Oaktopia 2017

Oaktopia 2017

21 Savage, Lil Yachty, A-Trak, Baauer, Tobacco, Azizi Gibson, Wrestlers, Casey Veggies, Blue, The Misfit, Bobby Sessions

Fri, November 17, 2017

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

$44.50 - $89.50

This event is all ages

1 ticket gets you in Trees, Canton Hall and The Bomb Factory! First come first serve, ticket does not guarantee entry if the venue is at capacity. Get there early!

Oaktopia
Oaktopia
Originated in Denton, Texas, Oaktopia is a two festival that showcases the best and most diverse experience in art and music. This festival combines chart-topping and critically acclaimed music acts with art, events, vendors and activities. Oaktopia was voted the Best Festival of 2015 and 2016 by the Dallas Observer (Dallas Observer Music Awards) and the Best Music Festival by The Dentonite (Dentons Arts & Music Awards).
21 Savage
21 Savage
An Atlanta rapper who kicked off his career with the crew Slaughtergang, MC 21 Savage hit as a solo artist with his 2014 single "Picky." Born Shayaa Joseph, he formed Slaughtergang with fellow Atlanta rapper Lotto Savage. "Picky" launched his solo career in 2014, then his debut mixtape, The Slaughter Tape, dropped in 2015. The Free Guwop EP with Sonny Digital landed that same year, as did a second solo mixtape, Slaughter King. In 2016 he joined Metro Boomin for the collaborative LP Savage Mode. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi
Lil Yachty
Lil Yachty
With hair that looks like red-hot cheese curls and the wild Atlanta ATLien style to match, MC Lil Yachty bounces between the party attitude of Migos and the druggy weirdness of Future with the greatest of ease. Part of this is due to the use of two personas, the wild Lil Yachty and the stern but strange MC Lil Boat. He began to break in 2015 when Drake's OVO Sound Radio show aired his bizarre number "Minnesota." In early 2016, his other persona became the name of his popular release Lil Boat the Mixtape, which featured "Minnesota" along with the woozy party cut "1Night." An appearance at Kanye West's Yeezy Season 3 fashion show followed soon after, along with an appearance on Chance the Rapper's charting mixtape Coloring Book.
A-Trak
A-Trak
At a time when the DJ sits firmly at the center of popular culture, A-Trak stands out as MVP, the key participant who holds together all facets of the craft. Very few share his mastery of turntablism while also sitting at the forefront of musical innovation, looking keenly to the future with history tucked in his back pocket. A true connector, Trizzy hops effortlessly from colossal festival stages to sold-out concert venues and sweaty underground clubs, building links between hip hop and electronic music while watching genre barriers crumble.
Baauer
Baauer
Though NYC club-killer Harry Rodrigues aka Baauer hasn’t been on the scene long, the amount of buzz the 23-year-old has been able to build in such short time is strikingly impressive, going from SoundCloud’s best kept secret to contemporary electronic music’s new poster child seemingly over night. Baauer blew up onto the scene in May with his monstrous release “Harlem Shake”, which was released on Mad Decent’s sub-label Jeffrees. It received a best new track honor from Pitchfork (link), a feature on Fader (link), and mentions on nearly every relevant music publication throughout the world. Only a week or two into its release, the track was being played out by DJ’s across the entire electronic spectrum—from TNGHT, Rustie, and Araabmuzik to Diplo, A-Trak, and Skrillex, to Oneman, Jackmaster, and Skream & Benga. Soon after, he was signed to the leading booking agency AM Only, and began touring ferociously. This past summer, Baauer spent much of his time touring the United States and remixing artists like No Doubt, Nero, and Frosstradamus. In September, he announced and released a 12” white label titled “Dum Dum” on the notorious Scottish future bass label, LuckyMe. The lead title track from the release was premiered on Zane Lowe’s show, and subsequently rinsed by the most notorious BBC names, from Annie Mac to Benji B. Soon there after, Baauer finally made his was to Europe, playing shows all over, from WHP in Manchester, to Rinse FM Birthday Bash in London, to the Social Club in Paris—and even a party in Tel Aviv. Baauer has been around the world and back, and hes not even a year into his career. So what’s next for the young artist? Well for starters, a full, 5-track EP, to be released on LuckyMe this fall, more enormous remixes for artists such a The Prodigy and Purity Ring, and amazing interviews and features in publications across the board (Nylon, Complex, Pitchfork, Fader, DJ Mag, etc..). This kid is reshaping what it means to be an electronic producer, and in turn spreading his gospel of Crunk across the world.
Tobacco
Tobacco
TOBACCO has proven throughout the years to be an enigma choosing to shroud his personal life in mystery in order to keep a deeper level of focus on the music. That has all helped tremendously as there’s a lot to chew on from 2008’s debut FUCKED UP FRIENDS to 2010’s MANIAC MEAT, all leading up and spilling into TOBACCO’s Ghostly debut, ULTIMA II MASSAGE.

Over the course of three LPs and a number of EPs, the Pennsylvania snake-synth-charmer has continuously depended his approach to aural depravity. Ultima II Massage brings the listener up to TOBACCO’s speed as he widens a jagged swath through his own weird catalog, each disparate track damaged to the point of

contributing to some sort of greater, lurching Frankenstein-like state.

There were notable breaks en route to TOBACCO in the present a commission to remix White Zombie’s Thunder Kiss 65, a new Black Moth Super Rainbow record entitled COBRA JUICY, and producing Demon Queen’s EXORCISE TAPE with vocalist Zackey Force Funk. All these experiences no doubt played a role in TOBACCO’s progression. You can hear disembodied bits of Boards of Canada, early Def Jam records, and Gary Numan, or maybe just public-access TV and bad VHS dubs of 80’s horror flicks. Or the sun exploding and everything you’ve ever loved melting away. At the end of the day, TOBACCO’s just trying to make meditation music.
Azizi Gibson
Azizi Gibson
“I’m trying to create a lane”, explains 26-year- old rapper, Azizi Gibson, “I want the world to see what I’m doing and be like, ‘damn!’, you know?”.

Born in Frankfurt, Germany, but raised in Thailand and Singapore — as well as spendingtime in Cambodia and even Zaire (now the Democratic Repulbic of Congo) — before moving to Maryland with his family aged 11, Gibson’s early life enamoured him to the cultural complexities — and challenges — of the world he was growing up in. “I felt like an outcast”, he states, reflecting on first moving to the US, although, as evidenced by his bold, extroverted and abstract approach to making music, it was these experiences that would equip Gibson with the tools to push boundaries within the world of US rap. “I come at things from a completely different angle”, Gibson ascertains.

A decade after moving to Maryland, Gibson moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to pursue his dream of becoming a rapper. It was a chance meeting with Flying Lotus that proved the catalyst for his current trajectory, bumping into him at a small gym in his then apartment complex. After a series of emails were exchanged, Gibson sent across some demos and Flying Lotus was impressed enough to offer him a deal with his Brainfeeder label — itself a hub for experimental, genre-blurring and boundary pushing music.

In 2013, Gibson dropped his debut solo mixtape, ‘Ghost In The Shell’ — inspired by the classic Japanese manga series of the same name — after working with Flying Lotus and fellow Brainfeeder artist Jeremiah Jae on collaborative tape, ‘Ignorant Prayers’, in 2012. Met with both critical acclaim and serious hype from underground hip-hop fans in the US,

‘Ghosts In The Shell’, saw Gibson build on his penchant for warped flows, zoned-out beats and emotive, conscious lyricism — and alerted the wider rap community to his potential. “I just try strike that balance between the smooth, melodic stuff and what bangs in the club”, he says humbly.

In 2014, Gibson then went onto release ‘Backwards Books’, an 11-track project on Brainfeeder, before parting ways with the label to release two follow-up EPs in 2015 — ‘The Last’ and ‘Grim Meets Evil’ — the former of which landed courtesy of Waka Flocka Flame’s 36BrickHouse agency.

2015 also saw Gibson form his own imprint, preHISTORIC, and release 18-track album, ‘preHISTORIC Till Death’ — again via 36BrickHouse — an LP described by Complex as “incredibly modern and chock full of life”, spanning “multiple levels of tempo, intensity, and subject matter right from the get-go.”

His latest album, 2016’s ‘A New Life’, pushed his sound even further, also welcoming in imagery and an overriding aesthetic consistent with the grim reaper, a character to whom he feels he relates. “I’m always doing something with the grim reaper”, Gibson explains. “He’s someone who has a bad name, someone people automatically perceive to be evil —and I like that.”

As an ‘outsider’ first moving to US shores as an 11 year old, it is the task of challengingperceptions — both of himself, and fictionally, as the grim reaper — that provides continual motivation for his music. “People are blinded by stuff they hear on the radio, when there’s people out here making just as great in their own lanes”, he explains. “All I do is watch anime and play video games, but I happen to be good at making music. I don’t have the 21 Savage background, but I know how to make bangers.”

With a new album in the pipeline for 2017, Azizi Gibson continues to push rap music into new and uncharted territory — and delivers as one of the most creative, intriguing and conscientious rap artists in the game today.
Wrestlers
Wrestlers
Wrestlers (formerly known as Bagheera) began as the alias of 21-year-old Houston producer Aidan Kennedy, who released a house-and-chillwave-blending full-length called 100% Panther in 2012 on France's Plik & Plok Records. The record received raves from blogs like Aerial Noise and Neonized and scored Bagheera high-profile gigs opening for the likes of M83, Ghostland Observatory, Passion Pit, and Matthew Dear. Kennedy eventually invited his old Hebrew school friend David Elkin to join him and form Wrestlers' current incarnation as a funky electro-dance duo. Wrestlers will spend 2014, continuing to make what Cat5 Magazine calls "dance music for those who give a damn about dance music."
Casey Veggies
Casey Veggies
Casey Veggies started out as one of the founding members of the hip-hop supergroup Odd Future (OFWGKTA), then he decided to strike out on his own following the release of his first mixtape, 2007’s Customized Greatly Vol. 1, which he dropped at the age of 14. In 2011, Delicious Vinyl helped with digital distribution of Casey Veggies’ independently released full-length debut album, Sleeping In Class, which he followed up a year later with his latest mixtape, Customized Greatly Vol. 3, released earlier this year. Veggies are good for you and so is his music. Live and grow.
Blue, The Misfit
Blue, The Misfit
Los Angeles born & Dallas raised, the experimental producer and cultivating lyricist, Brandon "Brain Gang" Blue started his musical voyage in 2004. Running with the torch that has passed on by his influences (which range from Timbaland & The Neptunes to Danger Mouse & The Gorillaz), Blue has always felt like his time is now as the music industries next innovative producer-artist combo.

Blue is well known for his extensive production work with national hip hop artist such as, Kendrick Lamar (P&P, P&P 1.5, & Faith), Mac Miller (Down The Rabbit Hole), Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, & Dorrough Music. And he's also praised as one of Dallas' best producers based off the work he put together as half of the groundbreaking duo known as Sore Losers in '09-'10 (Free Loaders, Get A Life).

As a producer, Blue prides himself on evolving and progressing as a musician. Though most of his success is in the Hip-Hop genre, he has an everlasting love for adding all forms of music into his own, especially those of the electronic nature. You can easily hear a trance arranged synthesizer here, an alternative rock sequence there, Texas "screw" style vocals in the backgrounds, and dub step wobble baselines behind it all. He simply calls his approach "experimental", because he won't limit himself to toying around with one genre.

As an artist, Blue takes a different approach to rap than your average hip-hop artist. He looks at rap as a form of self expression to share his artistic side which takes you on a journey with well thought out concepts and stories of his life experiences rather than to "out rap" everyone in the industry with metaphors and punch-lines.

Looking to expose this new sound to a larger audience, Blue released an EP entitled "Numb." at the end of 2011 and it was well received amongst the public. Numb. held a huge internet presence on Hip Hop blogs (2DopeBoyz, OnSmash, Pigeons & Planes, Sneak Hype, & More), proving that there is a lane for something as unique and different as Blue's vision.

Blue plans to continue this success into 2012. He promises that this is the year that he really bounces into the national spotlight as both a trendsetter in sound and as a provocative lyricist.
Bobby Sessions
Bobby Sessions
I'm Bobby Sessions from Dallas, TX. I'm a legend.

Bobby Sessions is the collective's resident poet laureate. Think Nas, Jay-Z and Eminem with him. Or, as he puts it himself: ""I carry the lyrical load load of the group, if you will."

Album: LOA (Law of Attraction) to be released on November 20.
Venue Information:
The Bomb Factory
2713 Canton Street
Dallas, TX, 75226
http://thebombfactory.com