POSITVE HIP HOP. LIVE. LIVING BAND.
from the 405 to the 503
Channeling all the nostalgia of the Golden Age of Hip-Hop with genre-bending live instrumentation and blending it with all the energy of a punk show, ADDverse Effects aims to bring artistry and integrity back to the craft. Formed in Norman, OK the 5-piece (6 when DJ Timmy B joins the mix) was initially conceived by drummer/singer/composer Boyd ‘B-Side’ Littel and lead MC Joshua ‘Fiji’ Rehanek, in late summer 2012, after the 2 landed a short-notice opening gig with a couple other local musicians. With only 3 days to practice the band threw together a 45 minute set that went over like gangbusters. Littel and Rehanek instantly knew they had something special and decided to see the project through.
By October 2012 the line-up was set with the addition of bassist Benja ‘Benjasan’ Farber, pianist Michael ‘Mikey Keys’ Stafford, and guitarist John ‘Fat Cal’ Calvin. They played their 1st show as ADDverse Effects mid-December 2013 to a packed house at The Deli, in Norman, and quickly became a fan-favorite due to their tight compositions mixed with socially conscious lyrics, as well as a party starting, energetic live show, and hooks that will get stuck in your head for weeks. Their official coming out party was a 2 set bender at Norman Music Festival 6, April 2013, that garnered them both local and state wide accolades with The Oklahoma Gazette calling them ‘The Most Likely (Oklahoma) Band to Replace The Roots on the Late Show.’ Around the same time they began recording at Blackwatch Studios with acclaimed producer Jarod Evans (Sufjan Stevens, Flaming Lips, Broncho).
With the band playing shows at an increasing rate they decided to hire on guitarist Justin ‘J-Du’ Dupuis as a fill-in for Calvin who was already busy with several other bands. Dupuis eventually took over full-time as Calvin opted to pursue his solo career as a folk singer.
ADDverse continued building a statewide audience while also finding time to play some out of state gigs including Fayetteville, Arkansas’s famed Georges Majestic Lounge and Austin, TX for SXSW 2014 at The Buffalo Lounge. During this time they also decided to sign with local OKC grassroots label On Tap Records. Their hard work paid off in April 2014 when they were selected to play Norman Music Festival 7, this time as a Main Stage act alongside Bright Light Social Hour, Dead Meadow, Diarrhea Planet, Horse Thief, La Femme, and Caleb McGee. They have also shared the stage with Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, The Mike Dillon Band, Afroman, Johnny Polygon, Jabee, Alan Doyle, Josh Sallee, DMNDCRKS (Frank Black, LTZ, Beetyman), Tallows, and countless others.
In June 2014 the band relocated to Portland, OR in a move to bring their unique style to a larger market. Since moving, ADDverse has added local Portlandians Vincent Jaime on Guitar and Spencer Finnan on Keys and co-founded the Hive Mind Fellowship with local Hip-Hop/Jazz acts Two Planets, Tribe Mars, The Pariahs. The band also released its debut EP ‘Just A Taste’, on March 26th, 2015, which spent time in the Top 50 on the iTunes Hot Indie Hip-Hop chart and has garnered critical acclaim around the country. The lead single 'Just A Taste' was selected as one of the Top 50 songs of 2014, in Oklahoma, by The Spy/NPR. Their debut full length project, 'A Good Problem To Have' will be independently released October 21st, 2016. With a sound rooted deep in the foundations of Hip-Hop, that is able to branch out from Reggae, to acid jazz, to punk, to new wave, ADDverse Effects is creating its’ own lane while bringing the party and positivity with every sound they create.
Headlining Festival Spots:
Norman Music Fest 7 2014
MOGO Music Fest 2015
Reed College Renn Fayre 2016
Last Sunday 2016
MOGO Music Fest 2017