A quote to live by:
“You’ve wasted too much time complaining. The game has changed and you can either sit on the sidelines or start playing. This is as big a revolution in the way we consume and distribute music as there’s ever been in history. As big as sheet music. As big as recorded music. As big as radio. If not bigger than the lot. And you’ve spent way too long whining about it instead of getting your head around it. You’re missing a golden opportunity. Or more accurately – lots of them. Because the writing’s on the wall for selling recorded music it doesn’t mean the same is true for music as a whole. Our new currency isn’t vinyl, cds or even mp3s. It’s attention. So how are you going to get mine??”
– Mike Monday
Lab Coat collectively represents six artists hailing out of the Southeast. Contributors Kendo and Shweez (together known as Two Fresh), Bookworm, Jables, Peripheral and Buckler strive to push the boundaries of their creative talents across multiple mediums, with music being the central focus.
Lab Coat is loosely defined on purpose. We have lots of ideas, plans and aspirations. Music. Art. Culture. There are no limits and we’re happy about that. A life spent in the pursuit of creation blurs the lines between any one category and that’s just the way we like it.
“Can’t sing enough praise for all the Lab Coat kids! Anyone who’s ever attended one of their live shows can attest the the fact that homies not only slaughter bedroom production, but also RIP their tracks to shreds in the live environment – turning a type of music that’s normally more of a head-nod vibe into a chaotic sea of get-down. There’s a reason why you’ll rarely see even more well-established beat scene producers up on huge national festival bills, while these kids spend half their year touring. Big ups!”
- Let’s Get Digital (2011)
“They’ve got a great talent pool and don’t seem interested in limiting their musical territory. On “Hi”, artists Jables, Kendo, Bookworm and Odie Schweez all contribute with a dizzying variety of hip hop styles on a compilation that doesn’t lend itself to generalization. There’s something for everyone here.”
- Rare Frequency (2011)
“Right off the bat, this album sends your senses to a serene soul filled sanctuary. Jables, Bookworm, Odie Swheez, Kendo, and Two Fresh, drop some original cuts in their coherent collaborative beat tape.”
- Flow Worthy (2010)
“Download this, repost this, love this. Think J Dilla and Madlib in space making beats with lasers.”
- Only/Only (2010)