Anderson .Paak

I’ve been a little bit into Anderson .Paak ever since I saw his NPR Tiny Desk Concert:

I just love how funky the whole set was, and that he brought a full on drumset into the tiny desk area.

Recently, I also downloaded his interview with Marc Maron on the WTF podcast. Two things struck me in the interview:

  1. First, he came across like he was just having such a freaking good time. Like he is constantly thinking “I can’t believe I get to do this!” He seems extremely happy, chill, and just excited to be making music and interacting with the people he’s interacting with.
  2. Second, I found out he got his start playing music at church! I wonder how many artists that have sort of made it big got their start in the local church. I think the church often functions as a sort of egalitarian musical landscape. If you’ve got even a little bit of chops, and you want to give it a shot, then come on. In a lot of these environments, there seems to be the idea that if you’re interested in being here and using what you’ve got, we want to have you.

And then, of course, the interview turned me on to some of .Paak’s older stuff. The gem I’m currently listening to now is his Cover Art album with the Hellfyre Club band. You can listen to the whole cover mixtape here. Notable songs so far: “Such Great Heights” (originally by The Postal Service) and “Seven Nation Army” (originally by The White Stripes).

It’s really cool to see an artist doing what he loves and loving what he’s doing.

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