Spazzkid 7/16/14, Queen Ave Art Collective Nashville, TN
I walked in to the Queen Ave Art Collective about an hour before show time, and there I found Mark Redito, aka Spazzkid, preparing for the show while drinking one of Nashville’s finest brews, a Yazoo Pale Ale. His laidback and worry-free personality translated well into his music and a live show that was full of positive energy. As the lights dimmed for Queen Ave’s second show ever, Spazzkid turned the garage/art gallery/music venue into a one-of-a-kind dance party.
After warping a variety of vocal samples that said “spazzkid,” Redito demonstrated his talent as a DJ and performer with a couple hard-hitting dance tracks. The crowd was instantly entranced, and not just by the exciting music, but also by Spazzkid’s unique stage presence. When he was not needed at his laptop and electronics, he took a step back and jumped around just as much as the crowd, even joining them throughout the night, belting lyrics at the top of his lungs. A few songs into the set, Spazzkid played “Lovers” from the recently released Promise EP, a song that sounds like a head on collision between Toro Y Moi and Classixx. As he triggered the distorted vocal samples, Redito got the crowd to sing along with the high pitched “oohs” and “ahhs.”
Body//Talk (Spazzkid, Dromes) and Phat-N-Jazzy (’80s Soul Nite) light up Mills Ave
"On record, his music clicks and beams with positivity. On stage, his presence practically levitates. Once the music drops, his soul generates joy like a power plant, bursting beyond his own body and filling the room and every dancing body in it.”
Right after releasing ‘Desire’ I became inspired to write a bunch of new music in response to all the affirmation I received from friends and followers and a handful of those songs made it on my forthcoming ‘Promise’ EP. With the material appearing on ‘Promise’ I tried to create and explore uptempo, dancefloor ready arrangements structured into pop songs. Coupled with a newfound confidence in singing, I began bringing the vocals to the forefront of my arrangements. Inspiration for the EP came to me via listening to lots of synth heavy music (Rustie, Hudson Mohawke) as well as new school dance music acts like Cashmere Cat and Disclosure. Collaborations with artists I respect and admire has been something I’ve always pursued throughout my career and for ‘Promise’ EP I’ve had the privilege to work with Sarah Bonito, who wrote lyrics and sings on the track ‘Truly’, and Ryo Baum, who also helped write lyrics for other tracks on ‘Promise’. Moving away from samples and embracing the use of synthetic sounds that I created myself helped me maintain my focus for creating a record that I hope makes people dance and sing along while staying true to my previously established sound.
Released by Magical Properties 2014
Written, Performed and Produced by Mark Redito/Spazzkid
Lyrics and vocals on “Truly” by Sarah Bonito
Mastered by Daddy Kev
Album Artwork by Alex Van Dorp
Special thanks: Cameron Rath, Caleb Johannes, Alfred Darlington, Susanna Park, Dad, Cc and Gabe