Photography/Portraits: Blak Emoji’s Kelsey Warren at Cadillac House
Over the almost nine years of this site’s history, I’ve managed to write a quite a bit about New York-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kelsey Warren, a grizzled local scene vet, who has been in a number of projects as a side man, hired gun or frontman including Denise Barbarita and the Morning Papers, and Pillow Theory among others.
Warren’s latest project, Blak Emoji initially began in 2015 as a solo recording project with a rotating cast of players and collaborators for live shows and since then the act has gradually evolved into a full-fledged band featuring Sylvana Joyce (keytar), Bryan Percival (bass, keys) and Max Tholenaar-Maples (drums) — and as you may recall with the release of singles like “Another Club Night,” “Velvet Ropes & Dive Bars” and “Honey,” Warren and his various collaborators and bandmates received attention from this site and across the blogosphere for crafting slinky, 80s synth funk-inspired and dance floor thumping pop, a decided sonic departure from his previous work.
Last week I spoke with the Blak Emoji founding member and frontman at Cadillac House in SoHo in a fun and easygoing conversation about their full-length debut Kumi and much more. The interview also included a brief portrait sessions, and I wanted to share a few snaps from it. Check it out.