Bandersnatch is University Union’s concert series that showcases up and coming artists. Once a semester, these artists will take over Goldstein Auditorium for a night of new music. Here’s an update on what our past Bandersnatch artists are up to now.
Smino opened for Anderson.Paak and Free Nationals in March of 2016. Last week, he dropped his second album NOIR. Unlike his debut album "blkswn," this album features a lighter vibe and sound. Smino’s rap is often emotionally heavy; he raps about his past experiences are dense, and he samples soul and r&b melodies. His single “Anita” has been remixed and sampled, most notably from T-Pain. Smino has also worked with Valee on his new song “KRUSHED ICE,” an artist we’ll see on Wednesday!
Since he headlined Bandersnatch in February of 2017, Russ has been busy. He has a total of 12 albums! ZOO, his most recent, was released this past September. His 2017 album, "There’s Really A Wolf," is certified platinum and is most known for the hits “What They Want” and “Losin Control.” Fast flows and catchy hooks are a common theme in his songs, as well as mellow beats. Russ has over 10 million monthly listeners on Spotify and is showing no signs of slowing down.
SU was introduced to Mura Masa when he headlined Bandersnatch in November of 2017. His self-titled album is most known for “Love$sick,” an A$AP Rocky collab with heavy tropical vibes. Mura Masa’s specialty is electronic pop as a “bedroom producer.” His newest single “Complicated” was released this summer featuring Nao, one of hip-hop and r&b’s freshest faces. Mura Masa is currently working on a new album that should be out next year, and we should expect this one to be even more experimental. As he told Paper Magazine, “I think the next album will be a bit stranger if I get it right.”
Tickets are on sale at the Box Office for this semester’s Bandersnatch concert. Get your ticket to see Sahbabii, Valee, and Melii this Wednesday at 8 pm in Goldstein Auditorium! Time will only tell what these up and coming artists will do in the future, and we can’t wait!
By Nikki Lee Wade