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Wale Victor Folarin, better known by his stage name Wale (WAH-lay), is an American rapper from Washington, D.C. Wale was born to Nigerian parents. He rose to prominence in 2006, when his song “Dig Dug (Shake It)” became popular in his hometown. Wale became locally recognized and continued recording music for the regional audience. Producer Mark Ronson discovered Wale in 2006 and signed him to Allido Records in 2007. While signed to that label, Wale released several mixtapes and appeared in national media including MTV and various urban magazines.
In 2008, Wale signed to Interscope Records for $1.3 million, and his debut album Attention Deficit was released in 2009 with the singles “Chillin”, “Pretty Girls”, and “World Tour”. The album, although under-shipped, received positive reviews from critics. In early 2011 Wale signed on with Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group, where members of the label released a compilation album, Self Made Vol. 1 on May 23, 2011. His second studio album, Ambition was released November 1, 2011.
The Cataracs are at the forefront of the genre-bending style of music dominating the charts these days. And they don’t plan on going anywhere.
Those diverse influences have laid the foundation for a string of platinum-selling singles and club anthems. Jumpstarted by the No. 1 charting Billboard Hot 100 Single, “Like a G6”, which they produced for Far East Movement and were featured on, The Cataracs solidified themselves as producers that make you move. In addition to platinum-selling “G6”, the fellas hit that impressive sales mark with “In The Dark” (alongside songstress Dev) and Backseat (with rappers duo New Boyz). Solidifying their rep as exciting young producers, they linked with David Guetta (“Sweat”), 50 Cent (“I’m On It”) and Snoop Dogg (“Wet”).
Most recently, they released “All You” with Waka Flocka Flame and Kaskade.
Jared is a 22 year old EDM DJ/Producer from Lexington, MA currently finishing out his last semester at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. His humble beginnings with Garageband in late 2009 gave way to his first mashup under the name Kap Slap in the summer of 2010.
Less than a year later he played his first gig which led to an impressive 25 show, 18 city tour in a short 9 months to close out 2011.
Leading the pack at the top of his EDM mashup class, he now looks to make original EDM tracks and rank among the best producers in the world.
Hailing from the Windy City, Kel Mitchell began his acting career at the young age of 12 with the ETA Creative Arts Foundation. At the age of 14, Kel got the opportunity of a lifetime. He flew to Florida to be on a TV show on the then new network for kids, Nickelodeon. In 2006, he also made an appearance in the 2004 Kanye West music video All Falls Down as a luggage collecting hotel valet, In 2005, Mitchell portrayed Manny Sellers in the sitcom One on One with Kyla Pratt, and in 2007 Kel starred in BET’s new series Take the Cake.
In 2009 Kel became the voice of Ant on “The Ant and the Ardvark” new cartoon series from MGM studios “Pink Panther and Pals “ for Cartoon Network. He has also filmed his writing and producing debut, “Chicago Pulaski Jones” in which he also stars as the lead role, debuting this summer 2011 also starring Tommy Davidson Cedric the Entertainer Rodney Perry and Affion Crockett.
Derek DeAngelis (more commonly known as “Derek D” ) is an actor/comedian/host from NJ. This will be Derek D’s 7th year hosting Collegefest, and he has said it gets better and more fun every year! You may have seen him in national commercials, tv shows, films, print ads, and all over the internet in parodies, hosting shows, events, comedy, and a lot more. He’s pretty much an internet whore, just minus the whole porn. He currently hosts the Webby Award winning show Fast Lane Daily, a show that is funny and about cars! You can also see him on the premiere movie channel EPIX HD. For more info on Derek D, check out his official site, www.derekd.com, and don’t forget to stop him, say what up, and give him a high five at Collegefest 2012!
E-Marce is the EDM king of Boston. After starting THROWED, Boston’s best known dance party, E-Marce has been flown around the world and performed at countless high profile events for one reason: his ability to melt your face off with bass, mashups, and the best beats around. Get ready to dance your a$$ off.
In recent years, MCs and electronic music have inched ever closer to each other, cross pollinating healthy scenes for a fresh sound that is winning over countless fans of both genres. Yet few artists have effortlessly melded true lyricism with house and electro-infused beats… until Na Palm.
Having 125+ national tour stops under his belt in just over two years, the future MC of the EDM generation has managed to procure over 270K Facebook fans. Na Palm is helping pave the way for electronic MC’s and beyond. His mainstream edm-inspired banger Two Days Straight has been a staple in DJ sets all over the globe while also getting regular spins on BPM.
His new game-changing Electronic Chronic Podcast series dropped Mid-Summer 2012, Na Palm is ready to take his burgeoning national presence to a another level. The party is rapidly heating up for Na Palm this year, and all of the world is invited.
The Electric Sons are an Atlanta electronic/alternative band founded by, vocalist/guitarist, Andrew Miller and, keyboardist/vocalist, Ben Richards.
The band formed in 2011 when Miller left his job as an illustrator for the FX Network series, “Archer,” to team up with Richards, an advertising graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design. Miller and Richards quickly gained a following of local fans after releasing a home-recorded EP under the name “AM83”. Energized by the grass roots success of the EP, the duo set their sights on releasing a follow-up EP. It was during those writing sessions that Miller and Richard’s shared love for electronic music began to influence their writing. The result is their latest self-produced, self-titled EP, The Electric Sons.
In 1993, elite sculptors from across the globe put their differences aside and joined forces on hand-sculpting three male specimens of an otherworldly nature. Thus, Shawn Chemtov and Max Izzo were born, followed by Alex Izzo in 1996. These three brawny men decided to form a band in 2007. They called themselves Basement Superheroes, for unknown reasons. After winning a province-wide battle of the bands (which was literally a physical battle between bands), their song “Crybaby” was featured in an episode of Degrassi (most probably because the producers were intimidated by the band’s physical strength). The band is currently playing shows in support of their debut album “Fake”, which was most probably named after the self-indulgent band bio you are currently reading.
Fame or Juliet consists of Jeremias, Caleb and J.Forte. They are all 19 years old. Fame or Juliet just dropped their first ever mix tape called “Dreams of Reality “. The mix tape is a collection of songs that are motivational and inspirational which are based off the members’ personal experiences. They believe in making music that will touch the soul.
The group struggles with the constant battle with being satisfied with living what is known as the “American Dream” versus chasing their dreams and making it a reality. The music is based off their journey to try to make their dreams a reality and what obstacles come in the way when trying to do so.
Love Via Dance Machine is comprised of Alex Badanes, Izaiah, Yelle, Jimmy Coberly, and Wiley Esten. The band all met while attending Berklee College Of Music in the fall of 2008.
Throughout their years of being a band, LVDM has had several accomplishments. They have had the opportunity to share the stage with national acts such as We The Kings and A Rocket To The Moon, as well as done tours with major label acts such as Drake Bell (of Nickelodeon’s “Drake and Josh”), Down With Webster, as well as headlined the full US “Shop Till You Rock Tour” sponsored by “Pepsi” and “Just Dance 2”. The band has also had features in national magazines such as “Popstar Magazine”, “J-14 Magazine” and “Substream Music Press.”
LVDM has also worked with music producers Earl Cohen (Lady Gaga, Pink, Usher) and Rob Freeman (Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes) as well as co-written songs with platinum selling songwriters Andrew Goldstein (Hot Chelle Rae, The Ready Set) and Brad Young (LFO). Their songs have been featured on MTV’s “The Real World Las Vegas” as well as Boston radio station “Mix 104.1”.
The band has big touring plans in the works for the fall and winter and will be putting out new music soon as well.
Seann Bowe, Steven Pitzl, Tim Wolf, Rob Carey, and Jon Sodemann make up the pop band: The Royal. Hailing from Milwaukee, WI, The Royal has crafted an arsenal of melodically infectious pop songs, and performs them surrounded in a sea of flashing lights and electroluminescence.
From a far away star system, Glowkids & Fuse have arrived with technology like no one else. The duo employs elements of sound, light and imagery to create a full-bodied live experience. Residents of GLOW Boston (an electro/house weekly), the duo has further spread their presence performing Identity Festival 2012 and alongside other intersteller travelers like John Dalhback, J. Rabbit, The Hood Internet, 16 Bit, and Mustard Pimp.
In an eclectic vortex of rock, funk, and hip-hop, Bear Language has started a new movement in sound. The collective, despite being comprised of only three members, emits a massive wall of sound that ripples through live audiences. “The trio has electric chemistry with the audience, interacting with the crowd like they own the stage,” writes The Boston Phoenix. With two EPs under their belt, Bear Language has set out to sculpt almost 20 brand new compositions during the summer of 2012. The swift pace of their craft, however, is not nearly as impressive their mature instrumentals and introspective lyrics. Frontman Luca describes what Bear Language sets in motion through music, stating, “Becoming disillusioned is not a bad thing. Listen. Be honest. And love.”
Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 21 year old music industry major at Northeastern University has a knack for blending polarizing opposites like the contemporary with the old school, or the tame with the heavy, and turning them into interdependent club anthems.
The 3 members of 100 Proof had been making music in Boston separately for over ten years. In March of 2012, they came together to make their track – “Out of the Blue” and they formalized the trio.
Consisting of Frankie Figz, Ransom, and Young Kis, they blend and mesh their unique styles together, with a certain “in your face” style that you won’t easily forget.
With each of their strengths complimenting each others, they provide versatility with overwhelming consistency, while maintaining their individuality. With music drawn from real life experiences, 100 Proof’s repertoire has at least one song everyone can relate to.
Based out of Southeastern Massachusetts, DJ Holtie has established himself as one of the best DJs in the area. He is currently working at over 200 events a year and has been doing so for some time. He has also done several college tours all over the New England and has DJed at a majority of colleges in the Northeast. Holtie currently sponsored by Monster Energy Drink and does several events a year as there exclusive DJ in the New England.
He has DJed 4 spring breaks from 2005-2008 on South Padre Island in Texas. For Spring Break, Holtie DJed over 30 events each year for StudentCity and Global Groove Productions. Has also worked with major acts in the past such as Flo-Rida, Vanilla Ice, LMFAO, Akon, DMX and many more. Holtie is also the exclusive DJ for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and is the Choice DJ For Macy’s Northeast.
Born in Plymouth MA, Doubletake (Jesse Wilkins & Paul Hastay) has quickly transitioned from local DJs/Producers to becoming fast-rising EDM artists. Doubletake has performed at Diddy’s Superbowl party, Lil Wayne’s star-studded “Going Away Party”, and to date have either performed or held residencies at Mansion (Miami FL), Dolce (Miami FL), Ultra (Providence RI), Roosevelt Hotel (Los Angeles CA), The Greatest Bar (Boston MA), Bar Room (Boston MA), Hurricane O’reillys (Boston MA), MKT (Boston MA) and more.
Doubletake is currently finalizing plans to embark on their first National tour called The Very Awesome Music Experience.