PHOENIX AND THE SHADOW

PHOENIX AND THE SHADOW

BandAlternativeHip Hop

• "...original and impressive..." BY Mr. Lingo of UKHH.com • "This record will completely knock you on your ass" BY Brian Coleman of CMJ • "A truly unique listen for which words could really do no justice" BY Keith Denerstein of FLO MAGAZINE

Biography

In early 2002, DARK THEORY members TARON BENSON and VOODO FE' MATHELIER developed an alternative hip hop project called PHOENIX AND THE SHADOW that uses the aggressive drum patterns of Drum&Bass and the Caribbean undertones of Reggae to create what they describe as the "TRIPPY STAR" sound. This Brooklyn based duo has the songwriting ability to turn common life situations into clever, creative songs. This is seen in their song "PUSH PUSH" where they're able to turn a simple train ride into a sexual episode, and again in their song "SEX," a song about a person's first time. Their trademark writing approach of using topics of everyday situations that everyone can easily connect with has opened their markets allowing them to reach a more versatile audience.

VOODO FE' LEON MATHELIER is 6 foot tall, muscular built, purple weirdo. He once had he's elbow pierced... YES, I SAID PIERCED! He has stuck a pencil through both of his earlobe to stretch them out. He has over 16 piercing including both NIPPLES and PENIS. But as odd as he may sound, this modern day renaissance man maintains a high level of talent. As a Songwriter, Producer and Performer and his partner, Taron Upshitz has released DIFFERENT THEY THINK independently which charted #32 on the CMJ CHART. Voode Fe' has also produced and appeared tracks for JANE DOE, an EMI RECORDS recoding artist, and has worked with ANTIPOP CONSORTIUM's High Priest a WARP RECORDS recording artist. Voodo, who also paints, finds old doors in the streets and paints abstract faces, with eyes that glow in the dark. As a fashion designer, he's designed the uniform for the NEW JERSEY NETS. He has designed the boxer shorts, robe and corner man jackets for EVANDER HOLYFIELD in his fight against MIKE TYSON (yes...the infamous one where HOLYFIELD was mauled). He has also designed for NEW YORK GIANT'S LINEBACKER GREAT CARL BANKS. He designs for G-UNIT & ECKO and has designed for popular urban lines such as Avirex, Damimi Dada and Davoucci. As an entertainer, Voodo brings on stage an intense energy that bleeds the soul of a fighter. He has lost both parents, have had numerous surgery on both knees, surgery for an infection in his nose that blocked him from breathing and has lost a large portion of his sense of smell and an on going fight with asthma, but through all this Voodo will not let any of them get in his way. He's a fighter

TARON UPSHITZ has a careful, observant, relaxed nature to go with a god given natural beauty. She's had to deal with bitter experiences that some how have not affected her kind ways. She has a deep appreciation for the small things in her life, but likes to experience the finer things that life also has to offer. She has made music her mate, adding, "to me, music is better than sex...". Deeply independent, Taron will get what she wants, the way she wants it through extreme perseverance, determination and without conformity. Her passions include animals, especially dogs, and plants. She has long range business plans of owning her own horticulture business and music lounge. She is also an actress appearing in independent films & music videos. As an artist, her first love was poetry. Here, she was able to release much of the disappointments she's been forced to deal with. Her poems expressed a side of her that once existed under silent oppression. As her confidence grew in her writing, so did the yearn to grow as an artist. This desire gave way to new opportunity in the music industry. She has mastered her trademark lyrical flow with a smooth, sexual delivery. Taron Benson has earned the respect of her audience and is one of the best female performers in the industry.

Lyrics

WHEN I'M DRUNK

Written By: PHOENIX & THE SHADOW

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EXISTENCE

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LA LAY

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LOVE IN YOUR MOUTH

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HEAR ME

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GET EM

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Discography

• 2005 - SELF TITLED ALBUM
SUMMER RELEASE ON DARK THEORY / DAY BY DAY ENT

• 2003 - EP / DIFFERENT THEY THINK
CHARTED #32 IN THE CMJ AND #1 IN NYC AND CHICAGO

• Has been added to over 100 college radio stations
nationwide, Charted in the top ten on 26 of those radio stations

• 2003 SINGLE - WHEN I'M DRUNK

• Sold 5,000 Independently

• 2003 SINGLE - EXISTENCE \ FLO MAGAZINE COMPILATION CD

Set List

30 - 60 MINUTES