WATCH THE DUCK
with Rico Davis, Andréa Evolves
Downstairs, All Ages
DOORS: 7:00 PM // SHOW: 8:00 PM
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Thursday August 2, 2018
WATCH THE DUCK
Eddie Smith III and Jesse Rankins initially crossed paths in symphonic band class at Baldwin Junior High school, a prestigious arts and academic magnet in their hometown of Montgomery, Alabama. After years of staying friends and later producing music together behind-the-scenes for other major artists, they decided to become performing artists under the collective name WATCH THE DUCK. The name was inspired by a simple but deep life observation they noticed while observing ducks in a pond one day: “Everyone sees a duck floating smoothly on top of the water, but most don’t pay attention to how hard it’s kicking to get to where it’s going.” WATCH THE DUCK (WTD), got their big break with the dubstep- meets-blues single “Poppin’ Off” before moving beyond those trappings into more soulful territory. Per Spotify’s review, WTD combined the sounds of Gnarls Barkley with big drop, Skrillex dubstep, which blogs began calling the result “trapstep” or “soulstep.” The funky blend appeared on “Poppin Off,” which was the featured on their cleverly titles debut EP, Anatidaephobia (Epic Records), the term for a fear of being watched by ducks. Their 2015 follow-up, The Trojan Horse, featured appearances by Pharrell Williams, T.I., ScHoolboy Q, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, and more. A deluxe edition arrived in 2017, featuring a tripled track list with multiple remixes which produced the viral hit “Making Love to the Beat (Merce Remix).” In 2017, WTD issued a single called “Friends Only” which marked their departure from the “big drops” scene into smoother, R&B-influenced nostalgia leading to their current 2018 single “There You Are,” which has already accumulated millions of streams & video views. Now under the guidance of legendary producer Pharrell Williams and his imprint i am OTHER, WATCH THE DUCK releases their new self produced debut album, “Delayed Adulthood” as the first title under their newly created imprint, Children Need Exercise.