Sep 11, 2013 10:18 AM WV Sound
Keeping a beat in the Mountain State
D.C. Music Scene Gets Down with Bonnie Rash
Two former West Virginia University students, Teddy “Beats” Bloom and Samy K, are rocking the D.C. music scene with their new group, Bonnie Rash. As Teddy lays down the beat, Samy creates funky vocals, and the duo’s party-pop, hip-hop sound is thrilling clubs and music venues across the region. “We want everyone to have a good time—to party, dance, and drink to our music,” Samy says.
Samy and Teddy met at a radio station in D.C. where they were both working. “After listening to the music they played we thought, ‘Hey, we could do that,’” Teddy says. The two started recording music in Teddy’s mother’s basement.
As former WVU students and Morgantown residents, Teddy and Samy have strong connections to West Virginia. “When I was in West Virginia I met a lot of talented musicians and artists, “ Teddy says. “Morgantown is a hot spot for talent.” One such connection with female rapper A. Breezy is paying off. Bonnie Rash partnered with A. Breezy to create the song “La La La.” “We thought it would be cool to have a female rapper collaborate on the song,” Samy says. “A. Breezy nailed it. Even though it’s not her usual style, she sounds amazing.”
When creating new music, Teddy creates the beat first then hands it over to Samy to come up with the words. “I party to the beat for awhile and get the feel for it,” he says. “I’ll go talk to people, meet a beautiful girl, listen to the beat over and over, think, ‘That was a beautiful girl,’ then look back at my notes and use it to write the words.”
Bonnie Rash performs at well-known venues like the 9:30 Club and The Fillmore in the D.C. area. “We keep it upbeat with a lot of energy,” Teddy says. “Everybody leaves sweaty.” At a typical show, the crowd goes wild, and it’s not uncommon to see people sporting sunglasses and waving their drinks in the air. “People see us going crazy, but we also play all the instruments,” Teddy says.
Bonnie Rash recently released a new single, “All Night,” which can be downloaded on iTunes. The album Le Mixtape and EP The Itch are also available for purchase.
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