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Los Angeles, CA. 

MOTION CNTRL make moody electronic tunes that help reset your emotions and gets ya body movin’. Their music video for “In The Dream” was just released, which you can watch below, and their new EP Envision drops tomorrow, Dec. 1.


One of my earliest memories of connecting with music was when I was in the 2nd grade. A classmate gave me a mix tape that his older brother had given him. I remember putting it in my Walkman, pressing play, and immediately loving it. The music, however, was actually the raunchiest, most explicit, gangster rap that until this day, I swear is the dirtiest rap I had ever heard. Think Too Short on steroids. It had every curse word imaginable and I knew I probably shouldn’t be listening to it, but I couldn’t help it. I was obsessed; with the rhythm, with the beats, the vibe, everything. I listened to it over and over and over again, so it was no surprise that one evening, while my mom was cooking dinner and I was sitting on the floor bobbing my head with my walkman on she asked, “What are you listening to?” With a guilty look on my face, I replied “nothing,” and I knew I was caught. She took my headphones off, put them on, and was in complete shock. She was appalled! Which is pretty funny, now that I think about it, I can’t imagine what I would do if I caught my kid listening to that. So she opens the Walkman, rips out the tape, and throws it in the garbage. In my 7 year old rage, I immediately ran to the trash, pulled out the tape, grabbed one of the metal cooking utensils she was using, and proceeded to smash it to pieces. In my mind, I thought, “if I have to give this tape up, I’m going to do it with a bang.” And I did. Later in life, I learned how to dance from listening to underground hip hop music, and it’s had a place in my heart ever since.


Schoolkids Records (Chapel Hill, NC)


Beacon Theatre (NYC)








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