Atlanta Indie Fest 2012: Chippy Nonstop Interview

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By E.J. Ogle

Based on her live show you’d think 20-year-old Chippy Nonstop was wild as hell off stage. I won’t say she’s the opposite, but Chippy is definitely more composed in conversation. There’s a lot of energy, opinions, and self-determination packed into her tiny frame. Though her career is in its infancy—she independently released two mixtapes,  #MONEYDANCE101 and #GlobalSkoolofTwerk, earlier this year—you know Chippy isn’t going to let anybody tell her how to run it. She kindly talked to Eidé about her crazy work ethic, avoiding female rap beefs, and getting kicked out of clubs for dancing too hard.

 Where are you from?

“I live in Oakland but I’m figuring out where I’m going. I’ve been in and out of NYC all summer. “

 How did you learn to twerk*?

 [laughing] “I don’t know how it became my thing, it wasn’t premeditated. But people would see me [dancing at clubs] and say ‘Chippy twerks! Chippy twerks!’ I’ve danced my entire life. My mom is a dance instructor. She teaches mostly Bollywood-type stuff and I bring that into my performance.”

*twerk = high-energy dancing based around ass-shaking.

How do you describe your sound? What are you listening to that influences it?

“It’s not really rap, it’s club music. I listen to a lot of dance and Jersey club/vogue music. I listen to a lot of Southern rappers like Future, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, and Rick Ross. I want to keep releasing EPs while I find my sound, so it’ll take some time until my album is ready.”

Where do you get your fashion sense?

“I thrift a lot but lately I’ve into costuming—the bra I’m wearing is from a dominatrix store. I’m really into a lot of color but I’m also into a lot of dark shit. When I wear dark stuff I go super dark, when I wear color I go all out.”

Both of your mixtapes were recorded in 24 hours. What’s your creative process like?

“The producers and I just drink beer and chill out until I’m in the zone. Once you know where you want to get to you just do it. I don’t need to take drugs because being in the zone is its own drug. I can’t feel anything else in that moment. The same thing happens during a show– my music is made for performance. I go all in. That’s how I live life in general.”

Given your travels, which region has the best club scene?

“I like partying in the Bay Area because there’s no rules. People in Oakland don’t give a fuck. In Oakland you can be reckless—I’m banned from every club in L.A.”

What’s gotten you kicked out of clubs?

“I’m not a fighter. I listen to the music and dance too hard and get kicked out. I’ll cry before getting violent.”

What’s your take on females in the rap game at the moment? Is there a lot of competition between artists, or with male artists in general?

“I don’t think about it like that—guys aren’t really competition. Girls are doing shit right now. Girls can be catty and bitchy but I don’t want to be like that; I’m from the Bay Area where it’s about community. People will compare you [to other female rappers] no matter what. They have a need to categorize and label. So I might as well do what I want and see where it goes. When you’re noticed [as a female artist] people will talk so much shit. You’ll get called a slut and even though my music is kind of ‘promiscuous’ I’m not really like that. It’s just me being confident enough to say whatever the fuck I want. I actually wanted to do an all-girl mixtape but it was so hard to coordinate. Hopefully some day though.”

Finally, what do you want to achieve with your music?

“To be honest, I want to be mainstream. I want longevity and the only way to do that is to be on the next level. I’m not even close to the level I want to be at.”

@chippy_nonstop

http://chippynonstop.bandcamp.com/

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A Best Kept Secret: The Lumineers

The Lumineers

Wesley Schultz was 9 when he told the New York Times he wanted to be a drawing artist.

Growing up in a New York City suburb of Ramsey, New Jersey, Wesley replaced his pencil with a guitar and became the bandleader of a ‘heart-swelling’ folk-rock band.

It was a mix between the high cost of living in New York and the death of Wesley’s childhood friend from a drug overdose that motivated Wesley and The Lumineers to head west for Denver Colorado — what his website describes as an act of “stubborn hopefulness.”

With the addition of a cellist, The Lumineers brought together the PBR drinkers and suspender-wearers with heartfelt lyrics, a mandolin and cellist sound, and fearless love for raw acoustics.

Their first self-recorded EP in 2011 led to a self-booked tour to visit their new-found fans’ stomping grounds.

While The Lumineers have a Mumford & Sons feel mixed with an Avett Brothers vibe, they have a genuine sultry sound and are making their first visit to Atlanta’s Fox Theatre August 25.

The Lumineers may hail from the north, but their front-porch, clap-and-stomp sound might just be one of the best kept secrets in the South.

http://thelumineers.com/

Smell Like Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga Fame FragranceLove her or hate her, she’s a marketing genius. And in true capitalistic style, Lady Gaga has now launched a fragrance: Fame. In a not-so-surprising twist, the fragrance is actually an inky black color and turns clean when it is sprayed onto skin. If that’s not interesting enough, there’s a risqué video to go along with the fragrance release to communicate the message of this dark elixir. And it’s a good thing because when it comes to Lady Gaga, there are no words.

Get Ready for Indie Fest

By Edmon Ogle
The Fifth Annual Atlanta Indie Fest is this weekend, packing all the independent hip-hop (plus some soul and electro-pop) folks could possibly want into one insane line-up over two days. And no, it’s not all backpacking boom-bap. Seriously, the 2012 roster provides an excellent capsule of the various strands/sounds of the underground in the internet 2.0 era. From syrupy trap music to twerking club bangers aimed squarely at crossing over, it’s all here and its swag is weird. Make a point of catching these key artists:

Mach Five
Turn Up Juice (ft. Gangsta Boo)
Yes, we owe the existence of the Atlanta Indie Fest in the first place to this local duo, but this home-grown banger is undeniably hot. Minimalist Diplo-inspired production with a chorus made for the club and a guest verse from fellow Indie Fest performer Gangsta Boo.

Chippy Nonstop
Kicked Out Da Club
A Bay Area-based Kreayshawn acolyte spitting over your basic hyphy/Rack City beat. Resist the easy urge to hate, look past the image and admit this would be fun as hell to hear at the club. Catch her set so you can tell your people you saw her before she went viral.

Tuki Carter
Green Backs
The tattoo artist for Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang crew makes quality smoker’s rap as his other job. With verses this strong no wonder he got the co-sign.

Dell Harris
Monopoly
A local MC who favors the bassy, electro-tinged beats foreign producers have been making and sending back to the states for years; party tracks by and for the MJQ set.

SpaceGhostPurrp
Osiris Of the East
The Miami rapper-producer is headlining Sunday for a reason: his style is harder, darker, and spacier than everybody else. Not wildly adolescent like Tyler the Creator or cultivating his fashionista cred like A$AP Rocky, SGP has carved an ominous, weird niche for himself drawing equally on Houston screwed music, lo-fi noise and afro-futurism, if you’ll believe it. No wonder he’s signed to the high-brow British label 4AD. Be ready for a real rowdy, sweaty crowd during his set.

Calling All Creatives!!

The Creatives Project takes their annual Creative Community Housing Project  up a notch this year by providing a home for two talented local artists donated by Pohl Real Estate. These two artists, as well as other artists who are awarded with studio space, exhibition space, or housing through the Creative Community Housing Project, will also be expected to give back to the community through The Creative Project. They will donate their time to the Community Arts Program to work hands-on with students, teachers, and other members of the community, in exchange for the space they are provided through the Creative Community Housing Project. Founder Neda Abghari, a seasoned photographer and Atlanta native with an Iranian-American heritage, is the founder of The Creative Project which aims to, “…enrich and strengthen the local community through quality arts-based education and outreach.” The deadline for artists to apply is tantalizingly close, August 15 at 12:00 a.m. EST, so apply now creatives!

Click here for a link to apply! 

By Sarah Osbourne

Keep Calm and Carry On

It’s Monday. Which means it is time to take charge of the week! But if you need a some time today to collect your thoughts, you can have a zen moment right in your office. Calm.com offers a variety of relaxing scenery with a choice of meditative guidance, calming music or nature sounds to add to the experience. The perfect opportunity to loosen up and then get on with your busy day.

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