The Foreign Exchange – 2014 Concert Schedule
The Grammy-nominated group The Foreign Exchange will be delighting
audiences with their creative sounds and hip-hop beats for their 2014 concert tour. Comprised of rapper Phonte and Dutch producer
Nicolay, this talented powerhouse duo packs in endless, upbeat tunes to keep concert goers grooving all night. From the dreamy
hit single "Daykeeper" to the sublime "Happiness," The Foreign Exchange is not a show you'll want to miss. Visit StubHub today
to get your Foreign Exchange tickets before they're all gone!
About The Foreign Exchange
and Nicolay both bring with them an eclectic music background, which is how they manage to create their genre-busting tunes.
Prior to joining up with Phonte, Nicolay had played various instruments in bands and obtained a formal education in music
before he started to explore music production and the music making process.
Phonte, on the other hand, first got a taste
of music by singing in his grandmother's church choir when he was young, and later by making beats in his teens. While he
was attending North Carolina Central University, Phonte met Thomas Jones and Patrick Douthit, who later became his band mates
Big Pooh and DJ 9thWonder in a group called Little Brother. The North Carolina-based group Little Brother, comprised of Phonte,
Big Pooh, and DJ 9thWonder, played together for 9 years. From 2001 to 2010, they produced four highly acclaimed studio albums
and six mix tapes. After Little Brother's successful run, Phonte began to focus his efforts elsewhere.
duo have the Internet to thank for their unconventional beginnings as a musical act. Rapper Phonte first heard a track by
Dutch producer Nicolay on the urban music website Okayplayer.com. Phonte contacted Nicolay over the website and asked if he
could use his beats to record vocals over. Nicolay agreed, and the resulting track was the song "Light It Up," which was included
as a B-side on Little Brother's single "Whatever You Say."
After Little Brother's disbandment, Phonte and Nicolay continued
working together, solely using email and instant messaging to communicate and to send beats or vocal tracks to one another.
Once they had enough tracks to form an album, the duo released their debut album Connected in 2004. Amazingly, Nicolay and
Phonte never met in person during the entire recording and production process.
Nicolay eventually moved to the United
States, where he and Phonte recorded their second album, Leave It All Behind in 2008. The highly acclaimed album produced
the Grammy-nominated single "Daykeeper" in the category of Best Urban/Alternative Performance. The group went on to release
their third album Authenticity, as well as a DVD/CD set called Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange, and The
Reworks, which was a two-disc set of remixes and new recordings. Love in Flying Colors was The Foreign Exchange's most recent
album, which was released in 2013.In addition to their successful albums, The Foreign Exchange have also collaborated with
a number of other artists and musical groups.
The Foreign Exchange's Breakthrough Album
Leave It All Behind
was The Foreign Exchange's breakthrough album that ended up earning them a Grammy nomination for the hit single "Daykeeper."
Musical guests on the album include Darien Brockington, YahZarah, and Muhsinah. The unusual blending of musical styles in
this album resulted in an assortment of creative and "textured" songs that were met with rave reviews among music critics
and fans alike. Leave It All Behind featured more R&B influences than their debut album, with Phonte utilizing his soulful
voice for a seamless and innovative record.Fusing R&B, hip-hop, and electronica, Leave It All Behind showed the rest of
the music world that this small duo was backed by formidable talent and passion.
The Foreign Exchange Trivia
did The Foreign Exchange come up with their band name?
The name "The Foreign Exchange" was a reflection on how the group
initially created their songs. From the Netherlands, Nicolay would produce a beat and sent it to Phonte via instant messaging
and email. From the United States, Phonte would record his vocals and return the track so Nicolay could master it and put
on the finishing touches. The pair did not even speak on the phone or meet in person until after the first album was completed.
Whether you're a fan of jazz, soul, electronica, or hip-hop, The Foreign Exchange's music has
something for everyone. Fans describe The Foreign Exchange as more of an experience rather than simply being a concert. The
hypnotic combination of a variety of musical styles lends itself to an awe-inspiring show for concert goers who are lucky
enough to see this incredible duo perform live. With Phonte showing his chops as a natural entertainer and Nicolay's infectious
positive energy, The Foreign Exchange prove to be one of the most enthralling musical acts to see live in concert. Visit StubHub
to get your Foreign Exchange concert tickets today!