Relentless Beats & The Rialto Theatre Present
What So Not
Duckwrth, James Earl
318 E. Congress Street
Tucson, AZ, 85701
Doors 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
What So Not
Australia’s What So Not (Emoh / Chris Emerson) releases his long-awaited debut album Not All The Beautiful Things today via Counter Records HERE. Today all 12 tracks are ready to be heard, after having revealed 3 tracks “Be Ok Again” feat. Daniel Johns, “Stuck in Orbit” feat. BUOY (co-written by Jono Ma of Jagwar Ma) and “Beautiful” feat. Winona Oak, as well as having tested the album out live on the road in his sets (see all Beautiful Things World Tour dates below).
The album features frequent collaborator Skrillex, legendary rock lords Toto (on “We Keep On Running”), plus San Holo, Rome Fortune and Silverchair’s Daniel Johns to name only a few. Daniel Johns lends his versatile vocals to multiple tracks on the project, and praised What So Not saying, “Watching Emoh work is eye opening. A real professional with great vision.”
Toto, on how the What So Not collaboration came to be: “We got together and it was like two worlds collided. We were curious how they [What So Not’s team] make music and they were completely baffled by the way we did it old school; and we found it a very positive experience. It went better than we could’ve hoped. Everyone just rolled in and we rolled up our sleeves and just did it. By the end of the night we had a track.”
Over three years in the making, Not All the Beautiful Things is about transformation and metamorphosis, a culmination of everything the Australian-born artist has been working towards as he’s built his reputation as one of the most innovative producers in the game, garnering over 469 million combined streams in the process. More than an album, it’s a fully realized artistic statement in which What So Not is in full control of every aspect, from the stage design and visuals to the music videos and merchandise. “I didn’t want to put anything out that doesn’t cohesively match the essence of the songs,” explains the man behind it all.
Having established himself as one of the world’s most revered electronic acts, it’s hard to believe that What So Not hasn’t yet released an album. The man behind such massive anthems as “High You Are” (50 million-plus streams), “Waiting” (with Skrillex and RL Grime), and his remix of RÜFÜS DU SOL’s “Innerbloom” (#30 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 list for 2016), has a slew of EPs under his belt, including 2016’s widely-praised Divide & Conquer. Last year What So Not released “Be Ok Again,” writing and performing the vocals himself for the first time. The song has garnered 2.8 million collective streams and was one of the most played songs on Australia’s Triple J throughout the summer.
Balancing prolific touring and studio time, 2017 saw What So Not close Coachella’s Gobi tent and headline Australia’s Listen Out festival and sold out shows across Europe, the USA and UK. His creative sphere has not been limited to music either, delving into the writing and co-directing of music videos, conceptualising his 600-square-foot ‘Peacock Horse Monster-truck’ and heavy involvement in all aspects of the show programming. What So Not promises it’s just the beginning of what fans can expect from this exciting new phase of his evolution looking ahead to his 2018 touring schedule. “We’re creating this entire world that people can step into,” he says.