We struggle to define Brasstax. It's just this thing we do.
Started in 2012, it began as a dime-a-dozen dance party, a way to bring people together and listen to good-ass music in a positive environment. From those roots, Brasstax has evolved into a platform for our ideas, interests and tastes, be they musical, artistic, philanthropic, etc.
But at the core, BTX will always be the dance party, an unmatched space for fostering community interaction and action itself. It will always be 'Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1' into 'Pt. 2'. It can't not be.
Jovan Landry is the ultimate triple threat. This interdisciplinary artist proclaims herself as the "1/3 Filmmaker, 1/3 Photographer and 1/3 Emcee" based in Chicago. Jovan's mantra is to use her artistic gifts to reflect the true stories of the world, herself and others. Her work has been featured in Chicago Tribune, Bandcamp and Huffington Post. Jovan got her upstart in creating through her YouTube channel, LeslieMoniqueTV in 2008, where she is most known for documenting her hair journey, amassing over 6000 subscribers and 1 million video views. With the discovery of her unique voice, she tapped into musical production, film and photography and many other artistic forms. She received her B.A in Film & Video from Columbia College Chicago, and throughout the years worked with a number of musicians, artists, dancers, businesses, organizations and fellow filmmakers. Musically, Jovan has a number of self-released EPs & albums, and her lyrical, articulate and high energy performances has landed her over 80-100 showcases and festivals across the U.S and in Berlin, Germany, both as a solo act and with her 5-piece live band, 'The Land'. In 2017, Jovan was awarded the Incubate Grant presented by WeWork Creator Awards, where she will produce her 5th album, 'Synergy', created exclusively by women in the Chicago hip hop scene set to release in August 2018. Most recently, Jovan was invited to Lagos, Nigeria to participate in danceGATHERING 2018, where she collaborated with artists from all around the world collaborate of the African Diaspora to that transformed into a performance festival, where all the findings and outcomes will be shared with a larger Lagos and international audience.