S1 & Sarah Jaffe are The Dividends
DJ SOBER, Sam Lao
Fri, June 24, 2016
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 12:00 am)Trees
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“Sarah Jaffe is amazing,” says Symbolyc One. “I truly believe we have something really special when we’re working together. The first three songs we ever collaborated on were picked by major artists—including Eminem’s ‘Bad Guy’—so it was only right that we proceed and present our ideas through what we know now as The Dividends.”
Jaffe adds: “‘Fools Gold’ was so much fun to write. My voice next to Raekwon’s still trips me out. I’m a massive fan of his so it was an honor to share a song with him.”
After wowing crowds at Austin City Limits in the late 2000's, she signed with Kirtland Records and released Suburban Nature produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent and Wye Oak ). When The Body Wins arrived in 2012, the pace of Jaffe's music had shifted but the delicacy had not: the record's instrumentation veered more towards electro-pop, but the troubadour storytelling and heartfelt lyricism was every bit as cerebral. "There's always a point/ A point of no return," she sang memorably on "Mannequin Woman", which she later performed for her late night television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, "Always something to give up/ Always something to learn". Outside of her own music, Jaffe was learning too, her voice featured in the Disney/Pixar short The Blue Umbrella scored by Jon Brion and she began a writing partnership with hip-hop producer S1 (Beyoncé, Kanye West, Jay Z.) The duo's first collaborative, "Bad Guy" on whose chorus Jaffe both wrote and sings became the lead-off track on Eminem's MMLP2 LP.
The learning and experimenting continues on Don't Disconnect and through the record Jaffe's vocals continually impress: on "Either Way" she channels a sultry smokiness while conjuring a mystique whose elegance is underscored by weeping strings and staccato drum builds. On "Slow Pour," her voice floats almost ethereally over the music, but on every song, the sound is uniquely her own.
Ultimately, the desire to stay connected in the right way-- with yourself, and with the people who matter-- is what drives the album. Jaffe describes Don't Disconnect as being about coming to terms with who she is: "It's sort of like my hands are up in the air," she says, "We're constantly comparing ourselves, whether we know it or not, because there's always something out there to compare to. So [Don't Disconnect] is a self-diagnosis, but it's light hearted." Don't Disconnect is about learning to live with yourself, but it ultimately shows the power of remembering that you don't have to do it alone.
Symbolyc One (S1), born in 1976 as Larry D. Griffin Jr., was born and raised in Waco, TX. As a child, S1 grew up infatuated with old tunes that played on his parents’ turntable. This led him to learning alto sax and piano through out his teen years. As a devoted Christian, S1 began playing piano for Sunday school at his local church which developed his insight on music even more. After forming a hip hop group with his cousin, Myth, back in 1996, S1 would eventually venture into the Art of Production and making beats. In 1999, he received his Associates Degree in Applied Science: Audio Engineering which required him to take his music theory and ear training to another level. Through a decade of hard work, sacrifice, rewards and disappointments, he continued to work harder and put ALL his trust in God to guide his life and career. In 2007, S1 began competing in National Beat Competitions (I-Standard, Red Bull Big Tune & Sha Money’s One Stop Shop) across the U.S. In those competitions, he would go on to win 1st, 2nd, or either 3rd place along with acquiring many new fans and meeting people including Major label executives and Industry big wigs. Participating in these competitions and conferences allowed S1 to build numerous key relationships in the Industry. Today, S1 is the main producer of the highly acclaimed group Strange Fruit Project. His style and production range stretches beyond all genres from R&B to Soul, from Underground to Urban Pop and everything else in between. As an upcoming super producer, S1 has gone on to work with great artist such
as Erykah Badu, Stat Quo, Rhymefest, Rah Digga, Ghostface, Little Brother, amongst others as well as being a core member in Erykah Badu’s electronic band, The Cannabinoids. Ultimately, he’s gone on to co-produce(along with Kanye/Mike Dean) the Hit single “Power” for Grammy Award Winning Artist/Producer Kanye West and "Best Thing I Never Had", the second single for Beyonce's new album "4".
Artist Worked with: Beyonce, Kanye West, Jay Z, Erykah Badu, Rhymefest, Nipsey Hussle, Little Brother, Young Buck, Inspectah Deck, Stat Quo, 2K Sports, ....
Upcoming Artist projects working on: 50 Cent, Jay Z, Kanye West and the G.O.O.D. Music Team , Rodney Darkchild Jerkins Team, Xzibit, Rhymefest, Phonte, Talib Kweli, Pusha T(The Clipse), Musiq Soulchild,.....
Like many DJs, Sober took time to develop his talents in his basement and at house parties before stepping out into clubs. "I practiced for years and honed the craft before I ever deejayed out," he says. "It was never, 'I want to be a DJ' career-wise or to get attention. I just liked vinyl and collecting records and being around it." While working a job overseeing Dallas area promotions for Red Bull in the mid 2000s, he began organizing special events and deejaying more frequently on the side. In 2006, he combined his mixing and marketing expertise to develop The Party with fellow DJs Select and Nature. The Party bridged the Big D's musical and cultural gaps while bringing acts from Smif N Wessun to Justice to Blaq Starr to the city. "We kind of took over Dallas pretty quickly," Sober says. "Before, there were just exclusively hip-hop or house events, dance-related stuff. Nobody was really playing multiple genres or doing anything different. We started introducing new music like Baltimore club and different things that people weren't messing with here."
The members of The Party went their separate ways in 2009, but Sober is more active than ever in Texas' nightlife scene. His weekly Big Bang! party at Dallas' Beauty Bar, is consistently jam-packed and has attracted some of the nation's best DJs including Eli Escobar, Kon, House Shoes and Blade Runners. He also holds his monthly Top Notch event with DJs Dayta and El Roy Boogie every last Saturday of the month in Houston and runs a traveling event, Dope on Plastic, in which he only spins vinyl.
Over the last several years, Sober has opened for bands such as the Flaming Lips and Cut Copy, deejayed alongside ?uestlove and Pete Rock and backed up Devin the Dude on stage. Through his association with New York City's Scratch Academy, he has also taught youth deejaying clinics, including one memorable one alongside hip-hop pioneer Grand Wizzard Theodore at Steve Harvey's house. The most interesting of his many gigs might be his one at Cowboys Stadium, the world's largest domed stadium. "It gets pretty jumping in there," Sober says. "I'm a DJ, so I'm gonna rock the party. Even if the other team wins, their fans are gonna stay and celebrate. When New Orleans won, I played a New Orleans bounce set, and it was insane. There were Saints fans holding umbrellas and wearing crazy outfits. It turned into a dance party."
In 2010, Sober connected with Slim Gravy and Paris Pershun of A.Dd+ through producer PICNICTYME and became A.Dd+'s official DJ. He also provided the cuts on "I'm So Dallas," a DJ track made from snippets of classic Dallas rap anthems, on their debut LP When Pigs Fly. Having a consummate DJ like Sober in their corner has helped A.Dd+ elevate their stage show. With A.Dd+, he says, "it felt so natural once we got in the studio. We had a bunch of ideas we were bouncing ideas off of each other, and it was exactly how I thought it should be." In 2012, they toured the nation twice as openers for Black Milk and Talib Kweli, respectively.
With an amazing few years behind him, Sober already has plans to kick down the door to 2013 with the introduction of Booty Fade, a duo consisting of him and PICNICTYME. Look out for their debut, self-titled EP out this March.
Despite being a rookie in the game, Sam Lao has already begun to cause a stir in the city of Dallas. Her debut EP, West Pantego, has received rave reviews from both Dallas and national media. The Dallas Observer gave Sam 6 Dallas Observer Music Awards nominations between last year and this year, including "Best New Act", "Best Rap/Hip-Hop Artist" and "Best Female Vocalist". In addition, Lao has performed at countless shows and festivals over the last year including Index Fest, Homegrown Festival, 2 SXSW showcases, The Greenville St. Patty's Day Concert w/ Ludacris as well a sold-out concert at Granada Theater w/ Sarah Jaffe among others. Sam's visuals, which can be found on her Vevo page, are some of the most exciting music videos to come out of Dallas in some time. Her video for "Pilgrims" received a Dallas Observer Music Award nomination for "Best Video" in 2013.
Whether it was listening to her music online, seeing her amazing live performance or watching one of her captivating music videos, fans have been coming in masses to see what's next from Sam Lao. She is clearly showing that she has what it takes to hang with the boys in hip-hop. Lao is currently putting the finishing touches on her debut full-length album which is expected to release at the end of 2014.
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