For Brooklyn-based modern folk duo emily + shawn, the stuff in life that makes a difference requires heavy lifting, and careful attention to detail. Their music is an authentic reflection of their lives. emily + shawn’s songs are informed by their ethics, their myriad of experiences and interests, and their day to day interactions, which they characterize sweetly as “healthy clashes.”
They just released their new acoustic folk ballad about finding love and connection in the smaller moments that usually get forgotten. It’s a tonal departure from their previous singles, but just as beautiful. It has a strong Mumford and Sons meets The Lumineers with an Ingrid Michaelson undertone.
“’you and i’ is a song we wrote about our life as both a music duo and as a couple,” shares the duo. “Memories of living in New York City are present throughout, and the pensive chord progression gives the listener an element of nostalgia we tried to create lyrically. We produced this with David Baron of The Lumineers and wanted to emulate their raw, stripped-down feeling within the folk-rock genre.”
Lexy Panterra is back once again, following her recent singles “Simple Life” and “Bad Bitch,” with a catchy, feel good track titled “UNDER ME;” now available on all digital streaming platforms. This track takes a smooth pop approach as Panterra showcases her versatility in full, with an EDM and pop influenced beat and a hyper pop hook. This latest single is guaranteed to be in everyone’s “hot girl getting ready” playlist for 2023.
Her recent releases “Simple Life” and “Bad Bitch” both received high praise and garnered over 700,000 streams since their release. Showcasing her diverse sound, Lexy dips her feet into the multi-genre artist conversation by highlighting pop, hip-hop and EDM throughout all her singles. With lyrics like “I can do what I want, Bitch I’ll get it” in “Bad Bitch,” and “Cause I don’t want that simple life, It’s the fine things I like” from “Simple Life,” Lexy proves that she makes music for self-proclaimed “Hot Girls”/”Baddies” and “Under Me” continues to build that message.
Lexy is no stranger to being bold and unapologetically herself through her music and social media presence. This track carries that same carefree vibe fans have come to expect from her and have listeners ready to flex on their ex. Explaining how she wanted to experiment more with her sound after the release of “Simple life,” “UNDER ME” is the most experimental song from the singer at the moment. The track features Lexy’s sultry vocals paired with a deep bass that pivots into R&B and pop intermittently to deliver a unique listening experience. Opening the track with Lexy’s vocals on top of a low keyboard, the song quickly transitions into a vocaloid-esque pre chorus. The beat then switches for the main chorus where the EDM influences in the track really shine through. Revealing a catchy hook, repeating “Why you under me? If you over me?” the track ends out with an epic bass drop that features drop ins of the hook and seamless vocals before closing out with the echo of the track.
With lyrics assured to make any listener feel like a boss, Lexy once again delivers a new anthem perfect for the gyms, clubs and everywhere else.
GRAMMY-nominated dance music icon Audien, popularly known for songs like the Billboard Top 40 hit “Something Better” with Lady Antebellum and his GRAMMY-nominated remix of Bastille’s “Pompeii,” has teamed up with London-based classically trained musician turned electronic producerCodeko to release his first song of 2023, “Antidote.” The uplifting progressive house anthem features Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter-producer JT Roach and is available now on all DSPs and streaming services.
The positive tone of this progressive house record “speaks of being a source of peace in a world of chaos and toxicity” according to JT Roach. The collaboration between Audien, Codeko and JT Roach brings encouraging lyrics and an uplifting beat that is sure to lift listeners spirits and deter any negative energy. JT Roach’s unique voice fills the room with joy and thirst for life as he swings on the captivated melody.
“Antidote is my first record with Ed, [Codeko]. During the PHND tour, we played a lot of shows together and I truly realized how alike we were. We truly have the same ear for things and I think our heart is in the music similarly. JT was the absolute perfect singer for this as well. The song is about staying centered around commitment, being that person for someone you love. In many ways the music I’m making today is that commitment to myself. Staying true to what speaks to me.” – Audien
Known for his production prowess and uplifting melodies, Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter Audien has established himself as an icon in the dance community. A staple in the progressive house genre, he garnered the support of industry veterans such as Tiësto, Above & Beyond and Armin van Buuren through an extensive discography that includes collaborations with the likes of ARTY, MAX and Echosmith, and official remixes of songs by Coldplay, Halsey, Nile Rodgers, Jess Glynne and Calvin Harris. Following three releases in 2022 as part of his Progressive House Never Died movement, concertgoers can look forward to seeing him perform this year at EDC Mexico, Beyond Wonderland, Miami Music Week, Sunset Music Festival, and more.
“Antidote was written when Audien and I were on his tour together towards the end of last year. Our music taste has always been pretty similar and so when he suggested we write something together, it couldn’t have gone much more smoothly. We worked on it traveling between shows in hotels & airports, and within a few days we were already playing it out live. A few weeks later JT tracked the vocals and it was finished!” – Codeko
UK Native Codeko is a classically trained musician turned electronic producer from London. With over 100 million streams to date, Codeko has delivered timeless music through releases on some of the biggest record labels in dance music and has achieved unique accolades such as SiriusXM’s BPM Breaker of The Year and has even delivered an official Electric Zoo Anthem. Codeko has toured with Gryffin, Audien, Matoma, Two Friends and performed on the stages of Tomorrowland, Electric Zoo, Lost In Dreams, Beyond Wonderland, EDC Orlando, and more.
“The theme of “Antidote” resonates with me as it speaks of being a source of peace in a world of chaos and toxicity, which many of us definitely can relate to. As many people find their peace alongside sports or hobbies, I found mine across my friends & colleagues who always were there when I needed them the most. Having a strong & supportive community in Los Angeles has helped me make it through the hard times and has become my “Antidote” in my life.” –JT Roach
American singer-songwriter-producer JT Roach has been recognized on an international scale as the winner of NBC’s Songland season 1 finale with his song “Somebody To Love” which was placed with One Republic and is the only song that Ryan Tedder has ever cut while not being the writer. As a writer, JT has penned numerous hits including “Wherever You Go” by Jonas Blue, “Intruders” by Jessie Reyez, and “Potions” by SLANDER & Said The Sky. Other notable cuts include work with Seven Lions, Don Diablo, Nicky Romero, French Montana, and more.
We Bridge, the inaugural three-day cultural expo and two-day music festival in Las Vegas to celebrate Asian entertainment and culture, has announced renowned K-pop sensation MONSTA X to headlineandaward-winningsoloist Jessi to perform on the weekend of April 21-23. These line-up additions are set to appear alongside ENHYPEN and will be joined by KANG DANIEL, VIVIZ, Dreamcatcher, CIX, ONEUS, fromis_9, and BE’O.
Recognized as one of the leading third generation K-pop male groups, MONSTA X has carefully curated a discography of hard-hitting singles and albums and attracted a massive number of fans worldwide. The Korean group is known for viral tracks such as “Beautiful Liar,” “Play It Cool” with Steve Aoki, “Crescendo,” and, most recently, “Deny” which catapulted onto the Billboard Hot Trending Songs list. Their latest EP, “REASON,” released just last month in January, 2023, saw all six songs reach the top ten on the Billboard charts as well. The award-winning group has performed in several festivals and international concerts across Europe, Asia, South & North America; with Las Vegas coming up next in 2023. As well as being the only band from Korea to release two albums entirely in English, their hit songs, “WHO DO U LOVE?”, “One Day” and “YOU CAN’T HOLD MY HEART” made MONSTA X the only K-pop band besides BTS to have three or more Top 40 U.S. pop singles.
Leading K-pop female rap superstar, Jessi has built her reputation with hit after hit, garnering millions of fans worldwide. The Korean-American rapper-songwriter has put out a multitude of viral tracks such as “What Type Of X,” and most recently, “Zoom,” which stayed on Billboard’s Global 200 chart for four consecutive weeks since releasing last May. Her hit single “Nunu Nana” has reached over 100 million streams on Spotify alone with the music video collecting over 199 million views to date. From workout playlists to the club scene, and jamming out with friends, Jessi’s music will always be there to get her fans hyped up and headed for the dance floor. The award-winning artist has also performed in several international concerts, including her first solo concert “Zoom” in Manila (2022) and her “Beyond Your Imagination Tour” in Europe (2022).
“We are really excited to be part of We Bridge Music Festival and Expo and bring our show to Las Vegas for all the fans! We will be there on April 21 and can’t wait for you all there,” said MONSTA X.
“I’m so excited to join We Bridge Music Festival and Expo this Spring in Las Vegas. Catch me at the Expo meeting fans and performing on April 21 at the festival. Hope to see you all there!” said Jessi.
We Bridge is presented by premier global entertainment company Infinite Prospects Entertainment (IPE) with the support of MGM Resorts International; the same group who helped turn the Las Vegas Strip purple in April 2022 for megastar group BTS, who performed four sold-out nights of their ‘Permission To Dance On Stage’ tour at Allegiant Stadium. With the explosion of Asian influence on mainstream pop culture around the world and its tremendous impacts across music, film, art, and fashion, We Bridge’s mission is to connect these various creative expressions within one experience and celebrate the Asian artists and cultures that are fueling them. The result is a multi-sensory, live event that immerses attendees into a curated world that bridges what is now, new, and next in Asian music, media, art, and fashion.
“We are so pleased to team up with We Bridge Music Festival and Expo as a sponsor,” said Eric Toda, Founder of Meta Prosper & Global Head of Social Marketing at Meta. “It was important to us to get involved with this diverse showcase of Asian-American and Asian communities coming together to celebrate their collective cultures in one of the most exciting entertainment capitals in the world, Las Vegas.”
Meta Prosper was launched to drive visibility around the diversity of our community’s voices to build social equity, influence, and economic opportunity. Prosper is Meta’s commitment to the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community. What started as an idea grew into a movement – fueled by the intent of giving voice to the array of diverse stories. We are here to create a place where our community has the space and the power of self-determination. For more information, visit Facebook: Prosper With Us.
“This is an exciting time to welcome MONSTA X and Jessi and their fans to Las Vegas. We can’t wait to welcome them to the We Bridge Music Festival and Expo,” said Alex Kang, CEO of Infinite Prospects Entertainment. “They will be participating in the hi-touch event for the Expo at Mandalay Convention Center on April 21 and performing on that same day at the music festival at Michelob ULTRA Arena. Check our website and social media for more up-to-date information. We are very grateful to have Meta Prosper participating with us this year. Working with a leader of the community such as Eric and seeing what he has done with the platform is exactly what our mission is all about.”
The GRAMMY Museum® will have its own stage over the three days on the expo floor consisting of special performances and panels with the music festival acts as well as Asian thought leaders, and is open to all attendees. Hi-touch events with the artists will follow each panel, and are accessible to all ticket holders of qualifying tiers. We Bridge is partnering with culture curators and creators who will showcase some of Asia and Asian America’s finest visual artists and their work.
Projected to be one of the largest West x East Asian-centric events of the year, more information including additional talent lineups, ticket sales, and program details will be announced soon. For up-to-date news follow @webridgeexpo on Twitter and Instagram and join the conversation using #webridgelv and #nownewnext. For more information on We Bridge Expo, please visit webridgeexpo.com.
With a Tarantino-esque flair, HADEE. portrays the desire to risk everything going up in flames for what he wants, and he does so with a signature cool in his new single “KEROSENE.” The 80s synthpop-inspired track explores the reckless themes of romance and its evanescent nature. It expands on this theme through its chosen soundscape, each detail adding to the overall cinematic atmosphere.
Straight from the start, we’re met with an almost haunting instrumentation that paints the visual of desert-glaring heat raining down. “KEROSENE” cements HADEE. as an upcoming artist with a versatility that leaves his listeners longing to explore.
It started out as an instrumental idea I had made a couple years back. It was a bassline that I had then developed, but I couldn’t seem to think of the right words for this one idea. I had almost accepted that it would never become a full song. Fast-forward to this past summer, I had found the original recording of the instrumental, and that’s when the chorus melody we hear in the song came to mind. This allowed me to further get into the storyline and arrangement, so I could create a decent demo.
he loud, naive sound of 90’s garage rock, beneath earnest vocals from the days of third wave emo, tell the story of da nang. “To be born in paradise,” the band takes its name after Đà Nẵng, a picturesque coastal beach town in Vietnam. Fronted by queer Viet lead singer John Thai —a first-generation Canadian, born to refugees in small-town Ontario—da nang is an intentional revisit to 90’s adolescence; a time when queer voices were never heard, or at least never this loudly.
Thai prefaces their new single, “don’t hate me,” explaining that “social anxieties and fear of being my authentic self made it near impossible for me to feel comfortable making music. There were no out and open musicians at the time who I could relate to, certainly not Asian ones. ‘don’t hate me’ is a retrospective anthem for that queer adolescent kid who so desperately wanted out.”
Distorted guitars, a driving bass and drum beat and aggressive vocals come together to create a feeling of anxiety and excitement, the kind that comes from getting bullied, or giving the bully the middle finger.