Different Is What It’s About
We pride ourselves on taking chances, taking a step in a new and different direction, and exhibiting a standard of excellence that inspires us and the artists with whom we work to do something new and remarkable
Located in San Francisco, UBG is an emerging small business and community-based creative collective made up of established industry professionals. We promote mental health, cultural preservation, personal growth, artistic/professional development, mentorship, education, diversity, acceptance, and a safe space to create, produce, and record for our artists, collaborators, and clients alike.
As a BIPOC/LGBTQ+ owned and operated local venture, in addition to our professional client services, UBG serves exceptionally talented, underserved, disenfranchised and marginalized members of our diverse and eclectic musical communities, individually and collaboratively, in-person or remotely.
Keith “Law” Lawrence, an accomplished violist, vocalist, composer, and arranger with talent, style and presence that earn him respect from fans and musicians alike is a powerhouse of a musician.
Kenneth L. Kemp is an accomplished singer/songwriter, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, DJ, producer, engineer, and video editor from Dallas, TX who has called San Francisco home since 2012.
Keith “Law” Lawrence, an accomplished violist, vocalist, composer, and arranger with talent, style and presence that earn him respect from fans and musicians alike is a powerhouse of a musician. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Law began his musical studies at 10 years old, later becoming a graduate of the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College and DePaul University’s School of Music where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in viola performance. A California resident since 2008, Law specializes in various styles of music and has been Grammy nominated for his work with Quartet San Francisco, performs regularly with the Berkeley and Santa Rosa Symphonies, works on television shows, video game and movie soundtracks, and has performed with the likes of Solange, Peter Gabriel, Bjork, Diana Krall, Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, Josh Groban, and Andrea Bocelli, to name a few. Currently, the violist for Cosa Nostra Strings (Jazz Mafia), the electronic music duos, KraftLaw, O’Brien@Law, Rosebrook@Law, and a member of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Law keeps himself busy, always exploring the limitless possibilities of musicianship and the creative world at large.
Kenneth L. Kemp is an accomplished singer/songwriter, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, DJ, producer, engineer, and video editor from Dallas, TX who has called San Francisco home since 2012. After writing and producing his first album at 18, he and his band Binary Sunrise were taken under the wing of Polyphonic Spree leader Tim DeLaughter, who promoted that recording as the first release from his label, Good Records Recordings. In San Francisco, Kenneth aligned himself with the queer punk rock scene in rock clubs and the gay disco revival in dance clubs, serving as lyricist, vocalist, and co-producer of local favorites Club Meds, in addition to spinning records for numerous events and parties throughout the Bay Area. In addition to various musical endeavors, Kenneth has been involved in various film and video projects dating back to 1997. Having a voracious appetite for music, film, and literature, Kenneth L. Kemp spends his time both absorbing and celebrating various forms of media, and then exploring fresh ways to leap forward into exciting and unknown creative paths. Unicorn Breeding Ground is a new opportunity for Kenneth and Keith to work with emerging artists and try something new and different, in this new and different world.
UBG STUDIO PROVIDES PROFESSIONAL AUDIO/VIDEO RECORDING AND PRODUCTION TOOLS/SERVICES, AS WELL AS MENTORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR CONNECTED COMMUNITIES TO EMPOWER, INSPIRE, AND ENCOURAGE OUR ARTISTS, COLLABORATORS, AND PROFESSIONAL CLIENTS TO ACHIEVE THEIR CREATIVE GOALS. AND WE LOOK GOOD DOING IT!
UBG PRODUCERS/RECORDING ARTISTS
UBG SOUND PROVIDES IN-PERSON AUDIO/VISUAL SOLUTIONS, INCLUDING AUDIO ENGINEERING, RECORDING AND MIXING SERVICES, AS WELL AS VIDEO/PHOTOGRAPHY PRODUCTION/FILMING/EDITING SERVICES FOR LIVE EVENTS, BOTH INDOORS AND OUTDOORS. AS MUSICIANS OURSELVES, WE CARRY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE ONSTAGE AND BEHIND THE MIXING CONSOLE, AND AN EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE OF MUSICAL ARRANGEMENT, DYNAMICS AND FREQUENCY CONTENT, SPATIAL ACOUSTICS, OVERALL AUDIO NEEDS, AND SOUND DESIGN.
WORKING WITH YOU AND YOUR TEAM, UBG SOUND WILL ASSIST IN PROVIDING AN OPTIMAL LISTENING EXPERIENCE FOR YOU AND YOUR AUDIENCE WITH PRIDE AND EFFICIENCY. WE POSSESS THE NECESSARY EQUIPMENT AND TECHNICAL KNOW-HOW TO ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF YOUR EVENT, FROM INDOOR VENUES, OUTDOOR SPACES, CONFERENCES AND SHOWS OF ANY TYPE. WHETHER IT’S SPOKEN WORD, R&B, CLASSICAL, ELECTRONIC/DANCE, ROCK, JAZZ, SOUL, WEDDINGS, CORPORATE, INTIMATE, OR LARGE-SCALE, UBG SOUND CAN HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR EVENT GOALS.
Rasaan makes music about life. “I don’t want to be anyone else but me.” Music videos made an impression upon him at an early age and sparked a curiosity about how music is made. He also found an early talent for writing and performing in front of his classmates. He has begun to establish himself as a songwriter of note, with breezy rhymes and a vision that combines open emotion with socially conscious imagery. The music behind the words is equally smooth and compelling. Viewing music as an open lane of expression as well as therapy, helping him process and work through his emotions, Rasaan produces work that is both resonant and infectiously catchy. He talks about wanting to become a versatile writer and performer, creating good music without categorization. Having taken only a few steps in this direction, Rasaan has already gotten off to a very promising start.
Ronya has been singing all of her life. It’s always been something she could turn to. Growing up, she loved to sing with her mother, but it also helped her feel closer to her musical but largely absent father. Singing provided her with a vector for her emotions, and it proved to be cathartic. Currently, she sings with the St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus, but she also writes her own material. Her songs are emotional, candid, very real, and very beautiful. Through music, she has found her voice, a way to express herself, and connection and fellowship with others. She talks about wanting to inspire others to bring out the inner spark that’s been hidden inside them, the inspiration and creativity that has been so helpful to her not only as an artist but also as a person. Ronya writes songs because she loves to sing, but also because she wants to lay her experiences and her feelings out for all to see. She wants to help others feel that they are not alone, because that’s part of what music does so well.
Christopher always has a beat in his head, and making music is all he wants to talk about. Having grown up with a wide exposure to hip hop, R&B, soul, and jazz, his approach to creating a piece of music is for it to be viewed as abstract art. He is an accomplished self-taught keyboardist, and the soundscapes he creates defy genre conventions and evoke graceful, geometric, kaleidoscopic imagery. One particular moment that set him onto his current musical path was waking up in the middle of the night to the music that played as interstitial pieces on Adult Swim, which was unlike anything he had heard. When he looked into how they created that music, he decided that if they could do it, then so could he. With acknowledgement to his other, varied influences—including but not limited to Flying Lotus, Kanye West, Jay Dilla, and Thundercat—it is obvious that CoolChris has begun to do something entirely new.
ForWord, also known as Shane Salter, is an accomplished lyricist and poet from Sacramento, having resided in the Bay Area for the last several years. He found his path through spoken word around 2005, cutting his teeth performing and competing in various rap battles in Northern California, and using his voice to highlight the struggles of the LGBTQ community. He’s particularly fond of having become the first openly gay rapper to win Tourettes Without Regrets in Oakland. Shane’s goal with music is to tell his story and to share his heart. “Art is such a special thing and there’s nothing that amounts to the feeling of having your heart be heard. It’s even more beautiful when you lay everything from your soul out and have others who can relate or translate your experiences into their own.” Seeing music as a reflection of himself, he is currently working on his debut release with Unicorn Breeding Ground and hopes to encourage progressive thinking through his music.
IN-STUDIO/REMOTE RECORDING/VIDEO PRODUCTION SERVICES/SOLUTIONS
- RECORDING STUDIO FOR HIRE
- ON-SITE AUDIO ENGINEERS AND PRODUCERS
- MIXING AND MASTERING SERVICES
- AUDIO/VIDEO PRODUCTION AND EDITING
- IN-PERSON AND REMOTE RECORDING/PRODUCTION SOLUTIONS AND SERVICES
- ON-SITE, MULTI-CAMERA VIDEO PRODUCTION SERVICES
- LIVE MULTI-TRACK AUDIO ENGINEERING/RECORDING
MENTORSHIP FOR UBG ARTISTS
- ONE-ON-ONE IN-STUDIO/REMOTE PROFESSIONAL ADVISEMENT/MENTORSHIP
- COMPLIMENTARY STUDIO TIME
- PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT
- PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING AND PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES
FULL-SERVICE MOBILE SOUND SOLUTIONS
- LIVE MULTI-TRACK AUDIO ENGINEERING/RECORDING SERVICES
- LIVE VIDEO PLANNING, PRODUCTION, FILMING, AND EDITING SOLUTIONS
- FULL-SERVICE SOUND EQUIPMENT/PRODUCTION SOLUTIONS FOR LIVE EVENTS
- LIVE A/V SOLUTIONS AND CONSULTING FOR EVENTS UP TO 300 PEOPLE
- CONTRACTOR/VENDOR SOLUTIONS FOR EVENTS OF UP TO 300 PEOPLE INCLUDING WEDDINGS, CONFERENCES, MEETINGS, MUSIC CONCERTS, PRESENTATIONS, AND PROMOTIONAL VIDEO PRODUCTIONS
- REAL-TIME A/V PRODUCTION AND RECORDING SERVICES
- LOCAL VENUE SCOUTING AND SOUND CONSULTING
- ENTERTAINMENT BOOKING: BANDS, DANCERS, DJS, CIRCUS ACTS, STRING ENSEMBLES IN ANY STYLE/GENRE
- INDEPENDENTLY INSURED FOR ALL PERSONNEL, SERVICES, AND EQUIPMENT
- WORKING RELATIONSHIPS AND CONNECTION TO LOCAL NETWORK OF EVENT PROMOTERS, BUSINESSES, CATERERS, VENUES, EVENT COORDINATORS, AND AUXILIARY STAFFING
- CUSTOM MUSIC ARRANGING/COMPOSITION FOR WEDDINGS, CORPORATE EVENT MUSIC, PRESENTATIONS, COMMERCIAL PRODUCTIONS
CONNECTED PROFESSIONAL NETWORK OF LOCAL BUSINESSES, CONTRACTORS, AND VENDORS FOR EVENT SERVICES/SOLUTIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
A/V PRODUCTION, STAFFING, BARTENDERS, CATERERS, EQUIPMENT RENTALS, EVENT COORDINATORS/PRODUCERS, DECORATORS, FLORISTS, WEDDING PLANNERS, USHERS, PROMOTERS, MUSICIANS, DANCERS, DJS, CIRCUS PERFORMERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, GRAPHIC DESIGNERS, SPA SERVICES, RESTAURANTS, NIGHTCLUBS, AND LOCAL VENUES/EVENT SPACES
CUSTOM MUSIC FOR EXISTING RECORDING PROJECTS
- IN-PERSON OR REMOTE CUSTOM INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITIONS/ARRANGEMENTS/ORCHESTRATIONS
- IN-PERSON OR REMOTE COLLABORATION ON RECORDING PROJECTS FOR ANY STYLE/GENRE
- SHEET MUSIC WRITING/ARRANGING/COMPOSITION/ORCHESTRATION
- QUICK-PITCH/COMMERCIAL BRIEF AND SYNC SOLUTIONS
MUSICIAN CONTRACTING SOLUTIONS
- BOOKING: MUSICIANS OR PERFORMERS FOR ANY EVENT
- STRING QUARTET/ENSEMBLE, SOLOISTS, ELECTRONIC MUSICIANS, JAZZ ENSEMBLES/SINGERS, DANCERS
CUSTOM MUSIC FOR LIVE EVENTS
WE PROVIDE CUSTOM ARRANGING/COMPOSITION FOR WEDDINGS, CORPORATE EVENT MUSIC, PRESENTATIONS, COMMERCIAL PRODUCTIONS