Early Show


The Skins

Tue, June 27, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


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Dagny - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
In late 2015, Dagny delivered an energetic, entrancing, and enigmatic anthem with “Backbeat.” Following its world premiere on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, the Norway- born and London-based songstress amassed over 9 million Spotify streams in a couple of months’ time, landed on “Artist to Watch” lists from Apple, Spotify, and Tidal, and earned features from The Line of Best Fit and more. There’s a simple explanation to the song’s meteoric rise.

It’s almost effortless in its execution—as if it were meant to happen all along. Given her upbringing, it probably was. Born to two musician parents in the small Norwegian town of Tromsø, her earliest memories include falling asleep to the sounds of mom and dad practicing jazz and Brazilian music just down the hall.

“I slept better with music than I did without it,” she affirms.
At 15-years-old, she vividly recalls watching an Eva Cassidy Christmas concert on tele- vision. At that moment, she picked up an acoustic guitar and began tenaciously writ- ing songs, reflecting the energy of the world around her.

“Where I’m from, we have 24 hours of darkness in the winter and 24 hours of light in the summer,” she explains. “That affects your mood, and it comes through the music.”

Turning 21, she moved to London, started jamming with various songwriters, and per- formed around the city. However, her sound would undergo a profound transformation around this time.

“We were doing more folky music,” says Dagny. “When I first got to London, I was tak- ing it all in and learning. I hadn’t found my identity yet. By 2014, I needed something new. I was playing around on my electric guitar and working on the drum beats. Some- thing naturally happened.”

Writing “Backbeat” with collaborator Sam McCarthy she channeled a new spark alto- gether. Driven by a shuffle of handclaps, drums, piano, and electric guitar, the song gallops with a distinct swing culminating on a big hook.

“I sang over this cool telephone sound on the vocal mic, and we just jammed it out,” she goes on. “It’s about the vibe. ‘Backbeat’ is the feeling of letting yourself go a lit- tle bit.”

As “Backbeat” caught fire, Republic Records signed Dagny, and she immediately set out to work on her debut EP in Los Angeles.

The five track Ultraviolet EP was released on September 2nd and features new mater- ial that DAGNY recorded with a dream team of collaborators including Tommy English (Børns, Tigertown, Ladyhawke), Dave Bassett (Elle King, Fitz and the Tantrums), Mattman & Robin (Tove Lo, Ellie Goulding, Taylor Swift) and Justin Tranter (Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, The Knocks, KYGO), as well as “Backbeat” and "Fool's Gold" featuring BØRNS, which DAGNY released to fans last summer.

With Fool’s Gold reaching #2 on the Norwegian radio charts, a P3 Gull nomination for ‘Best New Artist’, Spelleman nominations for Best Song and Best Newcomer, tips on ’Ones to Watch Lists’ from the likes of VEVO, 27 live shows this summer, early support from the likes of The Gaurdian, Pop Culture, Zane Lowe, and BBC’s radio 1’s Scott Mills and Cell Spellman, and her new Single 'Wearing Nothing' set to drop on May 26th, Dagny is ready for a busy year in 2017.
The Skins - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
The Skins
If 21st century revolution had a sound, it would be post-race, post-gender, post-sexual orientation, and post-genre. It would be The Skins. The Brooklyn quintet is comprised of three siblings—Bay Li [lead vocals], Kaya Nico [vocals, bass], and Reef Cole [drums]—and two friends who became “family” Daisy Spencer [guitar] and Russ Chell [guitar, synth], ranging from the ages of 18 to 24. This diversity informs a dynamic and definitive style that’s undeniably pop, but encompasses rock, funk, punk, hip-hop, and soul.
“My siblings and I are black kids out of Bed-Stuy who have rock roots that inform the dynamic pop music we play and write,” exclaims Bay Li. “We don’t just hit ‘play’ on stage; we actually know our way around the instruments. There are no backups. We own the stage. We just naturally are who we are. Get out of your comfort zone and give us a try.”
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002