Experimental beat producers need to be ever-evolving creatures. With MIDI controllers and such becoming more attainable for novice beat producers in recent years, it was only a matter of time before hip-hop-rooted musicians began straying from the bulk and hassle of turntables. Four such minds will be spotlighted this Saturday night, when local MC and producer Sephiroth hosts the second edition of the Sucka Free Producer's Showcase, also at RecordBar.
Highlights: "Successfully promoting the Swans and Xiu Xiu show at Beaumont Club on September 19. Kansas City proved to me that they have great taste and open minds and ears by attending one of the heaviest, loudest and most intense shows I've ever seen."
"Two thousand twelve got intense for me personally, as I took over the booking for Club 906. There were a lot of naysayers spouting off about how live music wouldn't do well in the Northland. I think we proved them wrong with several amazing shows. At the top of the list is the COA/Mac Lethal Show on October 12."
"Another personal highlight for me wasThe Pitch Music Showcase. It was where I first saw Radkey. They're the best new band in KC. Hands down."
"Also, the Kansas City beat scene is about to explode. I was living out in California for four years and I got to witness firsthand the rise of producer-focused club nights such as Low End Theory (Daddy Kev, Flying Lotus, Dibia$e, Samiyam, etc.) and Funkmosphere (Dam Funk) in L.A. It's nice to come back home and see showcases like Suckafree and Elegant Knock give underrated production masters from the KC-Lawrence area - Lenny D, DRPLUS2, Dan Matic, Osiris-1, Barbaric Merits, Morri$, Starjammr - a place to showcase their skills."
Favorite song: "Haim, 'Forever.' They played after us at this tiny bar at SXSW, but I missed it because I volunteered to get the van so we could load out. But everyone who saw them was blown away. There were days over the summer where I couldn't stop listening to this song. Runner-up: Ross Brown, 'Small Victories.' A song that's entirely familiar and yet unfamiliar the first time you hear it. I love it."
Runner-up: Lemonade, with Le1f (with Sheppa and Norrit) at FOKL, June 9. "There were amazing atmospheric projections over a haze of fog at the Lemonade/Le1f show. I walked away wanting more. I also was glad that I got to experience it in a venue that does so much to help foster and give a platform for local creative talent."
Best Performance: Carnal Torpor @ Psychfest.
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