DJ Anthony Valadez (KCRW), Skin Town, Running in the Fog
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Tiny Hearts is a collaborative sonic emulsification between music makers Waajeed, Dede Reynolds, and Tim K. Representing origins of Detroit, Los Angeles, and Brooklyn, the group’s diverse sound reflects influence of trip hop, trap and electronic music. The trio met at a bar beneath the J-train in New York City in 2009. After rounds of cadillac margaritas, invisible hands led them to a basement studio on the south side for a late night listening session. Resulting remixes led to original mixes, and the group was formed. Voices from beyond, esoteric concepts and milkshake metrics all played a role in this groups' fruition. The result: a reflection of intention.
Waajeed, a founding member of Detroit’s Slum Village and Platinum Pied Pipers, was in a period of deep introspection when he met Brooklyn duo DEDE (Dede Reynolds, Tim K). As a key figure in the collaboration, he shapes the sonic palette now known as Tiny Hearts.
Dede Reynolds, a freethinking chanteuse, contributes her icy/pure vocal texture, creating the stark contrast to Waajeed's gritty tracks that defines the sound. Her love of French pop, vintage fashion, and Italian horror shapes theauditory and visual representations of the band.
Tim K., is a composer and producer with classical jazz training who has contributed his two cents to Les Nubians, Esthero, Dam Funk, and numerous others. His lyrics, melodies and curator’s vision bring together the extreme temperatures needed to form this unique alloy.
Tiny Hearts first debuted on Benji B's BBC radio show in late 2012. Word-of-mouth yielded further support from KCRW’s (including Garth Trinidad, Anthony Valadez and Aaron Byrd), KEXP and East Village Radio.
“Stay,” the first EP from Tiny Hearts, is the result of two years of trans-continental collaboration, studio incubation, and friendship. The four-song debut is as hard as it is soft, as Detroit as it is L.A., equally well suited for seriously getting down or not-so-seriously kicking back with a glass of something. Blog giant Pigeons & Planes featured single "Stay" as a song of the week 9.20.14. Bandcamp featured the release on their weekly podcast, and Okayplayer streamed the EP upon it's release. The trio performed and previewed the EP in an invite only Boiler Room session at LA's HVW8 gallery 9.14.13.
DJ Anthony Valadez (KCRW)
Anthony Valadez purchased his first set of turntables with money he earned working a summer job at a public pool in Sylmar. Ever since, he has kept his eyes on the prize and focused on conquering the Southern California music scene.
Anthony has been DJ'ing for over 15 years and listening to KCRW for even longer. He explored the dial for obscure beats before he was old enough to enter the clubs.
He has opened for a wide range of talented artists, including; Les Nubians, Ben Harper, Van Hunt, Doug E Fresh, Amel Larrieux, Bilal, Eric Roberson, Dengue Fever, Meshell N'degeocello, Nikka Costa, Sa Ra Creative Partners, and J Davey. He currently holds down four DJ residencies across Los Angeles, from Venice to Highland Park, each with a different vibe. He has also worked behind the scenes in marketing for Interscope/Geffen/A&M and A& R at Dreamworks Records/Urban.
Skin Town is comprised of Zola Jesus collaborator Nick Turco and vocalist Grace Hall. The duo’s synth-heavy compositions fit nicely with contemporary R&B, with seductive lyrics and melodies reminiscent of 90s hitters like Ginuwine; fans of The Weeknd and The-Dream will find plenty to like.
Their debut album, The Room, is due out on October 28 via Time No Place. The cover art and tracklisting are below, along with a handful of album’s songs. If smokey jams ‘Slidin’ and ‘Ride’ and the scintillating ‘Ice Crystal Palace’ are anything to go by, The Room could be the autumn/winter soundtrack — for the bedroom.
Running in the Fog
Running In The Fog is the moniker of San Francisco’s Amanda Harper. Harper’s deep seeded affinity for ‘90s R&B sets the scene for the project’s self-penned soul-infused space pop. Spending the better part of her adolescence singing and playing saxophone in jazz outfits, followed by a cross-country journey that took her to Philadelphia to study music and theater, her eclectic inspirations can be heard throughout everything she touches. On Silver, Running In The Fog's debut collection out 12/10 on Father/Daughter Records, the six alluring tracks spotlight Harper’s silky vocals and hypnotic production.