Hip-hop wanderers meet at Plush gig

2013-06-20T00:00:00Z Hip-hop wanderers meet at Plush gigGerald M. Gay Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Wanderlust has always been a part of life for hip-hop producer Britt Traynham.

The Florida-born beatmaker, who goes by the stage name Batsauce, lives in Berlin, Germany, half the year with his wife, funk and soul singer Lady Daisey.

The two traveled to Europe on tour five years ago and decided to stick around.

"The city is so vibrant," Batsauce said in a phone interview Monday from the road in Southern California. "There is a ton of art and culture. It feels like a living city."

The other half of the year is spent floating around the States on tour and visiting family and friends.

The two recently bought a Volkswagen camper van that they hope to use extensively when they aren't gigging.

"They are not the most dependable vehicles and I am not the most mechanically inclined, but I have AAA and we are pretty adventurous," Batsauce said.

The duo comes through Plush on Monday for a set with hip-hop emcee Qwazaar, a founding member of the Chicago collective Typical Cats and fellow wandering spirit.

Qwazaar lives in Vancouver, Wash., but only recently moved there from Riverside, Calif.

He first met Batsauce on a trip to Berlin, during a Daisey show.

The chemistry was instant. The two began exchanging beats and were soon collaborating on songs.

Batsauce was impressed early on with Qwazaar's techniques.

"The first two tracks he sent me are still among some of my favorites, 30 songs later," Batsauce said. "He is a seasoned veteran. He knows what he is doing."

The initial exchange led to the EP "Style Be the King" and full-length album "Bat Meets Blaine," both of which were released in 2011 on the Galapagos4 label.

Tracks were laid out long distance.

Batsauce would send beats from Berlin to Qwazaar, who was living in Riverside at the time.

"It came together naturally," Sauce said. "We started fleshing it out together without any major issues. I didn't have to fret about it or micromanage.

"Sometimes a lot more analysis has to go into things. You are playing the role of cheerleader or psychologist. With Qwazaar, that wasn't the case."

Expect to hear tracks from both releases Monday, as well as material from a new album that is in the works.

Batsauce hopes to put the release out amid his travels.

After their current tour ends, he and Daisey plan to take their new camper van up and down the Pacific coast before they end up back in Berlin for the winter.

"We are going to camp out of the van and see where we end up," he said. "It should be fun."

if you go

• What: Qwazaar and Batsauce in concert with Lady Daisey.

• When: 9:30 p.m. Monday. Qwazaar and Batsauce set starts at 11:45.

• Where: Plush, 340 E. Sixth St.

• Tickets: $5 at the door, 798-1298.

Contact reporter Gerald M. Gay at ggay@azstarnet.com or 807-8430.

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