“Nicholas D. Beck”
Nigel T, the mad chemist himself, found home in Mankato after venturing from his distant planet Niburu back in 2014. Early in his career Nigel T went by the name “TOXIC”. Soon after he learned this name was taken, he was unsure which direction to take. After free styling with some friends he said something along the lines of “Smashing, call me Nigel T”. His friends went nuts, and from then on it was history. With influences ranging from Tom Petty, over to the Beast Coast Movement and back to Jimi, shredding a riff on the guitar, Nigel T holds no limits to his musical potential and sound. Back in his early days, Nigel T spent time dancing, singing in choir and playing multiple instruments. This now brings him to his mission ahead with Modest, being able to use all these skills to become the best he can. As the indigo child we've seen in him, we’ve come to understand there is no boundary he’s not afraid to cross in the musical world. He spends most of his time working on his craft (& potions). You can expect Nigel ’s first tape released under Modest to release this upcoming Fall, 2018. Until then, you will find him in the lab creating “music that can make a sane man go mad, and a mad man become sane" - (Nigel T).
This duo come's in strong with the corny jokes, dad shoes & catchy hooks to keep your energy alive and well. Born in different parts of the world these two first met Five years ago, Andy Beltz walked in to Smokes 4 Less after performing his very first hip hop show, excited about the music video he was about to shoot. Naturally, he told the cashier Ryan Rutjes. "I still haven’t shot this music video to date," Beltz said. "Each time he’d come in I'd be like 'How’s that music video coming?'" Rutjes said. Although the music video was never shot, the two started talking about music, and the more they talked, they realized that they had a common goal: to highlight the importance of local music and the potential, positive impact it could make. Last year, the two officially created their record label, Modest Music L.L.C and it is just the beginning in the venture of showcasing local artists. Creating the label was the first step, but they wanted to do more. What could they do?
“Brody P. Kohn”
Hazrdos is someone you can constantly find working in the studio while enjoying a nice 1919. From the beginning, Haz had taken guitar lessons around just 8 years old. However, he states, “I just couldn’t focus enough to get my fingers to do what I wanted them to.” Growing up listening to multiple genres there was one thing that stood out most to Haz, the voice. Early on he went by the name “HAZMAT” but quickly he decided that was a much better band name. While going by Hazardous, "Imagine", (a producer, friend & emcee), sent him a beat and typed it a little too fast spelling it “HAZRDOS". Once he saw it he cracked a big smile, took a shot of Jameson, and said “I LIKE IT!” Which brings him to when he had his first show in 2013. He gained influence from people such as Eyedea and Johnny Cash to steadily create his sound. When it came to joining a label he states “There was no easy choice who to try to reach out for.” However, since joining Modest Music this past year, he says “It creates power with numbers, especially when it comes to having constant inspiration.” Hazrdos has prepared his first studio album “It’s Pronounced Hazardous” to drop July, 2018. If you're ever looking to work with haz you’ll most likely find him getting down in the studio.
You can listen to the album on ITunes, Spotify, Amazon, and anything else your pretty little hearts desire 🧡
The baseball stud himself. From the beginning, he knew there was a light on the stage that held the same glow of the outfield lights during a night time game. With a sense of two homes growing up between Rose Creek and Mankato MN, he found himself finding his real home within the music. “It was something you could relate to on any level”, stated Beertè. Growing up he didn't shy from listening to all genres of music from 2Pac to Garth Brooks. He found that his passion was the lyrics. His stage name stems from a joke in the movie, “Joe Dirt”. From Dirte (deertay) to Beertè (beertay), he created his legacy. With his passionate personality he found something deep within the roots of hip-hop. “Being able to paint a picture with lyrics was more than exciting, it was a feeling of accomplishment” - (Beertè). After recording his first song with Modest Music four years ago, it was no difficult decision for him to link up with quality friends creating and seeing a true vision. He's just released his debut album "Paying My Respect", while putting some duo tracks together with Nigel T. Watch out for this slugger, because one day he'll be on the Modest Yacht yelling “We made it!