Sea Level Live: Trackademicks & 1-O.A.K. | Puro Instinct
November 14th, 2013
Trackademicks & 1-O.A.K. (LIVE)
Armed with an Ensoniq ASR-88, a few records, and a computer, Trackademicks has begun to capture the attention of those who keep their ear to the beat, effectively articulating himself through sound to others. In a climate where producers and artists pride themselves on having a particular sound, he brings a tremendous amount of variety to the table. Hailing from Alameda, an island located off the coast of Oakland, CA, Trackademicks makes music driven by the same philosophy that made him; mix it up. Born to a Filipino father from the Bay Area and a Black mother from Richmond, VA, his cultural diversity inherently translates itself into the music. "Like California Cuisine, I take ingredients and influences from all over to add to our local tastes and create something appealing to everyone".
Taking cue from his parent's modest record collection, Trackademicks musical influences have always spanned the musical spectrum. Long before hip-hop became his creative point of reference, artists ranging from Sergio Mendes, The Doors, Sade, Bob James, to Tears For Fears, Wham!, and Cherelle made their impact on this grade school band student. It wouldn't be long, though, before the independent spirit of the thriving mid-90s Bay Area rap scene would take its hold on Trackademicks. This interest in hip-hop would quickly grow beyond the local scene. With all of these different influences present in his music, Trackademicks is one of many helping to change the soundscape of popular culture by changing the way culture is presented in music.
Whether he's remixing artists across the international dateline or doing tracks for artists across the Bay Bridge, Trackademicks represents a progressive school of thought that is not held captive to preexisting musical boundaries. And in that school, Trackademicks is a star student. As member of the Honor Roll, an East Bay Area-based collective, he and his peers are building upon the foundation that was laid by artists such as the Neptunes, Andre 3000, and Kanye West, who've expanded the definition of what hip-hop can be on a mainstream level. In an industry where the streets are gridlocked with artists, Trackademicks has decided to take the freeway... and there seems to be no traffic at all.
With a name that truly begets his unique abilities 1-O.A.K. (One of A Kind) is a triple threat: vocalist, musician and producer. Responsible for Josie Stingray's "Doin My Thing" (featuring Jack Davey of J*Davey) (a production that made UK tastemaker's Gilles Peterson's Best of 2007 list),1-O.A.K. has collaborated with a diverse range of artists including Teedra Moses, Zo! (Foreign Exchange), IamSu (Heart Break Gang) all the way to fellow Oakland artist, legend and pioneer, Too Short. Aside from his vocal performances and productions,1-O.A.K. has garnered acclaim for his remix work, having done official remixes for Little Dragon and Penguin Prison.
At the end of 2012, he collaborated with fellow Honor Roller Trackademicks to release an EP of cover songs titled2 Player Co-Op: Lovelorn, recreating classic tunes from the likes of The Cure to LCD Soundystem. In addition, the deluxe version of1-O.A.K.'s self produced, written and arranged debut album,Special Requestwas recently released andis now availabledigital retailers.
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Sea Level Live
KR (Kim Robinson) and Obey City (Sam Obey) are unabashed smooth music fans. From the 70's yacht rock of Toto to the 90's stylings of legendary electro producers Daft Punk, the duo's love of the 70's and 80's AM/R&B production atheistic crosses every boundary of popular music.
After initially coalescing around a mutual love of the same artists, Obey and Robinson begin to trade youtube links of their favorite artists that employ smooth techniques. Going from dance to rock to R&B, both DJ's began to pinpoint a smooth production aesthetic within their favorite songs they were swapping. After producing mixtapes for friends and spreading the word individually, they joined forces to produce the monthly party "Sea Level" at The Tender Trap in Williamsburg, Brooklyn beginning in October of 2012.
With Sea Level Live the duo will be take the event to the next level with live performances and DJ sets from smooth inspired artists they've championed at their popular monthly party.
Tammany Hall (View)
152 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
|Minimum Age: 21|
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