40 Watt Hype offers up a road tested, Organic, All Orignals, 8 piece music group. Several features and write-ups in district, local, statewide and internet press have brought the band to forefront of innovation in the newest hip hop styles. News organizations recognize the skill of the talented band, and the likability of a style that was once limited in its audience appeal. 40 Watt Hype has built a reputation as an impressive, active, working band, and is a favorite among local mainstream (104.1, 101.1) and college (90.7) DJs.
The 8 piece set up avoids the limitations of DJ based hip hop and allows for the band to groove in the moment and prove its musical skills. 40 Watt Hype's tight musicality goes beyond the predictability that Hip Hop has come to be. The horn section evolves sensibly between solos and riffs while Percussionist JD rocks the steady beat on the congas.
Accessibly adding to the true hip hop form and bringing a legitimate sense of musicality, MC/Vocalist Awall fluidly doubles up on percussion and timbales to flawlessly contribute to the massive sound. Twylight MCs from his lyrical volumes with ease and control, and His comfort with the stage proves his music to be a lifestyle, not simply a front for performance.
The band's creative drive reflects in refreshing Leslie-styled chord tones and jazz progressions. 40 Watt Hype have become true innovators of the new hip-hop form with their music, lyrics and stage presence.
Thanks to the help of bands like Ozomatli and 40 Watt Hype, full band-based hip hop has found a larger audience in California where it is given the sensibilities that only a California band can provide--An ironic blend of energy, attitude, laid back style and hype wrapped in jazz based Hip Hop. It is, ultimately, music with a heritage.
40 Watt Hype consistently headlines to sold out venues. With thousands of visits to their website, and an extensive mailing list, buzz on the street is that 40 Watt will bring the Show--whether playing for Blackalicious, The Warped Tour, or Fishbone. 40 Watt Hype is comfortable performing regularly with any style of music: hip hop, latin, ska, rap rock and reggae, finding an audience in each.
Winning over audiences at every stop, a 40 Watt Hype show is not to be missed.