After the first Wildstock Music Festival, members of the Wildcat community are ready for more live music.
The Union Program Board and Wildcat 91.9 hosted the concert on September 10, welcoming students to in-person events. The concert featured Kansas State DJ Krys, K-State alumnus Ben Chaverin, hip-hop duo The Black Creatures and headliner Spencer Sutherland.
Jackson Berland, junior in theater and director of promotions for Wild cat 91.9, helped prepare and plan the Wildstock concert with the goal of welcoming local and national talent.
“As the promotions manager for Wildcat 91.9 my main priority is the entry into the school year was to re-establish our standards of support for the musical and artistic community to the best of our ability ”, Berland noted. “A lot of that is live concerts. I had the idea of having a big back-to-school concert that could accommodate both local and national talents.
He first pitched the idea during the spring semester. Once the event is assured, Berland and Ian Punnett, Wildcat 91.9’s chief operator and practice teacher at the AQ Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication, began planning who to invite.
“UPC had already spotted Spencer Sutherland, and I and Ian had about 12 hours to fill… the rest of the show ”, Berland noted.
Berland heard about The Black Creatures in June while researching his “Jax n ‘Max in the Morning” show on Wildcat 91.9, and said he thought they could be a great addition to the gig.
“When Ian said he was looking for a good R&B group, my mind went straight to them ”, Berland noted.
Those who attended listened live to the unique sound of the group built from different genres and influences.
“My favorite performance was for sure The Black Creatures”, Erick Echegaray, junior in political science, said. “They were fantastic in their mix of R& B and hip-hop. A well balanced set that really impressed people.
The Black Creatures are constantly exploring new sounds and rhythms to create music that sets them apart from other artists.
“The new record is crazy, it’s more of you, ” Patrick Sprehe, president and director of Center Cut Records, told Xavier, member of the Black Creatures. “It’s also exploring different sounds unlike other artists which are put in a box or Spotify can find you, but the point is that you have so many influences that also come out of your music. “
Xavier said the music he and Jade Green produce not only has meaning, but layers that can be broken down and enjoyed on their own or together.
“[Our songs] absoutely have diapers,… like a cake or even more like a parfait as the more you go down go in, consume these diapers, it becomes more and more complicated, ”Xavier said. “But you can find yourself taking advantage of any individual layer and calling it Well.”
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The Black Creatures make a point of blurring the lines within genres while keeping cohesion. The group combines pop, hip-hop, dance, R&B, EDM and soul while infusing influences from Kansas City, history, storytelling, sci-fi and fantasy to express their creativity and complexity. personal.
“We kind of wanted to make pop music sound much more eclectic, much more ironically acceptable, and I think we’ve been working for two years, not in front of people, helped us achieve this benefit to chase that, ”Xavier said. “Tpipe two years making stuff allowed us to hammer our sound before introducing ourselves to people, and we’ve been sharpening our tools ever since.
Manhattan has already heard the music of The Black Creatures live on the radio station, in previous performances at Public Hall, and in interviews with Xavier and Green on the air. The band and label even gave Wildcat 91.9 a first chance to listen to the band’s new single, “True Friends”, which will be released on September 17th.
“They played music at the station, and we sent them the new single so they had the first crack alongside other stations in Kansas City,” Sprehe said.
The Wildcat 91.9 team plans to continue bringing new music and artists to the K-State community and classrooms by bringing the series back to the classroom, where artists come to campus and perform for the station. radio and Wildcat Watch in a former classroom turned into a performance studio.
“Next year is going to be filled with amazing music from some amazing artists, ” Berland said. “Our main priority is to showcase the local Kansas music community as much as possible.”
Members of The Wildcat 91.9 team said they were excited to host more music events in Manhattan, and some students have said they are excited to attend more of these events in the coming year.
“I would like definitely go to more cultural and artistic events like these on campus ”, said Echegaray. “This is what we need most at the University. “
For some students, it was just good to be back in Bosco Student Plaza with other students having a good time.
“It was nice to finally be able to see artists performing live, ” Broderick Sieh, senior in mechanical and nuclear engineering, said.