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Some were born in Brussels, some were born in Brooklyn. Brown, black, white and every shade in between. Repping Puerto Rico, Haiti, Panama, Jersey and New York City. That’s The Band Called FUSE: a diverse group of hip hop, rock and soul performers from radically different backgrounds that is changing the face of New York’s underground music scene and aiming for national prime time.
The seven experienced musicians in The Band Called FUSE draw from a broad range of influences to shape their new sound following the path of The Roots, Rage Against The Machine and The Fugees and infusing it with the spirit of Jimi Hendrix, the funk of Parliament and the bluesy soul of Nina Simone. The result, an eclectic and energetic live music dubbed “soul rock”, has earned them a rapidly-growing and dedicated Millennial fan base of “soul rockas” who identify with the band’s authenticity and diversity, embodied in the motto: #risetogether.
The Band Called FUSE got its start in New Jersey when Belgian rock brothers X (guitar) and Toast (bass) began to collaborate with underground hip hop MCs. They picked up a rock-solid rhythm section with veteran drummer Mr. Pokkett and Soul Qloc on the MPC before recruiting lead MC Silent Knight -one of Rawkus Records’ 50 most promising new artists. In 2010, the band headed to New York City to launch the weekly Line Up showcase, welcoming over 150 up-and-coming MCs, singers, musicians and beatmakers and attracting the attention of such notables as Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), Pharoahe Monch and John Forte (The Fugees).
Champions of DIY scene-building, The Band Called FUSE ran two successful back-to-back Kickstarter projects to tour and perform at 3 official SXSW showcases in 2012 (after adding new members K-Dez on lead vocals and Ith$ on keys) and to build their own recording studio to produce a new album in 2013. The band has opened for such luminaries as Talib Kweli, MURS and Vonnegutt and landed several self-produced singles on the CMJ radio college charts. The highly-anticipated release of their crowd-funded “Impossible Dream” EP on February 11, 2014 signals an exciting new phase of far-reaching exposure for the band. Look for the release of the brand new video for their single “Soul Rock Anthem” in January 2014.
Hip hop, rock and soul. Rise together.