Bay Area Beats http://kalw.org en Bay Area Beats: Teen musician Tatyana Martinez channels old school sound http://kalw.org/post/bay-area-beats-teen-musician-tatyana-martinez-channels-old-school-sound <p></p><p>Eighteen-year-old Tatyana Martinez turned to writing poetry as a young girl to cope with big changes in her life. Over time, her poetry evolved into music. She now works for the youth run recording studio <a href="http://sunsetyouthservices.org/programs/#UpStarRecords">Upstar Records</a>, inside San Francisco’s <a href="http://sunsetyouthservices.org/">Sunset Youth Services</a>. The youth center supports young people and their families with things like parenting classes, food assistance, and job training at Upstar. When she’s not helping young musicians make music, Martinez writes and records her own songs with the goal of putting out her own album. She shares the story behind her songs in this installment of Bay Area Beats.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 02:00:00 +0000 Audrey Dilling 46687 at http://kalw.org Bay Area Beats: Teen musician Tatyana Martinez channels old school sound Bay Area Beats: The songstresses of Yesway and their first full-length album http://kalw.org/post/bay-area-beats-songstresses-yesway-and-their-first-full-length-album <p>Emily Ritz and Kacey Johansing are best friends. They were both in separate bands and living in Marin County when they decided to go on tour together. They ended up in Norway and decided to form a duo. But it wasn’t until they got back from their trip that they came up with their name.</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 03:55:41 +0000 Martina Castro 44510 at http://kalw.org Bay Area Beats: The songstresses of Yesway and their first full-length album Bay Area Beats: DOE EYE http://kalw.org/post/bay-area-beats-doe-eye <p></p><p>In this edition of Bay Area Beats, we meet Union City based musician Maryam Qudus, who says she was a shy child of an Afghan immigrant family. When she wanted to pursue music, it was a first for her family, her culture, and her larger community.</p><p>“There was NO music in my family. ----- my mom knows who Beyonce is, who MJ is- that’s all,” says Qudus.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 02:00:00 +0000 Hana Baba 44445 at http://kalw.org Bay Area Beats: DOE EYE Bay Area Beats: Quinn Deveaux http://kalw.org/post/bay-area-beats-quinn-deveaux <p>Oakland-based singer/songwriter Quinn Deveaux is one part city, one part country. When he plays with his band, the <a href="http://quinndeveaux.com/site/">Blue Beat Review</a>, he taps into Ray Charles and plays the savvy bandleader, burning his way through tune after tune and keeping his audience dancing late into the night.</p><p>When he plays solo, he’s more like <a href="http://www.robertjohnsonbluesfoundation.org/">Robert Johnson</a>. Listening to his recordings, you can almost see him rocking on his porch, plucking away at his guitar and telling stories to the passing tumbleweeds.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 01:12:12 +0000 Jayme Catsouphes 10818 at http://kalw.org Bay Area Beats: Quinn Deveaux Bay Area Beats: Micah Tron http://kalw.org/post/bay-area-beats-micah-tron <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Micah </span>Tron<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a rapper born and raised in San Francisco. She’s a queer woman of color, but the hurdles she has faced go even beyond her race, sexual preference, and gender. She lived in a shelter after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina and a few years into her twenties, she was diagnosed with epilepsy. But she hasn’t let this stop her from pursuing her music career – she says it actually motivates her. After her nephew was born deaf, she learned sign language, and her latest dream is to make music for the deaf community. She spoke with reporter Lo </span>Benichou<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about her story.</span></p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 23:26:56 +0000 Lo Benichou 25361 at http://kalw.org Bay Area Beats: Micah Tron