U Street Music Hall Presents...
What So Not
Chrome Sparks (DJ set)
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 10:00 PM
What So Not
What So Not has been spearheading Australia's latest electronica revival with boundary-pushing bass since 2011. Hailing from Sydney, What So Not dominated the city's club circuit with his dancefloor-ready heaters, including a window-shattering remix of Major Lazer's 'Get Free,' which became omnipresent at festivals around the world, since then, What So Not been streamed 100's of millions of times, releasing records through Sweat It Out and Skrillex's OWSLA.
The Australian-gone-global star has now appeared on the world's grandest stages & was given a hero's welcome when he returned Down Under with A-Trak for his biggest headline shows to date and for a legendary performance at Splendour In The Grass. He then stormed the stage at Splendour In The Grass, with his set featuring surprise appearances from George Maple and Tkay Maidza. All three parties also collaborated alongside Baauer on the gritty banger 'Ghost.'
Recently, What So Not also remixed fellow Australian breakthrough stars RÜFÜS on 'Innerbloom,' resulting in a tastefully heavy reinterpretation of the nonchalant house track that has been described as "a masterpiece of a masterpiece." His latest original single 'Buried' displays similar maturity and sonic restraint, again featuring George Maple as well as Atlanta rapper Rome Fortune. Arriving with a cinematic video premiered by international tastemakers Pitchfork, the ambitious track is indicative of the great strides that What So Not has taken in his young career.
'Buried' is just a taste of his upcoming Divide & Conquer EP, a culmination of knowledge and collection of sounds gained throughout his travels. The release sees What So Not further discarding genres while employing a consistent narrative, resulting in his most thematic work to date. Divide & Conquer will be displayed with full force in the live arena, with What So Not touring the project throughout the United States on a colossal tour across September and October. He will then travel to Australia and welcome in the new year.
Chrome Sparks (DJ set)
Chrome Sparks is the solo project of Jeremy Malvin, a Brooklyn transplant from Pittsburgh by way of Ann Arbor. In 2014, after having self released a small handful of singles and two EPs on Bandcamp, Malvin signed to the taste making Sydney based label Future Classic. Under the new label, he rereleased Sparks EP and released the Goddess EP. His next EP, Parallelism is slated to be released with Future Classic on November 6.
Inspired by a background in classical percussion and an obsession with synthesizers, Malvin creates dazed, melodic beat-centric tunes that loosely hang between down-tempo head nodders and up-tempo club bangers. FADER has described his music as 'form-shifting beats [that] seem to resonate with spaced-out chillers and hyperactive party kids alike.'
In 2012, while on Warped Tour as the drummer for Stepdad, Malvin released the slow burning, bass heavy single "Marijuana" on a Bandcamp compilation highlighting music from he and his friends in Ann Arbor. It quickly rocketed to #1 on Hype Machine and has since become an internet-stoner anthem. It has subsequently been rereleased by Future Classic and Kitsuné.
His upcoming release, Parallelism, was made using sounds from three analog synthesizers, vocal samples from friends, and a tambourine.