A Band, A Movement, A Musical Journey, An Experience
A PLACE is the 1st single off of the debut album LEVELS, which is also the name of the band, lead by frontman Keith “WildChild” Middleton, along with Aaron Marcellus on vocals, guitarist Luca “Mack” Marcias, Jacopo “Snow” Mazza on Keyboards. The group is international, one from NY, one from Atlanta and two from Italy and have been performing on stages in Europe, Japan and the US, the past couple of years, writing, performing and testing out songs for this album. The four artists – all on different musical paths, from Rock to Funk, to Hip Hop, to R&B, to Jazz and Classical – have arrived at the same destination – LEVELS!
A PLACE, seems at first a simple love song “There’s no place that I would rather be … right here with you, my dear, beside me…” but it actually is a more complex and textured interpretation of Adam and Eve as our common ancestor, what binds all mankind in love and unity. Delving into the multi dynamic layers of Love, the international super group, LEVELS, explore the musical nuances of Hip-Hop, Neo Soul, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Funk, Afrobeat, and Latin genres. These diverse styles help to fully articulate the time traveling journey of Adam as he searches for his soulmate Eve after being exiled from paradise.
Keith explains “They say the legend of Adam and Eve is written in the stars. If you look closely, you may notice the two were cast out of paradise as punishment for eating an apple from the Forbidden Tree of Truth. Now both mortal, Adam vows to Eve that he will always find her in their next lives. A secret he learned from his one bite of the apple. In present day, it is written that Adam will find Eve at one of his shows with his band LEVELS.”
This album is the journey that we all share, reflecting life as Adam or Eve. The concept of belief in true love, faith you will find it, the pursuit of happiness the struggle of adversity subsequent loss and sometimes, satisfying triumph. Life is full of diversity and dynamics, and so is this album. A PLACE is your first taste of the Apple of Truth that is on its way.
Music Video Credits:
Director: Ahmed Best
Producer: BISN Media (Ahmed Best, Nikit Doshi)
D.P. : Kevin Zeigler
Editor: Salman Syed
Post Production: LaurelWood Pictures (Jeff Billings)
LEVELS, the brainchild of former STOMP cast member turned recording artist Keith Wildchild Middleton, is comprised of six super talented artists hailing from Italy, Brazil and the USA. After working on their debut album for the past three years, with trips between the US and ITALY to record, the international band is set to perform in NYC this Thursday, at Nublu in manhattan!
Keith Wildchild Middleton, one third of the rap group HYDRA, and a part of the international hit show STOMP for nearly 20 years, has toured worldwide most of his life, playing the Oscars and The Grammys twice, staring in major films, TV shows and commercials with Beyonce, Quincy Jones, Paul Simon, Robin Williams, Ewen McGregor, Halle Berry and many more. Surviving a car wreck in 2008 prompted Keith to fully follow his life long dream and focus on his music career as an artist, writer and producer. In 2014 he released his critically acclaimed debut album :”TRANSITIONS” (MCMI Records), which was recognized and accepted by the Recording Academy and gave him Grammy voting Member status. Keith now has his sights on reaching new LEVELS.
LEVELS ft Keith Wildchild Middleton and Aaron Marcellus LIVE in NYC!!
Delving into the multi-dynamic layers of Love, the group explores the musical nuances of Hip Hop, Neo Soul, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Funk, Afrobeat and Latin genres. The group is excited to perform with Keith Wildchild Middleton with Aaron Marcellus on lead vocals and special guests, in NYC. Opening set by DJ DP ONE aka The Blessing!
Freestyle Rap Saved My Life – Kosha Dillz TEDX TALK
Freestyle Rap Saved My Life – Kosha Dillz
Kosha Dillz shares his adventures with TEDxKazimierz about how Freestyle Rap has transformed his life from where he was with drug addiction and stints in prison to a performance artist. Stories from Matisyahu to RZA to the BET Awards to making $50,000 outside the Grammy’s while rapping on the street … It is all in this miraculous TEDX TALK.
According to the self-proclaimed “#1 Rapper in Korea Town”
Believe it or not … a life plagued with drugs , addictions, anxiety, depression, and email happiness led to a career in rap that started from me freestyling. People say it is my most powerful asset in my shows, and it really catapulted me to be quite honest. Even when I live my life before I speak to a cashier at Ralph’s or see a pretty girl on the beach, I always have to come up with something quick to say, and that is a “FREESTYLE.”
A 34 year old New Jersey artist born to Israeli parents, Rami Even-Esh has landed himself in rap battles, jail cells, rehabs, video games, Super Bowl commercials and world tours for millions of people. He came up with the name Kosha Dillz to keep his Jewishness alive when he felt his life had gone astray. (You will hear more about it in the TedX Talk).
In the last few years Kosha has become one of the most sought out “jewish artists” in pop culture alongside Matisyahu and Drake. Dillz has penned numerous articles for Billboard about experiences with anti-semitism, addiction and the Holocaust. rhymes in English, Hebrew and Spanish and understands the power of transformation through personal experience. After a trip to Kraków and Warsaw with his mother and great aunt to walk through the concentration camp, Kosha recorded a song about Kraków for his upcoming album “What I do all day and pickle” and filmed this music video.
The talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format, but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
Aug 30 – Giants Stadium – Jewish Heritage Night San Francisco, CA
Sept 03 – Private Bat Mitzvah San Francisoc, CA
Sept 14 – Old Dominion University Virginia Beach, VA
Sept 17 – Local Legends Festival Belmar, NJ
Sept 24 – Saint Rocke w/ Mickey Avalon Hermosa Beach CA (very close to LA!!!)
Oct 06 – University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
Oct 28 – Heidelburg University Tiffin, Oh