Live Concert Photography: Reebook Noisey Nights at Villain 7/10/19 feat. Easy Life and Jean Deaux
Easy Life is an up-and-coming British indie pop/neo-soul/funk quintet in which each member himself is a multi-instrumentalist, who multi-task and is each influenced by and loves very different things: the Leicestershire-born Murray, formed the band on a whim with his school friend Sam (bass, keys, vocals, sax) back in 2017 — both of whom grew up as hip-hop heads; Cass (drums) along with Louis (guitar) and Jordan (percussion, keys and backing vocals) have long loved Afrobeat. And sonically, the members of Easy Life specialize in a free-wheeling sound that attempts to connect the dots between Chance The Rapper, Arctic Monkeys and J. Dilla — filtered through the lens of rainy middle England.
“Easy Life is a form of escapism,” the band’s Murray says. “Living is proving to be increasingly difficult with all the pressures that modern life brings and easy life rejects this materialistic philosophy; easy life is a hedonistic vision. When we counted the name, there was a lot less thinking involved, but it feels like we have embodied the name over time, rather than setting out from day one knowing exactly what it was we were looking for.”
The past couple of years have been a whirlwind for the British act — they’ve made their national TV debut on BBC’s Later . . . with Jools Holland; they’ve also gone on a sold-out national tour across the UK and have gone on two successful tours of North America, which included their most recently stop at Reebook Noisey Nights at Villain with Jean Deaux and the night’s headliner Kari Faux (who I sadly missed). Check out photos from the show below.
Born Zoi Harris, the up-and-coming Chicago-born and-based singer/songwriter, pop artist and filmmaker best known as Jean Deaux has quickly developed a national profile for a sound that meshes several different genres and styles, most notably hip-hop, R&B, indie electro pop and others in a way that recalls Missy Elliott, one of her major influences — and for work across several different creative mediums. She’s also a member of The Village 777 collective with Alex Wiley, Monster Mike, Isaiah Rashad, Spliff and The Magician. She’s also a member of the Medicine Woman Collective with Ravyn Lenae, Drea Smith and Via Rosa.
Last year’s debut EP, Krash featured lead single “Way Out,” which received praise from Pitchfork — and the EP itself, was praised by Rolling Out, DJBooth and Chicago Reader. And building upon a growing profile, NPR named her one of their 20 artists to watch in 2019. Additionally, Harris has collaborated with the likes of Smino, Saba, Mick Jenkins and Isaiah Rashad.