Coming to the grande finale decision when selecting the first ever group of ‘Best Music Artist’ winners was a collaborative decision made by the in- house panel of extreme music lovers that dwell within RadioFlag — comprised of radio and music industry professionals, former college radio DJs, local music artists and Radioflag interns.
The ‘Best Music Artist’ selections were based on a combination of the following criteria :
60% - Music originality / presentation / quality / amount of material / talent / live performance
40% - Audience size / fan base / social interaction / ability to generate new listeners & fans / live events / touring
The East Coast winner from South Carolina, RadioFlag presents ‘We Roll Like Madmen’, nominated by Clemson University alternative radio station WSBF. The nomination was ‘flagged’ by DJ Super Yates Disgrace, host of ‘The Shark Tank Block Party’.
The We Roll Like Madmen twosome, Chris Tollack and Jordan Young, hail from Clemson, South Carolina (and perhaps from the future as well). It seems safe to say that these Madmen are tuned in to a futuristic sonic vibration that is signature to them, and so then uniquely represents their geo locale. For those classification cravers out there, genre wise – We Roll Like Madmen have been referred to as ‘psychedelic dance pop’, and although it’s not for certain whether or not they have any specific music influencers, the Madmen have given props to admiring the following Artists: Fort Wilson Riot, Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes, Saskatchewan, Culture Prophet, Jungol, Dark Room, Today the Moon Tomorrow the Sun, Octopus Jones, Novakord, and Fine Peduncle.
After the RadioFlaggers finally started sinking their parched ear buds into the heady intoxicating vibes these dynamos supply, they were surprised and fascinated by the extensive and eclectic sound stratospheres and mixtures of genres this acoustic altering pair venture into. It feels like this madmen duo synchronously roll out raw frenzied fury and friction, that they then technologically transmute into futuristic sound art. As technological innovators themselves, I can see why RadioFlaggers can dig it for all its transformational aspects. The futurists and dance monsters on the team felt themselves getting absorbed into the vastness, and lost (in a good way) into the depths of dance expounding beats that these mad sound scientists / generators emit. DJ Yates described them as “an eclectic group…that focuses on heady electro music with an indie slant”. They describe themselves as “distillers of jolting concoctions of thoughtful lyricism and lush, beat-driven soundscapes with sonic influences ranging from hip-hop to dance…emotive vocals uplifted by an intoxicating meld of controllerism and instrumentation.”
Because of the unfettered nature of musical concoctions and dancey distillations this two man riot brew up, the RadioFlag vibe voters exuberantly dove straight into a voluminous frothy array of sonically succulent styles, amidst invoking genre tag descriptors, that lay subbing somewhere under the electronic, dance, hip hop and indie genres–labels like lunar rock, neck chomp, b-wave, and cerebral.
After the extraordinary earbath, the cumulative suggestion was that thirsty ears need go and get drenched with as much gushing electrifying arousal, super blasting beats, and pulse pounding soundwave-scapes that their inner cochlea can handle from these mad acoustic alchemists. Consider it an invitation to totally submerge your sound hungry submarines into a plush fantastical fury and flurry of boundless color rich splashes of futuristic sonic sensation;….explore and ‘push play’ as you roll through We Roll Like Madmen’s soundcloud, and also the extra auditory vibrations they have stashed away on Post-Echo, their collaborative record label. And definitely don’t miss saturating your seashells with this luscious sound tasting from the 4 musical varietals that follow. Open your ears to sip and savor from the vigors of volume and vastness below. Cheers!
First Tasting: An Electronic sip
An Indie sip
A Lunar Rock sip
A Dance sip
Accomplishments for We Roll Like Madmen in 2013 included completing their first tour across the Midwest, appearing as the featured artists of Charleston Fashion Week, at the same time releasing a session with Daytrotter Studios. More recently, they performed at the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit Local Showcase and opened for ‘electronic pop’ sensation Baths.
Criteria wise, We Roll Like Madmen represented quality sound recording and originality that was definitely ‘out there’ to be appreciated. These sonic futurists are awesomely ‘into it’ live, and move fans into a ‘laserized’ dance mode craze at their shows. They seem to have good interaction with their fans and update their social media channels quite often, in which case the RadioFlaggers realized there lay new possibilities and mucho potential, for the band to have even more captivating encounters and real time interactions with fans using their supportive network. From personal observation I believe in the potent opportunity for real social engagement that exists on RadioFlag’s niche social media frontier, wherein lies the opportunity for We Roll Like Madmen to expand their fan base globally, and interact in real time every time they are On-Air Live; actively promoting content, events, or future on air sessions. Yes, so niche, so live, so real, so madly radio!
Keep up with the madness if you can. Be sure to “tune in” to them on RadioFlag so you get notified, and don’t miss them the next time they do it up madly, Live on the air waves. Indeed, it looks like this ‘mad machine’ shows no sign of slowing down in 2014. Only long enough to catch our attention and start the new year off sonically fierce, as a RadioStar Awards ‘Best Artist winner’..cause that’s how they roll!
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