Skirball, KPFK, theLIFT & The Fold present...
Moses Sumney, Oscar Key Sung, JEREMY SOLE (89.9 KCRW / theLIFT / Musaics), Wiseacre
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90049
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
The opening song in Hiatus Kaiyote's Tawk Tomahawk captures you instantly. Guitarist and lead singer Nai Palm's vocals are raw and sincere—weaving in and out of a beautiful blend of strings and snares. The debut EP is bold, yet intimate. Close your eyes after pressing play and you will be transported from your seat to the desert sands of Australia where the video for "Nakamarra" was filmed.
The Melbourne quartet is an internationally acclaimed "future soul" band. In little under two years, highly-respected artists, audiophiles and everyday people have been waxing poetic about Hiatus Kaiyote. The music is diverse and it expands into a sound that can't fit within the boundaries of a single genre. Each track is like a key ingredient in the listening experience that adds to a fusion of jazz, hip-hop, electronic, opera, rock and soul. Subtle traces of the group's major influences, ranging from Stevie Wonder and J Dilla to Flying Lotus are imbedded in the project.
Hiatus Kaiyote formed organically through a series of jam sessions that took place in a house three members shared. The Tawk Tomahawk recording process was inspired by everything from watching relationships unravel to traveling the world. There's a freewheeling spirit to the band, comprised of Nai Palm, keyboardist Simon Mavin, bassist/producer Paul Bender and drummer/producer Perrin Moss. Prior to joining forces, the bandmates were working the local music circuit and refining their respective talents.
When Tawk Tomahawk was released in spring 2012, the EP quickly climbed the indie charts. It was as if a word-of-mouth shock wave moved from Melbourne, to Gilles Peterson in London, to Questlove and Erykah Badu in New York City and beyond. Hiatus Kaiyote began performing with artists like Taylor McFerrin (Brainfeeder) and José James (Blue Note) and are now headlining sold-out shows.
But this is only the beginning, as Hiatus Kaiyote embarks upon its U.S. debut tour.
"Music has always been medication to us," Nai Palm explains. "It's a force for self-healing that we're ready to share with the world." Through a musical symbiosis, the band has created its own lane and Tawk Tomahawk showcases the breadth of their talent and love for music lyric by lyric, and beat by beat.
Moses Sumney is a new LA-based singer & songwriter. Growing up, he was so shy that he would write songs avidly but hide them inside his mattress.
At 20, he moved out of his parents' house to study creative writing at UCLA and finally gathered the courage to start performing music. After purchasing a beat-up guitar from a friend, he taught himself to play and accompany himself. He grew quickly as an artist at UCLA, soon performing weekly alongside the university's most esteemed musicians. Now graduated, he creates soul-infused folk music using guitar and unique arrangements built on loop pedals.
Recently, SPIN Magazine described him as a "soul-folk warrior," Okayplayer called him "a name you should be hearing plenty of," and Pigeons & Planes called his voice a "breathing instrument that suggests a depth of feeling lyrics can only partially express."All of this, and he hasn't even officially released any music yet.
Oscar Key Sung
At 23 years of age, Melbourne-based singer / songwriter / producer Oscar Key Sung has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the most prodigious new talents in Australia’s vibrant indie music landscape.
Since exploding out of the scene-defining Two Bright Lakes community as one half of Oscar + Martin in 2010, Oscar has received international acclaim for his refreshingly spacious productions, buoyant performances, and a sumptuous voice that harkens back to a classic lineage of heart-on-sleeve r ‘n’ b frontmen.
A seasoned performer across a wealth of festivals such as Falls, Meredith, Sugar Mountain, Melbourne Music Week and coveted support slots with St Vincent, Four Tet, Metronomy and Gotye, Oscar spent the majority of 2012 in the studio; working on his debut album under his Key Sung moniker, whilst also managing a quick succession of eps with his positive hip-hop duo Brothers Hand Mirror.
Bringing in 2013 with perhaps his biggest breakthrough yet, Key Sung was handpicked by Mercury Music Prize-nominated mc Ghostpoet and Brooklyn-based artist MeLo-X to produce their debut release as MELOGHOST, ‘WecanWORKitout’. Quickly receiving over 44,000 plays and with further collaborations in the pipeline, Oscar’s latest single ‘WIMLTM’ recently clocked 15900 plays with no associated promotional backing or performances.
Now receiving further spins and the tastemaking praise of BBC Radio 6 programmer Gilles Peterson, Oscar Key Sung is now set to bring his starling story to the international stage with two promotional singles “It’s Coming’ and ‘Sure Thing’ already receiving Triple J rotation and with European and US tours planned for late 2013 before his debut LP is released in 2014.
JEREMY SOLE (89.9 KCRW / theLIFT / Musaics)
Jeremy Sole is on a mission to show how music is a singular universal language, and that each culture’s rhythms and melodies are no more than slang--different accents of the same mother tongue. His DJ sets, remixes and original compositions juxtapose world sounds and experimental beats into a sonic ritual - a celebration of life out loud.
As a teenager, Chicago-born Jeremy Sole's loft parties were a culture clash of creative urban youth. Jeremy's upbringing was seeped in the rich Chicago history of Blues, Jazz, Disco and Funk - and he reveled in that sacred space where they all blend together. He matured as a turntablist in Jazz, Dub, and experimental hybrid bands. Meanwhile his obsession grew to include music from every corner of the world. In 2001 Sole moved to Los Angeles, and with his broad musical palette, felt right at home in the spiciest melting pot in the country.
As Co-Founder and resident deejay of "AFRO FUNKÉ", Sole and his partners have drawn a loyal crowd every week for the past 9 years. This is his arena for Afrobeat, Latin, Brazilian, Indian, Jamaican and other authentic and remixed world rhythms. Hundreds of international guests have joined them, from deejays Rich Medina and Cut Chemist to impromptu jam sessions with Zap Mama and Stevie Wonder.
Collaborating with Eric "Wiseacre" Tucker, Sole returns to his underground roots with "theLIFT" - roaming monthly, all-night warehouse events with heavyweights like Bonobo, Nickodemus and King Britt gracing their stages. What started at his small downtown loft, grew to well over 1200 people by their one-year anniversary. Since then, theLIFT has taken place in Miami, NYC, Palm Springs, Portugal, London, and San Francisco.
Jeremy has had the honor of sharing the stage and the studio with hundreds of his creative inspirations, including Roy Ayers, Ben Harper, Tony Allen, Stevie Wonder, Seu Jorge, Fat Freddy's Drop, Parliament, Lee Scratch Perry, and Quantic. Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio1), widely known as the most influential tastemaker of our generation, listed Sole as "#2 DJ OF THE YEAR 2011" at Peterson's prestigious "Worldwide Awards". Sole's DJ performance at Coachella 2012 played a large part in further embedding his name as a pioneer in the burgeoning "Global Bass" scene. This, by no means, defines his sound nor his "scene". He remains a free agent - moving fluidly between any and all cliques that appreciate good music. Sole was the last DJ to open for Ray Charles, deejayed for Sly Stone's birthday party, and had the distinct honor of mixing at the California Democratic Party's Election Night Celebration - playing for over 10,000 people at the exact moment when Barack Obama officially became the 44th President.
Sole spent most of 2006 in the studio producing with Ms. Lauryn Hill. After hearing him mix, she asked if he had ever considered getting into radio, "because this is the music the people need to hear”. A few months later, KCRW called to ask him that exact same question, and he agreed to join the ranks of what New York Times dubbed the "most influential radio station in the country,". You can tune into Sole every Wednesday at midnight in Los Angeles on 89.9 KCRW (or worldwide, streaming and archived at www.kcrw.com/jeremysole).
Sole has also produced official remixes for BECK (US), FEMI KUTI (Nigeria), NATURAL SELF (UK), NOVALIMA (Peru), JAZZANOVA (Germany), THIEVERY CORPORATION (US), ROCKY DAWUNI (Ghana), QUANTIC (Colombia) and others. EMI enlisted Sole to remix DAVID BOWIE'S "Golden Years". The result features Ticklah (of Antibalas and Amy Winehouse) with the Daptone musicians for an all-analog reworking of the 1976 classic.
In Sole's most ambitious project to date, he enlisted some of LA's most sought-after musicians to birth an organic, turntable-led, 9-piece ensemble featuring steel drums, a 4-piece horn section, renown violinist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and more. He calls this massive undertaking his "MUSAICS", a musical mosaic of many genres interlaced into a spiritual dancefloor ritual. Their debut concert was held at the historic Getty Museum, and a live album has been recorded to crystalize the improvisational style they embody. More on that in the days to come...
"Jeremy Sole was a revelation."
- Gilles Peterson
"If I was a DJ full time, I would most likely spin like Jeremy Sole.
His mind and soul hears exactly what I hear."
- Raphael Saadiq
"Beautiful choices of music... a whole different vibe."
- David Lynch