Music for the Masses
In the past few years the taste of today's music lover has broadened, where rockers are now listening to everything from Nas to Carlos Santana and hip hoppers are sampling everything from Metallica to The Dave Matthews Band. With this in mind, individuals from completely different backgrounds, came together to create the only band thus far with the ability to satisfy them all. Seed Is . . . has created an original musical arsenal that encompasses the full spectrum of musical tastes. Some might say, Isn't it hard to categorize a band that displays so many musical styles so well?, but if you ask any 'Seedling' their response would simply be, 'Why do you need to? It's all good . . .' Playing with the likes of James Brown, Steel Pulse, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Seed Is . . . has always turned every diverse crowd into instant 'Seedlings'. Seed Is . . . has the ability, to make a man wearing a business suit loosen his tie and groove until he is shirt-less, to make a barefoot Phish fan flail around in circles to their heart's content, to make b-boys take over the dance floor with old skool break dance battles, to make a tattooed rocker bang his head so hard he sprains his neck, or to make a raver reel to the effects of musical ecstacy. After reviewing their debut CD entitled Seed Is . . . an local DJ exclaimed, 'Damn, there are at least two good singles that can be released on every type of radio station in this market.' That statement alone says it all about Seed Is. . . You can sell the most units and pack venues by being able to tap into every type of market, drawing fans from every ethnic, financial, and cultural background. Seed Is. . . has done this and will continue to in the future. Seed Is. . .'s formula for musical success is it's ability to draw from the diverse backgrounds of all of it's members. The Seed Is. . . family consists of, soulful bassist and vocalist 'Nikki' who conveys the soulful delivery of Nina Simone and raw emotion of Ani Difranco; folky funk vocalist 'Alexis' whose delivery is a silken N'Dea Davenport, opera soul vocalist 'Anwei' who is a downtown Katheleen Battle; conscious spoken word artist 'Mike Peace' who possesses the timeless relevance of Gil Scott Heron and the skills of KRS One.. ; trumpet player 'Big T' evokes the laid back nature of Miles Davis and the blazing hottness of Arturo Sandavol; the earthy guitarist and vocalist 'Biggs' who is influenced by the likes of Chuck Brown and Peter Tosh; and finally the wild percussionist and drummer 'Dawg Face' who is an extreme mixture of Tito Fuente's ethnicity coupled with Lars Ulrich's straight rock. Career Highlights/Vital Stats Governor's Inaugural Ball (Richmond) 2002 Harbor Fest (Norfolk) 2002 Afram Fest (Norfolk) 2002 Umoja Festival (Portsmouth) 2000 & 2002 Friday Cheers (Richmond) 2001 Hollins University (Roanoke) 2002 University of Maryland @ College Park (College Park) 2002 Hampden-Sdyney College (Hampden-Sydney) 2000-2002 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill) 2001 The Norva (Norfolk) 2000-2002 Baylee's (Blacksburg) 2002 State of the Union (Washington, D.C.) 2001-2002 J.M. Randall's (Williamsburg) 2000-2002 Outerbanks Brewery (Kill Devil Hills, NC) 2001-2002 Port-O-Call (Nags Head, NC) 2001 Nemo Music Conference (Boston, MA) 2001 Princeton University (Princeton, NY) 2002 Davidson College (Davidson) 2002 Virginia Tech University (Blacksburg) 2003 Hampton University (Hampton) 2002.