Purebred Records Signs First Artists
Purebred Records Signs First Artists
by Karen Grava
Director of Media Relations

Purebred Records, the University’s student record label, has signed its first two artists.

The artists are Lansky Aloi, a rap artist from New Haven, and Hannah & Maggie, a duo originally formed at Smith College in Massachusetts, who are working on their third album.

Aloi has a strong fan base in the New Haven area and is recording his debut album, said Shaun Sintic, a UNH music industry major who helped launch Purebred Records.

Maggie Kraus (left) and Hannah Hickok sign their contract with Purebred Records.

Lansky works with his music group, Fly L.O.U.D., which stands for “Living Out Ur Dreams.”  The group has recorded and released original material, as well as produced numerous music videos. Some of the collaborators from Fly L.O.U.D. will be appearing on Lansky’s upcoming release.

Aloi, 26, was born Peter Paul Aloi. He started taking piano lessons when he was seven years old.  When he was 15, his father was diagnosed with stomach and lung cancer and died.

"The only thing that got me through that time in my life was being able to go into my room, listen to music and write my own poems, prose, short stories and, most importantly, songs," Aloi said. 
A graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in creative writing and poetry, Aloi (left) is a graduate student at the University of New Haven studying business psychology. Listen to his music on YouTube.

Hannah & Maggie, based in the New York City area, have toured the United States and have been favorably compared to Simon and Garfunkel, The Indigo Girls, and The Weepies. 

They won the Connecticut Folk Fest songwriting competition in 2012, where UNH students Doug Foley, Tyrus Watson and Christina Constantinopoulos first encountered them. Their performances are available on YouTube.

Their first album, “Fine Being Here,” and their second, “Muscle & Bone,” have helped them build a growing, enthusiastic fan base.

Kraus is a recent graduate of Smith College, where she studied literature. Hickok, also a Smith graduate, lives in Manhattan, where she teaches music to children.

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