The melody and sound of creeping synths, pulsating bass and sonic landscapes behind flared drums serve as an altar to haunting vocal samples and hip-hop driven melodies in the production for the release of “Candented Dawn” in 2013. Hailing from the unlikely Charleston, SC Candented builds music that incorporates elements of ambient, hip hop, electronica, techno, futurepop, and Witchhouse.
KAV1ANI - formerly performing under the name “DJ K”. In Winter of 2011 it was decided to evolve into the stage name of KAV1ANI . Pronounced (Kav-e-ah-knee, Kaviani)
The one (1) in the middle signifies there is only 1 … one love for the universal language of harmonic music.
Creative, versatile, flexibile and passionate behind the 1s and 2s are the key words that describe the characteristics and talents of KAV1ANI.
A Mad Affair formed around a campfire in the spring of 2011. Inspired by nature, the Chapel Hill trio play as if they never left the birdsong & trees. The radiant voice of Valerie Wood cascades over the nuanced cadences of Garth Robertson’s vibrant guitar and the deep, resonant groove of double bassist, Eric Smith. Candy-coated harmonies and the happy bounce of a ukulele often dance throughout a song.
A Mad Affair released their debut album, Retro Honey Pop, in December 2012. The album was recorded at Warrior Sound in Chapel Hill, NC, by Al Jacob and mastered by Brent Lambert (Nnenna Freelon, Avett Brothers). Fiddlin’ Faye Petree also makes guest appearances on “Old Country Road” and “Sun and Moon.” Lively, heart-felt, fun and friendly, their 13-track album will transport you into a warm landscape of starlit summer picnics and honeysuckle-scented breezes.
A Mad Affair is:
Valerie Wood, Lead Vocals and Ukulele
Garth Robertson, Guitar and Vocals
Eric Smith, Upright Bass
The legend of Darby Wilcox begins many years ago deep in the darkest corners of the wilderness. We know very little about Darby’s true origins as she was raised by a pack of wolves until the age of seven. Wolves are notoriously poor record keepers so details about her age or how she came to join a wolf pack as an infant are a mystery to us all. We can theorize, however, that long nights spent howling at the moon might have been key in the development of one of the most soulful voices in the music industry today.
When she was discovered by hunters and returned to her family Darby coupled her voice with a passion for musical instruments. Over the years Darby has taught herself how to play the guitar, ukulele, harmonica and even the kazoo. She actually picked up the guitar at the age of 12 when a dislocated finger prevented her from attending the flute lessons her human family had forced upon her. One suspects from her fine tuned wolf instincts that the injury was self-imposed in order to pursue more a desirable instrument but after all these years Darby remains mum on that subject.
As Darby continued to develop her talent for music, she also found herself living life to the fullest. Just last year she rode her bicycle across South Carolina from the Upstate to Charleston. When asked why one would pursue such a strenuous undertaking over a mere three days, Darby admits that she “wanted to take on a challenge that would raise money for charity and really punish my crotch. Plus, I wanted to trade that thing in for a younger model anyway.” Crotch punishment aside, Darby has also been shot multiple times in a drug deal gone awry, saved a family from a meth lab explosion and played Sandra Bullock’s stunt double in the movie Speed.
Through all of this excitement, Darby’s focus has never strayed from music. Citing Cat Power, Radiohead, Elliot Smith, The Beatles, Counting Crows, Bjork, Velvet Underground (R.I.P. Lou), Badly Drawn Boy, Wilco, Neko and Beck as her influences, Darby has always expressed herself through her music. From the first song she recorded for an elderly boyfriend when she was 15 to songs about more emotionally mature moments like motherhood, Darby’s real story has always been told through song.
After five years as a member of O Melo Cello Tree and a year with Adele Cotton, Darby has struck out on her own as a strikingly impressive solo artist as well as a band leader. Darby’s solo performances and recordings offer a unique window into the soul of this artist but things get a little more rambunctious when she is accompanied by her band of misfits she lovingly refers to as “The Peep Show”. In either incarnation, Darby Wilcox is an outstanding performer with one hell of a story to tell…
Darby’s first solo EP She Took to the Sea is the first chronicle of the tales of a young musician that has a lifetime of stories to share. It is inspired by her travels, her raw emotions and an innocence that prevails despite her aged soul. Ongoing DNA testing may yet prove that despite her comfort with the wolf pack, her true roots could actually have more ties to the fabled sirens of the sea as we suspect she might be a mermaid. At any rate, the combination of genetics, personal history, and undeniable talent make She Took to the Sea a true five-song masterpiece.
"I come from a future… that will no longer exist."
Influences: MF DOOM, J-Dilla, Madlib, Eyedea & Abilities, Beck, Lil B, Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, Frank Zappa, ODB, Wu-Tang, Bill Hicks, Donnie Darko and many more.
If you want your soul cleansed through rhythm, soulful word play, a pretty smile, and a few references to Yoga: then, Kimbi the Goddess is your spoken-word remedy. Born n bred in Greenville, S.C. and Butter’d n jellied in New York. Kimbi Mullins, yogini, massage therapist extraodinaire aka Kimbi the Goddess has grown to be one of down south’s most prolific performers. Fusing a blend of Hip-Hop, Soul, and Poetry, this talented one-woman act delivers a unique rhythmic message in which each new listener finds common ground. Kimbi the Goddess has been writing poetry (or as she say, emptying her thoughts) and songwriting since childhood and has become a prominent force on a multi-regional poetry scene. Kimbi the Goddess has created a buzz that is echoed in the following achievements: Member of the 2008 Upstate S.C. Slam Poetry Team, Hosted several Witsend Poetry Open Mic Sessions at Coffee Underground (Greenville, S.C.)- 2008, Winner of 3 Witsend Poetry Slam Competitions- May-July 2008, Spartanburg Poetry Slam winner- July 2008, Performed in the 2008 Southern Fried Poetry Competition in Tallahassee, FL- June 2008, Performed in the 2008 National Poetry Slam Competition in Madison, WI- August 2008, Carolina Grand Slam Champion, Greenville, S.C Oct 2008, and March 2009 Queen Slam Champ, in SC, 2013 member of the Upstate Poetry Slam Team Say-Dat, along with her husband mOody bLaCk has opened up for Trey Songz and was received an achievement award from the 1st Annual Spoken Word Gala in Columbus, GA, and she is just getting started!!!