Accordion isn’t an instrument one would expect to find on a hip-hop mixtape. And in all likelihood, it’s a sampled version of the squeezebox. But whatever its source, that musical texture adds a left-field quality to what’s essentially a rapid-fire AutoTuned rap piece with more conventional singing on the chorus.
The Asheville producer/musician has a music video release party for his new single on July 12 at Room Nine.
Two of the shows spotlighted in this issue feature multiple local artists headlining, and another has a local group opening.
In creating a safe space, “we want the queer community to feel at home there, as well as the Latinx community, people of color, older people,” says one of Hex’s organizers.
DJ Audio — born Ethan Conner — is a well-rounded talent, with notable skills in writing lyrics, vocals (both sung and rapped) and keyboards.
Originally from Roosevelt, N.Y., Conner moved to Asheville about four years ago. His parents and sister now live here, too, but “when I came in just to visit, I liked the place, the idea that there’s no set way to do anything. Whoever wants to make their own way can play,” he says.