With his luscious tenor and seductive lyrics, San Francisco singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist 8th Grader (AKA, Jayson Martinovich) injects a unique and fresh R&B sensibility to his singular brand of nu-soul. His decadent vocals caress Afro-Cuban polyrhythms, Rhodes piano, and elements of Chillwave. With nods to Prince, Frank Ocean, George Michael and Janet Jackson, 8th Grader fills a nameless void somewhere in between pop and R&B. Currently creating a stir amongst the music blogs, 8th Grader has been gaining acclaim from fans and critics alike with his signature R&B meets Nu-Soul flare.
Taylor Dexter, the 23-year-old drummer for fast-rising L.A. rock bands Hunter Hunted and Body Parts, is in the driver's seat for Air Life, singing and playing guitar. Dexter has been widely praised as one of L.A.'s best young drummers. But in Air Life, Dexter joins forces with Vicky Nguyen (keys), Brad Babinsk (bass)i, and Brijesh Pandya (drums), to bring some soul music to Silver Lake and beyond.
On their debut single "Tell Me Anything," with its water-tight soul-jazz groove and unforgettable chorus, Air Life prove themselves to be gifted students of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan, and the song has obvious parallels to contemporaries Hiatus Kaiyote, Toro y Moi and Robert Glasper.