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Mike Floss

Mike Floss
photo: Leah Grace Photography

Mike Floss capitalizes on his natural instincts with creativity and unmatched lyrical prowess. Growing up the under the guidance of his father and renown jazz musician, Rod McGaha, his roots were deeply planted in art and self-expression.

He attended the HBCU in his hometown, Tennessee State University, where in between the parties and classes, he began mastering his craft and developing his sound. “I can do a song with Yo Gotti and still get my wave in… then turn around and do J Dilla records with Erykah Badu and bring something young and refreshing to the culture.”

The Southern Creative, Mike Floss, is a college graduate, and in just a few years he has developed a brand and voice unlike any other. He has opened up for Future, Pusha T, Wale, Stalley, Yo Gotti, Dom Kennedy, Big K.R.I.T. and others. He has even traveled across the spectrum of music to do EDM shows with the duo Two Fresh in Nashville, Memphis, and Austin, TX at SXSW.

This rising underground king has created something new in the south and is rapidly expanding as his last two solo efforts, For the Rebels 1 & 2, were awarded Mixtape and Hip Hop…

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Welcome to Monotonia – Mike Floss

Welcome to Monotonia - Mike Floss
Photo: Leah Grace Photography

Picture yourself a young musician watching primetime television, a music awards show, and suddenly one of your idols and most respected musicians in the game premiers a commercial about a music service that features non other than…your music! Well that’s exactly what happened one night when someone pointed out a commercial for Jay-Z’s new streaming service, Tidal, during The Billboard Music Awards. The soundtrack to the commercial was “Dopeboy Dreaming,” by Nashville native and the son of a Jazz musician, Mike Floss. Since then, Mike has been busy. In between time putting pen to paper and recording, he’s managed to find time to tour with and open for artists like Future, Big K.R.I.T., Wale and Yo Gotti just to name a few. He’s been working with producers Syk Sense (Drake, Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar) and Ducko McFli (Drake, Migos, Lil Yachty). He was active on the 2017 music festival circuit and a favorite at this year’s Sloss Music & Arts Festival.

You can see MusicBham’s exclusive interview with Mike Floss in this episode of Welcome to Monotonia from Sloss Music & Art’s Festival below. Then you can go see Mike perform live tonight, Friday,…

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Welcome to Monotonia – New Devils

Welcome to Monotonia - New Devils

We continue in the Welcome to Monotonia series this week, filmed live from this years’s Sloss Music & Arts Festival, with an interview and music from New Devils!

Filmed in an old school in Repton, Alabama one saturday with a group of friends. Go to www.NEWDEVILSMUSIC.com and follow us from your prefered social media link! Thanks to Darrell Nance for filming…

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Welcome to Monotonia – Sunseeker

Welcome to Monotonia - Sunseeker

MusicBham’s very own Channing Estell was lucky enough to catch up with Sun Seeker, a crowd-favorite at this year’s Sloss Music & Arts Festival, and they are this week’s feature interview from Welcome to Monotonia. Sun Seeker’s Ep, Biddeford, is “Cosmic American Music” produced by Third Man Records. They return to Birmingham on Wednesday, September 13 to play Syndicate Lounge.

Birmingham Alabama is bursting at the seams with incredible talent, from an amazing visual arts community to some of the best music in the Southeastern region.  We have all the talent but not a whole lot of resources to find out about it.
Welcome to Monotonia is a Birmingham web series designed to expose the pure raw talent of  both the local and traveling artist and musicians who perform in our city!
Directed & Edited by: Daniel Isaiah Hargett
Produced by: Greg Henderson
Executive Producer: Josh Matthews & Music Bham
Audio Engineer: Daniel Brian Rhodes
Featuring: Channing Estell, Lizzie Thrasher & Sun Seeker
Consulting Producer: Marsha Oglesby
Intern: Sophie Crowe
Special Thanks to: Betsy Kiser & Red Mountain Entertainment, Good Grit Magazine & Third Man Records

 

Also featured here is their latest video for “Won’t Keep Me Up…

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Welcome to Monotonia

Welcome to Monotonia
photo: leahgracephotography.com

MusicBham and Welcome to Monotonia teamed up at this year’s Sloss Music and Arts Festival to present a series of live interviews from some of the best, new and up-and-coming artists to perform this year. In this episode MusicBham’s very on Lizzie Thrasher sits down with local act, Holy Youth.

Birmingham Alabama is bursting at the seams with incredible talent, from an amazing visual arts community to some of the best music in the Southeastern region.  We have all the talent but not a whole lot of resources to find out about it.
Welcome to Monotonia is a Birmingham web series designed to expose the pure raw talent of  both the local and traveling artist and musicians who perform in our city!
Directed & Edited by: Daniel Isaiah Hargett
Produced by: Greg Henderson
Executive Producer: Josh Matthews & Music Bham
Audio Engineer: Daniel Brian Rhodes
Featuring: Channing Estell, Lizzie Thrasher & Holy Youth
Consulting Producer: Marsha Oglesby
Intern: Sophie Crowe
Special Thanks to: Betsy Kiser & Red Mountain Entertainment, Good Grit Magazine
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Hiss Golden Messenger

Hiss Golden Messenger
Stage: Blast
Date: Sunday, July 16
When: 3:45PM – 4:45PM
OFFICIAL WEBSITE

The writing of the songs that became Heart Like a Levee started in a hotel room in Washington, DC , in January of 2015 during a powerful storm that dark- ened the East Coast. At that time I was feeling—more acutely than I had ever felt before—wrenched apart by my responsibilities to my family and to my music. Forgetting, momentarily, that for me, each exists only with the other. How could I forget? Though maybe my lapse was reasonable: I had just quit my job, the most recent and last, in a series of dead-end gigs stretching back 20 years, with the vow that my children would understand their father as a man in love with his world and the inventor of his own days. They would be rare in that regard. And then—driven by monthly bills and pure fear— I left for another tour, carrying a load of guilt that I could just barely lift. But in that snowy ho- tel room I found the refrain that became my compass: I was a dreamer, babe, when I set out on the road; but did I say I could…

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Nerves Baddington

Nerves Baddington
Stage: Steam
Date: Sunday, July 16
When: 1:30PM – 2:15PM
OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Hailing from Birmingham, AL, Ryan Howell and John McNaughton make up the experimental hip-hop duo known as Nerves Baddington. Ryan and John are 20-year veterans of the Birmingham music scene, having previously performed in several bands together since the late 1990s.

After their stint playing in various punk and hardcore bands Ryan turned to hip-hop and honed his skills as an MC with Birmingham group Abstract Chemistry and eventually relocated to Denver to pursue hip-hop full time. He attained considerable success under the Inkline moniker, sharing the stage with national acts such as Dilated Peoples, Hieroglyphics, The Pharcyde and Gnarls Barkley.

After returning to Birmingham, Ryan spent most of his time writing music for a solo Inkline album entitled Stones Cry (released 2014); he also wrote a handful of songs with a guitar that did not fit the Inkline aesthetic, but were crafted with the same brutal honesty and social commentary. Howell reached out to McNaughton and Nerves Baddington was born.

In their hometown of Birmingham, Nerves Baddington has continued to wow fans at all of the city’s favorite venues and have…

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Cherub

Cherub
Stage: Shed
Date: Saturday, July 15
When: 9:45PM – 11:00PM
OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Bio Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber — shake, stir, and serve up a tasty brew of dance, funk, rock, and electronic music. Think of a tattooed 21st century Parliament-Funkadelic primed for festival stages far and wide, and you’ve got a decent starting point. Straight out of Nashville, TN, the boys initially met at Middle Tennessee State University in 2010. Immediately bonding and forging a lifelong friendship, they like to call it, “The Unfuckwithable.”

“Our friendship has always been based on a mutual respect,” says Jason. “Jordan had an entire record written, but he wasn’t really playing shows. I was playing shows, but I didn’t really have many songs. It made sense to join forces on so many levels. Now, we live together, work together, and play together.”

After a handful of independent albums, CHERUB’s “Doses & Mimosas” began to organically generate serious buzz. It caught the attention of Columbia Records who signed the boys in 2013. A year later, they cooked up their full-length debut, ‘Year of the Caprese,’ and embarked on a whirlwind ride. Driven by the re-released breakout “Doses & Mimosas,” which racked up over…

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Sloss Fest

 

Sloss Music & Arts Festival is a two-day music and lifestyle event that takes place at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday, July 15th and Sunday, July 16th, 2017.

Sloss Fest is 40 bands on 4 stages plus craft beer & creative cocktails, arts & crafts, live iron pouring demonstrations, and much more.

Sloss Fest is a celebration of the unique, creative culture that makes life in Birmingham so unique.

 

ALABAMA SHAKES

 

WIDESPREAD PANIC

 

ODESZA

 

STURGILL SIMPSON

 

RUN THE JEWELS

 

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS

 

SPOON

 

NEEDTOBREATHE

 

PHANTOGRAM

 

TYCHO

 

JUDAH & THE LION

 

CHERUB

 

CONOR OBERST

 

VINCE STAPLES

 

CASHMERE CAT

 

CHARLES BRADLEY & HIS EXTRAORDINAIRES

 

FRANCIS & THE LIGHTS

 

K.FLAY

 

WAKA FLOCKA FLAME

 

THE HEYDAZE

 

LILLIE MAE

 

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER

 

BEACH SLANG

 

WRAY

 

MIKE FLOSS

 

JOHN MORELAND

 

HARRISON BROME

 

NERVES BADDINGTON

 

RUSTON KELLY

 

CBDB

 

AGES AND AGES

 

LAWRENCE

 

WILDER

 

SUN SEEKER

 

HOLY YOUTH

 

RIVERBEND

 

C1UB:A.M.

 

NEW DEVILS

 

NOWHERE SQUARES

 

SHAHEED & DJ SUPREME

 

BYRON THE AQUARIUS

 

VULTURE WHALE

 

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