Craig Mitchell & Motor City

Craig Mitchell & Motor City

 Burlington, Vermont, USA

Motor City is the kind of music that would be on the hi-fi whilst Prince, Jamiroquai and the Black Keys were making a baby — how’s that mental image?"


Internationally acclaimed House DJ and vocalist Craig Mitchell fronts one of the most innovative new bands in Burlington, VT: Motor City. Comprised of some of the most sought after players of jazz, soul, R&B and hip-hop in the region, Motor City is two parts Prince, one part D’Angelo and one part the effect drenched disco dance party, the true music of 2012. By combining an appreciation for rock, R&B, soul, techno, experimental music, and old-school funk, Craig Mitchell & Motor City is the quintessential modern American band. CMMC has been rapidly gaining attention due to tight arrangements, infectious grooves and hooks, and a live show packed with originals, off-the-cuff instrumentals and spontaneous medleys paying tribute to their influences. This formula inspires an incredible amount of dancing, ensuring time and again that the audience is having as much fun as the band.

cRAIG mITCHELL, founding member of the chart-topping production team “The Orange Factory,” fathered and cultivated the dance music scene in Burlington, Vermont, recording for Global Underground, Transport, and various other compilations on such labels as Twisted, Kult, Groovin’, Kinetic, V2, Mind Train Records, and more.

Motor City was formed in March of 2011 in the musical melting pot of Burlington, VT. The band consists of Jake Gold and Tyler Mast (Keyboards), Harrison Shulman (Guitar), Josh Weinstein (Bass), Daiki Hirano (Percussion/Electronic Drums), Dan Ryan (Drums), and cRAIG mITCHELL (Vocals). These experienced road warriors have played at such venues as NYC’s Blue Note, CBGB’s, Brooklyn Bowl, Tunnel and Limelight nightclubs, Burlington’s Discover Jazz Festival and Higher Ground, Miami’s Electronic Music Festival and Twist nightclub, LA’s Spaceland and Knitting Factory, and have traversed the US and entertained international crowds in Canada, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. Members have shared the stage or studio with Yoko Ono, Manny Ward, The Orange Factory, John Creamer, Anthony Braxton, Masta Ace, Eddie the Gun, Ray Vega, Jennifer Hartswick, Everton Blender, Maria Schneider, and many more.

The band’s debut album, due to drop in March 2012, features six bangin’ tracks, each more exciting than the last. The project was recorded and mixed by Ben Collette (Phish, Gogol Bordello, Trey Anastasio Band, etc.), and mastered by Fred Kevorkian (The White Stripes, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews Band, etc.). Buzz is already building around the album’s release.

Mitchell describes his new band as “if Prince, Jamiroquai and the Black Keys had a baby.” According to Dan Bolles, of 7days Newspaper, Burlington, VT, “That’s not terribly far off the mark, actually. But I’ll go a step further and say that Motor City is the kind of music that would be on the hi-fi whilst Prince, Jamiroquai and the Black Keys were making said baby — how’s that mental image?"



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