D.C. locals, Redlne Graffiti are an electronica/indie four-piece Redline Graffiti who have been around for less than a year, but are already picking up steam in the blogosphere. The band released their four-track EP, About and Because, last December, and their first full length record, The Drill, drops in June.
What’s the first gig you ever attended?
Drew: It’s funny, I love live music to death now, but I didn’t start going to concerts until my middle teens. That seems late to me. I’m sure it is. Anyway, the first show I went to see was Norah Jones’. It was in Milwaukee, where I’m from. I was 15 or 16. Norah has wrists that are very long. ‘Come Away With Me’ had just come out, and I listened to it on a portable CD player…Wow, a portable CD player. I’ll never forget it.
Donald: I was 7 or 8 years old, and Craig Mack was performing in DC for this short lived event called the FutureFest. I knew a couple songs, but “Flava In Ya Ear” was big, we all waited for that track.
What is the best gig that you ever played/performed?
Drew: So far, opening for Class Actress has been the show I liked the best. It was the most apathetic crowd I’d ever played in front of. I learned what it was like to have to play in spite of not being well received, and what it’s like to win a crowd over. Class Actress has some songs that I really like, too. So, it was cool meeting them. They don’t talk much (laughs). Anyway, that and this show we just did in Brooklyn.
Donald: I second Brooklyn (thank you, ‘Free Candy’), that and the Black Cat show we had in February.
What is the best gig you have ever seen?
Drew: So far, it’s been Nas at the Roots picnic of ’11. I overslept and had to take a later bus to Philly, and I hadn’t bought a ticket. So, I get there and, as I’m banking on, there are scalpers at the front gates. Pay a guy 100 bucks for one because who cares. I’m there, in the same (excellent) spot I had claimed for my self from noon until 11, when he came on. Wiz Khalifa came on right before, and all these white kids under 21 flooded the area around me. So, I got smoked out and was way toasted when Nas took the stage. The kids who smoked me out vanished in an instant. All the same, as they would have harshed my buzz. Nas backed by the fuckin’ Roots! Magic.
Donald: NYC, Central Park, 2009. It was the Summer Stage event and Little Dragon opened for Q-Tip. Little Dragon held a great groove, and Q-Tip’s live setup and performance was awesome, DJ Scratch was on the back line too.
Gig you would most like to play?
Drew: The White House. I’d like to get off some racially charged and socially aware banter in between songs. Maybe get kicked out (laughs).
Donald: If not Bonnaroo, Then overseas, like Pukkelpop, or Reading Festival.
What would be the lineup for your dream gig?
Drew: TV on the Radio, Biggie Smalls, Redline Graffiti.
Donald: Oh man… J Davey, Ebony Bones, The Noisettes, LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, Redline Graffiti
Catch Redline Graffiti May 13th at Black Cat