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    Mon, 26 Mar 2012 14:50:44

    Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. The Dean's List - They could be the future of hip-hop

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    The Dean's List are an eclectic trio of musicians whose versatile sound appeals to fans indie music to electronic to hip-hop. Comprised of MC/songwriter Sonny Shotz, producer and manager Alexander Mendoza, and producer/engineer Mik Beats, the group arrived on the scene in late 2010 with the release of their debut mixtape Undeclared.

    Following the critical acclaim of the first project, The Dean's List found commercial exposure with their follow up release, The Drive In, which appeared in early 2011. The mixtape blended elements of hip-hop, techno, house, rock, pop and classical influences, resulting in a sonically conscious album that made their legions of new fans dance and think.

    In April, The Dean's List will release their next official project Generation X with aveNUE Music Partnerships. The album showcases the growth of the group beyond the college audience, demonstrating a genre bending appreciation for music that can't be classified as anything but enjoyable.

    Mixing a combination of socially conscious lyrics and high-energy production, the 17-track compilation will speak to fans of pop, indie rock, hip-hop, techno and country due to the diverse inspirations of the three band members.

    Often labeled as Indie Pop, The Dean's List make their music for an advanced audience that doesn't identify themselves with anything besides quality songs. The lead single off of the upcoming project will be "YOUTH," a modernly rebellious anthem that expels the trials of growing older over complexly upbeat production.

    Make no mistake -- Dean's List aren't solely hip-hop. We had to engage them in a Take Aim to learn more about "YOUTH."

    If you weren't doing music, you'd be...?

    Mendoza: I would be getting a college degree in entertainment business, probably the movie business. I would be going to school somewhere in southern Cali.

    Sonny: If I were not doing music, I would be writing something to try and change the world. Whether it's poetry, or novels, but I definitely would find something to do involving writing.

    Mik: I would be getting a college degree in something I probably wasn't really interested in, but you gotta make a living some how right?

    Can you share a writing or recording story pertaining to "YOUTH?"

    At first Youth took a while to come together on the production. We were not happy with a lot of what was going on in the hook. However, hours later, Youth came together pretty easily. Then once the production on the beat was done, the lyrics came as if they were meant to go hand in hand with the beat. We feel like no other theme besides "Youth" would of even the beat.

    Why are mixtapes so popular, in your opinion?

    We believe they are popular because they're free. You don't need to go to a store or anything, its all right there online for free to go straight onto your iPod. A lot of great mixtapes out there got the attention it deserved because the artist put the time and effort to make something great.

    Any non-music hobbies or skils?

    We love playing basketball, travel, movies, xBox, and food!

    One thing fans need to know about The Dean's List?

    We're a music group, and we strive to create music for the world not one specific genre. We love hip-hop but a lot of our beats and songs won't be characterized into hip-hop. We have no boundaries!

    Did you make the Dean's List?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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