Check out this interview he did with The Verge on how tech and apps shaped his sound.
Hey Headliners! It’s time for a new Band of the Month contest. This time, the judge is Kevin Rudolf, one of the music industry’s most respected and in-demand guitarists, songwriters and producers.
Kevin’s already made his mark with Lil Wayne, Cash Money records, and gigs with everyone from Lil Kim to Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado to name a few. So whatever your genres, if you’ve got rock star potential, Rudolf will surely hear it. The winner will get a shout out from Kevin on his Facebook and Twitter to almost half a million fans and followers, as well as a Pro Headliner account.
Check the contest page to sign up. Or just drop us a line and let us know you’re interested.
Guitarist/Producer Kevin Rudolf
A genre-jumping singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist based in Miami, FL, Kevin Rudolf grew up in New York City. With his mother working as a singer, the young Rudolf was introduced to the nightclub scene at a very young age. By the time he got his first guitar at the age of 12, he had already been exposed to all sorts of bands and many different genres of music. His teens would be filled with the usual basement bands and local bar combos, but when he bought a keyboard and computer he was able to break out on his own, recording the genre-blending music he wanted to and learning how to produce and engineer in the process. The one-man band and producer was then signed to Madonna’s Maverick label under the pseudonym Binocular. A self-titled ’80s-flavored album from the project appeared in 2001, but beyond some positive reviews it went unnoticed. After scrapping the project, it was through a chance meeting with engineer Jimmy Douglass that Rudolf was introduced to superstar producer Timbaland. He had just planned to watch the recording session, but when Timbaland found out Rudolf could play guitar he had him plug in and contribute to Lil’ Kim’s 2003 hit “The Jumpoff.” It was the first of many collaborations between the producer and guitarist, and soon Rudolf was adding work with the Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, and David Banner to his résumé. In late September of 2008, Rudolf launched his solo career on the Cash Money label with the rock-rap blend “Let It Rock,” featuring special guest Lil Wayne. The instant hit single was a teaser for Rudolf’s debut album, In the City, which landed in late 2008. Two years later he returned with To the Sky, which featured Flo Rida, Three 6 Mafia, and Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo as guests.
One of the great things about music is the way it can unite people from all over the world. It has often been said to be a universal language. At Headliner, we support indie artists of all kinds, from all over the world. In the past few months, we’ve come to know and dig Sham MCs, a Syrian rap group who gets the DIY indie grind, the importance of fan engagement and promotes positivity and consciousness among diverse people through their unique mix of Middle Eastern sounds and Hip Hop. They are walking their talk; in their own words: “Headliner fm taught me, Don’t live to survive, live to be worldwide.”
More on Sham MCs:
The Sham MCs would be taking the Syrian hip-hop scene by storm — if they weren’t creating the genre as they go.
The group is all about crossing barriers — rapping in both English and Arabic and mixing hip-hop with the sounds of traditional Arabic music, while avoiding the lyrical clichés of both genres.
The nine-member crew is a mix of Syrian Christians, Muslims and followers of new age spirituality. They’re taking advantage of more accessible recording technology, and the social media tools that have fueled uprisings in other Middle Eastern countries, to spread their music to a Syrian audience they say is hungry for hip-hop.
MC Mic Son, who learned English from an online Ebonics course, took us into the studio during a recording session for the Sham MC’s second album.
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The calendar says summer doesn’t start until June 21, but everyone in the U.S. knows it really starts with Memorial Day Weekend. In NYC, there is no shortage of outdoor music, from the perennials like Central Park Summerstage, Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park and MOMA/PS1’s Warm-Up in Long Island City, Queens to festivals that roll into town every year like the Latin Alternative Music Conference to some others that only make it once or twice like All Points West. Others across the U.S. include the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago; Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN; Outside Lands in San Francisco; and Burning Man in Black Rock City, NV. Over the holiday weekend, the Movement Electronic Music Festival got things started in Detroit and Sasquatch Festival in Gorge, WA.
Headliner family – where are you located and what are some of your favorite music festivals? We especially want to hear about the smaller, local festivals that don’t get as much play as the big guys. Tell us where you’ll be (or have been) this summer and send along some snaps for our blog, Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr. Here’s a sample of what’s coming up in the U.S. this summer. Pack your sunscreen, smartphone and get dancing. Next, our international list, get your passports ready!
June 9-12 , Manchester, TN .
One of the biggest and increasingly most diverse festivals covering Rock, Hip Hop, Electronic music, as well as comedy.
Headliners: Eminem, Arcade Fire, Black Keys
Electric Daisy Carnival
Dallas (June 18), Las Vegas (June 24-26), Denver (June 11), Puerto Rico (August 27)
One of the biggest, occasionally controversial, electronic music festivals in the last few years.
Headliners: Tiesto, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia
August 6, Los Angeles, CA.
As its name implies, the music is geared toward fans of harder electronic sounds. As recent news suggest, it was also one of the most problematic to organize. But this year’s line up looks top-shelf, retooled and ready.
Headliners: Chromeo, Ratatat, Shit Robot, James Murphy, Holy Ghost!
Pitchfork Music Festival
July 15-17 , Chicago, IL.
Pretty much the mother of all indie music festivals from the folks who bring you the snarky reviews that pepper hipster conversations in dive bars and on college campuses.
Headliners: Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, James Blake, Das Racist, TV on the Radio, Cut Copy
Rock the Bells
San Bernardino, CA. (August 20); Mountain View, CA. (August 27); New York, N.Y. (September 03); Boston, MA. (September 10)
Quite likely the ultimate touring Hip Hop festival, combining some of the new breed upstarts and hall of famers, often performing full sets of classic albums.
Headliners: Lauryn Hill, Nas, Cypress Hill, Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star, Raekwon & Ghostface
August 5-7, Chicago, IL .
This is the grand-daddy of them all. One of the earliest and most successful cross-genre music festivals, combining Rock, Hip Hop and Electronic music for the masses.
Headliners: Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse, Deadmau5
August 12-14, San Francisco, CA .
One of the newest players on the scene, this festival covers indie and electronic music as well as food and arts in the Bay Area.
Headliners: Muse, Phish, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, Deadmau5, MGMT, Girl Talk, Decemberists
September 2-4, New York City, NY.
If you can’t make it to Ultra in Miami, try hitting up the Zoo in NYC. A giant rave in the sun, it features electronic acts that swim in the deeper end of the techno record pool.
Headliners: Tiesto, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren
North Coast Music Festival
September 2-4, Chicago, IL.
Going on its second year, this festival is already boasting a popular turnout and a great lineup of electronic and hip hop artists.
Headliners: Wiz Khalifa, Thievery Corporation, Common, Fatboy Slim, Little Dragon, Neon Indian
Austin City Limits
September 16-18 , Austin, TX.
Indie rock and electronica give the hippest hamlet in Texas a workover to wrap up the summer that gets kicked off with SXSW.
Headliners: Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes
Check out the great video made by DJ Bankrupt, CEO of Canada’s Mixtape Station and DJ on Swurvradio.com. In his winning laid back style, he provides “video proof” that Headliner works for him. He also provides very helpful tips on how other artists can use Headliner.fm for the best results. Get more info on DJ Bankrupt at Music Money Mixtapes and find him on Twitter @DJBankrupt.
And, be sure to head over to Headliner and try it for yourself!