Reese Weil and Nef The Pharaoh come together for an explosive remix of Reese’s song “Don’t Fight The Waves” on Mighty Oak Records. Best known for his street classic “Big Tymin,” Nef’s versatility flows effortlessly over Weil’s signature lake-pop sound that features a pop-alternative soundscape that brings focus to Weils’ live instrumentation and easy-going style.

Chico, California native, and Mighty Oak founder Marty James has been collaborating with the 707’s finest for more than a decade on songs like The Federation’s “I Wear My Stunna Glasses At Night” and E-40’s “Fried” ft Tech9.…. so it was only a matter of time before a collaboration like this came to fruition. “I’ve always been a fan and had a ton of respect for Nef, can’t wait for the word to hear our collab,” says Weil.

Reese Weil is a classically trained guitarist from Chico, CA who began playing guitar at the tender age of four. Heavily influenced by artists like the Beastie Boys, The Beatles, Steely Dan, Tame Impala, Sublime, and Jack Johnson, Weil’s signature tone incorporates a breathy melodic delivery that flows smoothly into tight rhythmic pockets, usually reserved for an emcee. After attending Berklee, Weil set out to make a career in music and played hundreds of shows across Northern California which led him to catch the eye of producer (and founder of Mighty Oak Records), Marty James.

While creating Weil’s new EP, the two coined the term “lake-pop” to describe the new genre of feel-good acoustic guitar merged with beat-heavy, aggressive mixes that they have found themselves creating. This eclectic mashup of alternative-pop genres seamlessly blends Weil’s world-class guitar playing with James’ gritty breakbeat signature production style, making for a unique representation of the Northern California lifestyle – a cornerstone that both Weil and Mighty Oak Records have built their identity upon. All about small-town dreams with big city passion, Weil embodies the DIY spirit of NorCal with his songs having been dubbed as “the sound of the 530 area code.” Eclectic and gritty, yet soulful and uplifting at the same time, Weil’s music speaks to people with lifestyle hobbies that are characteristic of the NorCal area such as snowboarding, skating, surfing, x-games, and several others.

“Music has been the way that I have expressed myself my entire life,” says Weil. “It’s been the one constant and kept me sane when life felt too heavy. I will always pour all my soul into every song and performance I’m working on.” Weil is eager to hit the road touring the west coast with the release of his new music this summer as he feels that the songs from the EP are the first true reflection of him as an artist. “This is the best music I’ve ever made.”

Cover art for “Don’t Fight the Waves” by Reese Weil