10 Asian-American musicians, groups, dj's, and bands on the radar

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Lyrics Born

MySpace Bio Info: Groundbreaking, charismatic, stylish, distinctive - these are just some of the words that have been used to describe Lyrics Born. With a career spanning over a decade, Lyrics Born began as an underground MC who while in college at UC Davis met up with fellow Bay Area artists DJ Shadow, Blackalicious and Lateef The Truth Speaker. This tight knit crew joined forces with famed author Jeff Chang and MTV producer Joseph Patel to form the seminal independent label, Solesides. In 1997, SoleSides released Lyrics Born's first full length debut with Lateef entitled Latyrx: The Album. With the success of Latyrx, LB and co. reinvented the model for independent hip-hop record labels, as the album went on to sell 100,000 copies worldwide.

Cory Lee

MySpace Bio Info: Initially her music caught fire in the clubs across Canada, and radio soon followed with her first single "The Naughty Song" (from her debut album What A Difference A Day Makes). This was just the beginning for Cory with a 2006 nomination for a Juno Award, in addition to a 2006 Indie Music Award for Pop Artist of The Year and 2 Canadian Radio Music Awards. Her sophomore album Sinful Innocence was released through WIDEawake/Universal in Canada in June of 2007 and through WIDEawake/Village Again in Japan in July. She has also joined the cast of the teen drama series Instant Star, by Degrassi producers Epitome Pictures, playing the role of Karma.

DJ Mike Relm

Wikipedia Bio Info: Mike Relm is a Chinese American DJ, turntablist, and VJ from San Francisco, California. As a solo artist, Relm is known for live performances which feature a series of audio mashups paired with video images, manipulated in real-time with a turntable-like device (e.g. Pioneer DVJ1000). Mike Relm has toured with the famous Blue Man Group. He performed at the 2007 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Bonnaroo, as well as the renound Audiotistic-Future Sound Festival which featured Outkast and Mos Def.


MySpace Bio Info: JAZMIN gained nation-wide exposure after being chosen by NBC to participate in their Startomorrow music competition led by legendary music producer David Foster –- who likened them to En Vogue and TLC. During their audition, they had an opportunity to jam with Foster and Mick Fleetwood who thought they were “charming”, advancing them to become one of the Top 100 Bands and including them on a segment of “Extra”. JAZMIN continues to be in demand as the featured artist at numerous festivals, universities, community events and private functions.

Vudoo Soul

MySpace Bio Info: Vudoo Soul does not look or sound like anything the music industry would traditionally label a "soul man". However, driven by an unwavering desire to break that mold, Vudoo Soul is emerging as one of the freshest faces and styles in music today. Vudoo Soul dared to compete in various Apollo Night-style events, where audiences witnessed him beating the odds to win one title after the next. During his performance for ImaginAsian TV in New York, Vudoo Soul even caused Russell Simmons to interrupt his own media interview in order to catch him in action. Moreover, Vudoo Soul has now officially become an international entertainer with his April 2006 debut in Asia. Fans anticipation of his arrival has drawn major media coverage from HK Magazine and the South China Morning Post, Hong Kongs premier English newspaper.

Big Chan

Press Release Info: Big Chan, otherwise known as 'Chan' or 'Snacky Chan,' is a hip hop emcee originally hailing from New Jersey, currently doing his thing in Boston, Massachussetts. Chan has established himself over the years as an emcee with 'true to the art' skills, proving his abilities in underground hip hop venues across the country with his music also being in Mike Kang's The Motel. In the summer of ’07 Chan completed his Japan/Korea tour consisting of 17 shows.

DJ KrisCut

MySpace Bio Info: Catching the attention of many promoters, she has performed in different venues from Boston to Hollywood, up and down the West Coast, and internationally into Canada. She has also opened up for Funk Master Flex, Kid Capri, DJ AM, and rocked celebrity after parties, like Christina Millian's afterparty @ Risque for Memorial Day Weekend. Currently, she is a resident at three Las Vegas nightclubs and continues to travel across the country, sharing her love for music.

Tatum Jones

MySpace Bio Info: Recently formed in 2007, the three members of TATUM JONES come together with over 15 years of experience in the professional music industry, having performed on acclaimed shows such as "It's Showtime at the Apollo", NBC's "America's Got Talent", KIIS FM's Jingle Ball, "Ed McMahon's Next Big Star" and countless others. Currently, the band is working on their debut EP album scheduled for release FALL 2007.

Eugene Huang

While there are only two songs on his MySpace Music profile - Huang definitely knows how to write a tune. Give him a little more time and a finished album (currently being worked on) - and he could have a really successful career.

Gumby Is Pryce

Bottom line is this: How many rappers do you know born in Laos coming out of MN? Dirty Midwestern rap, where with a little more polish could start making some real underground waves. Whether or not they can pull a Master P remains to be seen though.