The worlds of Hip Hop and EDM (Electronic Dance Music) have been on a crash course ever since David Mancuso and Kool Herc both created their respective genres a few blocks away from each other on a little island called Manhattan.In todays new wave age of DYI home studio production and globalization, these two seemingly divergent genres have reconnected and accelerated the rise of the DJ to an almost fever pitch. Stars like Tiesto and Avicii command payments in the area of $350,000 to $500,000 for an evening of their time.
Therefore we knew it was only a matter of time until the lyricists got into the EDM game in a big way.
A lyricist/producer that is certainly pushing the boundaries between Hip Hop,R+B, and EDM is Bay Area born Joey Coltrane. At the ripe age of 21 Joey has clearly been digesting Hip Hop, EDM, Rock and classical for quite a while and has created a breakthrough release with his current project called “Something Different”.
Joey who started playing the piano at 5, and eventually graduated to guitar was heavily influenced by the likes of John Frusciante and Jimi Hendrix, as well as Bay Area hip hop artists such as Mac Dre and Andre Nickatina.
This eclectic collage of sound clearly informed the audio aesthetic on “Something Different”. On tracks like “Kill The Dragon” and “Ketchup”, Mr. Coltrane clearly is testing the limits of what are generally known as Hip Hop and EDM. “Something Different” creates a vision of what mainstream music may sound like in 2014 and beyond.
After the November 2013, release of “Something Different” Joey has been on a rockets trajectory to a radio station or streaming platform near you having received industry and critical acclaim for his debut effort.
So whats next for the rising star? Of course a sophomore effort which Joey is currently wrapping up entitled Alter Egos which is set to be released in March of 2014.
If you are a fan of 2Pac, Biggie, Daft Punk, Steve Aoki or Miley Cyrus, check out Joey Coltrane to hear “Something Different”.
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