According to statistics, the urban/hip-hop genre is the most consumed music in the world. Atlanta has famously carried the torch as a hub for mainstream urban/hip-hop artists to achieved global success.
However, just four hours north in Nashville, the genre’s presence is still developing. Long known as the home of country music, Nashville has more recently embraced the rock, pop, and Christian genres. But, even with artists like Lil Nas X — an Atlanta native! — bridging the gap for hip hop’s collaboration with Music City, there has yet to be a Nashville-based hip hop artist who has risen to superstardom.
Meet Bryce Green
Underground Music Collective is excited to partner with California-based music writer and vlogger ExhibitCreative to bring you the Exhibit&Friends video series.
Based in California, Exhibit&Friends will feature interviews with artists from all over the world, across a wide variety of genres — kind of like a lot of what we do here at UMC. Great minds think alike, as they say, and we’re excited to welcome our new friends into the fold, and to become introduced to even more talented and creative people from everywhere.
Let’s jump right in below!
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Photo credit: Raquel Aurilia
The best way to embark on any creative journey is often to pick a direction and just start. From there, the people you meet and experiences you share will light the way.
This is the case for adult contemporary artist Raquel Aurilia. The Arizona-based singer’s journey began by building her network, which has since led her to open for the likes of B.B. King, Pat Benatar, Gin Blossoms, and more, including a recent 25-show run in support of former Bad English frontman John Waite.
“I started later in life because I didn’t know how to start,” Aurilia noted. “Music is a different animal. It took me a while to meet the right people.”
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Darrin Bradbury is a world-aware folk troubadour whose writing style points out the mundane occurrences of everyday life with wry wit and, at times, dark humor. This is prevalent on his new album, Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs, which was released on Anti Records on Sept. 20, 2019.
Darrin joins The Quinn Spinn today, and we talk about the album and much more — including authenticity, society, and technology’s impact on what it means to be human in the 21st Century.
The events that occur in our lives can inspire us to great
changes. Just the same, the people we meet can blow us wide open, help us to
unlock new perspectives, and lead us to find our voice.
In the case of Brandon Calano, the recent Nashville transplant’s journey from his native Boulder, Colorado – and the mixed bag that comes with wholesale personal transformation – is reflected in the evolution of his musical project, Becoming Young.
For as long as Intellect can remember, music has been a part of his world.Coming from a family where all of the men were singers, the hip hop artist and actor (real name Mike Dowd) followed in their footsteps, growing up on classic Motown, soul, and funk while finding his own way to hip hop from the likes of the Beastie Boys, Run DMC, and Sugar Hill Gang.
Singer and songwriter Allan Scott discovered an affinity for music at a young age. He was 11 when his brother started taking guitar lessons. “I eventually took his guitar and didn’t give it back,” Allan explained with a laugh.
Allan’s band features rich pop sounds with a strong message of faith, and the incredible musicians in Allan’s midst participate wholeheartedly in the songwriting process.
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Kevin Daniel’s music career started when he was just five years old, singing Disney songs into a turkey baster-turned-microphone. A year later, he was enrolled in music lessons, starting on piano and eventually picking up the sax. By middle school, he was playing in state symphonic bands, touring with classical horn trios, and singing his heart out any chance he could get.
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Talia Stewart‘s new album, Confessional, is a no-holds-barred exploration of human expression. Through her eclectic and dynamic soundscapes and striking, conceptual visuals, Talia uses her art to make us examine our relationships with each other and ourselves.
Talia joins The Quinn Spinn to talk about Confessional, her creative process, and what it has taken for her to carve out a special place in Nashville and the music world at-large.
On the surface, Ryan Weaver is a country artist. And, as his latest single “Time Like This” suggests, he can hold his own among the genre’s best. The hard-driving tune’s lyrics are rooted in the blue-collar values of persistence and perseverance, and its power is enhanced by a nod to Weaver’s classic rock influence, courtesy of an emotive guitar solo straight out of the Richie Sambora playbook.
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