Local 303: The Colorado Artists We Feature for June 2022
Hometown: Denver, CO
Last version: under my skin, self-published, 02/18/2022 and Moon, self-released collab with Goon, the DJ from South Africa, 02/4/2021
Pronouns: She she
About: I’m Tisha Paradis, indie alt-electro producer/singer/songwriter from Denver, CO. I’ve been in music for as long as I can remember and wrote my first random song when I was 12. 10+ years in a hip hop electronic band for 11 years and ventured out as a solo artist in 2018. Everything I know was self taught and learned from other producers I feel a close connection to. I’ve been compared to sounds from Canons, FKA twigs, Marian Hill and previous Phantogram (giant fan) sounds. In my recent EP BARE with Goon, the DJ, I adapted my voice to a more lo-fi, alternative RnB and neo-soul vibe.
Music has always been my therapy, so my lyrics tend to reflect personal experiences and points of view. If it weren’t for the music, I don’t know if I would be able to express some of the raw emotions felt through these experiences. Music has been and always will be my refuge; a place where I can express myself in a way I couldn’t otherwise. I would love for you to join me as I continue this journey, so please take a moment to search for me on your favorite streaming platforms.
Strange icons: Missy Elliot, Queen Latifah, David Bowie
What’s next for you: I am currently in the process of writing, recording and producing upcoming solo works and continuing my collaboration with Goon, the DJ of our 2nd album, while continuing to work on the return to live performances. My goal is to focus on my music as my passion for building and connecting with like-minded others. Super excited to see what opportunities will reveal themselves in the near future!
Be social: instagram
Wheelchair Sports Camp
Hometown: Denver, CO
Last version: “YESS i’m a MESS” (Single), Self-released, 2021
Pronouns: She she
About: “If there was ever a time for a queer, disabled rapper with a passion for pot, jokes and revolution to become a star, it’s now” – Village Voice
Combining humor, playfulness, radical political outlook, compassion, and undeniable musical chops, Wheelchair Sports Camp is Denver’s smallest band. Led by wheelchair using, heavy rap, beat-making, freedom-fighting producer, educator, blunt, queer rebel rouser Kalyn, the band is a combination of live and electronic instruments with a louder, jazzy, experimental combination , to the traditional hip-hop group. Raised by the DIY (Do It Yourself) spirit of experimental independence, the group has since relied on interdependence to expand into theater, performance art, public television, politics , prison tours, permanent facilities, and more.
Kalyn led Denver’s first Disabled, Queer and Disabled Artist Campaign for the 2019 mayoral seat. The happy little mayor has been a lifelong advocate for herself and other marginalized communities through music, direct action, education and art. Commonly known for fighting for access to human rights and calling out those in power who protect the interests of capital in the future – Kalyn is vocal with a very sharp and distinct sense of humour.
The group has been featured on the cover of Village Voice as well as SPIN Magazine, Huffington Post, High Times Magazine and more.
“You can’t really associate Kalyn’s beats and collaborators with any specific era or sub-genre of hip-hop, and she’s always changing her setup, presentation, and methodology while making the music fit together. produce in a way that is always fascinating.” -Tom Murphy of the Westword
The group unknowingly began in the summer of 1997 when Kalyn returned from California to her hometown and was invited to attend and bribe the week-long 14th Annual Colorado Jr. Wheelchair Sports Camp. The band tours the states and beyond from their home in Denver.
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