Freeze-Tag is the musical creation of 24-year-old Cleveland, Ohio native Marcus Alan Ward. Product of a cultural upbringing, the self taught multi-instrumentalist spent his middle and high school days in and out of screamo and post-hardcore bands, later discovering and being exposed to jazz, soul, hip hop, electronic music, and more obscure sounds in college. Ward began crafting music as Freeze-Tag in May of 2011 upon completion of college, and debuted his project with dance based single “Tidal Wave” in September 2011.
Simultaneously giving himself and the world a birthday present, his debut EP WLDFLWR_HNY was released on his birthday in January 2012, garnering early buzz locally, nationally, and internationally. Freeze-Tag solidified his sound and building buzz with the release of ambient/post hip-hop hybrid single “Eskimo” in July 2012.
With a focus on the unification of visual art and music, the artist remains deeply rooted in the realm of fine art and art history, with a great appreciation and admiration for such visionaries as Warhol, Matisse, Basquiat, Rothko, Van Gogh, and Rousseau. Influenced by a large range of electronic, soul, hip-hop, and avant-garde music, Freeze-Tag continues to pursue honest artistic expression and spread his dubbed “prisma-chromatic”, futuristic soul sound. The Midwest artist masterfully combines light electronics with sensual R&B flavors, with a sound uncharacteristic of his locality.
DOWNLOAD: Freeze-Tag “Eskimo”