SJ Esau plays Upstairs @ Whelan’s Saturday the 1st of August with support from At Last an Atlas and Northstation. And we have a double pass to giveaway to the show, all you have to do is email us @ firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "SJ Esau Competition" to be in with a chance to win.
Big thanks to foggy Notions for the tickets
SJ ESAU is a master manipulator of organic sounds, a singer with a sense of humor, an ear for the beautifully bizarre, and a maker of expansive and explosive ventures into unexplored musical back alleys.
At the age of ten Samuel Wisternoff, as he’s known to his mother, was halfway through a four-year rap career in the burgeoning late 80s Bristol scene. He has freestyled with 3D from Massive Attack, Tricky turned him onto the great adventures of Slick Rick, and under the name TFP, Sam (still ten years old) and his older brother were signed to Smith & Mighty’s prestigious Three Stripe Records.
Before retiring from the rap game at twelve, Sam battled his way to second place in the cutthroat DMC emceeing championships. While his brother Jody went off to pursue dreams of becoming a world-renowned deep house DJ/producer SJ Esau was busy carving out the most unique of existences for himself. Through a number of band incarnations, various solo explorations and ongoing collaborative projects, SJ has developed his own carefully constructed brand of chaos which neither repeats itself nor spins wild beyond the realm of comprehension.
With three and a half SJ Esau LPs under his belt (plus Stop Touching My Cat, a compilation of reworked SJ originals featuring WHY? among others), Wisternoff brought his impressive body of work to Anticon in 2007, releasing the internationally ballyhooed Wrong Faced Cat Feed Collapse. In 2008, he returned with Small Vessel, and in May this year he released covers record The Gist which promises to “ruin” the works of They Might Be Giants, Broadcast, Deerhoof and more.
Of course, some constants have remained throughout: Sam Wisternoff still lives in Bristol, and is surrounded by a still under-publicized community of hard-working artists poised to start a revolution in sound. He has two cats (who occasionally provide backing vocals), admires the works of Kurt Vonnegut, and is usually confused, which seems to work out just fine for the rest of us.
SJ Esau - "Part Of A Diagram"
SJ Esau - "The Wrong Order"
SJ Esau Myspace
Jul 29, 2009