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8 Off 8th hosted by HOUSEQUAKE

8 Off 8th hosted by HOUSEQUAKE

Brasko, Cappa, Gabriela, Josie Dunne, Ni/Co

Mon · January 22, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Free

This event is 18 and over

HOUSEQUAKE Productions
HOUSEQUAKE Productions
HOUSEQUAKE - Monthly showcases celebrating the growing, diverse pop scene in Nashville
Brasko
Brasko
Brasko moved to Nashville from Akron, Ohio in 2011 at the age of 19. Young, and without many connections, he spent lots of nights on friend’s couches or even sleeping in his own car. Now 25, and working with hit-producer Cason Cooley, it’s safe to say Brasko has made his own way to his own sound in The New Nashville. Obsessed with old Todd Rundgren and David Bowie records, Brasko incorporates all his quirky influences—like cabaret and Burt Bacharach—into modern tunes he he hopes will be the background music to your next night out dancing, falling for someone special, and perhaps even making love.
Cappa
Cappa
CAPPA — born Carla Cappa just 23 years ago — has already paid her pop music dues. In 2009, she dropped her first album, You Never Got Me, which featured the prize-winning single "I'm Not." Two years ago, she released "My Heart is Beating Again," a springy electronic sizzler, and later that year sang backup for Passion Pit during the band's live VEVO sessions. Now the singer is back as CAPPA, marking a new direction in her career with that project's debut single, "Hush."

"I want people to feel like they can escape everyday life," Cappa said of the track in a statement. "I think that's what we're all looking for when we're listening to music, and I hope that listeners can do that with mine." Certainly "Hush" is a transportive smash, with fluffy Swedepop vocals ("If you want me / There's no maybe," she howls on the pre-chorus), a thrashing drum machine, and the loveliest high-pitched cooing this side of Grimes' Visions. Stream CAPPA's new one below and look for her EP to impact later this spring.

- Brennan Carley / SPIN
Gabriela
Gabriela
Gabriela was born in Miami, FL and grew up in a little part of the city known as Brickell. She attributes her strength from her single working mother who immigrated from central america and worked her way up to citizenship. Gabriela got her start singing in both english and spanish at church and her school. She then moved to West Palm Beach, FL for college where she studied music. In 2014, Gabriela and her husband moved to Nashville, TN where she is bringing her own voice to the burgeoning Nashville pop and EDM scene. Her debut single "Trippin in a Spacesuit' is an electro pop love song with airy vocals and ethereal production. This is the first in a series of four songs she's released this year, 2017.
Josie Dunne
Josie Dunne
It almost feels inevitable that Josie Dunne would become an artist of some kind. Although the musician and songwriter now calls Nashville home, she grew up in the suburbs of Chicago in an art-loving family. Everyone in Josie’s family creates. Her sister is a dancer, her older brother is a painter and her younger brother is a graphic designer and actor. For Josie, expression comes in the form of sincere, fun-loving pop music.

Songs have always been part of Josie’s life. Her parents raised the kids on Stevie Wonder, Etta James and Ray Charles, the songs blaring through the stereo alongside Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Josie learned piano and taught herself guitar, and took singing lessons from her cousin. She knew early on that music was the right career path for her to pursue, and she began flying to Nashville every month during high school for writing sessions with various producers and co-writers. It was through these sessions that Josie began to understand what sorts of songs were right for her.

“I was writing with the who’s who of songwriters,” Josie says. “My idols. It was a really cool way to start writing and it helped me find my own style. I owe a lot of my development to my co-writers. Overall, I think Nashville is a really cool place to come into your own. More pop music is coming out of Nashville now and it’s exciting to be part of writing those rules. The community I’ve felt here is a huge part of who I am now.”

For her first EP, “To Be The Little Fish,” Josie had a few specific goals. She wanted to capture the Motown-era music of her childhood, proving that soul music could feel cool again. The songs should feel modern but embrace those older influences, especially the use of horns. Josie worked with several collaborators, including Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift, The Band Perry) and Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, Birdy), and got to lay down vocals for “Cool With It” at Nashville’s legendary Blackbird Studios. “Old School,” a fun, bubbly number, is the beating heart of the EP. When Josie laid it down she felt like she’s tapped into something essential and the other five songs came from there.

“It’s the first one we had where it was like ‘That’s it!’” she notes. “It’s been the centerpiece of what I’ve been writing since then and dictated what I wanted things to sound and feel like. I think love songs are super important. But a lot of them are about tainted love – and I’ve got my fair share of tainted love songs – but there’s something amazing about a song that’s super happy. That’s what I wanted to accomplish with ‘Old School.’ That’s a reflection of who I am. Life is good. There isn’t really much reason to complain. I believe everything I sing. There’s truth in all my songs, but hopefully in a way people haven’t heard yet.”

The horns come into play on “Cool With it,” a satisfying pop song with a feel-good edge. Josie’s evocative, memorable vocals shine through, carrying the melody throughout. “The music I grew up on has given me a solid base for knowing what I like in a song,” she says. “Listening to soul music makes you a better singer. It helps you feel everything you sing. And you have to feel what you sing.”

There’s a nerdy vibe embedded into the tunes, too, and Josie’s the first to admit that. She’s passionate about what she loves and she cares about things unabashedly. She loves learning, in any form, and that sensibility comes out in the lyrics. Her music isn’t just about being cool; it’s about being yourself and being authentic. Watching documentaries, movies and TV shows, and listening to podcasts has helped Josie understand that it’s essential to create an immersive feeling with her art. She brings in a lot of visual components onstage (as well as a live trumpet she’s been learning to play) and she hopes her music takes you somewhere special.

“Learning, to me, is really exciting,” Josie says. “That might be the ultimate nerdy thing to say, but that’s what I do for fun. In a lot of ways, movies and videos and podcasts really influence what I do. I get inspired by a world that is created in a visual way, whether it’s watching a movie or going to an aquarium and being surrounded by a tank of fish. It’s a world in itself. That’s something I try to do. I want to put the listener in this story and this other world.”

It’s a world you’ll want to hang out in.
Ni/Co
Ni/Co
We R Ni/Co.
Pop/R&B band reigning from Ohio & Georgia to Nashville, TN.
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Venue Information:
The High Watt
One Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203
http://thehighwatt.com/