Rupert met Anesia one serendipitous day on Commercial Drive, in East Vancouver. Like so many of his collaborations it spawned from the artistic meeting ground of cafe deux soleils. Instantly having a friendly spark, they soon collaborated at the Stew Jams- a monthly, improvised music night that practices hip-hop culture. Rupert asked Anesia if she could play drums on his album, which she said "yes" to. Since then the two have busked together, played community gigs, featured at local shows and recorded another project - Veganese Folk-Hop Volume 2.
As a duo, the Art warriors are know to blend phat Hip-hop drum styles with folk-picking, strummy hooks and jazz influenced chord progressions. Often doing a freestyle dance break-down, Rupert will also bust out spoken word and rap-poetry over top of the sparse musical compositions followed by falsetto crooning. Anesia provides extra percussion such as rain stick, clave and shakers to some tunes, and adds in her deeply soulful voice as harmonic texture when the track calls for it.
The two aim to meet up again in the summer of 2020 for some shows in Montreal and Toronto, as a part of the Art Warrior Tour. Until then Rupert will be finishing up recording, as well as performing solo with his loop pedal. Stay tuned for the album release !