Odd Future Screws Up at Voodoo Fest 10/30/11 (Commentary, Review and Photos)

I was one of the photographers in the Odd Future press pit at the Voodoo Experience this past weekend. This is my take on the events that happened during their performance, the performance itself, and how the two relate. HERE is a link to what happened in case you haven’t heard.

DJ Syd tha Kid started off the performance by entering the stage alone. She had an engaging smile and got the crowd pumped. It didn’t take long for chaos to ensue after the boys of Odd Future strutted onto the stage. Tyler the Creator instigated the chaos by going on a short tirade about how much he hates photographers. In summary, he said, F*** photographers. At first it was amusing to be made an active part of the show even if we were the targets because I assumed their anger was a part of their whole shock-rap gimmick. After I felt the water thrown on us, I knew things had taken a more sinister turn. I was photographing Tyler, the Creator when No Brain err Left Brain took a swipe at some of the photographers.

Odd Future had the option to ban photographers in the photo pit during their performance. Odd Future also knows that photographers bring them press which is essential in their line of business. Usually there is a symbiotic relationship between photographer and artist because we rely on eachother. Tyler, the Creator doesn’t just hate photographers, he also dislikes bloggers and magazines as he has stated in other past performances and lyrics. Perhaps he fears bad press and doesn’t handle criticism well. Perhaps their anger was staged. It’s hard to speculate on their mindset, but I do have my own theory as to how things got so out of control. Take a look at Eminem and D-12’s video “My Band.”

Tyler, the Creator is the winner of MTV’s 2011 Best New Artist. He’s the star of the band and the rest of the guys are trying to earn their equal share of star power. When Tyler, the Creator verbally lashed out at the photographers, Left Brain had to show him up by displaying a whole new level of badness. This is a common theme with Odd Future because their live performance suffers for the exact same reason. During the performance, Tyler, the Creator’s sidekicks were trying to outdo each other with the end result being a muddled mess. Also, the soundcheck before the set failed because the thunderous bass drowned out many of the lyrics. Energy and stage presence were not an issue for Odd Future members who stuck near the front of the stage especially with Tyler. Tyler, the Creator is full of charisma. He resembles a lovable Kermit the frog with his green hat and bulging stage eyes. The fact that he looks so young and innocent adds an interesting dimension to his persona because his dirty mouth shows us that he’s anything but angelic. In contrast, the guys in the back looked like awkward tots at their first dance recital who had to use the bathroom.

Overall, instead of lashing out at the press, Odd Future needs to work at fixing the root of their problem. If they tighten up their live performance, the critics will be kinder. Keeping their egos in check is key. Hopefully they will figure it out quickly because youth fades fast. Soon the group will have another problem-surviving on talent once time eradicates their whole piss and vinegar of youth schtick.

For those looking for emcees who sound amazing live AND on on their albums, check out Black Milk and Danny Brown out of Detroit, MI.

Black Milk and Danny Brown – Black and Brown EP by BLACK MILK

  

 

Black Milk @ MI Fest (Photos and Interview)

Detroit native Black Milk lives for music. As a producer and an emcee he has worked with such names as:  J Dilla, Lloyd Banks, Jack White, Canibus, Pharoahe Monch, Royce da 5’9″, Danny Brown, Slum Village’s Elzi and Bisthop Lamont. His previous albums and most recent endeavor, Album of the Year, have allowed him to tour extensively around  the globe. Everybody was talking about Black Milk’s performance at MI Fest. He killed it! In preparation for MI Fest, Noize got the chance to interview Black Milk. In case you missed it, here is a copy of that interview and pictures from MI Fest.

What are you listening to now?

The Brown EP I did with Danny Brown, and the Fuzz, Freqs, & Colors instrumental series I’ve been working on.

How has your sound and style changed over time?

Sonically it gets better with every project. My engineering skills get better and better over time, and that helps a lot when it comes to producing. Half the battle in producing is working to make certain sounds sound a certain way, and it can change the dynamics and the feel.  That just opens your brain to how far you can take the music, and I’m getting better with that.

Are fans the same everywhere or does it vary according to the city you are in? How do you keep your energy up when touring?

No. The fans are not the same everywhere. Some cities have more energy than others. In certain cities, I get treated like I’m damn near a superstar. In other cities, people might not be familiar so I need to just put on a great show and work harder to win the crowd over.

With regards to how I keep my energy up on the road, I don’t. You’re tired most of the time, so you just try to get as much sleep as you can, every chance you get.

What was it like working with Jack White in Nashville?

It was great.  It was a crazy feeling to be in the presence of an artist that’s accomplished so much in his career.  For him to want to work with me was an honor.  It was also cool to collab with another artist that similar old school standards to recording as I do. I feel like we’re kind of on the same page with the way we record.

Who are your biggest supporters? 

The people that buy my albums and come to the shows: those are the people that allow me the opportunity to live off of just doing music.

Other than music, what hobbies and interests do you have?

Nothing really. It’s hard for me to focus on anything other than music.

One of the perks of your job is that you get to travel A LOT.  Where haven’t you been that you would like to go?

I’m still trying to get to Africa, and I look forward to performing in Japan. Brazil, too.

Do you have a vision for your next album and next stage of your career?

The sound isn’t really fully developed in my head for the next album. As far as the next stage, I’m enjoying being even more hands-on with the business side, and just being in more control of everything creatively–just developing everything independently.

Detroit Questions…

Fave Restaurant?

Thai Cuisine and Pita Cafe

Fave Hangout Spot?

My living room.

Fave Venue to Play at? St. Andrews Hall. They got everything. History. Sound. Whatever.

Great Answers. Thanks so much for your time!

     

An Interview with Black Milk

Detroit native Black Milk lives for music. As a producer and an emcee he has worked with such names as:  J Dilla, Lloyd Banks, Jack White, Canibus, Pharoahe Monch, Royce da 5’9″, Danny Brown, Slum Village’s Elzi and Bisthop Lamont. His previous albums and most recent endeavor, Album of the Year, have allowed him to tour extensively around  the globe. Black Milk will be performing live on the Third Man Records stage at MI Fest ’11 in Brooklyn, MI on September 17th. Noize was thrilled to have the opportunity to ask Black a few questions in preparation for Mi Fest

What are you listening to now?

The Brown EP I did with Danny Brown, and the Fuzz, Freqs, & Colors instrumental series I’ve been working on.

How has your sound and style changed over time?

Sonically it gets better with every project. My engineering skills get better and better over time, and that helps a lot when it comes to producing. Half the battle in producing is working to make certain sounds sound a certain way, and it can change the dynamics and the feel.  That just opens your brain to how far you can take the music, and I’m getting better with that.

Are fans the same everywhere or does it vary according to the city you are in? How do you keep your energy up when touring?

No. The fans are not the same everywhere. Some cities have more energy than others. In certain cities, I get treated like I’m damn near a superstar. In other cities, people might not be familiar so I need to just put on a great show and work harder to win the crowd over.

With regards to how I keep my energy up on the road, I don’t. You’re tired most of the time, so you just try to get as much sleep as you can, every chance you get.

What was it like working with Jack White in Nashville?

It was great.  It was a crazy feeling to be in the presence of an artist that’s accomplished so much in his career.  For him to want to work with me was an honor.  It was also cool to collab with another artist that similar old school standards to recording as I do. I feel like we’re kind of on the same page with the way we record.

Who are your biggest supporters? 

The people that buy my albums and come to the shows: those are the people that allow me the opportunity to live off of just doing music.

Other than music, what hobbies and interests do you have?

Nothing really. It’s hard for me to focus on anything other than music.

One of the perks of your job is that you get to travel A LOT.  Where haven’t you been that you would like to go?

I’m still trying to get to Africa, and I look forward to performing in Japan. Brazil, too.

Do you have a vision for your next album and next stage of your career?

The sound isn’t really fully developed in my head for the next album. As far as the next stage, I’m enjoying being even more hands-on with the business side, and just being in more control of everything creatively–just developing everything independently.

Detroit Questions…

Fave Restaurant?

Thai Cuisine and Pita Cafe

Fave Hangout Spot?

My living room.

Fave Venue to Play at? St. Andrews Hall. They got everything. History. Sound. Whatever.

Great Answers. Thanks so much for your time! See you at MI Fest!

 

It’s Almost Time for MI Fest! 9/17/2011

The first annual MI Fest is 9/17/2011 in Brooklyn, MI. The lineup is diverse and the festival has been well-thought out with lots to do including music, art galleries, food, camping, outdoor sporting activities, and even an outdoor marketplace.

 

THE RACONTEURS • SHERYL CROW

RONNIE DUNN

JEFF DANIELS

THE ROMANTICS • MARK FARNER

ALTO REED’S ALLSTARS

TY STONE & THE TRUTH

MITCH RYDER & THE DETROIT WHEELS

THE ROCKETS

HOWLING DIABLO’S

HOT CLUB OF DETROIT

JILL JACK • THE RAGBIRDS

WHITEY MORGAN & THE 78’S

JESSICA HERNANDEZ

BEN DANIELS BAND

BEAR LAKE• MARNÉE • THE JULIETS


THIRD MAN RECORD ARTISTS

JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD • BLACK MILK

PUJOL • BLACK BELLES • THORNBILLS