Business Spotlight: Sound Mentality Productions

If you are looking for professional quality production services in the Houston, Austin, or College Station

area, you have to check out Sound Mentality Productions. This newly established and innovative music production company offers services in the production of high-end mixing, high-quality recording, marketing packages and much more. The Sound Mentality Team prides itself on delivering excellent production quality in any music genre.

Founded in 2011 by a group of like minded individuals who all dreamed of being a part of the music industry, the Sound Mentality Team combined their knowledge and skill sets to create one cohesive company that could service artists, record labels, and entertainment and marketing companies. Their team of producers, song writers, artists, and management produce a level of professionalism that many in the music industry yearn for. They stress that Sound Mentality is more than just another production company, it’s a movement.

This young company has big dreams to make major waves in the music industry in the coming years. They tell us that they have no limits. They are building the foundation to create a demanding presence in Texas as well as the entire southern region. They are confident in their talents and services, and tell us “We are a new and innovative company on the rise and we don’t want you to miss your chance of getting to know Sound Mentality Productions and all this movement has to offer you.”

-Coyo Alexander

www.soundmentalityproductions.com

Cadillacs in Space

The young talented sing and performer Robyn Troup has been on the rise to stardom since she began singing in her Grandfather’s church as a young girl. Born and raised in Third Ward, Houston, TX—so you know she’s real, Robyn grew up singing in front of her church family at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church and in the Ensemble Theater, and realized her destiny as an entertainer ever since she saw her first movie on the big screen saying, “I just always wanted to be up on that screen.”

During her school years Robyn continued to sing and develop her voice but she really came into her own while attending Jack Yates high school where she decided to step out of her shell and be herself. She recalls “I always used to be extremely shy back in the day when it came to performing in front of people. I knew I wanted to do it, but growing up as the preacher’s grandkid everyone was expecting me to be so much more polite and sweet and unassuming. That really led to a lot of depression and self-loathing throughout my school years. But in high school I overcame that fear by facing it directly. I just started singing to anyone at anytime for any reason.”During high school Robyn joined several girl groups and worked on her own music, growing her confidence each time. Her defining moment came when she went to college at USC and decided to take her dream seriously.

While in Los Angeles Robyn singed with Emblem Music Group under the Warner Bros. label. During that time she joined a rock band called Beverly Kills, wrote a ton of hot rock songs, and toured Los Angeles and San Diego. She also worked on Carlos Santana’s cover of Back in Black with rapper Nas, and Rob Thomas on his album Diamonds. After three successful years with Emblem they parted ways and she started work on her solo project Robyn the Bank. As her solo project evolved, her good friend and fellow singer/songwriter Shy Carter invited Robyn into the studio to collaborate on a track with him and ‘Backwoods’ rapper, Aleon Craft. The rest is history. Robyn tells us, “After the song was finished we realized we had something special and formed this new bomb group called ‘Cadillacs in Space’.” After joining forces they quickly signed with Interscope Records and are getting set to release their music in the coming months (check out their latest music HERE).

Now that Robyn has found her home, she continues to focus on creating timeless music, touring the world, and is also very passionate about infiltrating the fashion scene. Check out her fashion blog www.robynhoodscloset.com. Robyn loves to connect with her fans and makes herself available to them through her numerous social networks and blogs. Judging by ‘Cadillacs in Space’ latest song Overdose, we can surely expect nothing less than greatness from Robyn. She definitely makes Houston proud.

-Coyo Alexander

Cadillacs in Space – Overdose

“I hate fat people at Popeye’s in South Park on Tuesdays. If a drunk walks into a bar, the bartender will not serve him, so when a fat person walks into a fast food restaurant, they shouldn’t be served either.” –Marcus Bowers, Comedian

Hot date? Going through some things? Just need a good laugh? You have to hear Marcus Bowers!!! His comedy is based on daily life and current events and whether it is funny or not, he will make you laugh. He travels often throughout the nation but you can find him most of the time in his hometown Houston, Texas; South Park to be exact. When he was in school he was the class clown, then he took his comedy to social networks, and now you can find him on stage. His last major project was opening for CoCo Brown at the Houston Improv during All Star weekend in Houston, Texas. “I am not your average human being” says Bowers.

Bowers speaks on true events and real ideas. People constantly tell him to tone it down, especially when he jokes about fat people at Popeye’s on Tuesdays. “I hate fat people at Popeye’s in South Park on Tuesdays. If a drunk walk into a bar, the bartender will not serve him, so when a fat person walks into a fast food restaurant, they shouldn’t be served either.” He is aware of the obesity problem in America and so many other problems; he prefers to bring laughter to these issues. He does not mean any harm to anyone. While he means no harm, the comedian/entrepreneur’s candid delivery is his biggest problem in the entertainment industry because he often has to watch what he says.

Not only is Marcus Bowers a hilarious comedian, he also owns a hair boutique with local celebrity ‘Just Brittany’ as one of his models. He also has his teacher certification, is a former navy seal, and holds a college degree in engineering. He feels he can help the next generation because he is someone that everyone can relate to one way or another. In the future, he wants to be recognized as the best script/comedy creator of all time.

-Tinka Bell Israel

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“When we were young, we were Kid & Play for the talent show.” -Mac of Undergravity

Mac and Atom Bomb began entertaining in the 2nd grade. They are best friends, born only two days apart, and are from the Southside of Houston, Texas; Yellowstone and Scott to be exact. Together they make up the gifted, innovative duo Undergravity. “When we were young, we were Kid & Play for the talent show,” says Mac.

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“I will NEVER stop writing and performing music.” -Joe Barrientos

Joe Barrientos is an extremely gifted musician from Lewisville, Texas. He moved to College Station, Texas in October 2010 with hopes of gaining a better perspective on music in general. He enjoys all kinds of music from country, to rock n roll and soul. He has always been fond of the guitar and began asking his parents for one when he was only in the 2nd or 3rd grade. While he waited to receive his guitar he learned to play the keyboard. He finally received his first guitar when he was 11. He gives a special shout out to hardcore metal bands like Slipnot and Pantera because they directly influenced his guitar playing and gave him a taste of the wide variety of vocal abilities at a young age. During his teenage years, he toned down the hardcore metal music and began playing the acoustic guitar and listening to country music. In the past few years, he has admired Chris Cornell’s music. “I find his solo stuff and his acoustic performances to be unreal with amazing song writing. He also has amazing vocal ability to deliver songs in an emotional way.” Joe has had plenty of influences in his lifetime. He uses his influences and his surroundings to continually reach a higher level in his music every day.

Later on, Joe decided to attend college at the University of Texas at Austin where he received a Bachelor degree. While enrolled he played music for the local school district to supplement his income in college. He laughs about it jokingly saying, “It wasn’t a bad job, and I wouldn’t mind doing it for the rest of my life if I had to, but dealing with kids is a pain in the ass”. He is currently changing his sound from country and reverting back to the hard rock style. He recently completed a single with Clayton Gardner who is an up and coming country singer. They are both excited to see where the new single takes them and their careers.

Joe has already come a long way in his music career. From his first garage band performing in talent shows, to playing in clubhouses, friends’ backyards, on bar scenes in the Texas capital, to now leading his band. He has always enjoyed music and everything that comes with it. The artists’ biggest struggle is wondering if he did everything he could to push his solo career as much as he could. He continues to tour every weekend with his band. In the future he plans to tour the U.S. either solo or with his band. “Either way I will never stop writing and performing my own music”. Joe Barrientos’ wide range of influences and familiarity with different genres of music gives him the versatility to reach all audiences of all ages. He will continue to promote, promote, and promote to reach as many fans as he can. You can find more of his music at www.reverbnation.com/joebarrientos.

               –Tinka Bell Israel

Beat Beast–Jarvis Kibble

“I’m just a fresh sound. I’m not trying to re-invent the wheel, just putting my twist on it.”

 

Jarvis ‘Beat Beast’ Kibble is a prime example of what can be accomplished no  matter where you come from or what your surroundings are. Born and raised in the Hiram Clarke neighborhood on the Southside of Houston, Texas, Jarvis’ works have transcended beyond his city and landed nationwide onto some of hip-hop’s most popular tracks. So far, Jarvis has produced music for artists such as Z-Ro,   J-Dawg, Rick Ross, Mos Def, Gillie da Kid, Big Sean, and Kanye West to name a few.

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