Hometown and/or Current City: Camden County, New Jersey
Keywords: singer-songwriter, band, rock band, rock, alternative rock, indie rock, indie pop, bedroom pop, prog, progressive rock, prog rock, alt rock, diy, pop, experimental, experimental pop, experimental rock, alternative pop
Free is a singer-songwriter from New Jersey that releases his recordings under the alias 4:44. Free writes, records and plays all of the instruments on most of his albums but also collaborates with his live band on some recordings. Free met Zach Gormley (drums) and Greg Mele Jr. (bass) while attending college in 2015.
In 2017, 4:44 gained worldwide attention after releasing an EP titled JAY-Z as a joke because the hip hop artist JAY-Z released an album called 4:44. They ended up getting on the front page of Reddit with their self-proclaimed “shameless marketing technique” and getting into large publications such as Pigeons and Planes, The Daily Dot, HotNewHipHop, DJ Vlad (Vladtv.com), PROG Magazine, as well as hundreds of others. This move got the band over 40,000 streams on Bandcamp alone and hundreds of thousands of shares on Facebook/Twitter.
4:44 has no definitive genre and isn’t afraid to experiment. Every unique release has seen 4:44 seamlessly shifting through different sounds to craft textures and atmospheres that appropriately portray the subject matter of their albums. 4:44 does their best to navigate tragedy, relationships, love, depression, spirituality, vanity, life and death while searching for hope. :44 is heavily influenced by the music of Tears For Fears, Genesis, Kendrick Lamar, U2, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, The Cure, The Killers, David Bowie, Sade and (Sandy) Alex G.
Child Of God (2015) - Americana, Acoustic
Greenwave (2016) - New Wave, Post Punk
Cardinal (2017) - Alternative Rock, Post Punk
Parallelement (2017) - Experimental Pop/Rock, Indie Rock
Reckoning (2018) - Progressive Rock, Electronic
Creature (2018) - Indie Rock, Alternative
Live at 5 Radio 104.5 on December 7th, 2018