As the Denver stop on Kota the Friend’s Flight Night Music Festival approaches, it is essential to remember the true purpose of the tour, and of the fltbys brand. That mission is clearly restated in a fltbys Instagram Post:
“Ever since 2008 we’ve been giving people the opportunity to get on stage, when no one else was giving the opportunity,” said Kota. “Fltbys has always been a young company of people who just want to do something but have no platform.”
Embracing the concept of connecting up-and-coming talent to their community, we will showcase a stacked lineup of opening acts in Denver, before Kota takes the stage at Cervantes Masterpiece on September 9th. One of those performers will be expressive and imaginative emcee Jason Channel.
A genre-bending artist, Denver’s Jason Channel is constantly evolving his seminal sound. With an ear for beats that incorporate elements of funk, jazz, and soul, Channel is constantly adapting to new sonic backdrops to move his sound forward. Born in Queens, NY and raised in Orlando, Jason Channel is a first generation American, whose parents are Colombian. “I’d say I rep Orlando and NY, but Orlando mostly because that’s where I’ve spent most of my life. Denver however, has become another home to me as I have very close family and friends out there!”
With a vibrant take on songwriting, Jason Channel takes listeners through a self-described “deep journey within his conscience.” His original lyricism, and thought-provoking commentary embrace a free-spirited, individualistic philosophy on life. When asked to describe his sound, Channel shared how and why it is constantly evolving.
“Man, my music really is consistently changing hence the Channel in my name. Every Channel is a different reality and part of me. Currently working on a project called “DR.FUNK” though. I’m all about the funk. And I’m here to bring a new exciting twist to it. Musically and visually.”
Jason Channel’s discography speaks to this ability to capture and embody disparate sounds. Each new track, or project, presents a different style, and sees Channel as a voyager through space, time and genre.
2020 single Deep Unknown is a microcosm of Channel’s distinctive lyricism, and vocal approach. Over a smooth guitar lick, and driving drums, he approaches the track with elements of indie rock, funk, soul and whimsical, understated hip hop. The track begs a listener to move, and plays the grooves of the verses against a bittersweet, melodic hook. “Up on my own, where nothing ever really feels the same/cause I’ve been running through the deep unknown, trying to figure out how to find my way.”
Deep Unknown creates beautiful contrasts of moods and styles all in one track, and even features a brief trumpet interlude, leading into a powerful final verse.
Another example of Channel’s ever-evolving persona as a recording artist is his newest offering, 2022 single SUPAFUNK. Working in collaboration with DC emcee Dre Wave$ and Orlando area band Sage. SUPAFUNK is an unprecedented track, a collision of genres, styles, and thought. With stunning instrumentation, and top-notch transitions, SUPAFUNK is an experimental masterpiece.
Jason Channel constantly approaches his craft with an open mind, and superb creative vision. The result is a varied, lively discography that always keeps fans guessing.
Like many independent artists, Channel is constantly trying to find new ways to get his music in front of new fans.
“I’m currently independent, and I’d say it’s really about figuring out how to get yourself out there. I’ve learned through trial and error that it’s important to work smarter and not harder, especially in this industry. Learning how to reverse engineer. I work as a Playlister/Creative Director part time as well so it’s helped me navigate the game more properly by not only being the artist but also being a platform to support artists. In the end I’ve learned what’s most important is having amazing people around that inspire/support and love you unconditionally. That’s what’s gonna really aid your success as an independent.”
This is a great tip for indie artists to live by – as an independent, you get what you give. When you spend time supporting other artists who are trying to make it, that love comes back. Good things happen. Like opportunities to open for Kota the Friend at a sold out Cervantes Masterpiece.
Jason Channel will take the stage in front of the Denver community he has built on September 9th, in a moment that is nothing short of full circle. He shared:
“On September 3 years ago I was in Denver the day before I opened up for Kota in Orlando for his FOTO tour. Now I’ll be doing the literal opposite. I also opened up for Kota in 2020 for a Jagermeister online event that I got selected for in a competition, so this for me is really my time to shine and seize this great opportunity I’ve manifested once again. Great to be on this stage with an artist I respect highly. Kota’s music speaks in a similar language of self love and discovery that I feel my music conveys as well. So I definitely have been applying intention to work with him or anything he has going on, and look forward to making great connections along the way.”
Look for an energizing and genre-bending performance from Channel at Denver Flight Night. Limited tickets are available.