Killah Priest (of Wu-Tang Clan)

Revolutionary Music Presents!

Killah Priest (of Wu-Tang Clan)

Bryan Ford Band, Pugz Atomz, Awdazcate

Sat, June 25, 2016

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

Subterranean

$15.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Killah Priest (of Wu-Tang Clan)
Killah Priest (of Wu-Tang Clan)
Killah Priest is a tangential associate of the Wu-Tang Clan. The Brooklyn native made his first recorded appearances on records by such Wu side projects and solo albums as the Gravediggaz, Ol' Dirty Bastard's Return to the 36 Chambers, and, most importantly, Genius/GZA's seminal Liquid Swords. His contributions became legendary and paved the way for the release of his acclaimed debut album, Heavy Mental, in the spring of 1998.
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville, Killah Priest became infatuated with hip-hop as a child, listening to old-school and new school acts like Eric B. & Rakim alike. He also was influenced by local rappers, like Genius and Onyx's Suave, who would often play local parties. Killah Priest began working on his rhyming and eventually earned a considerable reputation in Brooklyn, but instead of pursuing his musical career further, he took a sabbatical in order to educate himself, primarily about religion and history.

Killah Priest returned to rapping in 1995, appearing on several Wu projects. All of his cameos were noteworthy, but his role on Liquid Swords earned special attention. By the end of 1996, he formed his own side project, the Sunz of Man. In 1997, GZA suggested to Geffen that they sign Killah Priest, and the label took his advice.

Killah worked on the album with True Master and 4th Disciple, two producers associated with the Clan. The resulting album, Heavy Mental, was dense with religious imagery and filled with evocative sounds. It received excellent reviews upon its March 1998 release and was a respectable commercial success, debuting at number 24 on the pop charts.

Killah Priest issued his second album, View from Masada, in the spring of 2000, further bolstering his status as one of the most compelling solo artists in the Wu-Tang stable. After that he has released more projects such as Priesthood and Black August.
Bryan Ford Band
Bryan Ford Band
Bryan Ford is a multi-genre virtuoso on guitar, bass, keys, and drums who sharpened his composition and production skills over a 15+ year career as a behind-the-scenes electronic musician, releasing music as himself, Lake Street Project, B. Ford, Terry Swank, and various collaborations. Those who've worked with him - luminaries like Killah Priest, Pugs Atomz, Pseudo Slang, MC Tree, J Boogie, Family Tree, Glenn Underground, Roy Davis Jr., Stacy Kidd, Andre Harris, Andrew Emil, Chicago Afrobeat Project, and Meg Lee Chin of Pigface - use words like "genius" when they describe his talent.

Bryan Ford has been writing music and playing the guitar, drums, and bass guitar for most of his life. He grew up in the Chicago area and moved to Greeley, Colorado to pursue a music education at the renowned music program at University of Northern Colorado. In 1994, as a student, he co-founded, wrote music, and played guitar/lead vocals for Isabelle Haze, a 7 piece horn-driven funk band. The band built solid a following in multiple states and self released a well received album. In 1999, Isabelle Haze moved to Chicago to take their next steps in music.

In Chicago, Bryan and many of the other members of Isabelle Haze moved into a loft space on a block of Lake Street that would become famous in Chicago's underground lore. Levi from My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult lived in the loft next door, the band Last Vegas who toured with Mötley Crüe lived one floor down, and a series of other artists and promoters from genres as diverse as hip hop, house, techno, breakbeat, punk, blues, and rock cycled through the lofts on the 600 block of Lake Street. The loft scene on the 600 block of Lake Street during the late 90s and aughts was a vibrant melting pot of different underground music styles.

In 2000, as Isabelle Haze began winding down, Bryan began playing guitar for Meg Lee Chin, the former lead singer/songwriter for Pigface. Between tour dates across opening for My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult and Martin Atkins’ Damage Manual across the U.S., Bryan began collaborating in the studio with fellow Lake Street loft residents, Jeremiah Seraphine, Monna Samuka, and Kevin Ford on deep house music as part of the Lake Street Project. Their studio sessions would produce the Billboard Club Play hit, Forever, spending more than 10 weeks on the chart.




In 2004, Bryan co-founded Revolutionary Music, with longtime collaborator and friend Jeremiah Seraphine. Soon after they founded the label, they converted a loft on the familiar 600 block of Lake Street into an underground party spot and music venue called the Safe House. The Safe House showcased DJs and performers from all over the world to a close knit late night crowd. The venue ran for more than 3 years.

At the Safe House, Bryan began developing his own sound of electronic music that drew on all the varied influences around him. He collaborated with fellow producer and multi-instrumentalist Geoff Gilkes to perform his new sound live. They called themselves Bryan Ford & Goulet. They quickly gained momentum and a following. Their last show before Geoff Gilkes moved to Texas in early 2011, was a sold out show opening for RJD2 at the Metro in Chicago.

Since 2011, Bryan has released the EPs Moniker, Shoe Tree, and Hands, and his songs and remixes have appeared on numerous compilations. His music was released on the compilation Prive': The Lounge Anthology along with artists Jazzanova, Jose Padilla, and J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science and licensed on Universal Music’s compilation High Society: Haute. Several of his songs also appeared on the Revolutionary Music Presents Organica Lounge compilation.

In 2015, Bryan began collaborating with Killah Priest, Pugs Atomz, Awdazcate, and Shifty Johnson, as well as the vocalist Darcy with the intent of furthering his sound and releasing a hip hop album in 2016 - For the Future of Hip Hop.

Additionally, Bryan has been regularly rehearsing his music with a band of seasoned musicians comprised of members of various well-known Chicago bands, including Poi Dog Pondering, J. Davis Trio, Chicago Afrobeat Project, and others to build a unique live show consisting of a solid repertoire of his original, guitar-centric, vintage keys-meets-electronica hip-hop sound, featuring MCs like Killah Priest and Pugs Atomz, and vocalists like Darcy and Awdazcate.

2016 is Bryan Ford's year. Stay tuned.
Pugz Atomz
Pugz Atomz
Lover, Leo, Kinda like a Rapper, Vintage garment collector, Professional pizza eater, Artist, and Radio presenter.
Awdazcate
Awdazcate
Venue Information:
Subterranean
2011 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60647
http://subt.net/