Live Concert Photography: Idgy Dean and DMC “Remember This” Release Party at House of Yes 1/10/19 feat. DMC with Idgy Dean, Melody Jane and Fritz Cook
Darryl Matthews McDaniels, best known by DMC is a founding member of the legendary hip hop act Run DMC. More than enough ink has been spilled about Run DMC and about his career in particular — to the point that delving into biographical details is largely unnecessary. However, McDaniels has continued to be active releasing solo material and collaborating with an eclectic array of contemporary artists including Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Idgy Dean on a sort of “Walk This Way” inspired single “Remember This: 3 into 4.” The two artists played a show at House of Yes last month to celebrate the release of their collaboration together that featured burlesque artist Melody Jane and the Arizona-born, Brooklyn based vocalist and emcee Fritz Cook. Check out photos from the show below.
Lindsay Sanwald, is a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known as Idgy Dean. Sanwald, who is a self-described feminist loop artist, mystic and yogini can trace the origins of her music career to when she was a teenager, inspired by Kate Bush and Nine Inch Nails to play drums, guitar and bass, and to write her own songs. While those two influences may seem divergent, they’ve managed to deeply inspire Sanwald’s sound as she carefully walks a tightrope between trippy mysticism and brooding darkness, pairing tribal drumming with shimmering guitars and ethereal vocals and with the release of 2017’s Astrolith-produced Cosmic Lumber EP, 2016’s full-length debut Ominous Harminus, 2011’s Heart & Lung EP and a handful of singles, Sanwald has begun to build up a national and international profile. She has opened for Grammy Award-winning JOVM mainstay Thundercat, Dorian Concept, Liars and Dean and Britta‘s Britta Phillips. Adding to a growing profile, back in 2016 Sanwald was one of 70 handpicked artists from around the world to attend Red Bull Music Academy Montreal, where she participated in two weeks of mentoring lectures and studio workshops with the likes of Bjork, Pauline Oliveros, Susan Rogers, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Deradoorian, tUnE-yArDs, Blood Orange, Matias Aguayo and the aforementioned Thundercat and Dorian Concept. Sanwald has also received coverage from WNYC’s Soundcheck, Tom Tom Magazine, Noisey, The Village Voice, Refinery 29 and made her TV debut on The Chris Gethard Show — and her music has been featured in commercials for Adobe, Dell and Vertra Sunscreen.
Last month saw the release of Sanwald’s highly-anticipated collaboration with the legendary DMC “Remember This: 3 into 4,” a collaboration that can trace its origins to McDaniels catching Sanwald play a set on the roof of a Whole Foods at least year’s SXSW and being so impressed by her, that he later invited her to join him on stage to sing Steven Tyler’s part in “Walk This Way” to close out his headlining set. Along with that, she plans to release more music this year.
Melody Jane is a New York-based multi-disciplinary artist, producer and teacher, whose work plays with desire, joy and the ownership of one’s experiences while confronting gender norms, felinity and beauty, developing a reputation for creating vibrant and at times beautifully grotesque pieces that subvert expectations. Currently Jane is working on Penny Arcade‘s Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore! at PS 122 and produces JANE SAYS, an all-femme, surrealist, monthly burlesque show in Bushwick.
Opening the night was Arizona-born, Brooklyn-based vocalist and emcee Michael Busse, best known as Fritz Cook. Busse over the course of two EPs — 2016’s Sings and last year’s Raps — has developed a received attention locally for crooning doo-wop style paired with lysergic productions that feel both familiar and alien — and for suddenly flipping a switch and rhyming.