MUSIC

Lights, Camera, Action Bronson!

Action Bronson. A rapper, writer, chef, and television presenter. He chats with FRONTRUNNER about his latest album, Only For Dolphins.

NYC’s Brass Badasses: Lucky Chops

Lucky Chops is a band full of badass brass players, who rose to international fame as they were captured busking on the New York City Subway.

A One-On-One With Dizzy, The Band

FRONTRUNNER meets the Juno Award-winning pop group Dizzy, featuring lead singer Kate Munshaw and trio Alex, Mackenzie and Charlie Spencer.

Gimme Some Sugar: Alex G

Alexander Giannascoli is better known by his stage name, Alex G. His music is often characterized as indie rock with a lo-fi or “bedroom pop”

Arlo Parks: The Power of Poetry in Music

Once in a while, an artist arrives who may not realize their own skill and insight. 19-year-old singer/songwriter/poet Arlo Parks is one of those artists.

To Love Is To Live: Jehnny Beth

Jehnny Beth is a musician, singer-songwriter and actress. She’s half of the French lo-fi duo John & Jehn and frontwoman for the English rock band, Savages.

FRONTRUNNER Runs With Sondre Lerche

FRONTRUNNER goes running with Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche, where he describes the unexpected pleasures of bootleg albums and ambient music.

Doing Music His Way: Rap Veteran Cormega

Rap is two things: a fire beat and an MC with something to say. Rap veteran Cormega brings that simplicity back, using intricate rhymes to do it.

Matt Sweeney: The FRONTRUNNER Interview

FRONTRUNNER meets guitarist/producer/vocalist Matt Sweeney, who has collaborated with the likes of Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Will Oldham and Iggy Pop.

Ansley Simpson and Anishinaabe Traditions

Ansley Simpson is a member of the Aldverville First Nations. The Toronto based Anishinaabe singer-songwriter is known for her lilting vocal performances.

Meet Two-Spirit Musician Shawnee

Shawnee is a two-spirit Mohawk singer-songwriter that uses her soulful music as medicine and to inspire social change.

Elijah Bank$y on Life as a Muse for Music

Orange County based-rapper Elijah Bank$y drips with soulful beats and clever similes. His album 50*40*90 blasts a New York vibe with music visuals to match.

Christina Schneider Becomes Locate S,1

Christina Schneider, in her world of brilliantly disruptive fringe-pop music, has taken on a handful of monikers. Now, she is known as Locate S,1.

LISSIE: Songs For Our Time

Elisabeth Corrin Maurus, known as LISSIE, is a musician with authentic and genuine talent. Type “Lissie” into YouTube and you will likely be equally moved by her solo performances of her songs with acoustic guitar and vocals as those with her full band in a studio.

Transition and Connections: Meet Spencer.

New York virtuoso Spencer. is living, breathing, beat-making proof that achieving your dreams starts with the ability and willingness to take risks.

Dustin O’Halloran: The FRONTRUNNER Interview

Based in Berlin and Los Angeles, Dustin O’Halloran is an accomplished composer with a music scoring discography featured in movies such as The Hate U Give, Lion, Marie Antoinette, and more.

Haleek Maul on Errol: the Album and the Man Behind It

Barbados has blessed us with a lot. Flying fish, Rihanna, beautiful beaches, and (on my personal list), Haleek Maul. Born in Brooklyn but raised in Barbados, Haleek is introducing the world to his trap-infused sound that has a Barbados twist and twang.

Naïka Creates Her Own Brand of “World Pop”

“I use singing in different languages as a raw representation of my roots. It’s who I am. My background isn’t linear,” says Miami-born singer-songwriter Naïka.

The Live First Mentality: FRONTRUNNER Interviews Sports Team

Throughout a long series of pinch-me moments, Sports Team has remained true to their uni-band roots. Night after night, they’re doing the impossible: filling arenas and stadiums with the energy of a tightly packed frat party.

BENEE Takes FRONTRUNNER To Marzz

BENEE’s quirkily titled STELLA & STEVE EP beams with dreamy grooves that complement the more sugary sweet pop of FIRE ON MARZZ.

Between Light and Dark: duendita

I had read that duendita believed God was within, and that a prayer between her and God could be the same as a conversation between her and a loved one. As I watched the man with the locs sway to the music, I thought that perhaps this is what duendita’s music is about.

Channel Tres’ Music Could Lead People To The Promised Land

MoMA PS1’s Warm Up is an annual summer music festival that lifts up the voices of innovative and underrepresented artists. One of the many artists who took the stage–or, dare we say, owned the stage–this year was Channel Tres.

From Orkney to the East End: FRONTRUNNER Interviews Erland Cooper

It was hard to imagine that the creation of the first two instalments in a triptych of records by Erland Cooper, which so perfectly captures the essence of the Orkney Islands’ (Scotland) wildlife, was created in a bustling environment such as London’s East End.

FRONTRUNNER Meets Tyler Ramsey

FRONTRUNNER speaks with Tyler Ramsey about his new album and the important relationship between quiet and creativity. He also told us about his favorite guitars, the satisfying flexibility of solo touring, and his friendship with Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket.

Bad Bad Hats Have Sweet Sweet Dance Moves

Minneapolis-based Bad Bad Hats released their debut EP, It Hurts, in 2013 shortly after vocalist Kerry Alexander and guitarist Chris Hoge graduated from Macalester College.

Two New Solo Tracks From Antibalas Drummer Miles Francis

When New York’s Miles Francis released his first solo EP, Swimmers, in February of this year, he had already played the drums in several noteworthy ensembles. In addition to being a former member of Afrobeat group Antibalas, he has also toured with Arcade Fire’s Will Butler and performed on stage with Angelique Kidjo, Amber Mark, Sharon Jones, and more.

Get To Know Atlanta Rockers Gringo Star

We have always loved trying to pull from as many different sounds that we like in the hopes of always making something that feels fresh to us

Doran Danoff: King of Crown City

I think King of Crown City definitely shows my love for vintage styles like funk, soul, R&B and jazz. I grew up listening to everything under the sun.

Introducing Juliet Quick’s Changeling EP

Brooklyn musician Juliet Quick’s poetic storytelling has always found a cozy home among textured string instruments, ever since her first releases two years ago under the name Juliet K.

Sis Unfurls Their Musical Moonsail

San Francisco musical collective Sis was born out of the artistic restlessness of singer and composer Jenny Gillespie Mason, a self-proclaimed “former folkie” who decided she wanted to record new music on a OP-1 synth.

Natti Vogel: Captivating, Charming, Comedic

With a musical presence that captivates, the lyrics and musicality of pianist and singer Natti Vogel are unique, unmatchably creative and stylistically comedic. His music

the YeahTones: Yay for Rocking, Yeah for Beats

Well all those songs came out of so much frustration and anger I was feeling at the time towards many systems that we live with today. We have an education systems that pressures very young kids (and their parents) to go to the “best schools” then charge $200k+ to attend with basically negative guarantees of opportunities when you finish…

Interview with Betty Moon

I typically have a melody in mind when crafting my lyrics, as the message is more impactful if both the words and music come from a deep, personal place.

Interview with Brooks Brown: Young Wonder

Living in Kansas was a hinderance at first, but being so separated from what I thought
was the “place to be” in music pushed me to meet some people outside my sphere and get out
of my comfort zone. The dynamic is so much different when you’re collaborating in person
versus online. In person, picking up someone’s style, vibe, charisma, etc. is almost
instantaneous.

Rosi Golan: Music of Time and Place

My favorite thing is when you write a song and you don’t realize what it’s about yet and then in hindsight you realize you were processing something you were going through at the time.

JD King: Timeless Charm

JD King is many things. He’s a multi-instrumentalist (he taught himself how to play the bass, saxophone, and flute at a young age), a photographer, producer, a sartorial vision from another era.

Bella Mer: Debut Single Stirs Intrigue

Most of my lyrics come from dreams and memories. For the EP, I went on a journey into the depths of my soul, pulled out pieces, and arranged them into these lyrical stories. Sometimes lyrics come first, sometimes music.

FRONTRUNNER Meets Sure Sure: A Sure Bet

Indie-pop quartet Sure Sure makes music out of their home in Los Angeles, where their bedrooms regularly double as their studio. When inspiration kicks in, as was the case with their song Koreatown, they flesh it out on the spot, hitting us with hit after hit in a seemingly effortless progression.

Gisela Fulla-Silvestre: NOIA

I’ve never considered myself a singer to be honest, but lately I’m coming to terms with the fact that I am a singer and not just a music producer.

Justin Dean Thomas: A Live Wire

There are such extremes of living here and there are always new resources popping up and mediums and venues that keep you working. There is such an immediacy to this city.

Scully: Playing for Progress

they possess a sprightly vibe, yet it’s unmistakably and curiously entangled with a hardcore, no-bullshit fervor.

EZTV: Three Man Show

The lyrics tend to start with something I’ve experienced, recently or a while ago, but there’s usually a healthy amount of abstraction thrown in.

Porches: A Lighter Shade of Aaron Maine

Porches is Aaron Maine, a New York City transplant by way of Westchester. The songwriter lives with his musician girlfriend, Greta Kline (aka Frankie Cosmos), and each contributes to the other’s musical projects.

The Basilica Soundscape Experience

It’s a festival run without capitalistic motives, a welcome change in the bloated festival landscape and one of the reasons it’s been nicknamed “the anti-festival.”

Get to Know Warm Up, MoMA PS1’s Esteemed Event Series

..dozens of pink two-liter water bottles hung above turntables on a raised stage. They bobbed and swayed throughout the day, hovering like an aquatic crown to the talented DJs and producers that helmed the decks..

B Boys: Brooklyn’s Astral Jokesters

It’s profound. It’s witty. It’s silly. It’s all of the above. The B Boys—Andrew Kerr, Brendon Avalos, and Britton Walker — are self-described jokesters, but they take their music pretty seriously.

Boulevards: Reviving Funk in the Millennial Era

This is what I wanna do. This is what I want to pursue. This is what I want to perfect. It took a lot of steps, a lot of setbacks, a lot of growing, and a lot practice to get where I’m at. And I’m still trying to get better.

Marco Benevento: Fred Short and the Human Voice

I had this really inspiring night here in the studio and basically wrote seven songs in an hour and a half, but it took me two years to extract them and rewrite them and perfect them and put them into album form.

Dälek: Music in Dialects

It’s not like there’s a billion fans that are into what we’re doing. It’s not that kind of thing. It just felt right to do. The climate definitely felt right as far as getting back out there

Xander Ferreira: Performing the Homeland

What is this feeling inside of me that I want to share, to explore, and to work on? For me it was about, after working in advertising for a number of years, how do people buy into bullshit?

Future Punx: This is Post-Wave

We’re coming from a punk background but we don’t want to limit ourselves in any ways. We’ve learned to express ourselves in a certain way, but we want to broaden the palate infinitely.

Doran Danoff: The Versatile Music Man

I wouldn’t say it’s a departure, but it’s definitely an evolution. Because of all these influences, all these different styles that I’ve played and listened to, my songbook reflects that in every way.

Starchild: Music as a Photo Book

There’s a lot of consecutive, consistent tracking, trying to create an energy. There’s more instrumentation.

Journalism: The ‘Faces’ of New York

There’s a lot of people making good music. I think you’ve gotta be a good live band too. You’ve gotta go play live shows and win people over.

Mass Gothic: The Catharsis of Honest Songwriting

I started pretty quickly learning about how the internet music industry stuff works and getting sad…I do miss the time when I knew nothing, because it was much more enjoyable.

Jon LaDeau: Brooklyn Driving Rock

Songwriting is less of a practice for me and more of a condition. It’s just something that I have to do. Sometimes it just stops me in my tracks and makes me sit down.

Carly Howard: Musical Vision

When I have a vision for something or an idea, I start to see all aspects of it: what it should look like, sound like, feel like, etc. It’s hard for me to isolate one art form from another.

DJ Dhundee: Music Maverick

DJ Dhundee is a talented DJ. He wears many hats: an educator, podcast producer, promoter, and Creative Director.

Brendan Jay Sullivan (DJ VH-1): Rivington Was Ours

Brendan Jay Sullivan is a music producer, writer, and DJ known to his club going followers as DJ VH1. Lady Gaga and Lady Starlight were Sullivan’s go-go dancers for two years, before they began incorporating Gaga’s music into their dance-rock show.

Reverend John Delore

Wisconsin born poet and songwriter, brings his own flavor of Roots, Folk, and Country that defies genres. This man can deliver a song and turn a memorable phrase.