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Interview With Seattle Artist Dave B At Summer Meltdown Festival

Dave B is a Seattle born MC that has been living in New York for the past two years. Dave has been in New York working on new music, testing out a new creative space for his upcoming projects. He’s one of Seattle’s most talented hip-hop artists, blending his rapping and singing skills seamlessly through each record.

Interview With Dave B At Summer Meltdown

*This interview was edited for clarity*

Festival Crowds

“This is the most different festival I’ve ever fucking been too,” Dave said without hesitation.

Driving into the festival grounds and being greeted by white people in dreadlocks greeting him with “Namaste” isn’t something him or his crew has ever experienced before.

“It’s different, but I like it because I’m the only rapper here,” he explains. “I feel like they needed that.” 

Dave’s performance started a few minutes after the main stage act ended. Many people wandered over simply because he was the next act on. There were plenty of people in the crowd not familiar with his music.

“I should have been on the main stage, but they were fuckin’ with it.” Some people even knew the words and were bobbin with it, that shit was dope.”

Dave says that while performing for his own fans is different than performing a festival crowd, he doesn’t approach his sets any different.

“It’s like a first impression, it’s like a first date. You want to be on all your P’s and Q’s. You want to approach every show like that, but especially festivals. Everybody doesn’t know. You have all these new people around you, and it’s a blessing. You can cover all this new shit, and if these n***as wake up tomorrow and weren’t too fucked up, and remember, that’s it.”

At the end of the day,  the type of audience or venue isn’t as important as the effort put into each set.

“You just want to get people into it. It’s about energy, people feed off that. People only respond to what you give them. So every time you have to give them everything.”

 Musical Influences

 Post Performance Bliss

Coming off a performance that featured his live band for the first time in three years, they only had one rehearsal before showtime, but you couldn’t tell. The performance went off without a hitch in front of a hyped crowd.

“The shit was fuckin crazy. I’m still on a high. That shit felt really good,” Dave said.

“I don’t like listening to rap music that much.”

“I think if you’re making something and you listen to it, you don’t want to be influenced. You want your own approach.” 

 Writing Process, Balancing Rapping And Singing

“I can rap, but I don’t think of myself a rapper. I can sing, but I don’t think of myself as a singer. I think about melodies,  I think about pockets.”

Dave grew up envying artists like Lil Wayne who can just plain rap. He learned how to use brevity in his lyrics. Getting a message out in eight bars instead of 32, paired with a catchy melody, is a recipe for sticking songs in peoples heads until they’re screaming the lyrics out during shows.

“I always tell people I’m a musician and they say “what you play?” “Voice,” Dave responds. “That’s my best instrument. Find your pocket and how it feels to you.”

Dave doesn’t do anything special to prepare his voice for concerts. He just practices daily, takes care of his voice, and the rest comes naturally.

“I just do it. I’m not the best singer by far, but I sing. I sing every day. I sing in the shower, wherever. Take care of your voice and you don’t have to do crazy shit. I’m not out there doing all these high notes and falsettos.  I just know how I like my voice to sound and it is what it is.”

Interview With Seattle Artist Dave B At Summer Meltdown Festival

 NBA Free Agency And Preseason Return To Key Arena 

During his set, Dave spits some bars about the heartbreak he experienced when the Seattle Sonics left Seattle by way of Oklahoma City. This lead me to bring up the NBA’s preseason return to Key Arena, where the Golden State Warriors play the Sacremento Kings.

“I’ll be there for sure. Hell yeah!”

“This season is going to be interesting, but I don’t know what the fuck LeBron about to do. I have hella theories – like Lebron is gonna shut down that Lavar Ball shit. You can’t be mouthing off like that when you have LeBron James on the team.” 

Dave isn’t sold on the Lakers making the NBA Finals simply because of LeBron James. Kawhi Leonard didn’t end up on the team and Dave doesn’t believe LeBron James has enough power to get past the likes of the Warriors or Rockets in the Western Conference.

“They sent that mutha fucka [Kawhi Leonard] up north! He looked sad about it too.”

Dave and I lamented about the Isaiah Thomas situation and how he was forced to accept a veteran minimum contract for the Denver Nuggets, just two seasons removed from an MVP-esque season for the Boston Celtics.

“They did that n***a so dirty, as soon as they couldn’t use him anymore in Boston. His sister died, he did all this shit for you guys,  he got you into the playoffs and played his ass off every night. Y’all mutha fuckas played him.” 

Interview With Seattle Artist Dave B At Summer Meltdown Festival

 Seattle’s Rapidly Changing Culture 

Dave informed me during the interview that the Showbox Market was saved and is being turned into a historical landmark to protect it from Seattle’s tech-hungry developers.

“There’s so much shit that’s gone. We came back two days ago, ridin’ through, I’m like damn there isn’t shit here anymore. There’s no soul in Seattle anymore. That shit’s crazy, there are apartments everywhere.” 

“They’re trying to make Seattle this big city that it’s not. Seattle is never going to be New York or Chicago or L.A. Seattle is Seattle, there’s a soul here, there’s a feeling here, and there’s history here. That’s why people navigate here other than the tech.” 

Even Dave’s former elementary school is a stack of condos now. The city is changing quickly and many of his childhood memories don’t look the same.

“That’s why I’m glad they saved the Showbox because we can fight for something.”

 Future Projects 

“We just finished a project, so I’m excited about that.”

Dave’s newest project was entirely produced by Darius, a producer/DJ that has been a long time collaborator who also spun the show for him that night.

“We make all these songs for almost every project we’ve ever put out, but those songs don’t ever end up on projects, but everyone always says  these are the best fucking songs.”

After months on tour where he was writing constantly, the new project came together quickly once he was done touring. After a trip to guitar center and a weekend locked in his mom’s basement, the project was done.

“It’s my best shit ever. I got a whole gang of good shit on the way.”

Dave’s last album Pearl was based on a breakup with his ex, while this new project is a coming of age story.

“This shit is like growing up, growing pains type thing. It’s like dreaming out loud and staying in my moment. The chemistry he [Darius] and I have through all these songs just comes through.”

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Adults 21 and over can purchase up to one ounce of usable cannabis flower, 16 ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, 72 ounces of cannabis drinkables, and 7 grams of cannabis concentrates.

If you’re a registered medical cannabis patient, the limits are:

Three ounces of usable cannabis flower, forty-eight ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, two hundred sixteen ounces of cannabis drinkables, and twenty-one grams of cannabis concentrates, per the Washington State Department of Health.

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Get Your Cannabis Here Before You Attend Capitol Hill Block Party Next Month!

The 2018 Capitol Hill Block Party (CHBP) has put together another three day weekend full of Seattle stars and international draws. If you’ve never been to the Capitol Hill Block Party the lineup is always fun whether you recognize the artist or not. CHBP always does a great job of putting together diverse lineups to appease all music fans. Even if you’re a complete negative Nancy and you can find a single band to get down to, CHBP becomes the biggest party in the city, an entire neighborhood walled off. All of the restaurants, coffee shops, and eateries within those walls become an adult playground for three days. Capitol Hill is one of the happiest places in Seattle and this is the best weekend to experience it.

If you’re unfamiliar with the lineup, here are some names you cannot miss each day. July 20 is headlined by Dillon Frances, who needs no introduction. He’s hilarious (Follow him on his social media and see for yourself.) and he spins straight slaps from the entire EDM spectrum. He has a goofy persona but he’s a serious musician and his sets don’t disappoint Sol is the other artist you can’t miss from day one, a local MC that is legendary in Seattle’s hip-hop scene.

July 21 you’re going to want to catch Chet Porter and Parisalexa. Parisalexa has quickly blown up into one of Seattle’s hottest R&B artists. Chet Porter makes bubbly and happy dance music that has great vocals and samples that is sure to set some beautiful vibes.

July 22 be sure to catch Two Feet, Father John Misty and Ryan Caraveo. Two Feet is who I’m personally most excited to see, His simple sounds evoke real emotion and make you dance your ass off. Ryan Caraveo is a Seattle born MC that has already graced a CHBP stage as well as Sasquatch and Bumbershoot festivals. This guy has garnered a cult following for raw honesty and bars filled with stories from his life. This is Caraveo’s second time rocking with CHBP. Father John Misty sings soulful music that is a mix of blues, country, and bluegrass. His music is incredibly emotional and if you like any type of music that resembles country, I’d stop by this set.

2018 Capitol Hill Block Party Info

All Ages | July 20-22 | Main Entrance: East Pike Street and 12th Ave | Second Entrance by Oddfellows Hall | Three day VIP pass: $300.00 | Single day VIP pass: $125.00 |Three-dayy tickets: $155.00 | Two-day tickets: $110.00 | Single day ticket: $65.00

July 20 Lineup

Dillon Francis // Goldlink // Alvvays // Quinn XCII // Yaeji // Sol // Melvv // Kelly Lee Owens // Flasher // Dude York // Facs // Jake Crocker // NAVVI // The Ramblin’ Years // Moorea Masa & The Mood // Sundog // Real Don Music // Booboolala // The Black Tones // Lo’ There // The Morning After // Pink Boa // Pheso // Monsterwatch // Scott Yoder // Ex-Licks // Ononos // Quid Quo // Atomic Rust // Double Sunrise Club

July 21 Lineup

BROCKHAMPTON // Oh Wonder // Betty Who // Chet Porter // Jamila Woods // The Dip // Gavin Turek // Pluko // Opia // Great Grandpa // Busty and the Bass // FKL // Claire George // Parisalexa // Metsä // Kuinka // Kinski // Hibou // Lion’s Ambition // Vox Mod // Mirror Ferrari // Sundries // Kylie Nelson // Falon Sierra // Shelf Nunny // Ayo Dot & The Uppercuts // The Requisite // Adé feat. Airport // Spesh // Swishblade // Pink Parts // Dyed // TERMINATor // Handmodel // Feel Good Inc.

July  22 Lineup

Father John Misty // Cashmere Cat // Unknown Mortal Orchestra // Two Feet // Ryan Caraveo // Bully // Amber Mark // TR/ST // Overcoats // Chong the Nomad // The Teskey Brothers // Close Encounter // La Fonda // Paco // Fell From a Star // My Cartoon Heart // Whitney Ballen // Catlow // Prison // SSDD // Novopain // Fantasy A // Blood Drugs / JET

Order Cannabis Online For Your Capitol Hill Block Party Adventure

Seatown Lemon Haze | Kimbo Kush | Do-Si-Dos

Get ready for the festival by reading all of the festivals do’s and dont’s in their FAQ section and you can buy tickets here. 

 

The Best Pot Shop in Everett!

KushMart opened in November 2014 and has been a top-ranked recreational pot shop since day 1. We’re located at 6309 Evergreen Way STE C minutes off of Interstate 5. With ample parking, you will be in and out in no time and with our amazing selection and best prices you will have a smile on your face.

Adults 21 and over can purchase up to one ounce of usable cannabis flower, 16 ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, 72 ounces of cannabis drinkables, and 7 grams of cannabis concentrates.

If you’re a registered medical cannabis patient, the limits are:

Three ounces of usable cannabis flower, forty-eight ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, two hundred sixteen ounces of cannabis drinkables, and twenty-one grams of cannabis concentrates, per the Washington State Department of Health.

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A Refine Seattle Loud Resin Review (Prod. White Tahoe Cookies Strain)

Refine Seattle creates one of the 502 markets hottest concentrates on the market, loud resin. Loud resin is Refine’s signature live resin concentrate line. Their White Tahoe Cookies strain is a collaboration with Royal Tree Gardens.

White Tahoe Cookies is a powerful strain, just look at the genetics. Tahoe OG crossed with Cookies (GSC) and topped with The White to add a frosty blanket of trichomes. White Tahoe Cookies is a heavy indica leaning cousin on the Cookies family tree.

The aromatics have strong fuel/gas notes and sweet citrus notes. This loud resin feels like sticky granules of wet sand and is compatible with any shaped dab tool on your dab mat. After a small dab, my pallet was covered in sweet fuel terpenes and powerful stoney head high. Paired with a Seattle Cider Co. apple cider, this live resin was a fantastic nightcap.

 

Refine Seattle - White Tahoe Cookies Strain - Review

Cannabinoid Breakdown

  • Total THC: 81.27%
  • Total CBD: 0.00%

White Tahoe Cookies Strain Overview

  • Indica-hybrid
  • Genetics: The White crossed with Tahoe OG and the original Cookies
  • Flower processed by Royal Tree Gardens
  • Aromatics: Sweet gassy kush and citrus notes on the back end.
  • Flavor: Earth and gas Refine Seattle - White Tahoe Cookies Strain - Review

The Best Pot Shop in Everett!

KushMart opened in November 2014 and has been a top-ranked recreational pot shop since day 1. We’re located at 6309 Evergreen Way STE C minutes off of Interstate 5. With ample parking, you will be in and out in no time and with our amazing selection and best prices you will have a smile on your face.

Adults 21 and over can purchase up to one ounce of usable cannabis flower, 16 ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, 72 ounces of cannabis drinkables, and 7 grams of cannabis concentrates.

If you’re a registered medical cannabis patient, the limits are:

Three ounces of usable cannabis flower, forty-eight ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, two hundred sixteen ounces of cannabis drinkables, and twenty-one grams of cannabis concentrates, per the Washington State Department of Health.

ORDER ONLINE NOW USING KUSHMART’S ONLINE MENU SYSTEM. CLICK HERE TO ADD TO YOUR CART!

Learn More About House Of Cultivar, One Of Washington’s Top Producers

House Of Cultivar is the largest cannabis producer in the Seattle area. Their facility is over 40,000 square feet with 852 lights. Their jars are a common site on the top-shelf of cannabis retailers all across the state. Their brand has been enhanced by numerous Dope Cup awards, like last year they won Best Runner-Up Rosin for their Honey B/Lemon Skunk.

Their strain library features over 350 live genetic specimens, so their strain selection is always one of the freshest line-ups on the market. They offer their strains in flower, pre-rolls, and concentrates. Their products are more expensive, but their strain selection and quality will help you justify spending the extra cash.

Learn More About House Of Cultivar, One Of Washington's Top Producers

Learn More About House Of Cultivar, One Of Washington's Top Producers

Learn More About House Of Cultivar, One Of Washington's Top Producers

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Adults 21 and over can purchase up to one ounce of usable cannabis flower, 16 ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, 72 ounces of cannabis drinkables, and 7 grams of cannabis concentrates.

If you’re a registered medical cannabis patient, the limits are:

Three ounces of usable cannabis flower, forty-eight ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, two hundred sixteen ounces of cannabis drinkables, and twenty-one grams of cannabis concentrates, per the Washington State Department of Health.

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