Thursday, May 5, 2011
Who is LiveViaSatellite? They are a dynamic group of artist/producers/composers/rappers/singers/songwriters and much, much more. This talented group not only created their own genre by combining HipHop, R&B, and Alternative, but they have vowed to make their mark by “Changing the Game” with their refreshing musical content. The band came together in early 2011 during a collaborative studio session. The group quickly realized that pooling together their gifts for music they could create something epic.
This group out of Northern New Jersey is made up of 6 talented artists. Nyce Hoffa – Rapper/Songwriter/Audio Engineer; Kese Soprano – Singer/Rapper/Songwriter/Producer/Audio Engineer; WitZ – Rapper/Songwriter/Producer/Audio Engineer; 55 – Singer/Songwriter/Producer; Seitaro AKA Team No Respect – Producer/Composer/Audio Engineer; Cuban XL – Rapper/Songwriter
These musical geniuses have come from all different backgrounds and bring their own style and artistic flavor to the table. In any one song that this group creates you can hear the diverse influences of HipHop, R&B, Alternative, Raggae, Raggaeton and much more. These guys are not afraid to deviate from the ordinary; they incorporate new sounds, different ideas, and raw lyrical content into their music and have struck musical gold by doing so.
Although this group has just begun to embark on their collaborate career, none of these artists are new to the game. With over a dozen new songs recorded as a group and several shows lined up throughout the Tri-State area they have garnered a remarkable online following and fan base. Please, do not underestimate these talented group of artist because the sky is the limit and it only a matter of time before they become Stars.
More About LiveViaSatellite
Question. What do you get when you combine a poet with a high IQ and a banging instrumental? Answer, Nyce Hoffa.
This lyricist, Nyce Hoffa has garnered comparisons to emcees such as Jadakiss, DMX, and Tupac. Poised to take over what some critics perceive as a mundane rap game, his beginnings tell the tale of struggle, creativity, and perseverance.
Nyce Hoffa, a Paterson NJ resident started using writing as a vice at a very young age. Having a strict, single Jamaican mother meant a lot of days inside surrounded by books. Problems at home soon left him searching for an out. Writing became that escape. He became heavily moved and influenced by Tupac Shakur. Using mainly poetry to vent his frustrations, he soon became an accomplished writer. Awards in school for these talents would soon follow. These talents however could not protect him from the allure of the street life he saw around him every day. After dabbling in the “hustler’s lifestyle”, his mother soon saw his potential downfall and took action. She believed heavily in education, which led her to put him in good schools, outside of their neighborhood. This steadied his focus. Starting in late 2000 he began writing to instrumentals and freestyling. Later on in 2001 he met Kese Soprano, and created the duo now known as “Tha Wrong Onez”. His journey would soon begin.
Starting modestly in ciphers and freestyle battles, he developed venomous rhymes, as well as confidence in his ability. With little income and less knowledge of the nuances of recording, he recorded with a Sony Play station, a mixer, and a Radio Shack microphone. This setup permitted only one take per song. This potential setback help sharpen both his and his rap partner’s recording skills, mic presence and chemistry. He soon moved on to a 4 track, then a 6 track. With this he put together his 1st mix tape. Catching up with the time, Kese Soprano purchased a Roland vs 1824 for them to record on. They both started out as solo and group artists on local label, “Zooie Records”. He felt the artists got very little direction and guidance. Refusing to be deterred, Nyce Hoffa went on to record a slew of solo and group mix tapes. These included, “The Indictment”, and “Welcome To Silk City”. He received excellent reviews from local DJ pools. He soon upgraded to the industry standard Pro Tools.
In late 2005, he met and impressed former Def Jam artist, Lady Luck. He recorded several songs with her and took part on a mini tour with her that same year. He then released his street acclaimed mix tape, “Can You Hear Me Now? Vol 1”. “The Resurrection” soon followed. In the summer of 2007 he traveled with Kese Soprano to California and purchased a small distribution company, and quickly turned it into Smart Money Enterprises, their Indie label. Since then many more songs, club singles and mix tapes have followed including “Destined to BE” and his most recent album released in January 2011 titled “Truth Be Told”. After releasing the much anticipated albums, Nyce Hoffa has created an ever growing online following.
His newest musical endeavor, joining the dynamic musical group “LiveViaSatellite”, is just another step in the maturation of this undeniable musical talent. Armed with determination, and uncanny lyrical abilities, this young CEO is poised to bring about a Hip Hop renaissance…
CHANGE (chAnj) v., 1. To make differ, alter, modify, adjust, transmit, convert, and/or evolve v. i., 2. To turn into something different, vary, a substitution, to enter upon a new phase v.i., 3. Something new with variety and diversity v.n ., 4. Every action, event, and occurrence that has collectively and ultimately molded rapper/songwriter Kese Soprano.
Change was something that Kese Soprano had to get used to at a young age. Growing up in Paterson, New Jersey Kese started with a curious and very mischievous attitude which often got him into tight situations. As a youngster, because of his temper issues, he had to ultimately be transferred into different learning disability programs in public school. Due to his mother's situation, Kese faced his first major change, in moving to Atlanta, Georgia. Maybe it was fate though, as it was here, he began writing daily. His influences were Wu-Tang Clan, 2pac, Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Jay-Z, Redman, Big Pun, and Big L.
Moving back to New Jersey, Kese began to take writing lyrics seriously; always diverse enough to rhyme about anything relevant in his life. From his love for sports, to girls, to the surrounding violence, to his family situation - the subject matter would change often, but his lyrical ability was always strongly present. Change is something that has followed him his whole life, something he can accept. And because he can’t stop change, it isn't something he fears. Proclaimed by Lady Luck as "an illmatic MC", the Paterson, NJ lyricist is ready to give hip hop the change it needs and has begun to do just that by joining the diverse group LiveViaSatellite. Not only did this group create its own genre, combining HipHop, R&B, and Alternative, but they have begun to take their music to a “whole new level” so to speak. This is just the beginning…
WitZ aka Bryan Whitney is a New Jersey native Hip-Hop artist, writer, producer and audio engineer. He began writing and recording music in the second grade, at the age of 7, and has written and recorded more than 100 of his own songs. In his style of music, he chooses to distance himself from the commercial hip hop in favor of hard hitting lyrical content that the masses have been clamoring for. Music has been his love and passion his entire life and he has vowed to never let anything get in the way of that.
WitZ attended the Institute of Audio Research in 2007 and graduated in 2008 in the top 5 percentile of his class. From there he went on to intern at Bad Boys’ Daddy’s House Recording Studio where he worked closely with and absorbed as much as he could from artists such as P Diddy, Mario Winnans, Cassie, Dawn Richard, Day 26, The Mad Rapper, Royce Da 5’9” and many more. Since interning he has performed with a live band at numerous small open mic venues, which has helped him to continue to master his craft.
In 2011 WitZ released his first music video for his upcoming solo album entitled “Do it Again… Do it 1000 Times” and has joined a super group of artists, musicians, engineers and producers called “LiveViaSatellite”. Keep your ears and eyes open for this superstar in the making.
Seitaro “Team No Respect” Nishiyama is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, audio engineer, and producer. Heavily influenced by a variety of genres including Alternative, Hip Hop, and Industrial, he records every instrument on his compositions by himself. Although most noted as a guitarist, he is also proficient at bass, piano, and drum programming. After 7 years of recording instrumentals under the alias Team No Respect, he has been recruited as a pivotal member of the Hip Hop/R&B/Alternative Group, LiveViaSatellite, as a guitarist/co-producer.
At the young age of 9, T.N.R. realized his passion for music when he picked up his first instrument, the alto saxophone, which he played throughout High School. This played a crucial role in developing his sixth sense of classical music theory. As he became an adolescent, he acquired a taste for Alternative Rock, which ultimately led to him picking up his first guitar at the age of 13. While learning the instrument through his own ingenuity, he played in his first band at age 15. He experienced multiple live performances and recording sessions during the remainder of his High School career.
In the years that followed, T.N.R. was enlightened through the art of digital recording and music composition. Through working on various projects ranging from composing Hip Hop beats to playing in a 90’s cover band, T.N.R. has conceived a sound with the perfect mixture of genres. T.N.R. promised himself to continue writing music for the rest of his life and determined to one day create his own genre of music, his collaboration with LiveViaSatellite has set into motion his aspirations. The sky is the limit…
When it comes to music, PASSIONATE, is the one word that would best describe the artist known as 55. As a producer, composer, singer and songwriter, music has always been a strong presence in his life. Having a keen ear for music, 55 can play the piano, guitar and sing vocals. Since childhood, music was a love/love relationship. When he was 5 years old, he would dance and perform songs in front of his family and at age 12, his parents gave him his first home studio program. He quickly got to work, producing his own beats and writing his own songs. With the help and guidance of his uncle Chino, who shared his passion for music, the duo would spend countless hours perfecting and honing their skills together. As time passed, 55’s younger cousin Ace joined the production team and the three have been producing and writing a great number of songs.
Apart from his production/songwriting skills, 55 is also an accomplished singer. Writing poetry and short stories as a child helped to develop and perfect his unique songwriting abilities. His gift for story telling allows him to craft a wide array of songs while his vocal range allows for a vivid picture to be painted.
In early 2011, 55 met and collaborated with a group of diverse artists known today as LiveViaSatellite. Lending his beats and vocals to this group has helped them to create a new genre of music which includes HipHop, R&B, as well as Alternative. It won’t be long before this group, along with its members, is recognized not only for their artistic ability, but for “Changing the Game”.
What do you get when you mix a Dreamer, Artist, Warrior, and a Hustler...Cuban XL.
Known to family as Jonathan Carlos Travieso, Cuban XL was born in Bronx, New York on May 16, 1985. At age 8, Cuban XL and his family moved to Miami, Florida were he would spend the better part of his childhood. The culture filled surroundings of Miami became very influential in his lyrical style. His passion for writing music started at the age of 10 and he has been honing and perfecting his skills ever since.
At age 18, Cuban XL suffered the loss of his mother. Shortly after her death, at the age of 21, his father passed as well. Having lost both of his parents and his inspiration within a 3 year period, Cuban XL’s world was turned upside down. Despite the great losses in his life, Cuban XL persevered by remember the love and support his parents always provided. He gained strength from their memories and their teachings to “never give up”. He continued to participate in Freestyle Battles and never stopped writing music.
Moving from New York to Miami to New Jersey and back again Cuban XL has never really had a permanent home, until now. Residing in Bronx, NY, Cuban XL has teamed up LiveViaSatellite to continue to create and perfect his English/Spanish lyrical style. With this gritty down south style, Cuban XL is sure to excel with this musical collaboration.