When’s the last time the music industry saw a duo of multi-talented performers comprised of a hot female vocalist and an accomplished rapper? The answer is simple, they haven’t.
Hailed out of Phoenix, Arizona, Monika Avalos and Almon Hardtmann III make up the hot team known as NTUIT and their debut Album GETNTUIT is currently available on iTunes.
The album is a modern blend of pop, hip-hop & dance/electro where Monica’s seductive vocals and Almon’s swift rhymes reflect their California and New York music influence. The album features hits such as DanceDance, Work and OneMoTime.
The group was formed in December of 2007 and at the time of their introduction, Monika and Almon were both working on individual projects when they decided to get together and craft a sound that is uniquely their own. Their dynamic presence can be felt in both their music and onstage performances.
Monika Avalos - Lead Vocals
Almon Hardtmann III - Lead Vocals
1. Getntuit (intro)
13. Kipkelly (skit)
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Ntuit combines pop, hip-hop and R&B to appeal to a range of music lovers
By Stacey Jay Cavaliere
Combine a modern blend of pop, a dollop of hip-hop, and a dash of R&B and you have Ntuit, the dazzling Phoenix duo of Monika Avalos and Almon Hardtmann.
With influences ranging across the musical spectrum, this pair has been hard at work promoting their first release, Getntuit.
After recently performing at the Rainbows Festival and AIDS Walk, these straight allies are no strangers to the LGBT community. Avalos works full time at FEZ Restaurant and Bar, a gay favorite in Phoenix, where she canoodles with guests who have become Ntuit fans.
Hardtmann often can be seen out and about among community members at the gym, hard at work on his near-perfect body, which his gay male fans have come to swoon over.
Ntuit’s sound, often compared to the likes of the Black Eyed Peas, and an impressive performance history make them marketable to many different types of music lovers.
“We openly embrace the gay community, but our music is for everyone,” Hardtmann said. “We create energetic, feel-good, head-nodding, booty-shaking music, that crosses all gender, race or other lines. Everyone can Getntuit.”
And that is just what people have begun doing. Their CD release party last year at FEZ was wall-to-wall with an audience from all walks of life.
Album sales on iTunes have been considerable, and the feedback from listeners has been strong, Avalos and Hardtmann said. The duo recently struck a deal with national retailer Best Buy, which will sell the album.
Since the release of Getntuit, Ntuit has performed at community fairs and festivals, Valley nightclubs and local fashion shows. They plan to record more music, with the hope of eventually performing across the country.
Ntuit recently released their first video to their infectious single “Dance Dance.” Shot in Phoenix’s warehouse district, the video features fantastic choreography by Avalos, who dons in a sultry blonde wig, and “shakes her uh uh,” a clever lyric from the song. Hardtmann raps his way over the skillful beats he created.
The pair attended last summer’s Lady Gaga concert at US Airways, and finagled their way backstage. Dressed all in black to mimic security guards, the daring duo took a copy of their CD with them, in hopes of reaching the almighty Gaga.
“There was a huge risk in doing this, but the experience was very exciting,” Avalos remembered. “My heart was racing. We ended up giving the CD to someone in her camp, in hopes that it would make it on her tour bus and she would hear it.
“It’s all about taking risks and it’s awesome,” Avalos said. “Luck and skill combined, it’s all an equation in the process. While we are really driven and work extremely hard, a little bit of luck can’t hurt!”
Set A: 2 Songs
Set B: 3 Songs
Set C: 5 Songs
Set D: 7 Songs
Set D: 9 Songs
There are no upcoming dates at this time.
|Nov 23, 2010 Tuesday||10:00 AM||Central High School||Phoenix, AZ, US|
|Oct 3, 2010 Sunday||2:30 PM||RAINBOWS FESTIVAL 2010||Phoneix, AZ, US|
|Oct 2, 2010 Saturday||9:00 AM||AIDS WALK PHOENIX 2010||Phoenix, AZ, US|
|Apr 18, 2010 Sunday||4:30 PM||Phoenix Pride Festival||Phoenix, AZ, US|