8TH GRADER, Bobby Peruu, ChadSalty
579 18th St
Oakland, CA, 94612
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is all ages
With a robust early following and organic online buzz, Giraffage offers a fresh, sample-rich sound of dreamy pop beats, sensual synths and lush experimental electronica. The creation of 23 year-old Charlie Yin of San Francisco, Giraffage is an exciting new producer with an intuitive grasp of modern music manipulation, delivering beats that are dripping with vibes and accessible to all.
Starting his musical journey in high school as a drummer for an eclectic array of bands from metal to indie rock, Yin turned to guitar and then soon moved to electronic music production on illegally downloaded software. Inspired by such pioneers as Daft Punk and Boards of Canada, Giraffage is a true bedroom producer that started playing out only after gaining solid traction for his music online. Sending out his first album for free to various music blogs and online publications, Giraffage quickly found an ardent fan following for his hazy and seductive style.
Early supporters of Giraffage’s screwed-down soundscapes, sample-based pop music and future R&B include such publications as Pitchfork, XLR8R, The Fader and Gorilla vs. Bear. After an extensive tour with the artist xxyyxx through Europe last year, Giraffage has big plans for 2013, with numerous upcoming performance dates including a Brooklyn Vegan showcase at SXSW and at Los Angeles’ world-renowned Low End Theory club night. Considered one to watch by industry insiders and the online underground, Giraffage’s newest release “Needs” is out for free February 26 on Alpha Pup Records.
With his luscious tenor and seductive lyrics, San Francisco singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist 8th Grader (AKA, Jayson Martinovich) injects a unique and fresh R&B sensibility to his singular brand of nu-soul. His decadent vocals caress Afro-Cuban polyrhythms, Rhodes piano, and elements of Chillwave. With nods to Prince, Frank Ocean, George Michael and Janet Jackson, 8th Grader fills a nameless void somewhere in between pop and R&B. Currently creating a stir amongst the music blogs, 8th Grader has been gaining acclaim from fans and critics alike with his signature R&B meets Nu-Soul flare.
A Trill Team 6 founding father and Sick, Sad World think tank participant. Bobby Peruu aka Mike Melero has been helping in cultivating musical vibrance for years by throwing parties, djing, blogging, hosting radio shows and at times recording acts. Recently transplanted to San Francisco from Oakland, this bae area boy loves to party. He has shared the stage with iamsu, Riff Raff, Antwon, Samo Sound Boy, and Total Freedom to name a few. On a typical day Bobby Peruu can be found on streets eating pizza and promoting friendship.
Once the head student DJ at the now defunct radio station KUSF, Chad Heimann discovered his eclectic music tastes on the air before moving out of the radio station and into the city's various clubs and at Coachella after parties opening up for Atari Teenage Riot, Nosaj Thing, Gold Panda, Keep Shelly In Athens, Anamanaguchi, Giraffage, Gardens & Villa, Penguin Prison and Slow Magic. Meshing his love of IDM, house dance remixes and hip hop favorites, no set is ever the same and always gets a crowd moving.