MainMan / JEMS
901 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA, 90012
This event is 21 and over
Dwelling somewhere between the grandiose rock of Pink Floyd, the experimental staccato of Built To Spill and the shuffling disco of Earth, Wind & Fire lies MainMan, a Southern California quartet of artists born from frustrated prior incarnations and longtime friendship. Their debut EP “Mistaker” featuring the first single “WWH” (What Will Happen) is a true departure from the ordinary. Singer Morgan Demeter’s plaintiff and urgent vocals alternately sooth and jar as he wrestles with themes ranging from the understanding the human experience to examining our relationships between one another. Backed by former Bear On Fire members Chris Mintz-Plasse and Nick Chamian, and Fig's Vision's Mike Musselman, Demeter’s melodies float among ethereal yet strangely familiar tones. Indeed what truly draws you into MainMan’s songs is their musicality, originality and knack for making the unpredictable seem effortless.
Following their success as solo artists, Emily Colombier, Jessica Rotter, and Sarah Margaret Huff joined forces to create the transcendent Alternative Folk trio, JEMS. Emily and Jessica grew up in Los Angeles singing together, both children of professional musicians. Sarah Margaret was introduced to Jessica and Emily shortly after moving to LA from Nashville in 2015. Through collaborations on their own projects, they discovered how beautifully their voices blended and decided to share their music with the world. Sarah Margaret Huff’s bright soaring timbre is combined with Emily Colombier’s soulful earthy quality and met in the middle by Jessica Rotter’s colorful blend of the two. Through rich three-part harmonies, JEMS weaves stories, sounds, and raw emotion with a shimmering fervor. Listeners of all kinds can’t seem to resist the songwriting prowess and vocal alchemy of JEMS.
Their self-titled debut album echoes the journey they have had as a trio. Three uniquely individualistic singer-songwriters combining their different voices and stories to craft an album with a message of individuality and self-acceptance in all moments of life. Each member of JEMS has had deep experiences owning their own truth and identity, despite environments or circumstances that could have silenced their authenticity. As a trio, their shared voice is that of strength and chooses to boldly illuminate vulnerability. Through songwriting sessions that sometimes look more like group therapy, the three are able to write on one another’s life experiences and empathetically build a bridge to a broader message. The trio is inspired by the sounds of Laurel Canyon and the musical storytelling and authentic performances that defined that era. They hope to break open the time capsule and artistically balance musicality and lyrical intellect in a relatable and emotional way.
JEMS debut LP was recorded at the historic Village Studios in studio D, with the trio singing their vocals together in the room Stevie Nicks designed. Engineered by Scott Smith (Jose Gonzales, Junip, Carole King, Grizzly Bear, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Revenant), Mixed by Jason Larocca (Black Mirror, Juliette Lewis), Mastered by Doug Van Sloun (First Aid Kit, Bright Eyes, She & Him, Jonathan Rice, Kings of Convenience, M. Ward, Sea Wolf), and Produced by longtime collaborator Cazz Brindis. They flushed out the band with the talents of Adam Tressler on Guitar (Angus & Julia Stone, Kacey Musgraves, Pet Shop Boys, Demi Lovato, The Mowgli’s), Adam Popick on Bass (Matthew Perryman Jones, Madi Diaz), Adam Christgau on Drums (Ingrid Michaelson, Nicole Atkins, Lucius), Carey Frank on Organ (Tedeschi Trucks, Jane Monheit) and Paula Hochhalter, Emily’s mom on Cello (Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, James Taylor).
JEMS are anticipated to be as successful collectively as Emily, Jessica, and Sarah Margaret are individually. Between the three, the songstresses have shared accomplishments with some of today’s choice artists like Portugal. The Man, She & Him, Carole King, Macklemore, Alicia Keys, Sam Smith, and Daft Punk, among others, and have hit milestones in their self-produced work- like the attention-grabbing release of Emily and Jessica’s mashup “Stay/Animal,” which earned them the #1 spot on Hype Machine and over 1 Million streams on Spotify and having many songs placed in and written for film and television.