Experimental hip-hop extraordinaire The Gaslamp Killer will be playing the first ever UK ‘Gaslamp Killer Experience’ show at KOKO, London (25th June) as part of his most recent tour that will be taking place throughout June and July.
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The Gaslamp Killer, also known as William Bensussen, grew up in San Diego. He first became a DJ in the Gaslamp District of his hometown, being given his current stage name as his “unique sets often ruined the music vibe in the clubs”. After moving to Los Angeles he began releasing music that included his early EPs The Killer Robots and My Troubled Mind, released on Ninja Tune and Brainfeeder, the label owned by the also ever experimental DJ/producer Flying Lotus.
It was his debut album that landed in 2012, which gave The Gaslamp Killer his biggest break yet. Also released on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint that he is still signed to today, Breakthrough did what it said in the title and helped Will gain a rep which led to world tours and shows at Coachella, Glastonbury, Leeds & Reading any many other international festivals in recent years.
The Gaslamp Killer’s carries a heavy emphasis on sampling, whilst he also made an effort to work with musicians to recreate the vibe present in particular tunes. The debut LP was a 17 tracker featuring the likes of Adrian Younge, Samiyam and Gonjasufi (the latter of which had his debut album produced by The GLK) in experimental hip-hop instrumentals, skits and raps, receiving very good reviews from Pitchfork, This Is Fake DIY and NME.
The Gaslamp Killer’s most recent tour will see the Californian playing all over the globe once again, this time joined on stage by the special guest 12-piece band The Heliocentrics. Kutmah and Cherrystones will also be performing DJ sets in support of the main man himself. Described as “one of the most energetic live shows in electronic music” (view the video below to see it live at Coachella earlier this year), this will be one you don’t want to miss.
Words by Josh Plews
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