KWEAN OONTZ, the brainchild of the multitalented Chris Courtney Martin, has emerged as a force to be reckoned with. With a background steeped in Hollywood collaborations and celebrated poetry, Martin’s foray into music with this project marks a new chapter in their artistic journey.
Based in Philadelphia, KWEAN OONTZ draws inspiration from eclectic influences like The Prodigy, Baltimore Club Music, Major Lazer, and Zebra Katz. Their sophomore release, “A KWEAN OONTZ NOVEL,” is a poignant tribute to resilience and survival, a testament to the enduring spirit after navigating through personal trials and tribulations. The microalbum encapsulates a deeply personal journey, paying homage to close friends, including one who departed in 2019. Tracks like “MARQUESS MUNDAE” serve as an ode to acceptance and love, while “OUTTA POCKET” is a heartfelt homage to the artist’s hometown, Philadelphia, celebrating the vibrant music scene that shaped their early years.
“Flex Files” stands as a testament to the artist’s strength, a sonic reminder that stepping away from the glitz of Hollywood can lead to authentic, pride-worthy art. The recording process, though marked by DIY resourcefulness and a broken earpiece, ultimately culminated in a project that exudes genuine artistry and unwavering self-expression.
In the words of Chris Courtney Martin, “I contain multitudes and multi ‘tudes, baby.” This encapsulates the essence of KWEAN OONTZ, an artist unafraid to explore and express the diverse facets of their being, leaving an indelible mark on the music landscape. “A KWEAN OONTZ NOVEL” is not just an album; it’s a testament to the power of art to heal, inspire, and celebrate life’s complexities.