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Band/Artist Name: Near Northeast
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Story behind your band/artist name: We all moved to DC and started practicing near H st NE, aka Near Northeast, so that's where we got the name!
Band Members: Avy, Kelly, Austin, Antonio
What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Currently DC
At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area:
--1) Singer/violinist Kelly met guitarist Avy and founding drummer Alex while performing as backing musicians for a South Asian folk festival at the Kennedy Center.
--2) Near Northeast's single "Under the Pines" from debut album Curios (2015), features live shots of Northeast DC (Union Station, Gallaudet University, the Hopscotch Bridge, etc.) and was created by artist Kip Radt, using a combination of stop motion animation, live shots, and stencils.
--3) Near Northeast recorded their live video "What to Say" for the NPR Tiny Desk concert outdoors with several feet of snow, after the "Snowzilla" blizzard, at bassist Austin's backyard in Columbia Heights! The song was selected by WAMU as one of their "favorite videos." The song will be featured in their upcoming second album, due in Spring 2017.
--4) The majority of their debut album Curios (2015) was recorded in Northeast DC in former drummer Alex's wine cellar, a tiny 12 x 20 foot room, that flooded often and was only accessible through a trap-door from the kitchen.
Anything else we should know, or you want to share:
--A DC-based music project, Near Northeast makes melodic-ambient-indie-folksy music, weaving Latin American, Indian, and Appalachian influences together to make a distinctive musical tapestry. The band met while playing a South Asian music festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and released their debut album “Curios” in 2015. Their sound, built around guitar, violin, and double bass, mixes ballads with dynamic soundscapes, vocal harmonies, drum machines, and the occasional melodica and cajon breakdown. They are currently at work on their second album, due out in spring 2017.
Official Website URL: nearnortheast.bandcamp.com
Facebook URL: facebook.com/nearnortheast
Spotify Link: https://play.spotify.com/artist/7pLhdAMISVbEqetw7mRs57
Main Genre: Indie
Other Genres: Folk, Pop, World, Rock