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Into the Empty

by People Not Gathered

A culmination of a 7 year journey, and the discovery of what lies beneath and beyond what is being sold to us by our government, their corporate backers, and in the mainstream media. A multi-genre interpretation on the condition of modern corruption.
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1. Into the Empty
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2. All Is Love
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3. Idol 2 Idle
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4. Farewell 2 My Nation
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5. Shine On (feat. Masgod)
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6. I Am the Air
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7. The Empty (Instrumental Reprise)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
KC Shoen has always flirted with music: from DJ-ing, making mix tapes, and free-style MC-ing during the Golden Era of Hip Hop (1985-1992), from learning guitar and piano at age 15, to composing his first rap track and acoustic rock demos by the age of 17.

Previously, he thought, at age 13, that a career in writing poetry and novels was in his future until one cold winter day in January 1984, while combing through his friend’s vinyl collection, he came across this little double-album he had scarcely been aware of. Between the Police’s ‘Synchronicity’ and Men At Work’s ‘Cargo’ records, was pulled from this thick collection an influential game-changer, propelling him to consider opening other areas of intrinsic expression..
Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’.

Conversely, while others became obsessed with the likes of Michael Jackson & Madonna, KC Shoen further discovered another game-changing sound being delivered to the masses: Prince. The eclectic hybrid of funk, rock, and classical mixed with the sexual ambiguity of his lyrics were enticing to his teen-aged mind. More importantly was the realization after listening to ‘1999’ and ‘Purple Rain’ in their entirety was the sheer fact that resonated even more deeply than the man’s music: Prince Rogers Nelson was writing, playing and producing it all by himself.

in the latter 80’s, Run-DMC, George Clinton, Art Of Noise and Go-Go Music (a stylized genre which combined Jazz & Hip-Hop merged with a rock n’ roll sensibility exclusive to the Washington DC area), would soon enter his consciousness. He, along with 6 other music die-hards/ DJs and fledgling MCs, having the serious misfortune of being saddled with residing in the homogenous, culturally-backward, and intellectually vacuous backdrop of Salt Lake City, Utah during the 80’s, were largely responsible for bringing Hip Hop to the Inter-mountain West.

From the time he completed his first set of professionally recorded demos in 1999 and 2000 until this very day, KC Shoen noted that the denigration of the music industry as being both an obstacle and an opportunity. On the verge of being considered for a label deal with Capital Records in 2002, the industry cratered, deciding to no longer invest in undiscovered talent through A&R-driven development deals. At 32 years old, with two young children to raise and care for, he did what every man would do to maintain the economic security and stability for the sanctity of his family in unstable times..
The exact opposite: he decided to continue taking risks, stay gainfully employed with mediocre jobs in between..and keep evolving as an Artist, Producer and Songwriter.

In 1999,he then took on the moniker of ‘PNG’ which originally was intended to mean ‘Persona Non Grata’. His first full-length release being ‘The Darkest August’ was a protest against the US government’s handling of Hurricane Katrina (in particular , the 9th Ward area of New Orleans), in relation to America’s known history of slavery and racism with its treatment of the African-American community. The lead single, the instrumental ‘Alpha De Millennia’ used snippets of the 9/11 commission testimony against the backdrop of the attack on the WTC itself. The result was an urgent instrumental piece that ‘spoke’ to the chaos and complexity of the American psyche with regards to the attack and its immediate aftermath.

In mid 2006, the song nearly broke the Billboard 100, the only platform for its access into the music listening market being the ‘American Idol’ music website charts for undiscovered artists. Though sales for TDA lagged, KC Shoen decided to turn his in-print ShoEnTeL Music into a full-on label based on the aspect of collaboration with other unknown artist & bands. Between 2007-2010, music output would slow down, but investment interest, audience reception and connections would increase. As an experiment, KC Shoen created, produced, and hosted a 1-hour commercial free radio program called ‘The Defrag’ for three months in 2009. The programmed, carried on-line through wpmd.org at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calf. Beginning with only 300 listeners in February of that year, its fast-pace, eclectic mix of featuring undiscovered/underground music plus a news/talk format drew listenership that expanded to 30,000 by May 5th.

In 2011, he and his family would experience temporary homelessness: a set-back unforeseen, but survived.His confidence shattered, he was encouraged by his wife to work with a fledgling vocalist looking for his first single to put out to the world: an inexperienced young artist who had never completed a song in his life, let alone never sang. During the latter summer of 2012, KC Shoen, for the first time in his creative life, completed a electronic dance track, handling lyric, songwriting, production, engineering and background vocals. Another first was that he elected to take the back seat on the main vocal performance. The result was DaMax’s ‘Sweat Some More’.

While the song was making the various promotional rounds and receiving positive reception through internet radio airplay, KC Shoen was suddenly struck with the sound of violins playing in his head while routinely viewing twitter account. At the exact moment he pulled Smokey Robinson’s twitter page, an entire song manifested, leading to the new single ‘Into The Empty’. He immediately hit the boards.


He was back; and it was time to go to work. More stories must be told. A label needs to expand and bring new bands and Artists to the hungry masses. The time is now.

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