José Oyola & the Astronauts
Drawing inspiration from a love of outer space and thoughtful appreciation of the human experience, Jose Oyola & The Astronauts craft multi-dimensional, bilingual indie rock with a psychedelic edge. Based out of New Haven, Connecticut, JOATA has shared the stage with Explosions in the Sky, Bear Hands, The Stepkids, Miniature Tigers, The Dear Hunter, Moving Mountains, Sage Francis, Cage, and Ceschi. The dual singles off of their upcoming sophomore album, 'Hologram,' will be released in August in both Spanish and English. 'Hologram' will be released this coming November under Purebred Records.
KLOKWIZE is an American hip-hop artist known for live band-infused hip hop music. Probably most recognized for the use of his hit singles on national television (ESPN's 'First Take', The X-Games) and in feature films ('Rising Star', available on Amazon Prime), Klokwize is also a viral favorite of many sports fans for his popular 'First Take Freestyle' video segment on ESPN's YouTube channel, which has clocked over 20,000 views.
Blending melodic, organic pop sensibility with rock and hip hop flair, the rapper/singer (born Patrick James in Hartford, Conn.) and his namesake live band (including guitarist Jaeme McDonald, bassist Justin Plante and vocalist Angela Luna) have seen their one-of-a-kind stageshow receive wide acclaim across the US, including dates on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, Foxwoods Casino, Toad's Place, Club Rubicon Las Vegas, and New York City's legendary club circuit including The Bitter End, Delancey, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Fontana's, Sullivan and The Full Cup. He has shared the stage with music stars such as Tyga, Fat Joe, Obie Trice, Doug E Fresh, Cormega, Pacewon, Black Rob, The Sugarhill Gang, Living Colour, Hed (pe), Rehab, 2 Pistols, Fear Nuttin' Band, The Alchemystics, Roots of Creation and more.
Klokwize's debut retail release 'The Klokwize EP', a 5-track recorded in summer 2010, landed on iTunes and all national outlets in March 2011, proving especially popular outside of the U.S., including Austria, Denmark and the United Kingdom. It contained the popular single 'Happy Camper'. 3 songs from 'The Klokwize EP' were also later used in the Marty Lang-directed feature film 'Rising Star' which can be seen now on Amazon Prime.
'''HOOD HIPPIE: THE ALBUM'''
Summer 2012 saw the release of the Klokwize debut full-length 'Hood Hippie: The Album.' The LP was an instant breakout with critics, radio and listeners alike. RapReviews.com hailed its sound as 'A Tribe Called Quest meets Sublime meets Shwayze, led by a gravelly voiced emcee' while SUPA Reviews noted its 'introspective storytelling.' Fresh Ent Mag proclaimed, 'the best way to say this is that Klokwize and the band will be stars.'
'Hood Hippie: The Album' went on to be one of the most critically-acclaimed independent albums of the year nationally, landing on many year-end best lists including 'Top 10 Albums of 2012' - Adam Bernard , RapReviews.com, 'Top 18 Albums of 2012' - Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez, Local Band Review, 'Top 23 Favorite Albums of 2012' - Chip McCabe, CT.com, and 'Top 10 Singles of 2012' ('Round & Round) - Scott Gargan , Culture Cache.
Klokwize first featured on sports television network ESPN in 2012, with 'On My Way' and 'Round & Round' heavily showcased in programming and with titlecards, includng The X-Games and popular daytime block 'ESPN First Take'.
For the release of his 2014 album 'The Art of Falling Apart', 2 new singles were quickly picked up for for 'First Take.' Klok was approached shortly after by ESPN Music to conceive, write and create a 'First Take Freestyle' video segment for the ESPN Youtube Channel. Co-produced by Burning Sun Films, it was completed in September 2014 and premiered on ESPN internet outlets at the start of football season. With rhymes about his season pick of The New England Patriots, the video became a viral favorite among sports fans and received over 20,000+ views since release. The New England Patriots subsequently won the Super Bowl at the end of the 2014 season.
Klokwize is a 3-time Connecticut Music Awards nominee for 'Best Hip Hop Act' in 2012, 2013 & 2015 respectively.
Klok played himself and contributed heavily to the soundtrack of the feature film 'Rising Star' which debuted summer 2012 at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival and subsequently won the 'Best Premiere' Award, followed by the film's purchase for wide distribution. The film can now be seen on streaming service Amazon Prime.
'''THE ART OF FALLING APART'''
Klokwize followed up 2 years of touring with the release of his sophomore album in April 2014. Entitled 'The Art of Falling Apart', the darker, edgier LP was also instantly received by critics and fans, though it contained a broader, more melodic approach than its hip-hop oriented predecessor.
Noted The Trendaholic, 'The Art of Falling Apart is heartfelt vibe music...with Klok's crooner appeal as a vocalist, I'd say you've got something special.' Adam's World Blog added: 'Klokwize has figured out the magic formula for how to make a hip-hop band work.' StraightFresh.net declared 'The genre-blending, relatable, and just plain dope music is well worth everyone’s time in checking out.' Out of its 13 tracks, music videos were released for 10 songs.
Klokwize started 2015 headlining a set of live shows at Foxwoods Resort & Casino and quickly hit the festival circuit including sets at WIMBASH BEACH FESTIVAL, VOICES & VIDEO FESTIVAL, IMPACTFest, PIGJAM & more, as well as a headlining summer tour. Klok started recording with legendary hip-hop producer/emcee DJ Quik in Los Angeles in 2015 in addition to new studio work with the band.
Sketch Tha Cataclysm
"Sketch tha cataclysm is a hip-hop musician based out of Waterbury, CT. With a strong sense of rhythm and audible love of the written word, he has made a name for himself with music of varying intensity and dynamic. Over the course of 14 releases, Sketch has danced through multiple genres (experimental hip-hop, funk, art rock, electronic, dub reggae, etc.) while MCing, producing, and playing objects as random as pots and pans as instruments. His name has grown through energetic and dynamic live shows solo, with a DJ, or with his 10 piece band The Furor Poeticus; performing in venues nationwide and earning praise at home (twice being named Best Hip-Hop Act locally and nominated statewide http://ct.com).
In the next year, Sketch tha cataclysm is set to hit the road on multiple tours including a first time European run. Projects to be completed in the next twelve months consist of a book of poetry (Swimming Cursive To The Hilt Of Bliss), the production of a one-act play (3 Sides Of Neglect), and his 15th audio release and 3rd full length hip-hop album entitled MAYA."