Detroit’s Flint Eastwood shares her top five buddying artistic neighbours
Jax Anderson is FLINT EASTWOOD – a motivated creative challenging the underlying demons that contribute to the shape of Western society media. Flexing this tumultuous passion in songwriting, her songs negate the motives driving beauty standards, racism, ageism, classism, sexism and the pressures of how we are expected to hold ourselves.
Portraying her bold stature through airy beats, harmonious synthesised energies and plentiful percussion with the occasional brass entourage, Flint Eastwood has bequeathed her Broke Royalty EP through Neon Gold Records. Find the visual accompaniment to boss lady track ‘Queen’ below.
Alongside her own music, the past two years has seen Flint Eastwood run Assemble Sound – an 1870s church that has been transformed into a creative hub; housing live shows, recording sessions, workshops and lectures. A significant attribute to her Detroit residency, we asked Flint Eastwood to give us insight into her top five artistic neighbours of her hometown.
1. Stef Chura ‘Spotted Gold’
Stef makes honest low-fi rock and sounds like Midwest America feels – passionate and hardworking mixed with grit and some angst. Her record Messes is incredible all around. She’s also my go-to karaoke host when I’m home and she’s not on tour.
2. Tunde Olaniran ‘Namesake’
Tunde is technically from Flint, Michigan, but I’m including him because we both work out of a collaboration studio in the city called Assemble Sound & he is such an important part of the scene in Detroit right now. Tunde’s lyrics are honest and raw and they keep you guessing in all of the right ways. I respect the shit out of the amount of hard work and vision he puts into his art – not to mention his vocals are borderline flawless.
3. NYDGE ‘El Segundo ft. Kim Vi’
Nydge is a producer who uses thick synths and guest vocalists on songs that feel like they should already be festival bangers. He has an amazing sense of tension and release, and knows when to get weird. Very good for parties and summer car rides.
4. Danny Brown ‘Dip’
Danny Brown is just incredible. His cadence is unique and raw and the boy knows how to perform. Danny has stuck around Detroit and invests back into the city which I think is really cool. He’s hosted youth poetry workshops out of Assemble Sound which is awesome to see and the kids love it. Plus he’s just straight up a bad ass.
5. Ellen Rutt ‘Detroit’
I’m stretching the rules here and I’m including a Detroit artist that is not a musician – Ellen is an amazing muralist & designer. She’s done a lot of album covers & design work for Detroit musicians & has a playful style & colour pallet that feels very classic and recognisable.
Words by Hannah Galvin.
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