Lending elements of honesty and authenticity, Matt Chang builds his music through personal experience in the making of tracks such as, (Hey Hey) Fried Fish, Birds Blue, referencing “the breadth of the East Bay, from the barbershop-like sociality of the Louisiana-style fish fry in West Oakland (named Dirty South Joe’s after a Ludacris lyric) where Chang worked from 2004 to 2007.” Another personal experience woven into his music is the recording of a protest outside of San Quentin’s death chamber at the onset of Stanley “Tookie” Williams execution in late 2005. Regarded as one of the most creative musical works to reinstate a new past time, Bay Blue brews a coexistence of generation-specific sounds through a unique musical craft. Indulge.
Docile and uncanny, Matt Chang is Bay Blue, layering ragtime and early jazz standards over hip-hop as the beatmaster re-ignites the art of sampling in his latest release. Out Nov. 13, 2012 (Anticon Records),