ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Vars City
Famous for the throwing the craziest house parties in the 609, Vars City were childhood neighbors who grew up in music-rich households. Family basements served as makeshift stages where Von Bruce, Donnie Fresco, and Don Wonder would freestyle for friends on Facebook. The feedback they received from their peers was so overwhelmingly positive that what began as a hobby turned serious for the trio.
Each member of Vars City brings his own style and perspective to the table. These combine, forming a cohesive sound marked by an eclectic blend of hip-hop, R&B, and soul. Wonder says they are inspired by one another more than other artists, building off each other’s ideas and energy while in the studio. According to Fresco, making music without outside influence is what keeps their music so fresh and authentic, it can’t be replicated.
Vars City’s album, No Love in the City, was released in May on major streaming outlets like Tidal and Apple Music. Every member of the group has a different favorite from the project –Von appreciates the smooth R&B vibes and lyricism on “All Mine,”Fresco fancies “No Handouts” thanks to its weighty message, and Wonder favors “Swervin” for its melody, meaningful lyrics, and the perfect showing of all Vars City is and will be. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and the group is being rooted on in their hometown and beyond.
In February, Vars City performed in Hot 97’s “Who’s Next!” live showcase. “Who’s Next!” is one of Hot 97’s leading music events which provides upcoming artists withthe chance to perform for industry insiders in New York.
Wonder cites the experience as a defining moment on their journey because it served as recognition of their potential and all that’s possible. Vars City’s next step is a new project to be released by year’s end. Upping the ante on overall quality, their growth will be apparent and their talent undeniable.Wonder looks forward to Vars City gaining the exposure necessary to develop a platform and reap the benefits of their hard work. Von says being seen and heard by a wider audience will allow them to see how people respond — and relate to — their music. Don, on the other hand, doesn’t care about people’s opinions — as long as they’re listening.
In any case, Vars City has been hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t like their music. It’s simply too good to pass up. Fresco doesn’t see any reason they shouldn’t be the biggest and best out. They have charisma, enthusiasm, good looks, and most of all — immense talent. Whether people believe it or not, they’re going to be the biggest act out there. It’s happening.