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Taiwo Heard

With influences ranging from Grunge to 70's R&B soul, Washington, DC native Taiwo Heard brings his own unique stylings to the LA indie rock scene. Heard's dynamic repertoire suggest elements of The Rolling Stones, Bjork, and David Bowie - heavily song driven and characterized by thought provoking lyrics. 

Taiwo Heard first fell in love with music at the age of 6 after listening in on his brother's piano lessons. His mother took notice and promptly enrolled him in a local music school. During his junior year of high school, Taiwo joined his first band "Masterpiece" as a keyboardist and began to write. Competition between lead singer Eddie Robinson and Heard was fierce, but it fueled Taiwo's desire to expand his musical horizons and was the catalyst that led to him learning to sing and play guitar. 

After moving to Boston, Heard attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music, majoring in Music Synthesis with a emphasis on voice. It was during this time that he began listening to more electronic bands bands such as Aphex Twin and Radiohead, while also gaining a greater appreciation for such electronic music pioneers such as Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, and Leon Theremin. 

After graduating Berklee and moving to Los Angeles in 2005, Taiwo reconnected with long time friend and collaborator Eddie Robinson to form the electropop group "Swivel". He recorded and produced Swivel's first album; "Landing" which led to numerous domestic and international festival tour dates and a nationally televised music video. A year after Swivel disbanded, Taiwo joined Los Angeles rock band Surface To Air as both guitarist and lead singer. The trio performed extensively at famed Sunset Strip venues such as the Viper Room, the Rainbow Room, and the House of Blues.

Presently, Taiwo Heard is set to release his debut solo album "Frontier To eternity, with plans for a summer west-coast tour.