"Drastik IV is an alternative hip-hop/rock band fronted by postmodern prophet Lynn “Drastik” DeLoach. Combining elements of rap, rock, soul, and funk, this unique act cooks up a mind-bending, soul-stomping musical stew that tastes as good as it feels. With their provocative blend of social consciousness and musical mayhem, Drastik IV is guaranteed to move you . . . both mentally and physically.
They have garnered numerous accolades in recent years, including being nominated as one of the “Top 10 Hip-Hop Acts” by the Austin Chronicle, being listed as one of the “Top 5 Bands to See” at SXSW 2011 by Study Breaks magazine, and placing second in “TRCoA’s 5th Annual Best Unsigned Artist Competition,” beating out over 400 bands. In September 2011, Drastik IV was selected by Capitol View Arts and the city of Austin to represent the city at the Cutting Edge Music Business Conference 2011 in New Orleans and was named ambassador for the 2012 trip. The band performed at “Rockupy Austin,” a benefit show for Occupy Austin, and performed at City Hall during SXSW as a part of Occupy Austin’s Million Musician March for Peace."
- Kelly Koonce, "The Front Porch" Austin, TX
Drastik IV's new EP "Wrath of the Underdog" is currently available on iTunes!
G. Lynn Drastik - Vocals
Andrew "A.J." Snow - Guitar
Jet Jaguar - Bass
Ryan "Razz" Henderson - Drums
Drastik IV - "Wrath of the Underdog" EP - January 2013
Drastik & 2wentyWon - "Something to Say" EP - January 2011
Drastik & Kevin Jack - "Circus Mirrors" - 2010
Drastik - "Drastik's Daily Download" - 2009
Drastik & D.I.C.E. - "The Birth of Modern Military Thought" - 2009
Another Great Performance
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Drastik IV ( http://drastikmusic.com/ ) has a lot of energy. Theses kids have the idea, get the audi...Drastik IV ( http://drastikmusic.com/ ) has a lot of energy. Theses kids have the idea, get the audience involved, make it interactive, and everybody will smile and remember you for how much fun they had. Drastik IV has a video on YouTube, 'Elephant in the Room', check it out here ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyp_Cwiihqw ). This would give you a small view of what they are like live...and live they are. With the awsome performance that they put on I will enjoy seeing any of you at another one of their shows with more bands along the same line of that harder edge music. They do have a song they tout as their "6th street anthem" that they should definitely leave for last. What a perfect way to close out the set and get the audience completely going. Go see them and you will know what I mean.
Austin Music Awards
The Austin Music Awards. Drastik #10 Top Hip/Hop Band
Top 10 SXSW Bands You Must See
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Drastik has risen to the top of the underground rap game in Austin. Whether he is on tour with arti...Drastik has risen to the top of the underground rap game in Austin. Whether he is on tour with artist Drake, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, Trey Songz, or holding down a local spot with his band, Circle of Fire, Drastik can hold his own opening for some of the top artist in the game today. His latest release, an EP titled Something to Say is a blend of some serious production with hard hitting lyrics any music lover will appreciate. Drastik is no stranger to high intensity shows. Never holding back, his lyrics are profound and never meaningless. This artist is a must see for SXSW. (From Pg 33)
5 Austin hip-hop artists to watch in 2011
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What sets Drastik apart form his peers is that, unlike most rappers, he's not obsessed with machismo...What sets Drastik apart form his peers is that, unlike most rappers, he's not obsessed with machismo and materialism. Instead, he uses his sound as a vehicle to convey melodic beauty most rap purists will find enjoyable. Having already shared the stage with the likes of Trey Songz and Wale, Drastik is poised for a breakout in 2011.
Story of My Life.
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Best way I can describe Drastik is, think of your favorite alternative band and your favorite LYRICA...Best way I can describe Drastik is, think of your favorite alternative band and your favorite LYRICAL emcee and mash them up together with some Southern charm and you get Drastik!
Drastik - Like Raindrops
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Drastik’s been in Austin opening for damn near anyone with a venue, hungry and energetic as his perf...Drastik’s been in Austin opening for damn near anyone with a venue, hungry and energetic as his performance backed by a live band and his own passionaite lyrics made me a fan, and a believer.
Kevin Jack & Drastik
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Man o man what a night. Dboii and I had ourselves a great time at an unbelievable show that boasted ...Man o man what a night. Dboii and I had ourselves a great time at an unbelievable show that boasted a ridiculously talented field of up & coming artists including: Curren$y, Pac Div & XV--all of which have been previously featured on the site. All three absolutely killed it (mad props to my man XV-kids gonna be HUGE), but it was the opening act, Kevin Jack & Drastik, who got it bumping early, that really set the tone for the night. Coming into the show I didn't know what to expect, I'd really never heard of these cats before, and further the few times their names came up I could never find a way to get a hold of their music. Thank god for last night. I was blown away by their stage presence and unique style & low-key approach, which is an effort to further bridge the gap between the electronica and hip-hop genres. Put simply, they ride harrrd in the name of true hip-hop - not your typical (crap) that you hear at the clubs or on the radio. After a great set they were also cool enough to hit us up with a copy of their EP, 'Circus Mirrors'. This is underground shit and is highly recommended by yours truly...Here are my favorite jams from the disc. Enjoy!
Kevin Jack & Drastik – Circus Mirrors
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If you’re not yet up on Kevin Jack and Drastik you should be ashamed of yourself. No really, you sho...If you’re not yet up on Kevin Jack and Drastik you should be ashamed of yourself. No really, you should. These two are steady “buzzing like the pizza man” and that buzz is only getting bigger. Just coming off the LRG Home Grown tour with Curren$y, Pac Div and XV, their collaborative mixtape, Circus Mirrors, has quickly garnered over 5k downloads. Featuring production by Big Gigantic and Ratatat, this 7 track EP is unlike anything I’ve heard before. No wonder they have been doing shows with the Clipse, Wale, J Cole, Wiz Khalifa, … do I need to continue this list? Didn’t think so. Just go download it and turn up your speakers!
First Class Birthday Bash: The Verdict (Feat. Trey Songz & Drastik)
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"Oh...my...God! I just slapped Trey Songz's ass! Today is the best day of my life." This was a re..."Oh...my...God! I just slapped Trey Songz's ass! Today is the best day of my life."
This was a response of one hyperventilating fan I spoke to briefly after the First Class Birthday Bash, a concert/party which took place last Thursday at the Monarch Event Center in Austin. Although maybe not for the same exact reasons, many other attendees shared her fond feelings of that night, a night that was jam-packed with exciting and memorable moments.
After a grueling drive from Dallas to Austin, which was made tolerable solely due to large numbers of blunts and Red Bulls, Galileo and I finally reached our destination--- The Monarch Event Center. From the exterior, the place looked very unassuming, on the corner of a small shopping center, so it's obvious that I was thoroughly surprised upon entrance. Armed with a large bar, lounge area, and two stages, The Monarch Event Center looked like a top-notch venue, a real diamond in the rough. Owner Trey Thomason did a great job of keeping a safe environment and the venue staff was more than friendly.
The event itself was thrown by the guys of AC Music Group and AC Promotions in conjunction with Damar Howard of Power Music Movement. Hot 93.3, the Omega Phi Gamma Fraternity, MySmartCampus, and The Fly Society of Austin (no affiliation with Terry Kennedy) did the sponsoring. A big shout out to Cory of AC Music Group for running things with us, and the event in general, so smoothly. A hard-working and highly motivated individual, Cory took care of us and all the other guests the whole night, hardly even pausing to celebrate at his own birthday. Sheesh!
While waiting for the show to get started, I got to socialize with some cool ass folks covering the show. This included The Branch Media Group (TBMG) and DJ Grip, Altantic Records (Meg what up!), and the dudes from onDscene.net, who technically opened up the show via some Swag Surfin'.
After the crowd began to reach its full potential, the show got under way. First to perform was up-and-coming, Houston-based rapper Drastik of Home Team Records; he emerged onstage to a seemingly unfamiliar crowd, but proceeded to give an amazing performance that left even the most stubborn members of the audience wondering who this guy was. His stage presence was exceptional and it was evident he knew how to connect with the crowd from the beginning all the way to the end. The climax of the set was a remix of Ludacris' "I Do It For Hip Hop," where Drastik spits his emotions out acapella, only bringing the beat back during the chorus. This provided a beautiful effect on the song, offering the audience a chance to focus on lyrics rather than to dance mindlessly to beats with a snap and a kick. Drastik is currently working on his debut album and hopes to make the move to Austin permanently in order to better promote his music. For more Drastik check out the links above or stay tuned to us at ONTC for more updates.
After a couple of surprise acts, none of which I attended due to smoke breaks/food runs, neo-soul artist Tje Austin took the stage. At the outset, things did not pan well for Tje (pronounced TIE), technical difficulties left people antsy and whispers of "Where is Trey Songz?" began to surface. Always determined and confident in his abilities, Tje took everything in stride and fortunately, the problems were quickly taken care of. Accompanied only with an acoustic guitar, a far cry from the 2397235 people onstage during the previous act, Tje cooed the audience with his wonderful rendition of Andre 3000's "Hey Ya." To call his voice angelic (pause) would be an understatement; dude literally had the women in the audience melting after every syllable he uttered. To purchase any or all of Tje's music, please search for his name in iTunes. His debut album Love Me Knots is available now. Go support good music!
Due to excessive waiting around for a chance to chop it up with Trey Songz (an interview that never materialized), I ended up missing the Soreal Cru performance. According to my sources though, it was a great performance---- yes, I'm mad. They energized the crowd with a plethora of crazy dance moves, some of which paid homage to the late, great King of Pop. Such a fitting routine honoring arguably the greatest performer of all time. Did I mention I was mad I missed it?
Finally, the time had come. This is what the people had been waiting for, some for more than 6 hours in the blistering Texas sun. Like a prize-fighter mounting a ring, Grammy Nominated Artist Trey Songz appeared from the dressing room and trotted through a sea of frenetic fans, albeit with heavy security, to the stage. Instantly, an electricity filled the air. The roar of the crowd was endless, overcoming every margin of silence that had previously filled the room just minutes before. "Yuuuup!!!" It was showtime. Trey blessed the crowd with a number of his hit singles, "Missing You," "I Need A Girl," "Can't Help But Wait" just to name a few. The closer Trey moved towards the crowd, the closer girls inched forward to grab a piece of him. With the place still rocking, Trey Songz closed out the night with a warm goodbye to the tune of "Successful" and left the venue with a trail of people following behind him.
Ironic he left on that song because if someone were to ask me for one word to describe the night, it would be just that: successful.
"Made for the People"
"Elephant in the Room"
"Explain to Me"
"Give My Life"