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Lex Leosis – Wanted

Toronto-based queer alt-hip hop artist, Lex Leosis, shares the latest single and outlaw anthem, “Wanted,” along with a video. The new release is from her EP, Terracotta, which will be dropping just in time for peak summer vibes on July, 9, 2021. The now Tiktok rap battle champ is showing off her signature attitude in the “Wanted” video with her lioness hair and long, bright nails.

On the new video, Leosis says, “The Wanted video is the perfect pairing to my record. I was so excited to create a video that was as high-energy as the song! I had so much fun on set, and I’m excited to share this one with the world.” On the song itself, she says, “While in lockdown, I had been watching so many classic movies…Thelma and Louise, Heist, Catch Me If You Can. I wanted to make a song that felt like a getaway moment. Instead of making a track for a specific movie, I envisioned that this track WAS a movie. I went into this full-on vision of my best friend (Keysha Freshh) and I on the run.”

The latest track follows the debut single from the new project, the sunny, tropical-beat infused, “Won’t Wait,” which showcased a breezy, bouncy beat under Leosis’ vulnerable lyrics and she yearns for real talk and love, but not at the expense of self-worth. “Won’t Wait” and “Wanted” were produced by Rainer Blanchaer (Drake, The Weeknd, French Montana, The 1975), who is an executive producer on the EP. Having met through Leosis’ roommate, Blanchaer became a pandemic pal, and one of the only people she’s seen consistently seeing during lockdown. They’ve used their time making music together in Leosis’ bedroom studio and the result is Terracotta.

Leosis also admits, “The EP definitely had a muse. Someone I really love and has consistently inspired me. This EP details all the feelings I’ve had about them, and consequently, about myself over the last year.” A dedication to the softness that quarantine created in her, a part of herself she didn’t have time to look at before. She also had time to dig through her grandfather’s old jazz records that she loved as a kid. When he passed in 2009, the records were given to her but had been dusty until Covid made her slow down. The piano, saxophones and live drums on those records inspired the live elements on the new EP and Leosis says, “He had this foresight to leave those to me. We used to sit in his car outside our house and just listen to Jazz and I loved music as a kid.”

Between her quality time with Rainer, her grandfather’s records and her time to be with herself, she found a way to channel summer’s warmth, growth and freedom into 6 tracks. Stay tuned for more before the EP is out on July 9, 2021.

About Lex Leosis

Known for her dynamic flows, aggressive stage presence and elaborate story-telling, Lex Leosis is a name you will soon remember. With a unique gravely vocal delivery, acrobatic flows, and a mastery of her instrumentation, Lex breathes life into Hip-Hop and mesmerizes with her rapping abilities. Setting herself uniquely apart by holding space for various causes and using her platform to support other women and non-binary artists and creatives, Lex is not afraid to give props where it’s due. 

Born in the west end of Toronto, Lex Leosis has dedicated her life to her music and artistry. Juggling her hiphop career, a plant-forward cooking website and catering company, and holding down multiple jobs, Lex prides herself on hard work, discipline and survival, traits she picked up from her mother. It gave Lex the energy to perfect her craft, grow her career and exchange stories with artists from all over the world. Lex is loud, opinionated, constantly fighting for what she believes in and hungry to make something of the Leosis name. She’s got an attack in her flow, juxtaposed with a finesse in her lyricism and a hunger in her vocal tone. Her family gave her traditions, Toronto shaped her, and California helped form her sound. 

Keep your eyes on this rising star as she continues to blaze her own trail in hip hop.

Christen Lien courtesy of Big Hassle Media for use by 360 Magazine

Christen Lien – Phoenix Rising

CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL MUSICIAN CHRISTEN LIEN ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE CLUBHOUSE PERFORMANCE PHOENIX RISING: A JOURNEY OF LIVE MUSIC + POETRY BY ESMÉ  BIANCO, Thursday, May 27 @ 4pm ET / 1pm PT: Cosmic Balcony Club, JOIN HERE

Previous Clubhouse performances attended by thousands, including the platform’s founder, also performed for the Dalai Lama, hosted a TED talk, played Burning Man, and headlined shows

Watch Christen Lien’s official video for The Escape here

Christen Lien is a contemporary classical musician who creates stunning, emotional work based around the viola and use of loop and effects pedals. She has performed for the Dalai Lama, hosted a TED talk, and played Burning Man in addition to her own headline shows. During the pandemic, Christen has become a regular performer on Clubhouse, and has played to several thousands of fans on a weekly basis. CH founder Paul Davison joined the stage during her rooms, bringing nearly two and a half thousand followers with him, to listen to her perform.

Her regular Clubhouse room, Cosmic Balcony, has become very popular and recently she completed 33 straight days of full concerts at 3:33pm PT. On the last day, after four hours of songs, readings, collaborations and community shares, there were exactly 333 people in the room. Known for the emotional intensity, philosophical deep dives and widely diverse mix of club members, Cosmic Balcony is an experience of creative perspective that’s both interactive and multi-disciplinary.

This week, the balcony welcomes Esmé Bianco (Game of Thrones, co-creator of the Phoenix Act) to share and perform her poetry in this world premiere event with live viola by Christen Lien and guest poet Steve Connell. Join here on May 27 at 4pm ET / 1 pm PT.

On the upcoming event, Christen Lien says, In my Cosmic Balcony rooms on Clubhouse, we address deep and complex issues as a community while I perform live music for the audience, and our event on May 27th will be an example of the courage I witness often in these rooms. The public has heard of the harrowing tale of Esmé Bianco’s past, and now it’s time to move forward and witness her creative prowess and expression during her healing process. It is time for all of us to move forward and heal from the past with courage, creativity and community. It is a privilege to host the world premiere of Esmé’s poetry, and provide live music for such a historic moment in time.

Esmé Bianco says, In celebration of my birthday, and at a time of personal transformation and reemergence for so many of us, I am delighted to be sharing my poetry publicly for the first time in Cosmic Balcony. It is an honor to collaborate with the exceptionally talented Christen Lien as we explore what it means to rise from the ashes together.

Many collaborations are born out of these Clubhouse moments. Lien has recently rounded out the Clubhouse International Womenߣs Day event (CHIxIWD), performed for Hatch: She Who Inspires, showcasing women leaders. She also teamed up with Sarah Alagroobi for an art installation for Art Dubai after Alagroobi spontaneously began painting on hearing Lien perform, creating a work in response to that performance, a testament to the unique creative environment that Clubhouse can engender. Lien performed as part of the recording process for this work, with Alagroobi completing the painting. Lien has also joined Terra Naomi, Savannah Outen and Autumn Nicholas for the Monday Monday showcase on Clubhouse, in conjunction with LAߣs revered Hotel Cafe, among many other connections.

Christen Lien says: It’s been very fulfilling to perform live on Clubhouse, because the real-time responses from listeners via voice creates an intimacy that is different from live stream chat boxes on other platforms. The audience responses have been similar to my in-person concerts: a flurry of emotions and tears, people experiencing intense visuals while they listen to my performance, and an urge to co-create. The only difference is the audience can’t see how much my body moves when I make music, and they don’t see the technical use of my looping pedals and effect boards. I’m so happy that my music translates on the Clubhouse platform, because I know that my music creates a space for a lot of healing and emotional processing. The times we are in are difficult and my music has always been a salve for aching hearts. It means so much that I can be there for a live audience in this way and we are all grateful to Clubhouse for making this possible.

Be sure to tune in on Clubhouse on May 27 to get in on the live moments that continue to inspire and provoke emotional responses from devoted fans, and look out for more from Christen Lien.

Christen Lien is an avant-garde composer and performing artist with classical roots who creates an innovative brand of musical storytelling. The viola is at the heart of her music-making; however, she also incorporates multiple instruments and synthesizers, and the use of guitar effect processors and looping pedals, to create a multi-faceted landscape that bridges electronic, industrial and classical genres.

Her multimedia performances communicate stories of mythology and imagination, politics and prose, hope and empowerment.

Christen has performed for diplomats, fortune 100 executives, heads of state, royalty, celebrities, and has inspired many crowds around the globe. She has performed for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Google, the Obama White House, Burning Man, Forbes Under 30 Summit, Berklee College of Music, Nexus Global, MIT and the United States Institute of Peace. Venues such as the House of Blues and the REDCAT Theatre and museums such as the de Young, Legion of Honor and the Detroit Institute of Arts have showcased her live performances. Christen’s sound design work is on exhibit at the National Museum of Qatar, where she created sound design for a 50-foot video installation by John Sanborn, commissioned by the Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and the Doha Film Institute.

Her concept album ELPIS continues a long-lost story of Greek mythology and is a cautionary tale about the spectrum of hope. The album and story was adapted into a ballet production with acclaimed choreographer Amy Seiwert, where dancers were choreographed to both Christen’s live musical performance and storytelling.

Christen is an active citizen who stands up for her beliefs. While serving as the Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Christen won a First Amendment lawsuit against the State of Michigan to protect artists’ freedom of speech.

For more information on Christen Lien, please visit her official website, Twitter and Instagram

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STACEY x Saturn Return

LA-based indie pop singer, songwriter and Wurlitzer enthusiast, STACEY, is sharing her retro-celestial, debut album, Saturn Return, with the universe this Friday, May 21. Saturn Return a time of aligning with one’s true path is a musical cruise from 60s psychedelic day-trips to glossy 70s daydreams, and STACEY crystallizes the nostalgic longing of golden age pop records into lyrical refractions for the modern era. With previous singles “The Songwriter,” “One Woman,” “D.M.T” and “Far Away,” the energy of “That 70s show chic” (LADYGUNN) and “Psychedelic pop with a modern twist” (Wonderland Magazine) has been illuminated in full technicolour already and tmrw Magazine says, “If the goal was to enchant us all into anticipating the upcoming album, it has certainly worked.”

Today, STACEY shares the final single before the album comes out. “Strange (But I Like It)” is the crux of STACEY’s Saturn Return journey – leaving one’s home planet in pursuit of finding oneself and also finding a few fellow alien friends. The official music video is STACEY’s directorial debut, a 60s space-age Barbarella-inspired voyage. It is weird, tripped out, fashion, and a totally fun ride. Strange, yet so likable, the video features a Playboy-inspired 1970s Futuro house, a band of STACEYs, an alien entanglement, and so much more.

On the latest single, STACEY says, “I’m so proud of this video as my directorial debut. Being an indie artist in a pandemic, I took on many roles to keep the team small and safe; I figured I’d just be my own band, so I learned all the instruments. I also produced, styled, art directed, and set decorated.

Stylistically, I borrowed elements from classic films like Barbarella (1968) and The 10th Victim (1965). I also got really into space age-era fashion designers like Pierre Cardin and Rudi Gernriech, styling each of the band characters in authentic pieces of theirs. The singer’s dress however I had custom made. I dove deep into space-age design and architecture and was over the moon to connect with the owner of the yellow Idyllwild Futuro home. It was a dream to shoot there.

I wanted to tell the story of traveling to a new place on your own, how it can be a bumpy start but eventually, you find your fellow weirdo alien friends and begin to feel at home in yourself and amongst your like-minded community. It represents one of the most pivotal journeys of my Saturn Return.”

Her face has graced 12 billboards in Los Angeles and her music has been heard on Netflix’ Spinning Out, Lucifer (x3), Orphan Black (x2), MTV Scream, Degrassi, Wynonna Earp, iZombie, Teen Mom: Young & Pregnant (x4) and more. She’s performed virtually for Home School by It’s a School Night x BandsInTown, and prior to the pandemic, she was playing with greats like Cameron Avery of Tame Impala, Tamino and Charlotte Day Wilson.

With over a million streams on Spotify last year, several handfuls of playlist placements (like New Music Friday x3, Fresh Finds x3 and more), and a cover spot of Spotify’s “Outliers” playlist, not to mention lots of love from Apple Music as well, it’s clear that STACEY is one to watch in 2021. In fact, Ones to Watch raves, “STACEY’s voice dazzles,” and Clash muses over her “Wistful, summer-fresh songwriting.” Well, in that case, her debut album is arriving right on time for Summer 2021. Stay tuned for more STACEY.

WATCH THE “STRANGE (BUT I LIKE IT)” VIDEO HERE

LISTEN HERE

Photo by Mikayla Miller courtesy of Big Hassle x STACEY x Saturn Return for use by 360 Magazine

photo of STACEY

STACEY x Saturn Return x Big Hassle x Leigh Greaney and Michael Eisele for use by 360 Magazine

Album Cover for STACEY’s new album Saturn Return