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  • Porcelain Raft

    Porcelain Raft is Mauro Remiddi's main music project. The New York-based musician began his long, prolific career in Italy, the place of his birth, playing for small, local projects. After composing the original soundtrack for the 1997 Italian short-film La Matta dei Fiori, and collaborating and touring the world with various bands, Remiddi launched his first solo recording project under the moniker Porcelain Raft, and in 2010 released his first solo EP Gone Blind with Acéphale Records.

    In 2011 he signed with Secretly Canadian and released the debut Porcelain Raft full-length record Strange Weekend which peaked at #33 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums chart. Permanent Signal, Porcelain Raft's sophomore album, is scheduled to come out on Secretly Canadian in August of 2013.

    Remiddi reportedly began experimenting with music when he was ten years old, playing his grandmother's piano and making make-believe radio programs on a small tape-recorder. He began touring around Italy when he was 20, playing accordion with a klezmer trio. Although he held other jobs to support himself, sometimes doing sound engineering or playing piano in hotels, he continued to tour Europe, and when he was twenty-seven he moved to London. From there, he continued to work with other artists and to tour as the lead vocalist, 12-string guitarist, and sometimes-drummer of Sunny Day Sets Fire, a 5-piece rock band. In 2000, Remiddi spent three months in New York playing piano for an Off-Broadway show, and after spending 12 years in London, performing with rock bands and collaborating with visual artists, he traveled back to the city for the annual CMJ music conference, met his wife, and moved to Brooklyn two weeks later.

    In the first year and a half of working as Porcelain Raft, Remiddi self-released a handful of singles and EPs on Bandcamp, put out his first official EP with Acéphale, and began playing local venues as a solo artist. The live shows, for which only one other musician, Michael Wallace (drummer) joined him onstage, featured music from Strange Weekend. In 2011, The New York Times featured Porcelain Raft in a review, describing the sound of one show at the New York venue the Mercury Lounge as an updated form "of shoegaze pop, the spacier side of new wave, contemplative indie rock." In 2012, Porcelain Raft performed two exclusive live-sessions for MTV HIVE filmed a "Take Away Show" for La Blogoteque, and was featured on NBC NY's Non-stop Sound. Consequence of Sound included "Strange Weekend" in a list of 2012's most anticipated albums.  The Guardian featured Porcelain Raft as "New Band of the Day" on September 27th, 2010  and in November of the same year gave Remiddi another feature in the "First Sight" series.  In January of 2012, The Boston Globe included Porcelain Raft in their Arts section "annual roundup of artists to keep an ear out for in 2012."

    On June 19th, 2013, Porcelain Raft announced their second record, Permanent Signal, would be released August 20th, 2013. A month later, the first single, "The Way Out," was released as a self-directed visual stream by Mauro Remiddi.

    Permanent Signal was recorded at the end of 2012 with all new equipment and help from Jonny Rogoff (Yuck) on drums, Darby Cicci (Antlers) on bass and Gaspar Claus (collaborator of Sufjan Stevens and The National) on cello. The title is meant to evoke a sense of loneliness through the symbolism of a phone-line without connection. Remiddi articulated feelings of disconnectedness when discussing the record and life on-tour. "In a way, growing up in Italy, then living for 12 years in London, and now two and a half years in New York, made me realize that I have some dear friends I rarely see," explains Remiddi. "I was touring almost non-stop for eight months and I started having these imaginary conversations in my head with people I wanted to communicate with, but for one reason or another it couldn't happen. This is where the album title came from: the idea of a signal that says the line is off.
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  • DJ Felli Fel

    James Andrew Corrine, better known by his stage name DJ Felli Fel is a club and radio DJ for L.A.'s Power 106, record producer, and a recording artist recently signed to So So Def/Island Urban Music. He is also a member of The Heavy Hitters DJs.

    DJ Felli Fel was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina and grew up in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Dallas. While a teenager in Dallas, he began spinning turntables for house parties. His radio career began on Dallas radio station K104 and Waco, Texas Spanish-language station KHCK. Later, he joined the Los Angeles hip-hop station Power 106. At Power 106, he hosts the Felli Fel Show on Saturday evenings.

    He had a cameo role as himself in the 2003 film Malibu's Most Wanted. In 2007, he signed with Island Def Jam/So So Def. His debut album for the label is tentatively titled Go DJ!. Singles for the album included "Finer Things" with Jermaine Dupri, Kanye West, Fabolous, and Ne-Yo; "Get Buck in Here" with Diddy, Akon, Lil Jon, and Ludacris; and "Feel It" with Sean Paul, Pitbull, Flo Rida, and T-Pain. DJ Felli Fel was also featured on the soundtrack of the game Midnight Club: Los Angeles, with his song "Get Buck in Here". Recently he released the single "Boomerang" featuring Pitbull, Akon, and Jermaine Dupri. The track has been remixed by DJ Vice in 2011.

    On April 22nd, he released his brand new single to iTunes titled "Reason To Hate" which features singer Ne-Yo and rappers Tyga and Wiz Khalifa. It was co-produced by Ned Cameron. Read more
  • Tank

    Durrell Babbs (born January 1, 1976), better known by his stage name Tank, is an American R&B singer, songwriter and producer.

    In 2001, following Ginuwine's successful tour Tank released his debut album Force of Nature which spawned the R&B Top Ten single "Maybe I Deserve".

    In 2002, Tank released his second album One Man and a single of the same name.

    Tank released his third solo album entitled Sex, Love & Pain on May 15, 2007. The lead single was intended to be "I Luv Dem Girls", but for unknown reasons the song was given to Marques Houston who renamed it "Strip Club" (intending to place it on his third solo album Veteran). However, "Strip Club" did not make Veteran so the final single was the Timbaland remix to "I Luv Dem Girls". The second single was "Please Don't Go". Later in the year Tank, Ginuwine and Tyrese Gibson formed a group called TGT. Their first single was a remix of "Please Don't Go" with an international tour entitled The Shirts Off Tour and search for a fourth member to follow. The group later split.

    Tank released his fourth studio album, Now or Never, on December 14, 2010. Tank collaborated with other artists on this project like Chris Brown, Drake, Letoya Luckett and many other artists. The singles were "Sex Music", "I Can't Make You Love Me", and "Emergency".

    Tank's songwriting and production credits include working with Dave Hollister, Aaliyah, Marques Houston, Omarion, Jamie Foxx, Pitbull, Donell Jones and Monica amongst others as an associate of the production team The Underdogs, also Harvey Mason and with his team, Song Dynasty. He has worked with many different artists over the years and was also a contributor to the score of the film adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls, in which he also had a cameo. He was also featured in the movie Preacher's Kid. Tank had also co-starred "It Ain't Easy" also starting rapper Mack 10.

    Tank released his fifth studio album entitled This Is How I Feel on May 8, 2012. Tank collaborated with the artists Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, T.I. and Kris Stephens on the album. The song "Compliments" featuring Kris Stephens & T.I. was released as the album's lead single on October 17, 2011; the album version of the song features rapper T.I.. The song "Next Breath" was released as the second single of the album on January 3, 2012. Read more
  • Mýa

    Mýa Marie Harrison (born October 10, 1979), professionally referred to as Mýa, is an American R&B and pop recording artist, entertainer, philanthropist, and occasional actress. A Washington, D.C. native, Harrison took ballet lessons from the age of two and added jazz and tap dancing lessons to her schedule two years later.

    As she entered her teens, Harrison began to shift her focus to music. Gifted and musically-inclined, with the help of her father she put together a demo tape when she was 15 and begin to scout around for a record deal while still attending high school. At the age of 16, she signed a recording contract with Interscope Records.

    This is the discography of American R&B/pop recording artist and actress Mýa who began her career in the late 1990s. Her discography includes six studio albums, one mixtape, twenty-eight singles, seventeen soundtracks and twenty-seven music videos on her former record labels Interscope and Universal Motown and current record labels Manhattan Recordings and Young Empire Music Group. Harrison has charted 12 entries on Billboard's Hot 100 which includes one number single, three top-ten and eight top-forty hits. As of October 2009 Harrison had sold seven million albums worldwide. According to Billboard magazine and Nielsen Soundscan Harrison has sold over 3.2 million albums in the United States alone. In December 2009, Billboard named Mýa the 97th of the Hot 100 Artists of 2000s.

    Mýa's eponymous debut album was released in April 1998 and certified platinum in the United States. It produced the gold-certified top-ten single "It's All About Me" featuring Sisqó, and two more top-forty hits, "Movin' On" and "My First Night with You".

    Her second studio album Fear of Flying (2000), another platinum-seller, was released two years later and enjoyed international chart success, spawning her breakthrough single "Case of the Ex", which did well on the charts. In 2001, Mýa collaborated with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, and Pink on Missy Elliott's Grammy Award-winning number-one song "Lady Marmalade", a cover version recorded for the soundtrack of the film Moulin Rouge! (2001). The song became a worldwide number-one hit.

    The singer's third studio album, Moodring, was released in July 2003 and certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America two months later. A minor success in international music markets, it nevertheless produced two singles, including the top-twenty hit "My Love Is Like...Wo". Following a hiatus and a label change to Motown, Mýa's often-delayed fourth studio album, Liberation (2007), received a digital release in Japan only and led to her 2008 Japan-exclusive album Sugar & Spice, released on Manhattan Records. In 2009, she released her first official mixtape on her own independent label Planet 9 and Young Empire Music Group entitled Beauty & The Streets Vol.1.

    In 2011, Mýa released two new singles. A new track called "Fabulous Life", released in Japan. It was the first single lifted from her second Japan studio album titled K.I.S.S.. Stateside, a collaboration with international DJ/producer Cedric Gervais; a song titled "Love Is the Answer". "Love Is the Answer" is the theme song for the NOH8 campaign and appears on Cedric Gervais' forthcoming studio album Miamication. K.I.S.S. was released April 20, 2011. Eight months later, Harrison released K.I.S.S. US/Canada Deluxe Edition on December 20, 2011, (digitally) via iTunes through her own label imprint Planet 9. The album was supported with three digitally released singles to iTunes; "Earthquake", "Somebody Come Get This Bitch", and "Mr. Incredible".
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