Ona is a musician, artist, dancer, and model living in Brooklyn and on the web. She studied dance and biology as an undergraduate and recently received her MFA in Fine Art from Parsons School of Design. Her band, ONA, is co-produced by Kevin Blackler of Blackler Studios in Bushwick, NY, who has worked on projects by Billy Joel, K’Naan/Mos Def, Nikolai Fraiture (of The Strokes), The Prodigy, and more. As an image-maker, she considers herself an “extreme selfie model” who practices a DIY aesthetic by self-producing all her own content: shooting her own photos, crafting her own videos, and designing her own websites. In 2015, Dazed and Confused Magazine said she was “a digital artist to keep your eye on.”
Sam Himself currently lives in New York City by way of Switzerland. Long before he made the U.S. his home in 2010, he fell in love with soul, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and country. Spending years creating his own style by merging these genres, the result is an eclectic Americana, unified by his distinct baritone and his guitar-based compositions. “Boatman’s Song,” the first single off his debut LP, describes the individual experience of global injustice. G— What is your relationship to music? SH—Music is what brought me to the US. I grew up in Switzerland, where I immersed myself in American music from a young age. I always wanted to get to where that music’s from, and now that I’m here, I can’t wait to travel the country and see the places where the songs I love were born. G—Can you tell us about “Boatman’s Song”? Sam Himself—Last summer, I went to the beach in Italy. Around that time, news and images of the escalating refugee crisis started pouring in. The people in those photos arrived on beaches like the one I went to, though while I was on vacation, they were trapped in a nightmare. Out of despair, they had risked
PREMIERE ECHOREV – D.O.L Duo ECHOREV have found a way to turn an innocent reverie into an accessible sound and an output which oozes anthem like quality. With such a gigantic presence this duo cannot be ignored; their music deserves to be played loud in a riveting fashion. Their new single “D.O.L”, explores questions of euphoria, a utopian world where love heals all wounds and compassion becomes an all encompassing energy. At the same time it demonstrates the freedom that can be attained within the grips of positivity. This song is an explosion of ecstasy and an enchanting mix of club-like bass and a captivating recognition of the power of love. Listen to the advanced stream of “D.O.L” above.
PLAYIST March 2016 Tracks you need to hear this March including brand new Kendrick, Tinashe gives us another future-soul trap drenched single off her highly anticipated sophomore album, Mike snow teams up with Charli XCX, new selects from El Guincho, Yung Lean and more.