Trapped In Static (TIS.) made their New York City debut in 2011 as an alternative rock/indie band featuring singer/guitarist Athan Hilaki (formerly of GAD.) and drummer David Torres. Athan’s dynamically strong vocals feature a falsetto and a hint of raspy power that are often compared to vocal legends like Bono, Chris Cornell, Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder and Scott Stapp. David’s drum rhythms take their influence from Kings Of Leon, Phoenix and Interpol. The core of the band is completed with Gina Rebelo on bass (formerly of Three Day Threshold) and influences from Bootsy Collins to John Paul Jones, creating the foundational surge for the listener to truly become part of the music. Using the depth of life experiences as inspiration for their lyrics, the band strive to connect with the listener through rock-and-roll infused messages of overcoming obstacles with a tinge of sorrow-filled hope.
“We’re all trying to escape the static that surrounds us,” says Athan. “We all seem to be trapped in some way, and the theme of our music is to find ways to break free from the things that hold you back. I’m not just saying the lyrics, I’m feeling them.” Born Relic
BORN RELIC [formerly known as (i am) isis] is an award-winning high energy, in-your-face band formed and fronted by soul-rock-phenom, isis. The band consists of guitarist Diamond Dave, keyboardist Isaac Childs and guest musicians who bring her crazy, color-filled melodies to life on stage.
Of Liberian parents, the Newark-born, Minneapolis-raised poet/singer has been described as “an edgy and fresh brand of soulful truth”, who is both haunting and mesmerizing. isis has also been featured as Soul Train’s artist of the month, following her debut video “Drive Me” on Comcast On-Demand.
The band’s sound has been compared to such legends as Tina Turner, Lenny Kravitz and Lauryn Hill. Overall, the five-piece crew considers their sound an eclectic fusion of rock and spoken soul, with a bluesy funk for the new millennium.Petra Jerrar
Petra officially began work towards her first music release in 2014. The first song to come out of those efforts was her single, 'Glamour Girl," released in July of 2015. The song received critical acclaim from bloggers all over the country, and has been spun on independent radio stations throughout the United States and Asia.
So far, Petra has performed her own headline shows at venues such as The Bitter End, Melrose Ballroom, American Beauty, The Studio at Webster Hall, and The Bowery Electric.
The biggest highlight of 2016 was Petra's first headlining international shows in Japan. She played five shows with her band in cities such as Tokyo, Kobe, and Osaka. Some show highlights included two performances at Hard Rock Cafe at the Universal CityWalk, and her own showcase at the Kansai Music Conference. The tour was supported by D'Addario, Evans Drumheads, Promark and Roland.