Aminé

Buoyed by his RIAA triple-platinum breakout smash ‘Caroline’, ‘REDMERCEDES’, and ‘Wedding Crashers’, Aminé’s 2017 full-length debut album, Good For, immediately made a fast impact upon arrival, with The New York Times describing the record as “amiable, inventive and idiosyncratic, one of the year’s most intriguing hip-hop albums and also a bold statement of left-field pop.”

It’s almost hard to believe that the rise of one of hip-hop’s most innovative ingénues happened in Portland, Oregan – a city more known for hipster rock, coffee, and, well, strip clubs.

However, Aminé could very well change that perception.

“You don’t ever think of a rapper or even a black guy coming out of Portland,” he asserts. “That’s just not a thing! However, there’s a fairly diverse subculture in the city that few people know about. It’s very different from what you would expect.” However, everything he does defies expectations. The rapper, artist, and director draws equal influence from his parents’ Ethiopian heritage as he does from trailblazers such as Kanye West and André 3000. He’s more likely to record in a remote AirBNB’d wilderness cabin than he is in a posh studio, and he cites Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson as major inspirations. Building on a lifelong passion for music, he began recording in high school and quietly sharpening his mic skills. While attending Portland State University, he released his 2015 project Calling Brio. Merging visual lyricism, swaggering production, and his clever, catchy bars, it became a phenomenon on Soundcloud, racking up over 1 million+ plays.

Single ‘Caroline’ quickly caught fire, garnering 255 million+ Spotify streams, 76.1 million+ Soundcloud plays, and 186 million+YouTube/VEVO views as well as reaching #7 on Spotify’s U.S. Top 50 Chart, #1 on Spotify’s Global Viral Top 50, #1 on the US Viral Top 50, #1 on the Canada Viral Top 50 and #11 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Songs Chart.

“I never want a basic reaction,” he leaves off. “I want you to always have questions. I hope to challenge listeners to wonder why. Those are the artists I care about.”

Artist Moos

April 16

GTM 2018 Predictions!

Last year’s Groovin the Moo saw SO many epic, had-to-be-there moments at each show. From the likes of both Loyle Carner and Montaigne joining the Thundamentals boys on stage, to Vera Blue blowing away the Slumberjack crowd singing ‘Fracture’ live, not to mention George Maple guesting on ‘Something About You’ during Hayden James’ incredible show.

We’ve just scratched the surface here on the potential collaborations and surprises you could expect this year. Let’s get the predictions rolling for 2018!

 

Cosmo’s Midnight x Winston Surfshirt – ‘Get To Know’ LIVE

It would almost be an insult if these two acts didn’t join forces for a live version of their latest collaboration ‘Get To Know’. If you watched their ‘Get To Know’ video we posted, this one is almost certain! Get your butt to Cosmo’s set and thank us later.

Odds: Very likely – All shows

Paul Kelly x A.B.Original

After their crazy good Like A Version doing a rendition of Paul Kelly’s ‘Dumb Things’ and the three being very good friends, we can see lots of potential for something magical here!

Odds: Unlikely – But if anything Bendigo?

Mallrat x Allday

‘UFO’ is a bloody banger, and these two are the best of friends. We think seeing the two jump up on stage together may be a stretch as Allday is currently based in LA, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility by any means.

Odds: Likely – Bendigo or Townsville?

DJ YELLA x Aminé/ Lady Leshurr?

Ahh. We can dream can’t we? How good would this be though!

Odds: Highly unlikely

Vera Blue performing a ‘Lady Powers’ ballad with other GTM ladies

We have a multitude of talented ladies on our touring and local line up, from Mallrat to Tkay, Alex Lahey, Lady Leshurr & Sampa, how cool would it be so see an empowering display of ‘Lady Powers’ with potential vocal features like these?! Let’s hope these ladies do some serious bonding over the tour and surprise us with something special.

Odds: Likely – Bunbury

Tkay x Basenji ‘Mistakes’

Epic song, fitting for an epic festival! Basenji is Sydney based, so there’s potential he could get a call up for either Maitland or Canberra for a special surprise. Seeing this live would be anything but a mistake!

Odds: Likely – Maitland or Canberra

Grinspoon x Violent Soho

It’s happened before. Grinspoon’s Phil Jaimeson joined the Soho crew on stage last year in Maitland for a ripper of a Grinspoon classic with 1995’s ‘More Than You Are’. Will it happen again? After seeing how much fun Phil had last year, there is definitely potential for more fun to be had!

Odds: Unlikely but if it does happen, we’re thinking Townsville

 

Feature image photo credit: Brayden Smith


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