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August 30 • 9:00 pm• $25
On Thursday, August 30, InSight Presents welcomes Mura Masa to the WOW Hall.
Alex Crossan, known better as Mura Masa, is a two-time Grammy nominated DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Born and raised on the Island of Guernsey, an English territory off the coast of France, he grew up a lifelong artist playing and singing in punk, hardcore and gospel bands. Upon discovering electronic music and production software at age 15, he began to incorporate his musical inclinations into beatmaking. A self-taught bedroom producer, most of Mura Masa’s discography has been made by him, his laptop, his headphones and little else. Beyond convenience, this gives his sound a tinge of loneliness and a strongly controlled artistic direction. Two years later he released his first project, Soundtrack to a Death, and gained fame rapidly from exposure on Soundcloud and from the song Lotus Eater being included in several BBC radio DJ mixes. Alex received praise for the experimental nature of many songs, introducing several unique instruments to the electronic soundscape, such as steel drums and harps. On his next full project, Someday Somewhere, Mura Masa’s internet-age global sound continued to evolve. Featuring lush synthesizers, unorthodox percussion patterns and single instrument melodies, his sound became even more distinguished. Signing a deal to Interscope and Polydor records has allowed him to create his own imprint label, Anchor Point, which released his self-titled debut album Mura Masa. The deal allows Crossan to serve as creative director, a role for which he received one of his Grammy nominations. Sonically it was his collaboration with Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky, Love$ick, that brought his name to the mainstream by charting internationally. Recently featured in a collaboration with Niles Rodgers and Chic, Mura Masa plans to periodically release stand alone singles and collaborations in the lead up to his next full length project.
Tickets are $25 in advance and are available at U. of O. Ticket Office, WOW Hall and www.ticketweb.com. Doors open and show egins at 9:00 pm. The WOW Hall is located at 291 W. 8th Ave. (the corner of 8th and Lincoln in Eugene) and is open for all ages (6-11 half price at the door when accompanied by parent or adult guardian; five and under no charge). Adult refreshments are available downstairs. For more information please call 541-687-2746.