Krooked Treez: Breakout Artist of The Year/ Main Stage Cali-Roots Artist
In One Year, From Russia's Famed Kubana Festival to Being Booked Main-Stage at the World's Largest Reggae-Rock Festival, to O.Brown's Featured Rap Segment on Ex-Wives of Rock and the Interest of Interscope Founder Ted Field, it's Apparent the Breakout Artist of The Year, Krooked Treez is the Band to Look Out for in 2014.
January 8, 2014. Los Angeles, CA. - In one short year, the most anticipated new reggae-rock artist Krooked Treez were awarded the title of "Breakout Artist of The Year" by fans of the reggae-rock genre from around the globe. The other titles and band-winners in this competition were: Artist of The Year, going to Dirty Heads, while Album of The Year went to The Green for Hawai'i 13. Live Artist of The Year named SOJA for the title, while Music Video of The Year went to Slightly Stoopid for their song, Don't Stop. With Krooked Treez taking the title along side other major acts in the genre, it's clear this heavy-rock hip-hop fragranced, island harmony rhythm band has a perfect fan-frenzy recipe and is one to look out for in 2014. Its no wonder the press is hailing the band as the Linkin Park of the reggae-rock genre.
The voting process for Breakout Artist of The Year was handled through a highly publicized campaign via a national fan-voted competition, which was orchestrated by The Pier Magazine. "We are blown away," says O.Brown. "We had no expectations and right now we are just taking it all in, riding this euphoric wave. We are both honored and most grateful. What a way to close-out the 2013 year, unbelievable!"
O.Brown, the Belizian/Mexican rapper, who was mentored by B-Real of Cypress Hill, received a phone call in late 2012 from his Father, who had heard a CD from an impressive Belizian reggae/R&B vocalist, named BZ Bwai. He suggested O.Brown look him up. O.Brown reached out to BZ and when the two met, they began collaborating in writing, singing and recording and soon self-produced their single "Rebel," which was O.Brown's first embark on the reggae-stylee. After much positive feedback from some industry giants, the guys decided to form a band with their newfound sound. Within two months and many auditions, band members were chosen, birthing the band now recognized as Krooked Treez.
They not only put together their dream band, but came out with a bang in 2013, rocking three performances at the House of Blues on Sunset Strip to a full-capacity audience, performed a mind-blowing show on the 311 Cruise, alongside acts 311, Less Than Jake and Rebelution, which expedited their fan base growth. Additionally, they headlined at the U.S. Grand Prix Kick-Off Party to the Mazda Raceway - Laguna Seca Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, as well as nailed their first international performance in the Black Sea at Russia's famed Kubana Festival for an audience of nearly 200,000, sharing the stage with System of a Down, Misfits and Wutang. More recently, SenDog of Cypress Hill joined the stage with Krooked Treez at The Roxy on the Sunset Strip for another sold-out show this past October. It seems wherever Krooked Treez goes, the fans follow and industry executives takes notice.
The multi-cultural band's unique sound and electrifying-buzz has caught the attention of Radar Pictures founder and film Producer Ted Field, who co-founded Interscope Records and who more recently heads the record label Trauma2Records. O.Brown was invited to meet with Field at the Radar Pictures offices this past September, where Field expressed his interest in the band. Field attended the October performance at The Roxy and is currently in talks with the band.
Moore Media, a music entertainment firm, specializing in artist/ festival management and publicity and its founder, Tanya Moore honed in on the guys this past May and immediately took them under her wing as their Manager. "The band had all of the elements of rock-stars; from their talent, to their edgy sound and charming good looks. The guys simply stand-out of a crowd and more impressively, they had the hunger and understood the business side of the industry," says Moore. They definitely caught my attention and after hearing their album in its entirety, I was sold. As their now-Manager, it's clear that this band has more than just talent and hunger; they have the whole package. I want what is best for them, as they're some of the most respectful and hardworking musicians I've had the opportunity of working with and I couldn't adore them more as people. For seven months now, our company has been doing a bit of everything, from management, booking to handling their publicity and they're are definitely at a level now where I feel we need to build on the core team, by opening doors to other professionals, who'd like to take part in their future success and ride the Krooked Treez wave. I'm open to whatever legitimate offers come our way, which may bring them further success, from booking to publicity and even co-management, if the opportunity was right. It's not about me, it's about them and we are looking for not only true professionals, but also good peeps. It's a must, no snakes allowed," Moore adds.
The December 23, 2013 announcement of Breakout Artist of The Year award isn't the only highlight that these pistols have to brag about; they were also invited to produce a song and teach the ex-wife of Jerry Dixon (Warrant), Susan "Blue" Ashley to rap on the hit reality show, Ex-Wives of Rock for Season 2, which is airing in the United States on Fuse TV, as well as Canada on Slice TV.
O.Brown was invited to be on an episode by long time friend Sharise Neil, the "ex" of rock legend Vince Neil of Motley Crue and Shannon Tweed, the show's narrator, which happens to be the wife of the ever-nostalgic Gene Simmons of KISS. They were asked to produce a song for the show Ex-Wives of Rock, in which "Blue" would sing. In the December 2013 the episode was featured and "The Sky is Blue" song has caught a fan-based buzz.
Krooked Treez band members not only produced the song, but also performed the song in conjunction with "Blue" on vocals. Krooked Treez drummer/producer, Alex Puente produced the song, that rapper O.Brown had written, specifically for "Blue," while providing back-up vocals. Guitarist, "Baby Hendrix" (Adam Willis) laid down the guitar. The show-segment where Blue practices and records in the studio with O.Brown, is said to be one of the most memorable moments of the season.
In 2014, Krooked Treez will come out with a bang, by taking to "Main-Stage" on Sunday at the world's largest reggae-rock festival, California Roots Music and Arts Festival, along with other major acts as 311, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Pepper. Ziggy Marley, Steel Pulse, Rebelution, SOJA, The Green, JBOOG, Katchafire and Iration, in addition to twenty-eight other acts will perform, over the three-day good-vibe festival.
"Being awarded Breakout Artist of The Year by The Pier Magazine, makes us want to work harder and show the fans that we appreciate them," says frontman BZ Bwai.
The band plans on recording a new record this coming year, which will have all of the original Krooked Treez riddims from their first debut CD "Higher Place," yet will have a more developed, full-bodied Krooked Treez sound, that will keep the fans begging for more.
The band is comprised of smooth vocalist BZ Bwai, veteran hip-hop rapper O.Brown, California's original Bobby Zen on bass, East Coast reggae percussionist Stephen Lashbrook, ultra-talented guitarist Adam Willis, aka "Baby Hendrix," who played lead guitar for the hip-hop legend Nas at the recent 2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival with nearly 80,000 in attendance, drummer extraordinaire and music producer Alex Puente, along with the multi-faceted keyboardist Paul Monico, who tightens the band with a free-flowing, unique sound that warrants Krooked Treez undeniable edge.
Whether they're on stage, television or hitting the radio airwaves, these guys appear to be growing an exponential fan-base. Lookout world, Krooked Treez has arrived!