March 1, 2019, 8:00 pm at Space Ballroom, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden, CT 06514
Hailey Knox Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Hailey Knox doesn't just sit on the sidelines: she's become the mastermind behind building and producing her own soulful pop songs. To push her own boundaries, the 20-year-old singer-songwriter has been cutting her teeth on the road the past two years since her debut EP release A Little Awkward, touring with Charlie Puth, Ruth B., and AJR, and making her festival debut at Austin City Limits' 2018 festival. Because of her live shows, Knox has grown into a powerhouse, building her songs onstage with a loop pedal. Now, she's ready to show the world the dynamic range of music she's capable of producing, with her latest release -- the 'Hardwired Mixtape'. And she does: her latest project feels like a pile of vibrant confetti, sprinkled with never-before-recorded full-length songs and snippets of Frank Ocean-like audio notes she recorded to show that there's more depth to her artistry. "We called it a mixtape because it's slightly all over the place, but in a good way," Knox said of the project. For people who haven't experienced her live shows, this mixtape is a window into how far she's come since 2016.
Throughout 11 tracks, Knox's mixtape combines songs Hailey has been developing and evolving for years and some fresh cuts from GarageBand, working with the producers who discovered her Mike Mangini and Peter Zizzo, along with songwriter Imani Coppola, and showing off her own production skills. But mostly, it's an inner look at how she spurs creative concepts.
On her new mixtape, Knox combines stripped-down songwriting and lyrical detail of A Little Awkward and the husky, textured grooves of her singles since then. It's an effort in chronicling her journey of self-discovery in music and beyond, revealing the loneliness of life on the road and her own personal anxieties. But there are still hints of cheeky pop culture references to Sour Patch Kids and Scooby Doo, embedded in her songs.
Fear proves to be a driving force for Knox on her latest work. Latest single "Hardwired" pays homage to her debut EP, as soft acoustics and a looped drum beat reverberate as Knox recounts her own crippling self-doubt. "I laugh when I'm weak," she croons vulnerably on the diaristic track. Also featured on the mixtape is the R&B-tinged "Traumatized," which Knox has played on tour for two years. The song details the overwhelming feeling of having to pretend to be confident when you're not. "I'm choking back tears/Wanna die/Maybe that's TMI," she sings unabashedly.
At the same time, Knox tackles the unspoken hurdles of touring on the dark, indie-pop "Runaway." "I love it here but I wanna be upstate," Knox yearns with her piercing lilt against cinematic horns, as she details the constant cycle of being homesick. The wistful snippet "Red Eye" follows up on "Runaway" with a devastating beat drop as Knox continues to crave home.
On standout track "Bitch Bitch Bitch," Knox puts her own sweet spin on a diss track; focusing on the positive and calling out people who feed off of contagious negativity. "It's a way to tell people to stop complaining and appreciate what you have," Knox says of the song.
But Knox is perhaps most soulful when she meditates on her own heartbreak. "Don't Got One" highlights Knox's gospel tone as she croons about the downsides of having your career take-off while you're longing for love.
A native of upstate, New York, Knox grew up in a house full of music. She first picked up the guitar at seven years old, learning how to play from her dad. By the age of 12, she formed a duo with her sister, Samantha, even performing at The Apollo Theater. Knox eventually caught the attention of Zizzo and Mangini with covers the sisters posted on YouTube. Eventually, the duo dissolved and Knox began posting solo videos, earning an online following. In 2015, she signed her first record deal with S-Curve Records.
Knox's latest project is a reintroduction to an artist empowered by growth and the intimate moments and imperfections in her creative process. Brett Cameron Facebook Twitter Instagram An artist who creates a mosaic of genres, textures, & stories, Brett Cameron has quickly become a fixture in the northeastern music scene & has established a presence across the world online as a must-hear alt pop act.
Independently attaining well over 300,000 overall streams & tens of thousands of fans from multiple projects over the past decade, Brett Cameron is now slated as a dynamic & influential artist out of Connecticut/NYC.
Through appearances in top international outlets such as The Huffington Post, AXS, iHeart Radio, & PopDust, opening festivals & concerts for artists such as Jon Bellion, Drake Bell, Bruno Mars, The Black Keys, Teddy Geiger (i.e., co-writer with Shawn Mendes), Hall & Oates, & The Rocket Summer, & being part of a featured Firefly Music Festival showcase, Brett Cameron has proved his wide-ranging abilities both as a songwriter/producer & as an electric performer.
At 23 years old, Brett Cameron is currently working on releasing a string of singles to follow his highly anticipated debut record, 'Mazes' (released summer 2018). His new single 'Roses in the Backseat' combines influences of pop, rock, and electronic to take the listener through his journey as he navigates this new chapter.
As for the why? Brett Cameron's music is inspired by others & is used as a means of connecting people together to make something positive & beautiful. Como Brothers Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Matt and Andrew Como are singer/songwriters from Long Island, NY who first appeared on the music scene in early 2012. The pop-rock duo has written, recorded, and released 2 albums, 5 EP's, and 2 singles. They have performed at the Hard Rock Cafe, Webster Hall, the Cutting Room, and Warped Tour at Nassau Coliseum. Their music has appeared on many TV shows including E! Network's Keeping Up with the Kardashians, MTV's The Real World, and The Oxygen Channel's Best Ink. They have performed and recorded with drummers Steve Jordan & Aaron Sterling, bassist Sean Hurley, and keyboardist Andy Burton. The band is currently touring to promote their new singles First Time, and See the Light which will also be on their upcoming EP.