Busty & The Bass

Sun King Brewery & MOKB Present

Busty & The Bass

Michael Blume, Audiodacity

Mon, February 13, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The HI-FI

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Busty & The Bass
Busty & The Bass
With their seamless blend of soulful hip hop vocals, rap, signature brass and synths, Busty and the Bass is ushering in a new era of genre-defying sound. After meeting in their first week of the McGill University jazz program, the Montreal-based nine-piece quickly shot up from from packed house party jams to scorching live performances in front of thousands of fans across the US, Canada, Europe and the UK.

After building a dedicated international fan base off of the release of just two EPs -- GLAM (2015) and LIFT (2016) -- Busty is taking things to the next level with their forthcoming debut album, “Uncommon Good.” They’ve enlisted veteran producer and mixer Neal Pogue to guide the project, who is best known for his work with the likes of Outkast, Snoop Dogg, Earth Wind and Fire, MIA, Nicki Minaj, Aretha Franklin, and Lil Wayne.

The new album builds on a smooth foundational sound reminiscent of artists like Parliament, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Michael Jackson, weaving in the contemporary influence of Kendrick Lamar, D’Angelo, and James Blake. Each song on “Uncommon Good” feels like a single, from the brassy disco groove of “Up Top” to the Outkast-esque “Memories and Melodies” and the sensual, lyrical flow of “Common Ground.” The album synthesizes a swirling mixture of funk, soul, rock, hip-hop, dance music, and gospel that is layered, polished, and unified.

Busty’s natural chemistry and high-energy live show have made them an instant favorite with audiences around the world. Whether it’s your first Busty experience, or you know every time the cowbell comes in -- you’re gonna dance.

This coming fall will mark the beginning of Busty and the Bass' world tour in support of their debut album, “Uncommon Good”, set for release September 8, 2017.
Michael Blume
Michael Blume
With an unbridled passion and soul-baring rawness, Michael Blume has been captivating listeners around the country. His debut EP When I Get It Right teems with honeyed vocals, soulful scatting and thoughtful, socially conscious lyrics that are both personal and universal. Fans find solace in his unabashed honesty and intrigue in his tenacious commitment to remaining true to himself. Selling out multiple live shows, including New York City's famed Bowery Ballroom, he enchants audiences with confessional and inspirational performances. With a musical background rooted in a cappella, Blume effortlessly produces complex vocal arrangements that showcase his comprehensive musicianship and perfectly complement his stellar range. Whether backed by his stripped-down, acoustic 5-piece band or his signature 11-piece band, his live performance shines.

Released in July 2016, When I Get It Right has garnered major acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone, ABC, Pigeons & Planes, Earmilk, Hilly Dilly, Popdust, OkayPlayer, PopMatters and more. Perfectly showcasing his unique mix of R&B, neo-soul, hip-hop, jazz, and electronica, Blume blends unparalleled vocal prowess with evocative lyrics.

"Manufactured Love" was the first single which Blume independently released in July 2015, an intimate and impressive first taste of what was to come. The song found fans on its own, spending 6 weeks on Spotify's US and Canadian Viral 50 Chart and eventually claiming the #1 spot on its Alternative R&B chart. It was also included on Spotify's "Fresh Finds" playlist. Additionally, Apple Music featured the project on the cover of iTunes as a "New Artist" to watch.

His second single "Colors" premiered via Hilly Dilly, and led him to be favorably compared to Frank Ocean by Pigeons & Planes. "I've learned quickly to trust my process and my journey – especially in the upside down world of the music industry. 'Colors' is a song about faith in myself, trusting my abilities and my path," explains Blume.

From the rousing hip-hop inspired verses in "Relationships," to the velvety crooning of "High Frequency," to the very personal "How High" which reflects on Blume's experience growing up as a gay man, and the self-aware, upbeat "The Same," Blume's records are intensely emotional, radiating the undeniable energy of his live performances.

"When I Get It Right is a collection of stories and perspective from my first chapter in New York City. I like to share vulnerable and honest work – I think this kind of sharing facilitates conversations around topics we don't always like to talk about. I think embracing the uncomfortable works to propel us to a more just community that is filled with love and equality," says Blume.

Born in Montclair, New Jersey, Blume excelled in school and attended Yale University. He majored in Latin American studies and lived in Brazil, becoming fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. He was planning on a life of academia until his last year of school, when he joined a prestigious on-campus a cappella group. They toured the world, performing in 35 countries, when Blume had an epiphany.

"I love singing and I love traveling, and I realized this is what I need to be doing for a living," He says. "I had what I describe as a 'second coming out' – I came out as an artist."

He moved to New York City to pursue his dream, keeping his a cappella roots apparent in his rich vocal arrangements. His style combines his academic background with the buttery vocal runs of classic soul artists like Aretha Franklin, the in-the-pocket rhythms of 90s hip-hop and R&B, and the lyrical approach of songwriting greats like Paul Simon. Michael is fearlessly vocal about advocating against social injustice and crafts lyrics that explore his own Queer experience as well as materialism, race relations, and youth identity.

With a sound that is difficult to categorize but easily relatable, Blume offers something for everyone. As Khaya Lee of Earmilk put it, "Holistically, Blume is a vulnerable, flamboyant artist with a heart-wrenching story to tell. If he released a song where he was rapping, he would have been a white rapper. If he had released a song scatting over his Neo-Soul backing band, he would have been a Neo-Soul artist. Blume is and does all of these things."
Audiodacity
Audiodacity
What do you get when you mix rock, blues, reggae, funk, hiphop, and r&b and forge them in the fires of Mordor with hair from Chuck Norris' beard, the tail feather of a phoenix, Old Spice Showtime from Ray Lewis' personal stash, top it all off with some booze and Colonel Sander's 21 HERBS and spices, then find 6 bamfs with the audacity to pull it all together? The cure for cancer? Yes...and AUDIODACITY!!! We. Melt. Faces...consider yourself warned.
Venue Information:
The HI-FI
1043 Virginia Ave #4
Indianapolis, IN, 46203
http://www.hifiindy.com/