It started with “beat stalking.”
That’s what Rapture drummer Jordan Fallon called his drive to contact Jefferson City rapper Wridacule. Fallon had heard Wridacule at an R&B and hip-hop artist meet-up at the Mission.
Wridacule “stuck out like a sore thumb,” Fallon said.
The beats Wridacule used in his songs were contagious and exciting – Fallon had to meet this guy. So, he showed up at Wridacule’s house. The bold move worked and soon Fallon’s bandmates came with, too. They’ve been getting together on Sundays ever since.
Wridacule and the Rapture features the talents of four local artists: Fallon on drums, Nichole Acree Fallon on electric violin, and Nick Gazca on bass. Wridacule, also known as Darrius Groves, joined on earlier this year.
Before becoming Wridacule and the Rapture, Fallon, Acree, and Gazca initially met in their early teens through orchestra and other musical endeavors. Later, they started a mini-folk band before turning into Rapture in November 2018.
With years of performance experience, all of the band’s work is completely original.
When the band linked up with Wridacule, it was a blessing for everyone.
In the past, Wridacule struggled to secure engaging, authentic gigs as a solo artist.
“I feel like I have a cheat code playing with these guys. Usually you’d have to pay-to-play if you don’t already have a band behind you.” Groves said. “Playing with these guys, I get audiences that actually want to hear music and not just see the headliner.”
The unification of Rapture and Wridacule has given both bands an edge.
As Wridacule notes, current rap trends are diversifying rapidly, which has its ups and downs, some of which Wridacule and the Rapture can capitalize on.
“It’s an interesting time musically. Some people are getting into rap’s ‘trap’ category – the music is losing out because everything is so digital. In the midwest, there’s still people holding on to a tradition in hip hop. We’re trying to appeal to the modern crowd, but because the midwest is still so behind, people still appreciate bands like The Roots or bands with jazz and soul roots in them. It’s modern and lagging in a nice, tasteful way,” Groves said.
That doesn’t mean Rapture isn’t pushing the edge – Acree recently snagged some pedals for her electric violin, and Fallon is listening to digital samples and applying them to his craft, too.
The band all agrees that they’re in sync.
Gazca, who’s played with Fallon for a while, says they’re “locked in,” and that he’s very comfortable playing with everyone.
“We listen, we feel it, and we do it,” Acree said.
For Groves, the stage can be a scary affair, but with the band behind him, things are more comfortable.
“I suffer from stage fright all the time, but knowing that they’re up therew ith me. They’ll pick up on it if I mess up,” Groves said.
“No matter what happens we follow each other.” Acree said.
“I always thought I would have had to already made it as a rapper before I could be accompanied by live instruments. It’s kind of like I got the dessert first. I’m in this for the long haul,” Groves said.
When they’re not jamming together, every member has their own gig. Acree is student teaching with her former orchestra teacher, Amee Veile, whom she admires.
“She was a second mom when I was in school. Every morning we’d go in and hang out in her office,” Acree said.
Fallon runs his own drumming business, as well as Bare Knuckle Roasting Co.
Both Groves and Gazca work for the state.
From collaborators to producers and artists, the Rapture crew has had great luck finding resources within the Jefferson City community. Local artist Calli Loskill did Acree and Fallon’s tattoos, as well as their album art for their album, It’s Like This.
It’s Like This, released earlier this year, is a complex jazz hip-hop feat that every member shines on. Several tracks are emotional and socially aware, and every track has at least one musical easter egg for listeners ready to dive in and explore.
The band hopes to tour soon. You can find their music on their Bandcamp here. Like their Facebook page here to keep track of their shows and new releases.
Four Quarters Artist Network is proud to feature Wridacule and the Rapture – follow along with us to discover more Jefferson City artists on our blog soon.
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