San Francisco Music Producer & Graphic Artist UNKNOWN HERO to Release Debut Album IN MY HEAD, a Musical Space Odyssey Featuring a Diverse Cast of Characters
San Francisco, CA – UNKNOWN HERO is a musical creator on a mission. He combines his extensive musical talents, which include composition, production, keyboards, and voice, with his lifelong love of animation, heroes, and their stories to offer unique and inclusive musical and visual experiences. His debut album IN MY HEAD will be released in stores and online worldwide through his own label Unknown Hero Music on October 13, 2017.
Growing up a fan of comics, anime, film, and video games, UNKNOWN HERO was disturbed by widespread lack of broad representation. He was particularly dismayed that comic-lovers were offered almost no heroes of color to look up to. Using innovative combinations of music, visual imagery, and story, UNKNOWN HERO has set out to right this representational wrong. Inspired since childhood by comics and Japanese animation, and more recently by musical artists who connect music with animated characters (Gorillaz, Kanye West’s “Heartless” and 2NE1’s “I Hate You”), he creates musical and visual worlds that invite music and story lovers of all ages, genders, and hues to engage in visionary fantasy. With IN MY HEAD, UNKNOWN HERO offers fans the first glimpse of one such world, rich with possibilities for further development.
Each track on IN MY HEAD has a place in a dystopian drama unfolding in the year 2125 on the Planet Altarz, where Lord Kraven and the UNKNOWN HERO are moving toward a showdown. Years before, Lord Kraven abolished any practice or mention of music. But recently he has learned that a mysterious figure known only as the UNKNOWN HERO has been depositing strange music-generating devices around the city. A growing band of rebels are plotting ways to support his apparent mission: to give music back to the people. The cast of characters in this musical space odyssey include a middle-aged, newly rebellious DJ Go Ji; her son and conflicted Kraven-protector Ken Ji; a half-human, half-Altarian Bounty Hunter; and mystical warrior, secret songstress, and New Revolt member Z’oa.
IN MY HEAD is an electronic album that blends elements of Downtempo, Trap, Dubstep, Rock, Funk, R&B, and Hip-Hop. Its wide variety of tracks, many of which blur genre boundaries, offer fresh takes on familiar elements. In the soulful and compelling “Ask Me,” UNKNOWN HERO expertly intertwines Dubstep and Trap beats, horns, choral background textures, and chopped vocal samples, all behind lead vocals reminiscent of R&B, Pop, and Soul. On “Hero Beware,” he creates an up-tempo Dance track that is both relatable and new, weaving together layers of EDM/Techno and Trap beats, modulated Dubstep baselines, and choral vocal elements. IN MY HEAD also offers mood-suggestive instrumental tracks such as the Hip-Hop inspired “Hero’s Groove,” and the smooth, downtempo “Going for a Ride.” Also on the album are more traditional Pop or R&B influenced songs, such as the 808-heavy “Be Alright” and “Close My Door,” which features rich vocal harmonies and piano melodies. The album is sprinkled with UNKNOWN HERO’s signature soulful vocal samples.
Music, story elements, and characters from the planet Altarz are currently available at www.unknownheromusic.com, and UNKNOWN HERO will develop new musical, narrative, visual, and video content to be released over the coming year. Beyond Altarz, UNKNOWN HERO will continue to develop new music and stories, so fans can look forward to more dynamic, broadly representational, and engaging content for years to come.
UNKNOWN HERO has a long musical history and has collaborated with many great artists. Having grown up as his San Francisco neighborhood beat-maker (using Roland 626 and 505 drum machines with Casio and Korg keyboards, all mixed down on a Roland 4-track mixer), his music has always been a creative outlet. Over the years, he has created tracks and back beats for countless rappers, vocalists, and burgeoning music makers. He collaborated with producer/engineer Dave Beigel, and later continued independently, professionally producing music for a wide range of independent local artists who were looking for alternatives to large, commercial studios. Recently he produced Bay Area Artist Reform and has provided music for other artists, including the highly-esteemed avant-garde choreographer Erika Chong Shuch.
As a young rapper and beat maker, UNKNOWN HERO performed around the Bay Area, including at San Francisco’s iconic DNA Lounge. While performing with Dave Biegel, he was spotted and recruited to join the group Mystery Tramps, with whom he worked on a remix of Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” currently available through Hot Trax. Inspired by iconic vocalists like Seal, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder, UNKNOWN HERO began to explore and develop his expertise weaving together rich vocals with instrumental melodies, expanding from beat-maker to songwriter, and developing the signature elements that continue to be a through-line amongst his eclectic catalog. More recently, UNKNOWN HERO teamed up with the late Dwayne Calizo, a local legend, vocalist, and vocal coach, to develop his range and expand his vocal repertoire.
For more information about UNKNOWN HERO and the IN MY HEAD release, please visit the Unknown Hero website and social media pages via www.unknownheromusic.com.
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Reggae Icon Rocker-T to Release New 19-track Album The Return of the Tru Ganjaman, Featuring Many Special Guests, on June 17th, 2016
Oakland, CA – Brooklyn-born Reggae pioneer Rocker-T announces the release of his newest album, The Return of the Tru Ganjaman, featuring Reggae Legends Mykal Rose (Black Uhuru), Prezident Brown and UK Reggae Superstar Gappy Ranks. The new album showcases some great original songs, along with some inspired remixes of some older songs from some well-known producers. The 19-track release (16 songs on the CD and 3 bonus tracks on the digital album) is put out through Luvinnit Productions, Rocker-T’s own independent record label, on June 17th, 2016. The album has many other amazing guest features including Mr. Williamz, Skip Wicked (Indubious), Mama-T, Ras Indio, and Jah Wave, and spans many genres while staying rooted in the conscious Dancehall reggae that Rocker-T is known for.
This full-length album comes on the heels of Rocker-T releasing Tru Ganjaman: The Remixes on April 20th, 2016, which has been receiving rave reviews and international airplay since its release. Throughout his 30-year career, Rocker-T has always been on the cutting edge of the worldwide movement to decriminalize cannabis, personified in his groundbreaking, award-winning 1996 anthem Tru Ganjaman. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the song’s release, Luvinnit Productions commissioned and released Tru Ganjaman: The Remixes, featuring 23 remixes of this iconic track from a variety of well-known producers. The compilation includes Reggae, Hip Hop, Dub and various EDM sub genres including Dubstep and Dance. Amongst the amazing producers featured on the release are the legendary Sidney Mills (longtime producer of KRS1/Boogie Down Productions and Steel Pulse), Neil Perch (of Zion Train), Ras G, Sub Atomic Soundsystem, Roommate, and 6BLOCC.
The song Tru Ganjaman has millions of plays across various YouTube channels and is notably recognized as Rocker-T performs all around the world. His extensive catalog includes the album Give Thanks on Electra Records with his band Skadanks, 7 full-length albums including Nicer By the Hour, If Yu Luv, Show Ya Luv, More Luv, Hold On Strong, Alphabet City, and a two-volume release titled Hurban Warrior Of Peace: Part Roots featuring Gappy Ranks, Rankin’ Joe and Terry Ganzie, and Hurban Warrior Of Peace: Part Konkrete featuring KRS1, Cutty Ranks and Marlon Asher. He has also released dozens of singles and a handful of EPs, including the Luv is the Foundation EP featuring Joan Baez.
The Return of the Tru Ganjaman features collaborations with many well-known and developing artists, and was created at Luvinnit Productions Studios in Oakland, California. The album is mainly produced by Luvinnit Productions, Royal Order Music and Dynasty Records.
Rocker-T has maintained his youthful exuberance, energy, and sound quality both onstage and off throughout his 30-year career with a spiritual and holistic lifestyle, and a grand love of life and music. He has been a huge influence on every music scene he has been involved in, leading the way for such artists as Matisyahu, Alborosie, Josh Heinrichs, Skillinjah and groups like Soja and Fortunate Youth, from a time when American born artists were not performing Hip Hop, Roots or Dancehall in a West Indian Patois. A man whose life seems to have been created for music, Rocker-T is a pulsating force with much energy and love to share with the world.
Rocker-T will perform at festivals and shows throughout 2016 in North America and Europe to promote the album’s release. Check out Rocker-T’s social media sites for updated show information.
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To listen to or purchase Tru Ganjaman: The Remixes on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tru-ganjaman-the-remixes/id1102985271
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