It’s 12:40 a.m. on a Saturday night, drinks are being poured and your living room is starting to look like Studio 54. Better hope you’ve got Zak Waters’ on the stereo.
Oozing with confidence, sex appeal, and a Jackson Five’s worth of charismatic vocal ability, this flourishing young multi-talented singer and musician has perfected the pop formula with a new record of undeniably infectious dance hits. Blending the futuristic funk of Jamiroquai, the pulsing electro-beat of Daft Punk, and the classic groove of Earth, Wind, and Fire, Waters’ music instantly appeals to anyone with eardrums and a pulse.
Having seen his first taste of success as a member of Universal/Motown’s pop/rock group Blueskyreality, Waters signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Warner/Chappell Music in 2010 and has been shaking up dance floors across the country with his impressive and ambitious solo work ever since. With a brand new solo album, New Normal, written and recorded entirely by the singer himself with co-producer and writing partner Jarrad Kritzstein, Waters is proving that you don’t need a gimmick when you combine a world-class songwriting ability with an other-worldly set of pipes.
Brent Burns at kickkicksnare.com sums things up with shining praise, stating “from the heartfelt vocals and playful lyrics, to the stomping beat and clean production – a perfect new blend of quality pop […],” while boomboomchick.com raved “[Waters’] songs don’t leave you a moment to catch a breath, it’s a 120-mile-an-hour coaster ride which leaves you […] with your hair in a mess and your heart pumping out of your chest.” These sentiments are sure to be shared by the rest of the music industry, as well as the world, when Waters’ solo debut drops on August 2, 2011.
Ladies and gentlemen, Zak Waters, the soundtrack to your next great party.
FRENCH HORN REBELLION
“French horn is hard to play. Making hot beats is fun. Let’s make a band.”
Love Is Dangerous in the big, bad city where late nights always bring out swingers on party patrol, hipster suits in dark alleys, beat-boxers at street corners and Poster Girls with Broken Hearts. It’s Friday Night, baby and French Horn Rebellion’s dance card is Void and Fancy Free.
FHR is Robert and David Perlick-Molinari, two Brooklyn-based brothers born and bred in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2007, while hanging on a heartstring and daydreaming of Beaches and Friends, Robert had been playing French horn in the Chicago Civic Orchestra, got restless and decided to turn all attention to making dance music. After informing his conductor that Mahler isn’t fun anymore, Robert asked bassoon-toting older brother, David, to share this epiphany of self-emancipation. Our sordid tale of French Horn Rebellion’s mission to deliver NextJackSwing to The Body Electric begins here.
Explains Robert, “We were trying to think of a way to engage kids who play in orchestra or band, and say, ‘Hey. You guys can have fun too and this is how you do it.’ That’s when the wheels started turning – we could make music the way we want to, and it’s OK.”
David offers, “We realized that we had the power to create something of our own. The rebellion was about accepting wholeheartedly the uniqueness of who we are and using that as a driving force. We had to rebel against the status quo and focus on what drove us internally.”
These self-proclaimed band geeks gone wild (BGGW) are often Up All Night crafting witty, hook-laden grooves, making reverent noise or Dancing Out on tour with a program of disco-etched lights, hi-octane special guests and a keg full of party-starter anthems. It’s the French Horn Rebellion creed. “Could we really be having This Moment?” The answer is an explosive and resounding “Hell, Yeah!” FHR effortlessly weave between the seams of buzzy indie dance, electro, funk and psychedelia through to visceral new wave, rock and ambitious pop. David and Robert’s sly productions, smart songs and giddy live shows manage to infuse their devoted disciples with a compulsive and joyous energy.
As FHR’s resident pied piper, Robert concedes this bit of affable insight, “I play French horn really, really loud. That’s the number one thing – live and loud! We’re running around and ripping off Jimi Hendrix solos on French horn. It’s the equivalent of a pizza party in band class with Teddy Riley on the jukebox.”
David’s practical wisdom believes “Our rebellion is about getting the true, everyday meaning of being alive and forcing the bull-s**t out!”
French Horn Rebellion fan favorites like “Girls,” “Caaalifornia,” “Last Summer,” “Johnny Smash,” “Swing Into It” or the band’s inspired cover of The Human League’s perennial classic, “Don’t You Want Me” continue to cement their NextJackSwing global takeover aspirations in the studio and on the road.
“Next Jack Swing is a genre we’ve created from the ‘New Jack Swing’ or ‘Swing Beat’ tradition of the late 80’s and early 90s, but using today’s technology to make the beats heavier, with funkier bass lines, and of course, putting in our own flair…” begins Robert with a knowing, mischievous tone. David finishes the missive, “…It’s New Jack’s kid brother seasoned by sweaty, basement dance-rages of eternal groove. It exposes everything we love about dance music!”
FHR traveled 5 continents from Seoul to Caaalifornia in search of the best collaborators and fellow champions of the swing. The group have been fortunate enough to work, play, perform and collaborate with some of the best and most influential artists around, such as MGMT, Of Montreal, Ghost Beach, Cut Copy, Yelle, Savoir Adore, Hot Chip, St. Lucia, Jody Watley, The Drums, Two Door Cinema Club, HAERTS, The Knocks, SebastiAn, Autograf, Viceroy, OMD, The Knocks, MNDR, Ladyhawke and Database. Fueled by the group’s bounty of wily beats and superbass, The Perlick-Molinari brothers are also very involved with incorporating inspired art, film and visuals to aid and interpret their sonic assault. FHR sleeve, tour poster, cover art and video clips have featured the work of Flekz, Skip Dolphin Hursh, Ronnie Heart, Michael Komar, Jose-Maria Norton, Kristen Winter, Dress Code, Harry Fellowes, Ally Lindsay, Meredith Dittmar and the guys themselves.
Over the years, French Horn Rebellion’s emotive pop singles, illustrious dance e.p.’s, well-tailored remixes and an acclaimed album debut, “The Infinite Music of French Horn Rebellion” have received high praise, acclaim and obsession by such media hubs as: The Huffington Post, Billboard, BBC Radio 1, Entertainment Weekly, Jay Z’s Life & Times, Interview Magazine, Spotify, Rolling Stone, VIBE, The Guardian, Bust, Mashable, Thissongissick, NY Daily News, VEVO, Q Magazine and Time Out. Additionally, FHR have had 10 self-released singles and mixes storm the top of the influential Hype Machine chart.
With their new record label, Ensemble Records enjoying a glorious bow this Summer introducing Slaptop’s smash “Sunrise” (in conjunction with +1 Records) and a busy Williamsburg-based production compound and studio, YouTooCanWoo, churning out the hits, The Perlick-Molinari brothers of French Horn Rebellion are living their D.I.Y. manifesto to the fullest, noting the best is yet to come. It’s clear that the group’s engaging performer, A&R chief and French Horn-toting label honcho, Robert – partnered with David, the introspective studio geek, world domination enthusiast and production perfectionist, are gearing up for an international rebel party coup. FHR know You’re All Right and want to assist with a bit of exclusive party intel.
David knowingly states, “A way the world can feel worthwhile is for its individuals to lead the charge. We are all worth the time and energy. This dance party is where we celebrate!”
Robert breaks it down even further, “I equate orchestra players with middle-class workers. You play the music on the page, listen to the conductor and go home. And I think orchestra players aren’t appreciated, much like today’s working man. That’s why it’s a rebellion: working guys, rebel!”