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.
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
Ladies and Gentlemen, we present Hazy Ray.
A self-described “force to be reckoned with”, the five member collection of undeniable talent creates a smooth sound that takes listeners on a musical journey. The band officially began their journey as Hazy Ray in 2011, and they excitedly proclaim, “The rest will be history.”
When Elect Nation founder CB Terrel took to his room drawing sketches, he was just doing it to pass the time. The teenager spent almost 18 hours a day home alone, drawing sketches to escape into his own world. “One day I drew a shirt. When I finished that first design I knew that this is what I was destined to do” says CB.
Jorvorskie Javion Lane is an American football fullback for the Miami Dolphinsof the National Football League. He played tailback and fullback for the Texas A&M Aggies college football team. Although, Lane is currently the starting fullback for the Miami Dolphins, he hasn’t always had love for football. “My first love has always been basketball. It wasn’t until 6th when I moved back to Lufkin from Houston that I was introduced to football. I went to my Uncle’s house and my Aunt said he and my cousins were out back playing football and that I should go join them. I didn’t care for football at all so I was like I won’t play but I’ll go watch them. When I got back there I saw how much fun my Uncle and cousins were having while playing football. That day my Uncle taught me football and ever since then I never looked back.”
“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.
Medieval Beatz officially became a business in 2006 when YE, CEO, figured he could save the entertainment industry with his creative beats and exclusive production skills. His older brother recognized his great talent for music and later decided to join forces with YE in 2009. Now, Medieval Beatz has many employees and business partners including John Allen of Team Too Freaky (TTF) Currently, Medieval Productions is located all over the state of Texas, but will be relocating its main office to New York this year.
“I remember when it was all about chasing down record labels, now it’s the labels chasing the artists down for a contract.”
Guy Brown is a talented and optimistic rap artist born in Washington D.C. and raised in Southern Maryland. His career began in 2009, after receiving inspiration from the positive energy around him, especially his producer and mentor. Guy is the chill, laidback type who enjoys partaking in his city’s sports scene in his spare time. He also enjoys playing basketball, detailing his car, and skateboarding. The skate park is usually where he likes to go and put on his headphones to create melodies, lyrics, and beats.
“I’m just here to find my lane and take off full steam ahead once in it.”
Straight out of Killeen, Texas is the talented Courtney ‘Duce’ Mitchell. An artist on the Breadwinner Music Group (BWMG) label, Duce has the heart and the team he needs to make major moves in the music industry. Duce’s career started off as a hobby with C. Stone and himself freestyling for fun, and quickly grew into something with enormous potential. Duce says, “We would do live freestyles imitating what DJ Screw originated and having fun rapping…we ended up putting all the songs on one CD for us to listen to, but once our peers heard it everyone wanted their own copy. That’s when I knew this was something I could do.” He knew that he wanted to pursue entertaining because he knew that it was something he could be successful at and make his friends and family proud. But of course this industry isn’t all good all of the time, it has its disadvantages. The loss of three of his close friends and mentors to lengthy penitentiary sentences struck a huge blow to Duce. It disbanded their rap group and left Duce by himself. Obstacles are nothing new to any underground artist these days though. It’s all about how you bounce back. “My way of overcoming this was just to keep pushing. I know that was all they would want from me—to represent and hold them down. And I did; I am.”