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At 3am in the morning and 3 or so beers deep, New York based artist Two Feet sat restlessly on his friend's couch, The same couch that had also been serving as his bed for the last few months, in an apartment in Harlem. He was putting the final touches on a song he had written earlier that day -- unapologetically titled "Go Fuck Yourself," the track was written in a three hour blur and he hadn't given too much thought too until he had sent it to a handful of friends who said differently. Switching the track to public on soundcloud, Two Feet closed his laptop and let the liquor take him to sleep. By the time he woke up in the morning, "Go Fuck Yourself" had garnered thousands of streams and his inbox was ringing with messages from new fans and prospective labels.
5 months on and Two Feet aka Bill something is reflecting on his debut EP -- the appropriately titled, "First Steps." Independently released, the EP is a collection of 4 songs born out of frustration and a knee-jerk reaction to other projects he had been working. "I kind of just put it up because I was fed up with the other music I was making for other people" Bill says. "I was really not expecting anything to come from it. And to watch it just sort of blow up and see how people have responded to it has been incredible."
Since it debuted in May on independent label, Majestic Casual, the First Steps EP has crept it's way onto major tastemaker playlists on Spotify, garnering millions of streams across the platform as well as Soundcloud, where it was first discovered. Two Feet has caught the attention of the blogoshere, with "Go Fuck Yourself" sitting at the top of the HypeMachine charts on multiple occasions, with praise from the likes of Indie Shuffle and others tastemakers.
For the most part, Two Feet's hazy and mellow sound is a nod to contemporary artists like Chet Faker, with a low-key beat that is as subtle as it is unshakeable, but at the core of the EP lies Harlem influences. Tracks like "Quick Musical Doodles and Sex" bleed with an unabashed blues heart, with flitters of guitar provocatively stacked against an unrelenting electronic backbone. It's perhaps in this instant where Two Feet's jazz influences come into play and realising that less can be more, as he nonchalantly and infrequently sings, "do you remember my love?," while the guitar riffs over a soft beat.
"I had been producing a lot of electronic music, so that was at the front of my mind, but I was listening to loads and loads of blues music, and I always had been -- I learnt how to play blues guitar," Bill explains. "So when I sat down to make my own music, all the influences were just sort of there.... and combined," he notes. With additional hints of indie and R&B, Bill is still getting used to seeing people respond to his music.
"The other day someone sent me a snap of Miguel, and he was listening to one of my tracks n the background. That was wild."
Two Feet's debut, "First Steps," are just that, but since uploading that first track, he's certainly leapt off his friends couch and hit the ground running.
Taylor Upsahl, aka UPSAHL, is bringing punk attitude back to pop with her undeniable magnetism, musical chops, and star power - and it’s a hell of a lot of fun.
The 21-year-old is classically trained in piano, guitar, and vocal performance and spent the last two years writing new songs almost everyday in Los Angeles. But don’t let the resume fool you, she’s as raw and fearless as they come. At broadstroke UPSAHL’s music is alternative pop fused with urban and rock influences taking notes from acts like Gwen Stefani, No Doubt, and OutKast - grungy guitars and fuzzy bass lines mixed with sampled beats and crisp pop vocals. “We’re in an age right now where genre doesn’t exist and no one is being put in one box - it’s so sick,” says UPSAHL. “I’m leaning into that while still making music that reflects the music I grew up on.”
Songs like “Drugs,” “Smile For The Camera,” and upcoming single “Stop!” are loud and unapologetic and dripping in moxie. Whether she’s taking down the patriarchy, using a party track to comment on LA clout-chase culture, or empowering women to embrace their sexuality, UPSAHL is gonna raise hell, have some fun, and make a positive change while she’s at it. She rolls with the punches but isn’t afraid to throw a few when necessary.
Growing up in Phoenix, Arizona around her dad’s punk band and a house full of instruments, UPSAHL started learning to play and sing at age 5. Honing her craft through middle and high school, playing local gigs and writing music along the way, UPSAHL decided to opt out of college and move to LA at age 19. “I hated LA for the first six months,” says UPSAHL. “I didn’t know anyone and I was away from home for the first time.” But after finding her footing and settling in with a group of friends and collaborators, she soon hit her stride. “I was surrounded by creative people and doing sessions every day. I started figuring myself out and used the sessions as therapy to vent about my life. I didn't know who I was yet, but it forced me to do a lot of self discovery. I wrote around 200 songs that year, then picked five for the EP as the sound began to evolve.”
The result was her 2019 debut Hindsight 20/20. Intentional, mature, and powerfully potent the five-track EP quickly put her on the map with Billboard calling her an “industry mainstay.” She hit the road touring with veteran alternative acts such as Young the Giant, Fitz and The Tantrums, and PVRIS and made her major festival debut at Lollapalooza. Her single “Drugs” which hit the global viral charts, is now streaming over 1 million times a week and she’s a YouTube’s ‘Artist on the Rise.’ Now with new single “Stop!” and tour dates with Christian French and Two Feet up next, as well as writing a song on Dua Lipa’s new album, UPSAHL is just getting warmed up. Her enthusiasm for life, her craft, and the ability to make a positive impact is contagious. “End goal?” She says, “Make music everyday, play music every day. I want to use my music to be an escape for people, and I want to actually say something that resonates.”
She’s inspired, she’s hungry, and she’s coming in hot. For UPSAHL it’s go time, and there’s no telling where she’s going to go next.
Fri May 15 2020 8:00 PM
(Doors 6:00 PM)