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  • Pistola Ave. is a rap group hailing out of the south side of Brisbane, Australia. Composed of emcees Danny Escobar and Chong Ali and Amy K Ashton they are best known for their previous work under the name ‘EMR’. After the local success of their album ‘Elevate’ as EMR in 2011, and the consistent Australian nationwide radio play of their soulful hit ‘How it used to be’ the time had come for their music to grow. In 2015 the team regrouped and renamed themselves ‘Pistola Ave’ which saw them working on new music for their loyal fan base completely independently. With a new maturity and deeper understanding of music, they found themselves creating music with a new level of imagination which lead to the release of the 2017 album ‘Pistola Ave. – EP’. ‘All you got’ featuring Brisbane band ‘The Fling’ was released as the lead single and hit the airwaves in Australia, the U.S., Japan and the Republic of Korea. Finding themselves on playlists next to the likes of fellow rappers Childish Gambino, J. Cole and Logic, Pistola Ave. credit artists like The Beastie Boys, The Fugees and The Black Eyed Peas for influencing their creativity and energetic live performances. Playing on stages such as Stylin’ Up Festival, Undercroft Southside Hip Hop Festival and Woodford Folk Festival, Pistola Ave. are no strangers to rocking in front of lively music lovers.

    ‘Pistola Ave. – EP’ is available digitally worldwide on iTunes, Spotify, Google Music, Tidal and Deezer.

    Artist who sound similar: Childish Gambino, J. Cole, Logic, The Fugees, The Black Eyed Peas.

  • band members

    Chong Ill – vocals & beats, Paul Lee – vocals, Danny Esco – vocals, Masa the beat mechaniq – beats

  • Packing a dynamite live show, these boys demand your attention. By way of hypnotic grooves and fiercely delivered rhymes, EMR as they are known collectively, are building a reputation as one of the most electrifying Hip Hop acts to come out of Brisbane. Painting lyrical portraits of their immediate surroundings, Chong iLL, Danny Esco and Paul Lee pull no punches when skilfully rhyming over Masa’s soul laced instrumentals. All coming from different cultural backgrounds from Brisbane’s Southside, mutual friends and a mutual love of music and Hip Hop brought the crew together. Through seamless flows and cleverly constructed lyrics, EMR strive to challenge your perceptions and shatter your stereotypes. Hard hitting and unapologetic, EMR have been crafting underground hits for their fans for years. Now with the release of their debut album ‘Elevate’ looming on the horizon, featuring ‘Beat magazine’s Single of the week’ with ‘Keep It Raw’, EMR are finally ready to take their message to the masses. With DJ/producer/engineer extraordinaire DJ Returnagain behind the boards, EMR spent roughly 12 months recording alongside the likes of local legend Fred Leone aka RivalMC (Impossible Odds), Gamarang aka Mister Birdz (Culture Connect), Bunda Boy and Amy Melendez (Azukaa Band). Playing energetic live shows from Brisbane to Melbourne, EMR employ a creative quality reminiscent of Hip Hop’s golden age. Veterans of the ‘Stylin Up’ festivals, they’ve shared the stage with hip hop notables such as Impossible Odds, Indigenous Intrudaz, The Last Kinection as well as Jessica Mauboy, Zenith and countless talented local musicians. Spreading their word of one love and unity, slick vocals and infectious beats guarantee a night full of head nodding and hand waving goodness EMR’s debut album ‘Elevate’ was released in September 2012 through Impossible Odds Records.