KnowMads

The Crocodile Presents:

KnowMads

Kung Foo Grip, All Star Opera, Remember Face, DJ Swervewon

Sun, May 28, 2017

8:00 pm

The Crocodile

Seattle, WA

$10 Adv.

This event is all ages

KnowMads
KnowMads
Born one day apart, KnowMads began their movement almost a decade ago and have been cultivating one of the most diehard independent followings in the region ever since. They began making music purely out of love. As their passion grew, so did their fan base.

Tom Pepe and Tom Wilson went to rival high schools in Seattle where their infamous rap battles during football games were often more of a spectacle than the game itself. Wilson had a makeshift studio in his attic where they recorded their first songs at age 15. “We used to take the metro bus around the city, traveling from place to place,” recalls Wilson. “We were nomadic in the sense that we were always on the go, yet felt at home wherever we were…as long as we were performing and creating music.”

They released their first album, self-titled KnowMads, as juniors in high school and followed up with their 2009 LP, SEATTLE, selling over 2000 copies and creating a global awareness that follows them to this day. Their third LP, 2012’s The Knewbook, landed at #7 on the iTunes Hip Hop Charts, solidifying their grassroots movement. Their significant online presence brought forth opportunities to open for Macklemore, Chance The Rapper and landed them slots at major music festivals such as Bumbershoot and Sasquatch! Their live performances have brought them up and down the West Coast, from Vancouver to Los Angeles, where they now reside.

Their current release, Knew School, represents their migration, not only to Los Angeles, but also into the mainstream music industry. Producer Peter Lee Johnson (Atlantic Records) was brought on board to lend his classically trained ear and experience to the project. The process began with Johnson sending the duo loops, which they would play endlessly, working together to determine themes based on the feeling of the tracks. Knew School was conceptualized around their formative high school days, but laced with broader themes and life lessons, which emerged in the succeeding years.

KnowMads have a synergy that can only come with a decade’s worth of writing and performing together. Their sound encompasses two unique personalities and tones, but the message of their music has one voice. “Our fans often tell us they feel like we put their thoughts into words," Pepe says. "It makes us realize how universal our message is. We've created a cultural outlet for those who don’t feel they have a culture to connect to.”

Tom Pepe and Tom Wilson went to rival high schools in Seattle where their infamous rap battles during football games were often more of a spectacle than the game itself. Wilson had a makeshift studio in his attic where they recorded their first songs at age 15. “We used to take the metro bus around the city, traveling from place to place,” recalls Wilson. “We were nomadic in the sense that we were always on the go, yet felt at home wherever we were…as long as we were performing and creating music.”

They released their first album, self-titled KnowMads, as juniors in high school and followed up with their 2009 LP, SEATTLE, selling over 2000 copies and creating a global awareness that follows them to this day. Their third LP, 2012’s The Knewbook, landed at #7 on the iTunes Hip Hop Charts, solidifying their grassroots movement. Their significant online presence brought forth opportunities to open for Macklemore, Chance The Rapper and landed them slots at major music festivals such as Bumbershoot and Sasquatch! Their live performances have brought them up and down the West Coast, from Vancouver to Los Angeles, where they now reside.

Their current release, Knew School, represents their migration, not only to Los Angeles, but also into the mainstream music industry. Producer Peter Lee Johnson (Atlantic Records) was brought on board to lend his classically trained ear and experience to the project. The process began with Johnson sending the duo loops, which they would play endlessly, working together to determine themes based on the feeling of the tracks. Knew School was conceptualized around their formative high school days, but laced with broader themes and life lessons, which emerged in the succeeding years.

KnowMads have a synergy that can only come with a decade’s worth of writing and performing together. Their sound encompasses two unique personalities and tones, but the message of their music has one voice. “Our fans often tell us they feel like we put their thoughts into words," Pepe says. "It makes us realize how universal our message is. We've created a cultural outlet for those who don’t feel they have a culture to connect to.”

In 2012 KnowMads released their most highly acclaimed album, The KnewBook, which rose to #7 on the iTunes charts. KnowMads have worked since to explore their creativity individually, recently releasing respective solo albums; Pepe's Live Good (2013) and Wilson's Jet City (2014). Live Good is laced with modern west coast production and personal narratives reminiscent of Dom Kennedy and Kendrick Lamar. Jet City rides over a golden era east coast sound, with sharp hard-hitting lyrics, along the lines of Action Bronson. Seattle beat maker, Jesse Judd, produced both of these albums along with the majority of KnowMads early catalogue.

Pepe and Wilson have had the opportunity to perform throughout the Northwest, wherein lies their greatest fan-base, as well as garnering new crowds by the thousands. They performed at Bumbershoot Music Festival (2012) and Sasquatch Music Festival (2013), deepening support for the KnowMadFam Movement. Pepe and Wilson have been performing at Seattle venues since they were 16-years-old, coming up in the local rap scene alongside Blue Scholars and Macklemore. They have performed at colleges, bars and venues throughout the country; sharing the stage with artists such as Nipsey Hussle and Chance the Rapper in addition to touring and remaining in constant discourse with their international fanbase. KnowMads hope to expand their reach in the years to come. Keep an eye out for this young vital duo on the rise.
Kung Foo Grip
Kung Foo Grip
Eff Is H & Greg Cypher are Kung Foo Grip. Two MC's making that fresh coast hip hop that never gets old. Relevant, independent, & definitely dope! Lyrical, classic, hungry, and versatile. Known to shred swords at shows with sharp precision and high energy. The train is not to be missed...
All Star Opera
All Star Opera
Based out of SEATTLE, All Star Opera is a collective of artists balancing a diversity of talents and influences. Two emcees and a four-piece band play back and forth navigating an alternate reality inhabited by unfamiliar feels, dynamic composition and warm flowing soundscapes.

Friendly-funky-dreamy-grungy-creamy-yummy-steamy-crunchy music for your hungry soul.
Remember Face
Remember Face
A Nu Era side project featuring Andrew Savoie & Chima Abuachi.
DJ Swervewon
DJ Swervewon
Venue Information:
The Crocodile
2200 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121
http://www.thecrocodile.com/