MARC E BASSY
Downstairs, All Ages
DOORS: 7:30 PM // SHOW: 8:30 PM
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Marc E Bassy
Walking 450 miles down the California coast to clear your thoughts and film a music video might sound a bit insane, but that’s the length singer-songwriter Marc E. Bassy goes to for his art. A true creative, Marc cites making music as necessary to his health and well-being as food, shelter, or sex. Marc's knack for penning honest, catchy, and heartfelt tunes has served him well for the past several years. The San Francisco-born and Los Angeles-based artist has made quite a name for himself, composing hits for the likes of Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz, Chris Brown, Allen Stone, and pop princess PIA MIA, founding the chart-topping pop group 2AM Club, and releasing an independent EP, Only the Poets, which was acclaimed by Billboard, Complex, and SPIN in 2014. However, it was in early 2015 when Marc truly honed his sound while working on music as a form of therapy while crashing at a friend’s pad in downtrodden East Hollywood.
Having recently broken up with a long-term girlfriend and with his band of 10 years, Marc found the strength and inspiration to cope by going through a period of self-medicating and non-stop partying, followed by binge-reading his favorite authors Charles Bukowski and Henry Miller (with whom he felt a special connection, because they too, had experienced the lowest of lows while staying in East Hollywood). Feeding this need to create, Marc got down to songwriting again, but this time with a renewed vigor to zero in on his personal sound. “I had been writing songs for other people for so long that I got a lot of practice,” he says. “Once I started focusing on my own music again, I finally realized how to combine that element of making something stick with my own voice. This style of music was what I’d always been chasing.”
The product of his creative revelation, East Hollywood, crystallized Marc’s approach. Co-produced with Count Bassy, the five-song set cumulatively amassed 1 million Soundcloud plays-and-counting over the course of the summer and caught the attention of The Roots drummer, Questlove, who personally requested that Marc perform at his annual Roots Picnic outdoor festival. Friend and recent collaborator Kehlani followed suit when she asked Marc to open for her West Coast tour. Republic Records took notice, quickly inking a deal with Marc to give East Hollywood a proper commercial release on December 18th, 2015.
Featured on the EP, Marc teamed up with Ty Dolla $ign to write and produce “That’s Love” – a melancholy song written about vulnerability, trust, and unconditional love that combines boozy, bass-heavy production with brutal honesty and sexy storytelling. Originally written as a song for Ty to use, Marc ultimately kept it for himself at Ty’s urging. True to Marc’s form, the song possesses two elements of his signature style – the subject matter embraces the good, along with the bad and ugly, while the lyrics are autobiographical yet relatable. Marc explains, "That song is about young love. There’s no better feeling when you and your significant other are going crazy, yelling, and fighting just because you fucking love each other so much.”
Fresh off the ‘When It’s Dark Out’ tour with G-Eazy and A$AP Ferg, Marc is only picking up steam. Writing his best, most authentic music to date while hitting his stride on stage, Marc approaches the journey ahead with true artistic perspective. He’s letting the feelings evoked from his realest, most personal experiences drive his music – He holds nothing back. Once, Marc even admitted that he loves having his heart broken. Why? “It makes you pick yourself off the floor and do better,” he says. “I’m not afraid to be myself on a record and use the voice I’ve got. I want to share something honest with them and hope they become inspired to be themselves. I want people to feel.”
“You & Me” ft. G-Eazy, Marc’s lead single from his Groovy People EP, is rapidly growing. With over 66 million streams on Spotify, a consistent Top 10 spot on the Rhythmic Chart, and Top 50 on the Shazam U.S. chart, “You & Me” has become Bassy's first and highest Billboard Hot 100-charting song peaking at #58.
Jamaal “ELHAE” Jones knows that nothing lasts forever, so he’s going to dedicate all of his time to become one of the greatest artists of this generation.
The singer and rapper, whose name acrimoniously breaks down to Every Life Has An Ending, adopted his moniker one day while he was writing a song in high school.
“I just liked the way that phrase looked on paper, so I took the letter from each word and pushed it together,” he says of his name’s origin.
ELHAE was born in Minot, North Dakota, but with a military dad, he moved around quite a bit, eventually landing in Warner Robins, Georgia, spending his summers in Savannah. His first taste of music came when he sang in his school choir, though he was deeply inspired by the rhymes of Kanye West, Mos Def and Talib Kweli.
“I just loved the conscious rap, it’s something that really stimulated my brain,” he says.
Still, it would be a spitter much closer to him that helped ELHAE realize his dream. After he heard a rap song that his choir buddy recorded in his home studio, ELHAE’s interests were piqued. “I went over to his house and recorded and I fell in love,” he says.
His first recording came at 14-years old, over Cassidy’s “I’ma Hustla” instrumental. “We just recorded for weeks on end. It was so cool because it was my voice coming through the speakers,” he says.
From there, ELHAE experimented blending hip-hop and R&B into a seamless sound. “People would tell me to pick one, but I never felt like I had to,” he says.
Once he developed his sound, ELHAE went on to record his own projects like The Zero, Every Life Has an Ending and Before You Go. His 2015EP, AURA, is a soulful selection that samples Michael Jackson and draws inspiration from Usher, while simultaneously showcasing his songwriting and soothing voice.
AURA’s two stand out tracks “Drive Me Crazy” and “Halfway Love” have amassed over 2 million plays on SoundCloud. His latest single “Love A N****” is a cocky and confident ballad with traces of trap; and in less than a year has racked up 2 million spins on its own.
Now ELHAE’s latest release All Have Fallen (Dream Loud Music Group/Atlantic) will put him on the path to greatness. “I want to be considered one of the best and that’s what I’m gunning for,” he says. “I have the tools and intellect and talent to get there.”
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