Described as “sexy, soulful, genuine, and edgy” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian and an “indie folk powerhouse” by Bend’s Source Weekly, Valerie Orth is a fearless and genre-bending songwriter. Her distinctive hybrid of rock, ska, punk-folk and trip-hop reaches out and grabs your attention; her live performances captivate and charm at once.
Rock Subculture reviewed Valerie's performance when she opened for Shawn Colvin last month, saying Valerie "is definitely one of the most impressive supporting acts I’ve seen in some time, and is one of those artists who have the ability to going from being an unknown to you and turning you into a fan."
Bringing an even bigger sound is Orth's new live band, with Veronika Safarova on bass, Daniel Gould on drums, and Nathan Rosenberg on keys, all singing both gorgeous and haunting harmonies.
Rich with melody and metaphor, Orth’s tunes move nimbly between darkness and light, hope and despair, taking deft turns of phrase along unforeseen rhythmic twists in the road. With gorgeous, multi-octave vocals and no fear of heights, she flirts with the edge as readily as she subverts expectations.
"Unpredictable and highly original,“ writes the Jefferson Agrarian. “Just when you think she’s going to settle into a familiar groove, off she flies into the stratosphere with phrasings you never saw coming.”
Orth’s dynamic range as a performer is made all the more compelling by what the East Bay Express calls a “completely intuitive composition style.”
Influenced by artists as diverse as Foo Fighters and Bjork, Meshell Ndegeocello and Zap Mama, Valerie understands song as revolution, whether personal or political, and as evolution, creating change within herself and the possibility for it within her listeners.
“There is an honesty to Valerie's music that is both brilliant and heartbreaking,” writes the San Francisco Chronicle.
Hee Young: A beautiful example of what music is all about” is how the UK’s THE MAG describes Hee Young’s debut EP ‘So Sudden.’ Produced by Saul Simon MacWilliams (Chris Garneau), mixed and mastered by Dan Romer (Ingrid Michaelson, Jenny Owen Youngs), and self-released in 2009, ‘So Sudden EP ’ was picked up by South Korea’s biggest Indie label Pastel Music in 2010. ‘Are You Still Waiting?’, the title track of her EP won the Singer/Songwriter Awards of We Are Listening in 2010 and was featured in Korea’s hit TV show ‘Lie To Me’ which created a buzz not only in Korea, but internationally, resulting in dozens of fan videos even before the release of the official music video.
Born in a small seaside town to a singer mother and a composer father, Hee Young grew up in Seoul, South Korea. At age sixteen, she left home to fulfill the American Dream, but after a year spent in a middle of nowhere town in South Georgia in the land of endless cotton fields, she found herself alone with no high speed Internet or a television and no close friends and family, but an old piano and a slight Southern accent. That’s when she started speaking the language of loneliness and unrequited love and matching them to her own melodies.
10 years later, she’s a young Brooklyn transplant with a degree in Studio Composition from SUNY Purchase Music Conservatory and is a signed artist of South Korea’s Pastel Music. With an EP under her belt, Hee Young’s first full-length record ‘4 Luv’ (Produced by Saul Simon MacWilliams) was released in the spring of 2012.
FLINTface : Joe Scorsone aka FLINTface grew up in a "blue collar" community in West Philadelphia. His parents were both pastors of a Pentecostal inner - city church. When FLINTface was eight years old, he started playing drums to gospel music in order to pass the time and take his mind off his own issues, primarily in that, as a young boy, FLINTface was sexually abused. This abuse dove-tailed into his teen years as he struggled with poor self-image, depression and suicide. It was from these dark times that FLINTface was able to rise above his struggles and channel his energy into music.