Art & Tech
Art & Tech MASH UP with Dayve Hawk’s Memory Tapes
Friday, June 17
MASH UP aims to foster groundbreaking musical and visual works by up-and-coming and also established artists creating in a variety of genres. The artists will discuss and demonstrate their new ideas, process, technology used, and new directions in the arts followed by a performance.
Tonight’s presentation, Memory Tapes, is the project of musician Dayve Hawk. Growing up in New Jersey, Hawk retreated into his obsession for music at an early age. He began playing drums at the age of nine. Inspired by his makeshift vinyl collection of The Beatles and David Bowie, he began writing songs—recording homespun guitar tunes on a toy karaoke machine. Over the next decade, he recorded hundreds of tracks alone in his parents’ basement—never going to shows, never playing in bands, and rarely sharing the demos. The hazy electronic tracks began to circulate around the internet, along with his buzzed-about remixes for songs by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Peter Bjorn & John, and Britney Spears.
Memory Tapes also earned a Grammy nomination for Best Short Form Music Video for his Player Piano single “Yes I Know.”