Skizzy Mars

Since Skizzy Mars hit the scene with his debut songs “Douchebag” and “Profound,” it was clear the hip hop he produced was non-traditional, to say the least. Known for sampling indie rock songs and producing left-of-center rap, his influences go beyond artists like Kanye West and include Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and Brandon Flowers (The Killers). In fact, he attributes the pop elements of his catchy choruses to Gibbard and Flowers, which juxtapose harmoniously with his songs’ synth elements and upbeat drum combos (it’s like being at an acoustic open mic and Vegas club at once – in other words, weird but cool.) In his latest EP, The Red Balloon Project (2015), the seven tracks he showcases further validates his knack for melodic hooks and the uniqueness of his signature sound.

Wed., April 1, 8 p.m., 2015

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