New Music Friday: Sam Bruno Releases EP “I AM SAM PT.1”

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I AM SAM PT.1

If you happened to listen to Kanye West’s song “The One” back in 2012 off of his G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer compilation album, you might have heard the vocal stylings of a young Phoenix-based singer/songwriter named Sam Bruno. Bruno and her creative partner Lifted first caught Kanye West’s attention in 2011 while on a trip to Los Angeles to promote their newly minted musical collaborations.

Fast forward five years to today and Sam Bruno has released her highly-anticipated first EP titled I AM SAM PT.1 with Atlantic Records. Like so many female artists nowadays, Bruno took many aspects of the technical process into her own hands, especially when it came to her vocals. When asked about the depth of her involvement in the editing and mixing process, Bruno explained:

“I engineered and recorded most of my vocals on I AM SAM PT.1. I vocal edited and rough mixed all five songs, to the point when the mixers would get the songs to mix, they’d be like, ‘I’m not changing anything on your vocal mix, it’s already so great!’ Which is a huge compliment coming from Manny Marroquin [Kanye West, Rihanna, John Mayer] and Andrew Wuepper [Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, The Hamilton Mixtape].”

Bruno is known for her ability to push the boundaries of musical genres with her electronic dance and hip-hop influenced pop. This talent is best featured on “Hello Hater”, the second track on I AM SAM PT. 1, and her breakout hit “Search Party”, featured in the 2015 film Paper Towns starring Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff.

Listen to the album here:

Producer Spotlight: Kiran Gandhi Combines Music and Activism to Inspire Social Change

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The ability to influence change through art is an aspiration for many professional creatives, but for producer, performer, and activist Kiran Gandhi, it’s a way of life.

Kiran Ghandi

Gandhi made international headlines last year after free-bleeding her way through the London Marathon, a decision she consciously made to impress upon the stigmas associated with female periods. In a piece written for TIME Motto, Gandhi addresses the negative effects of stigmas and how advocating for women’s rights benefits the greater good of humanity. “Stigma is one of the most effective forms of oppression because it denies us the vocabulary to talk comfortably and confidently about our own bodies… the menstrual cycle is the bedrock of the human race. Without it we wouldn’t exist. If we want to make the world a better place, we have to start combatting taboo now – and, in the process, make it easier for women and girls to access their fullest potential.”

After earning an MBA from Harvard Business School and touring internationally as the drummer for both M.I.A. and Thievery Corporation, Gandhi formed her own electronic music project under the stage name Madame Gandhi. With songs like “The Future Is Female” and “I Own My Own Body,” Gandhi is using her intellectual and musical talents to serve the end of social change. “I’m not a great singer or anything like that, but I have a message and I have stories that I want to express, and the best way to express them musically is to sing them.”

Gender Amplified Presents: Studio Politics Featuring Ebonie Smith

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Gender Amplified is proud to present ‘Studio Politics,’ a new web series that takes you in the studio with our founder and award-winning music producer and engineer Ebonie Smith. Known for engineering work on Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) and other notable projects, each and every episode Ebonie will take you behind the scenes to talk about the process of making music at the major level and working as a staff producer/engineer for Atlantic Records in NYC. There won’t be a dull moment as Ebonie produces and composes records on the spot and discusses music production and technology with a cast of talented collaborators and industry insiders. Tune in and SUBSCRIBE!

Studio Politics

Producer Spotlight: Delia Derbyshire, The Sculptress of Sound

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With her undeniable sense of fashion, work for the UN, and unassuming disposition, Delia Derbyshire may not seem like a pioneer in electronic music at first glance. Nevertheless, her work speaks for itself. In the 1960s and 1970s, she made her mark as a composer of experimental music compositions. If you’ve never heard of Derbyshire, be sure to view Sculptress of Sound: The Lost Works of Delia Derbyshire, the 2010 BBC Radio 4 documentary about her life and career entitled.

Delia Derbyshire

Delia Ann Derbyshire (May 5, 1937 – July 3, 2001) was an English musician and composer of musique concrète and electronic music. She is known for her electronic interpretation of theme music for the British science fiction television series Doctor Who and for her work for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Producer Spotlight: TokiMonsta = Dopeness

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Los Angeles native, TOKiMONSTA (Jennifer Lee) is known for her unique take on indie electronic/r&b/dance music. Her classical upbringing and eclectic music taste has allowed her to create vast textural soundscapes—a reverberation that fuses vintage sensibilities with progressive inclinations.

TokiMonsta

Her music has been recognized and praised by the very best in tastemaker and mainstream media. TOKiMONSTA has been featured on various large-scale radio programs such as: BBC Radio1 (UK), NPR (USA), BBC World Service (UK), J Wave (JP), Studio Brussels (BE), Radio Nova (FR), KCRW (LA) to name a few. Subsequently, DJ Mag, Pitchfork, The Guardian, XLR8R, Paper, LA Times, Dazed and Confused, SPIN, Wax Poetics, MTV, VIBE, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Sound and Recording and more have covered her. LA Weekly ranked her as 2010’s #1 female DJ in Los Angeles. Additionally, Resident Adviser did a full feature on her for their “Breaking Through,” an RA series, which focuses on the next big artist.

Tokimonsta

Not only has she caught ears of many as a different dimension of Los Angeles-based music, TOKiMONSTA is notably the first female to join Flying Lotus’ crew/label BRAINFEEDER, which is on the forefront of LA music scene.

TOKiMONSTA tours the world regularly as a live performer. Her performance is engaging as well as intricate—using new technology with pieces of musical and multimedia gear. She participated in the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy in London in 2010. In the summer of 2012, she was apart of the Full Flex Express tour, the first electronic music themed train tour that traveled across Canada with Skrillex, Diplo, Pretty Lights, and Grimes. She performed on the very first SS Coachella, which is Golden Voices’ first ocean cruise festival. Some notable past performances were at Coachella, Sonar Barcelona, DEMF, WMC, Electric Zoo, SxSW, Camp Bisco, Decibel Festival, with more scheduled in the future.

You can check out more of her music at soundcloud.com/tokimonsta!