& THE FREE NATIONALS
Saturday July 15th, 9:30pm
With Reeny Smith
Waterfront Main Stage
Brandon Paak Anderson, better known by his stage name Anderson .Paak, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, producer and virtuoso drummer. Anderson was born into a Black/Korean family in Oxnard, California in 1986.
Anderson .Paak’s first experience as a musician was performing as a drummer at his family's church. Subsequently, he then began producing music from his bedroom as a teenager. While defining his ownunique sound, Anderson worked as studio-musician-for-hire–amongst other jobs–ultimately landing a gig as the touring drummer for American Idol contestant, Haley Reinhart. While touring for Reinhart, Anderson released his debut album, O.B.E. Vol.1 in 2012 under the stage name “Breezy Lovejoy.” In late October of 2014, he released Venice, his first LP as “Anderson .Paak.” This successful album was released under the imprint OBE (Outer Body Experience), a record label founded by him and his Manager/Partner, Adrian Miller, in conjunction with Steel Wool Entertainment. As an independent artist, Anderson overcame the odds, ultimately being praised by Rolling Stone Magazine as “one of the most amazing vocalists in R&B today.”
Anderson .Paak is best known for his features on (8) out of (16) tracks on critically-acclaimed artist and world-renowned record producer, Dr. Dre'slatest Grammy nominated album‑Compton. An article from L.A. Weekly in October of 2015 proclaimed that Anderson .Paak had “stole[n] the spotlight” on Dr. Dre’s Compton, and that he is now poised and “ready for solo success.” His musical range and artistry is a unique blend of R&B, 70‘s Soul, Hip-Hop, EDM, Funk and Rock n’ Roll. ‑His recognizable vocal abilities deliver smoldering tones combined with uncommon gritty expressionism that is eortlessly blended into a straight-from-the-street-narrative rhyme style which steadily floats over the airy tracks. Anderson’s tenaciously composed melodies, intelligent lyrical songwriting abilities, witty ad-libs ("Yes Lawd!”) and clever hooks, pair perfectly with the production texture and extraterrestrial soundscapes.
Known as a musical savant, Anderson .Paak is also one-half of the Hip-Hop group NxWorries, alongside producer ”Knxwledge.” Their internationally recognized hit-single "Suede" was selected as one of NPR Music’s “Favorite Songs of 2015” and made the list of the ”Top Ten Songs Shared on Spotify” according to the New York Times.
The voice of today’s Hip-Hop and R&B scene is continually releasing new content as the primary vocalist on several notable projects, working with artists such as: Dr. Dre, DJ Premier, The Game, Tokimonsta, Vindata and Goldlink to name a few. In September of 2015, the Los Angeles | Chicago production duo of JP and Rich Gains, known as the Blended Babies, produced a project entitled The Anderson .Paak EP, a four-song release solely featuring Anderson, to the delight of many fans and the industry alike.
Always striving to be on-the-cutting-edge and forefront of innovation, Anderson .Paak and his band The Free Nationals were the first group to ever perform a live-recorded virtual reality concert for VRC (The Virtual Reality Company), which specializes in making VR technology for this new state-of-the-art entertainment medium. In addition to his musical and vocal prowess, the dynamic artist also created his very own‑web series‑entitled ANIMAL for Mass Appeal’s YouTube channel featuring top artists like‑ Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Busta Rhymes, The Gameand more in October of 2015.
On January 15, 2016, Anderson .Paak will release his latest solo album entitled MALIBU, under the OBE, Steel Wool Entertainment and ArtClub International imprints. Featured artists include ScHoolBoy Q, Talib Kweli, The Game, Rapsody and BJ the Chicago Kid with production from Madlib, 9th Wonder, Kaytranada, Hi-Tek, Pomo, Callum Connor and The Free Nationals.