McKenzie & Elliott Creative, LLC
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Very Hypnotic Soul Band

VHSB is Alt. R&B and Hip Hop – fronted by emcee Benjamin Starr and the silky smooth vocals of McKenzie Eddy, and backed by atmospheric, groove-centric instrumentation that errs on a live feel and relatively stripped-down production. The group met while developing a set for the Hi Harmony Community Concert in 2015, which was formed as a community response to the Mother Emanuel shooting.

“Indeed, there is a spooky alchemy at work on the group’s debut EP. While very much soul-driven, as their name suggests, there’s also a slinky minimalism at work, with much of the grooves built around sparse guitar and Smith’s airy use of synthesizers and keys. It’s almost as if the group is tracing the pocket, a ghostly take on music that’s in keeping with natural touchstones like the Roots or Lauryn Hill, yet with an indistinct distance from them.”

— Kyle Petersen, Charleston City Paper.

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Pecha Kucha XXV

Pecha Kucha XXV

Charleston Music Hall – Nov. 18
Pecha Kucha XXV – All Things Music.

This was a memorable performance. This was the first time we performed as a trio, with no tracks or live rhythm section. Benny Starr MC, McKenzie on vocals. We mic'd McKenzie's snaps which echoed throughout the room, while Elliott played rhodes/synth/bass and harmonized. Awesome crowd of about 800 local musicians, creatives, and patrons, there to listen to music.

 

Hi Harmony 08.16.15

Hi Harmony 08.16.15

The first VHSB performance. Charleston Music Hall, Hi Harmony.

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Royal American 04.21.16

Royal American 04.21.16

Benny Starr, MC.

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Royal American 04.21.16

First VHSB show after the original Hi Harmony lineup. Another memorable performance – packed house, great crowd. This is when we first got a taste of our creative potential together.

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Charleston City Paper

Charleston City Paper

The Mother Emanuel shooting was a devestating tragedy that laid bare the disease that is alive and well in the South and all over America. It's also an event that formed VHSB and brought us together as friends and artists.

Read full article here.

Debut EP cover

Debut EP cover

This is our debut EP cover. The image is a negative of John C. Calhoun, who is known in the Gullah community and beyond as the White Devil. While a "statesman" and VPOTUS, Calhoun was also a vile racist and avid defender of slavery. Charleston still celebrates this asshole by naming streets after him and maintaining a massive statute in Marion Square, Charleston's city center.

Bernie Sanders rally 01.18.16

Bernie Sanders rally 01.18.16

Originally, VHSB was a one-time event for Hi Harmony. This was the first time we performed together after that. The DNC was in Charleston, and Sanders contacted Charles at the Charleston Music Hall looking for a local hip hop act with a live band. Charles called us, and we put together a 5-piece version of VHSB. The response to the 5-piece convinced us to keep the group going. 

Read full article here.

Royal American 04.21.16

Royal American 04.21.16

Quentin Ravenel, Drummer.

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Royal American 04.21.16

Our friends Alicia Modor and Contour (Khari Lucas) sitting in on vocals.

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Royal American 04.21.16

Our friend Jordan Igoe sitting in on vocals, performing an Alt. R&B twist on Carolina in My Mind.

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