Detroit boy Dan Hacker, a.k.a. Muzzy Bearr, has been exercising his creative muscles since he was just a cub. Throughout his 23 years so far, Hacker’s musical journey has come a long way from taking piano lessons with his father at a mere six years old. He received his first guitar on his eleventh birthday and from that day on, this bear was addicted to the craft like honey.
More recently, you may have seen his name alongside hot-shots like Ahh Ooh, Exmag, future Mousetrap performer Late Night Radio and the saxy super star GRiZ. Muzzy’s sublime guitar skills have been featured on several highly esteemed GRiZ tracks such as “Hard Times” and the more recently released golden groove titled “Summer ’97.” Another GRiZ track suitably titled “Gettin’ Live” seamlessly combines GRiZ’s bold beats with Muzzy’s own flirtatiously funky guitar solos.
With the pair so naturally blending together, it comes as no surprise that Muzzy is a part of GRiZ’s label All Good Records. Muzzy has been working with GRiZ for the past few years but was officially signed to All Good on the 2015 release of “Vintage Sutra.” Fellow affiliates of the righteous Detroit-based label include but are not limited to Manic Focus, Sunsquabi, Late Night Radio, Freddy Todd, and my personal favorite future-funk generators The Floozies.
“Vintage Sutra” the artist’s first solo album, is a short and sweet six songs long, but takes the listener on an auditory trip around the sun. The chill of a Midwest winter breezes through in the opening track “Suede” featuring yet another Detroit native, rapper Denmark Vessey. “Fortissimo” cranks the heat back up and makes the beat bigger and hotter until it melts down into the slick and buttery title-track “Synapse Synthesis.” Next comes the cooler, cozier weather that makes you want to cuddle up with the smooth operator in the sounds of “Seduction Cup (Outro)”. If you have yet to give your ears a chance to be seduced by the velvety soundtrack that is Muzzy’s latest album “Vintage Sutra”, please have a seat and allow your mind to untangle to these luxurious ice-cold compositions.
Muzzy has been a fantastically busy bear this past year touring with his homie GRiZ, working on new original tracks and joining his All Good fam on the festival circuit. Muzzy performed alongside GRiZ on Holy Ship back in January and scored himself a spot on the three-night afterparty for Buku Music and Arts festival this March. Muzzy will be performing alongside Wick-It and Araab Muzik on night two of the festivities. Shortly after the spring-time shinding, Muzzy will be making his way back up north to our very own beloved Mousetrap Bar.
After Muzzy visits Indianapolis he will be spending some time in the studio cracking away at a new blues-rock inspired album that he hopes to have out sometime this year. We can also expect some collaborations with other Detroit locals Gosh Pith and more with Ahh Ooh in the near future. Other artists Hacker has been keen on lately include Brooklyn based Brasstracks, the wonky AWE out of L.A. and musician/rapper Anderson .paak.
If listening to “Vintage Sutra” wasn’t enough to convince you to buy your ticket to IndyMojo Presents: Altered Thurzdaze with Muzzy Bearr, surely the opening acts will.
HaveThat will be returning to Trap for the first time since he played here with Cyberoptics in 2014 and will be blasting all of his best bangers. Also playing on the 23rd will be one of our own local hometown honeys, Christian The DJ. Seriously, who doesn’t love that guy?
With big names like Late Night Radio and GRiZ backing the bearr, as well as local musician Nicholas Gerlach of Turbo Suit referring to Muzzy as “a precious angel from heaven,” you can understand that it would be flat out wrong of you to miss this. If you are not convinced by now, then you must be a robot. But if you’ve got some stellar robot dance moves, break out of that steel shell and come show us what you’ve got!
$5 Cover at the Mousetrap day of show
Doors at 9:00 pm