San Francisco-based musician and multi-media artist DJ REAL will soon unveil his latest vision, They’ll Say Yes!. With a sound and style akin to that of the genre-subverters like Frank Zappa, Ween or Ariel Pink, the latest from DJ REAL continues his tradition of bedroom recording, but marks his first time using computers to record and mix moving from the Roland 1860 he used on his previous four albums. Listen here.
DJ REAL, AKA Nick Stargu, began performing back in 2000 in his original home of Connecticut intending to follow in the steps of Andy Kaufman. Over time, his aesthetic evolved into that of a multimedia musical comedy live show, incorporating music, video, slideshows and even virtual reality.
With a move to San Francisco, DJ REAL’s multi-faceted career in comedy and music began to take off with varied appearances at Outside Lands, San Francisco Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival as well as slots opening for Devo, Bridget Everett (Inside Amy Shumer, Trainwreck), Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing) Beardyman and more.
Detailing They’ll Say Yes!, Stargu shares, “The songs range from love songs about a 30 ft tall ex-girlfriend, to a Cypress Hill tribute song, to a creepy ode to Shakira.”
The release of the 5th DJ REAL album will, naturally, be celebrated with a part concert, part multisensory virtual reality experience, blending musical and comedic performance with hands-on audience participation. The event will be held from On September 21st 8:00pm – 11:00pm at Doc’s Lab in San Francisco with comedy from opening acts Scott Vermiere (Viceland), Mary Van Note (IFC) and Chad Opitz.
Be on the lookout for more, including several single drops, in advance of the release of DJ REALS’ They’ll Say Yes! out on September 23rd, 2016.