My main man SymmaTree of Grid Squid Entertainment stays making tracks by touring and playing shows all over the midwest, southwest and southeast regions of the United States. During a recent road stint in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he made a stop by the RaRaRoom Radio podcast, hosted by O.G. Willikers, where he and guests talk shop about the creative process and experience. Having know SymmaTree for so long, it’s eye-opening to hear him talk so personally and openly about the time he’s invested in the game, the strides he’s made as an artist and leader of a crew, and his reflections on his songwriting and performance process. If you’ve ever found yourself intrigued by one of his performances or songs, this is the podcast for you, as it is sure to enrich your future encounters and experiences with SymmaTree. Give the podcast a like, a comment and a share, and never forget to support your local creatives.
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There’s problems, and then there’s good problems. A problem is when you have every intention of creating music, but you lack the motivation or the opportunities to do so. A good problem is when your motivation and opportunities are so abundant, that sometimes your musical output goes overlooked by even those who stay checking for it. The latter would be the case in regards to the homeboy SymmaTree. Dude stays busy both representing for Grid Squid Entertainment and StereoFiend, so when I came across a post about a project he was in called DEFY’d, I was surprised that I completely missed the boat on it. nothing for your birthday is the solid first effort from a band, an amalgamation of members from Call Me King and Dancing with Gepetto, as well as the previously mentioned SymmaTree and additional vocalist M.E. Farrell. It would be easy to classify this project as rock/rap [see the very self-aware (my ears matter) interlude], but that would be doing this collaboration a disservice, as there is something definitely brewing here. I’ve heard the song Fingertips previously, but it does a nice job of rounding out this debut offering. I am looking forward to hearing more from DEFY’d, believe that.
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The best thing about any good crew is the ability to not feel rushed in whatever your solo process may be. Any crew worth their weight stays active and productive, so you never get rusty on the songwriting or the performing. This allows you to really find your way as a solo performer, and it makes it that much more impressive when your solo work is released. Joy of Grid Squid Entertainment would be the most recent example of this process bringing forth good things. I recently saw her perform her debut single, Tainted Love, live at Martian Arts & Music Festival, and I must say that it definitely stood out. The official single is now out, and hopefully a full length will not be far behind. Keep you ears and eyes open for that, and give Tainted Love a listen and a share.
The homie SymmaTree from Grid Squid has been on a mission to make 2017 one for the books. He and his crew have already begun the first of many road excursions in the name of spreading the word about Grid Squid, and now the Frozen Leaves EP is hitting our sound systems. This 5 song offering is full of solid, jazzy production, and the lyrics are on point, which we’ve come to expect from SymmaTree. Definitely cop this one, and throw him a few bones so that he doesn’t starve out there on the road.
Coming soon… a new short film from Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice. Starring Troy Baham Jr. (SymmaTree of Grid Squid and Stereofiend) and Sara Nadeau, Repossession is the examination of a soul reaper in a technological world, forced to play the role of repo man to complete his work. Please like the trailer, subscribe to the YouTube channel, and keep an eye out for the full release this week.
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Everybody who performs music has dreams of reaching as many eyes and ears as possible. The rare breed from that vast spectrum are those who make steps towards actually spreading their word. Grid Squid Entertainment has been doing just that the past couple of years via several stints on the road. Their latest video, Facts Versus Fiction, is a prime example of them spending time touring, exploring their sound, and exploring their dynamic as a unit (and individuals within the unit). Throw in a nice closing verse by AK1, and you’ve got yourselves something enjoyable for sure. Share the video around and show these cats some love.
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Even though music has the power to move, as George Clinton once famously put it, it has the power to remove as well. In the case of JMAC the Dragon‘s extremely personal release The Human Element, it is evident that this is the case… this album seems as if it was created to remove stress, remove stigma surrounding the perceptions of his art, and remove any real or imagined barriers that may be in his way. With production by CA the Commoner of Grid Squid Entertainment, it’s a sure thing that the production will match the lyrical bar set by JMAC. We’ve all been through hard times, and this album captures the process of exploring that darkness beautifully.
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