Balance And The Traveling Sounds combine a variety of musical tastes, cultural backgrounds, eclectic grooves and lush harmonies to create an innovative, captivating and addicting sound accessible by any music enthusiast. This powerhouse of soul, funk, jazz and hip-hop-inspired grooves is composed of seven diverse musicians from a variety of metropolises up and down the Golden Coast (Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego). Comprised of producer EBO, MC KIRB, vocalist Rudy Love Jr. , drummer Brijesh Pandya, saxophonist Jeff Kolhede, guitarist Nick Bartsche, and bass guitarist Scott Fulton. Balance And The Traveling Sounds formed in September 2008 with the intention to create a musical genre that knows no borders. With this mission in mind, BTS released their first album, “Travel Guide Volume I” in March 2009 to critical acclaim and positive reception from both newfound fans and patrons alike. The album abounds with creative raps and smooth vocals painting tracks occupied with themes of escape, honesty and the courage to achieve greatness. Clearly setting them apart from the otherwise virtually identical musical acts in the game, this seven-man lineup incorporates live instrumentation throughout both the album and their live performances to breathe novelty and life into the samples and found sounds integrated throughout their tracks. “Travel Guide Volume I” also paved the way for the group’s recently released “Departure EP,” which reinforces BTS’s genre-blending balance between hip hop, jazz, neo soul, funk and rock. This most recent compilation accentuates the group’s dedication to delivering a raw, honest live sound. “Departure EP” also displays Balance And The Traveling Sounds’ audible maturity as a group. In 2012 BTS relesased the "Lost Luggage EP". They partnered with Orisue Clothing for a six song EP combines notable influences from 70s funk and soul as well as 90s hip-hop and RnB.
Balance And The Traveling Sounds has toured various venues across California, and in the process, has collected a loyal and enthusiastic fan base on the west coast and beyond. Their original, crisp sound has proven to be contagious beyond borders. The band has received international acclaim for their video cover of the Daft Punk classic "Something About Us", which has since been streamed in over 110 different countries. Additionally, the group was featured at LA’ s premiere hip-hop event, the Beat Swap Meet, and has shared the stage with such acts as Adrian Younge and the Black Dynamite Sound Orchestra, Pigeon John, and Jon B (Toni Braxton, Babyface, Tupac, Michael Jackson). Although the group is particularly passionate about creating music for a global audience, they are extremely appreciative of and dedicated to their roots. Balance And The Traveling Sounds has given back to their community by performing for the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life and the Young Democrats Convention.
Embodying old-school class with a hip-hop edge, Balance and the Traveling Sounds melds the raw honesty of live instrumentation and introspective lyrics with hip-hop sampling and imaginative beats. They add a modern twist to the musical acts that came before and inspired their musical progress, making them a group of tireless artists with an unparalleled level of devotion to the art form.