You know the words to their songs every time you hear them played, so much that you might even feel like you know them or have glimpsed into their closets.
PillowTalk is more than a whispered chat before bed but it's that groovy, soulful, electronic music band who have been gifting you songs from the heart since 2011. Born that summer in the Lower Haight District of San Francisco by original members Sammy Doyle, Michael Tello and Ryan Williams, and recently joined full time by longtime friend and collaborator Shane Duryea, their music fuses the sounds of classic R&B, boogie and disco with underground house and indie dance.
These gentlemen are known for their hard work in the studio with releases out on Crew Love, Visionquest, Life & Death, Wolf + Lamb, Circus Company, Kompakt, D-Edge, and remixes for Groove Armada, Kasper Bjork, DJ Tennis, HVOB, Laid Back, Soul Clap, W+L, Nick Monaco, Frivolous, Midnight Magic, Future Generations, Set Mo and Lonely Boy. With non-stop touring around the world, PillowTalk never ceases to
surprise their listeners with classic edits and collaborations with artists such as: Ruede Hagelstein, DJ Tennis, Thugfucker, Deniz Kurtel, Tone Of Arc and Navid Izadi, just to name a few.
2018 is shaping up to be a huge year for the band with the launch of their own imprint, PillowTalk Music. The boys kicked things off with the first release, Hold Me Down, in December of 2017 and have another original release, Been A Long Time, out now worldwide, before releasing All People, the follow up to the classic 2014 album Je Ne Sais Quoi.
PillowTalk’s music is as much a soundtrack to long nights as it is to lazy days —there is something about each of their records that covers the span of living: sun-splashed jams, peak-time party tunes and low-lit moments of intimacy. This is music to suit all times, and that is what PillowTalk is all about. These artists realize that some of your deepest secrets are revealed whilst pillow talking and feel lucky enough to listen in.
Navid Izadi is a young man who possesses wisdom and natural flair beyond his years. The funk is embedded in this performer’s DNA; he commands the stage with charisma, contagious energy and overwhelming presence, channelling the spirits of his idols while presenting a contemporary take on forms of music that speak to your very soul. We’re talking true funk, soul, disco, hip-hop, music from the heart, from the streets, from real people with real emotions – intertwined with the analogue power of synthesizers and modern-day software, which take the sound into the future…
As a member of the Crew Love entourage, this former San Francisco club kid has flourished, taking full charge of his dynamic live show and presenting it to audiences all over the world, from Tokyo to Colombia, to London, San Francisco, Milan, Montreal, and everywhere in between. His touring has been extensive to say the least, and each experience has fed back into both his live set - which improves and evolves with every new performance - and his studio experimentations. Together with this, the visual aspect of his performances is also crucial to Navid’s output; exotic headdresses, flamboyant outfits, crowd interaction, rigorous dance moves, infectious energy and rousing vocals delivered in tandem with the dopest rhythms.
Rolling as a DJ, singer, rapper, and producer of music that effortlessly weaves between influences, you’re never quite sure what to expect from Navid. Aside from collaborations with the likes of Psychemagik, Deniz Kurtel, Soul Clap and PillowTalk, Navid has also handled remix duties for artists like Miguel Migs, Midnight Magic, Pezzner, No Regular Play, Wolf + Lamb and more. Last year also saw the artist pick up the coveted Essential New Tune award on Pete Tong’s Radio 1 show, when Heidi selected ‘Feelin' Purple (Soul Clap Remix)’ as her choice during a cover show.
The future holds much more in store with more EPs lined up for the Crew Love family of labels (W+L, Soul Clap Records, W+L Black, and Double Standard) as well as a full-length album that will see the young Renaissance man stretching his musical legs far and wide. If you think you’ve heard it all, think again, Navid’s musical locker is brimming with influences and inspirations – from the psychedelic funk of the great George Clinton, through to rugged rap legends like Rakim. The album promises to be a compendium of everything that makes Navid what he is and more, as he retraces the steps he’s taken to reach the point he’s at now while keeping a firm focus on where he’s headed. Expanding beyond genres, his opus will be closely aligned with the unifying element between all of his influences; black music with soul, which permeates into so many different styles of music today.
In the meantime expect an eclectic slew of new music flowing out of the Izadi laboratory; a collaborative EP with Deniz Kurtel, contributions to the Crew Love compilation, some undercover hip-hop productions, Turkish funk edits, a dark wave-inspired soundtrack LP, P-funk and much more. There’s no stopping this whirlwind of creativity now he’s started.
With just the right balance of confidence, determination, skill, musical knowledge and intellect Navid, is carving out his own niche and an artist who will leave you with indelible memories of each scintillating performance…
LIFE ON PLANETS
Life on Planets is a solo act that found his sound in the studio lofts of Baltimore, where a fusion of indie artrock and electronic music began taking shape as a serendipitous, romantic sound that's now been released on labels such as Double Standard, Wolf + Lamb, and Sub Urban. The soft-spoken, hard-rocking artist from Baltimore debuted his live show at Wolf + Lamb’s Marcy Hotel; following in the footsteps of greats like Nicolas Jaar and PillowTalk, LOP was the first invited guest in over 2 years to perform at the legendary Brooklyn proving grounds. Life on Planets has also released music through Better on Foot, where the debut single 'Apollo' made waves in early 2014. The touring act features live vocals and guitar, while the artist DJs: dawning a long-awaited return to authentic songwriting in dance music.