Down in mid-city, around the corner from Ralph’s, is a warehouse that becomes home to some of the most talented undiscovered artists each Wednesday. TheBasement is an exclusive, bi-monthly event that brings together musicians, music executives, fans, and tastemakers all in one room to showcase new and up & coming artists. It’s the place to be on Wednesday nights and for the first time, on Sept. 26, every artist was female.
When I stepped into TheBasement, I was impressed by the trendy, white interior with comfy red bean bags scattered around the stage. They had a side with a Triller video machine, where people could create their own videos. We watched as people, of all ages with a variety of different piercings, hair-styles, and colorful tattoos, danced and lip-synced to “Big Bank” and other anthems. The crowd was artsy and progressive, the perfect audience for the girl-power event that began to unfold.
The first artist, TeaMarrr, grabbed the microphone, held it close, and powerfully belted out, “You only have one job.” The strength she carried in her vocals and with her lyrics, alluding to dominating an insecure man, made her a powerhouse female to start off the night. She strode across the stage in her eye-catching outfit, complete with her hair in two buns, a red off-the-shoulder shirt, and a long black lace skirt with a smaller black skirt underneath. She slowed it down for her second song, and sat down. She sang, “I wish I never met you,” to an off-tempo and eerily beautiful beat.
The second artist was Taliwhoah from North London, and she sang to the lovers in the room. Her voice was smooth and melodic and reminded me of Alicia Keys. She looked effortlessly chic with her white crop-top and tight printed pants. She admitted that she was so nervous in the green room she thought she might throw up. But, she appeared confident and composed on stage, adding to the theme of strong, powerful women performing.
The third artist Bri Steves opened up her rap set by saying that she’s going to get close and personal with everyone. She went up to members of the audience and rapped close to their faces as they danced and laughed along. She swayed her dreads back and forth and broke normal boundaries. Her energy and catchy tunes lit up the room.
QUIÑ, the last artist, was striking in her white dreads, and wore a parka even though it was pretty humid in the room. Her voice reminded me of a more edgy, new-age version of Corinne Bailey Rae. She was quirky, and charming, as she performed, and contained a dazzling, sultry voice. The crowd loved her so much that they demanded an encore.
Every artist that graced the stage Wednesday night had a unique personality that shown through their music. They represented powerful women in music and are the future for what female artists will become. TheBasement presents an unbelievable array of artists, catch TheBasement coming to your city soon!