BADBADNOTGOOD Talk To Us About Who They Want To Work With Next

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Toronto’s BADBADNOTGOOD are best known for their interpretations and collaborations in the realm of modern hip-hop. The four piece post-hop and jazz improv group first came together in 2010 at Humber College’s jazz program over their love of MF Doom and Odd Future. Founding members Matthew A. Tavares (keys), Chester Hansen (bass), and Alexander Sowinksi (drums) actually released their “Odd Future Sessions Part 1” on YouTube after their jazz instructors were unimpressed with the project. Ironically, it grabbed the attention of Tyler, The Creator himself and went viral. Since then, Leland Whitney (saxophone) has joined the mix, and together the quartet have worked with Tyler, Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown, Ghostface Killah, Future Islands’ Sam Herring, Mick Jenkins, Kaytranada, and more. The band are currently touring on their fifth studio album, aptly titled 'IV,' which BBC Radio 6 Music called the #1 album of 2016. This weekend, BADBADNOTGOOD play Denver’s Gothic Friday (01/13), and will take Boulder’s Fox Theatre stage with Sur Ellz Saturday (01/14). Grab tickets while you can here, and in the meantime, check out our chat with this crazy talented crew:

You guys had quite the international tour recently. Any spots along the way you’re really hoping to get back to in 2017?

We went to a lot of new countries we’d never seen before last year- Japan, Israel, Taiwan, Brazil, Mexico- they would all be amazing to visit again but we have a great time everywhere!

BBC Radio 6 Music picked 'IV' as their album of the year for 2016. What was your initial reaction to hearing that?

Very, very surprised to be honest. There were so many incredible albums we loved on that list and we didn’t feel like ours was a serious contender! We’re extremely happy about the recognition IV has gained. We’re also eternally grateful to our friends in the UK like Gilles Peterson, and all the other DJs at the BBC and otherwise for all the support they’ve shown us over the years!

What were some of your favorite albums dropped in 2016?

Solange’s A Seat at the Table, Kaytranada’s 99.9%, Anderson.Paak’s Malibu, Frank Ocean’s Blonde, A Tribe Called Quest’s We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, and Andy Shauf’s The Party, among many others!



Festival lineup announcements have begun. Anything you can hint at about your summer plans?

Sure! We’re going to be playing some incredible festivals across the world- Bonnaroo and Primavera to name a couple that have been announced. We’ll be around Europe, North America, and a few other trips are in the works. We’re also going to have a lot of time at home this year to record and get into some different projects! Peace and love for 2017.

Over the past couple of years, your collaborations with various hip-hop artists have been incredibly impressive. Who is next on your short list of peeps you’re hoping to work with?

We’d love to get a concise project together with Kaytranada. We’ve got so much work in the vault that has yet to come out, and he’s a great friend who’s a pleasure to work with. That’s probably top of the list right now. There are a bunch of other friends in Toronto who we’re stoked to record with too!

Give IV a listen:


When are you headed back in the studio?

Pretty soon probably! No idea what we’re going to work on, or what it’s going to sound like though.

If you had to tell us in one word what it was like working with Ghostface Killah on an entire album ('Sour Soul'), what would it be?

Wow one word... Challenging but also rewarding and amazing!

Make sure to catch BBNG at their Colorado shows this weekend; keep up with BADBADNOTGOOD here.


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Anderson Paak Made Us Dance at Red Rocks Last Night

By: Annie Kane

Since this year’s SXSW, Anderson Paak and The Free Nationals have taken the world by storm, spreading their inventive style that fuses jazz, R&B and hip-hop.

Anderson Paak.

Anderson Paak.

Hailing from California, Anderson Paak first started producing music from his bedroom as a teen and drummed at his family’s local church. Fast forward to 2014 and you can find him appearing on six songs from Dr. Dre’s album, Compton. The support from this music legend broke Paak into the music scene, leading him to collaborate with the likes of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, ASAP Ferg, Kaytranda, and more. Since his energetic performance at SXSW, the name Anderson Paak and The Free Nationals has been popping up everywhere, from Twitter to late night shows, to summer music festivals.

Paak in the crowd at Red Rocks.

Paak in the crowd at Red Rocks.

Last night, Anderson Paak and The Free Nationals joined forces with Bryson Tiller for a stunning show at Red Rocks. The artistry Paak demonstrated was incredible. Paak’s roots shined onstage as he navigated between grooving solo on the mic, to jumping behind his drum set and being one with the band. With a contagious smile plastered across his face the entire time, Paak showed off his finest dance moves in-between, effortlessly breathing his raspy lyrics into the mic. His stylistic ability to transform himself between a rapper, singer, and drummer proves not only his strong musical capabilities, but also the dedication he has toward his art.

Anderson Paak and The Free Nationals.

Anderson Paak and The Free Nationals.

Despite being the frontman, Anderson Paak held no dictatorship over the stage. The Free Nationals were as much a part of the performance as Paak was. Their sound was tight and they weren’t afraid to interact with each other to create a fun environment on stage. Each performer was able to spread their infectious energy, prompting fans to break out their own dance moves, which made for a musical celebration unlike any other.

Malibu Attitude.

Malibu Attitude.

With an ode to the late David Bowie in their brief rendition of the beginning of “Let’s Dance”, Paak and The Free Nationals brought their set to a close, with every fan still eagerly dancing on their feet.

Keep up with Anderson Paak and The Free Nationals here. And see them at Vertex Festival with us in August!


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