Mdinterviews

    Exclusive Interview with Chicago's Funkadelic Faves: Hood Smoke

    Comprised of five veterans of Chicago’s diverse music scene, Hood Smoke grooves funk rock songs that are as hot and sultry as summer in the Windy City. Bassist Bryan Doherty stopped by the Music Dealers office to discuss their newest album, Rough Around The Hedges, which they’re promoting at Chicago’s bar The Hideout this Friday with a CD release party.

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    #MDInterviews with TinyTone Music

    The songwriting gurus of the Bay area, Daniel Kempthorne and Reto Peter run the indie production company TinyTone Music and, just between the two of them, do on their own what major labels struggle to do.

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    #MDInterviews with Dream Koala

    Born to Brazilian parents and raised in Paris, singer/songwriter/producer Yndi Ferreira weaves sonic cinematics under the moniker Dream Koala. Without ever receiving a formal music education, Yndi is nonetheless a talented multi-instrumentalist, having taught himself to play guitar, drums, piano, synth, bass and to sing by ear, all beginning at the young age of 14-years-old.

    Over the years, Yndi has developed a signature sound for Dream Koala by blending his tranquil guitar melodies and atmospheric lyricism with electronic beats. The result is a poignant production reminiscent of a siren’s song reverberating against an underwater heartbeat. So powerful was his music, emcees as far away as Chicago sampled the young Parisian’s instrumentals, including Mick Jenkins on the song “Healer.” Dream Koala released his latest EP in December 2015, entitled Exodus, a three-song exploration of man’s spiritual relationship with machines and synthetic reality.

    MD: Thank you for taking the time to bring us up to speed with you. First and foremost, congrats on hitting 40K likes on Facebook. How has your relationship with your fans grown since you first started making music?

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    #MDInterviews with Kweku Collins

    For our next installment of #MDInterviews, we get to know Kweku Collins. At 19-years-old, Evanston-based Kweku Collins is extending the popular Chicago hip-hop scene into the North Shore with his memorable and unique sound. After signing with Closed Sessions in spring of 2015, Collins released “Say It Here, While Its Safe” to much critical acclaim. His lyrical skills are both mature and subtle, making you think he’s years ahead of his time.

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    #MDInterviews with Santa Clara

    For our next installment of #MDInterviews, we get to know Santa Clara. One of Canada’s top rising talents, Santa Clara crafts songs that are as captivating as they are eclectic. The Vancouver native’s music has charted on radio on both sides of the border, in both Canada and the United States. Currently in the limelight for his recently released single, “Human (Everything Is Changing) ft. Laurell,” Santa Clara is noted for creating a panoramic production sound that is reminiscent of pop stars like Bastille, M83, and Lana Del Rey.

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    #MDInterviews with Sidewalk Chalk

    For our next installment of #MDInterviews, we get to know Sidewalk Chalk. The Chicago music scene in 2015 is perhaps best known for its artist collectives, the talents of whom range from experimental hip-hop flows to classical woodwind blows. Sidewalk Chalk, an eight-piece group of Windy City natives, is one of our town’s flagship examples of that trend. Blending the styles of hip-hop, soul, and jazz into a flurry of sensual notes and rhythms, Sidewalk Chalk formed in 2008 after meeting at Columbia College and has since released three full-length albums.

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    #MDInterviews with The Happy Hippo Family

    For our next installment of #MDInterviews, we get to know The Happy Hippo Family. The Happy Hippo Family is a Swedish pop-rock band formed in Öland, the country’s second-largest island that floats atop the Baltic Sea. Like the fertile, yet rocky farmlands of their home, The Happy Hippo Family’s music is a blend of bold rock and carefree pop sounds. The indie band has released 7 singles, one EP, one album on their own label as well as two albums in Japan (that’s right – The Happy Hippo Family is huge in Japan).

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    #MDInterviews with The O'Mys

    For our next installment of #MDInterviews, we get to know one of Chicago’s favorite soul bands The O’Mys. A soul-fusion septet like no other, The O’My’s have become a staple to the Chicago music scene since their 2011 debut EP, Potty Mouth. A favorite by hip-hop fans and rock devotees alike, The O’My’s seduced the ears of the Windy City with their lush instrumentals and the sensual vocals of frontman Maceo Haymes.

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    #MDInterviews with VALLEYHILL

    For our next installment of #MDInterviews, we get to know South Dakota’s alternative rock band, VALLEYHILL. Featuring an eclectic alternative rock vibe, VALLEYHILL are actively writing, recording, touring, and even filming official music videos for their new songs, such as “Wake Forest” and “Adam&Eve,” both of which were recorded for their new EP, “Solarity.” Recently, VALLEYHILL performed “Wake Forest” on the Sioux Falls, South Dakota news channel KDLT after the song’s music video went viral on Facebook.

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    #MDInterviews with RAURA

    For our fourth installment of #MDInterviews, we got to know the rising pop star, RAURA. With addicting grooves, breathtaking vocals, and melodies that leave you craving more, anticipation for RAURA’s upcoming single, “Vanilla Cherry,” continues to climb. RAURA spent the first half of 2015 writing and recording her upcoming EP, “Neon Lovers.” Although she has a wide range of musical influences, her sound has most often been compared to Lorde, Rihanna, and Ellie Goulding.

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    #MDInterviews with Ana Free

    For our third installment of #MDInterviews, we got to know the British-Portuguese pop artist Ana Free. A multilinguist and a native of Lisbon, Portugal, the talented Ana Free has grown up expressing her thoughts and self through music. In fact, she says that if you read her songbooks, you’ll know her life story. After performing on YouTube throughout university in the UK, Ana has become a social media sensation with over 38 million unique video views and over 100,000 subscribers.

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    #MDInterviews with Ashleigh Ashley

    For our second installment of #MDInterviews, we got to know London’s R&B/Soul artist Ashleigh Ashley. Ashleigh Ashley blends rock, soul, and electro in her first EP, Criminal Angel. Released in June 2014, the title track “Criminal Angel” was featured by BBC Introducing, the BBC Radio platform that discovers and promotes new music by emerging artists. The native Londoner recently launched her first European tour, #CriminalAngelTour, and headlined the Bulgarian festival, Meadows in the Mountain.

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    #MDInterviews with Mr. Robotic

    Introducing the new #MDInterviews series – A monthly check-in with a Music Dealers artist or band that is shaking things up in the music industry. For the inaugural #MDInterview, we sat down with sync veteran Mr. Robotic to discuss his new album, “Shooting Stars.” You might not know it, but you’ve probably heard Mr. Robotic’s music dozens of times already. His songs have appeared in tons of projects, from Victoria’s Secret and Coca-Cola ad campaigns to MTV and CBS hit shows.

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