Sometimes we receive emails about new music that intrigue and surprise us. This is one of those times. With a name like WatchTheDuck, well quite frankly we didn’t know what to expect until we listened and did more research on this very talented trio- then we understood. Consisting of it’s Atlanta based members Eddie Smith III, Jesse Rankins and Jonathan Wells these accomplished musicians, producers and DJs have dropped their own unique dubstep blend of hybrid soul and blues with their “Poppin Off” track to the dark electronic orchestration on “Reactivated”. Most of all, they collectively team up with dancers and recognize their importance with the ever morphing Bboy and Popping community. That’s an added bonus for us. Continue on for a full read and look at the videos below.
WatchTheDuck are currently in the studio and preparing to take their groundbreaking “soul step” sounds along the East coast playing Boston, New York, Washington DC and Philadelphia, leading up to their live debut performance at this year’s SXSW Music Festival.
Giving show performance experience that blur the lines between EDM, dance, trap, hip hop, and electronic, WatchTheDuck’s infectious, soul step sound that has been electrifying Atlanta’s hip hop, dance, trap and dubstep scene will now be heading along the east coast to bring their live party on the road which began this passed February 15th in Atlanta and wrapping up with a string of grand finale performances at this year’s SXSW Music Festival.
On March 4th WatchTheDuck will take over BET’s hit music video countdown show, 106th & Park where the group serve as the guest DJ’s and turn the live studio audience into a rave dance party. In addition, they will also take the stage to deliver an electrifying performance bringing fans into their “Poppin’ Off party” aesthetic which consists of independent, freestyle dance parties the crew became known for in the Little Five Points section of Atlanta.
Following ‘Poppin Off,’ WatchTheDuck partnered with Complex Magazine to premiere their follow up video, “Reactivated,” this time the video features the dance crew RemoteKontrol.
The WatchTheDuck crew — which includes Alabama natives Eddie Smith III, Jesse Rankins and Jonathan Wells, three accomplished musicians, producers and DJs based in Atlanta by-way-of Alabama—and their operating philosophy, lifestyle and, now, the fourth member — THE DUCK. “Everybody sees the duck traveling smoothly on top of the water,” Eddie says, explaining their monkier. “But nobody sees it kicking hard as hell under it, struggling to stay afloat.” Take a look at the “Poppin’ Off” and “Reactivated” videos below.
Catch WatchTheDuck on tour:
Feb 15th – Atlanta @ Metroplex
Feb 19th – Atlanta @ Mason Murer
Feb 22nd – Philadelphia @ Underground Arts
Feb 23rd – Washington DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
March 1st – Baltimore @ Rams Head w/ Mos Def
March 2nd – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club w/ Mos Def
March 4th — New York @ BET’s 106 & Park
March 7th — New York @ Santos Party House (downstairs)
March 8th – Boston @ Brighton Music Hall