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Short Descriptor: 

Three piece power house fusion of alternative hip hop, indie jam, psych rock, and EDM; new flavors, great vibes, dancing crowd is inevitable. Umami music, featuring Marv Ellis at the helm of the vibe.

Medium Descriptor: 

Marv Ellis’ latest flavor fusion, Umami music. A fresh blend 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.

Short Bio:

Umami Music is When Emily Turner’s voice poured over smooth upright bass blends effortlessly into Marv Ellis’s vocals and beats on MPC, and emit a high energy set full of vintage everything from shlumpin’ dance beats to playfully uplifting lyrics and harmonies. Skyler Squglio on electric guitar is the secret ingredient with his harmonic sauce and upside down left handed shred. 

This power trio melts face and is rapidly gaining a following everywhere they go. They survived Quarantine by working on the music and came out firing on all cylinders April 2021. Since then haven’t stopped, performing their 87th and 88th shows in Hawai’i September 2022.

Fresh off a tour in Alaska, the good vibes are all they seek.  And destiny has brought them here. For which they are grateful. When they return from Hawai’i, they will embark on a National Tour from PDX to NY , and from NEW ORLEANS back through California and up to PDX. One of the hardest working independent bands out there right now on the west coast, the trio also has a reservoir of unreleased material awaiting their fans, old and new.


Marv Ellis 

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:


Emily Turner

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:


Skyler Squglio

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.

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