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!
MCMI Records artist Keith WildChild Middleton is back from his JAPAN TOUR! This is the second video off of the album “TRANSITIONS” scheduled to drop next month. The song was written, composed & produced by Keith Middleton. The video was directed by Brandon Polanco. Here is what the man himself had to say about it:
Avoiding taking meds, while recovering from my car wreck in ’08, I channeled all of my thoughts and energy towards things, places, people, memories etc that made me “feel good”.
Everyday I would add to this list. Eventually that list became a poem and that poem became this song.
Announcing … MCMI RECORDS artist Keith “WildChild” Middleton, who has been on a quest to complete this mega album of original music and Spoken Word poetry, is finally finished! The album “TRANSITIONS” is now available for Pre-Order, with a release date set for late September! Here is cover art and track listing. You can stream 3 songs B.M.F., Supreme and FeelsGood in entirety.
Along with your Pre-order, you will get immediate download of B.M.F., Supreme and FeelsGood. The rest of the tracks will be sent to you on the official release date. The album is 16 TRACKS, all for a mere $7.00 as a “Thank you” to fans who waited so long for this music and who supported Keith’s crowd-funding campaigns! But that’s not all!! Pre-order now and get 2 BONUS SONGS, exclusively on BandCamp!
4. Brazilian Skies ft Camille Armstrong, Nabiyah Bashir
6. FeelsGood – (immediate download w pre-order)
7. Here I Go Again by HYDRA ft. Ace Digital
9. Speed of Life
11. Groan In Sexii
12. Ode To The Damsel I Have Distressed ft. Jonathan Hoard
13. Majestic view
14. ComeCloser Ft. Ryan Pinkston
16. Carpe Diem
17. Easy ft. Nuf Said (Bonus Track) *exclusively on Bandcamp
18. Just Listen ft. Mike Dominico (Bonus Track) *exclusively on Bandcamp
Be on the lookout for the B.M.F video, coming soon! And if you are in NYC on Tuesday, 8/19, come to the MCMI LISTENING PARTY, at SUTRA, with DJ EVIL DEE, DJ GMS, djFRiTZo & FINSTA, to hear exclusive tracks off TRANSITIONS and other MCMI Records music!
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…)