Nia Andrews, Swarvy
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042
This event is 21 and over
The Seshen is a San Francisco Bay Area-based six-piece led by singer/lyricist Lalin St. Juste and bassist/producer Akiyoshi Ehara. Their forward-thinking sound combines synthesizers, drum machines, live percussion, and entrancing harmonies to create an unmistakable fusion of R&B, synth-pop, and electronic music. St. Juste and Ehara are joined by four remarkable bandmates to create their multidimensional music: drummer Chris Thalmann, keyboard/synth player Mahesh Rao, percussionist Mirza Kopelman, and sampler Kumar Butler. They take inspiration from across the musical spectrum; their individual influences range from recognizable artists (Erykah Badu, Jai Paul, James Blake, Radiohead, and Broadcast) to genres and eras that don’t initially appear to fit together (hip hop, indie rock, early electronica, and 70’s dub). Their unique alchemy of seemingly disparate sounds has led fans and critics alike to describe the band as defying categorization.
The Seshen’s latest release, Flames & Figures (October 14, 2016 – Tru Thoughts), was two years in the making and marks an evolution in their distinctive sound. Narrated by St. Juste’s lyrical stream of consciousness, Flames & Figures explores themes of femininity, power, illusion, and loss, as she draws on both her personal experiences and the world of her imagination.
The band remains in high demand, supporting live shows with the likes of Hiatus Kaiyote, tUnE-yArDs, Thundercat, Petite Noir and many more. They will be touring extensively in both the U.S. and Europe in 2017 after recently signing with booking agency 13 Artists (Tame Impala, Alabama Shakes, Portishead).
“A lot of artists tout, in their minds at least, that they’re the epitome of cool. But few exemplify that through their music like The Seshen.” – MASS APPEAL
“The Seshen continue to impress with every release.” –
“It's always cause for celebration when there's new music from The Seshen” – AFROPUNK
“A resounding success and refreshing listen…” BANDCAMP
“Beautiful, soulful, and just a little otherworldly…Lalin St. Juste’s voice is the perfect counterpoint, pouring through the spaces between keys and loops like honey” – POPMATTERS
Whenever artist Nia Andrews steps to the stage, the room around her falls into the dreamy world she paints. Solange called on her to join her number one album A Seat at the Table alongside Kelly Rowland, and Nia’s most recent release, From Here, co-produced with frequent collaborator Mocky (Feist/Jamie Lidell) showcases beautiful songs that lift hearts and capture imaginations.
After touring internationally as a background singer for artists Janelle Monae, Lauryn Hill and Common, singing at the Grammys for Mary J. Blige, and penning vocals for underground stars Blu, Shafiq Husayn and celebrated voices such as Jill Scott, it was a long time coming for Nia to step center stage with her 2013 debut EP, Colours.
Since its release, the self-taught musician has put her heart and soul into Los Angeles’ music scene. Pushing it forward at the critically-acclaimed live music experiment, CHURCH (by founder Mark de Clive-Lowe where Andrews is resident), and becoming an unmissable voice at live venues across the city and worldwide.
No matter the setting or the sound – whether serving her raw emotion behind the piano, singing at a wild underground party, or alongside pop's heavy-hitters - one thing remains the same: Nia Andrews brings a magic like nothing else.