Raised on heavy metal and distilled in rock n’ roll comes Toronto based Old James. A 4-piece guitar and piano driven rock group with slamming rhythms, deep groove and enough musical integrity to satisfy the neediest of the music elite. The group is comprised of Brian Stephenson (Aggressor, Annihilator, Beehler, Sanctity) on lead vocals and guitar, Chris Stephenson (Aggressor, Cauldron) on the drums and vocals, multi-instrumentalist Spencer LeVon (Fatality) on honky-tonk piano, vocals and slide guitar, and Graham MacKrell on the 4 string bass.
Old James mixes an eclectic blend of hard pounding rock soothed with the bright sounds of piano and warm vocal harmonies. These musical chameleons are best described as a heavy retort to Lynyrd Skynyrd combined with 90’s grunge sensibilities. Their self titled, self-produced EP was released for free on the internet in June of 2012 as a musical celebration and an omen of musical discoveries to come.
Armed with melodies to open the ears, words to open the mind and a strong positive message to open the heart, Old James strive to challenge the current trends of the mainstream on their mission to save Rock ‘N Roll
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Coronado’s story is a common one nowadays it seems: solo project turns into full band. But it is not as simple as that. It all begins in 2007 in Monterrey, Mexico when Carlos Coronado starts recording and releasing folk music under the name “Coronado” after spending a few years playing in several bands and being heavily involved in the local music scene. In the summer of 2008, a move to Montreal, Canada broadens his musical horizons. Here, he spends 3 years experimenting with different musical styles, but always within the confines of his bedroom. When his constant need for change and challenge strikes again, he relocates to Toronto in the spring of 2011. By October of the same year he independently releases his first EP: “Fool Yourself”, again under the name “Coronado”. In the summer of 2012, the band is formed to perform live and the group’s current members come together: Lisa Lorenz, Luke Boehler and Amy Morris. The band holds their first performance on November 23, 2012 at Velvet Underground, with Lisa on synth, Amy on keys, Luke on bass and Carlos on guitar, with the help of a 4 track unit used as a drum machine.
Coronado’s music is heavily influenced by 70s disco, 80s synth pop and 90s dance music but rather than being a tribute to those influences, their music is a re-interpretation of them, shaped also by other genres such as indie rock and modern pop music. While the project remains a solo enterprise in terms of composition and song writing, the live versions of the songs are the product of a true group effort with the rest of the band making the songs their own, which in return influences the recording and writing process, making Coronado much more than someone’s last name.
Jutes is a 21 year old rapper based in Toronto, Canada. After his first year making music, Jutes has already stirred up a buzz with his unique blend of quick rhymes and singing. His background in film has also helped him produce interesting and professional looking music videos in a DIY manner. He is releasing his second mixtape, Space Highway, this spring.