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Wagatail Presents: Zach Deputy w/ Bravesoul, and James Douglas Show

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Wagatail Presents: Zach Deputy w/ Bravesoul, and James Douglas Show
Saturday, October 27, 2012 8:30 PM to 11:59 PM
The Mint, Los Angeles, CA
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  • Ticket Price: $12.00 - $15.00
  • Door Time: 7:30 PM
  • Restrictions: 21 & over
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  • Zach Deputy

    Zach Deputy

    In making his fourth album Wash It in the Water, Zach Deputy dreamed up a sunny and soulful new sound that fuses hip-hop, funk, and folky pop with the spirited rhythms of soca and calypso. With that sound embodied by the album’s brightly melodic and richly textured title track, Wash It in the Water finds the Georgia-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist mining his Puerto Rican and Cruzan heritage for inspiration.

    “Because of the music I was raised on, I’ve always heard rhythm in a very tropical, Latin-esque way—it’s something that resonates in the deepest parts of me,” says Deputy, who grew up in South Carolina. “When I was a kid my grandma would play a lot of salsa and soca and make me get up and dance to it, so in a way this is me putting my own spin on all that and bringing those sounds into a whole new era.”

    With Deputy playing every instrument on the album, Wash It in the Water was self-produced in spontaneous sessions that took place in studios and homes and sometimes in Deputy’s garage. “Each time I recorded it was mostly just for fun,” he says. “I wasn’t trying to make anything happen, I was just going with what felt good.” As a result, Wash It in the Water bears a warm, natural feel that permeates everything from the intricate guitar work and tender vocals of “Jump in the Water” (a serenade to Deputy’s seven-year-old daughter) to the grooveheavy funk of “Put It in the Boogie” (a celebration of the joyfully chaotic life of a musician) to the piano-driven balladry of “Loving You” (a powerful meditation on unconditional love).

    Despite the spur-of-the-moment approach, Wash It in the Water emerges as a gracefully arranged effort that owes much to the musicianship and songcraft Deputy’s honed since getting his first guitar at age 13. By his mid-teens he’d started up a series of garage bands, balancing his own projects with playing in local big bands and soul groups. “I was this 16-year-old white kid crushing it in a Motown band, and because of that I got to learn a lot about respecting the composition,” Deputy recalls. “To me music is a bunch of small pieces fitting together to form this beautiful castle.”

    In his early 20s, Deputy experienced a major turning point that would take his music in an entirely new direction. “I was playing in a band but I wasn’t inspired— music wasn’t bringing me the joy that it used to, and I felt like I might be done with it altogether,” he says. Along with quitting the band mid-tour, Deputy traded in his electric guitar and amp for a nylon-string acoustic and moved back home to work construction with his dad. “At work all day I’d have this music in my head, and as soon as I got home I’d go straight to the guitar,” he says. Serendipitously landing a solo gig by walking into a bar just after that night’s featured artist had bailed, Deputy soon introduced the world to the sound he’d eventually dub “island-infused, drum ‘n’ bass, gospel-ninja-soul.” By 2008 he’d released his debut album Out of the Water and—thanks to his ingenuity in looping—made his name as an unforgettable one-man-band live act.

    In reflecting on his path as a musical artist, Deputy likens that creative awakening to the message at the heart of “Wash It in the Water.” “That song’s about cleansing yourself from all the nonsense of the world—starting fresh, a rebirth of sorts,” he says. And whether performing live or creating new music, Deputy aspires to guide listeners toward a renewal of their own. “I try to give people a little soul massage,” he says. “In music you get so raw and make yourself naked to the world, and hopefully people can find themselves in that and realize they’re not alone. For me touching someone’s life in a positive way is the best thing about making music, and that’s what’s kept me going with it for all these years.”

  • James Douglas Show

    James Douglas Show

    The James Douglas Show, a pioneering band in the genres of alternative soul and new-school funk, is one of many national acts attempting to bring an old-school creative mentality to a new breed of artists. Currently based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, The James Douglas Show has garnered national attention not only because of their ability to entertain audiences of almost every demographic, but also because of their tight and precise musicianship and incredible work ethic. The James Douglas Show’s music not only appeals to listeners of R&B, funk, soul, and old-school, but the band has also won over fans of pop, blues, rock, and even country!

  • Bravesoul

    Bravesoul

    New school roots with old school soul.  That's how famed rock guitarist Peter DiStefano (Porno For Pyros) described their sound upon first listening.  Bravesoul was born out of Los Angeles, CA.  It is the latest project that singer/songwriter Marty Rod and bassist/songwriter Eric Noble have been carrying around in their psychic space for five years. As musicians with deep roots in a variety of styles, they've worked in numerous signed and unsigned bands, carving out a soul-driven sound and writing style that has been ignited by the straight-ahead, power-rock drumming of Jason Baksh, a seasoned LA drummer who joined the trio in early 2011.

     

    Their first EP, released in early 2012, brings to the greater public songs that have been incubating in the rehearsal space for months, that have taken on vastly different forms and sounds and are now crystalized into their most exhilarating and coherent states of being. As popular music blog Popstereo.com described it, "they have an unusual depth of taste and groove that promises to hit the modern pop music landscape with surprise." With songs crafted with the same combination of pop-accessibility and heartfelt authenticity that anchors the music of the legends, Bravesoul is poised for great things in 2012.

Set Times:
  • 08:30 PM - James Douglas Show
  • 09:30 PM - Bravesoul
  • 10:30 PM - Zach Deputy

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