with Dreamcast

Songbyrd Presents
Downstairs, All Ages

DOORS: 7:00 PM // SHOW: 8:00 PM

$15 / $17



Songbyrd Presents

Monday March 5, 2018


The world is gradually becoming a more welcoming place for kids who feel like they don't fit in. Gus Dapperton, a 20-year-old artist from Warwick, New York represents that paradigm shift in its purest form.

At only 20 years old, Dapperton feels like he’s coming into his own, catching the attention of music fans and fashion heads alike. His new EP, Yellow and Such, sounds like a dream—a dazzling display of layered production, ambient segues, and lyrics that resonate. It’s a four-song exploration of falling in love for the first time, an experience that shaped the maturity of his sound and caliber of work. “This is the first project I’ve put out as myself,” he says. “I think it’s the start of the most natural interpretation of my sound.

Standing at 6 feet 3 inches and sporting a bowl cut, blue eyeshadow, peach nail polish and Air Force 1s—Dapperton is exactly that: himself. He represents a new generation of artists, a wave of youth blurring the lines of gender, sound, and style while flaunting their idiosyncrasies.

For Dapperton, the lines have always been blurred, and his ability as an artist is fluid. The quintessential DIY musician, Dapperton began writing and producing in junior high school and later picked up instruments and vocals to round out his skill set. “I’m very into arranging the whole song in general,” he explains. “It comes naturally to me.


This knack for creating and understanding music translates directly to his live performance—evidenced by the hordes of stylish kids and teenage girls in mesh tops that collect in the city’s venues and sing along to every word. The release party for Yellow and Such was held in Chinatown’s MX gallery where a short film for Vogue, directed by Matthew Dillon Cohen, played on a projector. Later that night, two boys in du-rags milly rocked on stage as Dapperton and his band performed an electric rendition of The Beatles’ “Twist and Shout.”