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!
The ultimate in event hosting and entertainment, MCMI brings up the energy at Corporate Mixers, Yacht Parties, Proms, Weddings, Mitsvahs, Sweet 16’s and all social events, with top celebrity DJ’s, dancers and musicians, hosted by MC/Actor/Entertainer Keith “WildChild” Middleton.
We have been curating and curating industry events in New York City for over 20 years, with some of the most respected artists and DJ’s such as Jimmy Fallon, Kanye West, Beyonce, Paul Simon, Mariah Carey, Lil John, Paul Shaeffer, Quincy Jones, The Roots, Mos Def, Lyricist Lounge, Funk Flex, Tony Touch, Just Blaze, Rich Medina, Stretch Armstrong, DJ Enuff, Kid Capri, Bev Bond, De La Soul, Goldfinger & Frank Jugga.
Ourwide range of experience and abilities enable us to rock any kind of event, from the simplest personal celebration to the most authentic industry music function. And now, we are expanding and bringing that level of extreme entertainment to YOU!
Keith “WildChild” Middleton is now available to host your function and MCMI can provide the sound, lighting and stage set up, as well as DJ’s and dancers, catered to your event needs. There are plenty of entertainment companies out there, with sound and lights, but none of them can offer you this level of “real“. When you roll with MCMI, you go with the best, the next level of entertainment.
Click below to get started and customize your event options. On the next page, you can select various themes and options and get a quote. Whether you add PhotoBooth options, a celeb DJ, or dancers, live bands for cocktail hours, you always get the best!
Here is Qaasim’s latest performance as a member of the top 9! The studio version of him singing “Addicted to love” is now available on iTunes!
* UPDATE: This week was a nail-biter as Qaasim was not voted through, but gave an amazing performance (Harry Connick Jr said the best performance of the night!) and the judges used their ONE & ONLY save. The audience was going crazy! Qaasim really spazzed out, blacked out on this one. Win or lose I think he knew he had given it his all and emotion took over as he dropped the mic, Rakim style at the end. On American Idol! Mic dropped! I’m done. Lol. Please tell your friends to vote for Qaasim all weekend until Tuesday, by going to AmericanIdol.com/vote, using the Fox Now app and google search American Idol Vote and vote through Google. You can vote all the ways, 20 votes each. You can also call 866 436 – 5708 20 times and text message 8 to 21523 20 times, but only for a couple of hours. The online voting goes until Tuesday.
Thank you for your support! Here is his life saving performance! #TeamQaasim #MCMI
If you’ve been watching AMERICAN IDOL lately, you may have noticed that one of the contestants, Qaasim Middleton, looks a little like MCMI co-founder, Keith “Wildchild” Middleton (of STOMP, HYDRA, The PLAGUE, etc). They both have long dread locks, both play percussion, guitar and other instruments, both beatbox and both move with craziest energy and charisma onstage. Well, there’s a reason for that! Qaasim is Keith’s son!
Qaasim is a super talented musician, who sings, raps, dances, acts, writes his own songs and produces his own music. In between High School and College (he is enrolled in The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music) Qaasim decided to take a few months off to audition for and try to win American Idol and so far, he has been doing very well.
Qaasim has been on an artists path since he first joined father’s group HYDRA onstage at a performance when he was just 2 years old, appeared on an episode of Sesame Street along with the cast of STOMP, at age 3, was chosen to be featured in the HBO documentary “Music In Me” at age 10, and became a cast member of the Nickelodeon hit tv show “Naked Brothers Band” from age 11 to 14. Since then Qaasim has been busy studying music at Laguardia High School, studying dance at Creative Outlet (an after school and summer arts institute in Brooklyn, NY) and honing his performing skills at weekly showcase events organized by his mother, Toni Seawright, a former pageant winner (the first black Miss Mississippi) and broadway actor/singer herself. So, you could say Qaasim has been preparing for this journey through American Idol all of his life.
All of the judges, Keith Urban, Jennifer “J-Lo” Lopez,Harry Connick Jr., and even one time guest judge, former Idol winner Adam Lambert, have been impressed with the just turned 19 performer, since his audition. Each week they have lavished him with praise – J-Lo seems to be especially enthralled – as well as good advice, as they pass him through to the next round.
But now we are into the voting rounds, where America decides who goes home and who stays each week, by voting with text messages, phone calls and on the American Idol official website and voting app. This is where contestants really have to sing for their supper.
And that’s where YOU come in. Help Qaasim get to the top! This kid has what it takes to be America’s favorite. He is the truth, homegrown, Brooklyn funk. He is extremely humble and supportive of all the other hopefuls, cheering them on and encouraging them as well. He puts 110% into every song, every week, but if people don’t vote he won’t make it to the next round.
Here’s how to vote: Watch the show. Onscreen you will what number contestant he is that episode (for example, last week he was #8). You can call in your vote 20 times, send 20 text message votes, go onto Americanidol.com/vote or the FoxNow app. You can vote in all of the above ways, giving 20 votes each way. Calling and texting can be done from multiple devices.
Need to catch up? Missed one? Just wanna watch again? Here is every Qaasim performance so far in one place. Make sure to vote every way possible (20X each way) and follow Qaasim on Twitter & Instagram @QaasimOfficial – Thanks fam!
MCMI’s own Keith ‘WildChild’ Middleton (STOMP/HYDRA/ThePLAGUE) gives us an exclusive interview on the set of his video shoot for his song “Feels Good”!
Even though he is a my brother from another mother and fellow recording artist on MCMI Records, it is hard to catch up with Keith ‘WildChild’ Middleton these days!! When he is in New York, he is locked in the studio, creating, recording, mixing almost 24/7. Between back and forth trips to Japan to promote his album, video and photo shoots – the man stays busy! So at a recent video shoot for his song “Feels Good,” off of his upcoming album “TRANSITIONS“, I asked him some questions, to give the fans some info on his music, his life and his new project. Here is a snippet of it. Click “Read More” to go to the full interview.
GMS: Most people know you from STOMP, the musical, producing and rapping for HYDRA and The PLAGUE, but you are working on this incredible Spoken Word album now, that many people did not even know about. How did that come about?
Keith: I always kept my poetry on the low. It’s private. I had played with blending it with my original music for years with aspirations of completing an album but never went further than the thought. Jan 15th 2008 12:15pm was the car wreck that became the game changer. From my Hospital bed I vowed to complete my album and live my life to the fullest! Thank Goodness for the second chance.
GMS: This album is being simultaneously released in the US and overseas in Japan. You’ve been getting a lot of support from Japanese radio and been doing performances in Japan. How did you develop your Japanese audience?
Keith: A great friend of mine / manager in Japan, Ayumi Hoshikawa, has been instrumental in introducing me to radio stations, musicians, venues, festivals and just good people in general. She’s awesome.
GMS: Having been an MC and cast member of STOMP for many years, you are no stranger to the stage or the mic, but this time you are performing your poetry. Does it feel different? How does that compare with your past experiences?
Keith: It’s more frightening because in STOMP there are no words and it’s an ensemble. Now it’s just me sharing my truths. So I am literally exposed and leaving myself open. (more…)
M Pire Magazine gets an exclusive interview with lyricist, producer and actor, MCMI’sKeith “Wild Child” Middleton. Known for his NY underground Hip Hop group HYDRA and crew The PLAGUE, and his years in the hit musical show STOMP at the Orpheum Theater, the WildChild speaks out on his new album of Spoken Word and original music, “Transitions”.