Drop Switch is a modern sound hailing from Denver, Colorado. Fusing hip-hop, rock and soul, it is their high energy level and uniquely fresh blend of styles that brings this group to the next level. A Denver non-profit, Helping Hands, had this to say about Drop Switch. “This solid six-piece is representing Denver in a smooth and sophisticated way that will soon be turning heads.”
These six musicians are set apart by their intricate original material laced with complex rhythmic subtleties. This group is led by the soulful bluesy voice of Emma Wallingford who can be compared to the likes of Adele. Along side is Sheldon “Logistixx” Valdez, giving the group a whole new dimension with his creative lyricism and rhythmic flow. The driving force is without a doubt the rhythm section led by the tight drumming of Collin Mcnellis. Zach Hislop’s bass lines perfectly sync with the punchy kick drum creating one tightly knit machine. Ben ‘Horse’ Sarlo plays the screaming saxophone lines with melodies that will stick in your head for days. The melodic fretwork by Alex Hawley and Chris Overlid tie everything together for one diverse, cutting edge group.
Drop Switch got their first taste early on in their career. After only rehearsing for three months, they were booked at the Bluebird Theater supporting Eligh of the Living Legends as well as Denver’s own, MTHDS. The following summer months after the Bluebird show seemed to all fall into place. Drop Switch shared the stage with several more national acts including Aer and OCD: Moosh and Twist at Cervantes’ Masterpiece, as well as Logic and Tayyib Ali at Hodi’s Half Note.
In June, the group released their debut EP, “Take Me There.” The EP features 6 original songs.
After gaining some momentum and recognition in the Denver hip-hop scene, Drop Switch was invited to play at the 2012 Find Your Way Festival. FYW featured other artists such as Brother Ali, Hieroglyphics, Grieves, The Reminders, The Wailers, MTHDS, Abstract Collective and more.
In the following months look for Drop Switch to be releasing their second EP. This is sure not to be the last time you hear of this up and coming group.
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