Last month we launched a new event here at Son of a Sailor called Studio Sessions. Our new studio space here at Canopy has provided us with a lot more space and a a retail area at the front of our work space, and we intend to use our space in as many ways as we can! The Studio Sessions are a (mostly) monthly event we'll be hosting where we invite an emerging musician to come perform an intimate set in our space for a small audience. We'll be recording the set, and creating videos and audio streams that will then live on our blog.
Our inaugural studio session featured Austin musician LIONGRL. On August 29, Angie Calderon and her perennial collaborator Gmonk (Taylor Ortman), brought their sweet beats to a small group of our friends, transforming our studio into a cozy concert hall.
It was a hot summer night, so we deeply appreciated the chill vibes LIONGRL delivered. Over the four song set, we got a taste of the duo's range, from contemplative, languid White Keys to throbbing, emotionally driven Throne. Angie describes her music as a hybridization of genres, melding 90's girl pop with elements of EDM and hip-hop. As you can imagine, the result is unlike anything you've heard before. Haunting vocals, layered over richly arranged synth and keyboards, form engrossing songs that have a way of sticking around in your head.
I got a chance to catch up with Angie post-session, and she shared a bit of her story:
How long have you been performing as LIONGRL?
Liongrl has been around for almost a year now, and I've played a couple shows including the NEW MAGIC RAW PAW RECORDS LAUNCH PARTY at The Historic Scoot Inn. On October 4th, Liongrl and Gmonk will be playing at the Empire Control Room & Garage for Ditch The Fest Fest 6 & 7 at 4 PM, so if you're looking for something to do that day, come chill with us!
Who are some of your influences?
Jewel, Utada Hikaru, MISO, Made in Heights, Doja Cat, Emily Haines, Karen O, Phantogram
Any fun facts about yourself that you'd like to share?
I'm emotionally attached to the internet, dark rooms, and anime.
Where did the name LIONGRL come from?
As a Leo I have always felt that I embodied the qualities of such: prideful, dignified, and lazy as shit. I also like the paradoxical aspect of it, being that all lions are boys, and I'm just a girl trying to prove myself in this male-dominant music scene. ~*~*~gRL PowEr~*~*~
We had a blast putting on this studio session, and next time, we want to make it even bigger. Our upcoming show on October 24 will be open to the public, so if you're anywhere near East Austin, you, too, can enjoy the unique experience of hearing live music in an after-hours jewelry shop! Mark your calendar now, and stay tuned for more updates.
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