Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Soup of the Day #1: Paz- Whiskey & Cocaine

Soup of the Day spotlights great singles that have been uploaded to BandSoup.com. On a daily basis, we will post selected singles with information on the artist, song, album release, and more. 

"Whiskey & Cocaine" takes pop vocals and smashes them together with a hip hop backdrop, forming an infectious record that will have every Bro and Broette dancing off beat in beer soaked house bashes. Paz could be compared to Shwayze and Cisco Adler in 2008, but way more ready to be embraced by pop lovin' teens and college freshmen. Paz has proved with his first collegiate hit that he undoubtedly holds the right pop chops to become the next big thing. 

Things have happened remarkably fast for PAZ.
Like 600,000 downloads of his debut mixtape. 
Or the mish-mash celebrity admirers including Kanye West, The Black Eyed Peas, and Tim McGraw.
Those things don’t happen overnight for most musicians, but for PAZ, the stars couldn’t have aligned more perfectly.
Only a couple years ago at Yale University, PAZ was a regular college jock, playing rugby by day and performing at rowdy, beer-soaked frat parties by night. His trademark sound – a foot-stomping mashup of rock, hip-hop, and dance beats – evolved almost by accident. 
"I used to stop and start between songs," says PAZ, "but that meant the crowd would stop too. At some point I just started blending my music, like a DJ.”
PAZ’s unique style was an instant hit with the hard-to-please frat crowd. At the urging of a friend, he entered a Mastercard competition for college musicians. He was chosen out of 25,000 aspiring hopefuls to tour with country music legends Tim McGraw and Big & Rich. Trading textbooks for a tour bus, he took a semester off school and hit the road.
Not knowing much about country, PAZ combined honky tonk classics with his own rock riffs and hip-hop beats. The crew was taken aback. “They were like, did this L.A. kid just mashup Toby Keith and Kanye? Is that even legal?!”
His unique sound made quite an impression on Tim McGraw, who took PAZ under his wing. “When Tim McGraw said I was going to be a star, that's when I knew I was going to make it,” says PAZ. “There was no question.”
PAZ's critically acclaimed debut mixtape, "Young Broke & Fameless" was released in August, 2010. Since then, it has been downloaded over 600,000 times.
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