Monthly Archives: March 2014

Ourtunez Welcomes Comedians!

Ourtunez has expanded its horizons and included a comedy station! With mainstream clips from the most popular comedians and entertainers, we feature our talented independent artists and give them airtime alongside the greats. The tracks we play are diverse, whether it’s a clip from a stand-up show, or a satirical song. Share some laughs and upload your comedy! Sign up is easy, and uploading your tracks takes no time. Register on Ourtunez.com today and instantly receive the benefits, the most of which is EXPOSUREGet noticed with Ourtunez today. (Recently featured on Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld’s podcast “If I Were You”)

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Backstage Pass: oneclipleft

The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we talked to oneclipleft and discussed his unique recording methods. You can check him out on our Indie Rock Station on Ourtunez.com

Here’s one for all you metal-heads out there. oneclipleft, a one-man band from Georgia, delivers that well-orchestrated, hard sound with inspiring and enlightened lyrics. It truly is amazing that one man can produce all this authentic music.

Will Prowell, 28, is the name behind oneclipleft. Besides music, he teaches college writing courses. Not only are his writing skills displayed in his music, but for our interview he typed two full pages of answers to our questions, full of thoughtful responses and google-worthy vocabulary. He has lived along the east coast his whole life, from West Virginia to Florida. He now resides in Georgia.

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Will grew up a fan of all genres of rock, but at age 12 his tastes began to shift. He received Metallica’s “…And Justice For All” and played it ’til the tape wore out. “Metallica has been, and still is, my biggest influence, but I am very open to various rock and metal genres,” he said. He begged for a guitar and finally got what he was asking for. He’s played for two bands, The 13th Floor in high school and Firehead in college.

Firehead (2006-2007) did not last long. But the sound of it, they had a great time, especially during their live shows. “We focused on not only playing to the best of our ability, but also having fun with the crowd as well….We even finished one set by destroying some of our unneeded equipment with our guitars, old-school Nirvana style,” he said. Will, who now makes all his music on his own, would in the future like to form a full band for live performances. “I would love nothing more than to return to the stage.”

Will writes the music to every instrument heard in oneclipleft’s tracks. His process is pretty unique. After recording a guitar part he can’t get out of his head, he starts layering. After the music is finished, he comes up with a lyrical theme fit for the song, and writes thought-provoking lyrics, one of which is a sharp criticism of our nation’s government. This theme is evident in his debut album “A More Perfect Union” (2011). He is currently working on a new album which he plans to release late 2014 or early 2015. The message he aims to send with his music is as follows:

“I aim to inspire people to question their surroundings and think for themselves. Blindly accepting or rejecting anything can be disastrous, as is being unwilling to say ‘I don’t know’ or even ‘I was wrong.’ If my music can persuade even one person to begin challenging their assumptions, then I consider my message wildly successful. No authority figure, no book, no outside source should replace what people can discover on their own if they try. Challenge everything.”

Well said.

 

-Nino Munaco (nino@ourtunez.com)

Backstage Pass: Midwest Rico

The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we met up with Midwest Rico and discussed how hardships in his life inspire his music. You can check him out on our Indie Rap Station on Ourtunez.com

LaVelle Hall (Midwest Rico) had to go through many obstacles to get to where he is now, a budding hip-hop artist out of Detroit. He paints pictures with his lyrics about life in the streets, having to go through homelessness himself and resort to crime for money. He writes music to help him cope with the struggles he has dealt with and to inspire others in similar situations. We held an interview at Nocturnal Entertainment, an up-and-coming recording studio in Southfield, Michigan.

Rico’s musical career started when he was about 14. His mother, realizing his son’s talent for singing, made him go to an audition to sing backup for Kierra “Kiki” Sheard, a gospel singer. Soon he was traveling and touring with her, and Rico got his first taste of what the music life was all about. “I fell in love with it,” he said.

Midwest Rico Ourtunez Featured Artist

Midwest Rico
Ourtunez Featured Artist

Music was not Rico’s first dream of success. He had aspirations of becoming a football player and after playing at Inkster High School as a DB/LB, alongside future University of Michigan QB Devin Gardner, he received a scholarship for Northern Michigan University. It was there when his dream started to fade. “I got sick and had to come home and like a bunch of obstacles just hit like real fast. Like ended up being homeless and, just selling drugs and a bunch of other crazy stuff.” But as one dream faded, another was taking taking form.

In this dark time in his life, Rico found inspiration through his music. He started rapping his freshman year at Northern Michigan, where “Freestyle Fridays” with the football team turned into battle rapping, where he would “kill dudes bro”. When the school year started, people started to notice his skills. He started to record songs under the name Fresh Kid, like his remake of “5 o’clock” by T-Pain. When he left school he focused more on his music, which he saw was influencing the lives of people around him. “I was touching a lot of people and that’s what I like to do. I like to help people, so seeing me inspire people, and really get people through everyday life just kinda inspired me to make more music.”

Midwest Rico started to develop a style all his own. With influences from his gospel upbringing, R&B influences like Ginuwine, and Hip-Hop legends as Jay-Z, Nas, 2Pac, and Biggie, Rico puts his own spin on the genre. “Everybody compares rappers who sing to Drake, so I’ve been trying to capture my own style and still make it comfortable.” He’s had many names through the past few years going from Rico Suave to Rico Love to Rico DaVinci. He plans on sticking with Midwest Rico.

Midwest Rico’s new single “Helluva Night” tells a dark story. 3 years ago, his close friend, Previn Dixon, who he played football with at Inkster, was shot and killed during a robbery attempt and police chase that started in Dearborn and ended tragically on Ashton St. in Detroit. Rico visits the place where his “big brother” was taken in his music video. A week earlier, Rico received a call from Dixon who sounded scared for his life and felt his days were numbered. “He was fearless so it was weird to be hearing somebody I looked at like Iron Man to be saying he was scared he was gonna die,” Rico recalls. Rico told Dixon to just get some rest and that he would pray for him. Sure enough, Rico heard the bad news after practice where he and Dixon shared many memories. Now 21, Midwest Rico has matured and found an outlet to cope with this tragedy.

Through hardship and pain, Midwest Rico has risen above. He has shared the stage with Gucci Mane, Kid Ink, MGK, and Dom Kennedy, to name a few. His next project, for now titled “21”, is in the works and he’s planning on doing it big. You can listen to his new single and upcoming projects on Ourtunez. “Ourtunez is dope.” We couldn’t agree more.

Here are some clips from our interview. We thank Midwest Rico for his time and Nocturnal Entertainment for being great hosts.

-Nino Munaco (nino@ourtunez.com)  Ourtunez Editor

Backstage Pass: The ERERs

The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we joined The ERERs and discussed past and future projects. You can check them out on our Indie Rock Station on Ourtunez.com

If you think Rock is dead, or has been mutilated to a genre unrecognizable by human ears, think again. The ERERs, from Troy, Michigan, have a unique sound that moves your feet without even knowing it. You wouldn’t believe that such a full sound is coming from only three members. They give hope to rock purists nationwide.

The ERERs Ourtunez Featured Artist

The ERERs
Ourtunez Featured Artist

The three members include Matt Riesterer on guitar and vocals, Chris Fichter on drums, and Jamie Mosshart on bass. These 3 rocker(er)s make some seriously good music, but off stage they are some of the goofiest dudes. For example, in a recent interview, they described their top influences to their music as “leather jackets and pizza.” And to be honest, we can totally taste some spicy pepperoni and hear the crackling leather when we listen to this band. Their hobbies outside of music include “imported Beer, domestic boobs, shark week (for real. See Matt’s tattoo.) and fist fights.” You know, the rock star life.

They have uploaded their “Tombstone EP” on Ourtunez and we have all been big fans ever since. It was recorded January and February of 2013 and consists of six amazing head nodding rock songs. “We were all pumped up about it and basically learned the songs as we recorded them.”


The ERERs have upcoming shows on March 6th at the 51 North Brewery in Lake Orion, and on March 7th at Capo’s Lounge in Hamtramck. If you’re anywhere in southeast Michigan on those days, we highly recommend you see this band. They describe their live shows as “sweaty, fuzzy, loud, and semi-erect.” Sounds like a hell of a time.

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They are releasing a new EP in April and we couldn’t be more excited to hear it. A release show in April is in the works as well. The ERERs have great chemistry and it shows in their music. “We were meant for each otherer.” Big things are in store for this gritty rock band. (Photography by Katya Stewart)

-Nino Munaco (nino@ourtunez.com)  Ourtunez Editor