Grammy Award winning Toronto based-producer collective and prolific alt-pop duo, Locals Only Sound are not only developing new talent and bringing fresh perspectives and unique sounds to established artists. With focus on their appreciation for alt-electronic music and combining it with the abiding passion for R&B vocals paired with modern beats, Gray Hawken and Curtis Smith write, produce and record all their own music.
The first project, coming off their critically acclaimed debut OPUS 1 tape, which the pair describe as an extended EP – or more accurately a mixtape – the first installment of Locals Only Sound’s partnership. Curtis says “the core of our style is from the alt-electronic, R&B world; because that’s the vibe we’re living now. But it also takes in influences from rock and the singer/songwriter genres,”, adding that he comes from the “classic rock world” with a more introspective singer/songwriter style. Gray comes from a classically trained musical family; growing up with the voice of his mother’s choral singing and surrounded by Jazz instruments in the house.
After spending a year on the road touring their critically acclaimed EP, OPUS 1 across Canada, US and the UK, the single “Move With Me” is the first taste of what’s ahead for the Locals Only Sound.
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