TRAPEEZ

Of the four core artists in San Sedai's growing family, DayShawn Miles - known by his moniker: Trapeez - is probably the most energetic of them all. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Miles grew up during a time where Southern Rap was now becoming a major influence in the industry. With artists like OutKast, Three 6 Mafia, and UGK breaking new grounds for artists in the South, Miles was looking to become the next big thing. 

However his goal of wanting to become a big name in the rap industry was blindsided by reality. Parental struggles, financial hardships, and a criminal record caused his dreams to stay dreams. He grew up into a wild teenager constantly getting into fights with other boys in school. Miles ran with a local gang and started selling drugs using the money to buy production equipment. With his parents' relationship in an unstable condition he would often withdraw to a rundown house and use it as his own little studio. 

It wasn't long before his criminal behavior caught up with him. One night, he was caught and charged with possession and distribution. He was sentenced to 2 years in prison in  2007. Upon his release in 2009, he made the decision to not go back to the life he lived. He chose not to go back to living with his parents and instead found residence with his cousin where he continued to pursue his dream of getting into the music industry.

By this time, EDM was now becoming a big thing and he had discovered it through his cousin. 

"I had always been at the clubs where they would play like, Gucci Mane, Jeezy, YoungBloodz, Tip and other artists. You hear music like that and its just you do ya lil dance and might wanna start somethin' in if someone get outta line. That's how it always was. But then my cuz told me about Ultra Music Festival down in Miami. We got tickets and decided to go down there with some friends. Before I got there, I wasn't expecting much. But when everything started, the energy I felt... from just one concert... had me like... Wow. This is what I'm lookin' for."

After his experience at Ultra, Miles' perspective on music changed dramatically. He started researching the styles he heard at the concert on YouTube and learning how to create those sounds from the songs that had him excited. 

His production journey led him to moving to the West Coast where he eventually ran into his future label mate, Marcel Aiello, aka Dormio. At this time, Marcel had already joined San Sedai but he brought him to Seattle where they demoed his music with label head, ThreeGen. 

"I was accepted almost immediately and was like... that's it? Just like that?"

Trapeez was a bit unsure about signing to a label with no promise of income but once he saw what the label really had to offer, he couldn't help but join. 

"To me the label help me understand that value of music and the ability I had to create it. For the longest time, music had been an influence in a negative way and I wanted to bring the hype and excitement that I felt from that first music festival back in 2010. The Family [San Sedai] is helping me to formulate my path."

IKUZO

From across the Pacific, in the city of Kobe, Japan... enter Ikku Fujiwara aka IKUZO. A young man highly influenced by the Western Culture, especially the music. Born to parents who spared no expense to keep him away from Western influence, yet it only served to broaden his curiosity.

Throughout school, Ikku excelled in class, graduating with honors all the way through college receiving his Masters in Computer Engineering. But he was always curious with music since a young age. Influenced by a wide-variety of artists such as Ta-Ku, Flume, Murohashi Takuya and the late Jun Seba [Nujabes], Fujiwara was curious about making his own stab into music world. 

After saving up enough money, Fujiwara moved out from his parents house and booked a flight to San Francisco. It wasn't long before he realized how tough it really was to get into music. What made it worse was the financial hardship that living in a high cost-of-living city like San Fran created. He was able to move in with some roommates, get a decent enough to job, and still be able to find ways to create his own music. 

While in San Fran, he was able to make good friends who were working on their own music and brought him in. The group, CMD/CNTR [Command Center], run by Mr. Flagship gave Ikku his first exposure into music production. After years of being with the group, Ikuzo was at the level where he could produce his own music effectively and decided to move on. 

Fujiwara headed up north to Washington where he would eventually meet label mate, ThreeGen at a local concert. ThreeGen brought him to the studio where Ikuzo was able to share his music. His music felt like an instant match for the San Sedai family and from there ThreeGen offered him a place. Fujiwara accepted the invitation by saying 'Ikuzo' which is Japanese for "Let's Go." 

And from that moment on, Ikku became Ikuzo.  

ThreeGen

If San Sedai was Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, then ThreeGen would be Professor X himself. 3G has a massive taste for music of various genres and serves as a curator for several artists belonging to the San Sedai family. With himself being a producer, his primary goal for music and simply creation. 

"In my belief, the ability to design and create is one of God's gifts to men. We ourselves are not gods, but for me, there's a connection I feel whenever I start a project and see it all the way to its completion. It's refreshing to know that we have the ability and intelligence to compose and arrange sounds in a way that resonates deep in here... within our souls. It's purposeful. Intentional. Music made with that in mind, is the purest music of all." 

Starting out with a small program called Hip Hop eJay, 3G began crafting his sounds until he discovered Fruity Loops [more commonly known as FL Studio]. It was here that he really began investing time into creating his own sound drawing inspiration from various genres such as hip-hop/rap, dubstep, film scores, and more. Some of his biggest influences were producers like Timbaland, Swizz Beats and Kanye West. But also composers such as Hans Zimmer, Clint Mansell, Noriyuki Asakura. It wasn't until nearing his high school years that he began listening to the rapidly evolving Electronic genre. And that's where he began crafting his sound even more.

As college years rolled and he was on his own, he had the idea of wanting to make music itself more famous that the artist.

"An artist becomes popular because the tune itself is catchy or their vocals are done in a way that catches people's attention. If neither one of these are accomplished, then its just another song. But we're living in a world where every song is just another song. Music is easier to access than ever so its nothing for someone to just hit auto-play or find a Pandora or a Spotify station and just zone out."

As he cycled through different aliases trying to find one that perfectly matched himself, he would eventually come up with the name ThreeGen or 3G. 

Years passed and 3G moved to Seattle where he decided to start his own label, San Sedai Media. 'San' meaning Three and 'Sedai' meaning Generation. The label has since added Japanese EDM pop artist IKUZO, EDM trap producer - Trapeez, and the lofi producer Dormio. They have become the foundation of what San Sedai is looking to build. A collective of artists/producers focused on making music simply for the joy of creation.  

DORMIO

Marcel Aiello, also known by 'Dormio', was quite the acquisition last year by the San Sedai Family. The ambient-hop, lo-fi producer has been on a non-stop experimenting phase with crafting his own brand of chill, downtempo sounds. Inspired by producers such as like Clams Casino, 40, and artists from YouTube channels like Mindful Music, or Chillhop Essentials, Marcel has been drawing on the effective techniques of those before him and constantly pushing himself to make better music. 

Born in Naples, Italy, Marcel moved to New York at an early age and grew up there up until his sophomore year in high school where his family decided it was time to move. The went cross-country and moved to Los Angeles, California where Marcel's interest in music started growing into a fiery passion.

Alot of his friends in school were making music and it was here where he spent late hours learning the programs, sequencing, creating synths and developing drums. After making several beats, his friends starting joking with him saying that his music made them sleepy. Not that it was at all boring, but it created a relaxing atmosphere. 

Soon Marcel started thinking of a name for himself and decided to call himself, 'Dormio' the Italian word for 'sleep'. He was hooked on the name and started producing more music and showing it off to more people. His popularity extended into his college years at UCI where he earned his Bachelors or Arts and Music. 

Though his music became popular during college, his personal life became a problem. He was in and out of relationships with other women and it was affecting his mentality. So he eventually decided to move to Seattle and build up his music there. 

Upon moving to Seattle and exploring the music scene, he would eventually bump into his future label mate, ThreeGen. After hearing Marcel's music, 3G decided to offer him a place in the San Sedai Family. It was an strange idea considering that the label was not a major record label, there was no contract for revenue, and the offer was simply to make music... for fun. Marcel was looking to become famous but after considering what he went through in college - when his popularity was rising- - he accepted the proposal and joined San Sedai Media. 

"I thought about it for then entire night after he [3G] approached me. I liked the idea of having a solid base where I could continue crafting my music. And I could focus on whether I liked it or not rather than worrying about what other people think. San Sedai is the perfect place for that. Its a place to help you grow. And that's what I did. I mean the option is always there for me to go out and shoot for a major record company. But for now, I want to continue building myself up."