|A Grav Lab|
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"A-Grav Lab (short for Antigravity Laboratory) was a hip-hop group formed in 1996 by Indiana natives Scott Matelic and Jay McElfresh. The group was part of a crew called Archipelago which included The Complex, Insomniacs, and Farmer’s Market. They performed at Indianapolis venues (The Patio, The Bomb Shelter, The Emerson, etc.) in the mid to late 1990s opening for acts such as The Mudkids, Mood, Hieroglyphics and Bahamadia. Matelic went on to produce beats for Sole (Anticon) and Sage Francis while releasing his critically acclaimed solo hip-hop landscape instrumental album Primitive Pessimist on the Japanese label Tri-Eight. McElfresh formed the Austin, Texas-based punk disco band Awesome Cool Dudes who played at every shitty venue in America and released their masterpiece Maxin and Relaxin on Furniture Records in 2005. After a long hiatus the two eventually found themselves both living in New York City where they reformed as Gold Metal and released the album Drop Out City on Rad Summer (Indianapolis) in 2012."
Where can people find your music?
Record in 1997
Slam Jamz: http://slamjamz.com/
Instrumental group released on Slam Jamz
Space Ghost: Gary Owens
A Tribe Called Quest?
It’s out there and got some buzz.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phife_Dawg (another 2016 death)
A Grav Lab
Not bongs! ...but there
All-in with this project
Wasn’t interested in being the only rapper
"Over before it started"
He was on a speaking tour and sat and talked to EVERYONE
Played "A Grav Lab" on his radio show...but after he done
Bittersweet because Scott leaving the band.
Had a falling out with Awesome Cool Dudes
Toured all over the place
Sang, rapped, guitared, drums...everybody switched around
Drums were live, but on recording more discoy
Also, wedding DJ.
Bar gigs done.
Something else might happen with Gold Metal
DJ Topspeed (godfather in Indianapolis)
Had to disprove his own theory
Ground out the music!
Doug’s silent comment: Keyboard is a good way to get started
Music theory course with opera singers!
ACD was a hybrid at first, but later albums because less hip-hop focused
Del is Ice Cube's cousin
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archipelago ← the word
Do/did you tour with Gold Metal?
One-time thing, but there ended up being enough for an album.
Thought anything about CC other than blocSonic?
Sampling and covers are cool!
Stems for A Grav Lab could be coming.
Is there anything else you would like to say/tell us about?
New project in the works: pro wrestling rap project
80s southern wrestling
Passion for old school and current hip hop
Created characters like Terminator
Take everyone’s women!
Ric Flair’s kid wrestled at http://www.gardner-webb.edu/
Closing track: "Creation" by A Grav Lab from the Spacewalkers EP - CC BY-NC-SA
Scott produced it.
Sample is off jazz artist
A sign of where they would have meant