Third String Productions presents
Mod Sun - Smile Machine Tour
Caskey, CHXPO, Jimmy Bennett, LostinVegas, ForgetBrennan
850 McKee St
Houston, TX, 77002
MOD SUN's mission statement is very clear, choose to be happy. He refers to his genre of music as "Hippy Hop" and describes his sound as an audible smile.
"Movement on dreams stand under none, even my name stands for something," says 26-year-old MOD SUN. This independent artist, whose motto is "no fans, just friends," has truly solidified his name in the hip-hop scene over the past three years.Mod drastically turned heads in 2011 when he was chosen by Rolling Stone magazine as 1 of the top 16 unsigned artists in the world.
He was than entered into a contest to become the first unsigned artist to ever appear on the coveted cover of the magazine. That year Mod's music video for his song, "Same Way", exploded on YouTube earning more than 350,000 views. Mod has shared the stage with a dozens of national acts including Shwayze, Chiodos, Breathe Carolina and even rap legends Wu Tang Clan.Growing up in Bloomington, Minnesota he was never a stranger to the music business.
Mod began touring nationally at 17 and by age 21 he had already toured the world playing drums for two successful rock bands, Scary Kids Scaring Kids and Four Letter Lie. In the peak of these bands success, Mod decided to pursue a career as a fulltime emcee. In a span of 3 years MOD SUN has released over 100 songs and all but 10 of them for free. His latest mixtape "Blazed By The Bell" hosted by DJ ill Will & DJ Rock Star received over 40,000 downloads in its first month of release.
The project featured artists such as The Ready Set, Nipsey Hussle, ScHoolBoy Q, & even an appearance by the real "Mr. Belding" Dennis Haskins. MOD SUN is a walking talking affirmation to the power of positive thinking. Right now he is somewhere smiling and he wants the same for you.
Brandon Caskey is an American rapper, better known by his stage name Caskey. After releasing mixtapes independently including No Complaints (2012), Caskey signed to Birdman's Cash Money Records and Republic Records in August 2012. He is currently prepping his untitled debut studio album.
Throughout his childhood Caskey would write other genres of music, and once he got into high school he began writing raps. While recording his first official mixtape Homegrown Vol. 1 he linked up with Orlando area producers The Avengerz. Ever since then, The Avengerz formed a significant part of the production side of his music. A few weeks prior to its release he was in a motorcycle accident, where he suffered pinched nerves in his left arm. On April 20, 2011 Caskey released Homegrown Vol. 1 as a free download.
In August 2012, Caskey released his second official mixtape titled No Complaints featuring production primarily by The Avengerz. After significant marketing and promotion of No Complaints, the mixtape caught the attention of Birdman. Upon hearing it and meeting with Caskey Birdman said he immediately knew he was a star. In early August 2012, Cash Money Records released a video of Caskey officially signing to Cash Money. Not only did he sign a recording contract, but also a publishing, marketing and merchandising deal with Money Mack Music and Cash Money Marketing LLC respectively. Upon signing he said "I've wanted to be a performer my whole life, so signing with Cash Money Records and having this platform to release my music has been a dream.
I greatly respect Birdman, Slim and the YMCMB family. I look forward to making the city of Orlando, my fans and my label proud." To celebrate he released "Cash Money Records 100 Bars" on September 13.
On December 8, 2012, he released his debut single "Keep It on the Low"
featuring Kyle Denmead from the No Complaints mixtape which reached radio, MTV Jamz and BET 106 and Park. He had a solo track titled "FBGM" on the YMCMB mixtape Rich Gang: All Stars, which was released on February 18, 2013. Then on February 25, 2013, Cash Money re-released No Complaints with two bonus tracks. He was featured on the Cash Money Records compilation album Rich Gang, on the song "Sunshine" also featuring Birdman, Limp Bizkit and Flo-Rida. Artist direct would call the song one of the album's standout tracks.
On June 24, 2013, Caskey announced that his upcoming mixtape would be titled The Transient Classics. On July 16, he revealed the cover art for The Transient Classics and announced it would be released on his 21 birthday, August 28, 2013. The mixtape was primarily produced by The Avengerz and featured guest appearances from Trae tha Truth, Machine Gun Kelly, Riff Raff, JellyRoll and Rittz among others. His debut album is currently being recorded at 212 Recording in Orlando, Florida, with its release scheduled for 2014.