ABOUT ODDISEE & GOOD COMPNY
Prolific hip-hop artist Oddisee first became known as an underground producer before gaining respect as a rapper. His literate, relatable lyrics tackle personal issues and political themes, and his productions encompass retro-soul, go-go, and gospel influences. Born in Washington, D.C. to a Sudanese father and an African American mother, Amir Mohamed grew up in Maryland, influenced by soul and rap as well as myriad musicians on both sides of his family. He was set to attend the Art Institute of Philadelphia to pursue visual arts when a friend introduced him to hip-hop production.
Part of the Low Budget crew, which included fellow D.C.-area MCs and producers Kenn Starr, Cy Young, and Kev Brown, Oddisee released his solo debut, Foot in the Door (mixed by Jazzy Jeff), on Halftooth in 2006. He signed to Mello Music Group in 2008, debuting with Mental Liberation and New Money (a collaboration with Trek Life) in 2009. He also formed the trio Diamond District along with labelmates XO and yU; their debut, In the Ruff, also appeared in 2009. He typically released one or two solo albums a year, including instrumental efforts such as Traveling Man and Odd Seasons as well as lyrical showcases such as People Hear What They See.
Tangible Dream and the instrumental full-length The Beauty in All both appeared in 2013. In 2015, he issued The Good Fight, an effort driven by social commentary and retro-soul, and 2016 saw the release of The Odd Tape, an all-instrumental mixtape issued around the same time as his free download EP Alwasta. In early 2017, Oddisee released his 11th studio album, Iceberg, returning to a vocal-driven style. Later in the year, he released Beneath the Surface, a live album featuring his band Good Compny.
ABOUT SUDAN ARCHIVES
Sink, the anticipated follow up to Sudan Archives’ self-titled debut, continues to define the experimental R&B artist as a singular new voice. Her unique blend of ethereal R&B vocals, violin figures and hip-hop beats has already won over the likes of Pitchfork, the New York Times, The Guardian, NPR Music, and more. “‘Sink’ describes the way I want my music to make you feel,” she says, “It’s inspired by my love of fluidity, movement of jellyfish and water.”
Sudan Archives (Sudan for short) taught herself to play the violin in elementary school, mostly by ear. After discovering the violin playing style of both Northeast and West African fiddlers and musicians like Asim Gorashi, Ali Farka Touré and Juldeh Camarah, her eyes opened to new ways of incorporating this instrument into her sound. “The way they played the violin was different from classical music. I resonated with their style, and I was like, maybe I can blend it with electronic music.”
Fusing folk music and electronic production was the turning point for Sudan. “I started mixing my violin into beats,” she says, “I’d just sing straight into the iPad.” She’s refined her early DIY style to a setup that centres on a midi violin, and creates most of her songs, synths and bass lines from the violin synthesizer. She moved to Los Angeles to study music technology at age 19, and signed with Stones Throw in 2017.
ABOUT MR. CHOC & BEAT JUNKIE INSTITUTE OF SOUND
Hailing from Los Angeles, California, the Beat Junkies are internationally recognized as one of the greatest DJ crews in history. Founded in 1992, the Beat Junkies are credited as pioneers and prolific taste makers, and have profoundly influenced the International DJ community with their signature “Beat Junkie Style” of dj’ing – a well balanced blend of music selection & technical skill. With their unique & timeless skill set, the Beat Junkies have continued to flourish in the modern day music scene by continuing to entertain and inspire peers & fans alike.
Born in Fresno, California and raised in Bakersfield, Mr Choc’s success comes from a lifelong passion for music. He got his entrée into the culture as a break-dancer but was also intrigued by the power the DJ had over the crowd. He focused on developing his DJ skills, and by 1993 he started two three-hour radio mix shows (one on Bakersfield and one in Arizona). In 1995, he was picked up by Los Angeles’ Power 106 and broadcast in three cities. In 1999 Choc was promoted to mixshow coordinator for Power 106, and during his seven-year tenure, the station had the number one mixshow for three consecutive years. Today, as Director of Scratch-LA, Choc imparts his knowledge on to hungry and eager students. He also continues to hold down multiple residencies and parties throughout Southern California.
Downtown LA’s free annual summer music festival FIGFest—an important stop on the launch pad of top artists including The Internet and Anderson .Paak—returns to to energize the city this June with fun summer nights and eclectic sounds. In partnership with Spaceland Presents, LA’s leading concert promotion firm, the festival kicks off June 7 and runs four consecutive Friday nights at Downtown LA’s premier shopping destination, FIGat7th.