Kismet, synchronicity, fate, chance, chaos-theory...call it what you will. When music is meant to be created, the Universe will bring the right people together to do so.
Summer Mencher, Sara Carter and Toby Karlin met at Berklee in L.A.- a one week music program held by Berklee College of Music. After workshops and all-night adventures, the three became friends. The following year, they met again at Berklee College of Music, and Jon Lall quickly became part of the group.
After college, they all went on their separate roads, but after a couple years, fate brought them together again in Los Angeles. Toby was performing and writing with several projects, including composing for a local dance company, Invertigo Dance Theater. Sara had become an in-demand guitarist, playing with various Los Angeles groups and consistently known as "that chick who totally rocks the guitar, man."
Summer and Jon, individual singer-songwriters in their own rights, performed together for growing crowds, both local and abroad. Jon’s flair for R&B perfectly complemented Summer’s progressive folk-rock, and their harmonious duets would become a highlight of interest among their fans. They officially decided to start making music together and appropriately called themselves Indian Summer. In November of 2011, Jon proposed to Summer. She said yes and they were married in June of 2013.
Joining forces with Toby and Sara, Indian Summer became something special. The effortlessness of writing music felt refreshing and new.
The four continued to write music. Enter Corey Schreppel, drummer, producer, engineer, and longtime friend of the band. Asked for his opinion on ideas for making a record, Corey did one better: he flew out from Boston for a four day recording marathon, working solely for his passion for the music. The result was Four Days in Arkham (released 2/22/2013), named for Arkham Studios, Indian Summer's home base in West Hollywood, CA. Since the release of the record, Indian Summer has continued to perform and write songs and are gearing up for a new EP and a dive into the festival circuit.
Kiwi living in L.A. Singer. Songwriter. Tofu enthusiast. Cat fancier. Country-ish.
When you think of soul music, "attitude" isn't the first thing that always comes to mind. That's not to say the genre couldn't use a little spunk though—especially in this day and age. Thankfully, Los Angeles singer Raquel Rodriguez and her band play soul how it was always meant to be played. Their 2013 full-length debut Miss Me boasts a collection of impassioned, invigorating, and irresistible songs that are as fresh as they are fiery. Raquel discovered music very early on and became driven to sing and perform. Despite all of her formal training, she charismatically taps into an utterly effusive energy that borders on punk panache. "We want to play loud music with a groove that people can dance and drink to," she declares. "You've got to physically feel it when we're on stage or in your speakers. It has to be loud, dirty and gritty. Meeting her six-piece band while still attending class, they collectively began pursuing their own "party" in 2011, gigging tirelessly everywhere they could. A year later, the group hit the studio to record what would eventually become Miss Me. With drummer Sam Brawner producing, and engineering/mixing from Keith Armstrong at Chris Lord-Algae's studio Mix LA, they injected raw power into the music. You can hear it loud and clear on the first single and title track, "Miss Me". Blending intricate instrumentation and Raquel's infectious delivery, the song is something of a call-to-arms. "It's an anthem," she admits. "It's a girl singing about a guy who took advantage of her and didn't do anything for her. Now, because she's successful and he's not, he wants her back. She always warned him like, 'One day, you're going to miss me'. She was right." Elsewhere on the album, "Tell Me It's Fine" paints a poignant picture via her vivid lyrics and the music's sultry swing. "It's about a relationship where both people are really stubborn," she goes on. "Neither side wants to end it so they stick it out, stay together, and hope it's fine." For the bonus track "Already Beat", Raquel and co. worked with Grammy Award-winning producer Andrew Scheps [Adele]. After winning the nationwide 2012 College Battle of the Bands, they received the opportunity to work with the renowned talent. Now, she's ready to show the world how soul is really done. "It's only old school in the sense of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder making crowds get up and move," she concludes. "We wanted to bring our own spirit to something that's inspired us so much. We hope everyone wants to crank our music as loudly as possible." Raquel's merely commenced her journey, and it's going to be quite a wild ride.
The New B*Side Players Album REVOLUTIONIZE is the highly anticipated 10th release from the San Diego based world music heavy weights. Revolutionize is an organic latin funk blend of reggae, cumbia and Soul with a conscious message of unity and liberation. The new record features legendary percussionist Poncho Sanchez, guitarist Raul Pacheco of Ozomatli and Drummer Ryan Moran of Slightly Stoopid.
The B*Side Players have been laying down their own inimitable latin global funk since they came together in 1994. Their incendiary live shows have defined them as local favorites with 10 San Diego Music awards. Meanwhile their albums showcase a band with restless musical intelligence, effortlessly blending genres to fashion their own forward looking, latin flavored soul music. As an eight piece band the players are known for igniting crowds with their fierce rhythms and uplifting message of unity and consciousness. Meanwhile always keeping their focus on the political climate of the world and nation. The B-Side Players are a living and breathing cultural art experience for the mind body and soul.
B*Side Players have toured and shared the stage with James Brown, The Wailers, WAR, Sheila E, Slightly Stoopid, Toots & The Maytalls, Ben Harper, Calle 13, & Poncho Sanchez.