Dark Time Sunshine, Louis Logic

Dark Time Sunshine

Dark Time Sunshine is comprised of Onry Ozzborn of Grayskul (Rhymesayers) and producer Zavala. Onry and Zavala first met and collaborated while working on mutual friend and rap artist Sleep's 'Hesitation Wounds' in 2009 (Strange Famous). After this session the two continued their collaborative efforts and began amassing a collection of songs, melding Onry's debonair persona and wordplay with Zavala's strikingly innovative production to create Dark Time Sunshine's signature sound.

The first song completed, "Mod Volatile", appears on Grayskul's 7" released by Fieldwerk Recordings in June 2009. The new partnership culminated in December 2009 with Dark Time Sunshine's 'Believeyoume, a nine song EP, released as a free download and limited CD from Fake Four Inc. In April 2010 Dark Time Sunshine released their first full-length LP, the acclaimed 'Vessel' (Fake Four Inc.).

With two superb releases and extensive touring in the U.S. with the likes of Sole and the Skyrider Band, AWOL One, Pigeon John, and DJ Abilities, Dark Time Sunshine quickly became an indie favorite and 'Vessel' became one of the most well received hip hop albums of 2010. Dark Time Sunshine's performance at Soundset 2010, one of indie hip hop's most celebrated festivals, continued to increase their fanbase and expose new listeners to 'Vessel', often referred to as "psychedelic Gang Starr". Dark Time Sunshine released 'Cornucopia', an EP of unreleased material, for their Fall 2010 "Make A Darwish" tour. In October 2010, Zavala was named to URB's 10 Awesome New Beat Makers.

louis logic splashed onto the Indie Rap scene "party foul" style in 1999 with the drinker's anthem "Factotum". He spawned a laundry list of collaborations with artists like Jedi Mind Tricks, MF DOOM and Malik B of the Roots, establishing himself as a beer soaked braggadocio Rap hero. In 2003, Louis surprised audiences with the release of the highly critically acclaimed Indie Hip Hop classic Sin-A-Matic, a concept record that cemented him in listeners' minds as a standard for dark romantic comedy and shock Rap. He took a somewhat bizarre turn following his debut with 2004's The Odd Couple Alcohol/Ism, a collaborative effort with his college classmate, Jay Love, that sophomorically celebrated drinking, drugs and sex. Louis' curious trajectory and taste for musical exploration grew increasingly unpredictable on Misery Loves Comedy (2006), the album on which he officially partnered with longtime mainstay producer and underground production impresario J.J. Brown. This was his most mature record to date, showcasing a new talent for genuine singing and a more grown up application of his romantic adult humor.

Despite belief that he had stretched himself to his limit, Louis made his wildest, most mysterious move yet retreating into a monastic seclusion to study voice, piano and music theory. When he emerged, it was touting a new live Surf/Hip Hop/Balkan fusion band, Spork Kills, which he debuted with the Beaches Love US EP (2009) featuring the video that garnered his first MTV exposure, "Night of the Hip 'N Dead". Louis refused to offer an explanation for his artistic wandering, often putting himself whole heartedly into public spectacles and the espousal of philosophies which challenged the convention of the rigid Hip Hop scene. He fired off against homophobia and even dressed in drag for a special seated theater show with NYC Burlesque Cabaret starlet Lady Rizo of Moby and Yo Yo Ma fame. Fans watched with an almost confused fascination as Louis drifted further and further from the beer bravado MC they'd grown up on, becoming the first, and currently only, Rapper in the world to fluently play piano while rhyming as part of his repertoire. Some speculated he would give up on Rap music altogether to pursue a career in Indie Rock or that he might even be gay, a supposition the bombastic Rapper refused to defend against in outright defiance of the attitudes sadly common to his genre.

He continued to tour worldwide as louis logic, cultivating a theatrical live show that managed to amalgamate rapping, singing, dancing, piano playing and even stand-up comedy. After more than 10 years of experimentation and adoration as a renegade Indie Hip Hop anti-hero, Louis befriended genre bender Ceschi Ramos, whose Fake Four Inc. record company had grown to be regarded as a warm home for Hip Hop artists on the fringe. In Fake Four, Louis found a place where his experimentation would not only be accepted, but encouraged. 2011 marks the year in which Louis will finally spread his lanky, tattooed arms wide and scoop in all the breadcrumbs he has scattered along the path of his adventurous journey. Louis will reintroduce himself to a world of curious onlookers as a fully formed "One Man Variety Show" with the start of his Get To Know the New Lou campaign. A barrage of fresh content will include a new EP on Fake Four Inc. with up and coming NYC production wiz-kid Hot Sugar and a series of TV Spot style videos leading up to the music video for the EP's single. This will be the first time since 2006 that he has shared new louis logic material and more importantly, that Louis offers a frame in which to contextualize the years of experimentation listeners observed with such curious interest over the last 8 years. Louis will tour extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and even South Africa in support of his reintroduction to the world. Catch the "One Man Variety Show" for yourself to see his fascinating story unfold and reach full realization before your eyes.

Seymour Awesome

From a chocolate city to a white gutter, came three white boys from three white mothers.

Looking at modern hip-hop's big picture, we often ask ourselves, "What happened?" A lot of it is straight-up mediocre. Enter Seymour Awesome, a three-piece hip-hop project with a common bond of the Wu-Tang Clan, weed, and skateboarding. The group consists of middle school friends Heatmasta Cool, D-Tron, and Larry Werds who each bring their own unique brand of influences to the mic while still brandishing a cohesive sound.
Growing up in the suburbs with nothing to do, skating and hip-hop were a central part in their daily life, along with a common bond musically. Over the years, many projects with different homies would come and go before Seymour Awesome's birth in early 2011. With their first mixtape Freshly Squeezed just hitting the streets September 5th, along with a video for the single "Sidewalk Pimpin'" coming out shortly after, they've never been more poised to kill the game.
Live shows are a regular thing for Seymour Awesome. They can be found either attending or performing at them all around the St. Louis Metro Area. Considering they just started live performances at the beginning of this year, they've already accumulated quite the crowd following. They've played shows all around the city to hip-hop fans and random venue patrons who couldn't resist the skills and had to peep the scene.
As hip-hop stays on its progressive yet throwback path toward quality beats and rhymes, Seymour Awesome is aligned with that movement. Their plans? Keep rocking shows and putting out great music. Things are only moving upward from here.

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