Deb Never, Amrit
1940 9th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
In Tommy Genesis’ video for “100 Bad,” she’s spread upon a persian rug, rocking sharply shoulder-padded pinstripes and thigh-high patent boots, all the while feverishly shoveling bills into her crotch. To the majority, this is taken as “Tommy being Tommy” -- but the Canadian-born
rapper do-it-all is quick to shoot down any notion that she’s assuming a permanent residency inside the “fetish-rap” bin she’s so often tossed into. To Tommy, those shots are a nostalgic nod to Tracey Emin, one of many artists Genesis has sourced for inspiration over the course of her multifaceted career. Citing others like Richard Prince and Nobuyoshi Araki, the shades of her debut album come into focus. Nevertheless, she asserts that she still has some defining to do. Tommy’s follow up to her 2015 mixtape, World Vision, is thousands of takes in the making -- a practice in patience -- but she is anxious to present a project doused in duality.
Genesis admits she was “exposed to everything” with her young forays into the creative realm. From art school (where she majored in film and sculpture) to present day, Tommy operates throughout various creative outlets. Whether music, film, poetry, painting, contour nude drawing, or curating art spaces, she comes from a diversely oriented world. Dictating her own practice comes natural.
“I’m fully immersed in that culture,” Tommy says, adding, “I’m immune to any shock at this point.”
Tommy’s self-titled debut album will be released November 9, 2018.
Listening to Deb Never doesn’t trigger just one emotion. Her day-dreamy melodies and raw voice paired with porous guitar riffs and unexpected kick drum beats make for a grungy sound that could only come from one place, Washington. The LA transplant cites a wide range of references from Three6Mafia to Nirvana. Mr Nobody is her newest track and it will either make you cry, or make you feel like you’re on drugs.
Singer. Model. Pianist. Influencer. Talent manager. Is there any part of the entertainment industry that the Australian born and bred Amrit does not have experience with?
With seven years in NYC under her belt, the multitalented artist has had quite the journey. After graduating from university with a Jazz degree, Amrit moved half way across the globe without a plan. In fact, she didn’t even have any connections in this fast-paced city. Without friends or family in the States, Amrit immersed herself in the vibrant music culture of NYC and started creating. For this DJ, it’s clear that creating art is as natural to her as breathing. She wakes up to jazz and old-school R&B, hits the gym, heads to work with her dog Soy in tow, and frequently ends the night with a gig.
Looking at all that Amrit has accomplished in her time at NYC, it’s clear that she has the kind of hustle that can’t be replicated. She came to NYC, stepped out of her comfort zone, and in the process has not only mastered the art of the perfect selfie but also created two successful and full-time careers.
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