Music Militia Night with [Naomi] and friends Will Woodland + Voli + David Bason plus support from Mothdrops, Atomic Walrus, Convey, and DJ EVeryman

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Music Militia Night with [Naomi] and friends Will Woodland + Voli + David Bason plus support from Mothdrops, Atomic Walrus, Convey, and DJ EVeryman

Mon, December 5, 2016

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

The Satellite

Los Angeles, CA

FREE

This event is 21 and over

There will be an optional donation jar at the door with proceeds going to the night's charity of choice!

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[Naomi]
[Naomi]
Hailing from Los Angeles, [Naomi] arrived on the scene as a fully-formed old soul, although in her early 20's. Weeks into learning how to play guitar, she began blending her experiences into powerful songwriting about her truth as a young woman in a strange and, quite frankly, f***ing crazy city. [Naomi] uses the perfect combination of grit and charm to bring angst to a music scene that could use more of it.

[Naomi]’s songs are kinetic in nature and lyrically pure, but her true super power is live on stage, where the intensity of her Joplin-esque vocals shines through with enough brightness to captivate everyone who experiences it.
Voli
Voli
In the words of the late astronomer, Carl Sagan, "We are, each of us, a multitude.” Voli—in an attempt to align the stars into a body of self expression and commentary—has made a record that brings these words to life. Artist, producer, musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, recluse, rebel, innovator—Voli is all these things, illustrated in his cross-genre collaborations with musical entities ranging from J. Cole and Young Guru to Bebe Rexha, and most significantly in his career as a solo artist who refuses to accept conventional musical paradigms.

In a bold move, Voli has named his genre-bending new record The Wall. Though there are classic art-and-prog-rock elements on this ambitious self-produced project four years in the making, though he namechecks the legendary band in his song “DNA,” Pink Floyd wasn’t on Voli’s mind when he came up with the title. “It’s actually from a Will Smith interview I saw with Charlie Rose,” Voli explains. “As children, Will and his brother were tasked with building a wall for their father's shop. At first, they were overwhelmed, but they continued to lay the bricks each day for almost two years. They finished it through dedication—one brick at a time."

The Wall holds many shades of meaning for the Jersey-born (and now L.A.-based) Voli. In part, it’s about his journey as an artist, about growing slowly, carefully, and taking the time to build something that lasts. “I am creating a foundation for myself—musically, professionally, personally,” Voli says. “Each piece of ourselves is one brick in that wall. And it’s not always the easiest thing to hold it together, to find that mortar, to find that glue.”

The Wall is also about Voli's tendency—for good or ill—to isolate himself, to build a wall without so that he can travel deeper within, following his whimsy, chasing his muse unfettered… yet at the expense of a more secure, less-bohemian lifestyle. “I feel a constant pressure to work and create,” Voli says. “I have to do whatever it takes to get better, musically. But the isolation is a double-edged sword. It can be difficult—there’s a lot of sacrifice involved. A lot of going against people’s expectations of what you’re supposed to do, and who you’re supposed to be in life. In a way, the wall is also there as a barrier, to protect myself. You go through so much doubt when you’re on this path, it tears me up a lot of times, but music makes me so happy—I don’t want to do anything else right now.”

On yet another level, The Wall is about tearing down the barriers that compartmentalize music and culture and getting at what connects us instead of reinforcing what divides us. It’s a notion hinted at by Voli’s mentor Young Guru in an off-the cuff speech at the beginning of “Good Die Young”—“What makes it all connect? You have eight billion stories [in this world], all separate, but somehow they go together.”—and it’s also reflected in the record’s sonic and stylistic diversity.

“The face of hip-hop is changing,” Voli says. “Not that The Wall is a hip-hop album per se, but there’s definitely rap in it. And I want some kid from the inner city to listen—and maybe the rap is what pulls him in, but then he starts listening to the musicality of it, and has his mind opened to rock & roll. And vice-versa, those people who are drawn in by the rock & roll will hopefully be opened up to the rap side of it and to all of the other sounds going on.”

From the blend of krautrock-style synths and classical piano at the start of lead track “Fear of God” to the dark lyrical raps and the opening sample’s call to “deny our programming,” The Wall wastes no time in letting listeners know that all bets are off—that if you can expect anything from Voli, it’s the unexpected. The album is a constantly evolving sonic statement, incorporating hip-hop, rock & roll, prog, indie electro-pop, experimental drone, modern R&B, reggae and Middle Eastern desert romps alongside wailing guitars, massive pop hooks and a decidedly punk ethos. And the unconventional lyrics—about college debt, coping with twentysomething malaise, and what it means to unpretentiously channel James Dean’s iconic rebellion—are delivered with a precision flow and a cinematic flair.
“My tastes have expanded,” Voli says, giving a large share of the credit to his musical foil and closest collaborator on The Wall, his guitarist Gavidia. “The music has become more sophisticated, more layered and, lyrically, more personal. This is my most cohesive, focused and representative project to date.”

The Wall also features guest spots from three distinct, amazingly talented females—experimental NYC artist Marz Ferrer (“Ratatat”), Ming of cult Philly hip-hop group The Spooks (“A Life Worth Killing”),and rising retro-minded indie star Misun (“Burn Everything”).

Making The Wall has been an admittedly therapeutic process for Voli. “There are times when I feel like I’ve grown and learned so much,” he says, “and there are also times I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing at all. Just writing about these subjects and getting it out there feels like I’m detoxifying myself. But I’m still searching. I see people all around me searching, and I don’t know if you’re ever supposed to stop looking, stop questioning things.”

It’s this penchant for seeking, this desire to question the status quo that underlies Voli’s early-rock-&-roll- and-punk-channeling attitude on The Wall, which is explored directly in “DNA.”

“Being a rebel is as simple as doing what you honestly want to do,” Voli says. “As an artist you’re constantly putting yourself out there for major criticism. Me, personally—I’m stubborn. The second someone tells me I can’t do something or that I’m not good at something, I’m going to prove them wrong. That’s where the rebellion comes in. I don’t think it has to be tied to anger—for me, it’s not. I’m just gonna do what I’m gonna do. People are always gonna try to fit you into their little box, but you can’t let that happen. You can’t let anyone else determine what kind of artist you should be.”
Atomic Walrus
Atomic Walrus
Atomic Walrus is the crack baby of Sublime and 90's Red Hot Chili Peppers, raised by Atmosphere on a diet of pure caffeine. The LA funk/rock/hip-hop group has built an impressive résumé in its 3 years of existence: a self-produced EP, 3 music videos, a 10-date California tour (SD to SF), and a performance at the Hermosa Beach Summer Concert Series to an estimated 10,000 people in attendance (among countless other shows).

Atomic Walrus is currently in the studio recording a new EP and planning their next tour. In the meanwhile, stay tuned to the 'Shows' page at AtomicWalrus.com to catch them live!
Mothdrops
Based out of Echo Park, m o t h d r o p s is the post-apocalyptic psych pop outfit which popped into being when Andrew Giurgiun and Jake Stein ritualistically sacrificed a beanie baby over a burning pile of pokemon cards. Having given worthy tribute to the Cosmic Bringer of Giddiness, Tickles and Vibes, they could finally alchemize and glamour the most colorful of sounds, resulting in a sonic array of passion and kittens, which still rains to this day in various locations over the Pacific Ocean. Reconciling the sonic whirlpool of Beach House, Serge Gainsbourg, and Ariel Pink, at a m o t h d r o p s show you'll be bombarded with tunes that spend years wandering the depths of your ear canal, only to lose faith in themselves and question their meaningless existence as sonic shadows.
Convey
Convey
Convey is an alternative progressive rock band originally out of Boston, MA. In 2012 Convey began a ten-month hiatus following their last shows in New England fall of 2011.

During this hiatus the band members have experienced a tremendous amount of personal discovery and hope to bring this newfound sense of self to the music of Convey.

Reflecting on the past three years the band is starting fresh in Los Angeles, CA putting their energy into beginning their new sound in a west coast setting.
DJ EVeryman
DJ EVeryman
For the release of his anticipated debut solo album, “Let Us Shine,” MC EVeryman has delivered 11 original tracks that expertly showcase his diverse musical influences. Never one to be pigeonholed, MC EVeryman writes songs that are meant to inspire the soul as well as get the party started. The “Let Us Shine” album finds the sharp-tongued lyricist paired up with a different cutting-edge producer (which include Sugarpill and Jupit3r from Headtron, plus Samples and AfroQben) on each song to capture the raw energy that has become EVeryman’s trademark on-stage. From his well-received live performances with Pumpkin in their conscious hip-hop group, Little Giants, to the West Coast bass music scene where MC EVeryman has become a fan-favorite, the songs presented on “Let Us Shine” are great to get turnt up to as well as get lost in.

If you’re a fan of golden era hip-hop and forward-thinking electronic music, “Let Us Shine” is the soundtrack you’ve been waiting for! Grab a copy at (Bandcamp Link Coming Soon) to hear for yourself and be sure to follow EVeryman on Facebook and Twitter for all his latest news and tour dates.

EVeryman's debut EP which sees the versatile vocalist seamlessly fuses his love for both hip-hop and electronic music. After making his debut with producer, Nick “Pumpkin” Alvarado, as part of their collaborative hip-hop group, Little Giants, on EVeryman’s first solo foray, “Speak the Speech,” he collaborates with some of electronic music’s top young producers to deliver some of his best work to date. On the triumphant opener, “To Be or Not to Be,” EVeryman sets the tone early by getting down over Connect the Dot’s futuristic, G-Funk flavored breakbeats, before teaming with Headtron music producer, Stephan Jacobs on the sublime, “Summer Firefly.” EVeryman also teams to great effect with fellow Los Angeles-based vocalist, J Brave, as the two trade socially conscious barbs on “Divine Grind,” which boasts Sugarpill’s signature style of sonic grooves.

On “Speak the Speech,” the music from EVeryman serves to inspire while challenging conventional thinking. His sharp lyricism and overall energy he brings to each of the songs will move you and then have you reaching for the repeat button. With his solo EP now out and even more new music on the way, don’t miss EVeryman performing tracks from “Speak the Speech” this summer at major music festivals and venues around the country.


Paying tribute to musical heroes such as progressive hip hop acts like A Tribe Called Quest and the raw energy of the Beastie Boys, EVeryman’s original rhymes and infectious energy will excite. Making his debut at the King King in Hollywood, he wowed audiences by his seamless ability to freestyle over an assortment of different music genres, from classic drum and bass to booming breakbeats and dubstep.

Recent projects have included hosting the monthly, “Big Bass All-Star Variety Show,” from The Good Vibe and at the Burning Man after-party, LA Decompression for the esteemed Dirty Beetles and Camp Charlie. Shambahla, Coachella, Snowglobe, EDC, and Lightning In a Bottle have all seen EVeryman rocking the Main Stages.

You can regularly find him performing alongside notable Los Angeles DJ's and Producers such as: Headtron’s Sugarpill, Russ Liquid and jOBOT, Stephan Jacobs, and GoldRush, along with Lou E. Bagels and J-Labs (of The Black 22‘s), Scuzzy, Nico Luminous, The Funk Hunters, Fort Knox 5, Orphic, Abstract Rude and Myka9, Dubvirus, WALA, Timothy Wisdom, Stylust Beats, Kiran Notez, Little John, Cringer and many more.

Recently he has been seen performing with Dub FX on the streets of New York City. He has taken over the stages at iconic venues like The Airliner, Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club in Santa Monica, CA, and major music festivals like Lightning in a Bottle, where in 2012 he made his debut on the Woogie stage alongside crowd favorite, Nick ‘Pumpkin’ Alvarado.

You have also seen him performing at such music festivals as: Coachella, Shambhala, Boogaloo Mountain Jam, Astral Harvest, Source, Firefly, Sonic Bloom, Joshua Tree Music Festival, Ignite, Symbiosis, Serenity, and many more...

EVeryman has found a true kindred spirit in Alvarado, and after the two collaborated on the hit single ‘Good Day,’ for Pumpkin’s debut ‘Love Letters’ EP, the duo released the popular, ‘EVery Summer’ mixtape, which spawned their new hip hop group Little Giants, an inspired throwback to the vintage beats the pair grew up on. Little Giants released their debut album, ‘Don’t Quit’ in the Winter of 2013. EVeryman's solo album, 'Speak The Speech,' was released in the summer of 2013. The album features track collaborations and production by Goldrush, Stephan Jacobs, The Service Lab, BSTEE, Connect The Dots, and Sugarpill

While many MCs merely chase fame, EVeryman always puts the music first and aims to connect with audiences through positivity rather than sticking with the status quo.
Venue Information:
The Satellite
1717 Silverlake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90027
http://thesatellitela.com/