TurnStyle Music Group Presents
The Universe Project
Prays The Kid, Hillary Capps, Quincy Vidal, Speed Basser
168 Delancey Street
New York, NY, 10002
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
The Universe Project
If you put Atmosphere, Radiohead, and Shlomo in a blender, you might get something that sounds like The Universe Project. Or was it Childish Gambino, Bon Iver and Flying Lotus? Either way, the trio that is Kahiem Davis, Julien Melendez, and Levi Capper aim to emulate and expand upon all the different types of music they listen to at home. Most of their songs are born out of cabin fever and a lot of whiskey, and most of them mention a lady or two.
Prays The Kid
Formed during the summer of 2012, NYC-based Prays the Kid is the culmination of five years of songwriting, collaboration and soul searching by singer / songwriter Paul Kelleher. Picking up a beat up $75 nylon-string Yamaha guitar for the first time in 2006, Paul started writing and performing original songs that carried with them an instinctive southern grit influence. Collaborating with long-time friend and guitarist Nik Kanodia, they wrote, recorded and performed early cuts of songs that now reflect a soulful blend of folksy blues, modern alternative and raging punk rock.
Feeling the urge to take things further, Paul and Nik recruited Marcel Hamel on bass and David LeBlanc on drums and have been performing their music at various venues around New York City with the visceral energy and originality it deserves.
Paul's songwriting and the PTK sound continues to evolve as they consume a multitude of various new influences. With a deep vocal range, expressive lyrics, whimsical melodies and blurry diction, Prays the Kid delivers a sound that often reveals their biggest influences which include Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Andrew Bird, Joy Division and The Strokes.
Hillary Capps is a ukulele playing Alternative Pop Singer-Songwriter based in Brooklyn, NY who explores the gamut that music has to offer. She exhibits a clean, angelic voice, her lyrics are thought provoking elegant and her songs possess catchy pop hooks and jazz inspired melodies.
Hillary graduated from Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts with a BA in Music and Culture and Media Studies. She began performing professionally as a jazz vocalist at the age of sixteen, and released two full length albums, first A Perfect Dozen and then Playlist by the time she turned twenty.
While in college the singer ventured in new directions, joining a rock band called Cheers to Fall as the lead singer/co-songwriter. The band released a five song EP and toured down the East coast to Austin, TX to perform in an official SXSW Showcase.
Currently, Hillary is playing shows to promote her newest release, Maybe in the Morning, an eclectic six song EP of all original material. Among some of Hillary's many musical influences are: Paul McCartney, Ella Fitzgerald, Norah Jones, Adele, Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Priscilla Ahn, Kate Nash and Feist.
For information on upcoming performances, to stream or download the album and more, please visit: www.hillarycapps.com
Quincy Vidal was established in the spring of 2009, when Le'Asha Julius and Caleb Eberhardt created a musical duo that embraced and paid homage to all musical styles. It started with the name, and from there they took a year hiatus until the summer of 2010 when they decided it was time to work on their first full length album, The Cookin' in Brooklyn LP.
Their debut project gained many comparisons to old school artists such as Digable Planets and A Tribe Called Quest, however, it definitely had it's own sound. One that married the style of two different coasts, and sent listeners on a colorful trek into a different world of jazzy hip hop.
That was back in 2010. QV has since grown up. After finishing their last two years of school they immediately began work on their second album, Sentimental Moods, which is due to be released in November of 2012. A significant contrast to their first effort, but still keeping with the jazz influences, Sentimental Moods touches on a more smooth, grown up vibe, with hints of ridiculousness here and there. Get hip, get hype, its gonna be dope.
QV has opened for hip-hop artists Kendrick Lamar (T.D.E.) and Astronautalis (Doomtree), and have collaborated with artists such as Trevor Hall, uhlife, and Chazz Giovanni.
Speed Basser has been a rapid evolution since 1989. Born and raised in New York City, Speed has experienced the best of the funky, filthy, and the downright strange. Have being raised on a variety of music, sound is an integral part of his DNA. Speed is trained by Dubspot School located in the Meatpacking district of NYC. He has the skills to spin on vinyl, CD-J's, and the Akai APC 40. Speed does his own sound design as well as sampling. Still unsigned, Speed Basser has started a Label in NYC called Bass Station with fellow friend, M3H. Bass Station Records is a strictly Live-promotional company, where upcoming artists are given the chance to play venues and experience not only a studio-production feel but also a live-production feel. nowadays his latest obsessions are the many styles of Moombah, Big Booty Bass Music, Electro/ House, Ambient, and Dubstep (digital Mystics, Plastician, ECT.)
Speed considers Diplo and Bassnectar as his role models.