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Trapped in the Tumblr Closet: Chilly Gonzales
Chilly Gonzales is a musical genius. Or so he says. This alt-rocker cum piano virtuoso (née Jason Beck) freely admits the name’s just a front — a brand that calls attention to the persona one adopts as performance artist — and prefers to err on the side of outrageous in his work.
Gonzo was born in Canada, lives in Paris, and collaborates regularly with the likes of Feist, Daft Punk, and Drake. He raps while he plays, wears bedroom garb during performances (imagine the juxtaposition of his bathrobe and slippers to the rigid penguin suits of his accompanying orchestras), and broke a Guinness World Record a few years back (for the longest concert by a solo artist — 27 hours, 3 minutes, 44 seconds). His stuff is moving and soulful; he’s turning young people on to the power of the orchestra. And when the orchestra’s rapidly aging current audience is dead and gone in a few decades? The concert halls will be filled with Chilly fans, he predicts. We don’t doubt it.
Trapped in the Tumblr Closet: Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside
Sallie Ford — with bandmates Jeff Munger, Ford Tennis, and Tyler Tornfelt of Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside — would like you to rock out with abandon to their third studio album, Untamed Beast, dropping today.
Always sporting her signature horn-rimmed glasses (she owns a different pair for every day of the week), Sallie strives to bring an old-school, off-beat element to the homogeneity that pervades today’s mainstream music. Between prepping for their upcoming tour and aforesaid album release, the quirky frontwoman took a Closet break to chat with us about playing for European audiences, poking at those who need to loosen up, and using her sound to get all up in your face.
Trapped in the Tumblr Closet: Matt Hires
These days, life consists of bitter winter winds, undulating snow drifts and the desire to remain burrowed under bedsheets. But Matt Hires — a minstrel of poppy love songs with a cheerfully bass-heavy pulse — hopes to change that. Hires makes music so upbeat it might just remind you of breezy summer nights. Today, a few weeks out from the launch of his tour with Matchbox Twenty, Hires brings some sunshine (Florida sunshine, as that’s where he’s from) in the form of a new EP (available Feb. 12). Check it, and the premiere of “Restless Heart,” here.
Trapped in the Tumblr Closet: Field Mouse
Even if you’ve never heard the band Field Mouse, you can probably infer a lot about what they sound like from their name. Layers of shimmering guitars? Dreamy, stargazing melodies? Gently melancholic vocals? Check, check, check. Unlike a lot of indie-pop revivalists, however, this Brooklyn two-piece knows a thing or two about pop songcraft, a fact that’s showcased on the two excellent 7” singles they released last year.
And while their sound might draw inspiration from the shoegaze movement, they’re anything but self-serious introverts; their live shows are often punctuated by off-color jokes and deadpan rambling. The band members certainly brought their sense of humor with them when they stopped by the Tumblr Closet to chat about their songwriting process, love of Halloween and respective spirit animals.
Trapped in the Tumblr Closet: Chippy Nonstop
On first meeting, Chippy Nonstop (née Chhavi Nanda) comes off as an unassumingly sweet and bubbly 21-year-old. Put her on a stage, on a table, or anywhere in the spotlight, and watch her transform into the rhyme-dropping, rump-thumping, audacious little rapper she’s known to be.
Born in Dubai, raised in Toronto, and currently based in Oakland, she can be found hanging with bestie and fellow girl rapper Kreayshawn (who headlined their Group Hug Tour that wrapped at the end of 2012), expressing herself on Twitter, and making music videos.
Chippy stopped by the Closet and, between swigs from her forty, talked to us about the origins of her name, what the future holds, and mastering the art of the twerk.
Trapped in the Tumblr Closet: Mr. MFN eXquire
Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire is pretty disarming in person. After all, the foul-mouthed Brooklyn MC is best known for a chorus that starts with “Drunk driving on a Wednesday” and for tracks like “Fucked Yo Mama,” wherein he lewdly taunts the child of a woman that he’s seeing.
In person, however, he’s affable, warm and quick to laugh—a far cry from the anti-social characters he so often plays in his songs. And while Mr. eXquire (or “eX” as his friends call him) might not take himself too seriously, the hip-hop world increasingly does.
On his most recent mixtape, The Man in the High Castle, eXquire shows off his impressive mic skills over tracks that split the difference between electronic-pop and club-ready bangers. And on his major-label debut, the Power & Passion EP, he displays his abilities as a convener, getting trap music pioneer Gucci Mane and underground hero El-P on the same track. We sat down with eXquire to talk about the current state of hip-hop, his style sensibility, and the key to his success.