BENEATH THE SURFACE TOUR
ODDISEE & GOOD COMPNY feat. OLIVIER ST. LOUIS & Sir The Baptist
Towards the end of 2011, Producer/M.C., Oddisee was prepping to tour his debut LP, “People Hear What They See” released on prolific hip-hop music label, MELLOMUSICGROUP. As his production style consisted heavily of live instrumentation, he felt doing the usual DJ/M.C. show would not do justice to the live element he felt it deserved. Thus, he decided to attempt his tour this time around with a live band. What better way to execute this than with the guys who played on the album? This idea gave birth to the elite sound of GOOD COMPNY.
Although the name had not materialized until later, GOOD COMPNY includes Jon Laine (JLAINE) on drums/vocals, Dennis Turner (MR. TURNER) on bass, Ralph Washington (RALPH REAL) on keys/vocals, Olivier St. Louis on guitar/vocals Richard Patterson (UNOWN) on MPC and Oddisee at the helm as lead vocals.
Albeit Oddisee's impressive credentials, the GOOD COMPNY roster boasts a notable set of their own.
Jon Laine and MR.TURNER (both individually and collectively) have worked and performed with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, David Foster, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Omar, Dave Chappelle and many others. Olivier St Louis as a singer/songwriter has recorded and toured with super producer Hudson Mohawke and two-time, platinum selling producer/DJ group C2C.Dj's. Ralph Washington, an accomplished pianist has over 20 years of professional musicianship has performed on Oddisee’s albums for 10 years, and Richard Patterson, a sound engineer by trade, is also a prolific Hip-Hop producer landing production credit with Raekwon of the Wu-Tang clan in 2013.
Oddisee and GOOD COMPNY'S unique sound is an eclectic combination of genres primarily based in Hip-Hop and soul with elements of Jazz, Funk and 'Go-Go', a music style native to the collectives hometown of Washington DC. Within two short years, Oddisee and GOOD COMPNY have garnered an already impressive resume with over 50 performances nationally and internationally receiving high praise from fans and critics alike. In fact, some of the critics are dubbing the group as, 'The New Roots.'
Due to rising popularity, GOOD COMPNY had to force a much needed hiatus to work on the next chapter, “The GOOD COMPNY ALBUM” ...Watch the Space.
Olivier was born in Washington DC of Haitian and Cameroon heritage, but spent most of his childhood studying in the remote countryside of the UK. His boarding school experience not only developed his appreciation for other cultures but musically he grew-up hearing beyond the excepted genres of a kid from the Nation’s Capital. At age 15 Olivier’s CD and sometimes cassette collection would range from hip hop, RnB to Garage and British rock.
Olivier remained in the UK and completed a Bio Science Degree in Oxford but couldn’t suppress his real passion for music. After graduation he began a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ life. A scientist by day; recording artist by night.
In 2006 he released his first album titled “kilowatt”, which put the artist known as ‘Olivier Daysoul’ on the map within the underground electro-hiphop scene. Simultaneously, Olivier began receiving numerous requests from producers to feature as a vocalist.
He went on to receive significant international attention for his work as a featured singer/songwriter. This momentum pushed Olivier in 2010 to take the leap and pursue music full time. He worked and toured worldwide with various artists including Hudson Mohawke, Oddisee, the C2C Dj’s, and many more. Despite all of this, Olivier felt something was missing…A true reflection of his own voice and sound.
A hiatus from feature recordings and some deep introspection found Olivier discovering his love for blues, rock and funk. Many late night guitar sessions resulted in new soundscapes. A new chapter was opening. The former ‘Daysoul’ moniker exchanged for his original birth name ‘St. Louis’. Producing and writing all his own music and playing his own instrumentation; Olivier St. Louis was embarking on a new road.
The “Black Music EP” coming out on Jakarta Records gives listeners both old and new a taste of Olivier’s true music palate.
Sir the Baptist, hip hop’s holistic lyricist, is proving himself to be a chaplain of the modern rap culture. He’s an internationally known artist signed to Atlantic Records, BET award nominated and acknowledged by Forbes, Jay Z, Billboard, CNN, Late Night with Seth Meyers, People Magazine, BBC Radio 1, NPR, The Grammys and many others for his trailblazing cause of “Healing Hip Hop.” As a second generation cultural minister, growing up in historically rich Bronzeville neighborhood in Chicago, the idea of cleansing the culture has be a path Sir has been set out on since birth. CNN states that Sir is achieving this through a “balance between religion and life”. By using the power of hip hop’s influence, The Baptist records compelling stories about real people as modern parables to strip away the shame and embarrassment that too often keep people from seeking help. He delivers that same message in an album format, with his upcoming release via Atlantic Records, Saint or Sinner (coming on April 14th, 2017). The congregation is taking on an emotional rollercoaster as Sir weaves his way through tales of honesty, love, joy, pain, truth and enlightenment; listeners are left with ideas of hope and the possibility of change. Sir isn’t just a recording artist, he’s also the author of The Travelogue of a Visionary and is frequently called upon for his opinion on current events by major national and international news outlets. In his tireless advocacy for humanity, his urban church and charitable organization (Tymple and DeedPin respectively) have brought awareness, funding and care to countless foundations and over 100,000 music festival goers in the summer of 2016 alone at festivals such as Lollapolooza, Made in America and more. Sir was also honored by the Mayor of Chicago for his contribution to HIV/AIDS awareness. After over 3 million plays, 2 major films and 1 album, Sir the Baptist is well aware that there’s so much more work to be done.