Wax Tailor with Buck 65
3801 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
This event is 21 and over
A multifaceted artist with three Victoires de la Musique nominations, France's Grammy equivalent, Wax Tailor is one of the leading voices of the international post hip-hop and downtempo scenes. With 4 albums under his belt, as well as nearly 500 concerts in more than 50 countries, he entices fans worldwide with a unique musical blend of Hip-Hop, Soul and Funk enhanced by a sense of storytelling akin to a film director's.
JC Le Saout, the man behind the Wax Tailor moniker, was a radio DJ in the 90's who became involved in music production with the French Rap band La Formule. In the early 2000's, Hip-Hop gave way to other interests and JC developed a musical project where the cinematic influence was beginning to show. In 2002, he launched the Wax Tailor concept with an EP, "Lost the Way", that gained the attention of DJ's and Journalists worldwide.
In 2005, his long awaited first album "Tales of the Forgotten Melodies" came out to critical acclaim and introduced a cinematic hip-hop that enswirled the listener in a world where Galt McDermott, Nina Simone or Public Enemy would share a dinner with the likes of Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock. The album has never left the Electronic Album sales charts on iTunes since it's release over 7 years ago, and is now considered a classic of the genre.
Over the course of his two next albums, Wax Tailor started diversifying his music, toying with a larger palet of influences, breaking the boundaries of musical genres, and collaborating with the likes of Soul Diva Sharon Jones, Spoken Word legend Ursula Rucker or the pop-folk phenomenom Charlie Winston. Wax Tailor had his first crossover hit single in 2007, when he paired with UK rappers A.S.M to create "Positively Inclined", a throwback Hip-Hop anthem with an infectuous jazz groove that took over clubs as well as exercize classes and burlesque revues worldwide. The move towards a more organic sound, incorporating an increasingly wide array of styles and instruments culminated with 2009 launch of The Mayfly Orchestra, a series of sold out live concerts with the symphonic orchestra of the Rouen Opera.
In 2011 Wax Tailor started working on his most ambitious project yet: "Dusty Rainbow from the Dark", a musical tale about the evocative power of music. Narrated by Don McCorkindale, who voiced the BBC's serialized version of the classic TV show "The Avengers", the album weaves together narrated episodes and songs, featuring the likes of Aloe Blacc, Shana Hannigan of Bitter:Sweet, Elzhi, and many more. This multicolored fable with an international cast takes us on a wandering path through psychedelic trip-hop and baroque hip-hop redefining once again the contours of Wax Tailor's artistry. To create a unique live expericence around the album's universe, Wax Tailor worked with a team of 20 directors to craft a multi-media experience that has sold out shows everywhere and will appear at over 50 music festivals over the summer.
Wax Tailor has collaborated with numerous artists, such as Sharon Jones, Aloe Blacc, Ursula Rucker, Keziah Jones, Charlie Winston, Alice Russell, Charlotte Savary, A.S.M, Mattic, Archive, RJD2, DJ Format, DJ Vadim, General Elektriks, Daedelus and many more... He has played live at the London Olympics and curated the Cannes Film Festival's 60th Anniversary ceremony.
They call me Buck 65.
I grew up on a dirt road in a small town called Mt. Uniacke in rural Nova Scotia.
That's on the east coast of Canada. When I was a kid, there was a ferryboat that
ran between Nova Scotia and Boston, if that helps.
I mostly kept to myself as a kid. I did well in school but all I really cared about
was baseball. I tried my hand at scratching on the family stereo system when I
was 13 years old. Around the same time, I started writing little raps to impress
the girls in my homeroom class. For some inexplicable reason, I demonstrated an
innate ability in both disciplines right out of the gates. I was a natural. I was also
In 1990 I lost my virginity and baseball broke my heart. I overreacted by
recording an album and inflicting it on the public. The effort was largely ignored.
But those who took notice were split evenly among those who hated it and those
who loved it. Since then, I have had numerous sexual encounters and my music
still divides people evenly. I don't play baseball much anymore because I
wrecked my shoulder. But I still follow the professional game closely and I collect
baseball cards like an idiot.
Having been a confused hip hop fiend-slash-fascist as a teen, my attention
began to wander sometime around the middle of the 1990s. At that point, I began
to aggressively seek inspiration in cinema, weird art and other kinds of music -
mostly that made by losers and pariahs with an eye for beauty. These perverted
pursuits began to corrupt my own creative emissions. I deluded myself into
believing that it would be a good idea to apply sundry art theories to hip hop
boneheadedness. I took a post-punk philosopher's approach to b-boy-ism. I
decided to try to break the world by making the most beautiful rap song ever
heard. After a few years of perfuse bleeding to the beat, I came to realize that
only mutants go for that kind of thing. But there were just enough of these
deviants to keep me going and I haven't looked back.
Recently I came to realize that I've been getting weird on tape for 20 years. I
decided to celebrate and invited a bunch of my fellow sub-normals to the party.
We ate paste and pretended we knew what each other was talking about. It was
uncomfortable a lot of the time, but lots of exciting music was frankensteined.
The first person I called was Jenn Grant. She's from Prince Edward Island and
was Anne of Green Gables when she was a kid. She's a capital 'O' weirdo, but
has the most beautiful voice you'll ever hear in your life. We made a handful of
songs together. Some you'll hear now, some you'll hear later.
Gord Downie is one of the most successful oddballs in the history of Canadian
whimsy. When I thought to invite him, I never imagined he'd actually show up.
But he came early with a bag of cheese puffs and a box of blank Valentine's Day
cards. We made a waltz for people to dance to alone. It's called "Whispers Of
The Waves". I'm still amazed by how fast it happened.
John Southworth arrived by hot air balloon, wearing a paper hat. Safe upon the
ground he removed the hat and on it we wrote a song about estranged fathers
and sons, computers, democracy and Christopher Cross. It's called "BCC" and is
the only song on the album that features both flute and marimba. It's accidentally
Once upon a time, Nick Thorburn had a band called The Unicorns and made an
album called "Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?" He came to the party
with craft supplies and we made a song called "Gee Whiz" out of popsicle sticks,
macaroni, sparkles and pipe cleaners. These days, Nick has a whole bunch of
bands, it seems.
Olivia Ruiz came all the way from France and brought scary movies. We made a
fort out of cushions and blankets and we made a song about vampires called
"Tears Of Your Heart" in our sleep. We woke up in the morning and there it was!
Neither of us has any memory of making it.
When all was said and done, an album called 20 Odd Years was constructed.
Flip through its pages and see photos of beautiful faces like that of Hannah
Georgas and Marie-Pierre Arthur. We cut out a picture of Leonard Cohenʼs face
from a magazine and pasted it on my face. We played dress-up and spun the
bottle. When the party was over, we agreed to never do that again.
Undoubtedly, I'll make another album in a year or two. And one of these days I'll
throw a party to celebrate 50 years! But in the meantime, please enjoy 20 Odd
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