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.
Since forming his first band with two friends, Chad Stokes has performed to audiences worldwide, including multiple sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden and TD Garden as well as a special reunion performance at Boston’s Hatch Shell that drew over 120,000 fans. Stokes is also a co-founder of Calling All Crows, a non-profit dedicated to bringing bands and fans together tocreate change through hands-on activism and service. To date, Calling All Crows has raised over $550,000 and invested more than 30,000 hours of service in local communities across NorthAmerica and Europe. On February 3, Stokes will release The Horse Comanche, co-produced by Sam Beam of Iron and Wine, Brian Deck (Gomez, Josh Ritter) and Noah Georgeson (Joanna Newsom, Devendra Banhart). Also featured on the 10-track album are special guests Lucius on the song “New Haven.”
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.”
In 1986, Nadina became the first child from Lebanon and the Arab world to ever participate at the Zecchino D'oro UNICEF festival in Italy. Delivering a powerful rendition of "Vola, Palombella" [Fly Bird of Peace] to a television audience of over 25 million worldwide, judges awarded the young singer a gold medal, and the song became something of an international phenomenon. Instantly, her voice stood out, and she swiftly embraced the stage at charity concerts and functions across her native Lebanon and Internationally. "I've excelled in all of these different avenues, and they've made me a better person. They've also helped my music and writing. I'd love for people to appreciate and enjoy the music, and I hope it inspires. It's a milestone for me, and I'll cherish it forever." Listeners undoubtedly will as well.
Troy Samson is a successful songwriter and producer based in
Vancouver, Canada. He’s written and produced songs for world famous
artists and companies such as Kelly Rowland, Mischa Daniels, Cody
Simpson (featured with Victoria Duffield), Trevor Guthrie
(soulDecision), Craig Smart, Mika Nakashima and Aisha (Japan),
Sarah Connor (Germany), Nikon, Calvin Klein, and the NFL to name a
From 2002 to 2011, Troy was co-owner and Head of Productions at
Hipjoint Music Group, which he founded with former songwriting and
production partner Mike James.
In 2012 Troy launched his new production company, Madlucky Music.
There he continues to have great success writing and producing with a
wide variety of talented artists, writers, and producers based all over the