Watsky/Wax Hug A Hater Tour
300 East Main St.
Carrboro, NC, 27510
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is all ages
Check out WATSKY’s new video ‘Kill A Hipster’
LOS ANGELES, July 8, 2013 – Rising rap/hip hop phenoms WATSKY and WAX today announced that they will join forces this fall for the “HUG A HATER” North American and European co-headlining tour and will join the seminal Vans Warped Tour in Europe. Both artists are coming off career-defining years: Watsky released his first studio album, “Cardboard Castles,” atop iTunes Hip Hop Charts in 5 countries, debuting at No. 6 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart and selling out venues across the US and Europe on his critically-heralded “Cardboard Castles” tour. Wax released, “Continue” on January 15 to instant success as it debuted at No. 150 on the Billboard 200, No. 3 on their Heatseekers chart, No. 16 on the Rap chart, No. 23 on R&B/Hip Hop chart and No.23 on the Independent chart.
The “Hug a Hater” tour unites two of today’s most dynamic live performers for a tour de force for their rabid fans when it kicks off October 10 in Burlington, VT at Higher Ground and touches down in 14 cities across the US. Watsky and Wax fan club members can purchase advance tickets from July 8 to July 11 via Crowd Surge: HYPERLINK "http://georgewatsky.com/presale/" \t "_blank" http://georgewatsky.com/presale/ . All tickets ON SALE beginning July 12 at 9 AM GMT, visit HYPERLINK "http://georgewatsky.com/Tour" \t "_blank" GeorgeWatsky.com/Tour for on-sale information and ticket purchase links.
Watsky quickly established himself as one of the hottest emerging talents on the hip hop/rap scene with the release of his 2013 album, Cardboard Castles. The album, which dropped March 12, claimed the No. 1 spot on iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap Charts, ousting Macklemore’s “The Heist,” 20 week run. His album also claimed the No. 1 spot on iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap Charts in the UK & Canada and finished the week at #9 on iTunes overall bestselling Album chart – in addition to debuting at No. 6 on Billboard’s bestselling R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart.
In recent months, Watsky’s international profile has skyrocketed with features in USA Today, Access Hollywood, MTV, Global Grind, Billboard, Pollstar, and via a stint on Netflix’s new season of Arrested Development. His Cardboard Castles tour sold out more than 50 concerts in North America and Europe, and his online footprint has climbed to more than 200 million viral views and in excess of 460k YouTube and 185K Facebook active fans.
Watsky has also earned the respect of music critics with USA Today declaring, “He’s leading a third wave of the (rap) genre that’s distinctly DIY,” and The Boston Herald calling him “A pioneer blending Rivers Cuomo’s earnest alienation, Eminem’s furious flow and B.o.B’s quirky hipster vibe, Watsky is like no MC to come before him. This sets him apart as an innovator." In a review of his Cardboard Castles tour, The Province newspaper proclaimed, "If Macklemore and Lewis sit atop the white West Coast indie MC throne at the moment, then George Watsky is coming up fast. Yes, this is what Eminem would likely have sounded like if he had middle-class stability and graduated from a posh school like Emerson College. This was one of those bragging rights shows."
Wax, a gifted musician who started playing guitar at age ten, has steadily been making a name for himself with his music, YouTube videos, singles, tours and podcast. Using his humor, penchant for infectious hooks and writing, rapping, producing and arranging skills, a series of successful YouTube videos made him an instant rising star. A DIY artist with insta-hits like his “Rosana,” he enlisted an array of his former colleagues to help bring out his musicality on his 2013 independent album release, “Continue”: EOM, Supa Dups (Eminem), King David and multiple Grammy nominated Greg Wells (Adele, Katy Perry, Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith).
Wax has amassed an impressive 44 million views and 307k subscribers with videos like “Rosana,” which went viral, netting 23 million views alone. The track also went Gold in Europe, hitting No. 12 in Germany and No.7 in Switzerland and Austria, where it held at No.1 for three consecutive weeks. Wax’s latest video release, “I Shoulda Tried Harder,” premiered last week on MTV2 and MTVu, and has been added to the rotation, spinning every hour. Fans can check it out via MTV: http://www.mtv.com/videos/wax-rapper/923316/i-shoulda-tried-harder.jhtml and YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNtBz4NDPVw. The single marks the 5th release from “Continue,” and comes on the heels of a successful European Promo tour and festival run, which included stops at the Rock AM Ring Festival and Rock IM Park Festival in Germany and Donauinselfest Radio in Vienna, Austria - the biggest open air festival in Europe.
Following the North American leg of the tour, Watsky and Wax will then jump across the pond for the European leg, touching down in 15 cities beginning October 29 in Dublin, Ireland - including five performances as part of VANS Warped Tour Europe 2013. All tickets for the UK “Hug a Hater” tour ON SALE beginning July 12 at 9 AM GMT, visit GeorgeWatsky.com/Tour for on-sale information and ticket purchase links. Tickets for the VANS warped Tour Europe 2013 are ON SALE now via www.vanswarpedtoureurope.com.
Since exploding onto the music scene in 2011 with his breakthrough viral track “Pale Kid Raps Fast,” George Watsky, known simply as 'WATSKY,' has quickly established himself as one of the hottest emerging talents on the hip hop/rap scene. Raised in San Francisco, CA by his librarian mother and psychotherapist father, Watsky's pedigree instilled him with a keen eye to analyze life and vast love of words to quickly create lyrical artistry from his observations. At the age of 15, Watsky found an outlet for his talents after watching an episode of Def Poetry Jam, “From that moment forward, I was just in love with that art form and I’ve never stopped doing it.” During his Freshman year of collage, he won the 2006 Brave New Voices National Poetry Slam, which led to a starring role on the final season of HBO's Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and subsequently performed at 150 universities across the country. He self-released the jazz/hip hop record “Invisible, Inc” in 2007 and in 2010 released the self-titled “Watsky,” which peaked at #7 on the iTunes hip hop charts. The following year, he debuted at the top of Billboard’s Social 50 chart with the track “Pale Kid Raps Fast,” and in the months that followed his fanbase skyrocketed alongside his music. By the end of 2011, his subsequent music videos and Epic Rap Battles of History collaboration gained him more than 100 million viral views, a top trending spot on Twitter as well as two appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a profile on Last Call with Carson Daly and across-the-board media praise from the likes of XXL, Billboard and New York Times Magazine. His social media presence earned him a "Big Sound of 2011"spot alongside Mac Miller, Skrillex and Kreayshawn by online music provider Next Big Sound.
“It’s a lot of shit I done been through/But all that I can do is continue.” – Wax, “Continue” Continue… is more than just a name for the new album from L.A.-based emcee Wax. It’s a declaration — one that lets everybody know that after a few detours he is excited to move forward to the next phase of his career. About those detours… After five years fronting and playing guitar for touring act MacGregor from 2000 to 2005, Wax and his twin brother, Herbal T, started posting videos to You Tube. Utilizing Wax’s humor, penchant for infectious hooks and skill at writing, rapping, producing and arranging, the videos made him a rising star on the site. The 30 million plus views on You Tube earned him the dream of every aspiring rapper, a contract with Def Jam in 2011. It was the culmination of a decade’s worth of work, a decade that had earned him a solid reputation and a devoted fan base. “I feel like I’ve developed a friendship with my fans,” he says of his loyal followers who tune in regularly to hear his weekly podcast, where he opens up about himself about all subjects. “I think people appreciate I let them in,” he says of why his admirers are so devoted. It was a seemingly perfect scenario for both Wax and the label, he got to work with industry greats and be home to hip-hop royalty. They brought in an artist that had a built-in following of millions. Unfortunately the relationship didn’t work out. “Generally as a person I used to be really happy, especially once I didn’t have to work a regular job and I could just do music and be creative,” he says. “Then you just get locked into this box, I started to get depressed and I didn’t really know why and then I started to realize what makes me happy is making the music. Not because it makes money and not because it makes me some kind of superstar, I just like doing it.” Dropped by Def Jam, it turned out to be the best thing for the artist, who got to continue using the relationships he established there while making the album he wanted to make. With a mix of long-time friends like EOM and people he met through Def Jam like Supa Dups (Eminem), Wax has crafted an eclectic, impressive collection that displays his full range. The Spanish-tinged viral smash “Rosana” is an engaging hybrid of pop and Mariachi, while the humorously venomous “She Used To Be Mine” features a fast-paced punkish energy. He goes the opposite route with the soulful rhythms of the slow jam “Stupified,” one of four tracks produced by Greg Wells. Ironically, one of Def Jam’s concerns was the lack of a radio single. But Continue… is laced with them, starting with “Rosana,” whose video has drawn over four million views for its blend of humor, a catchy chorus and a gorgeous woman. “I wouldn’t have put it on the album but I think just because of people that were attracted from that song we’re gonna put it on there,” he says of the song. “Rosana” is hardly the only radio ready joint on the album though. The exuberant dance energy of “Outta My Mind” screams to be blasted at full volume from headphones, car speakers and stores. Again showing his versatility though, Wax then goes for a down and dirty riff on the intro to the slightly bluesy “Get It In” and on the confessional “Tomorrow” he turns his past partying into a fun sing-along ditty. The key to the song’s success is the way he can poke fun at himself. “I’ll probably end up living like Rick James in the ‘80s,” he sings at one point. And all of this partying happened. “I take stuff that really happened and I’ll exaggerate it for comic purposes, but it’s all based on stuff that really happened. Funny shit happens to me,” he says. Wax draws heavily on his love of comedy. “I kind of write from the same way a comedian writes,” he says. “I’m definitely influenced by comedy, even more so now than I was when I was a kid. As far as old-school comedians probably my favorites are Eddie Murphy, I like Chris Rock, I really like Bill Burr, he’s kind of newer, but he’s one of my favorites now.” There’s no question a great part of Wax’s internet appeal is his ability to infuse humor into everything he does. But this is no novelty act. A gifted musician who started playing guitar at age ten, he found the right people to bring out his musicality on Continue… Among those lending their talents to the album are EOM, Supa Dups (Eminem), King David and Greg Wells (Adele, Katy Perry, Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith). The multiple Grammy nominated Wells is one of the producers Wax met through Def Jam, for which Wax is very grateful to his former label. “They introduced me to some very talented producers, people I wouldn’t have been able to work with without them,” he says. “I give Def Jam credit forever for introducing me to so many people.” That’s particularly true of Wells, of whom Wax points out, “As far as I know he’s never made a song with any other rapper ever.” Working with the veteran producer Wax learned a great deal. “When I first started working with Greg Wells me and my manager came to the studio as we always do and the first thing he did is like, ‘Yo, you can’t be here to my manager,’” Wax recalls. “The only people allowed in the room are him, people who are working on the song technically, his engineer obviously has got to be there. Greg is older than me and it comes from experience. One thing I learned from him is if there’s a way that you’re comfortable, fuck everybody else, get into that way.” There are a lot of lessons that went into Continue… If it’s taken a year longer than expected to get here that’s alright, because Wax isn’t looking for a quick fix or to capitalize on a bit of momentum. As someone who’s wanted to make music since he saw MTV at the age of three, he’s looking at this as something he’ll be doing all his life. “I don’t want to be somebody who just does one big thing and that’s it,” he says. “Longevity is important because I love what I do. And I will express myself honestly for as long as people will listen.” With Continue… Wax proves unquestionably he has the skills to be around for a very long time.
Mario Farrow grew up in Auburn, Alabama - a city polluted with drugs, gangs, and violence. Surrounded by negativity and transitioning into various foster homes, he could have easily chosen the wrong path. Rather than succumbing to his environment and dire circumstances, Mario chose to rise above them and use music to soothe his soul and escape. He would freestyle and rhyme to himself, eventually penning his lyrics under the name, "Young Millionaire," in 2004.
In 2008 Mario relocated and acclimated to Chapel Hill, NC. During this transitional period, he delved deeply into his craft, linking up with local emcees and producers like ACee, Shoton, and KdotMills. Taking his lyricism to the next level, Mario decided to change his handle to "SkyBlew." His music is proving to be unique with an uplifting, powerful, and positive message in Hip-Hop. Most say, SkyBlew is a breath of fresh air! He pushes the boundaries with his music and brings a new/unique flavor to the music world. In addition to his solo career, SkyBlew is also half of the dynamic duo known as Blaze the Sky, with fellow emcee, Azon Blaze.
SkyBlew also dabbles in Nerdcore. He creatively incorporates video game and anime references/themes into his repertoire in a very unique way. His Nerdcore performances includes: The Carolina Gaming Summit, Hoshicon & more! His distinctive sound is attributed to the diversity of his idols. His musical influences include: Lupe Fiasco, Blu & Exile, Scapegoat Wax, Common, Blue Scholars, Common Market, Amy Winehouse and a host of other artists from all genres. His studies have taken him full circle in the history of Hip-Hop.
SkyBlew is featured on some of the most notable blogs in cyberspace such as: 2DopeBoyz, DJBooth, MTV, KevinNottingham, and more. He has shared the stage with some of the finest artists in the business, including: Kendrick Lamar, Slick Rick, Lupe Fiasco, Flobots, Slum Village, The Cool Kids, Jedi Mind Tricks, Chris Webby, Kirko Bangz, Grieves, Jean Grae, J-Live, Aer, Yonas, Camp Lo, David Dallas and more. He has also worked with clothing companies through sponsorship such as: Tilteed (www.tilteed.com), Acropolis (www.acropolisapparel.com) and Team Thesis (www.theteamthesis.com). He is currently working with: Bitmap'd Video Game Tees (http://bitmapd.com/), Fresh Toast Clothing (http://www.freshtoastclothing.com/), & Bluu Dreams Clothing (http://bluudreams.com/).
SkyBlew is destined for great things. His exposure is growing exponentially on the regional, national, and international levels. With over 1M (million) views on MySpace and over 5000 friends on Facebook, he is painting the sky an elevated shade of BLEW! He has over 600,000 downloads of his free LP's & Mixtapes. Recently, SkyBlew was nominated for The NCUMAS(North Carolina Underground Music Awards) 2012 Lyricist Award! Presently, he is working on his DEBUT ALBUM (Window Seat On That Midnight Train) which he promises to be his best work up to date. Legendary performances are in the making...Appointed times appear, and with the state of Hip-Hop today, we need more from SkyBlew. It's like SkyBlew says, "I DON'T Rap, I Paint The Sky,Blew!!!".
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