In addition to choosing one grand prize winner and three finalists for every musical genre in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, judges also identify five artists to receive honorable mentions in each category. Among others in the Hip-Hop category of Session II 2009, The Premiere, consisting of David Jackman and Adam Wilkey, was chosen as one such honorable mention for the duo’s song, “Unexplained Freedom.”
The band from Arizona, who describes their musical style as a cross between “hip-hop electro rock” and “new wave grunge rap,” cites early Green Day albums as a source of inspiration. Their debut album, “London Paris New York,” was released to a plethora of positive reviews from music publications. The Phoenix New Times lists The Premiere as one of Arizona’s top twelve hip-hop acts and declares their “phenomenal album” to be “a monster mash-up of rap, rock, and new wave.” Java Magazine’s remarks are in a similar vein; writers from that publication believe that The Premiere is “teetering on the brink of stardom.”
For hip-hop fans everywhere, The Premiere is clearly a group to watch in the coming years. The duo will release a new album in 2010, entitled “Antennae,” so those interested should be sure to track down a copy.