KIDFORCE is the brainchild of Rhett Raha, who started performing in a hard rock band at age 14, began writing and recording by 15 and played his first gig at the same age, where he won a “Battle of the Bands” at B.B. King’s at Universal CityWalk, in Los Angeles. When he was 19 years-old he dropped out of school to pursue music as a career with his band Kid Force; they were offered recording deals but declined them. They recorded an EP on the sly that garnered a thousand downloads over eight months and began gigging with acts such as Far East Movement, Shwayze, The Knux and Trouble Andrew, who approached them to remix his song “Chase Money,” which made it on Fuel TV’s Elektro Circus snowboarding commercial in 2010. A chance meeting in Hollywood with Euro-pop band The Black Pony led to a swift collaboration with guitarist Eugene Flitner. The resulting song, “Crush,” made the band’s album and was a hit on their “Crush Tour 2011.” By the summer of 2011 the other members had left Kid Force, so Rhett appropriated the name KIDFORCE for himself. Now as a solo artist, he completed his debut release, Doom Box EP, with Fingazz (Snoop Dogg, Beyonce, Gwen Stefani) behind the boards and is starting to receive attention with the lead single, “Brunettes (Do It Better).” KIDFORCE has also been keeping busy in the studio working on remixes for other artists, which have been kept under wraps but will be revealed soon. He recently signed a label deal with the newly launched Slice Me Nice label and will be doing a number of upcoming shows in LA. KIDFORCE is available for licensing booking and synch representation.
STREAM: “Brunettes (Do It Better)”
Australian quintet Alibrandi mixes infectious melodies with hard-hitting riffs to create their own brand of alternative indie-rock. Their debut EP, The Emergency, received national airplay in Australia with the lead single, “Even Lions May Fall,” featured in high-rotation spots on such taste-making independent stations as Melbourne’s Triple RRR. The EP and single were produced by Shane Graham and mastered in Seattle by Troy Glessner (Death Cab For Cutie, Anderlin, Underoath). This debut is chock full of tight rock anthems reminiscent of Manchester Orchestra and Bloc Party with hints of Sparta. Last year also included an east coast Australian tour, with 2011 being bookended by packed local shows; now, 2012 brings the next step in this Australian act’s career. Alibrandi has been selected for the FUSE Festival, one of Australia’s most respected music industry showcases. They’ll also perform on the national Rock the Schools Tour, a commercial high school tour encompassing each state of Australia that will witness Alibrandi perform at ten schools to over 5000 young adults between the ages of 13-17. Additional information, tour dates and music can be found at http://www.myspace.com/alibrandionline. Alibrandi will perform their first N. American music industry showcase at the Worldwide Radio Summit on Saturday April 28th at 9.30PM at S.I.R. Studios Hollywood (for guest list information, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
STREAM: “Even Lions May Fall”
Formed a little over two years ago in Dublin is five-piece pop-rock outfit, Keywest. The brainchild of childhood friends Andrew Kavanagh and Andrew Glover joined another duo consisting of Sam Marder and James Lock to form the band, making it complete with drummer Harry Sullivan. Although only together as a five piece just under a year, the band have made numerous appearances on national TV and radio as well as appearances at high profile gigs such as Oxegen, one of Europe’s biggest music festivals Galway Arts Festival and International Arthurs Day, as well as supporting slots for The Black Eyed Peas, Paolo Nutini, Blondie, Mel C along the way. The band’s debut album, The Message, released in February. The band, starting from humbling beginnings playing on the streets of Ireland, quickly caught the eye of Grammy nominated Mark Needham (The Killers, Neon Trees, The Sounds) who took the band under his wing have also attracted support from production heavyweights, Dan Frampton (Dido, The Script, Ronan Keating) and Steve Marcussen (Rolling Stones, Keane, Kelly Clarkson) who respectively mixed and mastered the album. With a diverse selection of influences ranging from legends Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, to more contemporary bands like, U2, Snow Patrol and The Killers, Keywest have been building up a dedicated and committed fan base from all over the world. Keywest have recently signed a global publishing deal with peermusic in the U.S. and are currently available for signing, licensing and booking in multiple territories.
STREAM: “In The Fight For Love”
The UK’s Push & Run label, known for their love of unexpected music ranging from Hip Hop to Electro, has three artists, including the brand new single "Pressure" by U.T.R.B Cardiff’s U.T.R.B, which stands for Until The Ribbon Breaks, is a mysterious band that can’t be pigeonholed into any one genre, a la Gnarls Barkley. The brains behind U.T.R.B is Pete Lawrie, who until now, has been writing songs under his birth name and producer extraordinaire Rollo Armstrong (Faithless, Dido, One Eskimo) who sent A&R Worldwide these new recordings. The song contains elements of various styles including R&B, Soul, Electro and influences with some early adapters comparing it to The Weeknd. The song is slowly finding its way onto specialty radio in the U.S. including our very own Passport Approved syndicated radio program and has also been getting spins from KCRW’s Anthony Valadez in Los Angeles. If this song is any indication of what U.T.R.B has to offer, then Push & Pull have much success in their near-future. The release is currently a free download at http://www.utrb.co.uk.