Joining us at Standard Goods for July Art Walk as our musical guest is DON. They are a group hailing from the University of Washington. they play a genre they refer to as Future Soul- a style of music derived from R&B, Jazz, Hip Hop, Electronic, and Alternative. They are comprised of Pop and Jazz musicians mostly from UW's music program- but they hail from as close to home as Tacoma, Washington and as far away as Memphis, Tennessee. DON is fascinated with the R&B of the 80s, 90s, and 2000s, as well as Fusion Jazz from the 70s & 80s. They try to combine the two. The result is something that is smooth & Pop-sensible, but improvised and experimental as well. Take a listen on their Spotify or Soundcloud. And come by the shop Thursday July 13th at 8:30 to hear them live!
DON recently released their debut EP, Thanks For All The Help about a month ago. It was a long time coming! It came on the heels of their victory at the UW Battle of the Bands-- the battle propelled them into the consciousness of some of the students at UW, and they got asked to open for Kero Kero Bonito and Mark Redito at an event thrown by the student radio station, Rainy Dawg Radio. After that, they were asked by the UW to play the annual Spring Show. Since then they have been playing gigs to promote the EP, and getting started on the next project.
Stefán Kubeja is one of the members of DON, we had a chance to talk more about what influences his style musically and learn a little bit about him. Read on!