80 Empire a.k.a. The Rezza Brothers and Andrea Godin are all from Canada, but their favorite music, was made in the lower half of North America. The production duo and rising pop star got together and revamped Godin’s song “Falling.”
A local talent from St.George, Ontario, Andrea has done shows with Aaron Carter, O-Town and Joey McIntyre of New Kids on The Block fame. A relative newcomer to the business of music, she loves and admires the work of Beyonce, Britney Spears, Alicia Keys and Rihanna. Now determined to make her own mark in music history, the new version of her latest single “Falling,” will be available worldwide on May 27th and the video hits all streaming outlets the following day.
80 Empire is a moniker that Adrian and Lucas came up with based on their passion for music, their love of 80’s music and their personas. “Eighty is like a play on words for A-D,” says Lucas, “Adrian is analog and I’m digital… he’s great at writing songs, while I’m into the digital aspects of music, playing instruments like keyboards and drums.” Even though the guys grew up in Canada, “We were raised on Funk,” says Adrian, “We’re Italian, but my mother used to walk down the street singing, ‘Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud’ by James Brown.” “Our parents played a lot of Stax and Motown,” while we were growing up Adrian says, who also sites Aretha Franklin, Zapp, Journey and Michael Jackson as additional musical influences. Lucas says Stevie Wonder, Bootsy Collins, Chick Corea, MonoNeon and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, are among his favorite musicians. “I had a one-on-one with Stevie Wonder,” says Lucas, who had the opportunity to introduce him to a sophisticated keyboard when he worked with a music marketing company. Now the Rezza brothers are focused on building their own ‘Empire,’ expanding on an already successful reputation as DJs, they’re sights are set on growing as producers. Although they’re favorite sole producer is Dr. Dre, among production teams they admire, are Sly & Robbie, The Trackmasters, the Neptunes and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.
“We love Prince,” exclaimed all three talents, who were very saddened to hear about his passing. “I’ve done his songs ‘When Doves Cry’ and ‘How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore’ at my shows,” Godin says. “‘Batman’ is one of the best soundtracks of all time,” says Adrian, “he created the Minneapolis sound” liken to the “Motown Sound” out of Detroit. 80 Empire believe that Prince was the “Mozart of our time.” Just like millions of others around the world, the three rising talents from Canada, say they will miss Prince a lot. https://museumofuncutfunk.com/2016/05/19/reflecting-on-prince-a-month-after/
In addition to their work with Andrea Godin and Roger Ortega, through MexMix Entertainment, 80 Empire have several irons in the fire – more on Ortega https://museumofuncutfunk.com/2016/04/18/roger-ortega-hit-the-lottery/. “We did a track with Bone Crusher a little while ago,” says Adrian, “he called us back and said remember that song we did…” Bone Crusher took the foundation of the song and got Cee-Lo Green, Musiq Soulchild and female MC Story Tellah, to enhance the song titled “So Smooth.” It’s anticipated to be released before the end of the year. Other artists the guys are working with include Divine Brown, Shane Harte, Laeticia Devaler and Victoria. After Godin’s project gets under way, the next release on the duo’s independent label Gladiator, will be Victoria’s EP.
Andrea Godin’s website: https://andreagodin.com
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