Malai Llama w/ Lula Granji and Sixty Minute Men | 10.06.16 @ The Fox Theatre Boulder
First up was Sixty Minute Men. This group is known for their skillful blending of jazz, funk, vintage and neo soul, rock, and r&b into soulful originals that keep your feet moving and certainly feed the need. Opening with a recording of the classic r&b tune, “Sixty Minute Man,” after which the band is named, they headed into a heavy New Orleans funk jam before playing through a few original songs off their most recent album, “Away We Go,” released this past July. They did a great job of warming up the stage for the next group Lula Granji who picked up right where Sixty Minute Men left off.
Lula Granji, popular local jam group, was next on stage to set an ethereal tone with music that was both hypnotically mesmerizing and expertly executed. They never cease to amaze with their ability to play together while taking the crowd on a psychedelic journey where who’s in charge could be anyone. The atmosphere created is truly one of joint expressiveness.
The headliner, Malai Llama, brought the heat out of the gate. All experienced and impressive musicians in their own right, they were joined by none other than Michael Travis of Eoto and The String Cheese Incident as well as Bill McKay of the Derek Trucks band and Leftover Salmon. In the middle of their set they brought on Saxophone player Jonathan Frett, of Sixty Minute Men to fill out their horn section as their guitar player shifted to Bass and the Bass player to Trombone for their iconic reggae song about love and fun. To say the least, this show was one for the ages and, perhaps, even the fine proprietors of The Fox Theatre were pleasantly surprised.
Catch these bands around Boulder and the surrounding area for a chance to catch their next show, and follow them on social media to stay up on the news. We expect to continue seeing great things from these groups!
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Boulder resident and powerhouse produce, Griz, is at it again with his new Album entitled, "Good Will Prevail," bring back some of his production roots of great glitchy, and complexly rhythmic production, releases a nice blend between some of his new school and old school styles. Never skimping on his vocal sampling and MoTown roots, this producer is a hit factory. Teaming up with fellow Boulder artists SunSquabi and Big Gigantic, he succeeds yet again in creating a diverse album showcasing his many abilities both as a producer and as a saxophone player.
He also comes together with guitar phenom, Eric Krasno, to put together some tastefully eerie yet insightful music that is both interesting and challenging to the listener. Something that we love to see in electronic dance music. As a producer, it's difficult to work in some tasty relationships between melody and harmony within a genre driven mostly by rhythm. Griz doesn't disappoint while maintaining his roots, his creative flare, his musicality, and his incredible production technique.
Griz | Good Will Prevail
KMG Top 5 Best New Tracks
Robert Glasper Experiment: ArtScience
Shout Out to KMG FAM for the Dope New Video Release, "Special Price." Check out the Video Below!!
Robert Glasper is perhaps the quintessential family name when the genre of jazz fused with hip hop/soul/funk comes up. Making breath taking blends of old favorites and prophetic fusions of originals, he never ceases dazzling fans everywhere. His music is both brilliant and challenging while remaining widely accessible to music lovers everywhere. This album comes after his 2013 LP release "Black Radio 2" that he featured many hip hop artists on including Common, Snoop Dog, and Lupe Fiasco, as well renowned vocalists Nora Jones and Jill Scott. His band is made up of Glasper on Keys, Casey Benjamin on Vocals/vocoder/ and saxophone, Mark Colenburg on drums, and Derrick Hodge on Bass, and what they create together is truely art science!
"The reality is my people have given the world so many different styles of music, you know, so many different styles, so why should I just confine myself to one. We wanna explore them all"
The album's next tune is a track called "Thinking Bout You" which is a very light blend of hip hop and soul to make a delicious neo-soul mix of sounds with the lush vocoded vocals of Casey Benjamin rocking you almost like a lullaby.
The album begins with a great intro track begun at a burning tempo in a very modern-free jazz style form. There are some dazzling solos played before entering into a more chilled neo-soul feel which is the classic Robert Glasper style his fans have come to know and love. It is quite a great introduction to the spirit of the rest of the album as this listener comes to learn as they get deeper into the music.
The next tune on the track called "Day to Day," is a new style we've heard from Glasper. It's heavy disco influence infused with a little taste of funk is a very fresh new sound for some of our ears in particular. It is a sound we very much like! Some great use of cool production and stylistic techniques fused with some more velvety vocals from Benjamin.
Tell Me A Bedtime Story is a favorite off Artscience. Glaspers treatment of the timeless Herbie Hancock classic is nothing short of immaculate. The song was originally written by Hancock as part of the Fat Album Rotunda, Hancock's 8th studio record and first after leaving Blue Note for Warner Brothers. The album was originally written as part of a sound track for the TV special Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert which was the inspiration for classic TV show Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. Glasper and the boys went as far as to write new lyrics over the original melody which only adds to the artistic value of the track, and album all together.
As for the rest of the album, we don't want to give away all the juicy ear-plums on this record. You'll just have to click over to youtube or spotify to check out the scene. We promise it is very hip.
New Lettuce EP: Mt. Crushmore
Mt. Crushmore promises to be an amazing and MUCH anticipated new collection released by the New York City funk/soul revivalists. Rich there next to Tower Of Power, these guys crush funk and soul shows from coast to coast consistently funking people out of their shoes.
This next release is due for November 11th, but while we wait, check out their newest single release with Tedeschi Trucks Band singer, Alecia Chakour, and mark your calendar for Mt. Crushmore!
Oct 25, 2016
Apr 04, 2017
KMG Podcast 006 // Ft. Papa J Ruiz
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Toussaint Lorenz New EP // I.B.O.H.
We want to give a huge shout out to KMG Fam Toussaint Lorenz and a warm congratulations on his new EP release! Tracked, mixed, and mastered here at KMGLife Inc., we've watched him put his heart and soul into his music during every session. We are honored to have played a part in his musical journey.
Check out his new EP below and follow him on social media!
Doobie Club Presents: Beat Battles
Last week KMG had the pleasure to be a part of Doobie Club's Beat Battle down in Denver at Lincoln Station. Beat Battles was a tournament style competition including 16 producers going head to head for the grand prize of 5 free hours of studio time here with us! Each round gave the producers the chance to show case 2 beats with the winners advancing to the next round. Each elevated round included an extra minute. With so much talent in one room, the competition was fierce!
We'd like to congratulate the winner, EC3! We look forward to working with you in the studio!
Apr 11, 2017
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KMG Podcast 007
New Gorillaz Album // Humanz
It's been 7 years since their last album "The Fall" back in 2010 which came merely months after their ground breaking concept album "Plastic Beach" released just a few months prior. As a kid who aged half his life dancing a two step to the Gorillaz very different sound with the kind of attitude reminiscent of RATM (Rage Against the Machine) but a little more toned down, there was something about the lack of respect for authority that made up the rebellious music of the 90s.
The new album is set to release April 28th. Check out a track list below! The heavy list of features is almost enough to have you pre-ordering it right now!
Ascension feat. Vince Staples
Strobelite feat. Peven Everett
Saturnz Barz feat. Popcaan
Momentz feat. De La Soul
Submission feat. Danny Brown & Kelela
Charger feat. Grace Jones
Andromeda feat. D.R.A.M.
Busted and Blue
Carnival feat. Anthony Hamilton
Let Me Out feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T
Sex Murder Party feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz
She’s My Collar feat. Kali Uchis
Hallelujah Money feat. Benjamin Clementine
We Got The Power feat. Jehnny Beth
Transmission Thailand 2017 // Markus Shultz
For all the jet setting festival goers out there, there's a new destination to mark on your map! Transmission festival! One of the worlds biggest and best Trance festivals has added a new location on their map and it's growing! Check out legendary Trance artist Markus Shultz' set from this year edition of Transmission below!
Greg Kimble Speaks at BeCome Denver Talent Search & Industry Panel
Owner and CEO, Greg Kimble ventured down to Denver last weekend to participate in this edition of BeCome Talent Search and Industry Panel. BeCome is a talent search reaching out to all genres and ages as an invitational event to audition for label executives for a chance to get signed and fly to Los Angeles.
The industry panel discussion was made up of industry professionals such as artists, entrepreneurs, songwriters, producers, managers, and music executives and covered topics such as song writing, roll out, production, submissions, marketing, radio, and what the industry is looking for today! Featured guest speakers included Andrew Grant (A&R), Brandon Kitchen (Director of A&R/Publisher), DJ Squizzy Taylor (Squizzy Gang), and Greg Kimble (CEO of KMGLife Inc.).
Apr 18, 2017
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We'd like to give a warm welcome to Zaak Kerstetter as one of our brand new instructors! He is one of Colorado's only certified Ableton Trainers and has been working in the business for several years now. His music of choice for production is cinematic bass and he produces under the name Zenotope. He has been working in music education (specifically in production) at Art of Audio down in Denver as well as for Pyramid online. In his spare time, he also works as the organizer for Boulder's Ableton Live User group.
Lou Phelps New EP // Experiments
Check out the brand new Ep drop from Lou Phelps. Head over to his soundcloud page directly, but here are a few of our favorites from the brand new Ep. Always respect those speaking their truth...it easier to hear than it is to speak!
Apr 25, 2017
KMG Top Tracks of the Week
Boulder Ableton Live User Group Meeting
We are excited to share an amazing opportunity! Our newest instructor and Ableton guru, Zaak Kerstetter will be hosting the Boulder Ableton Live User Group Meeting once a month at our location here in Boulder! The meet up is designed to bring Ableton Live users together to help share knowledge on using this complex software as well as give newer users the opportunity to network with experienced users. Zaak always does a great job of inviting very knowledgeable guest speakers/lectures to help expand on the creative aspects of using Ableton for both production and performance.
The next meet up is this Monday, May 22nd from 7pm-9pm so come on down to get some knowledge to help broaden your knowledge of Ableton. This month's event includes a very special guest so it's not one to miss!
Millision Album Release // Two Each His Own
KMG Podcast 008 // Student Feature
Willi Miller & King James VI
*Featured guest speaker, Scott Tredennick @sdktheway
May 2, 2017
Podcast Feature | Controversial Conspiracies 003
KMG Top Tracks of the Week
Russell Scott Releases New EP!!
Shout out to KMG family Russell Scott for his brand new project release "Definition of Pursuit" which was recorded & mixed by Chase Thompson and mastered by Greg Kimble at KMGLife Inc.! It is a great tale of perseverance and relentlessly following your dreams until you make them a reality!
Introducing New AMP Program at KMG Academy
We're excited to unveil our brand new Ableton Music Production Program (AMP) dedicated specifically to music production and performance inside Ableton Live Suite. The courses are geared toward breaking down the program and its individual modules in an easy to understand way including a curriculum designed to really help you gain the ability and speed that will rocket you passed the learning curve of this extremely deep, powerful program. Call today to sign up for the next sessions! (720) 250-9020
New Vintage Keys Available For Rent
Check out our new selection of vintage keyboards available for rent! Honor Clavinet, Hammond B3 with Leslie rotary amplifier, and a Wurlitzer! They sound great and we'd love to have you feature them in your music. Call for more information today! (720) 250-9020
KMGLife Inc. Hosts Open Mic Night!
We are proud to introduce KMG's brand new open mic night run by our very own Rob Gedelian! It's open to anything you'd like to share so bring your instruments, spoken word, improv, whatever you can come up with and share it with the rest of us in the Creative Cafe at KMGLife Inc.! Sign up begins at 6:30PM and it's first come first serve so be here early! Show time is 7PM-10PM. For more information or to RSVP click HERE!
May 9, 2017
New Pries Video | "FU Pay Me"
KMG Top Tracks of the Week
New Ableton Lab!!
We are pleased to announce that inline with our new AMP Program (Ableton Music Production) headed by Zaak Kerstetter, we've added a new Ableton lab! We have 16 brand new Push 2s and are working to build out the rest of the room. Stay tuned!
KMG Podcast Feature | Chilly Willi
KMG Fam Jonny Woods Live at Zeal
Shout out to Jonny Woods for his recent performance at Zeal!! His acoustic, sultry sound captivated the entire audience during his incredible intimate show. We are ecstatic that he decided to record his recent project with us and it's coming along great! Stay tuned for the release of this new up and coming singer/songwriter. It's sure to amaze!
May 16, 2017
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Weekly Open Mic Night Off To A Great Start
The weekly KMG Open Mic Night hosted by the KMG Marketing Club and Rob Gedelian is off to a fantastic start. Last weeks turn out was amazing and lasted to the end of the night! We were very grateful to hear some incredible local talent. Be sure to sign up for the May 22nd event by showing up early. Sign-up begins at 6:30PM, open mic begins at 7PM. (720) 250-9020
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KMG AMP and RAAB Programs Are Currently Enrolling for the Summer!
With summer approaching we are excited to train a new group of students in both of our Recording Arts and Business Program (RAAB) as well as our Ableton Music Production Program (AMP). Our RAAB program takes you through 12 months specifically designed to train you for a career in the music industry as well as teach you to become a top notch audio engineer. The AMP program is specifically designed to help you crush Ableton Live 9 Suite either as a performance DAW or for production.
Call us today! (720) 250-9020
Spread The Word Music Festival 2017
This year, KMG had the distinct pleasure of having a number of our RAAB program students intern at Spread The Word Music Festival. This was an incredible opportunity for our students to get out there into the real music industry world, sweat a little, get their hands dirty, network, and have a great time applying the skills they've learned in a real life, work setting. One or two of our students were even offered a job based solely on how well they did assisting at the event. The possibilities really are endless!
May 24, 2017
Student Feature // Shout out to Katmandoom!!
KMG Top Tracks of the Week
KMG Open Mic Success!
Big shout out to Rob Gedelian and the Keep Marketing Growing club here at KMG for continuing to rock the open mic nights every Monday night. This weeks was another success and this has become a great Monday night hang for the area so come on down to next weeks and sign up! It's a great way to network and get your work heard.
Ableton Music Meet Up
This edition of the meet up, as always, was packed with informative tips and tricks for helping to hone your abilities to use Ableton Live 9 as a production DAW and for performance. Be sure to come check the next one out and bring your rig for some Q&A and really get your sound tuned in!
Artist Spot Light Interview: XOA
What are the origins of XOA?
The band originally started with Ian and I (current bass player) It was a 5 piece group with guitar, bass, drums, keys, and vocals, and we went by the name "Chronotron." We played under that moniker for about a year until there was a re-structuring of the band. We decided to drop the full-time vocals and our keyboardist took a more "behind the scenes" role with the project. Ian and I carried on the legacy and added a new drummer: Kyle Robins, about 2 years ago. We only played 2 shows as a trio before we brought on a new keyboardist: Steve Radtke. At this point some re-branding was needed and Xoa was formed. We have been in this formation coming up on a year now I believe.
Where does the name come from?
The name has no significance outside of the band really. We were trying to come up with an intriguing/phonetically interesting name but we all wanted in to be short. If I remember correctly Kyle had a suggestion in the form of "mesozoic" which is the period of time consisting of the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretacious periods, in other words the time of the dinosaurs, so I think we were just riffing off ideas from that seed and we came to protozoa, then zoa then Xoa. Also we are working hard to change the popular public tendency to think that its an acronym and capitalize all the letters, but we are still working on that one haha.
What are your individual music backgrounds?
Cian: I come from a blues and classic rock upbringing. growing up as a kid I really loved most of the big name guitar virtuoso's: Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray, Santana, and Eric Clapton. Once I started maturing in my taste I got into a lot of jam band, and prog rock styles that focus on more of a unified band type of feel rather than a guitarist in front of a backing band. Some of my favorite bands now are: Tauk, Umphreys McGee, Lotus, Genetics, Ween, Papadosio.....to name a few.Ian: I started playing cello in 5th grade, and played in my school orchestras and The Boulder Youth Symphony through high school. I picked up bass guitar when I was 16, and majored in music performance on bass for 2 years at University of Colorado before changing to a Recording Arts major. I love classic rock like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin etc, and a wide variety of metal such as Meshuggah, Opeth, SunnO))), Deathspell Omega, Drudkh, Cradle of Filth, Woe, Wolves in the Throne Room, Om, and Sleep.
Kyle: I grew up listening to alternative rock, the Offspring, System of a Down, Sublime, Jimmy Eat World, Deftones etc. I started taking drum lessons when I was 10 where my teacher got me hooked onto classics, eg Rush, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Hendrix, then as the angsty teenager inside me began to blossom, I became addicted to Tool, and Danny Carey made me want to play the drums. I'd say my drumming style sounds like a combination of the Red Hot Chili Peps, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, and Primus, layered with a heavy dancy four-on-the-floor element.
How has the process of fitting your different tastes together be going to make the cohesive sound you've been able to create?
ummmmm, thats a difficult question....I think we are slowly seeing the answer to that materialize as we create our first album together. The first EP was composed mainly by myself (Cian) and our current producer/ex-keyboardist (Jacob) We have been playing a lot of the other material as a group for some time but we have yet to record that music so it is still developing.
You've begun tracking your new album here at KMG; What are the goals for this project?
To produce a unified, awesome sounding, 7 track EP! We have been working with Chase to create the EP we've always wanted. The recording process is a process that we are constantly learning and becoming more familiar with. We can't think of anyone else we would want to help guide us through this journey than Chase and the rest of the team over there at KMG!
I think you guys have done an excellent job making a unique sound by blending a few different styles. Was that something you guys planned or just happened organically?
To be honest....none of this was planned. We all had a lot of musical overlap as well as a passion and the motivation to get something done about it. It's a project that has been going for awhile in a few different shapes and forms, but I feel like its now in its final stages preparing to make some big moves. Pretty much everything has happened organically since we have reached our current formation. We all play a part in writing, deciding on live performance aspects, and we all chip in to cover the logistics for everything else. The band has no manager or any outside agency supporting it at all, we do all our own, booking, graphics, promotion, and promotion. So it truly is an organic blend.
What are the future goals for the band overall and what can we expect in the future?
our future goals consist of finishing this album first. Then hopefully playing out at more festivals such a sonic bloom and arise in the future. And hopefully putting together a tour in the future reaching outside of Colorado.