Passport Approved, Death by Chocolate, Evol Walks, Sean Kelly, Super Highway

2200 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
United States

Event Description:

Passport Approved

Passport Approved is an independent internationally syndicated tastemaker import radio show that airs on many stations in the U.S. and around the world including the World Famous KROQ 106.7 Los Angeles, 107.7 The End in Seattle, Flux FM in Berlin Germany, 99.1 Radio Doble Nueve in Lima Peru, 104.1 KRZQ in Reno,, 94.7 KKDO in Sacramento, 94.7 KNRK in Portland, East Radio Shanghai, China, PUK-FM Johannesburg, South Africa and national digital radio on 2XM in Ireland to name a few.

Passport Approved has spent the last 11 years as the first point of radio contact in N. America or worldwide for international artists such as Adele, Lorde, Kongos, Tove Lo, Bastille, John Newman, Frank Turner, Lily Allen, Gin Wigmore, The Temper Trap, Gotye, LMFAO, Wolfmother, San Cisco, The Ting Tings and hundreds of others.

Passport Approved is the creation of British-born/Los Angeles-based DJ Sat Bisla, who was previously a DJ at KCRW and Indie 103.1FM in Los Angeles. Bisla also worked at a number of other music-intensive radio stations in Central California, including KKDJ "The Edge" Fresno, where he hosted/programmed a weekly import show and was also the station's Music Director.

Over the years Bisla has been credited by the global music industry with playing a part in helping artists (pre-label signing in the US and/or worldwide) such as Coldplay, Adele, Sia, Keane, Muse, Frank Turner, Caro Emerald, Dido, Faithless, Lily Allen, Ting Tings, Editors, Teddybears, Missy Higgins, and many others who have gone on to have global success.

Passport Approved has worked with tastemaker DJs and radio stations from around the world, including Kiwi FM New Zealand, Xfm Radio Network, TokyoFM, InterFM (Japan) and Deutschland's FluxFM. Passport Approved has also done weekly exchanges with Australia's Triple M Radio, John Kennedy from Xfm London, England and also highly-influential BBC Radio 1 (UK) DJ Zane Lowe.

Death by Chocolate (Switzerland)

Death by Chocolate „Amongs Sirens“ It’s hard to avoid the overuse of superlatives when describing the new album from Death by Chocolate. The band’s close collaboration with Swedish producer Ronald Blood has resulted in a strong, raw, and passionate sound. «Among Sirens» doesn’t just reflect hefty doses of courage and creativity, DBC’s live performance is also tangible in the recording. The rock band from Biel have spent the last two years performing in notable places both in Switzerland and abroad (Musexpo in L.A., EXIT Festival in Serbia, Woodstock Poland). These experiences have pushed Death by Chocolate to new heights, although they’ve managed to be pragmatic over tempting offers and stay authentic. Musically the band has done a great job in capturing all the energy of a live performance in the album, something which is often lost when the sweat of the stage has dried and musicians walk into a studio or compromise their sound in a radio edit. Tracks such as «Siren Calls», «Alfred» or „If You Ask Me“, carry the full punch of the live performance. Even the quieter numbers have managed to retain the sweetness of the stage versions. Following «From Birthdays to Funerals» Death by Chocolate have shifted their focus to more instrumental diversity and the use of modern technology. Not letting themselves be bound by the past, the band has stayed open to the sometimes unusual approaches currently at play in the international music scene. And with some success: Their album went straight into the Swiss album charts at number 10, the band was hailed the best talent in the month of September by leading Swiss national radio station SRF3, the first single “Family” made it into the daily playlists of the main Swiss radio stations and the album received laudatory reviews in the Swiss daily press. Although "Among Sirens" was first released in Switzerland, Death by Chocolate have gained notice over the border, recently winning a high profile support slot to "The Blue Van", playing four concerts in Denmark including in Vega in Copenhagen. The year 2015 has begun promisingly with a nomination for "Best Live Act" at the Swiss Music Awards, and there’s no doubt that it’ll continue in this way. Fast-paced, multi-layered and melodic, «Among Sirens» is like a powerful coiled spring just waiting mercilessly to unfold Death by Chocolate’s own brand of rock’n’roll, on you.

Evol Walks (Australia)

Evol Walks are a hard, hitting five -piece Australian rock and roll band who have been making a lot of noise since exploding onto the scene in early 2014.

Earmarked by industry tastemakers as a band to watch, Evol Walks are a blend of classic, riff driven rock and roll distinguished by raw, powerful female vocals and blistering guitar riffs. "If Greenday and Joan Jett had a kid- it would be Evol Walks" (Jon Lee, HKG FM)

After the band were invited to record their debut EP with award-winning producer Brian Howes (Airbourne, Daughtry, Simple Plan, Hinder), they were invited to launch their uniquely raw, rock n roll style at the prestigious Global Rock Summit at Musexpo held at the famous Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California in 2014. Spending the bulk of 2014 in the studio honing their sound, Evol Walks released their first single 'Heartbreakin' Woman' to the public in September 2014. It was picked up for regular rotation on Triple M in Australia as well as receiving airplay on other commercial, community and Internet radio stations worldwide.

February 2015 saw Evol Walks return to their homeland, Australia, to release their hotly anticipated second single 'Buzzed', which was named as one of the Top 4 releases to commercial radio by the industry website 'The Music Network' . They went on to say- "Buzzed comes at you in spurts of unapologetic raw epics. It's Monster Magnet at their most accessible, Stone Sour before the first breakup – it's nuanced and decisive."

In support of this single, Evol Walks embarked on a 14- date tour of Australia which included a support slot for up and comers 'The Lazy's'.

Having just wrapped up a showcase tour of Europe, which included at gig at Europe's largest music festival- Przstanek Woodstock alongside Black Label Society, Flogging Molly and Dreamtheatre, Evol Walks are back on Australian soil to launch their Debut EP 'The Other Side' and hit the road on a 10 date Aussie tour, kicking off on the 19th of September with a headline spot at Mitchell Creek Rock and Blues Festival on the Sunshine Coast. The band will then head back to the USA to continue touring/achieving world domination.

Sean Kelly (Venice Beach)

Growing up in California, splitting his time between Venice and Sacramento, Sean Kelly was influenced by SoCal Reggae greats Sublime, The Expendables, Dirty Heads, Slightly Stoopid and Rebelution as much as early rap icons like Slick Rick, Big L, Mac Dre and E-40. As a youngster, all he wanted to do was create and perform his own music. Drawing inspiration from the singing styles of Michael Jackson, Prince and Otis Redding, Sean came up with his own unique style of music that incorporates the California surf and beach sound. The debut single, "Hands In The Sky," has created a bond with the warm sun and the motion of the ocean, providing the perfect summer-like backdrop. There's a lot that this young artist wants to accomplish, with goals set as high as the Cali sun, the sky is truly the limit for Sean Kelly.