Blue Nose Music/ Fahrenheit Records recording artist/ producer Cameron Couch and Producer/DJ FES-1 are making noise by staying silent.
Tacoma, Washington musician Cameron Couch is known for creating unique musical projects; that’s exactly what he’s done (yet again) with Silent.
In speaking with Couch I learned he originally created this project to collaborate with other artists – recording over his own instrumentals. After reaching out to 10 artists just to have most of them decline the offer – doh! He decided he wouldn’t put any vocals on the album at all. He would go all-out on the instrumentals, again that no one would record over.
The collab album idea started taking the shape of a (solo) rock/blues/jazz album with a Hip Hop foundation. Now Couch took to writing his project as a common love-story, reflected in the track titles, and played out over 15 tracks.
Somewhere during the creative process Couch got the idea to send “Silent” over to long time collaborator (Producer) DJ FES-1, whom Couch has over a decade of history with (and has never actually met face-to-face). FES-1 took to the project like his own, mixing/ scratching/ transforming the project into a molded-together masterpiece that they are both proud to put their names on.
Now word has come down from the top; long time Jazz aficionado, and Westcoast Rap OG – First Degree The DE is set to release “Silent” in the first quarter of 2017 on his label Fahrenheit Records. That means Couch and DJ FES-1 have a strong follow up to now label-mate Phonk Beta (of Brotha Lynch Hung, Madesicc Music fame) and his two Hip Hop/ Jazz instrumental albums “Symplex 1 & 2” as well as First Degree’s own “Instrumania” series. (www.FahRecords.com)
Silent (imo) is a fantastic piece of music nearly 40 mins long that encompasses (what seems like) every type of instrument you can think of. You can set your playlist to random and listen to any one track out of sequence, but the album was made to be sequential – each track leading right into the next.
Look for Cameron Couch & DJ FES-1 “Silent” early 2017 on iTunes, Amazon & all the digital outlets from Fahrenheit Records, distributed by The Orchard/ City Hall Records.
The dopest Northwest Rap you probably haven’t heard of: Fahrenheit Records group Blue Nose Music “Releases The Hounds” on the underground.
With edgy lyrics over smooth, hard hitting beats Tacoma, Washington based Rap group Blue Nose is helping to maintain the old school Westcoast sound that has long since been lost in today’s music scene.
Under the guidance of Fahrenheit Records, Blue Nose has reached a whole nother level in the Westcoast Rap scene. With features from well known and loved NW artists like Shao Sosa, Awall aka 2piece, Tony Snow, Skrilla and Cali transplant King Scrub – along with an appearance from San Francisco OG Rappin 4 Tay and Mr The DE – First Degree himself; Release The Hounds is of a caliber never before heard out of the Northwest region.
Labeled as a compilation, The Hounds is actually a full length 20 track LP composed of all original tracks. Blue Nose showcases their versatility and aptitude for Rap with this album, grabbing ahold of their slot among Underground factors and holding it tightly. Artists Thunderchief, Greg Double, Tactical, and Castroni have been rapping and performing around the NW for a decade and gaining the respect of fans and artists alike. Artists 5ive 3re, Mac 9, Dank Xmas, and Lil Gr3y while younger in the game prove their worth with their appearances on The Hounds album. Wynter Brown, an extremely talented young artist hailing out of the West Midlands, UK joins forces with Blue Nose on a track entitled “Da Breed” along with Thunderchief, Greg Double and First Degree The DE.
The production credits behind this project are as impressive as any other element of this NW classic. Bay Area veteran producer 3HMB of Hotbox Ent, Oregon based Mobb style producer Tony Snow, Mainstream producer Sk8Beatz, Blue Nose’s own Phenom57 and Chuey Boy Tactical, Iballz of Tac Army Radio and Tac Town Records, Built Supreme up and comer Dank Xmas, StudioMike from Denver Colorado, and Mooch Music out of Florida set the tone for the grittiness of The Hounds and the bar very high for upcoming Underground Rap artists.
As of February 17th 2015 “Release The Hounds” is available on all major online retailers as well as in stores, with the help of Fahrenheit and distribution through City Hall Records.
Catch the world premier of Wynter Brown’s new music video “Understand Reality” on February 25th from Blue Nose Music/ Fahrenheit Records.
Reigning out of the West Midlands, England, Wynter Brown has been impressing people worldwide for years with her hard-hitting lyrics, quick precise delivery and hardcore topics. This wednesday she drops her latest visual creation for her song “Understand Reality” and you’re going to hear about it.
Self-directed by Wynter Brown, the video was filmed and edited by Mickey G for OhMyDaysDays Visuals. She delivers her message of truth seeking for a deeper understanding of spirituality and human kind laid out over the smooth rhythm of an instrumental from UK super producer Cipha Headz. Wynter Brown never fails to impress her audience, from the Westcoast United States to her home turf in the West Midlands, UK.
Looking toward the future, her EP “Westbound 0121” is dropping later this year on Seattle based indie Rap label Blue Nose Music, under the umbrella of Sacramento veteran First Degree The DE’s Fahrenheit Records and City Hall Records distribution.
Long before Autotune, the Talkbox reigned as the King of the West Coast
Many of todays Hip Hop/ Rap fans may have never heard of the group Zapp – or their front man Roger Troutman – but they are arguably one of the most influential groups in the history of West Coast Rap/ Hip Hop – and Popular Music in general. A few of their more well known hits include “Computer Love”, ” I Wanna Be Your Man” and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”.
I doubt there are many of you who haven’t heard the song California Love by 2pac and Dr Dre. You have all heard Roger Troutman play the Talkbox. What you may not be aware of is the fact that Zapp & Roger originally created that song, releasing it on the album Zapp IV back in 1985.
There have been very few producers/ artists throughout the years to use the talkbox at all, even fewer have used it to the extent or on the level that Roger did. Troutman (who was rumored to have been mentored on the Talkbox by the great Stevie Wonder) used it in a way that was unforgettable, and has been sampled and resampled throughout the years by West Coast Rap artists.
The Talkbox is basically a small speaker box that you plug an instrument into, that has a plastic tube sticking out of it – and very few have been able to master it. When an artist is able to really put the talkbox to work, the effects are almost always magical. A few other examples of artists to use the Talkbox; Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh, DJ Fingaz, Bozko, and Rogers own son – Roger Troutman Jr.
Fahrenheit/ Blue Nose Music Rapper 5ive 3re is a young artist emerging from the Seattle-Tacoma Wa Underground Rap scene, who works his hardest to bring the Talkbox back to life and to the ears of today’s Hip Hop/ Rap listeners.
While the majority of artists and listeners his age were following the latest and “greatest” trends of thier time (the late 90’s and early 2000’s) 5ive 3re spent his time studying the music of the 70’s/80’s and early 90’s. He went on long stretches of time when all he listened to was Zapp & Roger; wishing that he could get his hands on a talkbox. These days he spends hours on end playing the keyboard, whether its the MicroKorg, a Yamaha, or simply his laptop keyboard running a musical interface. He says he wants to make an entire album using only the Talkbox, though that may just be his ambition and passion for the box encouraging him into hyperbole.
5ive 3re (pronounced Five Tre) – writes his own music and records/ talkboxes under the umbrella of Fahrenheit Records, based out of Northern California – through the small Seattle-based Rap label Blue Nose Music.
Currently, you can find 3res first album “Experience 5ive 3re” on all major online retailers (iTunes, Amazon, Spotify etc) While he prepares to release a duo-project with fellow Fahrenheit/ Blue Nose emcee Greg Double entitled “2 Rap Katz”, and continues recording his 2nd album ” Hungry With No Appetite “
So to the West Coast Rap fan out there, rest assured the instrument that helped shape the sound – and the culture of the West; is living and well.. And it lives in the Northwest.
The “XXL Freshman List” repeatedly represents a phony reflection of the REAL Underground Rap scene
Me & my team have been performing at & attending shows around the Northwest from Everett, Washington to Eugene, Oregon for more than the past 10 years – and I’ve yet to see Macklemore make an appearance in the streets.
If you’ve ever seen a “NW Hip Hop Artist” appear in a popular magazine, announcing they’ve been making noise and “coming-up” and had to scratch your damn head, and ask someone “Who the hell is this? ” I’m right there with you. It seems to follow right along with the phony image-selling trend of popular music – which has infiltrated the deepest corners of the once sacred genre of Hip Hop.
Blue Nose Music has been throwing events & releasing albums for the people of the NW for years – and here comes a NW artist receiving national acclaim – yet i don’t know one person who was bumping a Macklemore record prior to his album The Heist hitting the iTunes charts.
Hungry artists in the Northwest have been struggling for elbow-room and fighting for the attention that will take their music to the next level, only growing more frustrated and starving as the years pass. When the “Rap Industry” recognizes an artist the majority of people have never heard of. Just another shining example of the Northwest being mis-represented among the Hip-Hop/ Rap Community nationwide.
Blue Nose artist Thunderchief, has recieved attention for winning freestyle battles from Wazzu to Tacoma Community College. Travelling back and forth from NorCal to Tacoma for the cause – He flew The DE out to the NW for 2 shows (Halloween Horror Nights) in October of 2013 to perform with BNM, Awall aka 2piece Beanz & Rize and NW Veteran Shao Sosa.
BNM has been supporting the NW Rap scene for years, bringing artists together; throwing concerts to connect Hip Hop fans to hungry underground artists in the Tacoma/ Seattle/ Puyallup area. Blue Nose Music has been a real supporter of the Northwest Underground on a grass-roots level.
Blue Nose Music has been gaining notoriety in the Seattle/ Tacoma area for the last few years as an independent no-nonsense Westcoast Rap label, releasing albums and throwing events without gimmicks or the typical showboating of today’s Rap scene.
Albums such as Welcome To The Doghouse, Puppy Love, Ego Centric, Experience 5ive 3re, and Release The Hounds have stuck to the script reminiscent of Westcoast Rap of the 1990’s. With lo-fi beats, simple hard-hitting choruses and a party-life attitude; BNM has grown in popularity among the 20-40 year old demographic of the Puget Sound area.
In 2014 the Blue Nose crew got their wish, going nationwide under the umbrella of Veteran Sacramento artist First Degree The D.E.’s label; Fahrenheit Records – with the help of City Hall distribution.
In hopes of bringing REAL RAP and putting control back into the hands of the PEOPLE of the Northwest and the Westcoast as a whole, Blue Nose & Fahrenheit Records are here to make a statement with the FAHRENHEIT MOVEMENT!
Blue Nose Music set to re-release their flagship album “Release The Hounds” on Fahrenheit/ City Hall Records
In 2013, BNM released a 20 track album showcasing their style and aptitude for West Coast Underground Rap entitled; Release The Hounds. With features from heavy hitters such as Rappin 4 Tay, Awall aka 2piece, Shao Sosa, Tony Snow, King Scrub and Skrilla; Release The Hounds boasted track after track of commercial free, undergound, mobb themed music.
in 2014, now teamed up with Sacramento Rap legend First Degree The D.E. and his label; Fahrenheit Records, Blue Nose is working on a plan to Release The Hounds yet again – this time on a bigger scale, distributed by City Hall Records – Digitally re-mastered, with new tracks and sporting new artwork.
Set to hit stores and online retailers early 2015, Release The Hounds features Blue Nose artists Greg Double, 5ive 3re, Thunderchief, Castroni, TACtical, Lil Gr3y, and Mac 9. Guest appearances include Bay Area legend Rappin 4 Tay, Sacramento legend First Degree The D.E., North West juggernauts Shao Sosa and Awall aka 2piece, Mobbed out rapper/ producer Tony Snow, the infamous Villionaire King Scrub, and the hard working artist/ promoter Skrilla of Perfect10 Ent.
Producers of the album include Oakland Super-Producer 3hmb; Tony Snow, Iballz of Tac Army Radio, Blue Nose Producers Chuey Boy Tactical and Phenom57, StudioMike, Mooch Music, and the extremely talented Johnny ESPN.
You can currently still find Release The Hounds for purchase on online distributors such as iTunes, AmazonMP3 and GooglePlay; as well as in local stores around the Puget Sound area – Silver Platters, Rocket Records, Sonic Boom Records, and Everyday Music.
Preview the first track off the album “Cant Handle The Night” featuring Thunderchief, 5ive 3re, Greg Double, Tactical and Castroni on a late-night chill style beat produced by Phenom57 on Greg Double’s SoundCloud page here:
Sitting down with Rap Artist/ Owner of Blue Nose Music
Q: Alright, who are you?
A: Dubb G, Double G, Greg Double, 00G
Q: Where are you from?
A: Born in Tacoma, Washington – grew up in Navy Yard City, Bremerton till i was about 12 then moved to Tacoma permanantly the summer before 8th grade.
Q: How did you get your moniker?
A: I’ve been known by many names thru the years, but the one that stuck was Dubb G.. based on the two G’s in my name, Greg Goucher. Over the years it evolved to Double G and alot of people still refer to me as this.. But once i started going more public with my music and doing shows i started running into Double B, A, C, and the rest, so i decided to look for something more unique. One day Greg Double came to me and it felt like i finally found my identity.
Q: What do you do?
A: I write, i rap, i record/ mix and master, promote, perform, throw events, and most importantly i help others do these same things.
Q: Why do you do it?
A: Because I enjoy the rhymes, the beats and also helping other cats to make music.. I also enjoy creating. I’m more of a technician than a musician, I like building and putting puzzles together.. That’s why I’ve loved making beats and recording/ mixing tracks. My mom sang and my dad was a rocker.. Used to make me listen to pink Floyd and explain the meanings to me when I was a kid.. Then I found rap when I was like 8, I started memorizing songs and writing down verses from Eazy and Mixalot, eventually started writing original rhymes and making beats in highschool. I enjoy performing, and I love the community aspect of it.. Building a network/ helping people meet others when they need something.
Rap music has been the most steady thing in my life since i was 8 or 9.
Q: How long have you been doing it?
A: Writing my own rhymes since 8th grade, about 1995 – recording and making beats since 10th grade, around 1998. So i’d say ive been doing this for 19 years.
Q: Who influenced you?
A: Hella. From Sir Mix A Lot, NWA, DJ Quick, Snoop, Spice-1, C-Bo, First Degree The DE, Brotha Lynch Hung, Andre Nickatina, Equipto and many many more – to the classic R&B of the Temptations, Stevie Wonder etc.. to todays Alternative Rock artists
Q: How did you end up with BNM?
A: Blue Nose Music is something i thought up years ago when i was making music with my buddies; Ryan, Zuriel, Neal and Lay Lay (Thunderchief).. i was obsessed with Blue Nose pitbulls so i started calling my music Blue Nose; at the same time i was making Dark more Horrocore sounding beats and songs and calling it “Haunted Records”. I eventually went my own way from what we were doing and i let my homies take HR, and i kept pushing with the name Blue Nose Music.
Q: What do you see your purpose as?
A: To create a gateway for artists like myself who would have died for the chance to record a real rap record and get it onto shelves in stores next to their favorite artists who they look up to. And also to keep the style of Rap i prefer alive – which is the West coast style of the 90’s. In the year 2014 when Hip Hop and Rap seems to have lost its way and is clouded by the fancy popular images of money and fast cars & women.. I’m happy to be able to continue making music about struggle, working hard, riding in old school cars and MOBBIN’
Q: Where do you want this to take you?
A: You know, I’m hell of excited about this Distribution deal with Fahrenheit & City Hall, as a long time fan of First Degree The D.E. and as some one who wants his music in the hands of every listener in the world. BUT I’m happy with my daytime career as well, and i don’t really have wild aspirations about Grammy’s and Whammys or the typical “Rapper” lifestyle. I’d love to tour and sell music & merch to people who enjoy it.
Q: Special shout outs?
A: To every one who listens to our music and supports Blue Nose Music, every artist i’ve worked with over the years, those who helped me build this BNM thing, producers that’ve trusted us with their beats, any artist that’s collaborated with me, any venue owner who’s given me a chance to throw a show at their club, my girl for supporting my craziness and trusted me when i said i was going to keep doing this and took me serious, my people behind the scenes like Mike Groshong – without whom Blue Nose would be a fraction of what it is, and accomplished a fraction of what we have. First Degree The DE and Fahrenheit Records, for the continued support, guidance and opportunities – S/o to all my BNM family: 5ive 3re, Castro, Thunderchief, Easie,Chuey, Mac 9, Karly M, Chris M, Jacob B, Zuriel W, Ryan Kelly, Gamble and the list goes on. I know for a fact i have failed to name everyone and i apologize if i didn’t name you specifically.