DOMi & JD BECK NOMINATED FOR TWO GRAMMY AWARDS BEST NEW ARTIST & BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
DUO’S ACCLAIMED DEBUT ALBUM NOT TiGHT
ON APESHIT/BLUE NOTE FEATURES SPECIAL GUESTS
ANDERSON .PAAK, SNOOP DOGG, BUSTA RHYMES, HERBIE HANCOCK,
THUNDERCAT, MAC DeMARCO & KURT ROSENWINKEL
16 NOVEMBER 2022 (TORONTO, ON) - DOMi & JD BECK have received two nominations for the 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards® with the duo honored in the Best New Artist category and their acclaimed debut album NOT TiGHT nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. The GRAMMY Awards will take place on Sunday, February 5, 2023, in Los Angeles.
NOT TiGHT was released in July on Anderson .Paak’s new label APESHIT in partnership with Blue Note Records, and featured the duo—keyboardist DOMi Louna and drummer JD Beck—with special guests including .Paak, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Herbie Hancock, Thundercat, Mac DeMarco, and Kurt Rosenwinkel. The album was met with wide acclaimed and found them featured everywhere from The New Yorker to DownBeat. The band also made their TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and performed an NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert. Watch their unforgettable official videos for “TAKE CHANCE” and “SMiLE.”
See what the critics have been saying about DOMi & JD BECK:
“bold, bizarre and intriguing – just as every great new band ought to be.”—NME
“Ambitious and accessible, fearless and endearingly freaky”—The Guardian
“DOMi and Beck communicate preternaturally on their debut record… DOMi weaves intricate melodies of bass and piano played ambidextrously. You could mistake Beck for a cyborg; his drums rattle with the controlled ferocity of jungle breaks... the best songs successfully convey that telepathic synergy and friendship, like two humans knotted in such deep sync they dissolve into a single musical organism... It’s undeniably virtuosic…”—Pitchfork
“Since they first started breaking the internet with their hyperarticulate strain of beat music, DOMi and JD BECK have gradually burrowed their way into the jazz mainstream. Or maybe it's that the mainstream has sidled up to them? However you want to put it, there's no doubt that DOMi, the ponytailed keyboard savant born Domitille Degalle and Beck, the mop-headed drum virtuoso are now turning heads beyond the funhouse perimeter of viral stardom.”—NPR Music
“a duo of virtuosic post-jazz Zoomers who seem to have leaped out of a cartoon, and whose wow factor is suited to the small screen... Redolent of lounge, ’70s fusion, trip-hop and breakbeat, this LP offers [a] nonstop dopamine drip...”—New York Times
“indisputably the buzziest new duo playing disputable jazz... In an age of studio ghostwriters and digital sleight of hand, they are a true duo, and a virtuosic one: she plays keys, he plays drums, and their four hands and four feet cover a lot of ground.”—The New Yorker
“Generation Z ambassadors between the worlds of jazz, hip-hop, R&B and electronic music traditions, DOMi and BECK create bridges between demographics and genres.”—DownBeat
Before the arrival of NOT TiGHT, if you wanted to learn about DOMi & JD BECK—the internet’s most hyped jazz duo—you had to visit their website, click a rat playing saxophone, and read a story about a 12-year-old physicist (DOMi Louna) and a 6-year-old sheep investigator (JD Beck). “My philosophy of life is don’t take shit too seriously,” says DOMi Louna, born Domitille Degalle. And that’s fair. But the vibrant world she and her collaborator have given us demands exploration.
They would reveal a bit more on their Instagram profiles, via clips of their jams, with JD on a simple drum kit and DOMi Louna on MIDI keys. She favors sounds that evoke ‘70s jazz fusion and the colorful blips of 2000s Pokémon soundtracks, while he tunes and plays his snare in ways that can sound electronic, channeling IDM and boom bap. Sometimes they’re stuffed into a bathroom and sometimes the drums are muffled by pretzels stacked on the hi-hat, or toilet paper tossed on the snare. Their music finds both humor and greatness in harmonic complexity and rhythmic shiftiness, abruptly adopting and ditching tempos, toying with time signatures, and sneaking extra beats into bridges.
The collaboration began under silly circumstances. DOMi Louna was a teen protegé at Berklee by way of the Paris Conservatory; JD, four years her junior, had gigged since grade school around his hometown, Dallas—first in producer Jah-Born’s band where he duetted with MPC beatmakers and DJs spinning Dilla. In 2018, they were both invited to join an ensemble performing at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade show and played in a room full of blaring instrumental demos, surrounded by a chaotic din. “It was so bad, we couldn’t hear anything,” JD laughs. They bonded over gauche keyboard effects and mom jokes, and a more audible jam that night sparked interest in working more.
Along the ride, DOMi & JD BECK have sat in with Herbie Hancock and backed Thundercat, Ariana Grande, Mac DeMarco, Eric André, and more. They also co-wrote “Skate” on .Paak’s GRAMMY-winning album with Bruno Mars as Silk Sonic. Neither can believe what’s happening, but leave it to them to skewer the moment. When JD suggests people might hate the new album, DOMi Louna says, “That would be sick! Booo. They suck!”
PHOTO BY TEHILLAH DE CASTRO
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