With Bandersnatch approaching this Saturday, we wanted to give you all the information you need to know about the performing artists.
After gaining interest in the electronic music scene with hits “Lovesick” and “Firefly,” 21-year-old British producer Alex Crossan—known as Mura Masa—released his own self-titled album this past summer, Mura Masa. However, Crossan’s passion and career in music did not start there. Raised in Guernsey, a small town within the English Channel, Crossan was first exposed to influential music by his mother and father—both were very musical at the time according to Crossan. In regards to the music that shaped his career in production, the absence of genre on Gorillaz’s second album, Demon Days, made Crossan “want to experiment” on his own. After illegally downloading Ableton, a production program, and watching YouTube tutorials on the program, Crossan started producing music. The beats and demos the young producer created ended up on SoundCloud, where he gathered his initial following. Today, the British producer still creates most of his music on his laptop at home, without any equipment. Not long after his break on SoundCloud, Crossan found himself collaborating with some of the most influential U.K. artists, as well as A$AP Rocky, Charli XCX, and Damon Albarn. In an interview with Julie Adenuga on Beats 1 Radio, Mura Masa discussed his debut album, noting he learned to play every instrument needed to produce the album. Although he wanted the album to form narrative and tell a story, Crossan recognizes his genre “doesn’t really call for a narrative.” Instead, Mura Masa exists as what Crossan calls a “collection of cultural moments” which bring together a handful of unexpected collaborators. Overall, the young British producer remains humble in the wake of success following his self-titled album Mura Masa. Watch his interview on Beats 1 below.
Since he first entered the game in 2015, Khary has been making noise as an artist and rapper to look out for. The Rhode Island native made serious waves with his 2016 project Intern Aquarium, a thoughtful piece focusing on the themes of conformity, youth, and self-formation. Standout songs include “Find Me” and “2 AM Thirst Ballad,” which paints the all-too familiar setting of being out at a bar and wanting to see a partner. His “I’m Sorry” freestyle and accompanying video were featured in Billboard at the end of 2016, which set the stage for his 2017 release of Tidal Graves. The project is a collaborative EP made with powerhouse producer and frequent team member Lege Kale. Tidal Graves is an even more introspective project, which focuses more on the rapper’s relationships with friends and women, and how they’ve evolved (or devolved) in the wake of success and notoriety. Khary is known for his strong sense of self and the intimacy with which he writes his music; every theme is deeply analyzed and expressed with great detail. This level of intensity and personalism is foundation of the strong relationships listeners form with the deliverer. Following a 2017 mini tour, and in anticipation of new music coming out tomorrow, November 7, the young artist has dispelled his reputation as a rookie in the game, and is certainly someone you’ll want to see perform in Goldstein.
If you’re not familiar with Roseville quite yet, you’re going to want to be soon. The SU student is a junior in the Bandier Program, and has been developing his sound since before he came to school here. From Chicago, Roseville, formally known as Sammy White, has made significant noise with his unique production style, an energetic and bouncy descendent of future bass. He’s received attention from EDM outlets such as Dancing Astronaut, Good Music Everyday, and Creative Chaos, and has seen support from artists such as Louis the Child, Whethan, and Win and Woo. With hundreds of thousands of streams on his SoundCloud page, the SU producer looks forward to setting the stage for Khary and Mura Masa this Saturday. If you want to catch an up-and-comer before they’re playing stages across the country, make sure to get to Goldstein on time for Roseville’s set.
Bandersnatch will be held on Saturday, November 11th in Goldstein Auditorium. Doors will open at 7:15 PM, with music starting at 8:00 PM. Tickets are on sale at the Schine Box Office: $5 for SU/ESF students, and $10 for faculty, staff, and the general public. Tickets can also be purchased online at http://boxoffice.syr.edu/ at $10 for students, staff, faculty, and the general public.