First and foremost, congrats to all of the ONErpm artists performing this year! What a great accomplishment!
The wait is over! The SXSW Music Festival Schedule is now live!
The SXSW Music Schedule is being updated daily so stay tuned for additional bands, dates, and venues. You can also check out sessions, parties, lounges, and more.
We had a unique time trying to set up this recording as Justin Newcomb’s neighbors didn’t like him playing music during the day. After some re-scheduling, we finally got a hold of Newcomb on the phone to play some of his soft-spoken folk/pop music. It’s strictly acoustic and Kentucky-bred. Sounds wholesome, right?
DOWNLOAD Soundtrack to Life: http://goo.gl/kLHji
5Q: It’s Somewhat Humanoid!
We veered a little off the beaten path this week to to talk to an acoustic bedroom act, It’s Somewhat Humanoid, whom describes himself as “weird and skinny.” It just seemed too perfect to get his face on Tumblr since that characterization seems to hit the demographic around here. This is the point where we get attacked with hateful pre-teen language. Anyway, Humanoid has some really nice vocals like Kimya Dawson and it’s pleasantly playful.
PRE-ORDER: Soundtrack to Life (Release Date: Oct. 15)
Your act is only acoustic for now, but do you think it will take on more pieces as you grow?
I do enjoy being solo. It’s just much easier. Though, ever since I received my MIDI keyboard I’ve implemented different instrument parts into my music and do wish to someday hear it played behind me by a live band. I guess I just haven’t found the band for me.
You have a very smooth and spirited voice. Are you trained or did you just learn to sing this way?
I have gotten some lessons with some great singers. They really taught me how to tap into this instrument down in my throat and how to use it properly. I stray away from that a lot though. I guess my vocals are a combination of what I’ve learned from proper choral singing and my natural what-comes-out sound.
You call out to kids in your music and you really like to use apostrophes. Haha. Any context?
It’s not exactly just kids. I consider us all children. I want an equal level for us all. None of us are over another because of experience, age, or income. None of us have reached perfection. We’re all children… we’re all growing and all need to be taught a lesson from time to time. Grownups always seem to shut me out and think they’re wiser because they’re older. We all have something to teach and all should listen with open ears and hearts like children! Now, the apostrophe thing is just something I do. I don’t think some letters necessary for comprehension.
We hear a lot of Kimya Dawson in your music. Who are your influences?
There are so many influences. I take from everything I hear. I would say a lot comes from my dad. That’s where my music comes from. His musical energy was shared with me when I was created. As of right now folk and acoustic rock music has really been inspiring me!
You seem like a pretty unique personality. How would your friends describe you in three words?
I can’t speak for them. Haha maybe weird, moody and skinny.
We’re back with our monthly mixtape featuring tracks we’ve been listening to on the site for September 2012. See the track details below and enjoy more of their music on ONErpm, if you like.
“I’m the Night” by CULTTASTIC (http://goo.gl/1laVY)
“Beautiful Things” by Androcles and the Lion (http://goo.gl/zzuhD)
“Something Unreal” by Ex Norwegian (http://goo.gl/jLAff)
“Monkey” by Colorblind (http://goo.gl/NqpMn)
“Life” by Dudu Tsuda Soloworks (http://bit.ly/Txfz1D)
ALBUM HIGHLIGHT: As Far as Blindness Could See by Androcles and the Lion
ONErpm City: Woodbury, CT (USA)
We finally got our “On the Line” series across the Atlantic ocean. Hooray! Anyway, top-selling iTunes-Spain artist Sara Pi doubled down to give us a sneak peak of a new track she’s been working on, “Be Who I Am.” She sang to us all the way from Barcelona, Spain!
Buy her top-selling album Burning here!