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Doug DeLuca

Press play on the Hit Your Mark EP and you can almost see the needle drop as the platter spins. Rough around the edges in all the right ways, the record breathes and moves. Drawing from mid-century R&B, soul, funk, and groove, Hit Your Mark is a well-mixed antidote to what so much of contemporary music is missing. Stuttering drums kick along, as thick brass blows smoke under the streetlight. At the wheel of this rhythmic Cadillac sits DeLuca...his voice the smooth caress of plush leather, inviting the listener to slide a little closer...

Born and raised on the East Coast, DeLuca grew up steeped in music. Yet in 2010, with a business degree from the University of Vermont, his dreams of a creative life were nowhere in sight; held back by insecurity, self-comparison, and a fear of failure. He never fully settled into his adopted home of New York City, and following a messy breakup he fell into the fast-paced lifestyle and the escapism of chasing good times. His own career on hold, DeLuca wound up supporting other musicians as a member of the industry, joining the marketing team at VEVO in 2013. “After spending a year seeing artists come through the office, I finally mustered up the courage to give it a go. I knew there wasn’t any reason I couldn’t do it myself...I was the only one holding me back” says DeLuca. He moved to Los Angeles in 2015 to pursue a music career full time.

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Thursday, August 16



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