Three piece power house fusion of alternative hip hop, indie jam, psych rock, and EDM; great vibes, dancing crowd is inevitable.
A smooth fusion of thumpin’ trancey upright bass, psychedelic electric guitar solos, heavily danceable Hip Hop beats with vintage jazz samples, and uplifting and intelligent lyrics, all driven by beautiful vocals and harmonies. Catchy, skilled, and vibrantly fun.
Northwest Hip Hop’s Marv Ellis and his fiancé Emily Turner on Upright Bass and vocals combine to present a high energy set full of vintage jazz samples, shlumpin’ dance beats, and playfully uplifting lyrics and harmonies. Joined by rocker Skyler Squglio on electric guitar, this power trio melts face and is rapidly gaining a following. Their debut album All the Things dropped in November 2019 and the trio is releasing a series of singles leading up to the drop of their second album in 2022. Listeners of all ages and locations world wide have come to love them, and you will too.
Free Creatures was formed when Eugene Oregon’s Marv Ellis met Anchorage Alaska’s Emily Turner, they fell in love, moved in together, started a hemp farm, and all their other music projects came to an end. As their dedication to their new life together deepened, they watched impatiently as their own bands drifted apart and their schedules opened up. This created the opportunity for Marv and Emily to spend time experimenting with combining their unique sounds and talents, mostly for their own enjoyment. However, as they began writing together and creating new sounds and songs, they realized that their unique style combination was worth sharing with others.
This innocent notion has since bloomed into an electrifyingly enchanting library of songs that blend depression era jazz samples with thumping upright bass lines, sweet uke and trumpet layers, thought provoking lyrics, and catchy melodies. In early 2019 the two were joined by electric guitar shredder Skyler Squglio, formerly of high energy rock band 100 Watt Mind.
The addition of Skyler’s energy and technique only further solidified the team and blossomed the Free Creatures’ sound into a fiercely energizing fusion of trip hop, psych rock, and indie EDM with illustrious live jams. The trio’s latest addition includes crystal clear three part harmonies.
Free Creatures released their first solo album “All the Things” in November 2019 along with four music video / singles, including Burnin’ Up, Get That, Free Creatures, and Mystery feat. Felix Free. After a successful album release tour in January 2020, the band faced covid era courageously, hitting the studio, rehearsing, learning and writing to pass the time. The improvements from this time well spent were confirmed during a series of epic summer concerts that brought reunions with long term fans and introduced many bright new ones! The trio prides themselves on the quality of fan base built since the beginning; meaningful organic connections with artists, audiophiles, industry pros, athletes, and the like- many budding into extended family members.
That familial, welcoming message was further solidified in their most recent single “Inviting You In”, released August 2020. This single is the first in a series rolling out Fall 2021 to introduce the sophomore album, “You’re Doing It!”, recorded and produced in the Marv Ellis studio. The Free Creatures team has grown and is bringing a wall of sound your way!
Born and raised in Eugene, this Oregon native is undoubtedly the king of North West hip hop. A prolific lyricist and performer, Marv Ellis has toured the US and many countries around the world alongside many talented and acclaimed musicians, and he continues to expand his impressive anthology of 12 albums. Revered among fans for his rich tone, playful charisma, and cunning delivery, Marv’s ability to lift the energy of his audiences remains iron clad. Visit his website: www.marvellis.com
Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Emily didn’t begin writing or performing until moving to Southern Oregon, where she picked up singing and taught herself to play the upright bass in 2012. She hasn’t set it down since. Her lack of classical training and a wide range of musical influence inspires her sound-blending folk, jazz, bossa nova and reggae. She released her debut solo album “Here” in summer 2021, and has been actively performing solo jazz nights with her Baritone ukulele in Southern Oregon when not on the road with Free Creatures. Visit her website: www.emilyturnermusic.com
Hailing from Reedsport, Oregon, Skyler Squglio is lovingly referred to by his band mates as Shreddy Kreuger, amongst many other ‘shred’ related nicknames. This electric guitar and vibe wizard was a crucial addition to the foundation of the Free Creatures team and sound.
Playing as an “upside-down lefty” is only one of his many redeeming and interesting qualities. His influences range from Santana to The Smiths to Mac Demarco and beyond, and he has a really great solo EP, on which he plays every. single. instrument. Caution: it WILL get stuck in your head.