Literates
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Literates

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE
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Aug
19
Literates @ Backstage Bar & Grill

Tacoma, Washington, USA

Tacoma, Washington, USA

Aug
18
Literates @ Hempfest Main Stage - Myrtle Edwards Park

Seattle, Washington, USA

Seattle, Washington, USA

Aug
17
Literates @ Hempfest Main Stage - Myrtle Edwards Park

Seattle, Washington, USA

Seattle, Washington, USA

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Press


Interview with Speaker T.V. Australia - Speaker T.V. Australia


420 show The Literates and Cypress Hill - SF Station


Interview - Pimpit Party Life


Interview for Page Seven Magazine - Page Seven Magazine


What's the meaning behind the band's name? (Vyz) We wanted to choose a name that would reflect the type of music we do, entertaining and intelligent. It was a coincidence when I opened the dictionary and pointed at the name "Literate". We all laughed for a second until we actually read the definition which read; Literate: having the ability to read and write, using skill with words. This was definitely a word that represented us so we added an "s" to it and that was that.


How the band started?? (A.N.T.I. - "Another Name To Identify") We actually came together in 2005. I had met Vyz through an emcee that he was working with at the time. We were both in different bands and doing shows all over the L.A. area. Soon after, he heard some of my production on early demos that I had done. We ended up exchanging info, he came to my place and after five minutes, it was clear we were on the same level when the first thing he did was grab one of my porn mags and sparked up a bowl. lol


What's the message to transmit with your music?? (Vyz) I guess the best way to describe it is, "eclectic". We are not your typical hip-hop/rap group. We have many different influences that have impacted us as musicians. From the image we have, to the music we do, we never felt the need to follow what people think we should sound like. So every song we do is based on everyday life experiences. With every track comes a new message some may be dark and depressing and others may be happy and bright, much how life is.


What's your method at the time of writting a song?? (Vyz) Usually when I receive a beat, within the first seven seconds I know if its going to bring something out of me. Immediately the rhythm dictates where the song should go, concept wise. If the song doesn't speak to me, I don't do the song. (A.N.T.I.) Usually I just smoke a bowl of grand daddy kush or pop a few pills however I'm not advocating drug use by any means lol. For me, it gets me in a state of mind to reach deep inside and pull something out worthy of giving people a piece of me that they can relate too.


Which is your music influences?? (A.N.T.I.) It's kind of hard to point out a few artists because I listen to so many different genres of music. From hip-hop, metal, punk and even dub step its all good to me. (Vyz) I definitely agree with A.N.T.I. on this one but to name a few from each genre I would say N.W.A., Rage Against The Machine and Bob Marley,


What plans do you guys have for the future?? (Vyz) We want the world to know who The Literates are. We have already made an huge impact with many fans on our first release, "Don't Sleep" (available on itunes of course lol). Right now we are set to release our second album which will be out early 2011. The best thing for us right now would be to tour as much as we can. North Korea would be nice lol.


Which has been the funniest prank you guys have been or took part while on tour or after a show?? (J-Rez) One time Vyz was pissing me off and was having one too many beers before our shows. we had just did one in Texas and I told him not to forget lines which is exactly what he did so I took a shit in a plastic bag and I hid it in his luggage... He was pretty pissed but he never forgot his lines after that. lol (Vyz) lol Yeah, I can laugh about that now but when it happened I wasn't too happy. For me it was one night after our set I noticed A.N.T.I. was picking up on this pretty hot groupie. Brunette, huge boobs n tattoos.... I knew he was going to take her back to the hotel so me and J-Rez left early and stopped by the local market got inside his room and replaced his condoms with a pack of 99 cent " Get Well Soon" balloons. lololol! (A.N.T.I.) lol The worst part about it was the mission I went on to find more condoms but rest assured I will have my revenge on the next tour.


If you guys were stranded in the middle of nowhere after a show or while on tour. The help is 65 miles away from where you guys are, ¿Who would you guys send to look for help? And if while the rest wait, there's no food and the only way to feed yourself is by eating each other, ¿Who would you eat first? (Vyz) lolol now these questions are getting real good! ....Well we wouldn't send A.N.T.I. because he would get lost on his way to look for the nearest brothel... J-Rez is fairly responsible but with his memory he may forget about us... so I guess that leaves me and I know tae kwon do. (J-Rez and A.N.T.I.) lol He's right. (J-Rez) I would probably eat A.N.T.I.'s beefy calves....he's got more meat on his bones anyway. (A.N.T.I.) This is B.S! I take it back! I'll be the one going for help!


Which country you guys would love to play? (Vyz) I would definitely love to tour Europe. I have heard many good things about that place and the fans. (A.N.T.I.) Australia was amazing. We toured it late 2009 but I'd actually love to go back and build a bigger fan base. (J-Rez) I heard Japan has a lot of love for hip-hop it would be a great market for us... plus Vyz knows Tae Kwon Do lol.


With which bands you guys would love to share stage?? (Vyz) Rage Against The Machine. (A.N.T.I.) Metallica. (J-Rez) Lady Gaga & Justin Beiber.


Are you guys OK, with the direction the band is going actually? (Vyz) Nooooo.... We should have been platinum years ago lol. Truthfully, as musicians we are never satisfied. I guess how the industry is these days we have to appreciate every fan/show/groupie we get. So basically, we are satisfied with the direction our group is going but unsatisfied with the time that it is taking to become amazing rap super star icons.
- Vents Magazine


huskey radio interview - huskey radio


Discography

Albums

"Unspoken" 2006
"Dont Sleep" 2009
"Blow Your Brains Out" 2011

Featured on

Sen Dog "Cypress Hill" Diary Of A Mad Dog 2008
Chillin H Presents "El Blairou Wayside Connection" Vol. 1. 2011

Photos

Bio

Since 2005 The Literates have done countless shows nationally, a fifteen city tour across Australia, and a hand full of shows in Canada & Mexico The Literates are no stranger to giving a great live performance. From performing in smaller venues to festivals like Guerilla Unions, "Smoke Out" and Dub Magazines, "Dub Show", they were able to share the stage with some of the biggest acts in the industry like Deftones, Slipknot, Cypress Hill, Sublime, Pennywise, Snoop Dogg and The Dirty Heads.

With an expanding fan base from The United States to Australia, South America, Europe and Japan, The Literates have come together to create a movement that cannot be denied! Coming from Los Angeles California, The Literates are making their mark!

Affiliations: Cypress Hill, Kottonmouth Kings

Achievements:

Headlined spring break tour in Mexico.

Headlined & sold out show at The House Of Blues (Hollywood, CA)

Headlined & sold out show at The Key Club (Hollywood, CA)

Headlined & sold out show at The Viper Room (Hollywood, CA)

Support act for Kottonmouth Kings Tour in the U.S.

Support act for Sen Dog "Cypress Hill" Tour in the U.S.

Support act for Kottonmouth Kings Tour in Australia.

Support act for Cypress Hills annual "420" show at The Fillmore. (San Francisco, CA)

Support act for Cypress Hills annual "420" show at The Warfield Theatre (San Francisco, CA)

Support act for Dub Magazines, "Dub Show" (San Bernardino, CA)

Support act in Guerilla Unions, "Smoke Out" festival. (San Bernardino, CA)

Support act in "Neon Reverb Festival" (Las Vegas, NV)

Support act for Cypress Hills annual, "Haunted Hill" (Hollywood, CA)

Support act in " HempFest " ( Seattle, Wa.)

Other artists The Literates have played as support act to:
Method Man and Redman, Bad Brains, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Mobb Deep, Goodie Mob, Mack 10, WC, Tech Nine, Geto Boys, Twista, Big B, Immortal Technique, DJ Mix Master Mike, DJ Muggs, Afrika Bambaataa, Swollen Members, Devin The Dude, Hieroglyphics, Dorrough, Paul Wall, Dilated Peoples, Ya Boy, Ron Artest, Slick Rick, OPM, The Beatnuts, Psycho Realm, KRS ONE, Digital Underground, Tha Alkaholiks and more.

Youtube Stats:

Literates, "Graff Life" - Over 400,000 Views
Literates, "Unspoken"- Over 125,000 Views
Literates, "Don't Sleep"-Over 50,000 Views
Literates, "A.N.T.I ILL"- Over 50,000 Views
Literates, "Deadly" Over 40,000 Views
Literates, "Welcome 2 The Darkside" Over 35,000 Views
Literates, "Where You From" Over 31,000 Views
Literates, "One Too Many" Over 21,000 Views

Facebook, Over 12,000 Likes

Los Angeles Music Awards winner of Best album of the year for " Unspoken" in the category of Hip Hop/ Rap

Appeared in the following publications:

Dub Magazine, Tru Magazine, Music Plus Tv Magazine, Self Inflict Magazine, Scene Magazine, Jointz Magazine, Skope Magazine and Back2Basics Magazine

Online features:.

Speaker T.V. Australia, BREAL.TV on THE 420 show hosted by B Real of Cypress Hill, BREAL.TV on WESTSIDE RADIO hosted by Legendary K Day mixmasters Julio G and Tony G, Page Seven Magazine, Vents Magazine, Pimpit, 9 Elements, Skope Magazine

Featured on the following radio stations:

KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, CA
KPWR Power 106 FM Los Angeles CA
The Wake Up Show with Sway and Tech
88.9 FM We Came From Beyond with Mike Nardon
Power 98.3 FM Phoenix, AZ
KCSB 91.9 FM Santa Barbra, CA

Sponsored by:

Hostility Clothing http://hostilityclothing.com/
House of Stickers http://houseofstickers.com/

Literates have also performed at the following world famous locations:

The Roxy on Sunset, The Whiskey, The Viper room, The Key Club and The House Of Blues. The Warfield Theatre, The Fillmore