Chiddy Bang – Tickets – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC – November 29th, 2012

Chiddy Bang


Chiddy Bang

Gordon Voidwell, RDGLDGRN

Thu 11/29/12

7:00 pm

Chiddy Bang - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Chiddy Bang
"Breakfast is the first, most important meal of the day," Chiddy Bang MC Chidera "Chiddy" Anamege says. "We named our new album Breakfast because this is our first proper album, and the most important moment so far in our careers. Plus a lot of significant things seem to happen for us while we're eating breakfast foods"

Technically, Breakfast may be the first full-length disc from Chiddy, a Nigerian who grew up in Newark, NJ, and producer Noah "Xaphoon Jones" Beresin, but it isn't the first time the world has been introduced to Chiddy Bang. After the duo met freshman year at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Chiddy and Xaphoon began creating and self-releasing music via the Internet, attracting fans with their deft combination of hip-hop, electronic and indie rock styles. Chiddy Bang released their first mixtape, The Swelly Express, in 2009, generating buzz with a catchy track called "Opposite of Adults," which samples MGMT's "Kids."

Since then, the pair has dropped two more mixtapes, 2010's Air Swell and last year's Peanut Butter and Swelly, both of which were greeted with acclaim and anticipation for the eventual album that would succeed them. Breakfast, recorded over the course of a year in New York, Los Angeles, London and Philly, represents that next step for the group, a legitimizing offering that showcases the duo's full range and skill.

"This album is like Chiddy Bang 3.0," Chiddy notes. "It's what happens when we have access to large studios with real instruments. It's what happens when we can have orchestras and synths and string sections. It's all the stuff we never really had. And it's me rapping off what the music inspires me to say."

"We have spent the past two years going from performances in frat house rec rooms to the mainstage of festivals like Glastonbury and Bamboozle," Xaphoon adds. "We have spent a lot of time honing our sound and creating the best beats and rhymes. To be able to release a proper album for our fans is the greatest feeling."
Breakfast was written the same way Chiddy Bang has always conceived their songs—digitally. Samples have always been an instrumental part of how Xaphoon constructs the music and beats, an aspect of the band that lends itself to the exploration of different genres and ideas. So while the Internet has been notably important in how the group releases music, it's also key in how it's created.

"Noah makes the beats, emails them to me, I write a rap on my computer, we go into the studio," Chiddy explains. "The Internet has always been a huge part of how we get the music out there but also how we actually make the music. It's part of the process. I write 90 percent of my raps on Gmail, because it has that auto-save feature. The Internet is crucial. It has so much to do with how we make the music."

The album, which collects songs that the duo has written since signing with EMI in 2010, was produced by Xaphoon as well as several guest collaborators, including Grammy nominee Sam Hollander (Train, Cobra Starship and Kelly Rowland) and John Hill (M.I.A., Shakira). As for the guest appearances? Chiddy Bang was more interested in having fun making the music than trying to snag famous rappers to cameo on the disc.
Gordon Voidwell - (Set time: 8:50 PM)
Gordon Voidwell
William Gordon Johnson (1983 – ), well known by his pen name Gordon Voidwell, is a Bronx-born singer, songwriter, musician and fashion writer. He is noted for his mixtape Voided Checks (2009), which has been called "electro-fantastic…hip-hop-esque [and] yacht-rockin." Voidwell's keen wit, incisive satire and undeniable danceability has earned him praise from critics and peers alike. A friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty, Gordon is extensively grooved to, fucked to and listened to on the train. Inspired by Talking Heads, The Rah Band and Marz, Voidwell's new single Ivy League Circus teems with recession-era energy for those who are bullish on beats and bearish on modesty. He is NOT from Brooklyn.
RDGLDGRN - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
RDGLDGRN (pronounced red gold green) have already distinguished themselves in the DC music scene. Their highly stylized sound (that Go Go drum beat- a distinct DC rhythm) takes hip- hop infused punk and indie rock to create something refreshingly unique, is getting attention from fans stretching far beyond the DC niche scene.
Comprised of three members who identify as Red, Gold, and Green, RDGLDGRN began making music in their basement studio, drawing from a vast and almost ironically diverse pool of influences like Chuck Brown, Vampire Weekend, Outkast, The Neptunes, and Bad Brains. What many might consider a wildly ambitious, even impossible task to pull off, RDGLDGRN managed to effortlessly combine genres of music to create something new, something all their own, and something that has the music industry buzzing with excitement.
The band gained widespread recognition when they self-released a song called “I Love Lamp” on YouTube- a way for friends and local fans to listen to their music. They had no idea that within just a few weeks, the video would have over 100,000 views and the attention of many notable figures both in the industry as well as on the blogosphere.
Producer Kevin Augunas (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Cold War Kids) quickly took notice of the band, and in addition to producing RDGLDGRN’s debut, also signed them to his label, Fairfax Recordings (Gotye, Tribes) in a joint venture with Universal Republic Records.
Upon entering the legendary Sound City Studio in Van Nuys, CA, a studio where Fleetwood Mac recorded ‘Rumours’ and Nirvana recorded ‘Nevermind’, RDGLDGRN were fortunate enough to have captured the attention of Nirvana alum, Foo Fighters front man, and hometown hero, Dave Grohl who recorded drums on the entire album.
It wasn’t just rock royalty that took notice of RDGLDGRN, the hip-hop community was also taken by the band’s unique sound. Genre-bending artist, producer, and designer, Pharrell Williams (N.E.R.D., The Neptunes), co-wrote and co-produced the standout track “Doing the Most”, lending his distinct style to one of the most unique tracks on the album that showcases Green’s undeniable talent for rapping and singing infused with Pharrell’s style of unusual beats and musical wit.
The result is a debut that truly demonstrates the group’s ability to straddle genre lines, to combine musical polarities and unite both artists and fans over music that’s multifaceted. However, it’s not the musical intricacies, or the obscure combination of influences, that make RDGLDGRN who they are. It’s their ability to create something entirely fresh and new, something that’s often overlooked in this state of the industry where musicians try to stay afloat by following trends. If you ask RDGLDGRN who their biggest influences are, they’d tell you the Beatles and Bob Marley. And while RDGLDGRN don’t exactly sound like those legendary artists, they do share in common something less tangible- they all have made it a point to carve their own path by creating something entirely unique.
Venue Information:
9:30 Club
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001