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A&R Factory Present: Alain Bonus

At its best R&B is slick and succinct, it needs a certain sophistication in its production but a simple and direct contact with the listener. These are exactly the strengths that Last Night, the latest track from L.A. based artist AB plays too. A measured and clean-limbed beat gently moves the song along, whilst cool minimalist sonic enhancements and distant sounds wash through.

But such a song is nothing without the right vocal prowess and AB has this covered, and then some. Without forcing the point his delivery wanders from the understated, hushed and almost conversational to some unexpected highs. And whilst there is some smooth and deft guitar lines exploring the space between the beat and the lyrics, a lot of what this song is built on is atmosphere, as if the music is mainly there to harness emotion, anticipation and a whole host of intangible qualities – a sonic bubble, shimmering, translucent and delicate.

The phrase “less is more” might be a cliché, but clichés are there for a reason and it is a term that is actually very relevant here. Most artists concentrate on what they need to add to enhance a song, AB, I feel is more about knowing what to leave out.

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A&R Factory Present: Sam Woolf

SAM WOOLF is a 20 year-old folk/pop singer songwriter known for his original arrangements, beautiful pitch perfect tone and emotional original songs. His performances and recordings have obtained millions of views on YouTube and Sam receives tremendous support from his fan club, the “WOOLFPACK” on social media. Sam Woolf has gained national recognition as a finalist on American Idol’s 2014 Season where he placed in the Top 5. Independent Grammy-winning producer Danny Blume produced and recorded an EP “Pretend” containing Sam’s originals for release. It debuted at #9 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.

Sam was born in Detroit and lived in West Bloomfield, Michigan until he was 10. Sam has since lived in Florida and he graduated from Braden River High School in June of 2014. Sam’s father, Scott Woolf, introduced him to acoustic folk-rock music when he was a young child. Sam’s grandfather (“Papa Roy”) sent him to singing lessons with opera singer Bob Lischetti for several years, and Sam taught himself guitar. During high school, Sam began performing locally in Bradenton at restaurants and cafés and was a mentee of the Del Couch Music Education Foundation, which booked him for performances at local events.

In the summer of 2013, Sam attended a five week program for high school students at Berklee College of Music (the world’s premier contemporary music school) in Boston. He was one of four students chosen to perform live in the “winners” showcase as well as one of four students selected to perform in the theater-in-the-round singer/songwriters performance. He was also one of the Berklee students referred to American Idol for auditions.

Sam was a featured performer at an Alex Preston concert in New Hampshire, co-headlined with the Doobie Brothers, War, and Jefferson Starship, opened for We The Kings and has performed extensively at other public and private venues in Florida. He has toured throughout the Northeast with the Como Brother’s Band, and was featured on a track of the Como Brother’s EP, Live at 89 North. Sam is currently writing a set of pop originals with Israeli musical prodigy/guitarist Orion Meshorer.

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A&R Factory Present: WYLAND

Sometimes inevitability dictates the roads we take, leading us to fateful coincidences, Craigslist ads, and a little bit of blind luck. That’s exactly how four-piece Wyland came to be.

Marrying atmospheric rock with a modern pop sensibility and traditional strings and piano, Wyland skillfully crafts tunes that show appreciation for both the present and the past. The band has appeared alongside quite an impressive roster thus far, including Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes, and the Vaccines, to name a few.

The up-and-coming quartet has received much praise from publications like The Jersey Journal, PopMatters, The Deli and All Things Go. CMJ stated, “Wyland has an instantly digestible sound. The band blends suburban angst with city kid confidence.”

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A&R Factory Presents: Stevie Talks

Stevie Talks resides in Costa Mesa, CA. Six months ago, he was offered an opportunity to play guitar full-time alongside his friends in Atlas Genius, but instead decided to buckle down and pursue his personal project, Stevie Talks. During this time he crafted pop songs with a nostalgic singer/songwriter feel, while showcasing a undeniable talent for chord work and melody. He has had the opportunity to work alongside members of Young the Giant, Sir Sly, and Mating Ritual in the studio to contribute to a collection of his recordings.

His big personality is seen in these recordings and live performances, and brings life to a collection of songs that are as timeless as they are fresh. A lover of Americana, his recordings have blended the vintage warmth often associated with this genre to the crisp punch of contemporary pop, replete with the infectious charms of the pop genre. He has professional experience as a touring guitar player, having had the opportunity to play on several international tours with recording artists on Universal Republic, and Warner Records, but has remained sedentary until his music is released in the forthcoming months.

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A&R Factory Present: Red Rosamond

There is not much we know about Red Rosamond apart from the track is large and is out via the amazing guys at WAX.  With big powerful Amy Winehouse/Adele esque vocals she is one to watch out for in 2016/2017.

Red Explains: I am driven by love. I am inspired by the emotionally authentic – the passionate, the bold, the determined – and the flawed. I grew up listening to stars like Aretha Franklin, Dinah Washington, Al Green & Tina Turner. Inspired by their work, every song I write I aim to be true.

‘Damn’ is about the power play between two people. The magnetism, the seduction… It’s about desire and heartbreak, about someone who has a hold on you.

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A&R Factory Present: Pat Kiloran

Pat Kiloran grew up in a white, middle-class suburb of Minneapolis, MN. He cut the yard. He played N64. And he took piano lessons like every other kid on the block. His instructor constantly told him, “You are one of my most talented students, but you never practice your pieces.” So, Pat quit.

Songwriting quickly became the means and end of Pat’s music. “I didn’t want to play other people’s songs anymore. I wanted to say what I wanted and make people feel how I felt.” Whether through crashing drums, unprecedented guitars, or convicting lyrics, Pat’s goal was to make people feel something. But not just anything. Something real.

After moving around the country for a couple years, from Los Angeles to Toronto, Pat and his newlywed wife settled in Nashville, TN. He released his first solo EP, Mess EP, in February of 2015, but over time felt that the music of that release did not quite evoke what he was hoping for. He moved on and up.

Pat’s new EP, I Know Everything That You’ve Done, is a concept record. Although short, Pat’s hope for this album, through shimmering guitars, popping drums, and stacked vocals, is to show one thing: hopelessness is in. Affairs, exploitation of women, addiction, narcissism; all these things are part of our society, and they are normal. In the deep city and in the lofty suburbs. It’s trendy. It’s in.

“These new songs are not written from a high horse. They aren’t written from a separate seat. They are written with me as the subject. I am hopeless. I am a mess. I really know everything you’ve done. Because it’s me. And I want you to see how hopeless this hopelessness is. And know that there is a Hope that dispels it.”

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A&R Factory Present: Aubergine MACHINE

Aubergine MACHINE is a collaboration between world renowned multi-platinum selling producer Ian Carey and new-comer to the scene Shanti Ellis. They formed the band in late 2012 after realizing their unique capability to create genre-blending electronic music. Having both travelled the world in their own right while picking up many influences along the way, their mental catalog of music includes everything from pre-EDM electronica to the uber-current sounds of future bass.

Ian’s very established in the international House Music scene and has visited more than 60 countries on tour sites. His production, while cutting edge but not alienating to new listeners, combines with Shanti’s brand of indie-pop laced vocals to build a foundation of melodies that range from youthful to emotive and haunting. Shanti and Ian like to sum up what they do in their mantra: we make music, love life and laugh sometimes. we are Aubergine MACHINE

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A&R Factory Present – Oli K

From the busy streets of London comes Oli K’s harmonious blend of upbeat, lyrical music. Since day one, Oli’s progression into the music industry points heavily back to his poetic approach on modern mainstream music.

Upon relocating to the States, Oli’s debut single release “Different Than You” in 2015 introduced him into the local music scene, receiving an admirable recognition for ‘Best Single’ by the annual Utah Music Awards. Successful performances with headlining act Andy Grammer in addition to a sellout Music Festival which included stars Us the Duo, T-Pain and recent viral artist Silentó, have all contributed heavily towards his ongoing growth.

Turning heads with his alluring, upbeat riffs and captivating vocals, his work in 2015 for the motion picture “Just Let Go” featuring Henry Ian Cusick included a new original entitled “Movin On.” The film went on to receive national and international acclaim and distribution.

2016 brought about fruition for Oli’s Debut EP ‘Roots’ now available across all music platforms. His two introductory music videos received hundreds of thousands of views as well as radio airtime with the BBC across multiple London Stations. His current work involves additional touring and music as he works to broaden his ever-growing fanbase.

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A&R Factory Present: Animal Names

Tulsa based Animal Names has successfully Kickstarted their debut album and planned their album release. The album will also be available for purchase on 8/12 at iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify, etc.

In their late twenties, Animal Names songwriters Ian Gollahon and Brian Keller are no strangers to the musical venues of Tulsa. In the early 2000s, their indie pop prestige littered local venues, house parties, radio stations and newspapers under their previous moniker “I Said Stop!”.

During their stint in Chicago, Gollahon studied under producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Counting Crows, Iron & Wine) while Keller audio engineering studied at the world famous Chicago Record Company. Their newest project Animal Names draws influence from bands like The Shins, Grizzly Bear, Manchester Orchestra, and Father John Misty.

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A&R Factory Present: Tae Brooks

Tae Brooks (18) was born into a musical family of songwriters and producers. Nephew of multi Grammy nominated producer/songwriter Chuck Brooks, Tae started his singing career at the early age of 10 as a background vocalist for artists recording in his family’s garage studio. At a talent audition in 2010 in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio Tae was recruited by a Los Angeles talent manager, which in time led to his family relocating to LA to pursue increasing opportunities in both acting and music. Tae’s brother, Tadjh Brooks, stepped into the role of Tae’s lead music producer and engineer. The brothers, working in the studio with their father, Billay, emerged with a hybrid pop/urban sound reflective of Tae’s multicultural background. Tae was introduced to the world with the launching of his YouTube music channel in March of 2011.

Tae and his team quickly became known for overhauling cover songs and creating signature originals that allow Tae to showcase his naturally soulful voice. His YouTube content has generated over 5 million views. Brooks’ first single “Thumbs Up” was released on iTunes February 22, 2011 and was well received. His covers have ranked among the top on the sites of The Huffington Post, Perez Hilton, Ryan Seacrest, and MusicMeetsVideo.

Visibility on YouTube led to Tae being sought out for voice-over work. He became the male lead voice of the Disney 365 theme song, was cast as the voice and singing role of Michael Jackson in the animated TV series Black Dynamite, and performed the intro/outro on the channel of popular YouTube personality Lamarr Wilson. Tae caught the attention of Canadian producer Josh Friesen, which led to him becoming a voice-over artist for GrapeSEED, a company in Japan that produces educational curriculum used in 7 countries. Soon after, he was asked to star in the video series as well, resulting in 4 trips to Japan over a 3 year period.

Between his work trips to Japan, Tae Brooks expanded his exposure with concert performances alongside major label recording artists Kalin and Myles, Round 2 Crew and other popular emerging artists. When asked to name his most memorable performance Tae says, “I had the opportunity to sing at Seacrest Studios in Children’s Hospital Medical Center back in my hometown. Just knowing my performance is still being viewed by kids dealing with serious illnesses makes that time special to me.”

Tae Brooks notoriety in music circles was recognized by Billboard Magazine who’s named Brooks #7 (2016) and #19 (2011) on the Next Big Sound chart featuring the fastest growing artists across social media. VERSEDonline named Tae one of the breakout artists for 2014. While under the management of Ebony Son Entertainment, management team of Ludacris, Tae recorded songs written by multi platinum songwriters and producers such as Ne-Yo, The Jackie Boyz, A-Rex and The Movement.

Demonstrating his own songwriting versatility, Tae independently released his co-written 5 track debut EP ‘On My Own’ on September 30, 2014. The EP included Tae’s previous single “It’s Always Been You” and two fan favorites, “Lois Lane” and “The Fire” featuring Tae’s brother Juke. The success of the EP led to charting on the iTunes Pop chart.

Tae released ‘Serenity’ Apr 23rd, 2016 and it is the lead single from Brooks’ upcoming summer EP, described by co-writer and producer Tadjh Brooks as having a “tropical funk” vibe. Check it out.

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