Due to circumstances beyond our control – The Wajatta event has been postponed to a later date.
All tickets will be refunded.
Mikey Lion will now be performing at 1up Reno with Walker and Royce.
We hope you will join us there.
WAJATTA – the new group formed by beat-boxer/comedian/musician Reggie Watts and electronic music artist/DJ/producer John Tejada recently released its debut album, Casual High Technology.
Presented as a cosmic collection of funk-infused techno, Casual High Technology is the culmination of decades’ worth of Watts and Tejada’s favorite electronic music shaped to fit a new dance sensibility.
Wajatta (pronounced wa-Ha-ta), as the name suggests, is a mash-up of the artist’s last names. Having grown up with similar musical influences, Austrian-born Tejada and German-born Watts draw from their love of urban, electronic music.
Exploring the intersection between influences and innovation, the two describe Wajatta’s music as “electronic dance music with its roots in Detroit techno, Chicago house, ’70s funk and New York hip hop.” Tejada’s deep, melodic production makes the perfect backing for Watt’s wide vocal range and live looping skills.
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A 2018 interview with Comedy Dynamics prompted consumers to consider one hypothetical question: “What are the possibilities when two virtuosos armed with high technical aptitude and a knack for musical improvisation collide?” Take one part West Coast, deep house, mix in some funky, Chicago-style beats, and you may find the answer: Wajatta. Reggie Watts and John Tejada’s musical portmanteau encompasses both names and sound, and they’ll be rocking the Great Depressurization Chamber with grooves and beats from their first collaboration “Casual High Technology.”
On the left you have Watts, most well known for his comedic stand-up and, more recently, as the band leader for The Late Late Show with James Corden. On the right, you have Tejada, a staple of the Los Angeles techno and club scene for two decades now with a musical depth and knowledge that spans countries and genres. That depth, really, is something Tejada and Watts share—both with biracial parents, both born in Europe, and both with influences from multiple genres.
“There’s such a range of both of our instruments,” Tejada said. “We meet in some places and differ in others and it’s more about not letting the technology get in the way.”
Neither one of them was looking for one another (musically speaking) when Wajatta began its formation, but both artists stated several times their admiration for the other before they ever met.
“I wanted to have a platform to express myself and work with someone who is really great,” Watts said of Tejada.
The expression is apparent throughout the respective careers as well as “Casual High Technology.” There is melodic waves of Watts’ voice mixed with Tejada’s masterful house style, tastes of funk and hip hop, and deep beats that manage to evolve within their own tempo and time. These genre specific cultures are ones that had to greatly teach themselves, Tejada said, experimenting by learning with misuse, and for him, it is a substantial piece of inspiration in his blossoming as an artist.
“I’ll go back to that often, especially when I need to get my creative juices flowing,” Tejada said. “It’s kind of a paint by numbers—creating something out of nothing.”
This is their room of creativity, their room to improvise and let go of their otherwise demanding and stressful schedules, a factor in why they wanted to play a big post-burning man party in the first place: because it seems like the perfect place an interested and intimate set with a crowd who still wants more of “that moment.”
“Expect nothing from the live show,” a levitical Watts reports.
And maybe we should take his advice. You know—let them paint by numbers and such.