Midnight United first "united" at this very building about 11 months ago, to play for the magnificent creative arts collaboration organization, The Hent Project. They started by playing music written by frontman, Jesse Tyler, which was very calm and folk oriented. But with a powerhouse musical mastermind and drummer/bassist/pianist Johnny Harrell, sitting in the back with drumsticks ready to fly, that would have to change. Soon after a discovery, thanks to guitarist Christian Clark, of a major inspiration in the band Ours and frontman Jimmy Gnecco, Tyler's songwriting began to shift into new terrritories, away from the organic touchy-feel good folk, into a more edgy, experimental, uplifting rock and roll. " I started listening to this new, really interesting music that I wouldn't have heard before, and sat down one night with a pen and saw the blank piece of paper completely different." His folk songwriting influence remains throughout their songs and plays a large role on the upcoming album Everyone's a bit ( ) sometimes... which toys with the idea that anybody can be feeling th same as anybody else. "We're all so different but we all relate to each other so well. That's because everyone's a bit....whatever they are sometimes." Also featured on the album, is renowned Atlanta spoken word artist Jon Goode, who is also a member of the The Hent Project. "Spoken word is an important influence of any music," said Tyler. "You have to know where the words are coming from before you can sing them and put them to a happy drum beat. So the objective of this show is to present to you where words came from to where they are going."
Joining them in this quest is SPINXX, a spoken word poet of of epic Atlanta proportions. SPINXX's career began to elevate throughout the late 90's after his move to Atlanta, GA in 1994. Fairly new to the "music Mecca of the South", he started performing at "the original open mic of Atlanta" The Patti Hut Café. Shortly after at the request of the owner John Burrows and numerous members, SPINXX began to host. While hosting he performed at Yin-Yang Music Café practically every week. During that time he was allowed to feature during the Rawkus Records Lyricist Lounge Show presented by the Café. Some artists wait for their big break, not SPINXX, he has made his break. After perfecting his craft at hosting, he setup an in home studio and self produced his first Spoken Word album "got spinxx?" The album went on to win "Best Spoken Word CD 2002" by Underground Epics Publishing and Soulutions. During production he took time to write and co-write lyrics on Public Enemy's own Professor Griff's latest album, "And the Word Became Flesh" with distribution in major music markets across the country.
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