Artist Spotlight: Jake Lloyd

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Artist Spotlight: Jake Lloyd

Posted by on Feb 26, 2021

Jake Lloyd grew up in Round Rock, Texas just 20 minutes outside of Austin in a musically inclined family.  His father and grandfather sang in the church and his grandmother was a professionally trained organ and piano player. Growing up Jake listened to eclectic artists like Rick James and Prince, which would later shape his one-of-a-kind sound.

In 2010, Lloyd met producer and future bandmate Danny Saldivar II known as DSII. The two would continue to collaborate and create their own unique sound by fusing multiple genres together.  In 2018, the singer/songwriter released his debut self-titled album, and just one year later he dropped Moonlit Mornings and  followed  up in 2020 with the EP called Lloyd Pack which featured the hit “Crossroading.”

As for 2021, he has already created a buzz by collaborating with Bastrop’s finest Deezie Brown for the EP Geto Gala which is undoubtedly a beautiful work of art.  The Austin native was KUTX’s Artist of the Month in July of 2020. He was nominated for the Best/Soul R&B Artist for the 2020 Austin Music Awards and reached a deal with ESPN’s Longhorn Network to have his songs played.  Jake Lloyd continues to thrive and captivate audiences with his limitless talents and genre-crossing abilities all while using his platform and his voice to create positive changes for musicians of color.

 

Soundfounder: Celebrating Black Electronic Music

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Soundfounder: Celebrating Black Electronic Music

Posted by on Feb 24, 2021

Photo by Mike Manewitz

Every Wednesday night, 8-9 p.m., Soundfounder plays electronic and beat music from Austin and around the world, focusing on new releases and old classics. This week, he celebrates Black History Month with an exploration of some of his favorite Black electronic artists: Frankie Knuckles’ innovations in house music; J Dilla and Flying Lotus’ experimental beat making; Georgia Anne Muldrow and Sudan Archives’ soulful electronic work; and Black Austin producers to keep an eye on.

Playlist:

1. Georgia Anne Muldrow – “Overload”

2. Suzi Analogue – “Nrgnrg”

3. J Dilla – “Nothing Like This”

4. Madlib – “Hopprock”

5. Kinder – “K033 Slap (Positive Energy)”

6. Frankie Knuckles – “Your Love”

7. Ras G – “Greantea Wit The Green Tree”

8. Sudan Archives – “Nont For Sale”

9. The Deli – “LeapDay”

10. Roni Size & Reprazent – “New Forms” (feat. Bahamadia)

11. Kaytranada – “2 The Music” (feat. Iman Omari)

12. Knxwledge – “Dont Be Afraid”

13. Flying Lotus – “More” (feat. Anderson .Paak)

14. Stro Elliot – “Soul II Stro”

Artist Spotlight: Deezie Brown

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Artist Spotlight: Deezie Brown

Posted by on Feb 22, 2021

Deezie Brown in Studio 1A. Eddie Gaspar for KUTX. Feb. 19, 2018

Deezie Brown was born and raised in Bastrop, Texas a small town just 45 minutes away from the Live Music Capital of the World. He grew up in a family that bonded over music and his dad exposed him to hip-hop from the South early on from Atlanta’s own Outkast to Texas’s Hip hop greats DJ Screw and UGK.

In his adolescent years, Deezie started creating mixtapes by collecting blank tapes and recording with his boombox while using beats from his family’s cassette tape collection. After hearing the song “Crossroads,” by the rap group Bones Thugs and Harmony he quickly knew that music was his destiny. His Uncle Corey connected him with Shorty Mac the best friend of the legendary DJ Screw and he gave the young artist his first shot in the recording booth. In 2018, he released his first album Judith, which included the hits “Toast to Balenciaga before you go” and “Drive”.

That same year he put out the single “I Want It All” as a tribute to Kobe Bryant. The record was produced by former NBA superstar Chris Bosh and released by his record label Daddy Jack Records which marked the label’s first of many collaborations between the two. Deezie dropped the album Candy Blue Like Screw with Smithville native EC Mayne and together they take you on an epic historic journey of the roots of Texas Hip Hop with tracks like “South End.”

Brown has performed at prominent music festivals including SXSW, Underground Music Showcase, and Austin’s Inaugural Summer Jam. He most recently dropped the EP Geto Gala in collaboration with former KUTX Artist of the Month Jake Lloyd. Deezie Brown continues to impress with his lyrical content and his creative edge that makes him stand out from the crowd all while remaining true to his Texas hip-hop roots.

-Miles Bloxson


 

Artist Spotlight: Riders Against the Storm

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Artist Spotlight: Riders Against the Storm

Posted by on Feb 18, 2021

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Riders Against the Storm (RAS) is a husband-and-wife hip-hop duo that moved to Austin in 2009. Jonathan “Chaka” Mahone and Ghislaine “Qi Dada” Jean met in 2001 in Providence, Rhode Island. After collaborating on different endeavors in the arts including a touring comedy sketch group. The duo decided to form Riders Against the Storm in 2004. They started writing songs together and hit the ground running. The group’s first show was opening for the revolutionary hip hop group Dead Prez.

 

They started Body Rock ATX along with DJ Chorizo Funk in 2010 which is a beautifully curated high-energy dance party and ceremony of self-expression. The group has described the event as (All Souls Church) where people can go to celebrate life. At the last event that they put on before the pandemic hit, they had over 800 attendees.  

 

In 2013, the City of Austin proclaimed August 29th Riders Against the Storm (RAS) Day in Austin, Texas. The following year they held the first RAS DAY Festival along with community organizations, local businesses, and health practitioners. RAS DAY is an all-day, family-friendly festival that inspires unity and is filled with diverse musical performances, health-conscious food tastings, and interactive activities for all to enjoy.

 

Riders Against the Storm was the first hip hop group to be awarded ‘Band of the Year,’ by the Austin Music Awards in 2014 and has won the title a total of three times. Chaka and Qi Dada have traveled the world and shared stages with some of the biggest names in music including Nas, Black Pumas, Erykah Badu and so many more. Riders Against the Storm continues to uplift, educate and give back to the community in all ways possible while touching lives through their music and philanthropy. Their new album Flowers for the Living is set to be released on February 22nd. 

   – Miles Bloxson


Event Spotlight: Jump On It

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Event Spotlight: Jump On It

Posted by on Feb 12, 2021

Jump On It was founded by Nook Turner, Dorothy Turner, and Sharon Ellerby in 1997 in Austin, Texas.  In 1996, Dorothy Turner an activist and organizer in the city put out a call to the community to see if anyone would be interested in throwing events at Rosewood Park, a historic park on the Eastside of Austin.  At the time,  Nook Turner was just a teenager but he answered her call! His vision was to unite the Eastside community through entertainment by putting on a summer music festival.

Nook’s mother named the event and helped him create the vision. Dorothy Turner his mentor affectionally known as “Miss T ” recruited people to help with the event. She was even able to convince everyone to work off IOUs for the first year. Dorothy would later secure funding from the City Manager. With her determination and Nook’s vision Jump On It, quickly became a hit in Austin! In 1997, 1999, and 2000 the event was declared the largest outdoor urban concert series in the state by the Texas Music Office. Over the years,  Jump On It has had a plethora of local and national performers such as BOB, Trina, Plies and so many more including the Austin legend and founder Nook Turner.

In 2006, he started facing challenges that resulted in him taking a hiatus from Jump On It. However, he continued to throw at least one neighborhood gathering each year during this time. In 2014, his wife Brea Byrd urged him to bring back Jump On It without financial support from the city. With her support and the birth of their son, he was newly inspired and decided to pick up where he left off! Since the event’s inception, it has taken place at several different locations around Austin including Givens Park, Travis County Expo Center, and 70 Rainey Street.

Credit:  Julia Reihs / Founder of Jump On It – Nook Turner

Jump On It,  is more than just a music festival it is an all-day experience with food, vendors, games/rides, and health and job resources. Jump On It has become a pillar in Austin’s Black Community and rightfully so.  In addition to producing  Jump On It, the concert series, festivals, and community events they also have J. O. I.  Community Outreach. The non-profit provides educational programs for the youth and also gives unlimited support to the community. They continue to thrive all while remaining true to their mission to rebuild the fabric of Austin’s urban community while creating a platform to educate and prepare tomorrow’s leaders.

– Miles Bloxson, KUTX Host