Knowa Knowone is a Bay Area turntablist/producer and co-owner of the record label Street Ritual who’s headlining RAW SF’s party this month. We caught up with Knowa to learn more about glitch hop, Champagne and Kittens, and more.
SCOUT: What is Street Ritual?
KNOWA: Street Ritual is a media label that’s focused on music and art. There are plans for getting into some fashion along with visual art, music, and culture in general. We do events, we’re releasing music, and we feature a visual artist every month. Street Ritual is really about creating a vibe and a feeling that goes along with the music and the art. One of our main concepts is to make a bridge between different types of music, especially electronic music and hip-hop, and to bridge worlds within underground music and culture. We want to bring a sense of modern spirituality into underground music, not in a religious way per se but making deeper consciousness and spiritual elements a part of what we’re doing.
SCOUT: What’s on tap for RAW SF?
KMOWA: We’re taking some new steps in the community by doing more events. I had set out to perform at RAW and then it just made a lot of sense with the art, fashion, community-focused nature of it that we do more of a partnership on this particular event. The theme of this RAW fit us and it was a chance to invite all our friends and community to come and have a presence. We’re expecting more people than ever at RAW. The music will have a Street Ritual feel, we’ve got dancers from our community in Oakland, we’ll have a little booth with an altar and a nice tribal feel.
SCOUT: What is glitch hop? What should we expect to hear at RAW?
KNOWA: Glitch hop is in simplest terms a mixture of hip-hop and electronic music, specifically bass music. Our original production is more diverse, has more chill stuff, more bass heavy stuff, even some really heavy dubstep. For RAW I’m going to keep it pretty eclectic and vibey, with a heavy psychedelic influence, party rock hip-hop with a high electronic music production style.
SCOUT: What are your favorite places around the Bay?
KNOWA: We do a thing called Beat Church every other Thursday at Icon Lounge. It’s really starting to become one of the major places for underground electronic music. I play at 1015 a lot at their ReCreation Friday night. I live in Oakland, so I usually take friends to Brown Sugar Kitchen. My new thing is chicken and waffles.
Thanks so much to Knowa for scouting with us. You can check him out at RAW SF tonight, or peep his album Champagne and Kittens with a free download.