GeoClan.com we hope to upload change in
a variety of ways including music. We
hope to show you some of music’s
hidden treasures, as well as the hot and
upcoming artists. With that we bring you
the future, United Soul featuring the
skills of Aziz and Josh Collins. These
young crooners from the PHI bring an old
school flava with new age presence. I
caught up with them at Warmdaddys’
4th Monday before the hopped on stage
to rap about the start, their influences
and where they hope to go. Remember people,
you heard it here first!
GeoClan.com: For the
people, where are you guys from?
United Soul: West Philly!
GC: How long have you guys know each
US: We have known each other for about
8 years; we met at Parkway High School
Josh of United Soul in
GC: So you are not related?
US: No, but the relationship we have
feels like we are.
GC: So when you met was it music from
the get go?
US: We’ll we started just as friends
just kicking it, watching sports, listening
to music. Then we along with a friend
Omar Rice, who still writes some of our
material by the way, formed a group, and
tried to make something happen.
GC: What happened with the group?
US: When Aziz moved to North Carolina
to attend North Carolina Central University,
the group disbanded and we did our own
GC: Aziz, you joined the choir at school
US: Yeah, I was on the North Carolina
Central Tour Choir, as well as the Jazz
Ensemble. We toured and performed around
the country and had some good times. The
experience of performing helped me.
GC: And Josh?
US: Josh did some background vocals for
local artists and also formed another
GC: So how did you hook back up?
US: When I came back home I did the solo
thing for a while and was getting a little
tired with the in’s and out’s.
Josh was still in another group but luckily
when I proposed the idea of getting back
together he was all for it. It felt right
and we’ve been back together for
2 years. Writing, and singing music!
GC: Who are your musical influences?
US: Stevie Wonder, had to make sure he
was first, Donny Hathaway, Al Green, Jodeci
(especially KC), D’Angelo, The Isley
Brothers and Prince.
Aziz putting pen to paper
GC: To those who haven’t
heard how would you describe your sound?
US: We’d describe it as Urban Soul!
GC: Where have you guy performed so far?
US: The Trocadero, Soul Sanctuary, 1616,
Temple University, Drexel University,
Millersville, Warmdaddy’s of course,
the Adam’s Mark, and a slew of open
mics in the beginning!
GC: How else have you submersed yourselves
in the game?
US: We not only write for ourselves but
have also submitted songs and material
to some of the industry’s upcoming
and established. Trying to cover all the
GC: So I’ve heard the unfinished
demo (The demo has over 13 songs already!)and
it’s hot! What’s next for
US: We are going to add like 10 more
songs to the demo and continue to shop
it around. Also we are putting together
a black college tour. We have big plans
for the upcoming year.
GC: Whom have you worked with for the
album? Who do you plan to work with?
US: We have worked with Clay Sears, Tekneek,
Tangled Thought, Anthony Bell who worked
with Vivian Green, Kenwood from Touch
of Jazz, James Posner of the Axis Music
Group and Roots fame. Were about to work
88 Keys who did some work on Mos Def’s
and Talib Kweli’s Black Star album.
Things are finally starting to work out
after a lot of hard work!
GC: How would you feel if you didn’t
pursue your dream of making music.
US: I don’t think it’s a
choice, its bred in us! We feel if we
don’t pursue music and do music
we’d die, at least on the inside!
It’s a necessity, like eating, breathing.
It gives us motivation to get though the
As the interview ends and the group starts
to perform they bring together different
walks of life, with crowd participation.
LOVE is the word that brings the people
together with a funky beat and an up-tempo
pitch. The stage presence shows their
youth but also their maturity. Josh engages
the crowd stepping down off the stage
to make sure the crowd is feeling it while
Aziz gives his energy to belting out wicked
lines. The crowd made the crowd know their
presence was felt as they came to a big
applause. With that United Soul was done.
But in essence it was just one stop on
a long road to great success.