Known for his introspective and candid lyrics, Atlanta based Alt/Pop artist Forrest Isn’t Dead pours out the stories of his life experiences and hardships through his unique and thought-provoking music. Growing up with a single mother and limited resources, Forrest Kleindienst found early inspiration in music and skateboarding, which played a major role in developing his feelings about life and love.
He later dove head first into writing original music, learning to play drums, guitar, piano, and of course singing. “My mom had to work full time to care for the two of us. After school I would spend all of my time skateboarding or locked in my room working on music. It kept me out of trouble most of the time; and gave me something more to look forward to.”, said Forrest. Artists such as The Cure, My Chemical Romance, and Prince were big influences on his creative direction, but battling adversity and overcoming his own challenges were a benchmark towards shaping the person he is today.
Abby K is a bassist, vocalist, and songwriter from Charlotte, North Carolina. She picked up the bass at age 13 after being influenced by Gene Simmons at a KISS Concert. Months into her musical journey, she was 1 of 3 bassists in the United States selected to attend GRAMMY Camp in Los Angeles, CA. She claims that her proudest moment was when Nita Strauss joined her onstage to perform Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper”. Since then, she has developed her own style of musicianship which is commonly described as the love child of Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) and Lita Ford.
Fast-paced, aggressive pop-punk riffs with hard-hitting, alternative melodies. The Half That Matters is an alternative pop punk duo hailing from Asheville who believe the harder the riffs, the better the music. Bryan Pressley, vocals and guitar, and Paul Roundy, drums, have been experimenting and manipulating the traditional pop punk sound into a two-instrument experience. Influences include Biffy Clyro, The Swellers, and Four Year Strong.