3D femininity broke out of the mold when Madame Gandhi took illumination into their own hands. Lead by the light of Kiran Gandhi & the earth of Alexia Riner, this team is redefining the role of women in music and its relative reflection in the grizzly masculine landscape. Founded on deep rhythmic hooks & Kiran’s heart-charging vocals, the music imparts a message and a bang of your head/swag of your body, whether you like it or not. What are we saying? The future is female and Madame Gandhi are your guides.
ROCK 2 THE CORE
OAKLAND / COLORADO
Its arguable that the future of education & knowledge transfer have firm foundations in fun. Rock 2 the Core is online educational platform that reinforces K-5 core subjects through music, animation and beautiful hybrid of instruction & song. Founded by siblings Theo & Max Schwartz, Rock 2 the Core is redefining how we not only inform our kids & their expansion, but ours as well.
Representing a true shift in the way we help kids grow & thrive, Alphabet Rockers is more than just music but an experience. They provide an environment at home and in the classroom where children can learn big things, ask big questions and feel like big people. It is interactive hip hop made by dreamers for dreamers.
HALL PASS TOUR
NYC / OAKLAND
Few things are as transformational in a young adult’s life as live music experiences, especially when they are the ones creating them. Hall Pass Tour is a traveling catalyzer, crossing the United States from one end to the other activating under-resourced high school students by piloting a show that the students host. From booking, to promotion, to hospitality and performance, Hall Pass Tour ignites music & creativity as a viable path in the lives of thousands of young adult lives nationwide.
OAKLAND / NYC
Initially formed as a supergroup of music makers & strategists from Oakland & New York, ElectroSpit has emerged as one of the strongest examples of what can be developed during a ZLMR. Their alchemy of hardware, music production & diverse collaboration has yielded both new original works & inventions aimed at engaging people around creativity.
Built upon a foundation of hardware drum machines, blown out synthesizers & surf guitars, Xuxa’s music soothes your heart and urges you to throw up your middle finger rather seamlessly. Their roots in performance art challenge the status quo and reignite the quest to connect to each other sonically, visually & emotionally. Billionair Rainbow, 6 songs produced at Zoo Labs, is out now.
Pilgrims of groove, deep earth descendents living among us, new foundations of soul. They are on a true voyage of nautical navigation, free of nonsense in order to make no sense at all. Currently traveling the world and taking their music to every corner of it, no matter how it is lit. This is Pistachio in a nutshell.
SPLENDOR ALL AROUND
Splendor All Around is what building a music community looks like in the 21st century by managing to wrangle a single concept - taking music & people directly to music & people. Born under a blue star in a 1986 International diesel passenger bus, this collective supports a growing roster of artists & entertainers, including ZL alumni Pancho Morris, Rebecca Marcyes & James Wallace, by putting on immersive experiences in & around their faded beryl bus. This magical gang now approaching your vector.
If any team were to forge what future of soul music sounds like, it would have to be NYC’s Mad Satta. Leading with incredible performances and songwriting Mad Satta are musical transporters incredibly adept at blending, bouncing and beckoning all that listen to get lost in the groove & find yourself all over again.
Mary is our Song Doctor, the healer of all wounds through the virtues of music. The way this woman twists heartfelt words into soul strumming melodies is timeless. We were lucky to have Mary come to us through a partnership with BandPage, and it has since made her the beacon for Zoo Labs in the south. Always on the move, be sure to catch this travelling songstress whenever possible!
Startup the musical!
A concept originally built for the stage & since turned to an epic podcast, Startup the Musical is an ongoing conversation of the ecosystem referred to as “tech", specifically right here in the Silicon jungle. Startup does this in the form of a podcast, lead by original songs, interviews and live discussions casting a light on everything from workplace misogyny, think pieces on pitching, the science of espresso and more. Expect many installments of something deeply funny & neuron engaging.
The Sagas have defined the term pivot for Zoo Labs residents, past & future. Within their time with us, The Sagas have rebranded their identity & harnessed their energy into a simple plan: bring their music directly to the people. The Sagas unique blend of rock, soul & public performance highlight this magnetic duo.
ENSEMBLE MIK NAWOOJ
EMN rises from the Bay Area as a true melting pot of culture. Drawn from the mind of acclaimed composer & pianist Joowan Kim, the music of this team reflects the paradigm of genres melting away and only the art being left. What you will find is an inspiring platform for the hybrid of classical & hip hop music
Oakland’s Halcyoniare sweep your ears like a cool rush of air, a taste of honey at the end of summer, a wade through an old lost creek. The colors of Halcyonaire’s music teach us how to harness the present moment & it’s inherent worth. Their mastery of communicating in this language is one of their greatest value propositions.
Panama / Oakland
Sugar & smoke, sun & fog, tangled together forever as one. This is how the sounds of Ok Sweetheart loft through the valleys of your ears. With songs truly meant to get into the roots of your heart, this team of infectious songwriters are visionaries of their own time, building a relationship with their fans & community that goes beyond the speakers & stage. You can’t help but feel welcome in the presence of Ok Sweetheart, no matter how you got invited in.
An orchestra of light, comet trails, electrified synthesis of soul: These are some of the ways to describe the musical apparatus that is Beautiful Machines. With echoes of retro futurism and flashes of AI-integrated art, this team is painting a picture of an era that does not yet exist. Fully realized through a visceral live experience, Beautiful Machines is using immersion as a way to unearth & explore the parts of one’s imagination that only music can ignite.
SF / INTERDIMENSIONAL
When free radicals are set free, chaos becomes peace and focus is only the beginning of clarity. Crashing Hotels is art in motion, best described as the dark sparkle. This is music in essence, but moreso a highly visual & visceral creature that demands your own soul get into the mix to fully grasp the weight that is happening before you. If you don’t want to get on the train, the breeze that carries it will suit the sleepy turbo waiting to wake within you and all those that come to pass.
THE OUTER VIBE
An endless summer vacation in California. Clint Eastwood with a pina colada. Surf Disco. These are the essential ingredients of Grand Rapid’s The Outer Vibe. This team feels less like a band and more like a tribe of joy loving aliens, hellbent on proving to you that life is about having fun. They’re currently on tour in support of their LP Full Circle, providing experiences in alternate reality nightly.
Sisters is an orchestra of two from Seattle. With just two humans, they rely on their skills as collaborators & multi-instrumentalists to create their infectious wall of sound. Sisters is about making music with your best friend; the propagation of togetherness.
Quite possibly here due to a ripple in space time, San Francisco’s NVO melds EDM with organic live performances. They are explorers of the human connection, investigators of the pulse that keeps us all in sync. NVO are constantly at work taking all that are willing on this journey of discovery.
LYZ LUKE & UNDERCOVER PRESENTS
Our first non-music making team, Lyz Luke & Undercover Presents are shaping what it means to build a community around music. Her unique & massive events around honoring an influential record have turned her from fan into artist enabler. Lyz is a beacon through the fog of change in the music industry.
Self-described as Kaleidoscopic Soul Punch, the fact that what Bells Atlas makes emerges as music is secondary to the overall artistic vision being formed. One of deep grooves and an even deeper desire to create a transformative experience. Bells is currently playing in support of Hyperlust, an EP of songs recorded during their residency .
Wages is a Los Angeles group that marries visual art & in-person experiences to amplify the message of the music they create. Often combining their shows with radical displays of guitars played by means of hourglass-dripping-sand, Wages are masters of atmosphere. They’re currently touring around their latest EP L’oeil, all of which was recorded during their residency at Zoo Labs.
Elephantine is an earthly manifestation of the vibrations from earth and space, built of deep grooves with ancient origins & futuristic textures woven through many souls singing as one. Born under the sun in Oakland, this team of artists, entrepreneurs and thought leaders are loud voices for communication & community through art, constantly pushing the edges of palpable and unforgettable.
The brothers Baggaley of the Los Angeles group Brown Shoe have one simple goal: to make you feel like you belong. Through their narrative music, their charming banter and their touching energy, Brown Shoe embodies all of the qualities of personability that many great artists seek out yet rarely find.
THE BOSTON BOYS
The Boston Boys are our very first residents! Hailing from NYC & Oakland, their combo of virtuosic musicianship & highly danceable melodies fuse themselves into an emotionally moving alchemy of soul, r&b & rock n roll. After traveling the world as US ambassadors of music, the boys have settled down in New Orleans where they’ve rebranded themselves as The Rigs.