Balkan Beat Box
With their roots firmly planted all around the Mediterranean rim and their solid rock+reggae foundations, this New York-based band are the new sensation.
Their name, their personal history and the enthusiastic media & audience reactions suggest a link with the so-called Gypsy Rock movement, but their scope is reaching way beyond that: Balkan Beat Box really transcend categories (pop, electronic dance music, world, rock) by creating a new breed of 21st century music, deeply connected to their folk upbringing yet forward-thinking, which appeals to audiences across the geographical and stylistic borders.
This very strong new album weaves elements of ragga and hip hop with Balkanoid horns, Arab & Bulgarian guest singers, Greek guitars and more... Hence Nu Med (for "New Mediterranean"), a title which can be understood both as a musical and a cultural/political statement.
Balkan Beat Box are an awesome live band, their energetic live shows have become legendary. They've been making crowds go wild at major festivals such as Bonaroo, Roskilde, Paleo etc, and will be touring again around the world throughout the year.
Balkan Beat Box is centered around its two founders: saxophone player Ori Kaplan and drummer/programmer/producer Tamir Muskat (*). After having been active for over a decade in some of NYC's premier underground bands (including Gogol Bordello, Firewater, Big Lazy, Shotnez), they joined forces with charismatic MC Tomer Yosef and brought together their combined experiences and ideas to create the powerhouse called Balkan Beat Box.
Nyle Vs the Naysayers
Nyle vs the Naysayers was born in the summer of 2008, but it’s roots run far deeper. Having played together in the Greenwich Village based singer/songwriter group Beggars & Scholars for several years, frontman/emcee Nyle Emerson and bassist Mitch Friedman decided to go their separate ways on their respective musical journeys. The two continued to collaborate on Nyle’s annual solo record releases, and eventually discovered Sin Sin, one of NYC’s most legendary freestyle hip-hop spots where they were introduced to the legendary Isaac “Fuknasty” Teel on drums. Eventually, Mitch approached Nyle about producing his next album and after some initial skepticism, Nyle was forced to concede after hearing some unfinished beats Mitch had been working on with their mutual friend Mic-L. Mitch decided to put together an A-list team of musicians to help co-produce the duos new project. It didn’t take long for Isaac’s name to come up. Now a trio, Nyle, Mitch, and Isaac (with the help of their good friend Gerron) began writing and producing non-stop at NYU’s 194 Recordings where Nyle attended the Clive Davis Recorded Music program. The guys then recruited fellow NYU-er/Sin Sin-er/keyboardist Danny Mensch and began gigging around NYC as a nameless trio for hire and Nyle became one of their new employers. After the success of their “Let the Beat Build” video, it was decided they were officially a band and were to be called Nyle vs the Naysayers. About a month later they released their first record, the Capstone EP. Fast forward a year and the band would welcome fellow Clive Davis grad, acclaimed hip-hop producer and long time friend of the band Benamin on MPC, filling Dan’s shoes as the melodic ingredient in the mix since his leave to start his own business. Benamin’s rich hip-hop background and discriminating producer’s ear made him a perfect fit amongst the Naysayers. Now Nyle vs the Naysayers is a unique unstoppable force of tight, well-executed hip-hop destruction, full of thoughtful lyrics, fat grooves, and soulful hooks. The band has performed all over the states including the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, as well as performing alongside Wale, Blackthought, Dead Prez, J. Cole, Ninjasonik, Pharoahe Monche, Izza Kizza, 88 Keys, Asher Roth, Kidz in the Hall, Homeboy Sandman, Donny Goines, Fresh Daily, and many more.