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Spencer Sutherland

Bruce Wiegner, Maty Noyes

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Spencer Sutherland

For Spencer Sutherland, the alt-soul singer whose brand of head-nodding, heart-rending, room-shaking pop songs is quickly establishing him as one of the big names to watch in the genre, the key to his success is in simply being himself.“What I’ve learned so far is to be a real person,” Sutherland says. “When I first started singing I tried to be something I wasn’t; I wore masks trying to be a pop star and it never connected. I was confused. But when I figured out who I was as a person, I figured out who I was as an artist. It was all about being genuine all the time. It’s really important to be yourself.”Being true—to the music, to yourself—is a commandment above all else in the scene these days. In today’s hyper-savvy culture, audiences can tell a real smile from a fake or natural chill from a put-upon act just as easily as they can spot when an artist is actually comfortable in his own shoes—and for Sutherland, figuring out the latter helped him embrace his true vibe. “I love fashion from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s—retro sweaters and big sneakers and funky color combinations,” he says. “I love to mix it all together. I realized I could start wearing the clothes I actually like to wear in real life while I’m onstage. And I like my music to live in the same way, all my favorite styles and genres mixed together, and without any kind of timestamp on it.”The Ohio-born, Los Angeles-based singer’s ability to fuse his neo-soul falsetto crooning and biting, relatable lyrics with bombastic modern beats, swaggering electric licks and a retro, stripped-down production is making a splash across multiple airwaves. His debut EP, NONE of this has been about you, dropped in March and has gathered over five million global streams to date, with candid, charming videos for singles like “Sweater,” “Wallpaper,” and “Freaking Out” gathering hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. Sutherland first made a splash on the scene in 2017, having been selected by iHeart Radio’s Elvis Duran as The Today Show’s Artist of the Month and riding his smash “Selfish” to prime spots on Apple Music Pop Playlists, Sirius XM’s-Venus, Spotify, Pandora, and more. The first American to make it into the UK X Factor’s Top 12, he has also set sail on his own headlining club tours and recently returned from a slot on Jack & Jack’s “Good Friends Are Nice” arena tour. If that sounds like a whirlwind, Sutherland downplays that sentiment, embracing his successes and learning from his experiments to add fuel to his fiery passion for performing, creating, and bringing his earnest sound to the masses.“I write every single day, and five or six days a week I’m in the studio when I’m home from tour,” he says. “I’ve written 300 to 400 songs in the last year alone. So many of those won’t see the light of day, but they’re far from useless—they are filled with emotions I had to get out and come to terms with in order to get to the next emotion and next song. When you write music and your lyrics are really real, about what’s happening in your life or the horrible things people have done to you, it’s really vulnerable and raw and it took me a minute to see how I could put those feelings into my music and embrace them. It’s all part of the process.”Finding inspiration in artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Prince, Marvin Gaye, and Bruno Mars, Sutherland plays multiple instruments but considers a microphone his main focus. The unique charisma of his heroes encourages him to be a performer and not just a singer, as anyone who has witnessed his energetic, cut-loose wiling out onstage can attest. His ability to add his own stamp and quirks to his show and to his songs makes for a modern experience wrapped in the presentation of something beautiful from the past, but make no mistake: Sutherland is a modern act for these times, not some retro throwback—it’s just a joy for him to blend those eras together.“My work is like a snapshot in time. The EP title, ‘NONE of this has been about you,’ really encompasses all these vibes together. Essentially it’s about me going through this thing, and I can’t be together with someone during it…the classic ‘it’s not you it’s me thing.’ When you pair that old-school sentiment with the selfie generation, it’s a subtle reminder to look outside yourself for once. And take the distinct sounds on the record—on one song we tried to mimic a snare from a 1957 Elvis song, on “Sweater” I have a big Prince influence, “Wallpaper” has a beat like a Foster the People song and a guitar squeal like a hair band. I love taking things that don’t belong and putting them in pop music. I describe my music as alternative soul/pop—I’m a pop artist, but left-of-center for sure.”With themes that run the gamut from love, anxiety and self-examination to having a positive attitude and not taking life too seriously, Sutherland’s lyrics are best when at their most vulnerable. Whether calling out an ex for still rocking his favorite sweater or revealing his paranoia and anxieties in the face of backstage interactions, his work is relatable to the utmost degree. This fall, Sutherland is set to drop another EP of original songs, collaborating once again with his familiar producers Keaton Stromberg and Hero Delano. And now that Sutherland knows who he is—as a singer, a songwriter, a performer, and, most importantly, as a person—the world is truly his oyster and the sky is the limit.“I want to keep evolving,” Sutherland says. “If I keep trusting myself to be who I am and put out the music that speaks to me, there’s gotta be people to connect with out there. I just want to keep touring and putting out music and being happy.”

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Bruce Wiegner

Bruce Wiegner is a triplethreat producer/songwriter/artist born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia & transplanted to Los Angeles, CA. Bruce grew up on pop, rock, pop punk, hip-hop and everything in between which gives his music a deeply unique sound. Always striving for honest and emotional lyrics, all of his songs come from a real place.

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Maty Noyes

There’s a mysterious thread connecting The Weeknd’s dystopic, album-closing ballad “Angel” from Beauty Behind The Madness and Kygo’s electric single “Stay” – a distinctive, sultry vocal belonging to nineteen-year-old Maty Noyes whose voice has a kind of old-souled texture and whose songwriting abilities are well beyond her years.

Noyes has always been a free spirit. A dreamy, music-obsessed kid, Noyes was barely out of elementary school before committing her life to music. Hungry for adventure with fearless abandon, Noyes set out to pursue her passion with uncanny resolve. “I just knew,” she remembers. “I knew staying in a small town wasn’t for me. I knew my life was going to happen somewhere else.” It was less that she was running away from a bad or troubled life – she had good friends and a close family – but more that she was responding to a genuine calling. She needed the freedom to delve deeper into her talents and fully get in touch with her distinctive, sultry indie pop sound.

Some people are just born to the artistic life. “It was one of those cosmic things,” Noyes says of her early connection to music. “I’ve been writing songs for as long as I can remember.” Childhood piano lessons led to the guitar, which led to twelve-year-old Noyes playing gigs in their small Mississippi town. “I wanted to play all the time, it was like an addiction,” she remembers. The nineteen-year-old says she looked to the greats while aspiring to become the artist she is today, "I admired the legendary Etta James and Billie Holiday for their raw vocals. I was also looking up to modern music icons like Alanis Morissette for her honest lyrics, Amy Winehouse for her pure heart, and Madonna for being the baddest bitch in the game."

Upon visiting Nashville for the first time at age eleven with her guitar in hand, Noyes’ intuitions were confirmed as she played on the street among the city’s palpable creativity. She then convinced her parents to let her move out of their home and into her own place in Nashville when she was sixteen. "I never felt like I fit in a small town,” she describes. “I love everyone from there, but I need the diversity of a big city.” She cut her teeth in music city, gigging a lot and connecting with her management team led by Phoenix Stone. But Nashville was just a stopover - both literally, in that she’d soon relocate to Los Angeles - and also figuratively in that it’s against every bone in her body to be tied to one genre or one form. As much as Noyes is inspired by the American songwriting greats, she’s a decidedly modern artist, as drawn to the idealism and emotional expressiveness of her generation’s identity as she is tied to the classic rock and roll or soul iconography. What Noyes is aiming at, really, is a kind of all-inclusive elusiveness; she’s a singer with Marilyn Monroe-like mystery and Madonna-like emotional transparency.

Noyes debut single, “In My Mind,” co-written with William Wiik Larsen may be the best showcase of this intoxicating pairing of honest songwriting matched by the hazy mystery carried in her distinct vocal presence. Over a simple guitar lick and a palpable beat, the lyrics drip off Noyes’ lips effortlessly. She’s challenging a lover for questioning her loyalty, openly confessing her vulnerability while still maintaining a cool, enigmatic confidence. “In My Mind” falls in the same, undeniable vein as “Stay,” the hit single Noyes also wrote with Larsen. The powerhouse combination of Noyes’ songwriting and vocal prowess combined with Kygo’s dance-hall ready production made “Stay” an international success. The song hit number one on the Billboard's Dance Airplays Chart and number two on the iTunes US Dance Chart. Moreover, it racked up over 350 million Spotify streams.

Noyes released her debut EP, Noyes Complaint, in 2016. Building out the full spectrum of her diverse sound, the five track compilation weaves together a comprehensive work of music shedding new light on Noyes’ distinct sound. Whether it’s the luscious soul on “Takes One To Love One,” the irresistible “Rollin W You” Feat. Lostboycrow, or the maturity in “Falling Out of Love,” every track packs a potent punch and displays Noyes’ fearlessness as a writer and performer. Collaborating with producers William Wiik Larsen [Kygo], Gladius [Sage The Gemini], and Big Taste [Justin Bieber, Jake Miller], Noyes has writing credit on every song – perpetuating her dynamic ability to pen fiercely honest lyrics while also presenting a passionate performance.

She followed up Noyes Complaint with the 2017 single “London” co-written and produced by Grammy-nominated songwriter and composer Stephan Moccio (The Weeknd, Miley Cyrus and Celine Dion). A fast-paced, fiery, and frenetic anthem, the track showcases her dynamic delivery and irresistible charm. The track features a fifty piece orchestra conducted by the legendary Bill Ross. It paves the way for her next musical evolution as well.

What Noyes’ music reaches is a primary connection to the message of love and compassion, the through-line in all her music. “I, like a lot of people in our country right now, am feeling downtrodden and bossed around, told what to do,” Noyes says. “I want to make songs that show love can triumph over hate.” She’s working every day on new material, borrowing a bit from one genre and blending it with another, constantly looking for new ways to explore her art and her central theme. “I don’t believe in limits,” says the singer of her chameleonic sound. “Any day I go into the studio, I could come out with something disco or super poppy or it could be a soul song. I am all about pushing boundaries, breaking through limitations and avoiding boxes. For me, I want contradictions to define me. Because contradictions challenge me to be undefinable, to be more tomorrow than I am today.”

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Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

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