|UNSIGNED MUSIC MAGAZINE’S pick for VIDEO OF THE YEAR, ellee ven has managed to get popular support from the music community with her songs heard around the world. ellee ven’s do-it-yourself approach has worked out well as she readies for her April 2007 release of YOUCANBUYME. |
YOUCANBUYME fuses dance jams and ballads created by handpicked producers including superstar turntablist DJ SWAMP (Beck's DJ from 1996-2000 and contributor to albums by Kid Rock, The Crystal Method & Morcheeba),Antony Lee, ProdÈje & Reggie Dozier (Outkast, Shelby Lynne, Justin Timberlake, & Kenny Rogers).
A teacher turned artist, ellee ven, born Jessica Lazaro Kunin, changed her name and changed her life. “I’m Spanish, Greek, Russian, German and Italian. It made sense for me to create something all my own since I could no longer cling to any one part of my heritage. The plan has just been to be me, to make art that I love and that might be enjoyed in the future.”
ellee ven’s release of her CD/Vinyl series titled PROJECT 11 has allowed this artist to hone in on her own genre she calls “groovetonics”, “DJs control the play list…they like a variety of music and so do their listeners. Think about Jay –Z releasing a single with Linkin Park, or Tim McGraw and Nelly. It’s about great songs, great creative energies collaborating to make something unique”. ellee ven’s remixes have solidified her commitment to DJs for their constant support of her music. ellee ven goes on to say, “Thanks to DJs, my vision of remaining open to all genres, has become a reality. †People appreciate the power of melody and the ability for songs to translate well in different genres and languages. It just comes down to what sounds good. And one’s art is the greatest thing they can give to the planet, I think.”
Building on her mantra that anyone can make a difference through art, ellee ven’s annual Give Into The Groove event has enjoyed increased success. “ I always wanted to do something for others through artistic expression”, says ellee ven. Over 1000 people volunteer their time, talents and funds to the event annually.
Hot Sauce Records’ founder ellee ven has managed to create a signature style bringing together veteran producers with up-and-comers. “We’ve always had merch and fans really like it. We started to have repeat customers because they loved the quality, affordability and comfort of our selections.” HOT SAUCE RECORDS INTIMATES will make it’s debut just in time for Valentine’s Day. “Just like with my music, I’m putting a new twist on something familiar. The styles we have are simple, tried and true. They’ve stood the test of time.”
YOUCANBUYME is ellee ven’s 5th full length release on independently owned HOT SAUCE RECORDS. Her goal is that you can buy into the lifestyle: the music, the clothing, the belief that you can be what you dream….. HOT SAUCE RECORDS Intimates will also be available on-line and in select retail stores.
ellee ven has been featured in Music Connection, Campus Cicle, Billboard and has graced the cover of Unsigned Music Magazine and Saludos Hispanos. ellee ven’s music has charted on international dj charts and radio. ellee ven’s site (www.elleeven.com) showcases the range and diversity of her music which she self titled, groovetonics: a mix of electronica, pop and rock. UNSIGNED MUSIC MAGAZINE also nominated ellee ven for 2005 ARTIST OF THE YEAR and her album FUNKY BOHEMIA for ALBUM OF THE YEAR.
Totally original. New but familiar. ellee ven.
2004: ellee ven collaborates with turntablist DJ SWAMP (Beck, Morcheeba, Kid Rock) and ROLLING STONE: SONGS FROM FUNKY BOHEMIA becomes a dance club favorite worldwide, FMQB and DJ TIMES magazine choose the EP as a HOT CROSSOVER ADD. ellee ven is featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, Music Connection, Campus Circle and the Honolulu Bulletin.
ellee ven has the opportunity to work with award-winning director Eric Zimmerman to release the DVD videography eleven by ellee ven, a combo DVD CD featuring vignettes, music videos and music. Over half a million people visit www.elleeven.com per annum.
2005: Funky Bohemia, introduces fans to a new and improved ellee ven. The album’s most popular songs are being seen and heard in retail super stores internationally. (ABERCROMBIE AND FITCH, ADIDAS, TOMMY HILFIGER, SHOP FOR LESS, IKEA, SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, MACY’S, BLOOMINGDALES, and other selected retail stores). ellee ven conceptualizes PROJECT 11, a cd/vinyl series FOR DJS ONLY. DJ TIMES charts her again and ellee ven tours the nation with her band promoting FUNKY BOHEMIA and the first volume of her DJ series, PROJECT 11.
2006: UNSIGNED MUSIC MAGAZINE declares ellee ven a favorite by making her a cover girl, nominating her for ARTIST OF THE YEAR, and for ALBUM OF THE YEAR. ellee ven’s video Under My Skin won VIDEO OF THE YEAR.
ellee ven continues work on her next full-length release titled YOUCANBUYME. The Project 11 series has remained on DJ charts internationally for over a year featuring the works of DJs Solange, Swamp, Chris Brophy, Dezrok, DJ Scotty Boy, Trypsin, Wady and Dave Gadbois, ellee ven’s music is in stores now and available on www.elleeven.com and cdbaby.com. Select singles are available on ITUNES as well.
2007: The new year begins with ellee ven in the #3 position of WCNI’s “Controlled Voltage” Top Ten MySpace Artists and the release of Project 11 Volume 5.
Two songs from FUNKY BOHEMIA were licensed to Canadian pilot MVP.. Also, a remix of UNDERNEATH MY PILLOW was licensed to MAXIMUM WORKOUT, Volume 5 and to DESTINATION LOUNGE: LAS VEGAS.
The 11th month was the charm for ellee ven. ellee ven won a Unanimous Choice Award from the Los Angeles Music Awards for ELECTRO POP ARTIST OF THE YEAR, and South Bay Music Awards awarded ‘YOUCANBUYME’ VIDEO OF THE YEAR. She was alos nominated for 2007 POP ARTIST OF THE YEAR & INDEPENDENT CD OF THE YEAR at the South Bay Music Awards
Band Members & Instruments:
Tony Lee - guitar
Jorge Villanueva - drums
Jimi Nelson - bass
Olive, Madonna, Morcheeba
Janis Joplin, sade, Gwen Stefani and Stevie Nicks
Origin: North America - USA
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