Get to know escalating reggae band Rise Up

Roots reggae and rock blend Rise Up is one band that lives up to their name — they are rising up! Heralding from Salinas, California, founding members Chris Alcantara (vocals/rhythm guitar) and Alex Cortez (drums) gained recognition up and down the coast of California before linking up with locally-renowned players Leland Smith (lead guitar) and […]

Meet rising indie rock star Michigander

Fusing indie rock and pop into his own unique sound, Michigander is quickly becoming a name you want to know. Born Jason Singer, this Michigan native possesses the passion and prowess to take over the radio charts, a motive boosted ever-higher by his third EP release, Everything Will Be OK Eventually. If you haven’t checked […]

Meet rising country star Seth Michael

Rising country star Seth Michael is currently making waves with his new single “She Got A Thing” — his fifth recorded work since his 2019 start. Although new to the scene (relatively, considering the forced COVID break), Michael is far from novice with his sound. If you’re a fan of classic country with modern twists, […]

Meet Maka Roots: man of conscious roots & livity

Maka Roots has been an essential constituent inside the melting pot of great San Diego music, performing live for over three decades with the likes of Pato Banton and beyond. Maka Roots’ musical career has taken him from California to Hawaii and back, playing keyboard in many bands before his solo debut. Elevating and empowering […]

Get to know rising EDM artist Belau

Hungarian up-and-coming EDM duo Belau is currently climbing the European charts. Naturally, us Americans better fall in line! Comprised of creative forces driven by Peter Kedves and Krisztian Buzas, Belau blends traditional electronica music with a heavy doses of self-awareness and the world around us. It’s as if you feel natural elements of water, fire, […]

Get to know Joey Calderaio

Florida multi-instrumentalist, solo artist and producer Joey Calderaio is back in action with his latest single “Paradise”, featuring Sierra Lane. The fresh reggae jam is released just in time for summer, so we thought to kick the tune up a notch by getting to know the man behind the music! Meet Joey Calderaio — rising […]

Meet surf rock reggae sensation Mr. Kowalsky

Costa Rican born, Paris resident Mr. Kowalsky has catapulted onto the reggae ska scene of late, with the release of his fourth full-length Everything Nice! back in early December 2020. Since, the genre-bending musician has been promoting this solid piece of ska perfection — taking a full four years to make! Bouncing around the world, […]

Co-Founder Brad Sweet talks the return of Same Same But Different Fest

Same Same But Different — a festival for freedom, funk and fun-loving individuals everywhere — returns to the shoreline of Lake Perris, CA this upcoming September 9-12th. Announced back in early April, SSBD 3 plans to bring live music and camping back to southern California without missing a COVID beat. For those wondering if it […]

A talk with DJ Kilmore of Incubus

Chris Kilmore, better known as DJ Kilmore, has been a fixture to California-based rock band Incubus as their turn-tablist for more than 20 years. I had the chance to virtually chat with Kilmore about his earlier life deejaying, starting out with Incubus and the social justice work Incubus has done throughout the course of the […]

Kenny Nishikawa comments on new lo-fi EP & playing reggae

2021 is already shaping up to be a renaissance of sorts within the music industry! With the New Year comes spotlights on new music releases. Today we are highlighting lo-fi artist Kenny Nishikawa of San Jose, California. You may have seen Kenny rocking the bass for Vana Liya or maybe you’ve seen him behind the […]

Meet SoCal reggae artist & scene advocate Rude Creation

San Diego, California has always been a hot spot for roots reggae and reggae rock music. From Slightly Stoopid to Big Mountain to Tribal Seeds, the city continues to proffer acts who have changed the course the reggae genre’s collective history. Yet, there are countless artists and bands that reside within the middle of the […]

Katchafire’s Jordan Bell talks new tunes & tours

Drummers, with the exception of a few backline frontmen, rarely get enough love. Katchafire’s Jordan Bell likes to live a little differently. His family band, originally started by father Grenville Bell and alongside brother Logan Bell, has since grown to be a staple of New Zealand and roots reggae music altogether. Jordan Bell goes centerstage, […]

An interview with Arran Sym

Scotland artist and producer Arran Sym is rising in the alt music realms of late — landing him smack dab on our radar for an artist spotlight! This up-and-coming low-fi name might be a novice to some, yet is quickly becoming a master of his craft. Arran Sym has been making such major waves in […]

Among Criminals talks new album & creating in the COVID era

Among Criminals, an eclectic genre-hopping Philly band, knows all about reinvention. It was in the midst of making their latest album, Darker Sweetness, when COVID-19 crashed down, grinding everything as we know it to a halt for months to come. ‘Darker Sweetness’ is a new horizon for the band in sound and subject matter, yet […]