Tuesday, December 29, 2009

'SOCAN Awards' couldn't help but to notice 'Dangerous'

In November 2009, DJ Kemo and hAZEL (of Vanguards Music), Kardinal Offishal &Akon received an 'Urban Music Award' from SOCAN for 'Dangerous' achieving the greatest number of performances on domestic radio during 2008.

The beat for '
Dangerous' was created in 2007 by both DJ Kemo & hAZEL. 'Dangerous' went on to sell 2.6 million world wide and was the lead off single fromKardinal Offishall's album, Not for Sale (2008, Konvict Muzik).

SOCAN administers the performing rights of Canadian songwriters, composers, lyricist, and music publishers. SOCAN is governed by a member-elected Board of Directors and offers their members access to its entire repertoire of copyright-protected music for communication and public performance.

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Friday, December 25, 2009

K'Naan - Wavin Flag (Vanguards Remix)

K'Naan's "Wavin Flag" is the official theme song the World Cup's 2010 tournament in South Africa. The song is off of his album "Troubadour" (2009). K'Naan's career took off a few years back with the help of Sol-Guy (Vancouver), who is a pioneer in Canada's "urban music." Sol is one of the creators for MTV's "4Real" which Vanguards do TV Sound tracking for. Sol also played instrumental roles in the early success of Rascalz, K-OS, Kardinal and more.

Listen and download the remix DJ Kemo and Vago (Platinum Producers, Vanguards) did for "Wavin Flag"

K'Naan - Wavin Flag (Vanguards Remix)

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Offical Single :: Frankie J 'Crush' :: Produced by hAZEL of Vanguards Music

Its OFFICIAL!!! Frankie J and his fans have chosen 'Crush ' (Produced byhAZEL) as his official single.

Hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma
hAZEL met up with DJ Kemo after moving to Vancouver. Soon after hAZEL became an official member of Vanguards Music. More importantly, hAZEL is the melodic piece of the group and was the other contributing member to creating the beat for Kardinal's chart topping 'Dangerous.'

Frankie J's got heart. The platinum-selling pop maestro's inimitable voice combines Latin swagger and R&B soul, propelling infectious, unforgettable tunes. In fact, Frankie's carried more than a few hooks to the top of the charts, including "Don't Wanna Try," "Suga Suga" and "Obsession." He's garnered Radio Music, Latin Grammy and Latin Billboard award nominations, and he's received three BMI awards for his chart-topping tracks. Other big singles have included "That Girl" featuringMannie Fresh and Chamillionaire, as well as Frankie's personal cover of Extreme's"More than Words." His massive success comes as a result of distinct cross-cultural and cross-genre appeal.

To listen to Frankie J's 'Crush' Produced by hAZEL go here

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Vanguards are making their way to the forefront.

With many projects undergo its no wonder its hard to get all six of these guys in one room. Here is just some of what's going on in their world.

DJ Kemo & Big Syphe were in studio with Pitbull in Miami.
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Vago & hAZEL recently produced Andres lastest single "Complicated", which is getting air play in Vancouver's The Beat 94.5 & Virgin Radio.
Listen here:

Vago produced Jhevon Paris ft. Coldby O Donis "Top of the Line", which won the"Who's Got Next" contest presented by DJ Stylus Award
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Read the latest interview on Vanguards in Reach Magazine done by myself.
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Vanguards (DJ Kemo & hAZEL) also won their second ASCAP Award for ASCAP's 22snd Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards for Rap Song
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'Dangerous' sells 2.6 Million.

Vancouver based production crew Vanguards Music have been putting in their work. From producing music for 4Real TV to working with EA Sports, Vanguards have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with. Last summer (2008) ‘Dangerous’ was the lead off single to Kardinal Offishall’s album, Not for Sale (2008, Konvict Muzik). The single ‘Dangerous’ went on to sell 2.6 million copies world wide. This is a major accomplishment for both Vanguards Music and Kardinal. This week the crew from Vanguards head down to Los Angles to accept their ASCAP Award for Pop Songwriter of the Year, 2008.

ASCAP is a membership association of more than 350,000 U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers of every kind of music. Through agreements with affiliated international societies, ASCAP also represents hundreds of thousands of music creators worldwide. ASCAP is the only U.S. performing rights organization created and controlled by composers, songwriters and music publishers, with a Board of Directors elected by and from the membership.

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Vanguards Music

VANGUARDS (DJ Kemo, Big Syphe, Vago, hAZEL, Don Cristo and Fac) are a production team to be reckoned with. With over 15 years of combined musical experience VANGUARDS are respected for creating energetic music from (yet, not limited to) Hip-Hop, House, Reggae, Reggaeton and R&B/Soul. Gifted and versatile, they have built a solid foundation by television soundtracking for 4REAL TV (which broadcasts on MTV, National Geographic and CTV) and video game soundtracking forEA Sports (NBA Homecourt and Fifa Street 3). Furthermore, Vanguards Music have produced all five classic Rascalz albums including significant hits such as, ‘Northern Touch’ featuring Kardinal Offishall, Choclair, Checkmate and Thurst on Cash Crop(1997, Vik. Recordings/BMG Canada), ‘Top of the World’ featuring Barrington Levy and K-OS on Global Warning (1999, ViK Recordings/BMG Canada), and ‘Crazy World’ featuring Notch and Sazon Diamante on Reloaded (2002, ViK. Recordings/BMG Canada). VANGUARDS are ready to break the international market with their exclusive introduction as VANGUARDS music with production on Kardinal Offishall’s lead off single ‘Dangerous’ featuring Akon on Not for Sale (2008, Konvict Muzik)

Big Syphe & hAZEL "Vanguards' in studio w/ Natalia


Vanguards in Studio with Pitbull