplay across the nation and certifying Montana as the next big rapper out of NYC. "I just caught on fire. They say every couple of years someone comes and sweeps the streets," says Montana. "First it was DMX, then it was 50. I guess it's my turn now."
His decade long journey to the top has not come without its own set of trials and tribulations—the greatest of these, a late night shooting of which Montana fell victim. All of his struggle, as well as success, will no doubt come to light on his debut album, Excuse My French, which is due out this year.
The album, which is being executive produced by Diddy and Rick Ross, with Harve Pierre serving as co-executive producer, has already been named by Complex Magazine as one of the "most anticipated albums of 2012." The project features several guest appearances, including: Max B, Drake, Rick Ross (and the rest of the Maybach Music Group), Bad Boy and of course his Coke Boys crew (Chinx Drugz, Charlie Rock, Cheeze and Flip). Production will be handled mostly by longtime collaborator Harry Fraud ("Shot Caller").
While the streets patiently await Montana's highly anticipated official debut, he continues to stay in the mix. Having become highly sought after as a guest artist, he has lent his talents to Rick Ross' smash street single, "Stay Schemin," as well as Akon's, "Hurt Somebody." XXL Magazine recognized and placed Montana on the magazine's annual Freshman Class list which highlights rappers on the rise. And recently, Montana dropped yet another fiery mixtape, Coke Boys 3. He plans to drop Mac & Cheese 3 in the near future.
Following through on the enormous expectations he has built up for himself is a matter of keeping his ear to the streets. "I just pay attention to what people say," offers Montana, who is currently a featured act on Drake's Club Paradise Tour. "The people chose me. You can't come out and say you hot. The people gotta choose you."
The people have spoken. Now please, excuse French Montana as he cooks up more hits.
$109.99 - $189.99
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