New Album Drops 10/5/2018!
South Dakota Hip-Hop Pioneer, Gabriel Night Shield returns to the scene this October with his 7th solo release, “SAVivor” slated to hit worldwide October 5th on all platforms. The album is Night Shield’s first since 2015’s Native American Music Award-winning “The Addiction” and boasts 11 new songs and has had 4 music videos released so far.
Night Shield went into “SAVivor” aiming to focus more on live instrumentation in order to create a different sound than previous works, recruiting Mike Dresch to craft much of the projects sound. From the Marilyn Manson sampled “Killing Strangers” to the harmonica-laden blues heavy “Hey Baby”, the album is very “Rock” influenced while staying Hip Hop to its core. This sound is executed perfectly on the single “Bang Your Head” which also features Metal band Fluxx and longtime collaborator Maniac: The Siouxpernatural. The album’s title track features Wellington Downz and fellow Native American Music Award winner Cody Blackbird in which Night Shield laments on past failures and his matured outlook on life.
“As a single Dad I wanted to craft a project that was still me and my experiences, but something I wouldn’t be afraid of having my daughter or her friends listen to,” says the three-time Native American Music Award Winner. “I feel with a lot of my previous work there was a heavy emphasis on ‘Life being a party’, but it was important to me to show the flip side and more serious aspects of my life and the real-life consequences I’ve faced as a result of that lifestyle with this album.”
Night Shield also hosts the popular “Urban Indianz Podcast” on the Sioux Empire Podcast Network which also captures this point of view as well as the show often tackles heavy issues in the Native American community as well staying light-hearted and fun.
The official release party for “SAVivor” will be held 2 days before South Dakota’s Native American Day, October 6th, at The Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls, SD. The show will feature performances from Night Shield himself, alongside Maniac: The Siouxpernatural, Brandis B. Knudsen, Rogues Gallery & More. Later in October Night Shield will be joining Hip Hop legends Nelly & Juvenile for a show in Brookings, SD at the Swiftel Center on October 25th, to be followed by a full tour of the region for Night Shield to support the new album.
Sioux Falls Hip Hop artist Gabriel Night Shield earned his 9th nomination from the Native American Music Awards when nominees were announced for the 18th Annual Awards celebration on September 10th. Nominated in the Best Music Video (Concept) category is a first for Night Shield as his single, “Killing Strangers”, off the upcoming October 5th release “SAVivor”. The horror-themed video was originally released last September as a single and was shot by Morningside Film’s Jake Handegard. Handegard known for shooting music videos for Hip Hop artists such as Atmosphere, Krayzie Bone & Juicy J has been working with Night Shield for a number of years now.
The 18th Annual Native American Music Awards are set to be held on October 12th at The Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara, NY. You can vote, as well as listen to all this year’s nominees music at www.NativeAmericanMusicAwards.
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