Shoppy

Shoppy

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandAlternativeFunk

Shoppy sounds like a large group, but they are simply a power trio that blends rock, jazz and hip hop. They consist of a drummer who sings lead, a bassist who sings harmony, and a third member who plays keys, sax, flute and vocals. Each member is a virtuoso on his chosen instrument(s).

Biography

The dynamic and iconoclastic trio known as Shoppy sounds more like a six-piece funk orchestra playing alternative music with jazz sensibilities. That’s a lot of noise for simply three people. Those three people consist of lead singer, rapper and drummer Chad Villarreal and bassist/backing vocalist Matt Wyckoff and multi-instrumentalist virtuoso Gabe Hartman, who plays keyboards, saxophone and the occasional flute for good measure (live, he has been known to play the saxophone and keyboard simultaneously).

Shortly after the trio was formed, Shoppy won a contest at a local radio station and found themselves playing at Riverside’s annual Orange Blossom Festival. After dominating 300 bands in musical competition and sharing the stage with Berlin, Shoppy caught the ears of KROQ, who asked the band to play their famous Inland Invasion. Consequently, Shoppy has been asked to play the Orange Blossom Festival every year.

In the ensuing course of their career, Shoppy has shared the stage with a variety of notable acts including Social Distortion, Weezer, Incubus, Long Beach Dub All-Stars The Offspring, Alien And Farm and The Color Red. Additionally noteworthy, Shoppy at times performs as the backing band for Norwood Fisher’s (of Fishbone) side project, Trulio Disgracias. This unique side project has a backing band consisting of Shoppy, as well as members from Parliament Funkadelic, The Skeletones, Weapon of Choice and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. As a testament to the virtuosity and versatility of Shoppy’s sound, they have been nominated for both Best Urban Band and Best Metal Band at the Inland Empire Music Awards.

With their jaw-dropping live performances and devoted niche fan base, Shoppy continues to prove that it’s perfectly fine to be unusual, eclectic and even downright original in today’s modern music climate.

Discography

Welcome to Antarctica LP
Mojo EP

Set List

Shoppy has over 40 original songs, but also perform their own unique versions of classic covers such as "Insane in the Membrane" by Cypress Hill, "Billy Jean" by Michael Jackson, and "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins.