Slope Day Lineup: Big Gigantic Mix of Genres

March 12, 2017 - Finding Carter

On Thursday, a Slope Day Programming Board announced a unison lineup, with dual openers, BrassTracks and S’natra, followed by dual headliners, Big Gigantic and MisterWives. Together, these 4 artists and bands paint a far-reaching operation of genres and notoriety. Tom Marin ’17, a Programming Board’s preference executive described a lineup as “high energy.”

You can listen to a playlist of songs deputy of any of a artists’ styles here:


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Big Gigantic

Big Gigantic is arguably a many obvious artist twin entrance to Slope Day. They’ve achieved during festivals such as Coachella, Ultra Miami, Lollapalooza, Governors Ball and are good famous in a EDM community. Their strain combines a sincerely surprising brew of genres, from EDM to jazz, and spasmodic samples hip bound beats. The heading of their performances appears to be live saxophone, that is played by Dominic Lalli. A Los Angeles Times examination of Big Gigantic’s plan “Nocturnal,” praised a duo’s efforts for giving “a lovely face to a improv character of electro famous as ‘jamtronica’.”


misterwives profile

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A New York City shaped 5-person band, led by thespian Mandy Lee, MisterWives was shaped in 2012 and have given expelled one EP, Reflections, and one full length studio album, Our Own House. The singles of a same names have a total 129 million plays on Spotify. MisterWives recently put out a new single, “Machine,” brazen of a recover of their second studio album Connect a Dots, slated for May 19, 2017. They are now furloughed with and opening for Panic! At a Disco on their “Death of a Bachelor” tour.

Their contemplative tunes are charismatic and easy to listen to, and they gained some prominence when their strain “Vagabond” was featured in a opening credits of MTV’s Finding Carter. Their strain has a far-reaching operation of themes and tones and relies heavily on coronet instruments and piano, as good as normal stone instruments.

Although they don’t seem to be widely known, their character of strain seems to lend itself good to live performances. They have determined themselves opening for acts like Twenty One Pilots and Panic! At The Disco, fast enchanting and energizing even crowds who don’t know their music. Their entrance album, personal as indie pop, is filled with upbeat, feel-good marks with a trace of slower, relocating songs. “Our Own House” is a expansive lane about building something special with a chairman we love, while “Coffins” is totally different, with a melancholy comment of a ended relationship. “Machine” is many bolder than any of a songs off their initial album, maybe indicating a change in appetite for a rope relocating forward.



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S’natra is a Harlem shaped rapper, whose new work has been constructed by Ivan Jackson of Brasstracks, JNTHN STEIN and Alexander Lewis. S’natra has eschewed many of a stream trends in mainstream hip hop. Instead, his strain seems to be secure in lyricism and storytelling. Similar to Kendrick Lamar and TDE counterpart, Ab Soul, S’natra’s talent lies in his suggestive lyrics and storytelling ability. His soothing kick preference juxtaposes a familiar beats now on a radio, as they aim to strengthen his lyrics, not repress them. Hailing from a hip bound hotbed of Harlem, many of his strain blends a old-school New York sounds with a some-more on-going and sparkling melodies listened today.

New age hip-hop has been dominated by a new sound — a new enlightenment — of producing “hype” music. Some disagree that this subcategory of hip-hop disregards a simple elements on that a genre was created, instead relying roughly usually on a beat. In a midst of this trend and a swell of artists that strengthen it, rappers like Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole have been fighting to keep lyricism, one of hip-hop’s oldest roots, alive. One of a categorical disputes in a universe of hip bound is either a tenure “rapper” should be practical to new age artists, given that many explain they destroy to paint what a tag entails. S’natra appears to be one of a up-and-coming artists clinging to a old, “conscious” enlightenment of hip hop.



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Live sounds are unheard of in contemporary hip-hop tracks, where a sampled offshoot and recycled overpass upsurge are a boilerplate for a hit. Where twin Ivan Jackson and Conor Rayne, famous as Brasstracks, have combined a niche for themselves is in their live orchestration behind renouned swat collaborations. Their sound is a overpass between jazz, grunge (Conor’s favorite rope has always been Nirvana) and reggae — totally cross-genre and organically agreeable with roughly any artist. Last month, Brasstracks were partial of a Grammy winning prolongation of Chance The Rapper’s viral and anti-commercial “No Problem.” In an interview for XXL Magazine, Brasstracks pronounced that a partnership happened by coincidence, when Chance retweeted and after sent them a summary around Twitter, observant “‘Yo let’s work, I’m in Chicago yet I’ll be in L.A. soon.’” The twin continued to benefit recognition by word-of-mouth PR by Anderson .Paak, POMO and Patrick Stump, as good as Basstracks’ possess (and growing) Twitter fanbase. Ivan Jackson also contributed to Grammy nominated albums Malibu by Anderson .Paak and Coloring Book by Chance a Rapper.

In a same XXL interview, Jackson was asked about destiny collaborations with rappers, to that he responded: “I’m unequivocally stoked about all a S’natra stuff. We’re assisting rise this Harlem-born rapper who’s unequivocally dope.” This approaching played a purpose in a Programming Board’s preference to horde S’natra as a co-opener with Brasstracks. Several of S’natra’s marks were constructed by Basstracks’ Ivan Jackson.

In fact, a tyro during Cornell, Charlie Kramer ’17, works with Brasstracks and S’natra. He is a day-to-day manager for S’natra and a partner debate manager for Brasstracks. We reached out to him for an interview:

This talk has been edited and precipitated for clarity.

The Sun: Could we tell me about yourself and we got concerned with Brasstracks and S’natra?

Charlie Kramer (CK): I’m an ILR major, meddlesome in talent management. I’m graduating in May and I’m already operative full time with S’natra and Brasstracks, so I’m usually going to continue that.

This summer [2016], Ivan [from Brasstracks] was doing many of a government for S’natra, yet Brasstracks was on debate in Europe when we stepped in to assistance out S’natra. When they finished tour, S’natra introduced me to Ivan in their studio in Brooklyn, and we talked and they asked if we would be down to get concerned and assistance out. And afterwards a initial uncover with me operative was a Pretty Lights Live show, that was a initial time I’d ever even seen Brasstracks live and we was blown away.

The Sun: How did S’natra come along?

CK: S’natra was a rapper famous before Brasstracks, yet when he met Ivan and afterwards all clicked. They started creation music. They worked together on S’natra’s “Subject to Change,” a new plan that will be expelled someday this year, constructed by Ivan from Brasstracks.

The Sun: What kind of rapper is S’natra, in your opinion?

CK: Comparable artist to S’natra, in terms of lyrics and style, are Kendrick, J. Cole and others.

He is a storyteller and that’s something we consider is blank from new rappers. S’natra is perplexing to fill a space with beauty and strategy of a denunciation and character with a whole manuscript prolongation — like with J. Cole and Kendrick.

The Sun: Were we partial of a Slope Day programming house or did they strech out to you?

CK: we pitched them [Brasstracks and S’natra] to Slope Day since they will be a slightest doubtful act ever, since they will ring each genre: hip hop, jazz, electronic, pop, tons of songs that everybody in a throng know. And even with a strain they don’t know, people will be looking them adult on Spotify after a concert. we consider they will be a slightest disputed.

The Sun: Did we attend in a decision-making process?

CK: No, we did not. we pitched them since we unequivocally wanted to get them involved, so we asked friends about how Slope Day is orderly and Thomas Marin took it on from there to a high levels. we was not a partial of a tangible decision.

The Sun: What do we consider about a initial reactions from a tyro physique about a lineup?

CK: we totally know a initial greeting from a tyro body. It’s a unsatisfactory greeting since we wish them to go into it with an open mind. we consider that… a lineup wasn’t built for a announcement, it was built for a concert. we usually wish to get a thought opposite that these artists will have something for everybody and that they’ll make a slope a party.

Final Thoughts

While a initial reactions to a proclamation were churned with a complicated sip of disappointment, it seems that a 4 artists are dedicated to their qualification and put estimable bid into live performances. Since Kanye’s entrance in 2004, Slope Day had a satisfactory share of hip hop, and a rumors of Rae Sremmurd entrance this year positively played a purpose in people’s accepting of this year’s artists. It is value noting, though, that in 2004 Kanye usually usually expelled College Dropout and Chance a Rapper did not benefit mainstream recognition until a finish of 2015, a year when he achieved during Cornell. Of course, a identical evidence can be done for a other side, deliberation Kanye was already dependent with Jay Z and expelled The College Dropout before he came to Slope Day, and Chance’s Acid Rap was praised by Pitchfork, Billboard, Dazed and dozens of swat critics.

Nonetheless, a lineup for this year’s Slope Day is positively full of immature and radical talent. S’natra is a earnest lyricist with a concentration on unwavering swat and worldly beats. His new collaborations with Ivan Jackson of Brasstracks, who was partial of a Grammy winning prolongation team, have already softened his upsurge and sound mixing. Brasstracks is also an up-and-coming twin and their prolongation for “No Problem” was a decisive success. Conor Rayne is usually 23 years old, while Ivan Jackson is usually a year older. Big Gigantic is an determined twin in EDM circles, carrying achieved during such high form events as Coachella, Ultra Festival in Miami and Lollapalooza. Their live saxophone is something to demeanour brazen to. Misterwives is an indie band, and like with any indie band, some spin of shade is roughly a necessity. However, a band’s recognition does not indispensably simulate a peculiarity of their strain or how a live opening will spin out. In a past, MisterWives have been openers for Walk a Moon, who achieved during Slope Day final year. It is value to give MisterWives—and all other acts in a lineup—a chance.

Correction: A prior chronicle of this story misquoted Charlie Kramer on a approaching recover time of  S’natra’s arriving project. 

Brandon Lozano, a tyro during USC, and Pablo Reyes, calm editor during ArtHouse Studios, contributed reporting. Chris Stanton and Viri Garcia contributed research.


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