Real Don Music
6 piece Acid Jazz/Trip Hop/Indie Rock band from Seattle, WA –– Kirk Huffman (Kay Kay and HIs Weathered Underground, Wild Orchid Children) leading the charge on bass and vocals backed by drums, an additional percussionist, sax, keys and a DJ.
Tfw a hellish bout of writer’s block gives way to an endearing, enduring creative endeavor: For an artist, no feeling could be more relieving—or more inspiring. Real Don Music, the ongoing experiment of inveterate weirdo and serial bandleader Kirk Huffman, emerged from struggle and stasis, a time when Huffman was between bands, between jobs and at a pivotal point in his personal life. When the world offered nothing but dullness and darkness, Huffman found gold within himself. Calling upon his copious experiences and influences, he channeled his affinity for dusty Stax-era soul, European acid jazz and smokey 90’s trip-hop into a timeless sound that surprised even him. He found his sense of humor, too, naming this new project after the genius singer-songwriter of Sesame Street, the eternally frustrated, occasionally masochistic Muppet known as Don Music.
Since that harrowing summer of 2013, Real Don Music has become one of Seattle’s most unique and enigmatic acts. Huffman operates as an autonomous force free from the obligatory and increasingly irrelevant cycles of the music industry, releasing songs and playing select club and festival gigs when the mood strikes. First came the singles — “Emeralds and Angels” and “Smoke by Day” were deep slices of heavy vibes, evocative of both silk-suited swing and blunted soul; which Huffman paired with wildly inventive videos. The “Dank Sinatra” and “Dank Zappa” EPs followed in 2015 and 2018, respectively, the latter with a deeply disturbing video directed by acclaimed Seattle photographer Steven Miller. Showcases at taste-making festivals like Capitol Hill Block Party and Summer Meltdown followed, Huffman fleshing out the band’s live set with a trio of horns, a limber drummer-percussionist and a digital turntablist. Striking album art, compelling videos, tight performances and of course the music, weighted by groove and driven by melody, composed and precise: Together they reveal a Real Don Music as Huffman’s latest and greatest gift to a world hungry for the real.
It’s a world Huffman knows well, having spent the last 18 years in a boundary-smashing assortment of rock ‘n’ roll bands.