The Asian American Music Conference kicks off with the Asian American Music Showcase on November 10, 2018 at the historic Neck of the Woods music venue in San Francisco. The showcase highlights a select group of featured artists, and up and coming Asian American music artists as selected by our selection committee. Below are this year’s final selections. Admission to the conference is included with AAMC registration. Tickets to the showcase only are also available through Neck of the Woods.
“Echoing the likes of fun. and Jason Mraz, and with a voice like Sam Smith, Jin appeals to the deepest part of our souls – that tender, vulnerable side we too often build walls around. ” -Atwood Magazine (June 2018) Jae Jin is a self-taught, fully independent singer/songwriter, & multi-Instrumentalist from Baltimore, MD. When he hits the road, he entertains audiences with his soulful music and engaging stories. Jae began pursuing music professionally at the start of 2015. He self-released his debut, award-winning, full-length album, Kairos, at the end of 2015 with three tracks being pinned for GRAMMY consideration in 2016 in 3 different categories (Americana, R&B, & Pop). His second album, an experimental EP titled Baltimore Boulevard included singles such as the 90s-themed R&B/Pop song Darling U Know, dance single Things We Said, & Soul song Indigo Road. His latest release is a full length album titled Letters and Drinks, which includes popular tracks, 11:11 and Gonna Be Honest. He has been recognized as an emerging force by the likes of Pat Monahan (Lead singer/songwriter of Train), Russell Simmons (Def Jam co-founder) and has also been featured on The Huffington Post, SOFARSOUNDS (27 concerts across 14 cities globally), GRAMMYs, WorldStarHipHop, the Communion Residency (in NYC), & the Emmy Award-winning TV show, House of Cards. At the end of 2017, Jae was recognized with a 2017 WeWork Creator Award.
Arpan is a 21 year old rapper from Cupertino, California. A hip-hop enthusiast from a young age, Arpan draws inspiration from modern greats such as J. Cole, and Kendrick Lamar. Also a major Bay Area sports fan, Arpan has collaborated with the Golden State Warriors on 3 tracks used to hype up the fans at Oracle Arena. Arpan also released a moving track called “I See Freedom” on a charity album (Artists United Against Human Trafficking) released in affiliation with the United Nations. Being Indian-American, Arpan plans to bring an Indian influence to the vibrant hip-hop scene in the Bay.
Hyphens is Kei de Vera, Edmund Aglibot, Shelby Alcudia, Shikes Barbero, and Andy Mapa. The members of the band come together with experiences coming from other bands and different influences.
The band is busy writing songs and recording their first album. Hyphens is getting ready to play gigs all over the Bay area and everywhere else hoping to share the stage with amazing musicians.
Chow Mane, born Charles Yan, is a Chinese American rapper from San Jose, California. His debut EP, Mooncakes, has been considered a landmark release in the Asian American hip-hop community. A string of singles ranging from lo-fi RnB to bouncy trap have solidified Chow as a refreshing, multi-talented artist. His newest project, ‘SIMMERING’ is set to release early 2019. Chow’s versatility in his sound knows no bounds. His biggest influences include André 3000, Lil Wayne, Curren$y, & Mac Dre, which is reflected in his writing style – a fine balance between flourishing imagery, ridiculous wordplay, offbeat flows, and fun. The sounds in Chow Mane’s music range from experimental and playful to moody and melodic, so fans can always expect something fun to jam to.
LEI is a Filipino-Belizean American singer songwriter, based out of Los Angeles. However, she is no stranger to the Bay Area, being born and raised in the Central Valley. LEI got her start doing theatre in high school, but quickly realized she had an affinity for music. Her influences include Banks, Lorde and NAO and her original music incorporates pop elements into alternative sounds. Her debut EP “Forget Me Nots” will be available on all digital platforms November 2nd, 2018.
Leo Xia is a Los Angeles based singer-songwriter, speaker and activist who aims to expand our capacities for empathy and collective healing. He recently opened for Snoop Dogg and his debut full length album Hyphenated is now available on all streaming platforms following a successful Kickstarter campaign. It follows his emotional journey following the passing of his maternal grandmother, who taught him Chinese growing up.
Lumikools is a Filipino-American Hip-Hop artist hailing from Hercules, CA who has released several EP’s with feel-good vibes, lyrical content and consistent delivery that preserves what the Hip-Hop culture represents. He works closely alongside with childhood friend/producer Jollibeats and has had several projects produced by the noteworthy producer that follows in the footsteps of the late Nujabes and J-Dilla.
Fueled by inspiration and innovation, The Musical Doc brings to life a genre of music that incorporates diversity, soul, and higher consciousness. Her creativity in composition and performance has broken barriers and resonates with audiences around the world. Being a musician and an actual medical doctor, The Musical Doc aspires to inspire and empower women, men, and children around the globe, through education, awareness and artistic expression. The Musical Doc has been featured for “track of the week” on BBC radio, world premiere on Dash Radio and has performed at prestigious venues such as The Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, and House of Blues, etc.
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We are now accepting applications from Asian American music artists to perform and be a part of the music showcase. Application submissions will be reviewed based on original music and performance delivery, by a committee of professionals from various non-profit arts organizations.
Eligibility requirements include:
- Must have original music
- Be able to perform live for a minimum of 10 minutes
- At least one member must be of Asian descent (if a group)
- Must be available on November 10 for the music showcase
- Selected artists are guaranteed one showcase slot
- Showcase slots run an average of 10-15 minutes
- Performing members will receive AAMC Conference badges for November 17
- AAMC does not cover talent fee, travel or accommodation expenses
Applications for the showcase are now CLOSED. Stay tuned for updates on this year’s lineup!