Live in The Atrium: Word of Mouth Tour
RDGLDGRN, New Beat Fund (Los Angeles)
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 16 and over
Watch & Listen
In 2010, two friends from Wayland, Massachusetts came together to form a band that combined all of their musical interests, from rap to reggae, indie rock to pop. David von Mering and Carter Schultz, better known as Aer, haven’t looked back since.
After joining together in 2010, the Boston duo released their first mixtape Water On The Moon later that year, adding fuel to the fire with a follow up mixtape The Reach in 2011. As their fan base continued to grow, Aer produced a steady stream of new music, capitalizing on their early success with the release of their debut EP What You Need in late 2011. The EP landed at No. 1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop Chart; their debut album would reach even greater heights.
With the release of their skillful debut album The Bright Side in 2012, Aer set the bar high with a slew of innovative and engaging songs fitting of summer sunshine and crashing waves. Fans and critics alike took notice, with the album earning the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Albums Chart and a spot on the Billboard Top 200. Music from the album appeared during NFL broadcasts, an Etnies advertisement featuring Ryan Scheckler and three episodes of MTV’s The Real World as the duo’s meteoric rise continued.
Following the success of The Bright Side, Aer began working on their self-titled sophomore effort in late 2012. David and Carter worked from their makeshift studio in Boston, along with a 10-day stint working in a rented house in Los Angeles, all with David at the production helm. The aim was to showcase a broader range of stylistic and tonal adaptability.
“We’re taken as a very fun, light, airy, bright band,” said Carter. “But we wanted to show our versatility and stray away from that a little bit with Aer. And we did that – it’s darker, more hip-hop and rawer.”
Their hard work paid off, with their self-titled second album, released in 2014, making waves across the industry. The album quickly found success, debuting at No. 26 on the Billboard Top 200, with their single “Says She Loves Me” rising to No. 1 on Sirius XM’s “Alt Nation,” resulting in an album release tour that sold-out 90 percent of the venues visited across the country, including stops at major festivals such as Outside Lands, Bumbershoot Music Festival, Firefly Music Festival and more. Even The New York Times took note, calling the album “slick” and “smart.”
With performances across North America and Europe with artists like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Slightly Stoopid, Action Bronson, Iggy Azalea, ASAP Rocky and Hoodie Allen, Aer’s presence in the music world has steadily grown, readying their fans for their third studio album, set for release later this summer. The album’s first single, “I Can’t Help It,” released May 18, 2015, is a good representation of Aer’s feel-good sound, one that has grown and matured alongside the duo.
With anticipation building for the new project, Aer is confident that their fans will notice a marked difference on their latest album. “This album has a whole new look and feel to what we’re doing,” said Carter. Added David, “It has songs that stick with you right away and songs that grow on you gradually. It’s our favorite Aer album yet!”
RDGLDGRN (pronounced red gold green) have already distinguished themselves in the DC music scene. Their highly stylized sound (that Go Go drum beat- a distinct DC rhythm) takes hip- hop infused punk and indie rock to create something refreshingly unique, is getting attention from fans stretching far beyond the DC niche scene.
Comprised of three members who identify as Red, Gold, and Green, RDGLDGRN began making music in their basement studio, drawing from a vast and almost ironically diverse pool of influences like Chuck Brown, Vampire Weekend, Outkast, The Neptunes, and Bad Brains. What many might consider a wildly ambitious, even impossible task to pull off, RDGLDGRN managed to effortlessly combine genres of music to create something new, something all their own, and something that has the music industry buzzing with excitement.
The band gained widespread recognition when they self-released a song called "I Love Lamp" on YouTube- a way for friends and local fans to listen to their music. They had no idea that within just a few weeks, the video would have over 100,000 views and the attention of many notable figures both in the industry as well as on the blogosphere.
Producer Kevin Augunas (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Cold War Kids) quickly took notice of the band, and in addition to producing RDGLDGRN's debut, also signed them to his label, Fairfax Recordings (Gotye, Tribes) in a joint venture with Universal Republic Records.
Upon entering the legendary Sound City Studio in Van Nuys, CA, a studio where Fleetwood Mac recorded 'Rumours' and Nirvana recorded 'Nevermind', RDGLDGRN were fortunate enough to have captured the attention of Nirvana alum, Foo Fighters front man, and hometown hero, Dave Grohl who recorded drums on the entire album.
It wasn't just rock royalty that took notice of RDGLDGRN, the hip-hop community was also taken by the band's unique sound. Genre-bending artist, producer, and designer, Pharrell Williams (N.E.R.D., The Neptunes), co-wrote and co-produced the standout track "Doing the Most", lending his distinct style to one of the most unique tracks on the album that showcases Green's undeniable talent for rapping and singing infused with Pharrell's style of unusual beats and musical wit.
The result is a debut that truly demonstrates the group's ability to straddle genre lines, to combine musical polarities and unite both artists and fans over music that's multifaceted.
However, it's not the musical intricacies, or the obscure combination of influences, that make RDGLDGRN who they are. It's their ability to create something entirely fresh and new, something that's often overlooked in this state of the industry where musicians try to stay afloat by following trends. If you ask RDGLDGRN who their biggest influences are, they'd tell you the Beatles and Bob Marley. And while RDGLDGRN don't exactly sound like those legendary artists, they do share in common something less tangible- they all have made it a point to carve their own path by creating something entirely unique.
New Beat Fund (Los Angeles)
New Beat Fund birthed when a piggy bank with the words "New Beat Fund" encrypted on it was catapulted into the facade of a corporate building. No joke. Somewhere in that transaction it became apparent a jar full of "fuck you's" and "I owe you's" would no longer lend it's help to an artist. So we started our own fund; no debts to the bullshit, just a direct deposit from your's truly and the people who vibe what it is we're doing. And what exactly are we doing? We're letting our music run free, streaking down the beach, nuts hangin' in the Cali breeze, smokin' Cali trees. We shimmy shimmy to the sounds of the Timby, some Red Chili, Slim Shady, and one Foxy ass Lady. Reppin' real music flowin' from an honest place. Keepin' true to who we are, how we're feeling, what we're seeing around us and the way we react to it. Everything New Beat Fund is done 100% by New Beat Fund. Burnie Baker, Fat Snapz Lalib, Buttonwill McKill, and Silky Johnson. No need for specificity. So vibe some tunes, whether you're coolin' with your gurl or partying with your friends, this is for you. Have a good time, that's what we're doing. Thanx for donating. Peace.