Wallpaper. is Oakland's Eric Frederic -- gifted producer, multi-instrumentalist songwriter, viral media hustler and disco ball-busting crowd destroyer. Whether crafting his own electro-steeped future beats or cleverly skewering pop culture via his "Death of Auto-Tune" remix (a final tribute to the maligned effect before Wallpaper. retired it too), he effortlessly fuses a long personal history of music-making with bold showmanship and a love for trunk-rattling thump.
With his 2009 album debut, Doodoo Face (Eenie Meenie), Frederic cemented himself as a legitimate songwriter and masterful producer. Strains of Daft Punk rattled through the seething, bass-dripping "Celebrity." Brian Eno could be heard in the quiet electro of "Fine GF." For "Gettin' Drip," he recorded his own chipmunk soul sample, while "Frk Scn" featured a distinct Ghanaian rhythm called "Ewe" that Frederic beat out by hand.
The Wallpaper. live show is a visceral spectacle, forged in the Oakland house party scene, and gilded at taste-making San Francisco clubs like Popscene. On stage, Frederic makes a Kaufman-esque switchover to his sleazy, excess-obsessed alter ego, Ricky Reed, who lords over the scene with thundering live drums to his back, all manner of instruments in his hands, and cut-up YouTube video collage beaming overhead -- a nod to Wallpaper.'s significant viral presence.
Frederic's hustle has led to headlining spots at the Noisepop and Treasure Island fests, a breakthrough video on mtvU for the celebratory single "I Got Soul, I'm So Wasted," direct support for everyone from Peaches to Kid Cudi to Boyz II Men to Girl Talk, and at least one retweet by Questlove.