Victoria Abraham defines one up and coming artist each week so you can impress your friends with your musical brilliance. This week, she tackles Air Dubai, a six piece electro pop hip-hop band from Denver, Colorado.
Six-piece band Air Dubai is like a delicious three-course meal. They start you off with hip hop and R&B lyrical stylings, then hook you in with alternative rock beats, and finally blow you away with an overall electro pop infused sound with a little jazz influence on the side. Basically, they aren’t like any band you’ve heard before.
Origins: Denver, Colorado
Band members: Julian Thomas (vocals) and Jon Shockness (vocals), Lawrence Grivich (guitar), Michael Ray (keyboards/synth), Taylor Tait (bass), and Nick Spreigl (drums)
Known for: Air Dubai is known for an explosively energetic, genre-crossing sound.
Used in a sentence: It’s definitely worth keeping an eye on this musical cornucopia of a band.
File next to: The Weeknd, The Roots
Download now: “Warning”
Five fun facts:
1. The band got their start when Jon and Julian decided to form a hip-hop duo in high school
2. They call their fans their flightcrew
3. Alternative Press Magazine named them one of 100 Bands You Need to Know in 2013
4. They’ve performed at SXSW and the Kanrocksas Music Festival
5. They’ve shared the stage with OneRepublic and Rise Against
2008 Julian and Jon released an EP titled The Early October
2010 They released their debut album Wonder Age
2011 They released their second album Day Escape
2012 Air Dubai got signed to Hopeless Records
2013 They released an EP titled Warning
And it feels like I can’t go/Move on to another chick no/Hoes don’t front when you settle in close/Messing with a heart that ain’t ever been broke/Let it burn hot without letting it smoke/Pieces hope she gets blowed/Leaking those secrets, but put the past away/I never let it drown what we have today/And I rock, when I rock & roll/Make it slap when I’ve got to go/To the spot when it’s hot & cold/And I’m tryna move on but I’ve got to know/When I’m living a lie killing the vibe/Never gone back but I’m willing to try/Stick to the party, drinks when it all seems bad/When I make a big deal out of small things