The Los Angeles-based, indie outfit Run River North (formerly known as Monsters Calling Home) has joined the Nettwerk family. In 2011, the six-piece released an “accidental” demo, a last-minute promotional piece to sell on tour. With only the unplanned demo, Run River North has seen extraordinary buzz, including a booking on Jimmy Kimmel Live! In 2012, the band recorded and filmed a music video for “Fight To Keep” in their Hondas. Unable to afford a studio space at the time, the sextet switched off playing instruments inside the cramped interiors of their Honda Fit, Accord and CRV. Once uploaded, the video experiment ran an upward viral course to the Honda offices. Under the pretense of thanking the band, Honda invited them to perform in front 600 of their executives.
Innovative, provocative, groundbreaking and fearless – the world’s only artist to record with both Guyanese rapper Saukrates and indie rock band Broken Social Scene – k-os released the Joyful Rebellion in 2004, featuring standout tracks “Crabbuckit,” “Man I Used to Be” and “B-Boy Stance.” Almost a decade later, k-os is twice platinum, toured with Drake, recorded with The Chemical Brothers, won a Source award, won multiple JUNO and Much Music Video Awards (with a staggering combined 34 nominations!) and was a 2005 Grammy nominee.
Who is Dispatch? Answer: One of the biggest independent rock bands in history.
“We’ve been called the biggest band nobody’s ever heard of,” says Brad Corrigan, one of Dispatch’s three singers and multi-instrumentalists. "People either know everything about us or they know nothing. There never seems to be any middle ground."
Members Corrigan, Chad Stokes and Pete Francis met at Middlebury College in Vermont in the early ‘90s. By 1996, they released their debut album, an acoustic-driven folk-pop affair called Silent Steeples, on their own Bomber Records label, followed by 1998’s reggae-flavored Bang Bang.
Chad Stokes of State Radio & Dispatch embarks on his first solo outing under the moniker Chadwick Stokes. The solo project, titled Simmerkane II is inspired by Stoke’s train jumping adventures across the US, a metaphoric diary of the sights and sounds discovered on his travels. Produced by John Dragonetti (The Submarines), Simmerkane II features collaborations with friends and heroes – Carly Simon, Blake Hazard (The Submarines), Matt Embree (RX Bandits), The White Buffalo (aka Jake Smith) and aforementioned Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars.
Chosen as one of NPR Music’s "10 Artists You Should've Known in 2012," Brooklyn-based Savoir Adore combines melodic indie pop with dramatic narratives, Savoir Adore is “musically and lyrically brave” (NME).
Formed in 2007, the fantasy pop-duo of Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro has become a fixture of Brooklyn’s indie scene. Following the release of The Adventures of Mr. Pumpernickel and the Girl with Animals in Her Throat and 2009’s In The Wooded Forest, the New York music press embraced the fantastic self-released Our Nature. In 2013, Nettwerk will re-release the album with new, previously unreleased tracks.
With their debut EP Woodland and follow-up EP Young North, Australian indie-folk outfit The Paper Kites melds earthy instrumentals to create a perfect backdrop for the band’s harmonies. The standout tracks from Woodland - “Bloom” and “Featherstone” (as prominently featured in the season 8 finale of Grey’s Anatomy) - have generated over 5 million combined YouTube views. 5 track EP Young North was co-produced by ARIA Award winning Producer Wayne Connolly (The Vines, Josh Pyke, Silverchair) and the band at Melbourne’s Sing-Sing Studio and was mixed at Sydney’s Albert’s Studio.
Michael Crawford "known as Magnedo7" was born November 7th, 1983 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. His love for music came at an early age and his musical gifts and abilities were prevalent by the age of 2. In middle school he start writing and producing. He formed various groups; Gospel and Hip Hop.. Michael holds a bachelor's degree in Arts and Science from NC A&T University in 2007. His Concentration was classical piano. He is an accomplished pianist, bassist, guitar, organist and composer. Music has afforded him opportunities to travel, in the states (LA, NY & Port au Prince, Haiti) and abroad. Michael's first break in the Music industry came with his production; Blow the Bank, on Jim Jones' Album.
Tim Simenon's music career began in the mid 1980s, DJing at London's Wag Club. Inspired by his hunger for new music, following early experiments with keyboards and beatboxes and a short stint on a music production college course in North London, Simenon was quick to take up the offer of a two-day recording session. Working alongside Pascal Gabriel, who would later go on to become a major name in programming, the fruit of the pair's labour became Beat Dis, the debut single by Bomb the Bass.
Reputedly costing £500 to make, the track followed the emerging, hip-hop inspired cut-and-paste method of collaging samples together. According to the BBC, which featured Beat Dis on their clip-based TOTP2 show, the track contains an alleged 72 samples, including lifts from old school hip hop, funk (including The Jimmy Castor Bunch), alongside samples from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Thunderbirds soundtracks.
Aaron Espe is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who has independently released four albums and one EP to critical acclaim.
He has been featured on the BBC and the MPR show, “The Current”. Aaron has also become a favorite in the TV world, having MTV, Animal Planet, Volkswagen, and Payless Shoes use his songs for different shows and campaigns.
Most recently, Nettwerk Productions released Through Frozen Forests, an EP based around the single of the same title. Sainsbury featured the song in a series of 14 commercial films for their “Christmas Days” holiday advertising campaign. Among other projects, Aaron is a member of Bombs Over Nowhere, a new band featuring hit songwriter (and friend) Busbee.
Chosen as one of NPR Music’s “Austin 100,” this Swiss/German female duo release their album Mutual Friends, landing at #13 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. The album is already Gold-certified in Germany, with infectious single “Little Numbers” boasting close to 8 million views on YouTube. The ladies of BOY have enjoyed a welcoming reception in the States from media, industry folks and fans alike, with featured coverage in major national outlets like The New York Times, Billboard, Cosmopolitan, Alternative Press, Filter, Bust, KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, WXPN’s World Café and Sirius XM’s Spectrum and Coffee House. “Little Numbers” was chosen as iTunes “Single of the Week” as well as Starbucks’ “Pick of the Week.”