Since launching our last set of Skype music Mojis in collaboration with Rogue Octopus, an independent licensing agency, we’ve been hard at work to bring you new content from some of the Pacific Northwest’s most popular rising artists. This time, we’ve worked closely with Shelby Earl, Smokey Brights, and Andrew Joslyn in collaboration with Wanz to create a new set of Skype music Mojis that embody the mood and meaning of each tune. We’re excited to see how you use these new Mojis to bring more fun to your conversations on Skype.
More about the artists and their Mojis:
With humble beginnings performing soulful renditions of “Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog” on the school playground, Michael Wansley developed an affinity for music at an early age, performing wherever he could for anyone who would listen. As he worked towards his degree in music education, the newly nicknamed “Wanz” started his first band, Central Connection, eventually performing in groups such as The Ghetto Monks and Life Ring—soon sharing the stage with artists like Joe Williams, Bobby McFerrin, and Dizzy Gillespie. He had his big break creating the hook for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s smash hit “Thrift Shop” that won two Grammy awards and garnered over 1 billion views on YouTube. Recent performances include Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, Ellen DeGeneres, and festivals such as South by Southwest and Bonnaroo, among others.
Even if you don’t immediately recognize his name, you’ve probably heard some of Andrew Joslyn’s work. Most notably, he helped string arrangement duties on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ chart-topping album “The Heist”. Joslyn is a Seattle-based multi-instrumentalist composer, arranger, songwriter and leader of the neo-classical/experimental group, The Passenger String Quartet. He’s also an in-demand live and studio arranger and key player for a range of projects including Tom Chaplin (Keane), David Bazan, Kris Orlowski, Shelby Earl, Kygo, Odesza, Billy McCarthy, Doug Martsch, Allen Stone and Judy Collins. Andrew recently released his first solo project, “Awake at the Bottom of the Ocean”, which was met with high praise from the press and airplay on KEXP and their “Music That Matters” podcast. He and Wanz joined forces to compose the music behind a set of our new Skype music Mojis. We can’t wait for you to try them out!
Shelby Earl spent the past decade helping artists market their music through her multiple day jobs in the entertainment industry, all while putting her own musical aspirations aside. In 2009, she decided it was time to “start dreaming again” and left her job in marketing to pursue a career as a musician. With music described as “gritty and soulful, raucous and beautiful,” the Seattle singer-songwriter was named by NPR music critic Ann Powers as her “new favorite songwriter.” Shelby Early has garnered praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, Paste Magazine, NPR, KEXP, and many more. The new set of Mojis inspired by Shelby’s music use soft golden tones to portray her playful and inspirational melody.
Since their 2014 debut, “Taste for Blood”, Smokey Brights have amassed a rabid base of fans across the West Cost, gaining momentum with every show. The group is composed of two singers, Ryan Devlin and Kim West, drummer Nick Krivchenia, bassist Jim Vermillion, and Mike Kalnoky, the guitar hero. They are a self-started, self-sustaining rock n roll machine that generates maximum joy through musical communion. Their music taps into history and recombines iconic sounds—progressive, funk, Bowie, Styx, Wilco, Flaming Lips—into something urgent, fun and utterly surprising. Using a spectrum of bright colors and dynamic shapes, we’ve tried to embody the charmingly retro spirit of their music.
We had a blast creating these new Mojis with music from some of the Pacific Northwest’s most talented rising artists and musicians, and we hope you enjoy using them in your chats too. Stay tuned for more new Mojis with music from Rogue Octopus coming to Skype this summer.
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Photography and video footage courtesy of Amy Stone