About Solflower Collective
The Solflower Collective is a Group of Talented Minneapolis Based Musicians and Performers Dedicated to the Creation and Exhibition of Futuristic R&B, Post-Neoclassical Soul, and Sonic Funk. Our Driving Purpose is to Highlight and Document the Movement Surrounding the Minneapolis Musical Avant-garde through Sonic Vibrations.
Taylor Johnson from Solflower:
My name is Taylor Johnson, and I am a freelance performer, artist, songwriter and producer in the Minneapolis area. My current work is based out of and inspired by South Minneapolis, but my career has taken me from Atlanta to Nashville to North Carolina to Philly to DC to NY, and finally back home again. While I attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I miraculously found the time and means to travel to different labels and writing groups up and down the east coast. During my travels, I wrote and produced with Dirty Harry, Don Cheegro, and The Clutch (Fantasia, Ludacris, Ciara). I also crossed paths with Haystak and Sonny Paradise at Street Flavor Records where I learned the art of audio engineering, including recording, mixing, and mastering. Right before I settled back in Minneapolis, I traveled between DC and Atlanta producing and writing with Kandi Burruss and Shamora Crawford. My first major placement was on Kandi’s latest project ‘Kandi Koated’ entitled ‘Superwoman’. Check it out here!
I’ve arrived in a place where I can start to make my dreams reality. As a creative, I thoroughly enjoy making things from nothing. Is that not the thrill of this life? As a matter of fact, our lives are creative processes unfolding right before our eyes. We add each day and learn more and more until we just can’t take it anymore. We eventually have a product overflowing with a brilliant aesthetic, message, and appeal. The ‘Sol Flower Collective’ gives me a platform to demonstrate that beauty.
Solate is a band of young and striving musicians, consisting of Joel Mandella (guitar), Maya Vilaplana (vocals), Jonas Yela (guitar), Theresa Piela (vocals), Kate Sinnott (vocals), Dan Lee (bass), Reid Kruger (drums) and Maggie Molter (trumpet). Originally formed by Joel and Maya in their Macalester dorm room, Solate’s music merges many influences including pop, RnB, jazz, indie, and rock n roll sounds. They come from a range of backgrounds but have joined together here in the Twin Cities, and are eager to spread their word and sound! Solate has performed in various venues around the TC, most notably opening for Danny Brown, Kalela, and Cashmere Cat. This is the beginning of great things for this band so be sure to look out for Solate!