"Music from the Gaijin Hotel"
rain rumination 1
rise up & walk
rain rumination 2
Much Respect to Obi Nwazota
of the Gaijin Hotel!
( 8fatfat8 would like to thank friends
of PDP; John Prentis, Danial Monckton, Ed Kaszubowski, B+, Chaka, Meagan, Daniel Thompson, Dzine & Matthew (among many
others) for showing their support by turning up at the Gaijin Hotel during these experimental nights! )
is a general bio for 8fatfat8 )
debut release: Music from the gaijin hotel
"Music from the gaijin hotel" is subtle music, cinematic, refreshingly understated. Deep grooves
and soaring strings, with soulful vocals gently setting the stage for the music to do the speaking.
named after a bar in Honolulu Hawaii. Home state of founder Frank "Opah" Orrall.
Opah relocated to Chicago
in 1992 and emmersed himself in Chicago's fertile dance community. Joining forces with vocalist Charlette "Truffle"
Wortham in '98, 8fatfat8 was born.
Under the encouragement of Obi Nwazota, owner of the Gaijin Hotel, Opah began
a weekly live p.a. residencey in the lounge. Obi gave 8fatfat8 the forum to do whatever they felt musically. This record reflects
that freedom. This is Soul music. Body music. Meditative music.
8fatfat8 further developed it's sound during
a noted residency at Mad Bar & at various clubs around Chicago ( Le Passage, Slick's Lounge, Karma, Red no. Five,
Smart Bar, Metro, and Zentra) & has earned respect from the Chicago house community.
Live, 8fatfat8 is rooted in
the live p.a. tradition; combining MPC driven beatz, bass and keys, vocals, live
percussion and a host of
guest musicians including Alison Chesly (cello) and El John (percussion).
8fatfat8 has released 12"s for Afterhours,
Platetectonic Music, and Music 101.
8fatfat8 has performed live in S.F., Chicago, Hawaii, New Orleans, Austin,
Bordeaux (France), Miami (wmc), and opened for Groove Armada in London. 8fatfat8 members Frank Orrall
and El John also hold down the live percussion duties for Thievery Corporation on tour. Frank Orrall provides
the electronic production for Kahil El'Zabar's "JUBA Collective". Most members of 8fatfat8
also perform with Poi Dog Pondering.
"Meagan Ascends the stairs at the Gaijin Hotel"
Photo by Bob Reveley