I Think People Are Still Kinda...
April 4, 2014
120 Minutes has been killin' it lately with amazing artists on the roster like Gatekeeper, Antwon, footwork champion DJ NATE (aka BAKA), and most recently, Mykki Blanco and TEAMS, accompanied by local resident dj/host S4NtA_MU3rTE, and my dad and DJ: CHAUNCEY_CC. Sean Bowie a la TEAMS, who's aesthetic and music are both odd and amazing, took to the stage to engage, […]
120 Minutes has been killin' it lately with amazing artists on the roster like Gatekeeper, Antwon, footwork champion DJ NATE (aka BAKA), and most recently, Mykki Blanco and TEAMS, accompanied by local resident dj/host S4NtA_MU3rTE, and my dad and DJ: CHAUNCEY_CC. Sean Bowie a la TEAMS, who's aesthetic and music are both odd and amazing, took to the stage to engage, sexier than Ellen Page, released from her cage...lol (fired). And if you haven't heard by now, Mykki Blanco is a high energy performer and persona emerging from the queer underground of New York; Both artists make weird, beautiful music, interestingly and artfully rapped/sung upon, and, of course, Mykki and TEAMS' tour together through Japan seems to be the perfect match in webby heaven. The two are easily some of my favorite newish artists, and both commanded the stage with elegant and forceful glamour. Despite their power, I was pleasantly surprised how nice and easy Mykki was to talk to before show time, allowing me to chit chat and take a photo together as well ;3 Perhaps these artists humbly understand the crowd was a part of the unspoken connection we felt that night as Mykki and TEAMS both stage dove into our arms and we all danced together. I fondly remember how, throughout the night, the two artists commanded the stage, and both thrashed amongst the crowd; together we raged, and together we were all bound~ In hindsight, I noticed something special at this show: amidst the talent and emotion exerted during the night, I had emerged from my internet cave to see the ~true light~ of the stage, and what more did this light show me as it passed by the elegant behinds of artists we so love? It illuminated the shining faces of those there to support them. As I stood backstage trying to take pictures of the front of stage, I noticed how ham everyone was and felt so grateful to see the different shapes and sizes of humanity that still cared about supporting music. *wipes tears* So I dedicate this article to all the beautiful human specimens that remind me to leave bed and experience life and stuff lol.
[caption id="attachment_5486" align="alignnone" width="420"] TEAMS blew up the fucking stage with his perfomance, yelling shit into the mic while the giant words "GOD" loomed behind him, pretty deep.[/caption]
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CASHMERE CAT @THE ECHO
March 28, 2014
Last Tuesday I took a much needed break from living out of boxes and went to my first show as a new resident of Los Angeles, IHEARTCOMIX’s monthly party Check Yo Ponytail 2, to see Cashmere Cat. After downing two Buzz Ballz on the bus, I stumbled into The Echo to discover that Cashmere was […]
Last Tuesday I took a much needed break from living out of boxes and went to my first show as a new resident of Los Angeles, IHEARTCOMIX’s monthly party Check Yo Ponytail 2, to see Cashmere Cat. After downing two Buzz Ballz on the bus, I stumbled into The Echo to discover that Cashmere was already playing. I could barely make it through the crowd of yung alt bros trapping, who (like myself) obviously hadn’t just gotten back from SXSW, judging by the fact that we were all at the club turning up, not in bed dying.
Having #lapsed and missed him at festivals I had attended or when he’d passed through The Bay, I was excited to finally see Cashy Cat live. I was thriving, even moreso to his original tracks than his remixes cuz been fan. I was instantly drawn to his music after hearing his first EP Mirror Maru, back when I still thought this fool was a chick. I mean, the female imagery used on his early Soundcloud tracks definitely threw me off, but the masquerade was all part of the act.
Cashmere Cat is the pioneering member of what I like to call a “zoo” of Anon Soundcloud DJ-producers who choose to represent themselves through anthropomorphic aliases rather than their real names or faces. By anonymizing themselves (within the lineage of other well-known, masked, electronic acts), these artists seem to purport that their music is more important than their identities; in doing so, this new breed of Anon DJs created buzz amongst the electronic music community online for those curious to uncover who they really are, further drawing more attention to their music. Two of these closely related acts, Trippy Turtle (who has been rumored to be Cashmere’s alter ego) and DJ YOLO Bear, supported Cashmere Cat on the lineup at the CYP2 show and after party.
Cashmere Cat is actually Magnus August Høiberg, a dude from Norway. You would never expect a timid, lanky, Scandinavian guy with long ass disheveled hair, who at the end of his set comes to the foot of the stage and curls his hands beside his face like a literal cat, to be producing a song for the likes of rappers Ludacris, Wiz Khalifa, and Jeremih, but I’m all about people who are into shit you wouldn’t expect them to be into, so shouts to them.
On first glance, or if you’re just drunk at ones of his shows, August could still be mistaken for a girl, but his unassuming appearance only adds to the appeal of his music, what to me is the perfect fusion of (mostly) Hip-Hop and R&B vocal samples melded over relaxed, melodic pop beats that make for a sweet, smooth, very sexual, sound that is easily to fall in love with. His music may still be underground, but Cashmere Cat’s distinctive style begs to be burst out and onto the mnstrm. It is thoughtful, emotional, and beautiful. I’m happy I experienced it.
Cashmere Cat’s second EP Wedding Bells is out now. Here’s to the next party!
(Photos by Michael Melwani)
October 12, 2013
Here at the Eros Mortis studio, we love listening to smooth hip hop beats while we work, design, and play, to draw inspiration from the sounds and emotions of music and the artists who make them. In celebration of EM’s launch, we wanted to share some of the melodies that resonated with us and helped […]