Black Violin performs at The Source/SOBs/Muve Music Showcase, SXSW 2013
As you've seen this week on Gowhere, we've been posting our recaps and videos from an amazing week last week in Austin, Texas. I'd like to build on our SXSW coverage by putting the spotlight on the one artist that provided the most powerful first impression amongst our team: Black Violin.
One of the core draws of SXSW is to discover new artists for the first time. And it didn't take too long for us to find a new artist to put on our radar. About five minutes, in fact. Black Violin was the very first artist we saw at SXSW, ha! We arrived Wednesday night and headed first to The Source/SOBs Showcase. As we got settled in, the first artist we see on stage is this Florida collective that's part hip hop, part orchestra, part pop/rock, part... well, most everything. The speakers were turned all the way up, which allowed for the booming hip hop beats and live string instruments to be heard crisply into our ears, with vibrations that were quickly felt throughout our bodies. Seriously, the music moved us... to the point that we were talking amongst each other before the first song ended, and then raced to be the first one to tweet and Instagram this new group to the gowherehiphop account, ha.
Their live show was entertaining from beginning to end and featured a mix of sounds and genres that I haven't quite heard executed like Black Violin displayed that night. All of which, I must emphasize, boomed through the sound system and created an infectious hype throughout the increasing members of the crowd.
So naturally, the next step was to look these guys up. And Black Violin has already built up quite the resume... they just wrapped up a studio session with Travie McCoy, performed at the Inauguration Ball a couple months back, opened for Kendrick Lamar, and most recently got a shoutout from Wyclef that very night later on in the showcase (it's the first words he says in our newest video).
I gravitated toward Black Violin's most recent release, Classically Trained, which has been a staple in my work playlist since coming back to Chi this week. Everyday I give the 11-track project a run through or two. Their description below perfectly describes the project, for which I'd like to add features a perfect balance of complimentary vocals on top of the primary string and hip hop sounds of the production. Simply put, it's a must-listen from beginning to end. Some of my *Tibs Favs. include "Opus", "Virtuoso", "Rock Anthem", and "Go" (which has a John Legend feel, vocally).
The only thing left to say is press play!
2 parts Classical, 2 parts Pop, with a splash of hip-hop, served chilled–“Classically Trained” is a genre-busting collage that pushes the limits of music and dares listeners to think outside the box. For their sophomore release, Black Violin front men Kev Marcus (violin) and Wil B (viola), cleverly feature smooth verses and symphonic hooks underscored by an array of rhythmic grooves, ranging from pop-rock cadences to trunk rattling bass.
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