The Revolution Vol. 36: Pale Ramon, Yuli, & Phase One
9:30pm doors • 10pm show
Much of the charm of a place like Brooklyn comes from discovering what secret events hide inside seemingly mundane brick buildings with colorful street art plastered on their walls. Wandering the streets of Brooklyn’s culturally booming neighborhoods you may ask yourself, “What exclusive functions could I attend if I were lucky enough to be in-the-know?” -Soundigest
THE REVOLUTION is a performance series highlighting Brooklyn & Harlem based artists + musicians that not only represent the core of independent pop culture but who currently stand in the breeding ground of evolution within their genre.
This local musical movement empowers community, change, and activism through performance and unity amongst the arts. Once a month, three different artists showcasing three different genres have a chance to spread love, light, and awareness through their music and their stories. This series supports revolutionary artistry and how important music is to healing, in all aspects of life.
As a part of VOL. 36, The Revolution will feature three incredible live performances from local artists:
Pale Ramon, Yuli, & Phase One
It was a chance meeting at Larry Lawrence in Brooklyn at 2am on a Tuesday night in late 2015 where Emanuel Ayvas (Emanuel and the Fear) and Kevin Plessner (Oceanographer / Monuments) first sparked a conversation in the almost empty bar. Realizing they lived around the block from one another, the two quickly became good friends, getting together weekly to talk and play music. Within a month they realized they had written an album’s worth of material and both agreed they needed to see what it all would sound like with a band.
Soon thereafter, good friends Grant Zubritsky (Nick Murphy f.k.a. Chet Faker / Maggie Rogers / Verite), Justin Hoffman (Johnny V Lewis / Kaylyn Rock), and David Lizmi (MsMr / Innov Gnawa) all entered the picture, and over the next year, with David and Grant trading off the role of bass player, the five wrote arrangements and played a handful of shows to prepare the recording of the debut album.
After recording with Jeff Fettig at the Creamery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, mixing the album with Christian “Leggy” Langdon in Los Angeles, and mastering with Greg Calbi back in New York City, the band decided to commit to a concept of releasing every album they make as a live video album first, followed by a studio release. The band wants to give album lovers the experience of each record as one complete piece through a live video performance of the album. Following this, they’ll release the studio production album. They will follow this unique release cycle for the release of every album.
Pale Ramon has recently released the album as a YouTube Exclusive 35 minute video. The video was shot at Vibramonk Studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The video was recorded by Dan Shatzky, mixed and mastered by Christian “Leggy” Langdon, and shot by Alex Munro. The studio production of the album will follow, being released throughout early 2019.
The band is currently demoing and preparing to record their next album/video release pair.
She cut her teeth in the Brooklyn indie scene, finding her niche as part of a duo. The pair performed everywhere: from the depths of the NYC subways to the White House, gaining admiration from the likes of Michelle Obama, Diane Von Furstenburg, and Alicia Keys. Subsequently they became frequent collaborators with J Cole, and scored credits on Schoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar’s debut albums.
Eager to share her musings, Yuli collaborated with genre-defying (and Oprah-approved) producer & composer, Gary Gunn, for the better part of a year. The two worked remotely, with Yuli recording in her living room, and Gary in his NYC studio. Their rare type of symbiosis gave birth to a willfully raw 5-song EP, ‘Earth to Yuli’ (2019): her forthcoming testament. Her debut single ‘HER’ is an evocative maze of a track was released November 13, 2018.‘ image=’https://nationalsawdust.org/wp-content/uploads/Yuli-Photographer_-NevaWireko.jpg’ attachment=’34081′ attachment_size=’full’]
Phase One, a native of Bronx, NY, was born and raised in the birthplace of hip-hop. Coming up around legends such as Hank Shocklee of the Bomb Squad, sharing stages with the likes of Slum Village, Bilal, Talib Kweli, Kimbra, Reggie Watts, Hannibal Buress and others. Phase was able to sculpt his sound around the soundscape of the Big Apple. Few independent MC’s carry themselves with the poise and verve that Phase One exhibits. He has become something of a cornerstone in New York City’s local hip-hop scene, and now he’s primed with his latest release "The World Wonder" LP produced by King Henry. Phase brings to life real issues and the light found positivity and love in this newly minted project. NYC locals will also recognize Phase as one of the key components of The Lesson, a live hip-hop experimental jam session which happens to be improvisational, that’s become a must-see attraction on the city’s music circuit for some time now. Phase aims to not use profanity in his music to show the youth in the programs he works with that you can find other aspects of language to connect and express yourself.