Ayo Dot & The Uppercuts
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Ayo Dot & The Uppercuts

Seattle, Washington, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Seattle, Washington, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Hip Hop Rock




"The chemistry was undeniable as the Seattle group created solid songs and a well executed set."

Ayo Dot and the Uppercuts make up a full band; drummer Jeff McNamara, bassist Chris Wadsworth, guitarist Jordan Haas, back up vocalist Whitney Killian, and emcee Ayo Dot himself. The chemistry was undeniable as the Seattle group created solid songs and a well executed set. Ayo Dot and Whitney Killian both have a strong voice and stage presence – the lyrics were positive, honest and relatable, the music was danceable. Each musician was individually strong in their role and the group worked as a team on stage to create a full sound and overall experience – the band brought a lot; soulful singing, call backs, powerful bass riffs, great dancing and even a well executed, unique Queens of the Stone Age cover. Overall this set offered a lot more than just hip-hop. - What's Up Magazine

"New Band to Watch: Ayo Dot & The Uppercuts"

What do you get when you combine a tight rock band, with impressively strong female vocals, and a hip-hop front man? Ayo Dot & The Uppercuts. The unique combination of seemingly contrasting genres melt together into a perfectly fascinating melting pot of greatness.

Rowdy and wild, yet contained, this group has a completely new take on hip-hop. A solid rock and roll base with a groovy hip-hop flow, tied together in a nice bow with Whitney Killian’s back-up and lead vocals, makes this band a seamless Neapolitan dessert of deliciousness.

Within minutes, Dot is in the crowd, literally pulling them in, making devoted fans one by one. By the third song, his shirt comes off and he sports only a thick red braided necklace and fedora hat. Giant-like drums (Jeff McNamara) make everything come alive.

Guitarist Jordan Haas energetically lip-syncs the hook before a shredding solo, as Dot grabs a Nigerian flag and drapes it around his neck, supporting his roots. Dot shares the spotlight with Killian as he lets her easily take the lead while grabbing one of the many offered drinks from the audience. Chilling on the side and jamming out with the guitarist, they join together for a Jamaican-esque song, each original tune as deeply engaging and easily lovable as the previous.

Not once was the crowd disengaged, not once was the band flawed. This is a new and noteworthy band with a sound that defies genre, combined stage presence and songs that take fans on a ride. Ayo Dot & The Uppercuts are the real deal. - Seattle Music Insider (SMI)


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Ayo Dot & The Uppercuts are an electrifying, high energy, alternative hip-hop band out of Seattle, Washington. Delivering soul-wrenching riffs and heavy bass lines with catchy choruses.Their originals, laced with their takes on some of your favorite songs, puts them in a stratosphere far removed from your everyday hip-hop band. Ayo Dot & The Uppercuts hit the scene in 2012 and have been featured at Upstream Music Festival, Capitol hill block party, Folklife, and stages all across the Pacific Northwest. You'll be hard-pressed not to bob your head to the sounds emanating from this ever-dynamic crew, featuring Jeff McNamara on drums, Jordan Haas on guitar, Jake Amster on bass guitar, with Whitney Killian and Ayo Dot on vocals

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