Dorm Sessions 4 / Various
Kidnapkin [Kid: Nap: Kin], a highly volatile experiment created by three very mad scientists, is a Boston-based band comprised of guitarist/vocalist Daniel Ellis, bassist Jamila Weaver, and drummer Patrick Hanlin; all Berklee alumni. The group, known for their high-energy live shows, was a regional finalist in the Emergenza Festival in 2006. Kid: Nap: Kin recently released a new EP, entitled Touring the Riot Scene, and appropriately enough, just returned from touring the East Coast and Midwest. Thick As Thieves was formed in 2004 by guitarist Aaron Benson, a Berklee alumnus, and student drummer, Mike Cotter. Cotter played drums from an early age, but quit to help his family recover from the locust plagues and drought that devastated their Illinois farm. The cleanup took almost a year due to lack of federal funding. Once it was complete he moved to Boston to pursue music, and met Benson over a spilled drink at a bar. Tyler Littwin and Berklee alumnus Matt Harmon soon joined them. Thick as Thieves spent two years touring and writing, and released their first album in 2006. Big D and the Kids Table formed in 1995 and won a Boston Music Award in 1999 for Outstanding Ska Band. The group includes Berklee alumni David McWane, Sean Rogan, Dan Stoppelman, and Ryan O'Connor; students Steve Foote and Paul Cuttler; and Jon Reilly. They have toured with the Warped Tour, the Dropkick Murphys, Rancid, Reel Big Fish, The Toasters, Voodoo Glow Skulls, and many others. Upcoming released include a split EP with Brain Failure, an album, and a DVD. Many stories exist about the band name's origin, but the name came when a friend told McWane if he ever started a band he should call it Big D and the Kids Table, so he did. Spiritual Rez - a reggae, funk and afro beat group comprised of Berklee students Toft Willingham, Van Martin; alumni Jesse Shaternick, Brian Nelson, Kate Hesler, Kathryn Lively, Brian Evans, Ian Miller and Rob Vasnaver - is known for their unique sound and live performances. They have been writing music and touring tirelessly since forming at Berklee in 2003. The group recently released their second album, Rising in the East, on the heels of a 31-date tour. They have played numerous benefit shows and shared the stage with acts including The Skatalites, Gregory Isaacs, Israel Vibrations, Gogol Bordello, Jah Wobble, and Comedy Central's Dave Attel. The Teenage Symphonies are a Boston-based band comprised of guitarist Gavin McDevitt and drummer Chris Coando, both Berklee alumni; guitarist Eric Espirito; and bassist Pete Wald. "Colorful and melodic, edgy guitar-driven, sophisticated pop perfection." These are the words that describe the sound of The Teenage Symphonies. They keep it simple: four lads, four instruments, and four voices. But with creativity, sophistication, and sheer rock energy, the Symphonies are able to achieve a powerful, layered and beautifully unique sound. Madi Diaz has the power to fuse rock, blues and folk the way Janis could. Berklee student Diaz made waves in 2005 belting out Zappa tunes in Germany in the nationally released documentary, Rock School. After years of singing classic rock covers with the Paul Green School of Rock, she has opted for a new approach, unleashing the creativity within. Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, Diaz began her music career when she was five. She started writing songs five years ago and playing in coffeehouses around town, modeling her style after Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow. Diaz, a songwriting major, is currently recording her debut album. September Twilight - Take a thunder clashing drummer, a harmonically possessed bassist, two lushly complex guitarists, and a vocalist who swims at the edge of reason, and put it all together to create a unique sound that is September Twilight. In the fall of 2001, the friendships of Berklee student Neil Taylor; alumnus Bill Bloom; Bam Bam; Luke Del Cid; and Joe Cusella, fused into one strong musical synergy. September Twilight were awarded best vocalist, bassist, and guitarists, as well as National Runner-Up in the 2006 Emergenza Battle of the Bands. The group released their debut full-length album, Evolution in 2006. Aiden Eve & The Innocent appears on the CD but not in concert. Mario Spinetti, frontman for the NYC-based glam/pop group admits the band name is a little confusing, as it is actually a story. "I started writing the text around my 19th birthday, so by now it's pretty long, upward of a couple thousand pages, with a few generations of characters. It continues to evolve and surprises me just about every day... It has heroes and villains, and a world of it's own where their stories unfold." The group includes Berklee students Damon Hankoff, Greg Heffernan, and Chris Coletti; and alumni Jacob Bartfield, Jamie Cacace and Jonathan Maldonado. Steve Foxx the Beatboxx, will be the Emcee for the February 7th Dorm Sessions Vol. 4 CD release concert. This Berklee alumnus, has flowed with the best of them and rowed with the rest. Busting away, he has conquered certain rhythmic zones on the drums, and the human beatbox, always turning heads with his spontaneous combustion of sound. Simultaneously beatboxing with the piano, guitar, pan flute, drums, singers, rappers, and DJs, as well as other beatboxers in his life performances, he rocks. He is now hibernating in the studio, where he will be producing ill tracks. Heavy Rotation Records (HRR) is an established student-run record label at the Berklee College of Music, operated for musicians and by musicians, expanding careers and offering opportunities in all aspects of the music industry and developed specifically for students to receive experience in running a record company.With the guidance of faculty advisor Jeff Dorenfeld - former manager of the multiplatinum band Boston - students oversee all aspects of the label's management, creating and implementing plans for A&R, marketing, touring, graphic design, web development, and accounting. Heavy Rotation Records alumni have gone on to work at Interscope, Capitol, DreamWorks, BMG, and Universal record companies as well as in publishing and tour management. Currently, the label is featured on Apple's Mac on Campus and Microsoft's Mactopia websites. Heavy Rotation Records also recently signed a distribution deal with Rounder Records.