Wax Tailor – Buck 65
A multifaceted artist with three Victoires de la Musique nominations, France’s Grammy equivalent, Wax Tailor is one of the leading voices of the international post hip-hop and downtempo scenes. With 4 albums under his belt, as well as nearly 500 concerts in more than 50 countries, he entices fans worldwide with a unique musical blend of Hip-Hop, Soul and Funk enhanced by a sense of storytelling akin to a film director’s.
JC Le Saout, the man behind the Wax Tailor moniker, was a radio DJ in the 90′s who became involved in music production with the French Rap band La Formule. In the early 2000′s, Hip-Hop gave way to other interests and JC developed a musical project where the cinematic influence was beginning to show. In 2002, he launched the Wax Tailor concept with an EP, “Lost the Way”, that gained the attention of DJ’s and Journalists worldwide.
In 2005, his long awaited first album “Tales of the Forgotten Melodies” came out to critical acclaim and introduced a cinematic hip-hop that enswirled the listener in a world where Galt McDermott, Nina Simone or Public Enemy would share a dinner with the likes of Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock. The album has never left the Electronic Album sales charts on iTunes since it’s release over 7 years ago, and is now considered a classic of the genre.
Over the course of his two next albums, Wax Tailor started diversifying his music, toying with a larger palet of influences, breaking the boundaries of musical genres, and collaborating with the likes of Soul Diva Sharon Jones, Spoken Word legend Ursula Rucker or the pop-folk phenomenom Charlie Winston. Wax Tailor had his first crossover hit single in 2007, when he paired with UK rappers A.S.M to create “Positively Inclined”, a throwback Hip-Hop anthem with an infectuous jazz groove that took over clubs as well as exercize classes and burlesque revues worldwide. The move towards a more organic sound, incorporating an increasingly wide array of styles and instruments culminated with 2009 launch of The Mayfly Orchestra, a series of sold out live concerts with the symphonic orchestra of the Rouen Opera.
They call me Buck 65.I grew up on a dirt road in a small town called Mt. Uniacke in rural Nova Scotia.That’s on the east coast of Canada. When I was a kid, there was a ferryboat thatran between Nova Scotia and Boston, if that helps.I mostly kept to myself as a kid. I did well in school but all I really cared aboutwas baseball. I tried my hand at scratching on the family stereo system when Iwas 13 years old. Around the same time, I started writing little raps to impressthe girls in my homeroom class. For some inexplicable reason, I demonstrated aninnate ability in both disciplines right out of the gates. I was a natural. I was alsoa nerd.In 1990 I lost my virginity and baseball broke my heart. I overreacted byrecording an album and inflicting it on the public. The effort was largely ignored.But those who took notice were split evenly among those who hated it and thosewho loved it. Since then, I have had numerous sexual encounters and my musicstill divides people evenly. I don’t play baseball much anymore because Iwrecked my shoulder. But I still follow the professional game closely and I collectbaseball cards like an idiot.Having been a confused hip hop fiend-slash-fascist as a teen, my attentionbegan to wander sometime around the middle of the 1990s. At that point, I beganto aggressively seek inspiration in cinema, weird art and other kinds of music -mostly that made by losers and pariahs with an eye for beauty. These pervertedpursuits began to corrupt my own creative emissions. I deluded myself intobelieving that it would be a good idea to apply sundry art theories to hip hopboneheadedness. I took a post-punk philosopher’s approach to b-boy-ism. Idecided to try to break the world by making the most beautiful rap song everheard. After a few years of perfuse bleeding to the beat, I came to realize thatonly mutants go for that kind of thing. But there were just enough of thesedeviants to keep me going and I haven’t looked back.
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Event Category: Live Music
When: September 7, 2013
Where: The Blockley
Cost: $$12.00 - $
More Info: http://www.theblockley.com/