Unlike a lot of punkers who join forces because they just want to rage at the world, the superhero origin
story of Bad Mary has elements of fun and academia. David is a professor in the drama department at
Hofstra University. Every semester, he puts together a band with students who play a bunch of covers.
The group started with David and his two students, Mike and Amanda. After some turnover, Amanda’s
dad, veteran drummer Bill Mac, joined and they started off by playing covers of their favorite new wave
and punk artists from several eras: Blondie, Ramones, Joan Jett, Green Day, Paramore and The Offspring.
They also covered popsters like Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus with punk edges. After a name change from
Madame X, Bad Mary officially launched in 2012.
“Our sound grew out of the bands we liked to cover,” David says, “plus Mike grew
up listening to a lot of 90s punk and I grew up in the U.K. (late 70s/early 80s) listening to bands like
Blondie, The Sex Pistols, Motorhead and The Tom Robinson Band. Amanda’s favorite band is The Police.
So Bad Mary is really a combination of all of the stuff we love - but I think really reaching back to early
70s punk more than more contemporary stuff - especially the rawness of it. Writing wise, we’re all about
‘simpler,’ trying to think less and write just what comes out raw and immediate. There’s maybe a total of
two guitar overdubs on Killing Dinosaurs. Everything else was pretty much played live in the studio, the
same way we play on stage.”
Equal is a Southern gentleman and NYC based producer/dj originally hailing from Asheville, NC
who has played top tier music and fashion events such as Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the
Year Awards, Art Basel at The Versace Mansion, private parties for Marc Jacobs and Y’ves St
Laurent, and is a regular headliner at top nightclubs worldwide. A life long drummer, the
transition into production was an easy one, which kicked off with his 2013 single "Lost In The
Evening." His brand of leisurely funk music easily translates from day to night and capable of
inciting a dance party in any situation.
Devin Franklyn Morillo (born February 18, 1996), better known as Devin More, is
a producer, recording artist, and songwriter from Boston, Massachusetts.
Raised just north of Boston, Devin has been studying music for as long as he can
remember. Classically trained on the piano, Devin is much more than just a hip
hop artist. He began uploading original songs and videos on YouTube with his
friends in 2009, gaining what started as a modest fan base that simply continued
Refocusing his efforts on music production, Devin began creating tracks shortly
after starting his sophomore year of high school.
Devin takes his music very seriously, keeping his songs fresh and original while
not being afraid to try different styles. He's versatile enough to switch between
spitting rap verses and singing modern-day hip hop hooks.
In Summer of 2015, Devin announced his debut album "Sin City" releasing Fall of
The Fantastic Plastics
With their official motto "The Future of The Future" The Fantastic Plastics blend
bouncy dance beats, thick analog synths, gritty electric guitar and whip smart
lyrics to produce catchy foot stomping anthems. A duo made up of Miranda
Plastic and Tyson Plastic they have taken NYC by storm blending influences like
DEVO, David Bowie, The B-52s and The White Stripes, to name a few, they have
come up with their own unique sound they dub "FutureWave". The band is a full
force artistic collective incorporating video, costumes, and technology into their
electrifying live performances.
The band has come to represent a philosophy known as Retro Futurism which is
an idolization of the future we were promised during the space age 1950s and
60s but never came to fruition. Their debut album, DEVOLVER, out now on
Altercation Records, explores this philosophy dance inducing synth punk
anthems like "Overtime!" and "We Are Obsolete".
Orlando based Electro dream pop girl band.
Jessica grew up on Long Island, New York, where she played a ton of sports and was fortunate enough to participate in the many musical activities her school district offered. This passion eventually led to further training and opportunities, some of which include, NBC's "The Sing-Off", PBS Television and EMI Manhattan/Blue Note's "Bell'Aria" and a string of experiences with artists, directors, producers, composers and creators.
"Nightfall" (the EP), was released independently on December 16th, 2014.
Jodii was born near London’s most vibrant neighbourhood,
Brixton. Raised in a musical family on a rich diet of Soul, Gospel
and Reggae, Jodii soon developed a hunger for new, exotic
sounds. With “K-Pop” in Chinatown, “Grunge” at community
college, “Bhangra” in Tooting, Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” at
classes with Ballet Rambert and “Jungle”, “Garage” and "Grime"
all pumping from passing cars, Jodii feasted on the sonic flavours
of London’s musical melting pot.
At 16, Jodii formed female fronted punk / synth band “The
Floodliners” whose hyperactive performances featuring Jodii’s
soaring vocals soon made waves. After just two years together
they performed at London's O2 and beat 36,000 rivals to win the
PRS “Next Brit Thing" Award.
Jodii collaborates with producer George Wilkins whose diverse
CV includes sessions for Reggae legend "The Mad Professor";
writing for Tamla Motown; scoring for TV and commercials;
directing ceremonies (with 100's of Arabic drummers & dancers)
for FIFA’s Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.
Jodii and George’s tracks intentionally ‘mash’ epic vocals and ear-
grabbing hooks with Rock, Dance, Electronica, vintage Soul,
movie scores and ‘world’ music – a style known as “Drama Pop”.
Kaitlin Christine Burke (Katie Burke) is an actor, musician, and filmmaker hailing
from a small town outside of Boston, MA. Having written music since she was a
teenager, Katie kept it a hobby as she found acting throughout college and
attended NYU's Tisch Graduate Acting program in Fall of 2009.
At Tisch, Kaitlin's work in performance was growing and progressing rapidly as she fed her natural
yearning for perfection. The thirst to be the best finally crippled her mentally and
physically when at the end of her first year at Tisch in 2010, she was kicked out
for having a questionable mental state. From her perspective, having been on fire
with an "early graduation”. Burke took to the streets excited to see the world
from a different angle, that of the underdog. While beginning to feel the pulse of the
NYC streets, Katie suddenly found a liberation she'd never felt. She became
fascinated with NYC street culture and its unwavering camaraderie, she saw the
beauty it held and fell in love with the world. Early one morning a homeless
musician asked Burke if she played guitar after sharing a cigarette; when she
answered yes, nothing was the same. Burke was an instant favorite in
Washington Square Park and the NY subway systems playing her soulful tunes
for anyone and everyone who wanted to be moved. Today, Kaitlin resides in
Nashville, TN writing music and feature films. Currently Kaitlin is in pre-
production for her documentary focused on the street musicians of New Orleans.
Lia Mice is an Australia-born London-based multi-disciplinary composer and
experimental pop solo-artist recently crowned “one of the pioneers of
experimental pop” by Live And Die In Music, with praise for her newest LP I Love
You appearing all over including in Entertainment Weekly, MTV Iggy, L’Officiel,
and Jay Z’s Life + Times.
Her compositions have appeared in commercially released feature films;
advertisements; short films; animations; gallery films and installations in
Australia, UK, USA and France.
Lia credits her kaleidoscopic wonderland of cinematic composition to her unique
relationship with sound she developed while growing up in near blindness until
age nine. ‘I’m always trying to sculpt immersive sonic landscapes like the ones I
grew up in.’
Lia draws inspiration from a vast array of composers and artists including the
otherwordly arrangements of Angelo Badalamenti; the inventive electronic
production of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop; and the gripping emotion of
groups from her Australian youth including The Motels and INXS. The result is “a
trip down the rabbit hole, a through-the-looking-glass vision achieved with weird,
dissonant harmonies and Mice’s naive vocal style” (The Thousands, Australia).
Marinda Anderson is an actress and singer based in New York City.
Formed during the summer of 2015 in London, the electropop duo Reyko has
the energy of Chvrches, catchy choruses of Ellie Goulding and vocal subtly of
Saint Etienne. With its intricate yet optimistic sounds, the duo's music is bound
to take you for a ride.
Samaria is an Oakland based singer/songwriter who's style, voice, and willingness to take chances make her a rarity in today's R & B game! Despite only being 20 yrs old her musical talents have the ability make her a timeless artist. She released her newest mixtape, "The Story of Right Now" on SoundCloud and its seasoned with soulful production, live instruments, outstanding vocals, and excellent story telling. Samaria gives today's songwriters life through her vivd adaptations of relationships, heartache, life lessons, and more! Check out her work of art, "The Story of Right Now".
Brooklyn based garage rock trio Sharkmuffin creates super-heavy,
jagged, and exceedingly catchy punk rock, which recently was
named by Billboard as being one of the “20 All-Female Bands You
Need to Know”. Experienced guitarist Tarra Theissen (vocals/
guitar) and Natalie Kirch (vocals/bass) jammed in punk paradise
Asbury Park in 2012 and have continued to play together since.
After two powerful EP’s and a self-titled 7”, Sharkmuffin have
released their debut LP Chartreuse on Little Dickman/State
The noise-punk-meets-psychedelic power pop group has evolved
their sound on the new album working with drummer Patty
Schemel (Upset, Death Valley Girls, Hole). The result is a full
length filled with ten tracks of commanding hits. “Chartreuse is
mine and Natalie’s favorite color, but it’s also a liqueur whose
recipe is only known by two monks, and each monk only knows
half the recipe and has to keep it a secret,” Thiessen tells
Flavorwire. “All the tracks are really bright, in your face, and
obvious like the color, but all lyrically deal with relationship
dynamics involving things that for better or worse were hidden
from each other.”
“The Mac Dad will make you Jump Jump...” chanted an inquisitive four-year-old
who flew through his alphabet and ditched Green Eggs and Ham for his favorite
Kriss Kross hits that fed his diverse musical seed and distinctive reason to rhyme
—harvesting 22 years later into Therealtailz, the boss of Hawaii’s Hip-Hop sound.
A fertile musical soil needs great inspiration for growth. So over the years,
Therealtailz fortified his hunger for rap with inspiration from Snoop Dogg, Super
Hip-Hop Producer Dr.Dre and The Diplomats aka Dipset. And like Clockwork it
was during this season his own entertainment garden created vibrant lyrical life in
Upnoea is a duo in between electronic alternative and a pop/trip-hop cluster of spoken words.
Vincent Ferguson, VFerg, is an independent artist, producer and songwriter
known for jam-session-style artist collaborations and performances. Music
sounds like Outkast having a jam session with The Roots and N.E.R.D. on a
rooftop in Harlem.
A graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, VFerg currently resides in
Harlem, NY. After graduation, VFerg spent 6 years in the corporate banking
industry before leaving to purse his creative passion.
VFerg has most recently celebrated the release of his album, “JAM”, which
features Ava Raiin (Blood Orange), Kellindo Parker (Janelle Monae), SciryL and
many more. The album was mixed and mastered by Andy Baldwin (Bjork, St.
Lucia) and was released through Conglo, an independent label managed and co-
owned by Richard “MakeOne” Makerson and VFerg.
A self-taught musician on multiple instruments, VFerg quickly found a creative
community in Harlem, through his open-mic series, Creative Public Offering
Known for a high-energy, audience-involved and live-instrumentation show.
There is always space left for the “jam” aspect and improvisation. Special
consideration is always made to show the personality of all the musicians on
stage. The mission of the music is to spread joy and for the listener to enjoy the
Creative Public Offering.