Local label set to release 3 albums Saturday
On Saturday, celebrate the release of three albums on homegrown label CFO Recordings. Two albums by hip-hop producer/MC Spends Quality and one by R&B/soul singer J.Kendall. There are also special guests lined up for the evening, which kicks off at 9 p.m. at Haven Underground in Nevada City.
Spencer Williams, aka Spends Quality, is not only the founder/owner/CEO of CFO Recordings but a multi-talented musician, MC and producer. As an integral-part of his hip-hop group Sonicbloom, Spends released three albums that he engineered, co-wrote and produced as a beat-maker and vocalist.
After a seven-year run with the group, Sonicbloom decided to take a hiatus to focus on solo projects for the group’s five-members. Spends not only took this time to begin writing songs for his own project and continue producing songs for other artists but also to sign an array of new artists to his record label, CFO Recordings.
J.Kendall, born in Oakland, first started playing music in the church, learning saxophone at 11. He then went on to play in the Berkeley High School jazz program and later studied music at Sonoma State University.
On a chance encounter, during his time in college, he met Spencer Williams of CFO Recordings, and they immediately began creating music together. J.Kendall went on to be an integral part of the hip-hop group Sonicbloom, producing and recording songs and touring the west coast while perfecting his craft as a producer/singer and preparing for his solo career.
Since first discovering the sounds of Motown at age 5, Scott Howard, a.k.a. Scott Nice, found his passion for music at a young age. He was playing the drums and writing anthem rock ballads (in secret) by age 9. Growing up on the East Coast, a suburban kid skateboarding in some grimy urban areas, he was heavily influenced by hip-hop, particularly DJ Premier’s crew. Post-high school, circa ’97, he relocated to the West Coast with a pair of Technics and a new-found addiction for mixing and turn-tablism.
Later through his interest in the healing and esoteric arts, he became acquainted with the tribal and the shamanistic sides of music and its abilities to move the body through ancient pulsating rhythms. These rhythms brought him to a study of the tablas, and his music reflects a wide and varied world percussion background. As a result, his productions are marked by heavily syncopated beats backed by a full diaspora of layered sounds and complex textures. Always a fan of the mashup, he gains inspiration from combining disparate genres and cultural pieces together to form something fresh, balanced, new and alive.
The show will also feature an opening DJ set by Jay Sea Rain, aka Joe Crain.
Tickets for the party are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Advance tickets available at BriarPatch Co-op and online at http://havenunderground.org
This concert is for 21 and older.
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