The first time I heard Thundercat I almost crashed my car. Every so often the universe delivers a creative soul to Earth that is completely original, innovative, and beyond your wildest dreams of what you thought could exist in music. As I sat on the side of the road, I quickly realized that Thundercat is one of those artists. Let’s just give a few Thundercat bullet points:
- Incredible songwriter, arranger, lyricist, vocalist, and virtuoso bassist
- Instantly recognizable sound and undeniable individuality
- Alongside artists like Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar, and Kamasi Washington, Louis Cole, and more…created a whole new sound that can easily be considered what “Jazz” is today
- Successfully pulls off the rare combination of very high level music paired with comedic lyrics
- Virtuoso bassist (our generation’s Jaco)
- Fashion icon and Anime enthusiast
- Has worked with Herbie
I remember the first time I heard about Thundercat, it was in a FlyLo interview a while ago and it didn’t really made sense because in my mind he was talking about the cartoon. I know FlyLo is big into video games so I figured he might have been talking about an old Thundercats game or something.
Then, months later, after being fed some more albums and constantly having THUNDERCAT in the border of my eye I realized that some of FlyLo’s iconic bass lines were played by him, and I was mindblown.
His style was so unique to me, I was an instant fan (I was already a fan and it didn’t occurred to me.)
What a crazy bassist!
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About the Curators
Yorgos has been listening to music and discovering different genres/subgenres for over 20 years now, and it all truly began for him with Gorillaz, Daft Punk, and Audioslave.
Those bands marked his music taste for what he is today, it also helped him develop a very strange yet interesting personality (although he's never really been too eager to socialize constantly). He's a pretty laidback guy who's easy to talk to but can sometimes be misinterpreted because of his blunt and accentuated way of speaking and thinking. He's good willed and harmless.
Back in 2006 he was having an overwhelmingly good music boom and not all of the music he wanted to stream was uploaded in Youtube so he made it his duty to upload and share all that missing music through a channel he created called Funkroza, in there people would find all the missing French Touch / Funky House music and later one some more genres. Over time he’s amassed almost 9 million views but his golden days are yet to return.
At some point he felt like trying several music programs to remix his favourite songs but most of them were, in his words, “pretty trashy”. After some years he slowly drifted away and semi-abandoned it but has got fully back to it in 2020.
While he's always had trouble reading because of apprehensive problems he's always had a thing for philosophy, and philosophizing. This is also a very important thing for him when it comes to music. He is a natural overthinker and music is one of the subjects.
Nature is also a very appealing thing to him, it's what drives his feelings into the very best version of themselves.