You Like This & Tone Dynamix Presents:
Black Mask, Sketch The Cataclysm, Zac HB, Team Latchkey, Grits & Gravy
Tue, March 19, 2013
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmHerman's Hideaway
$5.00 - $8.00
This event is 18 and overhttp://www.hermanshideaway.com/event/223151/
Born out of frustration of the current sounds of hip hop, he likens the listening experience to “a more musical sibling to indie hip hop. You could think of it as a more functional little brother, who learned from his elder brother’s mistakes.” Not that he considers any of his past 11 solo albums that he’s been cranking out since 2004 as mistakes, but you know, it’s a long road to self-discovery.
The at-times ethereal, often lyrical sounds on Slump were born out of childhood memories and family influences. While his mom, a concert violinist, kept mostly to her classical music his “always wanting to be a rock star” dad kept a steady stream of Beatles, Paul Simon, and Crosby, Stills and Nash records playing in the house. Tracks like “Seeking New Skin” feature glittery arpeggiated beats contrasted with melodic guitar and piano pop choruses, evoking dark thoughts in the best of times. Meanwhile, “Shotgun In My Spaceship” is a whimsical piano-based love song expounding on government cover-ups and aliens on the moon conspiracies.
Sapient had dabbled in multiple instruments for as far back as he can remember, but after being busted for graffiti charges at 18, he took to rapping over his own beats made with a drum machine, a guitar and an 8-track. The early training flourished into a distinctive sound of multi-textured arrangements structured with the sense of a songwriter. Sapient’s beats have re-defined the sound of Northwest hip hop and carried luminary voices from the likes of Aesop Rock, Slug (Atmosphere), Freestyle Fellowship and more.
As a vocalist and producer, Sapient has been a member of The Prime, a duo with Living Legends’ front man Luckyiam as well as Portland’s Debaser, a two-man off-shoot to their nine person collective, Sandpeople. He has also collaborated with other indie hip hop cats like Macklemore, The Grouch, Eyedea, and Pigeon John. Consistently touring, he has shared the stage with a number of his own influences including Wu-Tang Clan, Living Legends, Eyedea, Talib Kweli, Cage and Aesop Rock. As an independent artist, Sapient is hands on, mixing and mastering, designing his visual art and directing videos, developing his brand with an insatiable work ethic. Committed to care for his young family and cultivate his creative vision, Sapient is pushing boundaries and claiming his own space in our musical lexicon with Slump.
2012 was a huge year for Black Mask, with the release of Maulskull's critically acclaimed album, "Us & Them", followed by a month long west coast tour with Louis Logic and Sadistik, as well as Maulskull's production credits on tracks that housed artists like The Chicharones, Verble, Sole, Sapient and others, Black Mask had earned the attention of the powers that be, and secured a performing slot at the "Bring It Back Stage" on Warped Tour for the summer of 2012. By the time tour had started, Black Mask was poised for their next release, "Build Small" by Aklock, which was widely accepted and highly recommended as Black Mask's free download offering during their time on Warped Tour. After performing in 39 states and releasing two full length albums, as well as a compilation of Black Mask tracks produced between 2006 and 2008 titled, "Crow Food", and a full summer of performing and passing out free cd's and building with artists, promoters and music lovers across the nation, Black Mask returned to Denver and welcomed original Black Mask artist, AGFlux back into the family, and began work on the newest Black Mask release, "Scenic Exchange" by AGFlux. Released on 12-12-12, "Scenic Exchange" brought a new benchmark to the BM family and is still branded as one of Black Mask's premier releases of 2012. With features from all of his Black Mask counterparts, as well as a track with the legendary Canadian powerhouse, Snak The Ripper, "Scenic Exchange" raised the bar, as well as highlighted the Black Mask's collective dedication to progression in quality of all their releases.
Currently, Black Mask is hard at work in the studio, completing new albums from the entire BM family and grinding hard in the Mile High city while Maulskull is busy working on an album with Sleep (Strange Famous/Chicharones/Oldominion) due for release in 2013 and also producing tracks along side AGFlux for Colorado legends, Mane Rok, Prime Element and Black Mask members Aklock and Raph. Make sure you check the liner notes on a ton of independent hip hop albums this year, Maulskull and AGFlux are almost sure to pop up...
Black Mask is moving forward and will keep pushing harder than ever. You can find all of our music ABSOLUTELY FREE, at our website: www.blackmask.bandcamp.com
nent group called "A-Club." At the School of the arts, he studied instrumental music honing his skills on percussion instruments specifically. He and Neal Titus worked intently on becoming the most well-rouned and creative musicians. After graduating from the school of the arts, GiovanniRaps attended North Carolina A&T State University for a year, gaining a lot of experience on the drumline. Giovanniraps moved back to Colorado and started on making hip-hop music. A year later he and Neal partnered up to make the group that is "Grits and Gravy"
Neal Titus hails from Denver Colorado. While attending Denver School of the Arts for jazz and classical percussion, he was exposed to many different types of music and art. During his time at DSA he also participated in drum-line at Chatfield and Dakota Ridge high schools. He would organize and compose music for a little drum quartet he was in called the Heavy Hitters. After graduation he received a full tuition scholarship to Marshall University, were he would continue his studies in Jazz and Classical drumming and percussion. During his time at Marshall he started teaching the local high school drum line and helped bring them to win a state championship title. After two years of being out of state Neal transferred back to Colorado were he is continuing his studies at the University of Northern Colorado. He currently works as a drum line instructor for Windsor High school, along with performing around Colorado. Now to the "not" so academic side of things…… Neal is currently producing beats for Grits and Gravy, along with many outside projects. He achieved his sound by combing all of the music that has influenced him over the years. From saucy jazz piano, epic orchestral works, and groovy drum-line beats; Neal Titus is always evolving his sound to what feels right to him. Music isn't always about making top selling records…..its about the feeling you get when you collaborate with others to achieve a quality product. His music will continue to grow and evolve, just as he does in life.
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