PRETTY WEIRD BLONDE
Formed in 2015 and lead by two brothers; vocalist/songwriter Steven Blake and drummer William Alton originally cut their teeth playing in small clubs up and down the east coast. The name Animal Sun was in dedication to their late friend and musical compadre James Sun, whose life was tragically cut short in 2011.
By late 2017, Animal Sun had begun appearing all over local radio and opening for noteworthy acts such as The Frights, (Epitaph) as well as minor touring throughout the region. After establishing a dedicated fanbase, the boys decided to move to Los Angeles, California where they would meet current keyboardist/percussionist Tyler DeCastro and bass player Adam Gardner. Together, they began production with Aaron “Zeus” Zepeda and Grammy award-winning engineer Robert Margouleff. Their lead single “Girl in Blue” was released on June 20th, 2019, and quickly made its way onto renowned alternative stations such as idobi radio and KROQ “Locals Only”, even snagging the #5 spot for multiple weeks in a row.
Picking up momentum quickly, the band released their debut EP “Beginnings” and a music video for “Girl in Blue” at the end of summer 2019. The immediate success allowed Animal Sun to begin playing to packed rooms all over, including most recently the legendary Troubadour. On April 26th the band released another single titled “Without You’ followed by ‘Still Believe’ featured in the award-winning, music magazine; American Songwriter. Debut record coming 2021.
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More than 900,000 streams on first single “Girl in Blue” and counting.
70,000+ monthly listeners on Spotify
Girl in Blue was added to over 20,000 independent playlists as well as
Spotify Algorithmic playlists such as Release Radar or Discover Weekly.
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Pretty Weird Blonde
Pretty Weird Blonde is a singer/songwriter on a mission to inspire audiences to embrace their weirdo selves. Born in Boulder, Colorado, Pretty Weird Blonde grew up moving with her hippie family throughout several different states, ultimately settling in LA after graduating college with a dual business degree in management and finance. Having had John Denver as a god-father figure in her early childhood, she grew up with music as a key inspiration to her creative journey.
It wasn’t until moving to LA to pursue entertainment, however, that Pretty Weird Blonde discovered her musical talents and began making a path for herself as a multi-hyphenate entertainer. Simultaneously an established screenwriter, television producer, and actress, Pretty Weird Blonde uses her versatile talents to create fully immersive entertainment in which audiences get up close and personal both auditorily and visually.
Her style ranges from indie-soul to dance-pop, reminding the status quo that artists don’t need to be defined by one single category of music. Whether it’s a savage break up song, or a self-love anthem, Pretty Weird Blonde sings viscerally from the heart and doesn’t hold back in sharing her deepest thoughts and emotions. Her music continues to gain momentous traction, as tens of thousands of fans are jumping on board with her raw, unfiltered and eerily relatable lyrics. She’s a SESAC musician who’s had several original song placements in movies and TV series – expressing that lyricism is one of her favorite aspects of the musical process.
With the release of her latest track, Love You in the Cosmos, Pretty Weird Blonde is passionate about creating an inter-dimensional experience for her listeners by making music that takes you on a journey outside of the 3D. Pretty Weird Blonde is making a name for herself as a wildly unpredictable artist and is determined to use music as a tool to transcend these uneasy times.
Original song, “Born to Kill,” placed as theme song in feature film, Speak Now
Original song, “Mr. Know it All,” placed as theme song in feature film, The Good Neighbor
Original song, “Faded Love,” placed as theme song in feature film, Mr. and Mrs. Retribution
Original song, “Misconception” placed as theme song in TV series, MS. Conception
Original song, “Swagga,” placed as theme song in TV series, MS. Conception
Original song, “Medicate Me,” placed as theme song in TV series, MediKate
Born and raised in Rock County, WI USA, Idledaze is a vocalist, composer, videographer, audio engineer & multi-instrumentalist who performs in the Colorado band Safe Under the Tree. Why such a multitasker? We’ll start from the beginning.
As a toddler, Ben lived next to the Rock River and was surrounded with instruments, art, and love. Along with raising three children, Ben’s parents owned and operated Rock County Guitar in (Mary)Janesville, where they also performed and taught music in town.
Ben’s father Richardson was a Jazz man, and knew his way around the guitar. His mother Rosemarie, dominated on the piano, guitar, and led the duo with her elegant voice. Young Ben grew up listening and watching their gigs. Sometimes at their shows he would jump in for a quick laugh, attempting to play tambourine or harmonica. Those first five years were impressional but the fantasy didn’t last long.
Ben was the youngest of the family and business had been growing for over 15 years, when suddenly things set ablaze. A fire in the waking hours, with no fire insurance, the physical business was destroyed. Devastated, Ben’s family still continued to run the business from home. Unfortunately, with years of alcohol abuse and juggling family life, the music business became unmanageable. Ben’s dad headed south and his mom went north with the kids.
“So I lived with my mom and kept in touch with my dad. He wrote me ride your guitar and she taught me steer when you sing…”
Bouncing around towns, my mother stopped performing live and finally stopped drinking. She remarried and we settled down on the west side of town off the Rock River. Now in his teens, Ben was fumbling around in sports, drugs, art, and music. He wrote and played guitar with a high school friend Kyle, who was a drummer, and they jammed in Kyle’s attic. (Their first band name, THE ATTIC) not really, but they would laugh about it. At that time Ben didn’t take music very seriously, not at all considering music as a profession, but he had a passion for it, like it was in his DNA or something. In high school, Ben quotes “I have not yet begun.”
After years of warehouse, carpentry, and factory jobs, Ben continued to write music and sharpen his performing skills with whomever would want to jam. Unsatisfied and growing tired of the various career paths, he headed to college to study art at the University of Wisconsin Rock County. After a few years at UW, his passion gravitated towards film so he transferred to UNLV in Las Vegas for a film degree and to live with his father. Ben played his first open mics in Vegas and was jamming with his dad nightly. This time together gave Ben a great introduction to blues, jazz, mixing, and recording audio. His dad always told Ben that he could do it all on his own. After about a year, Ben realized that film was so expensive and such a challenging medium that sound engineering was more his style, so he transferred to the University of Chicago to study sound and learn the blues.
While studying and working in the city, Ben hosted an open mic @ the Tonic Room on Halested and performed nightly chasing down the next jam hot spot. Ben was tired of the extra study time in school and stepped away from the traditional University. He bought a used video camera, built a recording studio in his Buck-town apartment, and began creating content and searching for knowledge online about the business of music, licensing, and copyrights. Ben started the band DiZastro and in nine months they won a national competition in Chicago’s Emergenza (world battle of the bands). They performed in Germany along with 19 other bands from around the world. Epic and short lived, the alcohol and insecurities lingered heavily on Ben and the band, to which Dizastro garnered a tough lesson in rock.
After a year of trying to keep DiZastro alive in the midwest, Ben moved to Oakland, CA to write, jam, and record in the West Coast culture. A year later, he headed to the mountains of Colorado and met Maria Colvett in 2011. Together they started the band Safe Under The Tree. The band played for years in small clubs in the Denver metro area, defining their alternative rock vibe and released their first Studio E.P. in 2018 Titled IDLEDAZE. Ben had been idle and dazed by the industry gatekeepers, and by then, the band had gone through multiple players. “Keeping a band together is the most difficult thing to do in the music business” something his father taught him, meaning, “you can do it all on your own.” Ben stated, “it’s not that I like to do it myself, anyone interested in pushing themselves is welcome to join the fun. But chemistry, talent, and discipline are hard to find. Maria is unique and special, a true blessing in my life, but we don’t always agree on musical direction, so in that case I do it on my own.”
Idledaze grew up in the 90’s listening and reading about Beck, NIN, Dave Grohl and Moby, all “Do it Yourself” musicians. In 2019, Ben released his first solo album Forever Green and continued his passion to shoot video. His latest solo album “TELOMERES 2021,” emphasizes the “Do it Yourself” independent musician mentality. Taking creativity to the next level Ben produces, performs, films and edits original visuals to complement the sounds that will reverberate through each fans’ soul, one note at a time.