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Kota Santez: The Road to SXSW

Many music fanatics and aspiring musicians attend South By Southwest music festival in hopes to see their favorite artist rip showcase stages and gain knowledge from industry professionals during panel discussions. For independent artist this festival is a platform to promote and network amongst the masses; but every artist true dream is to perform on a showcase stage during the festival. For Kota Santez that dream will be fulfilled during the 2016 SXSW.

Right before Kota Santez takes the stage at Apache Cafe.
Right before Kota Santez takes the stage at Apache Cafe.

On Saturday, March 19th the Atlanta native will be performing in front of thousands of festival goers on the 2016 Radio Day Stage presented by ROK Mobile. Kota Santez will be performing amongst a line up of hip hop heavy hitters such as Kat Dahlia, Tyga, Yg and Dej Loaf.

“To be able to go across the country and perform in front of thousands of people is something that still amazes me,” said Santez, who at 23 has already made a name for himself in the south east region through local showcases and being featured on V-103’s Frank Ski and Wanda morning show.

As a child Dakota gained a liking for hip hop & r&b from being around the speakers a little to much, from his parents playing their Tupac, Bob Marley, & Outkast albums, to watching his cousins pursue their own music endeavors, Dakota developed an amazing drive and passion for composing music.

“Ever since singing in the elementary school choir he started developing a creative talent in producing music, singing different melodies, & writing songs” Angelina Jones, Kota’s mother said. “I’ve watched him spend years working on his craft and his ability to entertain.”

With a mixed sound of street, club, rebellion, & soulful tunes Kota Santez uses the style of symbolic imagery to help the people see his vision, the pictures of his youth, or what he calls “the vision of the Kid Out The A.” The multi talented artist says, “this opportunity is really my moment to show people who Kota Santez is and show them where I’ve come from.” Leading into the festival Kota Santez is doing just that.

In preparation for South By Southwest Kota Santez have been releasing videos as apart of his doc-series entitled; Kota Santez: The Road to South By Southwest. The first episode which was released Tuesday, February 22 follows Kota puts his performance skills to the test at Atlanta’s popular Apache Café Open Mic night.

To follow more of Kota Santez as he rise to stardom and to see what he is up to in Austin,Tx  you can subscribe to his youtube channel @KotaSantezTV or on all social media platforms @KotaSantez.

 

Apache Cafe Live Open Mic [ Photos & Video]

 

 

The Bar exam host its 3 year anniversary at Apache Cafe.
The Bar exam host its 3 year anniversary at Apache Cafe.

 

 

MicxSic and Savage Fam Pro leaves crowd with an unforgettable show at this weeks Apache Café Open Mic Night. A number of artist such as such as Mia Laquan, Kota Santez, Sierra Turner, as well as France West graced the legendary stage this past Thursday night.

 

Host of The Bar Exam takes a moment to thank all supporters go The Bar Exam.
Host of The Bar Exam takes a moment to thank all supporters go The Bar Exam.

 

Indie Rapper Jay Neals performs at The Bar Exam anniversary.
Indie Rapper Jay Neals performs at The Bar Exam anniversary.

 

Each week in front of a wall to wall packed crowd MicxSic and Savage Fam Prop gives local artist the opportunity to showcase their talent on the same stage where Keri J,Kinfoke, Prince William and N.I.K.K.I da Jukebox were discovered. Unlike other open mics in Atlanta Apache Café provides its artist the opportunity to be supported in sound by a professional live band and background singers. Apache’s Open Mic curator MicxSic says, “Having a live band and background singers behind each artist gives the artist the chance to elevate their on stage performance ……some artist cant afford to have a band or singers to travel with them so this is something we put together to give back to the artist and the culture of real music.”

Along side the serenades of the artist event goers were provided with live painting entertainment. Jazmine Harris says, “this is my first time attending the event and I think it was well worth the $6 and helped give me a much needed break from work…the atmosphere was very easy going and welcoming I definitely plan to come back to future showcases.”

 

For more information on how you can attend the next Apache Café Open Mic or even participate in the showcase be sure to follow @apachecafe or @savageprofam.