X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons

X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons

X Ambassadors

An unshakable sense of brotherhood formed the sound and spirit of the band X Ambassadors. Growing up in a small town in upstate New York frontman Sam Harris, his brother Casey and schoolmate Noah Feldshuh have teamed about her obsessive love for punk, rock and roll, soul and hip-hop - despite critical reservations of her friends. With her first band during middle school they channeled their enthusiasm for such eclectic artists as The Stooges and The Staple Singers in a number of musical projects that collided heavily with the local folk and country scene. After her high school graduation and moving to New York, with the hope of a larger music community, joined the Harris brothers and Noah, who grew up in LA Drummer Adam Levin - a step that X Ambassadors helped both their consolidating groove-driven alternative pop approach than to snatch even a deal at KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records.

In May 2013 published X Ambassadors their major label debut EP "Love Songs Drug Songs" - produced in collaboration with KIDinaKORNER founder Alex Da Kid, Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds and his friend Dan Stringer. On the EP created the Brooklyn quartet with a unique chemistry a collection of songs that are both style-as well as emotional. "They bring alternative and R'n'B together in a way, as I have never heard before," says Alex Da Kid, the Grammy-winning producer, which already be working with heavyweights like Dr. Dre and Nicki Minaj excelled. "The music comes from a very real place," he continues, "and it is even more impressive by the deep connection that distinguishes them as a band."

On "Love Songs Drug Songs" weave X Ambassadors elegant melodies and smoothen singing in tight arrangements, which are driven by percussion. From the Afro-pop-inspired beats on "Unconsolable" About the unrestrained stomping of the title track through to seductive groove of "Stranger" - the intoxicating rhythms in the heart of the EP are endless mesmerizing, but without the graceful musicality of X Ambassadors to shadowing. Even in the somewhat more airy Tracks EP - like the shimmering, harmony-kissed "Down With Me" - ask X Ambassadors its sophisticated pop sensibilities on display that exudes a raw intensity and dark, moody emotionality.

In support of the EP toured X Ambassadors at a series of gigs in arenas as support act fOr Imagine Dragons by America. They also launched the Jimmy Eat World-summer tour last year and in the fall for The Mowgli's. Life on the road proved to be extremely productive for the boss-songwriter Sam Harris, so the band in January 2014, "The Reason" released their second EP, shortly before their sell-out tour with Panic! At The Disco and other gigs with Imagine Dragons.

"The Reason EP" is traversed by the recurrent theme of struggle of the working class, which often prevents the American dream. Most people tell you that you just hard enough to get some work had to ensure that the own dream come meet. But what happens when the hours of effort does not pay? On the opening track "Free Lonely "sings Harris against a stomping rhythm" Get a job, get married, have kids ... I left my life behind, but I is not got time to look back on when i was free. "" The Business "is a rock anthem, on the Harris exclaims "so long, so long, going back to nine to five ... so much for keeping the dream alive ... I'm going to give up the business." "the Reason is our attempt the history of to tell someone who no longer pursues his dream, but the courage has to start anew, "says Harris. "Sometimes things just do not as you imagine it. We fear failure, but it also needs to know courage when it's time to move on. You never know what comes next. "

FOr X Ambassadors is the passionate charged Pop on "Love Songs Drug Songs" and "The Reason" a product of their lifelong sound research. In a very musical family born (his mother was jazz and cabaret singer, the father once a country songwriter), Sam and Casey have started before the age of ten to play instruments. While Casey seven years discovered his passion for the piano, the interest of Sam moved (the "began singing as soon as he could speak") in childhood from drums over the guitar and the piano to bass and saxophone. In middle school, Sam called his best friend Noah, whom he has known since the first day in kindergarten, to learn on guitar, so that the two could start a band. "Casey played at this time also with us and since I was only in bands with the two together," notes Sam.

In 2006, three of Ithaca moved to New York City, so Sam and Noah could visit the New School while Casey worked as a piano tuner. During her first months at the college met Sam and Noah dorm on the drummer Adam and slid under his door a demonstration through the slot in the successful hoping to lure him into the band. After the line-up was complete (Sam - singer / guitarist, Noah - lead guitarist, Casey - Keyboards, Adam - drums), played X Ambassadors local gigs and wrote first material for their debut album. Then, just before the band wanted to make the record, Casey forced his lifelong medical condition on an urgent kidney transplant. While his brother and his mother, who voluntarily presented both a kidney available, recovered from the transplant, Sam began on the new songs to work, among other things, on the grim but loving ballad that later the title track of X Ambassadors' should mark debut.

The song "Litost", published in the spring of 2012, drew the attention of the program director fOr Norfolk, the radio station 96x in Virginia, to be. After he on a Spotify playlist of a friend heard that he brought "Litost" the song in heavy rotation and generated wildfire fanatical reactions of listeners. "Litost" stabbed not only the hits of Fun. or Of Monsters from, but was one of the number one songs of 96x in 2012. In the meantime, opened X Ambassadors fOr bands like Lumineers and Imagine Dragons and played at numerous festivals such as Lollapalooza.

The dedication of X Ambassadors reflects the belief in the unifying power of music. During its beginnings has inspired in a small town, the band endlessly, Sam makes it clear that "the whole disco night middle school, where the music of Ginuwine and Ol 'Dirty Bastard the various kids brought together to dance" einee the most influential musical experience was. "It was always my goal to make music that is unique and personal and completely authentic reflects who we are. But in a collaborative manner, which can be shared with everyone, "says Sam. "When the melody of a song feel perfectly formed, but at the same time, of course, where you feel it so much so that all other feel it as well, then that's just beautiful."

Jamie N Commons

With its rich, raspy vocals and penchant for darkly passionate songwriting British singer / guitarist Jamie N Commons offers a coarse variant of rock'n'roll that catapulted each listener to another time. While already Elvis Costello outed as fans and the British press compared him to Nick Cave, the 24-year-old turns songwriter not only once again the time, but now deepened his sound by working with Alex Da Kid (the Grammy-winning producer, the already with hip hop greats like Dr. Dre, Eminem and Nicki Minaj worked). As a new member of Alex's KIDinaKORNER, a label under the umbrella of Interscope Records, where among other things, Imagine Dragons and Skylar Grey are at home, published Commons an EP and a new long-player, with intoxicating beats and bold, imaginative Grooves a completely new style of blues-infected rock are present.

On the six tracks strong EP "Rumble And Sway" is a Commons song collection featuring the extend of stomping retro Soul About moody ballads to fiery Pop. As in 2013 published debut album gathered Commons on "Rumble And Sway" again a four-piece band, which he acquired during his studies at Goldsmiths College in London. As successor to Commons' "The Baron EP", which was in 2012 nominated for the BBC Sound Poll, has "Rumble And Sway" some features of, inter alia, modern productions by Alex Da Kid and hit material of Eg Whit (Florence + The Machine, Adele) and Eliot James (The Futureheads, Bloc Party).

The stormy love for the Blues in the heart of his powerful rock was sparked fOr Commons at an early age. In Bristol born, but grew up in Chicago, accompanied Commons as a small child his music-obsessed father to concerts of Allman Brothers Band and Neil Young. At the age of ten years Mobys gospel influenced album "Play" and the Americana-colored soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou" brought him deeper to the roots of rock music. At 15 he got his first guitar and began to teach the games themselves. "I play the guitar, so like most people learned - in my bedroom and sitting for hours the riffs of Jimi Hendrix copying" he recalls. "After a while I played my own riffs that might initially just like Jimi Hendrix sounded, but eventually formed their own sound."

After holding several positions in high school punk bands Commons changed to the Goldsmiths College and became increasingly fascinated by the British folk troubadours like Nick Cave, John Martyn and Delta blues legends like Mississippi John Hurt. While he formed his band at the school and slowly began to play his first shows in local pubs, led him a rigorous tour schedule to label deal. "We have approached things in our live shows on old-fashioned way. That is, we have simply played and played and continuously bigger and bigger venues "were noticed Commons.

In December 2011, on the way to a Coldplay concert in Newcastle, Alex Da Kid met on the train in a variety of Commons' publisher representatives. "You have played me Jamie's music and I fell in love immediately," says Alex. "He makes Rock'n'Roll, which moves in a very different space than anything else out there, and he has a wonderful voice, which can be transformed completely, whatever he sings." After returning from Newcastle hit Alex with Commons in a pub and - about a month later - he flew him to Los Angeles, so that the two could crawl into the studio to work together on the music.

Once immersed in the studio process, the duo created a genre Cross-Sound, the Commons' raw, wild energy with Alex's outstanding style as hip-hop producer interwoven. "Alex made a few beats and I came up with song ideas around the corner, and pretty soon we spoke the same language, with which we have brought together everything," says Commons. "What we have created at the end, a truly varied, versatile collection of songs that give you the feeling is back, both between genres and between time and herzuspringen."

"Rumble And Sway", the lead single and title track, is to kick off at full speed, therefore, while the swaggering, smoldering and horn-soaked habit not only invites you to dance, but represents a perfect introduction to the unforgettable masterful singing of Commons. "Worth Your While", the next driven powerhouse that combines a rich, hazy Groove with a stiflingly hot guitar riff and vocals, who commutes between lascivious growl and Motown'eskem harmonies. While both the painful Gospel-infected number "Wash Me In The Water" and the piano-finished "Have A Little Faith" with its crunchy beats midtempo rhythms and soul-touching lyrics about suffering and redemption mix, turned out to be "Caroline" as dreamy ballad about heartache, which is reinforced by agonizing Strings. When slow-growing and stormy "The Preacher" Commons minimizes its British folk influences on a downright creepy epic about an evangelical preacher who murdered his own wife.

Although "Rumble And Sway" musical territory enters reserves Commons the same robust spirit in which distinguishes his songwriting and his gigs and puts him in a number of its models such as Tom Waits, JJ Cale and Johnny Cash. "The swampy, bluesy rock'n'roll stuff is always the first clue when I write a song," he says. "At the same time it is important to put something new and different in the world." FOr Commons is the formula of direct songwriting, from the gut feeling, and the sleek, stylish productions, as they allow both to expand his creativity as well as to fill a critical gap in today's pop scene. "At the moment there is plenty of music that has a huge, loud and powerful sound," says Commons. "If one adds the blues element here, the music takes a heaviness and brutality on which get at difficult, but is incredibly powerful."

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