Astral People are proud to present the debut tour from Canada’s BadBadNotGood. It all started with a YouTube video.
Three young men flipped Odd Future songs into a jazz medley in an abandoned apartment. Inspired equally by Li B, Waka Flocka Flame, Joy Division, Robert Glasser and John Coltrane. These are hip hop standards but they aren’t sacred. This isn’t jazz rap. This isn’t a cover band. It’s BadBadNotGood, based jazz for your soul and your mind at OutsideIn 2013.
Toronto musicians Matthew A. Tavares, Chester Hansen and Alex Sowinski first met in Humber College’s Music Performance program, bonding over a common love for Odd Future, Gucci Mane and Lil B. With Matthew on piano and synths, bassist Chester, and Alex on drums, they began jamming casually and the Odd Trio was assembled.
The first Odd Trio video became a viral sensation as they cultivated a devoted online fan base. They dropped new videos regularly and millions of hits later, newly christened BadBadNotGood released their self-titled EP in June 2011. It was a complete UFO upon arrival on the musical landscape. Inspired equally by Lil B or John Coltrane, BadBadNotGood found the post-bop in Big Apple classics (“The World Is Yours”, “Mass Appeal”, “Electric Relaxation”), Zelda themes or the off-kilter electronic soundscapes of Flying Lotus.
Soon after, a friendship on Twitter led to jam sessions with Tyler the Creator while he was in Toronto. The moment was captured on Youtube and spread through the web like wildfire, soon followed by an opening set for Roy Ayers, becoming the House Jazz Band for Coachella 2012, the backing band for Frank Ocean on his US tour and a headlining performance in London for Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Award show in December 2011.
With two live albums and a second full-length (BBNG2) later, there seems to be nothing stopping this renegade party trio from global takeover.