MRE, WHO ALSO GOES BY THE ALIAS, THE DARK 1, IS A NIGERIAN-AMERICAN MUSIC ARTIST BORN IN BRONX, N.Y. MRE STARTED WRITING SONGS AT THE AGE OF 14, CREDITING DMX'S DEBUT ALBUM, "IT'S DARK AND HELL IS HOT", FOR BOTH HIS INFLUENCE AND COURAGE TO FINALLY ATTEMPT SONG WRITING. IN 2001, MRE STARTED PERFORMING AT LOCAL TALENT SHOWS, SHOWCASES AND OPEN MICS ALL AT HIS COLLEGE, LOCAL CLUBS AND VENUES SUCH AS KARMA LOUNGE, SULLIVAN HALL AND THE APOLLO.
Price Range: $40 and up.
Gig Length: 4 - 12 minutes
What to Expect
Ever watched a Dragon Ball Z episode or played a recent Street Fighter game? Ever notice how these guys get real hyper at some point and end up doing a lot more damage than they usually would? That's pretty much what it's like seeing me in action. I start out mild then it seems like I'm transforming in both sound and appearance from start to finish.
MrE, who also goes by the alias, the Dark 1, is a Nigerian-American music artist born in Bronx, N.Y. MrE started writing songs at the age of 14, crediting DMX's debut album, "It's Dark and Hell Is Hot", for both his influence and courage to finally attempt song writing. In 2001, MrE started performing at local talent shows, showcases and open mics all at his college, local clubs and venues such as Karma Lounge, Sullivan Hall and the Apollo. In 2009, MrE recorded then released a couple mix tracks, further building his internet presence. In 2015, he produced and released the "Prodigal Son Returns" EP. In 2017, he released the "Keep On" EP, (featured in the short film, "Our Brothers", produced by Ariella Media) followed shortly by "Uncle Tom N Jury" and the recently released "Fairy Tale", all of which he co-produced with Robb Hutzal of Studio Pros, Inc. Besides DMX, MrE has also been influenced by a massive list of artists from numerous genres such as Eminem, Kanye West, Jay-Z, the Lost Boyz, Slick Rick, Heavy D, Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Nas, The L.O.X., Redman, Snoop Dogg, Kriss Kross, Onyx, Da Youngsta's, N.W.A., Digital Underground, Wu Tang Clan, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Das EFX, the Pharcyde, Cyprus Hill, Arrested Development, MC Lyte, Salt N Pepa, Queen Latifah, Eve, Remy Ma, Da Brat, Left Eye, Monie Love, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, P.O.D., Collective Soul, Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Alan Sylvestri, Ramin Djawadi and many more. MrE has also appeared in several TV Shows such as NBC's Mercy, USA's Law & Order: Criminal Intent and CBS's Blue Bloods.
Additional Booking Notes
I perform with my own dynamic vocal microphone and stand I can hook up to the mic cords provided at the venues. I prefer to email/dropbox my instrumental to the sound man, if I can either provide a flash drive/CD/smartphone/tablet with performance tracks for playback on the sound system in the venue.
Keep On, Prodigal Son, Prodigal Son remix, Uncle Tom N Jury. I also have an audio blog in which I do a verse over classic songs such as Southern Hospitality, Ain't No Half Steppin' and Plush, for those wishing material close to covers. This blog can be found at (link hidden)
Influences & Inspiration
DMX, Eminem, Kanye West, and Jay Z
mic cord hooked up to sound system
Flash drive and/or CD player for playback of performance tracks
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