“In the 1990s, “emo” described a quality of music rather than its genre. A song was emo in the same way it could be classified as heavy or hardcore, and all it meant was that it possessed an emotional intensity or depth. This ambiguity made emo an exciting, almost mysterious idea—the music could be spontaneous, delicate or chaotic, raw or dense—but it also spelled its death when tastemakers tried to define it as a genre.
It’s exciting, then, when a band like Arizona Landmine emerges and embodies what emo meant before its meaning was distorted. Their first release, a five-song EP titled When Will I Ever Learn?, displays a young band whose powerful, explosive power pop seems to disregard genre and deny the listener the luxury of predictability.
Cortez Lee-Rogan, better known as Crealot is a rapper from the Quad Cities, Illinois and Iowa. Coming almost virtually out of nowhere for a music scene, he’s determined to make his presence not only known but legendary. With witty punch lines, story development, creativity, and a sense of honesty, he wants to show life in a dying world…
A dynamic art/progressive/psychedelic-rock band infused with elements from metal, blues, jazz and singer-songwriter. This trio from both sides of the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities, Iowa/Illinois, is comprised of Angi Chapman on keyboard/lead vocals/songwriting, John Chapman on drums/harmony, and Chad Ramsey on lead/rhythm guitar and when all combined, Waking Robots weaves uniquely interesting songs that will tug at the listener, with hauntingly beautiful melodies and a dark and moody intensity mixed with fun and catchy riffs.
Wayne is a funny dude who thoroughly enjoys mar’hjuana.
A combination of Hip-Hop and R&B coming out of the Quad City area, Eastern Iowa Western Illinois.
After many promising musical projects falling through, this recently signed artist (Chaotic Minds Entertainment) he is finally gaining a bit of traction and moving in the right direction. Opening for artists in the underground as well as mainstream circuits such as !Mayday!, Stevie Stone, Lil Wyte, Jackie Chain and Ceschi Ramos just to name a few from this year. Honestly the sky is the limit, with the versatility to perform conscious Hip Hop Lyrics or the raw emotion he brings within his vocal range, he could cross many genres and still manage to make it all his own. Stay tuned into this artist the future seems fairly bright for this one.
The Good Company:
The Good Company is a collective of musicians who work as back up for solo musicians and featured artists. Currently working with Soultru.
Connor and Jeramie started making music in 2013, we got Jake shortly after and Bryson not long after that. We wanted to make dark and genre-less music then, now we just want to make music. We fall in love every time we write a song, every time we play a show, every new person we meet who appreciates our effort and we will continue chasing that feeling.