Fear & Fancy’s music is a jubilant proclamation of the dawn of an age governed by the power of love rather than the love of power. Their sound-scape blurs time and space, swirling sounds of the carnival with the powwow, and ‘80s New Wave with ‘20s Pop Standards into a digital potluck of artistic ingenuity.
Perhaps the ability to move audiences to party and ponder is the mark of Fear & Fancy that distinguishes them beyond the masks that they don during live performances. Fear & Fancy has shared the stage with notable artists including Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Janelle Monáe, as well as the Kev Choice Ensemble and have graced the stages of the AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival and Stanford University's annual Blackfest Concert.
After releasing Fear & Fancy and DJ D Sharp presents...The Playlist in December 2009, the group began to receive attention throughout the blogosphere, including Art Nouveau Magazine and GOVERNED BY LOYALTY. Their debut single, "Off The Grid," was featured in The Believer Magazine 2010 Music Issue Compilation CD alongside Janelle Monáe, M.I.A., Of Montreal, Saul Williams, and other notable talents.
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Legion: Vocals, Programming. and Keyboard
Dot: Vocals, MPC, Synthesizer, and Keyboard
Chieff: Vocals, MPC, Programming, and Keyboard
Segun Amen: Magic Guitars
Whippa Wiley: Background Vocals, Melodion, Aux. Percussion
-"Off The Grid" Single featured on The Believer Magazine 2010 Music Issue Compilation
-"Off The Grid" (All Hazards Remix) Single
-Fear & Fancy and DJ D-Sharp present...The Playlist
-Fear & Fancy presents...The Twenty Twelve Compilation
-"Off The Grid" Streaming on GOVERNED BY LOYALTY Blog
-Download & Streaming of Fear & Fancy and DJ D-Sharp present...The Playlist on Art Nouveau Magazine (www.an-mag.com) and Greedmont Park Blog (www.greedmontpark.com)
-"Why Must I" and "Musket Dance" (Radio Airplay on "F.O.K.U.S. Radio" WCBN-FM Ann Arbor)
-"Don't Drop It" (Radio Airplay on Shadesradio.com and Boomboxknocks.com)
-Singles and Radio Interview on "The 2012 Show" 90.5 KJSJ (San Francisco Bay Area)
Fear & Fancy – “Off the Grid” Featured in Believer Magazine
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Every now & then I hear something original in music; it doesn’t happen often because most musicians ...Every now & then I hear something original in music; it doesn’t happen often because most musicians our age (18-25) wanna get hella tatted and rap about weed or not get tatted and rap about weed or just rap about cars, females and weed. Well a good friend of mine sent this over to me last week. And it’s original, in a non-manufactured way.
Fear & Fancy (based in the Bay Area, CA) has been getting a lot of recognition on their coast, so if you haven’t already checked out Art Nouveau (Atlanta-based art, music blow), then allow me to introduce you to Fear & Fancy and their 1st single, “Off The Grid” from their most recent project, ‘The Playlist’ with DJ D Sharp, which you can DOWNLOAD HERE (free).
Most recently, “Off The Grid” is featured in Believer Magazine’s music issue compilation along with Janelle Monáe, Of Montreal, Hollyweerd, Rob Roy and M.I.A. and was compiled by Chuck Lightning.
More about Fear & Fancy:
Fear & Fancy is a trio of masked messengers haunted by the promise of a better tomorrow. Their music is a jubilant proclamation of the dawn of an age governed by the power of love rather than the love of power and that’s something we can all dig, right? Right. Hitting the masses for the first time, Fear & Fancy give you “Off The Grid”, a sound-scape that blurs time and space, swirling sounds of the carnival with the powwow, and ‘80s New Wave with ‘20s Pop Standards into a digital potluck of artistic ingenuity that bumps.
Fear & Fancy - Off The Grid [audio]
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Fear & Fancy is a trio of masked messengers haunted by the promise of a better tomorrow from Oakland...Fear & Fancy is a trio of masked messengers haunted by the promise of a better tomorrow from Oakland, CA. Hitting the masses for the first time, Fear & Fancy give you “Off The Grid”, a sound-scape that blurs time and space, swirling sounds of the carnival with the powwow, and ‘80s New Wave with ‘20s Pop Standards into a digital potluck of artistic ingenuity that bumps.
Fear & Fancy’s “Off The Grid” is featured in the July/August Music issue compilation from The Believer magazine which was curated by Chuck Lightning of Wondaland Arts Society. In this issue, Fear & Fancy appears alongside indie favorites such as Janelle Monáe, Of Montreal, M.I.A., BLK JKS, Hollyweerd & Rob Roy! This issue of The Believer hit newsstands today so be sure to get your copy!
Fear & Fancy and DJ D Sharp Present: The Playlist (Download)
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Old friend and fellow hustler Lola Smalls sent me this pretty dope band she’s working with called Fe...Old friend and fellow hustler Lola Smalls sent me this pretty dope band she’s working with called Fear & Fancy. Fear & Fancy is a trio of masked messengers haunted by the promise of a better tomorrow. Their music is a jubilant proclamation of the dawn of an age governed by the power of love rather than the love of power and that’s something we can all dig, right? Right.
Hitting the masses for the first time, Fear & Fancy give you “Off The Grid,” the single that is a sound-scape that blurs time and space, swirling sounds of the carnival with the powwow, and ‘80s New Wave with ‘20s Pop Standards into a digital potluck of artistic ingenuity that bumps.
"I'm the Next!" - Urban Mainstream Magazine
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UM: What is your bands name? F&F: Fear & Fancy UM: Briefly tell us about your band? F&F: Fear ...UM: What is your bands name?
F&F: Fear & Fancy
UM: Briefly tell us about your band?
F&F: Fear & Fancy is a name that came to us at a roundtable discussion about the nature of the human existence being based on dualities. Many people think of these dualities as poles on a spectrum that are mutually exclusive; however, we believe that they are one in the same. Often, people try to run from one side of the spectrum to the other, or try to deny one pole or the other, when all they are doing is defeating themselves. This is the essence of Fear & Fancy: what you fear is what you desire, and what you believe is also the source of your greatest fear.
You can say that we are a group of storytellers, warlocks that have chosen music as our means of magic. We are 3 front men (Chieff, Dot, and Legion) based in hip-hop, but we understand that the real power of music comes from music itself, not genres. As such, we just do music; we sing, rap, produce our own music, dance, and massQ (paint our faces to reveal the inner essence of our being) and have been doing so since 2008 when we joined forces in Silicon Valley.
We do whatever it takes to spread our message across the globe. Humankind and the world we live in are both changing. In the face of this change, there are those who will adapt and those who will fight the change; we side with those who will adapt. This change will bring about a new and better era for humanity. There will be growing pains; lots of people, traditions, and ideologies will perish. Ultimately, people will be left naked.
UM: Give us a brief run down regarding your current band activities?
F&F: We are currently recording a new album, which will be released in early 2010. We are on a strict regimen of daily improvement of all aspects of our musical production: vocal training, physical workouts, music research, and performance rehearsals. We have a live-in Yogi that makes sure we are both physically and spiritually fit. We engage in lots of prayer and meditation. By day, we travel to the woods and valleys, then run out of them before it gets too dark at night. We watch lots of films and read. We sleep with our computers in the studio. We also open our home to Potlucks every month, we Bless our Block every full moon, and every year we host massQuerade ball, a sacred shindig that brings people of all shapes and sizes together to reveal their inner nature by painting massQs on their faces, dancing, feasting, and pouring libations to our ancestors.
UM: What are your general inspirations?
F&F: We really want humanity to survive, and we are inspired by that hope. Our own dreams mirror those of other artists that have touched our lives, such as Bob Marley, 2Pac, and The Beatles, people who took music as a lifestyle and moved their spirit around the world through that art form.
We are inspired by nature, which makes the sweetest music, as well as cities, which have their own rhythm.
Good food is also a great inspiration; we are blessed with a house chef that creates 3 marvelous meals a day, which finds its impression in our music. When learning to cook, you mix different spices that smell and taste good; we are notclassically trained, so our music sounds like an experiment of what smells and tastes good to us. We might throw in a little Gnarls Barkley, a dash of Outkast, stir in a little MGMT, and voilá!—you’ve got hip-hop on mushrooms. The stage is our kitchen, and other chefs that have shared in our musical cuisine include The Roots, Janelle Monae, Day 26, Martin Luther, Busta Rhymes, Talib Kweli, and Mos Def.
UM: What are your plans for 2010?
F&F: We will be releasing the album we are currently working on and dishing it out to anybody with open hands. The San Francisco Bay Area shows us so much love, so this will be our launch pad. We also have a burgeoning fan base in South Africa, so this will be our intial stop on our first international tour; it is our great fortune that we will be able to catch a few games at World Cup 2010.
"Stanford students, East Palo Alto youth collaborate on hip hop performance" - Palo Alto Daily News/Mercury News
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Hip-hop will mesh with social and political commentary at a Stanford University concert tonight, a c...Hip-hop will mesh with social and political commentary at a Stanford University concert tonight, a collaboration between campus student groups and East Palo Alto high schoolers.
The show, the 3rd Annual Movement Benefit Concert featuring History through Hip-Hop: A Movement through Time, is organized by Stanford's Caribbean Students Association and the History through Hip-Hop program at the Mural Music and Arts Project. The latter uses art projects to educate and inspire teens in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, and began as a program that hired teenagers to paint murals.
"The movement is an effort to bridge the gap between Stanford and East Palo Alto, bring the talent out from East Palo Alto and put it on stage," said Fred McNeill, History through Hip-Hop director.
A fashion show, music and dance performances will trace the history of hip-hop over the past three decades, exploring how issues like AIDS, South African apartheid and President Barack Obama's election have been impacted by or have impacted hip-hop.
"There is a message behind all of it," said Stanford sophomore Jennifer Price, social chairwoman of the Caribbean Students Association.
The dozen or so teenagers in the History through Hip-Hop program worked with the Stanford students to produce the show and spent months researching for their performances.
"They're having fun but it's also work," McNeill said. "They're learning how to be adults."
In addition to the Caribbean Students Association and the History through Hip-Hop program, other Stanford student groups and professional artists Fear & Fancy and Raspire Movement will perform. Actor Robert Ri'chard, who starred in the UPN sitcom "One on One," will serve as emcee.
"I think it's a really unique opportunity to see the way that art plays a role as much more than just an aesthetic," said Stanford senior Kyrah Daniels, co-president of the Caribbean Students Association.
The event will start at 7 p.m. today in Kresge Auditorium, on Stanford's campus. All proceeds will be donated to the History through Hip-Hop program. General admission tickets are $10 at the door, or $7 for Stanford students. Tickets also can be purchased online at www.movementbenefit.com for $5.
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