Band of the Day

2014.08.10

Bryce Vine

Nostalgic hip hop anthems that will make you forget your inhibitions and join the party
Make a fortune, break a cookie, damn my future looks bright. I know it’s poison but boy is it damn sweet, someone pinch me so I know I’m not asleep.
lyrics from My Holiday

Singer/rapper Bryce Vine was born in New York City and spent his childhood there in a humble apartment with his single mother. Just after his tenth birthday she moved them both to Los Angeles while she was looking for work as an actress - eventually landing a lead role on the daytime drama series, Passions. Bryce found his natural talent and love of music and entertainment at a very young age through his close relationship with her, spending time on set and helping her rehearse scenes. In Junior High, Bryce continued to develop his voice and love for music when he discovered 90's R&B while visiting his father. In a somewhat unorthodox fashion, Bryce found his first inspiration to pick up a musical instrument when he was watching Comedy Central and saw a Stephen Lynch special. As a result, he convinced his mother to buy a guitar for him and he started developing his own sound at age thirteen. Growing up in the suburbs of LA, Bryce became heavily immersed in the mid to late-90s/early 00’s alternative rock and punk scenes, with bands like Third Eye Blind, Blink-182, and Rancid becoming some of his biggest influences. Bryce cites Third Eye Blind vocalist Stephan Jenkins’ “literate [and] genuine” lyrics in particular as a major influence on his songwriting. Says Bryce, “I think that kind of excitement – living life out loud and fun – definitely [influenced me].” Bryce was continuing to focus on development at an early age when disaster struck; while on vacation at age 16, he slipped and broke his neck. The experience simultaneously humbled him and inspired him; while lucky enough to experience a full recovery, he threw himself into music, which eventually resulted in a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. It was at Berklee where Bryce met his producer and musical soul mate Nolan Lambroza who would later become part of the production team, The Messengers. (Lambroza has written and produced tracks for Justin Bieber, Pitbull, the Wanted, Cody Simpson, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown.) Together, the two of them began churning out music and working towards the common goal of creating a new sound triumphed by a cutting edge new artist. Shortly after meeting Nolan, Bryce was picked up by LA- based management company, The Complex Group. In the spring of 2014, Bryce signed to the booking agency, APA. Bryce’s sound is a blend of sing-able radio friendly pop and laid back, in-the-cut hip-hop; A California brand of positivity mixed with the mantra, “You only live once.” He brings an infectious vibe to the stage, easily getting even the most timid concertgoers to forget their inhibitions and join the party. Last summer, Bryce released “Take Me Home,” the first single from his debut EP Lazy Fair along with an accompanying music video that featured a live mural painting by renowned street artist RISK (Ryan Seacrest, ANDPOP, StupidDope). He followed it up with the much darker, “Where the Wild Things Are” (Vibe, Earbuddy, Artist Direct) which was chosen to be the official theme song the 2014 X-Games. Bryce spent the beginning of the year on the road with pop-duo Karmin, acting as the main support on their national Pulses Tour. On April 22, he released Lazy Fair (Kiva House Lambroza in conjunction with Rostrum Records) to critical acclaim (Huffington Post, Last FM, Death and Taxes) as well as his third single, the nostalgic summer anthem “Sour Patch Kids” and accompanying video. “Guilty Pleasure,” another track off the EP, has been selected to accompany E!’s #ESummerHere campaign. Bryce is currently writing a full-length album, finishing up a run of shows in the LA area and will begin a 15+ date college tour in the Fall.