Editor’s Note: Lad’s Holiday is an incredible band with INSANE energy. Even as a company that has seen countless shows for nearly ten years, this band completely blew us away. Come see them at Tin Roof San Diego on Friday, December 30th, 2016 for Groove International’s NYE Pre Party in Downtown!
Hawaiian shirts, Pineapples, catchy Indie-Rock melodies, a British accent and craigslist – all can be used when describing new San Diego based indie-alternative group Lad’s Holiday. The band form in late 2015 when founding members Cody Seeger and Liam Wilkes met via the reliable world of Craigslist. The two had joined another band via Craigslist before realizing that project was heading in a different direction musically than desired.
“We were both playing in another band that we had found on Craigslist. We didn’t have much of a say from a creative aspect and that band was heading in a different direction musically than we wanted to go. We broke off and started our own project and couldn’t be happier with the results” – Cody Seeger, Lead Guitar
Liam and Cody settled on the band name, Lad’s Holiday, after Liam (a Manchester, England native) had used the phrase when describing what Americans may call a “guys trip” or “dudes weekend”. The name stuck and the theme of the band was born (Hawaiian shirts, pineapples, inflatable zebras, etc… you get the idea).
Lad’s Holiday spent a few months writing and recording their 6-track debut EP tiled “THE EP” with Skyler Lutes and his Sunset Cliffs based studio. After releasing the EP at the end of May 2016 Skyler officially joined the band to play Bass. The last piece was finding Drummer, Jack McCain, to round out the 4-piece lineup.
So far in 2016 Lad’s Holiday has played at Music Box, SOMA, 710 Beach Club, Sofar Sounds San Diego and is scheduled to play Dec. 12th at Soda Bar and Dec. 30th at Tin Roof San Diego. Look for the Indie rockers to put out their first full-length album in the beginning of 2017.
Photo courtesy of StitchHands
We are very proud to announce that we will be bringing our events to the East Coast! This is a very exciting time for us, as our first stop will be New York! As a result, we are looking to meet some of the most talented people in the city! Whether you are looking to work in the music scene or already do, we want to meet you!
If you or someone you know would like to be a part of our team, have them contact us!
Some Things We’re Looking For:
(Bands, Solo Artists, DJs)
Stage/ Production Managers
Venues/ Theaters/ Clubs
If you’re interested in working with us, contact us via the form below!
Editor’s Note: STORM’s performance is PACKED with energy and bound to get any crowd hyped beyond prepare. Storm will be performing in Groove Internationa’s Night Before NYE event, RISE N GRIND at F6IX NIGHTCLUB in Downtown San Diego on Friday, December 30th, 2016! (21 & Over Event)
Storm Boyer “STORM” is an aspiring hip-hop artist from Ohio. STORM has been a songwriter since he was 8 years old. His musical roots grew out from the 90s and have shaped everything that is STORM. After graduating from Ohio University in 2011, he packed his bags and moved to LA to pursue his music dreams.
The young artist represents creativity and has a fresh approach to hip-hop expression. His music has really grown in just the past couple of years and his following is gaining ground quickly.
STORM has performed and many different venues, and has also had the honor of opening for Dru Hill. STORM has a large catalogue of songs online including his latest project titled “Work Ethic”, a 17-track mixtape exhibiting his flow, lyrics and hard work that he has been putting into his game. The project took 4 months to complete, but he was very proud of the overall outcome. The mixtape was produced by Afterlife, a popular producer who is a part of Storm’s rap group. Several of the songs also include features from a variety of up and coming artists such as Baby-T, Rich Rogers, Chris the Don, and Justine Jelaine. Storm has worked with all of these artists in the past and each musician was happy to play a role in the successful project. “My favorite track on the mixtape is ‘Too Much’. It completely sums up the entire album and helps to give me the fuel I need some days when I feel like I’m at my lowest,” Storm Boyer said.
“Work Ethic” means a lot to Storm, who has really come a long way since first beginning to rap and his relentless willpower to succeed is a standard that other young artists should follow. “I hope they will get a better understanding of hard work and determination. You can attain anything if you want it bad enough and strive for it every day,” Storm Boyer told our team. The talented hip-hop artist hopes the new project will give him more exposure and help to build his fan base as he looks to advance his career.
One of Storm’s goals is to share his music with anyone and everyone. His music has no boundaries and the potential to connect with every listener it reaches. Not only is Storm an artist, but he’s also been producing more of his music lately. His fusion of beats, sounds, and instruments is sure to make you feel good and want to dance.
Storm’s silly and energetic personality gives his music an extra boost of fun. Some of his musical inspirations include B.O.B., Big Sean, and Tyga.
Be sure to check out Storm’s website www.akastorm.com and his music at soundcloud.com/stormakastorm. Get ready for a good time.
Editor’s Note: SubSound is performing at Avalon Hollywood’s Bardot on Friday, October 14th, 2016! Jake’s project is FULL of positive energy and we encourage everyone to come see!
SubSound is the most recent project I (Jake Stevenson) have been able to put together with co-founder Kenny Filarski. We are the furthest thing from trained musicians, but we focus on assembling music that has meaning backed with feeling and hopefully sounds groovy! When performing we try to create a space where viewers are able to experience a wide spectrum of emotions.
The band is pieced together with transplants from all over. I am from Hershey Pa; other members are from Providence, RI; Phoenix, AZ. We are all currently recording a new cd out of Agoura Borealis Recording built by the Legendary Glen Campbell in Agoura Hills. I am really excited about this one and its much different than anything I have available on ITunes or Spotify with previous bands (Jesse and the JakeMan, or my solo work as Jake Stevenson)
Music is my obsession plain and simple. It is why, and who I am. I just remember being at concerts and seeing Musicians making so many people happy, by doing nothing more than playing guitar or singing a song. At some point I knew that is what I have to do.
I will always find it awesome relating to music or that line in a song you swear was wrote just for you. If I could make someone else feel that way… well I don’t know how much happier I could be.
I always have a hard time when someone asks what music type of music do you play or who do you sound like? It is hard for me to throw a label on something when it has so many different components, I am personally interested in music of any genre, if sounds good and is authentic. I really dig old school funk, Jazz, Old and new Hip/Hop and R&B, and I also really enjoy the Singer/ Songwriter Stuff
Editor’s note: Murder of Five is a high energy rock band with an incredible performance! Check them out at The Music Box in Downtown San Diego on Friday, October 7th, 2016!
Murder Of Five is an all original hard rock band from San Diego made up of Johnny Stevenson on vocals, Marc Gariepy and Mark Murch on guitars, Erick Menchaca on Drums and last but not least James Bussard on bass. Sticking to their roots, MOF has a wide range of influences from the blues men like Buddy Guy to the timeless era of the 70’s rock and roll to the heavy metal of the 80’s, to the grunge days and the Rival Sons of today. Having known each other for over a decade it was time to finally get together and see what would happen. After a year of jamming, Murder of Five went in the studio and released a 6 song self-titled demo in January 2016, It’s available at Band Camp. We’re heading back to the recording studio (Blitz recording) in September to record another five track. These boys show no signs of slowing down, Their ramping up. Check them out on Facebook for upcoming shows and swag.
Editor’s Note: The Swansons will be performing on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 at The Federal Bar in Downtown Long Beach! Check them out!
After listening to The Swanson’s YouTube Channel on a stressful Friday afternoon, I quickly found myself bobbing my head to their song, “In The Middle of Now.” With the band’s catchy lyrics, vibrant sounds, and playful music videos – I was eager to learn more about them. I quickly found a band with great history, long term friendships, and a deep admiration for each other’s talents. Guitarist Joe Finley speaks of each member with great pride and respect; and even after spending so many years together, they still can’t seem to get enough of one another.
How did the band come together?
“My wife began singing when she met me believe it or not. When we were dating, I asked Angie to sing a couple of lines in a song I had written. She was nervous, but agreed. She sounded so good I suggested we become a rock duo, and we did! My son Joseph has been our drummer ever since we started. Our bass player, Super Dave, is a long time family friend who joined us just over a year ago. In addition to our main line-up, we have one of the best musicians on the planet, Joe Alfaro. He’s been working as my producer and guitar player for 8 albums and counting. Finally, there is Daniel the Duke Alexander on keyboards. Daniel was in a band with me for several years over 20 years ago. We reconnected during the end of our new album, ‘Good Day.’ Daniel played in every track and joined us live several performances ago. He’s quite the asset to our line-up.”
How would you describe your music to people?
“I would say it’s pop-rock music that has a unique blended rhythm. A sound that is both equal parts male and female duo, both vocally and instrumentally – all while being positive and motivating.”
How do you feel about being described as a ‘Modern-Day Sonny and Cher?”
“That’s a wonderful compliment, they were amazing!”
How is it like being on the road with your significant other?
“I couldn’t imagine it any other way. We enjoy each other’s company and prefer to be around each other as much as possible. We are in love!”
How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?
“I am fortunate enough to be in a position that allows us to pursue our musical ambitions on a daily basis on our own schedule.”
Where do you derive inspiration from as a songwriter?
“I am inspired by love and I am in love with my wife and my life!”
Many bands have superstitious rituals before going onstage. Is there anything you guys do as a group before performing?
“We get ready together, we travel together and we pray together before going on.”
What musicians have influenced your music?
“Lennon, McCartney, Cat Stevens, Elton John, Led Zepplin, Bob Seger, ELO, CCR, and most all the Classics.”
“What’s your dream venue to play?”
Thrice Authentic is a PHENOMENAL Hip-Hop artist rising out of the San Diego area. Just when you thought lyrical complexity and delivery was missing from the scene, this artist makes up for everything us true Hip-Hop lovers have been longing to hear for years. See Thrice Authentic perform on Friday, October 7th, 2016 at The Music Box in Downtown San Diego!
Born and bred in San Diego California, Thrice Authentic is an up and coming MC with a passion for pushing the boundaries of what can be done lyrically. Experimenting with vernacular and word play almost to an obsession, his goal is to do things that have never been done, say things that have never been said, while also representing himself, artistry, family, and community in every bar.
That obsession was fostered as a young teen listening to legends like Nas, Biggie, Jay-Z, Method Man, and Ludacris among others. That influence progressed into freestyling, which grew into a love for writing and those influences shine through today. He’s been a part of the Groove International family for more than a year now and we’re looking to grow that relationship into big things for the future!
Elevensworth’s live show is one of extreme excitement and pure energy! Every song is performed with an intensity like no other band out there! You can catch them performing live at The Sound the Groove Masquerade bash on Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at The Federal Bar in Downtown Long Beach!
Elevensworth started as the brainchild of Chris Leyba and Patrick Leyba. Chris Leyba is the Guitarist/Lead vocalist and is the primary song writer. Patrick Leyba is the drummer who is heavily influenced by Steven Adler and Dave Grohl, just to name a few. Adolfo Perez is the bass player who has been with the band since 2011. Adolfo and Chris have played in bands in their youth and came together as the Elevensworth bassist. Adolfo also writes some songs as well. Jon Franco has recently joined the band as a 2nd guitarist and back up vocalist. (Jon has been a childhood friend of Chris and Patrick Leyba). The latest addition to the band is Lalo Resendez. He is the keyboardist for the band and adds tremendous depth and character to the music.
The band’s upcoming full length album entitled “These hearts aren’t built for breaking” (out this fall) is a culmination of old and new. Featuring old classics such as “Down casted.” With new gems such as “Walk across the ocean” and “Continue.” A roller coaster ride of rock and emotion!
Editor’s Note: PAUSER is a PHENOMENAL entertainer from the greater San Diego area. He is an artist who has the ability to take any crowd and take them from having a good time, to having a Vegas-style riot within minutes. We are proud to be working with him, and look forward to getting him in front of as many people as possible!
Meet Sam Pauser, aka DJ Pauser, Man of our DJ dreams.
Written by: Hailey Stewart/ Instagram: @hippie.hailz
Not many of us can say we have the talent to get the whole crowd vibing to good energy, but this up and coming DJ, Sam Pauser (aka DJ Pauser) has enough energy to get the crowd jumping so much, the second floor of a house has sunken through. Being a mix of a little bit of everything, this versatile yet eclectic style Pauser emanates has the crowd entranced into a “party hard” state of mind till the club shuts down. (Everything you’ve ever wanted in a DJ right?) Pauser started out as a DJ in the more underground party scene, becoming the heartthrob of many young adults. But after seeing his sets now at countless events, from House of Blues in Anaheim and San Diego to Bassmnt and Sidebar in San Diego, I sat down with Pauser to really see the story behind this underground gem of a party starter.
What made you want to start DJ-ing?
When I was in 8th grade, my brother gave me my first techno mix tape. It had twelve tracks on it and I listened to it for months straight over and over on the bus in middle school. After that I went to high school and then, I don’t know, but one thing led to another and more electronic music like dubstep and trap started to come out. I remember the first time I heard dubstep I was a sophomore, about 16 years old, in the backseat of my friends car with his subs and I was saying ‘oh my gosh this is pretty frickin awesome.’ I started going to concerts and raves, and I remember I just thought, why couldn’t I do something like this? So I tried it out, and now I’ve been producing for two years and DJing for one year.
Would you say you have a specific style?
That’s always been a conflicting factor for me. I’ve always jumped all around the scene, going from jump style to twerk style to dubstep to headbangers stuff, like all over the map. And still, to this day, I haven’t really picked a specific genre that defines me. I would say my biggest, and personal favorite that I just love to do is headbangers. I love when the crowd goes nuts and I love when they rage. So I mostly just read the crowd, it depends on the mood, depends on the scene, and how the crowd reacts to what I’m doing and then I react to what they’re doing.
Who are your greatest influences?
There is one specific artist that is my greatest influence. My friend showed me Bassnectar the first couple of weeks I started listening to dubstep and that’s when shit just hit the fan. Right as I heard his music I couldn’t stop grooving to it. He’s the biggest EDM underground artist that’s all about the headbanging genre too so he’s my absolute biggest influence and I’m his absolute biggest fan.
Seeing as you’re most known for your energy being off the wall awesome and infectious, I have to ask: where do you get all of that performance energy?
Haha I don’t know actually, I guess I put a smile on and try and make people happy. It’s better to give more than receive and I feel like I want to give everybody the best time of their lives every single time I DJ. I want to give them the most memorable night like ‘Oh my gosh that was amazing, I went out with my friends, we were sober, we were drinking, whatever, we all just went out and had the best night ever.’
What’s happening in terms of labels? How’s the business aspect going?
The business aspect right now, I’m still in the process of discovering my specific style of music. And when I’m 100% confident that this is my music, this is where I’m going with it, this is what I want to do, and then I will become part of a label. I’ve been offered a couple times from a couple different record companies, some small time some a little bigger, but my primary focus is to become a part of Mad Decent, owned by Thomas Wesley Pentz (Diplo), that’s my ultimate label record I want to be a part of.
How’s working with Groove International? Has it been a good experience?
In one word I would say it is: awesome. Honestly working with my manager, Jonathan Avila, has brought me out of my shell every time they book me for a gig. I have been pushed so much more in every show they’ve booked me in. It’s been a great growing experience for me, and honestly so awesome.
Does the idea of your discovery excite or scare you?
Of course I’m excited! I’m always excited about music but sometimes you can let it get to your head and it can really start to freak you out. And one of my good friends had to sit me down and tell me to calm down. And as soon as I did that, I took a step back, found what I was doing wrong and started doing it right. It’s my passion and whether I make it and go big or not, I don’t really care because I’m going to still DJ anyways.
Okay, finally, out of all your experience preforming, what was your craziest night DJing?
Haha well, I was DJing at this guy’s house party and he was super cool and the party was packed. And basically what happened was, I was playing on the second story and the crowd was jumping so much the second story floor started sinking, like the floorboards were breaking. I was so afraid my DJ set up was going to fall through, but the owner was cool with the floor breaking, so that was pretty insane.
Pauser, a San Diego Native, truly brings a different feel to not only the DJ scene but also the electronic genre itself by always staying true to his underground roots and ever changing style. We highly encourage you to check Pauser out on his soundcloud: soundcloud.com/pauserofficial; but if you want to experience one of your most memorable nights and Pauser’s infectious high energy for yourself, you can check Pauser out at his upcoming shows:
House of Blues Anaheim on March 10th & Sidebar in San Diego on March 25th
Also check him out on: Instagram &Twitter : @pauserofficial and Snapchat: @sam_pow
Written by: Hailey Stewart
Groove International is very proud to announce that we have made more donations to charity this year than any other year! Among the charitable organizations are: American Cancer Society, Susan G Komen, Wounded Warrior Project, United Cerebral Palsy, and Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy.
As the near year approaches, our team is looking for bigger and better ways we can give back to the community. We are looking to participate in even more causes, such as autism awareness and suicide prevention as well.
As our charity programs grow, we feel like all options should be on the table. If you or anyone you know would like to contribute your time, energy, and ideas to makings a bigger impression on the world, please contact our director of operations!