2015 BRUNCH AND AFTERPARTY
The Internet is a soul band consisting of Odd Future members Syd the Kyd and Matt Martians, as well as Jameel Bruner, Patrick Paige and Christopher A. Smith. The band released their second album "Feel Good" in September 2013, and received praise from fans and critics. The first single from the album, "Give It Time", was released through Odd Future's official SoundCloud. On June 10, 2013, The band backed Mac Miller in London in promotion of his second album Watching Movies with the Sound Off. Work on their third album is currently in progress and is expected to be released halfway through 2015
SADE Co-Founder & Saxophonist Stuart Matthewman Joins Forces With Vocalist/Multi-Instrumentalist Vanessa Bley To Form Twin Danger. Self-titled Debut Album To Be Released On Decca/Universal Music Classics April 2015 Click picture to watch epk video
NICK WATERHOUSE DJ SET
Nick Waterhouse’s art springs from a simple idea: everybody wants to be somebody else. One of his heroes, Van Morrison, got his start covering Bobby Bland, whose own musical idol was Nat “King” Cole. In Waterhouse’s view, emulation is a journey; you never truly succeed, but as the singer, guitarist and songwriter puts it, “You become something on the way there.” For the MOJAMOJA 2015 BRUNCH, you'll hear Nick on the 1's and 2's, his other passion.
Brooklyn-based producer, composer, pianist, DJ and live musician Taylor McFerrin released his first full length LP, Early Riser, in June 2014 on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder record label. Early Riser features guest performances from Thundercat, Robert Glasper, Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote), Emily King, RYAT, Marcus Gilmore and Taylor’s father & jazz legend Bobby McFerrin, who teams up with Brazilian master Cesar Camargo Mariano for a track. The key to the whole record is the balance though—which McFerrin keeps throughout—between his guest’s individuality and his own vision, between the styles of music he loves, between a feeling of intense, sunlit joy and a deep aching sadness, which, it could be argued, is a definition of soul. Taylor’s ability to create and evolve musically by drawing inspiration from all corners of his life translates into music of exceptional honesty and emotional directness, deep sophistication and effortless style.
MOSES SUMNEY is a new LA-based singer & songwriter. Growing up, he was so shy that he would write songs avidly but hide them inside his mattress. At 20, he moved out of his parents' house to study creative writing at UCLA and finally gathered the courage to start performing music. After purchasing a beat-up guitar from a friend, he taught himself to play and accompany himself. He grew quickly as an artist at UCLA, soon performing weekly alongside the university's most esteemed musicians. Now graduated, he creates soul-infused folk tunes using guitar and layered arrangements built on loop pedals. Recently, SPIN Magazine described him as a "soul-folk warrior," Okayplayer called him "a name you should be hearing plenty of," and Pigeons & Planes called his voice a "breathing instrument that suggests a depth of feeling lyrics can only partially express."All of this, and he hasn't even officially released any music yet.
ANDERSON .PAAK & THE FREE NATIONALS
"L.A.'s most amazing young vocalist/drummer Anderson .Paak is presented through a contemporary rock/alt/hip-hop/ R&B song-sculpting lens to create the next genre and sound. With a dynamic vocal range to pave the way for things to come from this uprising talent". Nocando, Hellfyre Club
Ethio Cali is a Los Angeles-based Ethio-Jazz ensemble, led by trumpeter, arranger, and composer Todd Simon. The ensemble’s sublime sound is inspired by the golden age of Ethiopian music of the 1960’s and 70’s, filtered through a lens that is uniquely Los Angeles. Acknowledging the diverse musical foundations of Ethio-Jazz, the ensemble also draws inspiration from the rhythmic and melodic textures of Sudan, Somalia, Ghana, and Colombia. Ethio Cali released their first EP in Spring 2014.
“LA’s most happening, eclectic, underground party.” ABC / Univision (Fusion) For the 2015 MOJAMOJA Brunch, Subsuelo will be serving up some of the best Flamenco music LA has to offer.
BRUNCH HOST: AARON BYRD
“I see music as an extension of human emotion and the songs I am drawn to most have a subtle sense of euphoria. Something that is not overwhelmingly bold, but undeniably powerful.” ------------------------ Byrd learned his DJ skills from the best of them – KCRW's own Garth Trinidad. He became a loyal fan of the station while in college and, after paying his dues as a volunteer at the front desk, he found a mentor in Trinidad while working in the studio during his show. Since his start at KCRW in 2007, Byrd has appeared on the front page of the New York Times and in both the LA Times and LA Weekly. He is called on to curate a wide range of events around town, from post-performance events at the LA Opera to a weekly live performance series at a boutique West Hollywood hotel. As a DJ, Byrd has shared the stage with Groove Armada, James Blake, Nightmares On Wax, Fat Freddy's Drop, Little Dragon, and Jose James and is regularly featured at clubs around town. You can catch Aaron Byrd's weekly program live on 89.9 FM, KCRW every Thursday night 12-3am. Each show is also archived on the website at kcrw.com, until the next one airs.
AFTER PARTY HOST: ANTHONY VALADEZ
LA native Anthony Valadez became a music fan the minute he heard the opening notes of “Theme from Mahogany” by Diana Ross on the radio in the family car. In high school, he would skip 6th period and head over to a local community college and do Guest DJ sets. Then, while studying Theatre Arts at Cal State Northridge, he convinced KCSN (a classical station at the time) to allow an electronic/hip hop/world soul radio show on Monday nights which he hosted for several years. He later created and hosted Soundwaves on 90.7 KPFK during Saturday afternoons. A few years later, he finally landed a coveted spot at KCRW In addition to his Monday night (midnight to 3am) radio show, he is currently the resident DJ at First Fridays at The Natural History Museum. In addition, he can be found every week playing at Cana Rum Bar (DTLA), The Line Hotel (K Town), Zanzibar (Santa Monica), The Sayers Club (Hollywood and Las Vegas) and Insert Coins (Las Vegas). He has hosted events at the Hollywood Bowl, SXSW and CMJ, as well as at Grand Performances andUCLA Jazz Reggae Fest. He has remixed songs by David Bowie, Ozomatli and Local Natives and released four studio albums of original material. In 2011, Valadez was the official DJ for the Alma Awards, which celebrate the excellence and contributions of Latinos in the Entertainment Industry and is a segment host on NUVOtv’s The Collective powered by VEVO. The show is executive produced by Jennifer Lopez. Lopez and her company, Nuyorican Productions, were so impressed with his DJ skills, they brought him out to open for her homecoming show at Orchard Park, Bronx, NY in front of 16,000 attendees in May 2014. He is a talented photographer and chronicles his travels, musical adventures and favorite new bands on his website: http://anthonyvaladez.org/
Performance line-up subject to change