An annual two-day music festival, FYF Fest is held in Los Angeles, California. Many genres are represented here, including rock, rap, electronic, and indie. Popular artists perform at this anticipated event, to the delight of the large crowds. These entertainers are performing at the 2017 FYF Fest.
FYF Fest 2017: Great musicians and comedians to watch
The New York Times described Badus groundbreaking debut, 1997s Baduizm, as traditional soul vocals, staccato hip-hop rhythms and laid-back jazzy grooves. Yet, hindsight reveals that Badus debut was more than just an album, it was the introduction of a new lifestyle. The music evoked speakeasies, incense, head wraps, and boho coffee shop culture all in one easy breath. Propelled by the lead single On & On, the album went multi-platinum, winning her two Grammys for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Album. Badu topped Rolling Stones Readers poll for Best R&B Artist.
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In 2012, El-P produced Killer Mike’s critically acclaimed album R.A.P. Music. Later that year, Killer Mike appeared on the track “Tougher Colder Killer” from El-P’s Cancer 4 Cure. The following year they officially formed the duo “Run the Jewels”, with an album under Fool’s Gold Records announced for later in the year. They released their self-titled first album titled Run the Jewels, as a free digital download. The duo announced they would begin recording the highly anticipated sequel to their debut in February 2014, after a series of Australian live dates as part of St Jerome’s Laneway Festival.
Singer and Rapper
Anderson Paak (usually styled as Anderson .Paak), is an American singer, rapper and producer from Oxnard, California. Paak was born into a Black and Korean family in Oxnard in 1986. He began producing music from his bedroom as a teenager. His first experiences performing were as a drummer at his family’s church. On October 28, 2014, Paak released Venice, his debut album as Anderson Paak, on OBE and Steel Wool. Paak performed on six songs on Dr. Dre’s 2015 album Compton and two on The Game’s The Documentary 2.
Stand-Up Comedian, Actor
Hannibal Buress has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the Late Late show with Craig Ferguson, and numerous other late night TV shows. He has also made prime time appearances on LOUIE and 30 ROCK, and will appear on upcoming Adult Swim series THE ERIC ANDRE SHOW and THE NICK SHOW KROLL. Buress has previously worked on the writing staffs of 30 ROCK and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and released his debut album, MY NAME IS HANNIBAL, in 2010 on Stand Up! Records.
Indie Rock Group
The off-kilter noise pop sound of L.A. quartet Cherry Glazerr was born in 2012 when high school student and singer/songwriter Clementine Creevy began recording songs in her bedroom under the name Clembutt. After getting some early help from Lucy Miyaki of L.A. band Tashaki Miyaki, Creevy formed a group made up of drummer Hannah Uribe and vocalist Sophia Muller to aid in bringing her songs to life. After adding bassist Sean Redman to the lineup, the quartet made a demo tape that caught the ear of Burger Records. The newly christened Cherry Glazerr released the nine-song cassette, Papa Cremp, in early 2013.
Tiga is the stage name of Montreal-born DJ/producer Tiga James Sontag was born 1974. His album Sexor won the 2007 Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year. He graduated from Selwyn House School, a prestigious school in Westmount. Before producing music, he was involved in the promotion of rave parties in his native city during the early 1990s, also Tiga was involved in the creation of world renowned afterhours club SONA. In 1994, he opened a record store named DNA Records, and in 1998 founded his own label, Turbo Recordings.
Temples are an English rock band formed in Kettering in 2012 by singer-guitarist James Edward Bagshaw and bassist Thomas Edward James Walmsley. They have received considerable press attention during their short existence and have been cited by Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher as the best new band in Britain. The band was initially formed as a home studio project in mid 2012. The duo had previously worked together in The Moons, with Bagshaw also having co-fronted another earlier Kettering band Sukie who formed in 2006 and charted at No. 1 in the UK Indie Chart with their debut single “Pink-A-Pade.”
The nom de musique of Seattle’s Mike Hadreas, Perfume Genius began when he moved from New York to his mother’s home in Everett, Washington. In these relatively isolated conditions, Hadreas felt a compulsion to make music and began composing fragile yet brutally honest songs on the piano. By 2008 he had set up a MySpace page and began offering his music there, along with similarly spare and evocative homemade music videos. His work caught the attention of Los Campesinos!, who championed Perfume Genius and helped him get a deal with their label, Turnstile, which released the single “Mr. Peterson” — the tale of a suicidal, pedophile high-school teacher — in 2009.
Singer and Rapper
Ricardo Valdez Valentine, better known by his stage name 6LACK (pronounced Black) is a RnB artist from Atlanta, Georgia. Born in Baltimore Maryland on June 24, 1992, 6LACK moved to Atlanta at the age five. In 2011, 6LACK signed to an independent record label which created issues with releasing music for the next five years. Finally, after leaving the label he joined LoveRenaissance (LVRN). Although many of his older songs have been wiped clean off the internet, his breakthrough record “PRBLMS” gained him a larger platform. After numerous singles, 6LACK released his debut album FREE 6LACK on November 25, 2016.
Kehlani tells it like it is. Whether in conversation or on stage, the Oakland-born R&B singer and songwriter gives the straight truth about her life, pain, passion, love, triumph, and everything in between with collected calm and confidence. It’s that type of honesty that makes her music resonate with the depth of classic Motown and a vividly confessional lyricism reminiscent of Neo Soul. At the same time, her 2015 mixtape, You Should Be Here, tells a story that distinctly belongs to her.
Folk and Indie Rock Singer
Angel Olsen began singing as a young girl in St. Louis, where she explored the remarkable range of her voice and the places it could take her songwriting. Her self-released debut EP, “Strange Cacti,” belied both that early period of discovery and her Midwestern roots. Cautious and homespun on the one hand, the EP transported us to a mystical, unrecognizable world on the other, and it garnered extensive praise for its enigmatic beauty. Olsen then went further on “Half Way Home,” her first full-length album (released on Bathetic Records), which mined essential themes while showcasing a more developed voice. Olsen dared to be more personal.
Venezuelan-born producer lent his dark electronic workings to four tracks on Kanye West’s “Yeezus.” His production can be heard on fellow 30 Under 30 FKA Twigs’ debut LP; he also co-produced Bjork’s forthcoming record. Arca released his critically-acclaimed debut, Xen, in 2014.
Hundred Waters are a quartet from Gainesville, Florida whose soft combination of organic and electronic attracted the most unlikely of label bosses, superstar DJ Skrillex. The best results were released by the Elestial label in 2012 as the band’s self-titled debut album. Skrillex caught wind of the release and signed the band to his OWSLA label that same year. AraabMuzik, Star Slinger, and Troublemaker were some of the remixers who contributed to their first OWSLA release, the 2012 EP “Thistle.” They returned in 2014 with sophomore album “The Moon Rang Like a Bell,” another dense patchwork of found sounds and precision electronics.
On the surface the quiet port city of Gothenburg doesn’t seem like it would harbor much soul music but it comes through in the dreamy rhythmical shifting moody creature that is Little Dragon. The four-piece band blends R&B, new wave, electronica and experimental pop. They might have lots of boldface fans now, but Little Dragon built their name the old-fashioned way: slowly and through word of mouth. Singer Yukimi Nagano, drummer Erik Bodin and bassist Fredrik Wallin began making music together as friends in high school.
Flying Lotus (born Steven Ellison, October 7, 1983) is an experimental multi-genre music producer and laptop musician from Los Angeles, California. He is the great-nephew of the late jazz pianist Alice Coltrane, wife of saxophonist John Coltrane. He is also the cousin of musician Ravi Coltrane. His first solo album, “1983,” was issued through the Plug Research label in 2006. In 2007, he announced that he signed with Warp Records. Following his Warp debut, the six-track “Reset” EP, he quickly became one of the label’s cornerstone artists and released his second album, titled “Los Angeles,” in 2008.
Electronic Music Duo
MGMT is Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, two psychic pilgrims whose paths first intersected in the green pastures of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, circa 2002. Andrew and Ben realized that – despite their opposing views on methodology (one is spontaneously practical, the other is practically spontaneous) – they shared a common love of mystic paganism (ironic indeed on a campus named for the founder of Methodism), psychotropic sounds, and the belief that a joke (or a joke song) could be sad, profound, and funny at the same time.
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