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igloo two

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: igloo two [Always lowercase]

Recommended if you like: Ratatat, Javelin, Toro Y Moi, Madlib, Monster Rally

Story behind your band/artist name: There's two of us and our grooves are ice cold

Band Members: Dan Bradley, Mylie Durham IV - All instruments

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC :Hyattsville, MD

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: We played in the band Guys in Ties together with future big-timer Joe Pug
Self taught audio engineering nerds
Both of us are new fathers within the last year and a half

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: igloo two's music has been used as bumps on WAMU for the last two years as part of their Capital Soundtrack program

Official Website URL: growroom.bandcamp.com

Facebook Full URL: https://www.facebook.com/iglootwo/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/igloo-two/1055797822

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/29N527kWXM1vmSCwU6VMYF?si=wsqhaeI1Qg-RvM0XceFgKA

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Main Genre: Hip Hop

Other Genres: instrumental, electronic, downtempo, folkwave, lofi, analog-electronic

Jaye Wood

Jaye Wood

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Jaye Wood

Recommended if you like: Usher, Chris Brown and Trey Songz

Story behind your band/artist name: "Jaye" comes from his given middle name as it is the first letter. In high school Jaye Wood was very active in sports and was given the nickname Hollywood due to his career as a child actor. As he got older and began transitioning into a full on music career and it was then he decided to perform as Jaye Wood.

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Grew up in Waldorf, MD and currently resides in Upper Marlboro, MD

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: - Began acting at the age of 9
- Started professionally singing on Broadway as Young Simba in the Lion King.
- He is a in the Black Belt Hall of Fame style Taekwondo

Anything else we should know, or you want to share:

Official Website URL: https://www.jayewood.com/

Facebook Full URL: https://www.facebook.com/iJayewood/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/jaye-wood/1433055383

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5n6NPHUWWOQkLx2rkSOoty

Twitter Handle: @ijayewood

Instagram Handle: @ijayewood

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Other Genres: urban pop, soul

Konshens The MC

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Konshens The MC (pronounced Conscience) / Classically Dope/ Konshens and his State of Mind

Recommended if you like: The Roots, Common, Black Thought, a hiphop version of Frankie Beverly and Maze, A Konshens version of The Hamilton

Story behind your band/artist name: The name Konshens is the phonetic spelling of the word Conscience which i thought looked boring on paper...lol i chose the name Konshens because i say what most really feel but are hesitant about expressing. Ive always been intrigued by the thought of others and what drives certain actions and responses.

Band Members: Konshens The MC - Lead vocalist, Natalie - Clarinet, Jimmy - Basoon, Lydia - Oboe, Brian - Sax, Ron - Pianist

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Born and raised in the Petworth section of Washington DC. (Kennedy st area to be exact). Where I still reside

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: My very first show was at Cease Fire Dont Smoke the Brothers on 14th St across from the bus loading station with my gogo band High Image. We opened for gogo legends at various clubs in DC including the La Pena, Palace Night Club, Felecitys Ballroom etc. The asian dude at the carryout knew me by name i ordered so much chicken wings and mambo sauce. The monument grounds cant compete with my block for fireworks on July 4th.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Governor, on the Grammy Chapter Board
Grammy Museum Teaching Artist
Hiphop Cultural Ambassador for the State Dept.

Official Website URL: Http://www.konshens.com

Facebook URL: http://www.facebook.com/konshensmusic

iTunes Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/konshens-and-his-state-of-mind/397803619

Spotify Link: http://open.spotify.com/artist/0EnMtr4oPQrGZelXq96IBB?fo=1

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Other Genres: Classical, soul, r&b, rap, gogo

Mannywellz

Mannywellz

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Mannywellz - Manny (like Manny Paquio) Wellz (like where water used to live :) ) Always spelled as one word. Mannywellz

Recommended if you like: Drake, Khalid, Goldlink, Logic, Kanye West

Story behind your band/artist name: Real name - Emmanuel Ajomale - People used to call him "Manny" for short.

Band Members: Nana Owusu - Bass and Keys, Hasmond Abraham - Drums, KO - DJ and Guitar

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Manny currently lives in PG county and was raised here since his family moved from Nigeria at 9.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Manny loves food and music! Loves to go dancing and try food from all over the city!
Manny loves going to the monuments and playing soccer on the mall with his friends and church group.
Manny is straight edge, and does drink or smoke!

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Just got off a sold out 27 city tour with Jidenna
Manny's debut EP "Soulfro" went #4 on the Itunes charts
Manny has been spun over 4 million times on Spotify!

Official Website URL: http://mannywellz.com/

Facebook Full URL: https://www.facebook.com/Mannywellzz/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/mannywellz/899607814

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3fP3g1UvspOUHoeT4QUoLL?si=tAK40wQDRCCdgBQj_j1DhQ

Twitter Handle: @mannywellz

Instagram Handle: @mannywellz

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Other Genres: R&B, Alternative, Pop, Rap

Milk Money

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Milk Money (Stylized as MILK$), MILK-MUH-KNEE

Story behind your band/artist name: Because people love to milk money out of music, yet we're doing this for the love of it.

Recommended if you like: Kanye West (College Dropout Era, Early Wu Tang, think CREAM with some singing)

Band Members: Leaton (Parabellum Raps): MC, vocals, production, Kyle (Avervge - pronounced Average): producer, DJ, guitar, Greg (GoldFace Richy): MC, Vocals, Live performances include a rotating cast of musicians/instrumentalists

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Avervge lives in Parkview, DC but is from the other Washington (Seattle); Parabellum and Richy are both from and live in PG County

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Our latest project '$IDE A' is four tracks that play as one continuous side of a cassette. We pressed the project to a limited number of cassette tapes available on our Bandcamp page (comes with free digital download).

We are one part hip hop group and one part production group, having done an official remix for DC-based Caribbean band Empresarios ('The Vibes" MILK$ Remix)

Avervge used to be roommates with Bryan of Baby Bry Bry, who he introduced Parabellum to. The two ended up recording together and Parabellum was featured on "Hear, My Dear" off Bry's first album.

Official Website URL: https://milkdollarsign.bandcamp.com/

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/milkdollarsign/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/royalty-feat-goldface-richy/id1254107398?i=1254107771

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/album/65GzdyKDHBAa7MH66Qioz2

Twitter: https://twitter.com/milkdollarsign
 

Instagram: https://instagram.com/milkdollarsign

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Other Genres: Indie, Lo-fi

MICCA

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: MICCA (MEE -KA)

Recommended if you like: Nikki Minaj, Cardi B, Lady Gaga

Story behind your band/artist name: I was born with it. Simple stuff.lol

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Uptown DC, #petworth

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area:I'm loud but love silents...I'm the only Luclie Ball in the room.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: I'm a songwriter, producer, rapper and singer...but most of all I love my town of DC. Community first.

Official Website URL: Www.officiallymicca.com

Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/officiallymicca

iTunes Link:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/micca/1106721144

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1geLFWjdPjo438JYEUJDLg

Other Links: www.reverbnation.com/rpk/miccamusic

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Native Deen

Native Deen DC Music Rocks


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Each current band member: First&Last name, nickname (if any) and instrument: Naeem Muhammad, Abdul-Malik Ahmad, Joshua Salaam

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC? : We are just outside of DC in Northern VA. (Herndon)

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band that are related to persons/places/things/events that happened in the Washington DC area. Give us fun stuff, not normal bio stuff!: Hmmm, We did a music video on U street that was kind of cool. I AM NEAR. Check it out. There are scenes of us performing in the middle of the street. That was only possible because we were out there until 5am. But it was cool having people walk by and check us out. With all the cameras and lights, I'm sure they thought we were famous or something. But the motorcycle scene, the fight scene, the restaurant scene are all in DC.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share?: A lot of music videos on line, performed in many countries around the world. Maybe 15 countries and many more cities. Been together as a band since 2000.

Band/Artist Website (not Facebook): www.nativedeen.com

Band/Artist Facebook URL: www.facebook.com/nativedeen

iTunes Link:  https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/native-deen/128657787

Spotify Link:  https://open.spotify.com/artist/2HUF1cJNdxwv4Mxzk2b9FK

Night Train 357

Night Train 357 DC Music Rocks

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Night Train 357

Recommended if you like: Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Pharaohe Monch, Redman, Joell Ortiz, and Talib Kweli

Story behind your band/artist name: My father was a bass guitar player and CB radio enthusiast who's call sign was Night Train 357. After he died I took on the name the pay homage to him.

Band Members: Night Train 357, Rone, and DJ Teige

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Silver Spring, MD

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: 1) I received my 1st level black belt at the BAMS Martial Arts & Fitness in Laurel, MD.
2) By trade I'm a full time graphic designer.
3) I'm the biggest Transformers fan in the DMV! And no, not those Bayformer movies. Those suck!

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Night Train 357 (Train) is a creative emcee that enjoys infusing wordplay with subject matter not often touched upon in the Hip-Hop community. Train is the representative for the everyman. Not hood, nor rich – he’s in the middle, trying to make it through this world like everyone else. He tells stories with a twist, constantly reminding the listener how the average can be elevated beyond mediocrity. He’s a breath of fresh air, a change from the mundane, and
cure for the common cool.

Train began his career as an emcee while studying at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, D.C. His namesake, the original Night Train 357, was his father, an exceptional writer and bass guitarist. Following his footsteps, Train began to write while performing at open mics in the D.C. Metro Area, building a name for himself as an offbeat energetic performer with an old school lyrical style that was influence by mainstream and underground Hip-Hop of the mid-to-late 90’s. 

Train has performed with the likes of Black Sheep, Nonchalant, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Cappadonna, Slick Rick and Biz Markie as well as a long list of DJ’s, emcees, singers and musicians.

Official Website URL: nighttrain357.com

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/nighttrain357/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/night-train-357/id685771706

Spotify Link: https://play.spotify.com/artist/3eh29cqmlTsxlPO4WP9oDa?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

Other Links: Full EPK: http://nighttrain357.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NGT17003_EPK_M1.pdf
 

Bandcamp Sitehttps://nighttrain.bandcamp.com/

Main Genre: Hip Hop

OnRaé LaTeal

OnRaé LaTeal

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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: ONRAE LATEAL

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC :

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area:I'm a music producer and educator who wanted to create an experience for Black girls and femmes to explore sisterhood through the cultural tradition of handgames and hip-hop. 

I spent over 5 years producing work for the top independent black owned radio station in the nation, W-HUR FM (Howard University Radio Network)

I gained my interest in music production after getting jealous of a high school classmate and have deemed that classmate as my lifetime rival.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Was contacted and requested by Daniel Hill to submit this form as he intends to interview Frankie, a member from Girls Rock! DC on May 15th. Daniel asked for me to submit my song to dcmusicrocks@gmail.com with the intention to feature the song along with Frankie's interview.

Official Website URL: ONRAELATEAL.COM

Facebook URL: FACEBOOK.COM/ONRAELATEAL

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/miss-mary-mack/1325835917?i=1325835927&app=music&utm_content=bufferd8e2e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer&ign-itsct=1325835927-1325835927&ign-itscg=0177&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/album/1G9yY76tbCnpmR7TfBnupe#upsell

Other Links: HANDGAMESPROJECT.BANDCAMP.COM

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Oddisee

Oddisee DC Music Rocks

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Band/Artist Name: Oddisee

Recommended if you like: Diamond District, Pharell, Lupe Fiasco

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: From Wikipedia:

Amir Mohamed el Khalifa,[2] better known by his stage name Oddisee, is an American rapper and producer from Washington, DC.[3] He is one third of Diamond District.[4] He was also part of the Low Budget Crew.

Oddisee was raised by his African American mother and Sudanese father. According to a National Public Radio interview with el Khalifa, Prince George's County is one of the wealthiest African American counties in the nation but borders some of the DC area's roughest parts.[6] He moved to Washington, DC after high school.[6]

In 2010, Oddisee released Traveling Man on Mello Music Group.[7] His Odd Spring mixtape was listed on the Washington Post's Best Local Hip-Hop mixtapes of 2010.[8] In 2011, Oddisee released Rock Creek Park, which was ranked as a Mixtape of the Week by Stereogum.[9] Odd Seasons, a collection of EPs released throughout the previous 12 months, was also released that year.[10]

In 2012, he released the album titled People Hear What They See.[11] The Beauty in All, his first instrumental release since Rock Creek Park, was released in 2013.[12] In that year, he also released Tangible Dream.[13] In 2015, he released The Good Fight.[14] In 2016, he released the EP, Alwasta, and the mixtape, The Odd Tape.[15]

Anything else we should know, or you want to share:

Official Website URL: http://oddisee.co/

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/oddiseemusic/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/oddisee/id27760704

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/72tRiBHei5G9M8it4h4sfC

Other Links: https://oddisee.bandcamp.com/
https://twitter.com/ODDISEE
https://www.instagram.com/oddisee/

Main Genre: Hip Hop

Other Genres: Rap, R&B