This Saturday at the Sett, two of a kind will be taking over the stage – both with long-wavy hair. Mod Sun and Pat Brown bring a certain essence to their performances, since their style is described as “Hippy Hop.” That’s right, this is no ordinary hip-hop, for the extra “–py” explains the positive, tie-dye feel.
The artist Derek Smith, a.k.a. Mod Sun, actually did not start as a hip-hop artist. Inspired by Hanson, the drums became his original musical instrument. But after touring at the age of 18, he realized that interacting with the crowd was what he truly enjoyed. At first, the young Derek Smith would entertain the crowd with his free styling capabilities. These then evolved into his current tracks that we listen to today. He has incorporated nothing but positive energy into his songs because he has stated that he’s “never not happy.” And the crowd feels that positive energy as well–you just want to dance.
Pat Brown, Mod Sun’s tour manager, will also be performing at The Sett with a few tracks of his own. But don’t be fooled with the title of “tour manager,” for Pat Brown certainly brings a pop-aspect to any of Mod Sun’s performances. Traveling all over the world at the young age of 23, Pat Brown has certainly had much experience in every avenue, including being a drum technician for The Summer Set and the vocalist/guitarist for Sing It Loud. He is featured in songs such as ”Lightning in a Bottle,” and “The Path Less Traveled” with Mod Sun, which show his fun, alternative style.
So, Madison, lets get back to our hippie roots and show these two artists just how joyful a crowd we can be. Listen to a song featuring both artists, “Pass It My Way,” in the video below, and download Pat Brown’s “Your Own Landslide.”