Recent Hoya Grads in the Music Industry

Tate Tucker

Tate Tucker (COL ’14) is a hip-hop artist based in L.A. While he was on the Hilltop, Tate freestyled for his idol Lupe Fiasco in Professor Michael Eric Dyson’s philosophy class, and his talent was so clear that Lupe gave him a bow and a hug. You can watch the video here, or check out Tate’s recent music videos on his YouTube channel. Below is one of my favorites of Tate’s new releases.


GRNDMS is a two-part alt-folk band formed by Catherine DeGennaro (COL ’13) and Suzy Jivotovski (COL ’15). While on the Hilltop, Catherine and Suzy played in the band Danny and the Dark, which was created to amplify the voice of Georgetown’s female musicians. GRNDMS released their first album “Capitol Mill” via Fox Food Records last year, which you can listen to and download here. You can also check out a recent cover posted on their Soundcloud below.

Kiran Gandhi

Kiran Gandhi (COL ’11) is a percussionist, activist, Harvard MBA grad, M.I.A.’s former touring drummer, and an all-around Boss Madame. Since graduating from Harvard, Kiran has been working on her solo music project Madame Gandhi as well as freelance-consulting projects to improve gender equality in the music industry. Kiran also speaks about music and feminism in her Ted Talk about her Theory of Atomic Living, and has come back to Georgetown to speak at the Future of Music Summit.

I suggest following her on Twitter and Instagram (@MadameGandhi), checking out her blog, and listening to her 2015 electronic single Wazey below. Best of all, Madame Gandhi is currently touring and will be in D.C. at the Hamilton on March 26 at 10:30 PM.

Tigers Are Bad For Horses

Tigers Are Bad For Horses describe themselves as a “DC based alt pop duo that blends lilting vocals with jazz influenced, multi-textured piano and production”. Lyell Evans Roeder (COL ’13) and Mary Ellen Funke (SFS ’15) started collaborating during Lyell’s senior year, and released the song “Recovery,” which was played on Sirius XM. Last year, they released their debut EP TABFH and this week the duo will be performing at SXSW in Austin, TX. You can listen to their EP below and should like their Facebook page to hear about future shows in D.C.


Spit is a DIY punk band made of three Hoya grads living in Brooklyn. Joe Romano (COL ’11), John Romano (COL ’14), and Gianfranco Nuschese (COL ’14) played in the band Dagos while at Georgetown, and have released two albums as Spit since graduating. Spit plays shows around NYC, which you can follow on their Facebook page. You can also listen to and download both of their albums on their Bandcamp page. Finally, check out the video below of their 2014 live performance on GU campus.

Photo Courtesy of Georgetown University

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