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05

February 13, 2015 – “We don't get report cards or mid-term grades at Rootfire, but five weeks into our new project, we do have some ways to score how things are going. We look at the analytics to see if stories are getting read and if people are sharing them. We pay attention to the types of conversations that the folks around us are having, listen to where they think we fit into the scene and try to understand how they explain what Rootfire is. But mostly we are still just pushing hard to turn this project into what we know it can be, which is the heart of the progressive reggae movement.” – Rootfire.net

Read Issue #5 on Rootfire.net: http://rootfire.net/magazine/issue_5/

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Mar
05

Amp Live will be performing at the Serenity Gathering L.A. Pre-party at The Argyle in Hollywood! March 12th with performances by Gladkill, Pumpkin, Mikey Lion, Porkchop, White Horse, and Isaiah Martin.

Get Tickets: http://bit.ly/1wK6B5z

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Mar
05

Zion I x The Grouch x Eligh have announced an April tour with shows in Arizona, New Mexico, Las Vegas, and more to be announced. Tickets go on sale Friday!

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Mar
05

Opio will be performing tonight in San Francisco at F8 for the GDC 2015 After Party (Night 2). RSVP to the official Facebook event for more information on the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/760315307409131/

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Mar
05

A-1's new mixtape Thurlian is now available online! Listen to the 14-track release on SoundCloud and download it for free on: www.a-1music.com

Here's what A-1 had to say about the project:

"Thurlian" is a compilation of songs I’ve been recording over the past two years that all symbolize different aspects of what it means to be “Thurl”, which is to Think (for oneself), Hustle (for one another), Understand (each other), and Really Live (one’s life to the fullest).  I sourced the production from my favorite producers over the past 2 years, most of which I discovered or was introduced to over Soundcloud.  Producers include Mikos Da Gawd, Woostaar, Mr. Carmack, Sango, Kaytranada, XXYYXX, Ryan Hemsworth, Stwo, and Bear Face.  

We had already started to develop the concept of “Thurl” in 2012 with my last project: “The Thurl Tape”, but I wanted to take it a step further.  My idea is that if one day, modern human beings can finally figure out a way to live peacefully amongst each other, develop clean sustainable methods for gathering energy and food, and can live in perfect harmony with mother earth, we will have entered a new stage in human evolution.  Thurlian would be the name of that new species that we would become, just as Homo-erectus was the name of the stage that came before modern man.  

WooStaar and Mikos were my main collaborators on this project as far as arrangement and concept development.  I recorded all the tracks at my home studio by myself, brought the recordings to Woostaar who mixed and mastered everything and had Mikos weigh heavily on the songs as well as provide the production for the more important tracks on the tape.  

This project was inspired by my experiences while traveling, seeing different parts of the world and realizing that human suffering is a constant struggle everywhere.  Greed, corruption, and injustice are problems that are present no matter where you are in the world.  As someone with a voice and a following, I feel I have the power to influence those who are willing to listen, and therefore I think I'm somewhat obligated to use that voice for good.  I don’t feel like nearly enough song-writers are talking about the issues that human beings are facing on a global scale, in a way that is accessible to folks from all different backgrounds.  A lot of conscious and political music, hip hop especially, has a tendency to be very abrasive and polarizing, where it feels like the emcee is pointing an angry finger at a particular group and blaming them for the worlds problems.  I wanted to make an album with a message of love and unity, that would make people think critically about the state of the world, but not in a way that would make them feel depressed or guilty, but rather hopeful and willing to contribute to the change.  

I hope that people walk away from this project feeling fulfilled, confident and optimistic.  Fulfilled by the quality of the music and the lyrics, confident in themselves and their own life’s potential, and optimistic about the future and what their next steps will be as they try and navigate through the unpredictability of life.

www.a-1music.com

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Mar
03

“Opio, a member of the seminal Bay Area hip-hop group Souls of Mischief and the Hieroglyphics crew, first met SoCal producer, and frequent Low End Theory collaborator, Free the Robots two years ago at Hiero Day, celebrating the 20th anniversary of "'93 'Til Infinity." That introduction left a big impression on both parties, and they've since shared the stage a few more times, and completed a series of tracks, which we're excited to premiere right now.” – Red Bull

Opio and Free The Robots collaborative EP just premiered on RedBull.com! Listen to the bass-heavy project The Subconscious Mind EP below & see the premiere on Red Bull.

View the premiere: http://win.gs/1F5xP5G 
Purchase The Subconscious Mind EP on iTunes: http://apple.co/1BRegko

“Witness "The Subconscious Mind" EP, four intergalactic songs shaped by Free the Robots' ominous bass-heavy beats and Opio's syrupy rhymes.” – Red Bull


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