I’m really excited about all the great music happening in Seattle right now. I find myself saying that a lot and feel really lucky to be in a place where, no matter what the genre, there is always something really great happening.
Love it or hate it, MySpace has become an incredible tool for artists to get their music out there. Take away all the creepy perverts and it’s a great site! I’ve certainly found music on there that I may not have heard otherwise.
One of the many great things we are able to do at KEXP is expose unknown artists. The ones that you won’t hear anywhere else, but that very much deserve to be heard. I guess that’s why I’m so passionate about local music and helping bands on the rise. They’re the ones that need it most!
It’s no secret that local hip hop is pretty amazing right now and that’s what I wanted to highlight today.
The artist is Grieves:
All of 22 years old, he’s been at it for over 5 years. I heard a track about a year ago and began a search for more. It turned out that his debut EP Every Hell has it’s Springtime had already been released and sold out, completely under my radar!
I got ahold of Grieves through myspace and learned that he does it all himself. Creates all of his own beats and samples, lays them down on an MPC player and records the rhymes over them, right there in his apartment. The demos are solid and I’ve stayed in contact with him because I think that KEXP listeners will love it.
So I check back every once in a while and am STOKED that his record is finally coming out in August. After listening to the tracks he just finished (which are on his myspace page), I insisted on a CD-R so I could at least have something to play. He sent it to me, I played “Composure” when I filled in for John in the Morning a week or so ago and people loved it.
I’m a sucker for melody. Whether it’s in the vocals or a part of the song, I gotta have some melody and that’s what I love about Grieves. His rhymes are solid and he’s very much speaking from the heart. But it’s when he lays them over acoustic guitar, piano and the beats he’s created, that the song really grabs you. It will swirl around in your head for some time (in a good way).
Like many local artists, he’s working on his music non-stop, he’s put together a local hip hop night at Vito’s on Capitol Hill and tours as often as he can, on his own dime. I hope you’ll take a moment to check him out and note that his record comes out August 15th. I also hope you love it as much as I do.
I’ll leave you with a quick preview of a great Audioasis happening tonight (Sat 6-9 pm). Abe Beeson will be your host and will be playing you some killer local music. He’s also got a couple of super talented guests coming in to play live.
6pm: Levi Fuller. Levi is a singer/songwriter who composes some beautiful songs, with a lo-fi vibe. Acoustic, but with some experimental samples in there as well. He’s heavily involved in Seattle’s music scene and creates the Ball of Wax compilations that you may have seen around town.
8pm: In Praise of Folly, who’re no stranger to KEXP. You’ve heard their latest record Means/Ends on KEXP and they bring it. Really great indie rock that comes with some kickin’ moments and some softer moments as well.
It’s going to be a great night of music, so tune in from 6-9 pm for Audioasis and thanks for supporting local music!