Discovery: Party Supplies
Published January 27, 2011
Justin Nealis, 23-year-old singer/songwriter/producer working under the moniker Party Supplies, is making moves on the Internet before busting them on a stage. The Brooklynite, currently residing/recording in his apartment/studio, got his start in producing hip-hop, which for him, fluidly turned into the more R&B/electro/house sound you can find on the remixes he releases on his blog.
“The structure of my music is so loop-based, it still feels very much like rap,” he says, but what the one-man band has really been remastering is mainstream. With the wild success of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ hit, “Home,” and the now-viral YouTube video of a father-daughter duo singing it acoustically (5.4 million views since the new year), Party Supplies also chimes in with his radiant rendition here. Another favorite, Arcade Fire’s anthem to old-school love lost “We Used To Wait” turned uplifting sonic dance journey here.
And while the remixing remains a hobby (this month he releases a mixtape of remixes in collaboration with L.A.-based clothing company, Hellz-Bellz), Nealls promises something special for his first LP, namely singing. “Expect the first record to be very R&B, upbeat, disco-synth-pop/hip-hop channeling the likes of Eno, Collins, Huey Lewis, Robert Palmer, David Byrne. It’s me singing love songs… but with hip-hop elements.”
PARTY SUPPLIES WILL BE PERFORMING AT SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST MUSIC FESTIVAL (MARCH 18-21) AND AT MERCURY LOUNGE ON FEBRUARY 9. FOR MORE ABOUT PARTY SUPPLIES, VISIT HIS BLOG.