Meet Gary Campbell
Having moved here from Canada, Gary has been around the scene since 2012. Since then he has become a figure known for his passion and enthusiasm towards Seattle Hip Hop. He has reviewed over a hundred local albums on his Instagram account @heygaryc.
Over the past six months, Gary Campbell has been writing his love letter to the Seattle Hip Hop scene. This letter has taken the form of a fourteen track vinyl record. A compilation entitled Solar Power: New Sounds of Seattle Hip Hop.
Recently at a Vera Project show, I got the chance to speak to Gary about this project. I was curious to find out how he curated the track list. He told me that he truly admires every single artist on this album, it’s the music that speaks to him right now.
You can pick up the record at Spin Cycle at 321 E Broadway. Or do like I did, and pick it up off one of the featured artists out at their next show. I’ve seen most of these artists live, so it’s interesting to compare how they perform it to the recorded version.
Solar Power New Sounds in Seattle Hip-Hop
The cover art by Ari Glass is like a sun bursting into flames. The vinyl itself, a vibrant orange that exudes happiness through the whole listening experience. The back is filled with liner notes from Jonathan Zwickel, that beautifully state what this record is all about. It was executive produced by Gary Campbell and mastered by Adam Straney for Crane City Music.
When the Needle Drops
DoNormaal – DoDo Call
Produced by Secret Spanish
Remember Face – Hugo Stiglitz feat. Eff Is H
Mixed by Seth From Above
Produced by Andrew Savoie
Stas Thee Boss – Tried It
Produced by Stas Thee Boss
Guayaba – Uh Oh
Produced by Luna God
JusMoni – Expectations
Produced by 10.4 ROG
New Track City – Know Better
Produced by Straight Edge Shay
Taylar Elizza Beth – Stop Calling My Phone
Produced by Luis Vela
Flip That Shit…
Gifted Gab – Show You Right
Produced by Jayb Beats
Dave B. – Kandi
Produced by Dave B., Mello Papi, Warm Gun, and Joe Simpson
Astro King Phoenix – Buttered Flies
Produced by stanleymarket
ZELLi – No Ca$h feat. Porky $coop!
Produced by Max Watters
Jarv Dee – I Just Wanna 4:20AM (Remix)
Produced by 10.4 ROG
Raven Matthews – Front Steps
Produced by Uncle Shredded Wheat
Sendai Era – Paint
Produced by Sendai Era