I was fortunate to make contact with a young hip-hop group from Cincinnati several months ago. We were introduced by a client of mine who was a mutual contact; he was starting to book them gigs in the Midwest and wanted me to do PR for them.
They are Artists Without Limits (AWOL), a foursome who have known each other for several years and grown up together making music and developing their skills. The one thing I’m always concerned with when working with new clients is whether or not they are serious about their craft. I want to know that artists are locked in on their careers and mentally invested in the rigors and ups and downs musicians go through.
In Spring of this year, they opened up for Young Dolph in Cleveland and I did my first PR work for them on that show. I mostly wanted to be sure they made the most of the experience, stayed professional, and worked the crowd as much as possible. They did that and then some, and made it clear they wanted more.
Flash forward several months, and they were poised to release their debut video, “Bad Intentions”. Throughout the planning phase, they started showing me that each of them was all-in and ready to put in the work to put an album out the right way. We started working on the video campaign while searching for the right person to bring out their best in the studio, and through their connections, they linked up with Chino Dolla. Chino is Yung Joc’s manager, has a platinum album to his credit, and is one of the sharpest people I’ve come across in the music industry. In addition, they’re working with Noyz Armstrong as a booking agent, which is already paying off: This Saturday and Sunday, December 16 & 17, AWOL is heading to California to play the Rolling Loud Festival, as well as some high-profile afterparties.
Things are just starting to get interesting for all four of them, and our entire team is excited about what the future holds. For now, check out “Bad Intentions”, but stay tuned for their new music in the coming months. You’ll hear about it here first.
“(9 Mile Roots) is definitely an Irie Magazine favorite.”
Pre-orders are now available for 9 Mile Roots’ new album, ReEvolve, which is set for release on Friday, May 19. All pre-orders will immediately receive a download of “Drifing”, the lead single from the album. In addition to the start album pre-orders, 9 Mile Roots are giving another taste of their new material via a remix in the spirit of 4/20:
The video for “Drifting” which recently premiered on ThePier.org, can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdOdy225NZE. Irie Mag also featured a new track from the forthcoming album, including “On The Floor” in their April playlist, saying “This Suburban Roots Reggae band founded in 2009 and based out of the Baltimore / DC metro is definitely an Irie Magazine favorite.” Listen here: http://www.iriemag.com/irie-magazine/world-reggae/04-04/. And look out for the June, 2017 issue of Irie Mag, which will feature 9 Mile Roots on the cover.
9 Mile Roots’ is a dynamic eight-member band that serves up their music with equal doses of bouncy hip-hop flow and definitive rock edge centered around their reggae vibes. Never content to write and record the same types of sounds and songs, the band focused on the evolution of their sound on this release. For those that appreciate cerebral, poetically driven lyrics paired with rich layers of guitars and horns, 9 Mile Roots delivers strongly with their unique blend of music, which they dub Suburban Roots Reggae.
ReEvolve was a long time in the making, because as bassist Josh Behun puts it, “We are always evolving, reinventing ourselves, both as a band and as people. We don’t rush anything when it comes to making music, we only set out to make the songs that we really feel shine the light on who we are at a given time. We feel that ReEvolve is a really good reflection of who we are right now.”
ReEvolve Track Listing
3. Bad Blood
4. On The Floor
5. The Battle
6. On The Wire
11. Hands Back Up
Hari Vasan is a new artist that we just started working with. This song does well to showcase his sincerity, energy and the rocking side of his song writing. And that voice. Hari was meant to sing, that is obvious. More details about his upcoming self-titled EP coming soon, for now dig the lyric video: (please click through to Facebook, we’re having technical difficulties with the video embed feature.
It's here!! Here's the premiere of the first track of my self-titled EP! It's a lyric video for an original song called "Silence Comes Easy." Please listen and share! Details on how to hear the rest of the music will be announced later this week!! Also, make sure to watch in full screen and HD!!