Anderson .Paak is probably one of my favorite artists of all time. Hands down this man has some of the grooviest and funkiest songs I can possibly think of. From start to finish he was on fire pulling moves left, right and center making that stage his own. With a crazy energy that carries throughout his entire set, Anderson .Paak is someone who knows the art of music very, very well. Within his funkier songs he plays heavy on the drums and really shows the people how talented of a drummer he is. Within is more vocal heavy songs .Paak likes to take to the stage giving the crowd everything he’s got. The Free Nationals are probably the greatest backing band out there on tour right now. He’s got a very good talent mix of musicians that just know how to make every song a good one. As a whole band, these guys are nothing short of perfection. Not to mention that most of their songs have both drums and vocals at the same time, doing those simultaneously is a feat on its own. Not to mention that I caught one of his drum sticks at the end of the set and I also managed to snag a setlist off the stage. All in all I think this was the best possible artist to end the festival.
Young, new talent continues to grow in Portland – check out our Q&A with the rising rose, [E]mpress:
EYES & EDGE: Where does your inspiration come from when you are writing your music?
[E]mpress: The world – my personal environment – and everything that’s not around me! All of it plays a big part in how I create and how I feel.
What I speak is reflected through the music I make creating an avenue where I can express myself and have relatable qualities that other people may feel. It also really just depends. Some days I can start writing a verse inspired off watching a cartoon 20 minutes prior or a character from a movie. Some days I need to sit down and develop an actual concept and arranging the delivery. Some days I need to ensure a very direct and structured approach to writing.
E&E: What do you want your audience to think/feel when they listen to your music?
[E]mpress: When people listen to my music I want them to the feel the energy of a thousand suns.