Anna Wise + SassyBlack + Dot + Linafornia + vhvl + FreshtillDef
Anna Wise is a Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. Anna has built a dedicated following amongst musicians and music fans alike ever since her collaborations with Kendrick Lamar on good kid, m.A.A.d city (“Real,” “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe,” “Money Trees”), To Pimp a Butterfly (“These Walls,” “Institutionalized”) & untitled unmastered (“untitled 01 | 08.19.2014.” & “untitled 05 | 09.21.2014.”). Their song “These Walls” won the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 2016 Grammy’s.
In 2016 Anna released her first solo project, The Feminine: Act I. The EP, described as both outspoken and therapeutic, lead Vogue to describe Anna as “Trailblazing Feminist Pop”.
As a staunch supporter of independent artists in the entertainment industry, Anna is hands on with other mediums as well, creating works of video, photo and other various design to accompany her music. Anna also performs alongside her band, Sonnymoon, with whom she has released three albums, Golden Age, Sonnymoon, and The Courage of Present Times. Anna has shared the stage with artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Kimbra, The Roots, Third Story, Givers, Flying Lotus, Bilal, Teebs, Tei Shi, and more. In 2017, Anna continues her story with The Feminine: Act II. Available now.
SassyBlack is a jazz vocalist & producer based in Seattle, WA. This Goddess of “electronic psychedelic soul” & “hologram funk” explores sound through deep compositions. With roots in classical & jazz, her voice is comparable to Ella Fitzgerald & Sarah Vaughan while her production value is reminiscent of Roy Ayers, Pharrell & Herbie Hancock. Black has traveled the world having performed in Berlin, Barcelona, New Orleans, Milan, London, Brooklyn & beyond.
Sassy has gained praise from The Fader, NYLON, Pitchfork, Noisey, Saint Heron, SPIN & many others. She successfully released her sophomore album New Black Swing June 23rd and is recently returned from touring North America & Europe in Autumn 2017. She will be releasing new music every month in 2018.
Whether providing cutting edge beats as part of LA beat collective Team Supreme, or fulfilling her role as founder of her own female focused music label Unspeakable Records, DOT is a champion for the often unsung female producer. Her music has been praised by the best in tastemaker media, including features in Pitchfork, LA Weekly, Okayfuture, MTV Brazil, C-Heads Magazine, Nest HQ, Rookie, LA Record, The 405, and more.
Born and raised in Olympia, WA, Dot’s upbringing in the Pacific Northwest and background in classical music had a profound impact on her current aesthetics and influences. She moved to Southern California at the age of 17 to study classical music at the Conservatory of Music at Chapman University, which quickly led to her immersion in the LA beat scene and signing to Alpha Pup Records.
Dot debuted her first live set at Low End Theory, the infamous hip-hop/electronic night at The Airliner in Los Angeles. She continues to tour regularly as a live performer, gracing the stages of world-famous venues including The El Rey Theater (LA) The Echoplex (LA), The Observatory OC, Output (New York), and Home Club (Singapore). When she’s not traveling, Dot holds down a DJ residency at the Ace Hotel Los Angeles.
In addition to her solo work, Dot produces for artists including SZA (TDE) and Teri GenderBender (Le Butcherettes, Bosnian Rainbows), and writes original music for film and television (MTV and OWN).
The act of repurposing defines the creative vision of Los Angeles beatsmith Linafornia. Her debut album YUNG is a perfect bridge between the gritty and soulful LA-based beat music created over the last few decades. YUNG ties into her history growing up in Los Angeles and the wide range of influences she sought out from various sources to create a half-hour music journey. Linafornia grew up around Leimert Park, the home of Project Blowed – the longest running hip hop open mic workshop in the world. She’s one of the few LA producers that deviates from utilizing laptops during live performance. Everything you hear is an arrangement of real-time techniques.
The sample choices on Linafornia’s album merge her absorption of ‘60s and ‘70s soul music with 90’s hip hop roots. From Brazilian samples to Fela Kuti flips, her music travels the globe and comes back full circle to her base in Leimert Park. With media love all over the world this year, Linafornia is rising to become a household name in the beat community.
vhvl is the recording alias of Harlem-based beatmaker Veronica Lauren. Her tracks burst with bright, chiming melodies, and her heavily thumping beats ensure that her brand of instrumental hip-hop is atmospheric but not lightweight. She debuted in 2013 with a self-released digital album titled Myrrh. Her 15-minute track “Fvrfew” took up the entire B-side of Seat of the Soul, a split cassette with Ras Greleased by Leaving Records in 2014. While working on her next release, Lauren suffered from a spine injury, and was bedridden or wheelchair-bound for much of 2015 and 2016. After regaining the ability to walk in June, Leaving Records released her EVN EP in August of 2016.
FreshtillDef, lives in San Antonio, TX and has been producing FOOTWORK | JUKE | JUNGLE | DNB | FUTURE SHIT as part of the label Teklife, as well as her own imprint FreshMoon. Well known for destroying dance floors all across Texas since the early rave days till present as well as holding it down in production with past aliases in DnB, Trip-Hop & Experimental Music.