Soundland 2011: Foster the People LIVE
video by Ed Pryor
Being born in 1987 was the beginning of my creative era. Even though I was too young to understand what music was, I remember loving the sounds and harmonies of Shai, Boyz ii Men, Whitney Houston, and LL Cool J. I was influenced by the power that these phenomenal artists had over people when they were on the radio. As I matured, I realized that I had an emotional connection with music that could not be ignored. My creativity expanded when I began to watch music videos and live performances of my favorite artists. The “IT” moment was when I saw Michael Jackson perform his hits “The way you make me feel” and “Dirty Diana” live on stage. I realized that entertainment was my passion and way of life. Music is my life and passion. My goal as an artist is to creative beautiful and meaningful lyrics that paint pictures. During the beginning stages of creating a song, I always say to myself…THINK BIG!
Music video by Robyn Z. performing Secret Society. (C) 2011 Encoded Entertainment, LLC
As the World is mired in turmoil and chaos, the public whispers about Secret Societies and the Illuminati. There is a growing undercurrent portraying recording artists as “puppets” in the music industry and slaves to dark overlords of music.
Conspiracy theorists draw parallels. Artists from Elvis to Jay Z., including contemporaries such as Rihanna, Justin Beiber and even Katy Perry have been accused of being minions of the Illuminati. Lady Gaga was recently under fire for imagery in her “Born This Way” bearing similarity to Illuminati symbols and Jay-Z has blatantly been called a Satanist for his triangular hand gesture.
Critics and conspiracy theorists feel the Illuminati own the air waves, television, movies and even the artists themselves; the artists are merely tools of the Illuminati used to control the public’s mind. This take, completely overlooks the idea that Gaga or Jay-Z are shrewd enough to use the symbols and icons to create controversy.
Revolution stand up! Robyn Z. confronts this issue head on with… [read more info about this video]
From the time Robyn Z. was in her mother’s womb, she was able to thump to the beat of music. She was a natural born singer. As a little girl, she had a bright neon green record player, a disco ball illuminating from the ceiling, and would spin vinyl records dancing and singing with her well-rounded brush. She would sing Diana Ross, Irene Cara, Madonna, and Michael Jackson creating her own staged theatrical performances with her friends and family as the audience members.
Later, the long brown haired, brown eyed starry eyed child made everyone’s jaw drop from the moment she walked into New York hot spots, wearing nothing but her wonder woman bathing suit, amongst beautiful glitter eyes made up of swirls of the rainbow, with lips pouting, the moment she opened her mouth to sing, the crowd applauded her with standing ovations.
It should come as no surprise, that this brown eyed little girl, turned and transformed herself into the electrifying and shocking multi talented artist that she is today: Robyn Z.
“When I was a child, I pushed the envelope in my voice, theatrics, performances, acrobatics, and my artistry” Now I’m taking my fans and myself to a whole new dimension. “We are the future”: states Robyn Z. President of her multifaceted record label Encoded Entertainment, LLC.
Robyn gained notoriety for her first record release “Good Love” released in 1995 by DM Records. Her performances took a wild turn, making her name go up in lights in local headlines and billboards from Miami to California.
Robyn performed amongst torches lit in flames and men in hoods as crowds stared in awe. Robyn Adds, “I stopped by radio stations to beg them to add my record. We rocked it out in every club”
Singer, mother, friend, lover.
Camrin W. is not your average 24 year old. She was raised in Southern California by her mother, Mary Lyn Dias and father Brent Westmoreland, who are both familiar with the music industry themselves. Mary is a singer/songwriter herself who has had the honor of writing for people such as Marsha Thornton and singing back-up for Hoyt Axton.
Camrin spent a lot of time traveling with her mother and father, for Mary appeared on The Gong Show and You Can Be A Star back when Camrin was under 5. Camrin’s aunt, Kathy Westmoreland was also in the music biz as a back-up singer for the one and only Elvis Presley. Camrin’s uncle, Duncan Mullins has also produced and played bass guitar for some well known country artists as well.
With that being said, Camrin has been influenced by music since before she was born and is now venturing into the business herself. She surrounds herself by the right people such as and especially a talented and well known writer, singer, producer, Mario Moore, “Rio”, who is helping her with her project.
With a voice between Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera, she hopes to one day influence and be a role model for others with the same dream. “I’m not in it for the fame, I just have a passion for singing”
Details Details’ high energy self-titled EP, channels Seth Williams’ poppy synths and bubbly melodies to develop a 6 song album teeming with sugar-coated ditties. Each song contains its own unique story ranging from miscommunications, house parties, even to vintage video games.
DD has been described as cross between The Postal Service and Daft Punk because of his catchy lyrics matched with deep bass lines and satisfying beats.
Since 2009, Details Details has performed in downtown Orlando to a 27th story rooftop in Cincinnati with many local and national acts with various genres ranging from easy listening, rap, and rock. DD plans on touring extensively more out of state later this year. With lyrics from the heart and synth inspired from a supercharged gameboy it’s not hard to fall in love with the loops and hooks of this original electro-pop blend.
This energetic young man enters the realm of the stage with true ownership in every performance. His smooth R&B voice sprinkled with the undeniable influence of soul.
Coming from roots in the black gospel church, listening to his parents sing, there sparked a fire of passion for R&B/SOUL in Josh that was realized years later.
The multi-talented musician/singer/songwriter/producer from Eugene, OR brings life to the scene with his diverse grassroots sound.
Josh’s passion for music and bringing people together becomes plain to see as you spend time with him and his music. He will bring a smile to your face and keep your head bouncing through his entire set!
“Josh Carroll’s album is on heavy rotation in my car in my house and at work. He’s grown so much as an artist and he’s such an amazing person he’s got nowhere to go but up. I was able to listen to him at first in Memphis at a hotel without the guitar just the voice and I knew then he’d be where he wanted to be.” —Inmemphiswithu – This album is great!
“It was a Tuesday night, but the brother was jammin’. Cool dude too … we spoke for a few minutes in between sets. Loved his cover stuff because he made each song his own … and I also loved his original stuff. Support this guy. I think he has a great shot at making it big. ”—Eric Edwards – Discovered Josh at Tin Roof in Nashville yesterday
“Josh’s upbeat and catchy melodies combined with his rich vocals will have you bobb’n your head and tapp’n your feet in no time! Each track is enjoyable and well written. I look forward to listening to more great songs in the future from this charming new artist! ”—Uprooted05 – Great New Music From Josh Carroll
There once was a boy named Don, who knew he had to play, so off he went to Nashville, at 15 years of age.
In and out of bands he wove, progressing through the time. Drums, guitar, bass, piano..playing whatever he could find. Don rarely had anything but music on his mind.
Though he loved the music he felt unsatisfied..Something else was missing, but what he couldn’t find.
Depressed, he drank and ate, thinking that would satisfy…seventy pounds later later he could only wonder why..
Little did he know, a girl from a far, heard his music from a friend and fell in love with is art.
How she longed to meet him, his music made her weep…not that she loved himm..his songs were just sweet.
Not to mention he was taken, and she’s not that kind of girl…it took about 2 years for that connection to unfurl.
Her name was Roonie Appletooth, as pale as she could be..shy & unsure, but bold enough to sing. Attracted to the stage ever since she could see.. dancing, singing, acting, took hold of her being.
Always wishing & wanting but never could find, the person to make her dreams come alive..
Blah, blah, blah.
Anyway, a lot of stuff went down, and the world turned around. Don finally called to Roonie & said “I have to have you”…she felt the same and now they do! Out of that love music grew, and formed this Tendoor band your listening to.