We Bay We Boogie: Rehes Gets Down With Elevator Fight + MP3

One remaining artist profile from Rehes’ SXSW adventure:

“This whole ‘stand around and look bored’ thing happens way too much [at shows]” says Dominic Angelella, guitarist for Philadelphia based rock-the-eff-out-with-your-respective-genitals-out band, Elevator Fight. “There’s so much music available right now it really takes a lot for people to get stoked. And we want people to get stoked.”

The band’s been known to previously describe their music as “liquefied panda rage” and “like that night where you think everything is going to be really fun, but you take that one extra drink and everything goes horribly wrong.” Damn, son – like that?  Yeah, like that.  They get the frick down.

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We Bay We Boogie: Rehes Gets Down With Dām-Funk

Despite the hectic touring schedule of hip-hop’s hottest new producer, our girl Seher snagged a moment with Dām Funk during SXSW.


Photo by Matthew Scott

To Dām Funk, funk is more than music, “it’s a lifestyle — it’s being ‘free’ at all times,” he says. As a kid, Dām would listen to records of varied styles and learn the drum parts. In early high school, he also picked up the keyboards.  Today, he is here to usher in what he brands “modern-funk.”

“My vision is to hopefully have people respect Funk music again as a viable style and way of life,” says Dām.

Inspired by Los Angeles, his home town, Dām cultivates a style that is both spacey and futuristic but that also pays tribute to Slave, early Prince, P-Funk, as well as the likes of Frank Zappa and Todd Rundgren, to name a few. Using synths, drum machines, and “elbow grease” to craft his work, Dām keeps it analog and old school to the highest degree – “I like the work involved.”  Eff’a Protools.

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Rehes Gets Down With Zoë Keating

Hot off her SXSW tour, Seher sits down with Zoë Keating, experimental, electronic cellist.

Zoe KeatingMy first time hearing Zoë Keating was truly ethereal; the “one-woman orchestra” completely transcends this world with her music.  She uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to layer and loop her instrument…

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Rehes Gets Down With Beats Antique

On the heals of their SXSW showcase, Seher sits down with Beats Antique. Hailing from Oakland, CA, Beats Antique is a force to be reckoned with.  Seriously.  Ask them to describe their music and you will get about sixteen genres, descriptors, and world regions.  Wanna bet?  Try this:

“live electronica and world roots music”

“electro-acoustic gypsy break beat”

“…music of the Middle East, eastern Europe, north Africa and traditional jazz with big bass music”

“orchestral gypsy music with the styles of hip-hop, brass band, downtempo, glitch and dubstep”

They do not play.

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Exclusive Interview & EP Premiere: Rehes Gets Down With Drummer/Producer Daru Jones

Just on the heels of countless showcases at SXSW (he was the drummer for everybody and their mama), Brooklyn-based drummer and producer Daru Jones was recently out in San Francisco for a Camp Lo and Digable Planets show. In addition to breaking several drumsticks and eating up all the fish tacos the Bay had to offer, Daru sat down with me on a stoop in the Mission District to talk a bit about keepin it hip-hop and church all at the same time.

Following the video, treat yourself to an exclusive Giant Step premiere: a free download of Daru’s promo EP entitled “So Good” featuring Swedish soul singer Kissey Asplund. The project is part of a monthly series Daru is doing to get the word out about what he calls “RUSIC” music (think soul-hop).

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Daru Jones feat. Kissey Asplund “So Good” PD EP (download)

“My mission was to challenge myself by releasing one RUSIC project per month, to showcase indie artists in coordination with the RUSIC sound. Each project has a different theme in order to showcase my diversity, and convey a message, regardless of the form or genre.” — Daru Jones

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Seher Sikandar is a Bay Area-based photographer and writer who covers music, art, and lifestyle events. Check out her work at rehescreative.com.

We Bay We Boogie is a regular Giant Step column featuring artist interviews and profiles by Seher Sikandar.