Thursday, September 26, 2013

Royal Clutch: Humorous and Compelling

What started as just a good time turned into a full on job for Jase, Reese, and Kos D who are now the members of hip hop trio, Royal Clutch.  Fun, quirky and ready to have a good time, the three have spent the last five years experiencing a little bit of everything and just living their lives to the fullest. 

Jase and Reese, who are brothers, went to high school with Kos D which is how it all began.  Once day, while hanging out they and some of their other friends began to freestyle, little did they know that the three would grow to love it.  They began to get more serious about their music and before they knew it a group was formed.  While the original group had more than three members, the trio says that they are still good friends with the other members who decided to do other things. 

The concept behind the group’s name is simple but clever, “Royal because we are from Brooklyn, so, Kings County; and Clutch like… clutch?” laughs Jase.  The name was catchy and original so they went with it and made it their own.  However, hip-hop is not always an easy genre to break into.  With so many different artists trying to make it big in this genre they could have decided to go another route but they stuck to what they loved.  Kos D explained it simply, “We grew up in the late 90s and early 2000s.  We saw a lot; Jay Z, the end of Biggie, and then other stuff like D4L.” Reese says, “We decided we can still do hip hop because we are original and we are not afraid to be ourselves.”

Being themselves is what makes Royal Clutch so much fun to be around! In their music video, “Fresh Faces,” you see the fun-loving and absolutely hilarious nature of the three in a house party scene.  “That is all real,” they say referring to all of the commotion in the video; they actually filmed it during a real house party!  They call it the ultimate pregame song and Reese even points out that yes they had fun, “but that is the whole point of it, you are supposed to enjoy every bit of the ride.”  And enjoying the ride is exactly what they are doing.

Currently, Royal Clutch is working on their upcoming project, which they were very tight lipped about.  They did admit, however, that this project was very personal to them and the public will see a side of them that not everyone gets to see.  The project will be titled “The 21 and Up Club” where the trio approaches it from a very interesting way.  The idea behind the album is that it all takes place in one night, and each track is a different part of that same night.  “It’s chronological,” they say. 

Already having seen and listened to “Fresh Faces” off of their previous project, I can say that it’s pretty exciting to have such an originally inspired concept on its way. These guys are fun and original to say the least and I’m sure “The 21 and Up Club” will not disappoint!

Connect with Royal Clutch:
Twitter: @royalclutchbk
Soundcloud: Royal-Clutch

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

J'Sun Needs Your Help!!

Back in June I introduced my readers to a former contestant from "The Voice", J'Sun.  Today, J'Sun needs your help in making his EP, entitled "MAZE", a reality.  

Through a Kickstarter project, J'Sun is hoping to gain the support of his followers by receiving donations.  The cool part is that each contributor gets a little prize as in return! 

But you have to hurry!!!!  J'Sun only has until September 29th to reach his goal or his project will not get funded! 

Check out J'Sun's Kickstarter project by clicking the link below:

If you haven't read up on J'Sun then be sure to do so here.  I'm sure that after learning a bit more about him and hearing what he has to offer you'll want to make his dream a reality.  

Friday, September 13, 2013

Frankie Favasuli & the Big Tree Band: Timeless

New York City…filled with bright lights, tall buildings, and artists trying to make their way to the top of the charts by charming the masses and just playing good music.  Among these artists, are Frankie Favasuli and the Big Tree Band.  Living the ins and outs any other artist in the city would face is tough for the trio, but from one show to the next they continue making progress and getting their names out in the open. 

The group consists of Frankie, who is the singer/songwriter and pianist of the group, followed by Richard on the bass guitar and Brendan on the drums.  After having been together for a little over a year, the three have developed a level of comfort with each other that resonates as soon as you are in their presence.  Constantly making jokes and keeping each other entertained, it is evident that the chemistry among the three is goes beyond music; they are very close friends as well.

Because of their close relationship the three agree that their interaction as a group is one of their strengths Brendan says, “we have a tight sound and are pretty locked in with one another so it makes things flow easily.”  And this flow is apparent in every aspect of their work. 

Frankie, who spends much of his time composing songs for the group, says that he considers their audience to be “someone somewhere” and goes on to explain, “when I’m writing I know that someone someplace is going through that same emotion...” this gives the public the comfort of knowing that the music is coming from someone who is one of them.  His inspirations for lyrics stem from all different angles, “my experiences and the experiences of people that I know and the world around me; everything that I see.” 

Success is a journey however, and band Frankie Favasuli and the Big Tree Band are ready to take their career to another level.  Presently playing different gigs at different venues around the city and upstate New York, the trio simply states that their goal is to be heard, and when asked what the world should know about them bass guitarist Richard jokes saying, “we’re here,” and he is exactly right. 

The dream of success on a different level, saying that their genre could be considered the genre of pop music but they’d rather claim their genre as “timeless” saying that good music never goes out of style.  And while they may dream of each having their own boat and being expensively comfortable, their main goal is to make good music that is heard by many people. 

The trio is now working on releasing a new, self titled project and it should be out soon.  Here you will be presented with ten songs that they have poured their hearts into.  They have chosen the tracks carefully being sure to include fan favorites and a variety of different sounds to really show you what they have to offer. 

If you want to see what Frankie Favasuli and the Big Tree Band really have going on and you’re in the NYC area this weekend is the perfect time to check them out!  They will be performing live at Drome NYC on Saturday September 14, 2013 at 9pm. So be sure to check them out and let them know what you think!  

Connect with Frankie Favasuli and the Big Tree Band
Facebook: Frankie Favasuli and the Big Tree Band
Reverbnation: Frankie Favasuli and the Big Tree Band
YouTube: Frankie Fava
Twitter: @FrankieFava