The groundbreaking pop duo will kick off their residency with a moderated Q&A event on October 23rd at 4:00 p.m. ET (open to the public)
100 gecs, the duo of Dylan Brady and Laura Les, will join the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts as artists-in-residence for the 2020-2021 academic year.
100 gecs will kick off their residency with a 90 minute, in-depth Q&A conversation on Friday October 23 at 4:00 p.m. ET, moderated by Clive Davis alumnus and Pitchfork staff writer Noah Yoo. The virtual event will explore the duo’s production philosophy and pioneering musical style, their musical releases to date, their innovative use of technology in boldly reimagining live and virtual performance and creating the 100 gecs expanded multiverse, and how issues of identity and activism are evolving in a tumultuous election year. The event will stream live on Twitch and is open to the public.
100 gecs will host several virtual events and workshops with students in the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters, including private and public conversations and small group sessions with Brady and Les, as well as members of their team.
“When we got the offer to join the Clive Davis Institute this year, we saw it as a way to pass along some of what we’ve learned about music and making it... key commands, negative harmony, etc... We-❤️-🎵," said Brady and Les from 100 gecs.
100 gecs planted their flag on the proverbial pop culture moon with their 2019 debut album 1000 gecs. 100 gecs’ hard-to-classify music spans a wide range of genres—indie, grindcore, emo, ska, pop, dance, hardcore, nightcore, electronic, hip hop, and more. Brady and Les’ experimental and noise-driven songs are often spiked with blatantly-bratty lyrics that explore topics like feminism, classism, and gender identity. Their DIY aesthetic is winningly innovative and irreverent.
“The effortlessly authentic duo of 100 gecs exemplifies what we hope all of our students are able to embody as they journey through the Clive Davis Institute and beyond. Constantly shifting their modalities of production and performance, Laura and Dylan are communicating with gestures of experimentation and fluidity that are viscerally shifting the boundaries and possibilities of popular music,” said JD Samson, assistant arts professor at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.
1000 gecs was selected as a ‘Best Album of 2019’ by the New York Times’ pop music critics. They’ve been praised by Crack Magazine, Noisey, Pitchfork, Stereogum, and Rolling Stone. Interview called 1000 gecs “a blueprint for what pop music might sound like in the year 2050.” After their world tour was postponed in the summer of 2020, Brady and Les returned with 1000 gecs and The Tree of Clues, a rework of the original album featuring collaborations from A.G. Cook, Fall Out Boy, Charlie XCX, Rico Nasty, as well as crowdsourced contributions by fans. The transformative release was described by NME as a “brain-melting, genre-crushing vision of pop’s future.” In April 2020, the band built an online festival inside the video game Minecraft that quickly broke capacity. Through their bold and adventurous recorded music collaborations and live performances, 100 gecs have been instrumental in transforming the sound of modern pop.
To RSVP for the October 23rd event, please visit Eventbrite. Future public events in 100 gecs’ residency will be announced at a later date. Red Bull is supporting and helping to facilitate 100 gecs' residency at NYU.
About the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music
The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts is the premier educational training ground for future leaders in the music industry. The Clive Davis Institute—founded by chief patron and music impresario Clive Davis himself—has developed a reputation for recruiting and developing the most compelling new talent in the business. Graduates include the dynamic production and songwriting duo Take a Daytrip (David Biral and Denzel Baptiste), pop phenom FLETCHER, visionary producer and performer Arca, chart-topping songwriters Emily Warren and Madison Love, Capitol Records' recording artist Maggie Rogers, music industry executive Hannah Babitt, and co-founder of Mason Jar Music (named the world's 6th most innovative music company by Fast Company Magazine) and Nomandique Jon Seale. The Institute, which officially launched in 2003 and has been the home of instructors like ?uestlove, Q-Tip and Bob Power, also boasts a steady stream of talented graduates barnstorming other industry areas like business, journalism, tech, and production.
Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music