Pause, Armada, Eerees, Attic Empire, Mika Newton
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
This event is all ages
“I give you my honest takes on humanity, and I’m always poking fun at something, so if I don't make you think, hopefully I will at least make you laugh,” explains the producer and voice behind Pause, as he digs through a box of vinyl at his studio in Venice Beach. “Al Jarreau,” he says, fishing out 1975’s We Got By. “The rhythm section is so locked in on this... It will blow your mind.”
Equal parts producer, lyricist, instrumentalist (he plays 7 instruments, to date), performer -- Pause is very much in control of his craft.
Pause came to LA in 2003 to pursue his live act, the frontman of the large-ensemble funk hip-hop band, SWAMPHOUSE. For the next 8 years, Pause would spend heavy time performing in L.A. and on the road, etching his name as a formidable performer in major venues from Los Angeles' own Key Club, to the House of Blues - Chicago, and even overseas festivals in Israel and Europe
But the past couple years, his nights are spent bouncing around his studio playing one of his many instruments or plumbing the depths of a vintage vinyl collection, studying the history behind each record, and occasionally splicing segments of rock ‘n’ roll, soul, and jazz history until the dawn peeks over the San Gabriel Mountains.
"I love rap, don't get me wrong, but I can’t stand being referred to as a rapper. I feel like, now, calling myself a rapper basically says that I don’t understand music, but I can rhyme. It just sort of pigeonholes me to certain sound and persona. Music, to me, is emotion personified by the vehicle that is sound. My thoughts aren't always one genre, you know, so how could my music be?"
The truth is that Pause sounds exactly like he should for someone working in the gritty paradise of Venice Beach -- Beautiful, raw and real, with the default set to funky.
Pause's next release date is set for July 9, 2013 when he will drop the highly-anticipated PACIFIC ROSE - SPECIAL EDITION.
Armada are a powerful four piece cranking out soulful indie rock from the bleeding heart of Los Angeles. Brain meets brawn with sharp, earthy lyrics wrapped in classic, rough-and-tumble songwriting. This is what might happen if Spoon, Wilco, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club threw a pool party with Queens of the Stone Age scoring the water ballet.
This past year saw the placement of EP opener “Beautiful Heat” on CBS’s Blue Bloods, enough votes to snag Deli LA's June 2012 “Artist of the Month,” spins on LA's Star 98.7, Viper Room residencies, BalconyTV antics, a Facebook fan explosion approaching 10,000, and a growing number of packed houses from LA to San Diego to San Francisco as a result.
Armada topped it all off with the completion their first full-length LP, “Paper Ghosts,” which has sharks on the cover and enjoyed a digital and vinyl release on August 28th. As HereInAid.com puts it:
“Armada impressively displays their versatility as story-tellers with an eerie lyrical narrative that could be best described as a blend of She Wants Revenge and Queens Of The Stone Age puréed with the textured vocalities of one Billy Joe Armstrong.”
Singer and primary songwriter Cody Page’s vintage, California-bred charm wanders from Bright Eyes honesty to 90’s bombast to the kind of gravity spinning around band like the White Rabbits. Put another way:
“Page wants you to hear his opinion and leave you knowing exactly where you stand, without needing to shout at you. It shows a maturity that you just don’t get with some other emerging bands at the moment.”
Page’s path to songwriting started with musical parents and snowballed into an English degree and punk band tooth-cutting at Stanford University.
Page’s informal musical history cuts nicely with drummer Eddie Core’s muscular style, honed over years spent globetrotting military bases with his family and performing in jazz bands throughout Europe and the American Midwest. Los Angeles Music Academy eventually caught and released him just in time to link up with Page as he returned home from foggy San Francisco.
Jeremy Gruber, on the other hand, made a break for it by shocking his classical musician parents with a move from Jersey to LA to pursue a degree in music at USC. Two bands and a lot of bonding over Nine Inch Nails and Tom Waits later, Gruber was ensconced as Armada’s not-so-secret low frequency weapon.
Rob Calhoun hails from North Carolina and cooks shrimp etouffee almost as good as he plays guitar. Rob is a Southern gentleman with the requisite Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Allman Brothers Band running through his veins. A lifelong love of music began with violin in the 3rd grade, a Christmas guitar at age 12, and a degree in film scoring from Berklee.
The boys came together neatly in 2009 over a shared love of Kurt Vonnegut and a desire to inject brainy twists into the the type of rock & roll they all grew up on. What they ended up with is indie rock that keeps its feet in this decade while preserving all the big songwriting payoffs that defined its ancestors.
When not shamelessly promoting the “Paper Ghosts” LP, you'll find Armada being loud in an evil laboratory across from a hot dog stand in the middle of West Hollywood
We are an 8 piece rock, jazz, funk, alternative, whatever you want us to be band from beautiful Burbank California. We've been playing together since high school and we've loved every minute of it. Through the support of our families and friends we continue to build a fan following and get our music out there. We'll dazzle you with our genre bending music and also of course with our devilishly good looks. Take the time to enjoy us. We'll take you on an adventure.
Already a massive star in her native Ukraine, who represented her country in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, Mika Newton is an exciting new arrival on the American pop music scene. A beautiful, blonde dynamo with a soaring, agile soprano and charmingly gregarious personality, Newton has just released her debut U.S. single, the empowering rhythmic pop anthem “Don’t Dumb Me Down.” The track — which was co-written by Rune Westberg (Adam Lambert, Daughtry) and BC Jean (Beyoncé), and produced by musician/producer Randy Jackson and Rune Westberg — is the first shot across the bow for Newton, who signed with the Los Angeles-based JK Music Group last year. Newton will release her Stateside debut in 2012 on Jackson’s Friendship Collective label.
Launching her career in the U.S. has been something of a whirlwind for Newton, who moved to Los Angeles from Ukraine just three weeks after she came in fourth in Eurovision, turning down tempting offers for high-profile hosting gigs, prestigious vocal competitions, and even bigger stardom back home for the opportunity to make her voice heard worldwide.
“I want to perform for everybody. I want to help people with my songs, not just people back home, but people all over the world, especially children,” says Newton, who is strongly committed to charitable work, attending events at foster homes and boarding schools and taking part in auctions to benefit disadvantaged youth. “I feel I have a strong message for young people,” she says. “I want to share my experiences and show them that you can achieve your dreams if you’re willing to work hard.”
Newton found her own voice as a child growing up in the town of Burshtyn, in the western part of Ukraine. At age five, she taught herself to sing by imitating famous Ukrainian and Russian vocalists, and begged her mother to invite her friends over so she could perform for them. “I didn’t know if I wanted to be a singer, but I knew I loved performing,” she says. At age nine, Newton began to enter regional vocal competitions to gain experience onstage. Then, when she was 11, a video of Michael Jackson performing his international hit “Earth Song” caught her attention. “I didn’t know who he was or where he was from, but the passion in his performance was very inspiring,” Newton says. While attending a performing arts school as a teenager (where she studied voice, piano, acting, dance, and pantomime), she continued to compete in local and international talent contests, taking first place at nearly all of them, which led to attention from music industry players. Newton released two albums, and, thanks to performing theme songs for many Ukrainian and Russian television shows and films, became known in her country as the “Queen of Soundtracks.”
At that point, America was already beckoning. Impressed by her natural talent, JK Music Group founders Julia Kurbatova and Oleg Shmelev expressed interest in working with Newton and invited her to travel to Los Angeles for a two-week recording session with veteran songwriter Walter Afanasieff (Michael Jackson, Celine Dion) in January 2011, just a month before she was chosen to represent Ukraine at Eurovision. During that visit, Newton also sang for Randy Jackson for the first time. “I felt his energy and knew he was something special,” she says of the Grammy-Award winner, who is producing her album.
After delivering an ethereal, moving performance of the song “Angel” at Eurovision in May, Newton packed her bags for the States. Since then, she has plunged herself into work, spending most of her time in the studio recording, perfecting her English, and gearing up to perform live, which will enable her to showcase her commanding stage presence, gutsy vocals, and emotional depth.
“That’s what it’s about for me,” Newton says. “I am so honest on stage; it’s when I’m most truly myself. The more honest you are, the more people will connect with you and that’s when you can truly have an impact on someone’s life. I strive to make a difference not only as an artist, but also as a person.”