If The Roots had the soul of Aretha Franklin and the energy of Jamiroquai then you'd have The New Groovement. The band seamlessly blends elements of R&B, soul, and hip hop to create a funk-i-fied feast for the ears that is as unique as it is versatile. Punchy horns, sweet vocals, clever rhymes, and tight percussion combine to create energetic, feel-good music that will get you out of your seat and onto the dance floor!
At the forefront of the band are Steph Wisla and her partner-in-rhyme, Danimal House. Together, they can soothe with sultry, sweet ballads or slay with sharp cutting rhymes. Backing them up is a solid rhythm and percussion section that lays down funky beats while the horn section gets crowds going with tasty licks and dance moves that would make James Brown proud.
The New Groovement is a rising star in BC's music scene, currently nominated for Urban Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, winning Album of The Year at the Vancouver Island Music Awards, performing at all of the region's biggest festivals, touring mainland BC, and receiving regular airplay on campus and commercial radio stations across Canada (including being selected as The Zone band-of-the-month in Victoria). They were also asked to open for critically acclaimed acts such as Five Alarm Funk, and have been praised in prominent print, television and radio media in Victoria for their energetic performances and stellar recorded material. After a successful recent crowdfunding campaign (raising nearly 170% of their goal), the band finished their first full-length studio album (The Orange Album) and released it to a sold out crowd on October 2, 2015. The album was created with the help of well-known Vancouver Island producer, Joby Baker (producer of Alex Cuba's Grammy-winning albums) and has reached the Top 30 charts of campus and community radio stations in several provinces. This up-and-coming group has quickly made a name for itself with its massive shows and energetic parties; it's one band you will not want to miss!
NGM is Reuven Sussman (drums), Tejas Collison (bass), Ben Scotney (guitar), Geoff Mason (timbales), Kim Maddin (congas), Steph Wisla (lead vocals), Danimal House (vocals/emcee), David Chase (trumpet), Jason Dolynny (trombone), Jonnie Bridgeman (sax), and Brad Justason (sax).