925 E. Pike St.
Seattle, WA, 98122
This event is 21 and over
It began as an experiment.
Music had always been the focus of my short, 17yearold, guitarplaying life in Austin, Texas. I was obsessed with The Beatles, Hendrix, Sinatra, and Sam Cooke. The Blues were my foundation. I hung with a crowd of young musicians who shared my love of the classics. We listened to vinyl. We played in bands.
My safe, little vintagerock world was turned on its head when underground hiphop came knocking at my door. Rappers wanted me to sing hooks on their songs. I never in a million years thought what I did made sense in hiphop. Eminem and Outkast had blown my mind as a kid, but it was still an alien world to me.
As uncomfortable as it was, I jumped in. At first, my bluesy singing made the hooks come across as a sort of “blue-eyed soul” thing. I didn’t identify with that. The hooks I loved most had been sampled from old records. They contrasted the beat in a cool way. They felt distorted and fuzzy and their juxtaposition with modern music had an accidental magic.
NAWAS, dangerously self-assured and shockingly frank, is here to rile you up. Marrying smooth, androgynous R&B vocals with rich instrumentals and tightly woven concept-based lyrics, NAWAS combines timeless sound with the hustle of newcomers. One listen and you instantly see their collective past, present, and future. It's big, loud, and exactly what you've been waiting for. Originally from Louisiana, NAWAS is now based in Nashville, Tennessee where members frequently collaborate with producer Sainte and songwriter Luke Foley. Influenced by the likes of Kanye West, Prince, D’Angelo, and Justin Timberlake and with a foundation that celebrates both classic songwriting and innovative production, NAWAS' debut project is as smooth in the low end as it is tough when the beat kicks in. It’s music most likely to blow out your speakers. It’s the soundtrack to that wild night you spent the entire next day coming to grips with. It's uniquely NAWAS... here to remind you you’re alive and that sometimes, a little dirt under your fingernails is a badge of honor.
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