Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
Brandon Paak Anderson (born February 8, 1986), better known by his stage name Anderson Paak (stylized as Anderson .Paak), is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, drummer and record producer from Oxnard, California. He released his debut album, O.B.E. Vol. 1 in 2012, under the pseudonym Breezy Lovejoy.
He went on to release Venice in 2014, under his current moniker. Paak followed with Malibu, in 2016, which received a nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the Grammy Awards. Apart from his solo career, Paak is also one-half of NxWorries, alongside record producer Knxwledge. He is accompanied by the band The Free Nationals, who play a variety of instruments such as electric guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, and drums, and also serve as backing vocalists.
The Free Nationals are
- Anderson Paak – lead vocals, drums
- Jose Rios – guitarist, backing vocals
- Ron Tnava Avant – keyboards, backing vocals
- Kelsey Gonzales – bass guitar
Callum Connor – DJ, drums
On October 28, 2014, Paak released Venice, his debut album as Anderson .Paak, on OBE and Steel Wool. Paak performed on six songs on Dr. Dre’s 2015 album Compton and two on The Game’s The Documentary 2. In October 2015, he announced that he had recorded material with ScHoolboy Q and 9th Wonder. Paak released his second album, Malibu, on January 15, 2016, to critical acclaim.
In 2016, Paak was named one of the XXL Freshman, along with Lil Dicky, Desiigner, Dave East, Denzel Curry, Lil Yachty, G Herbo, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, & Kodak Black. He said he always sends his ideas to Dr. Dre and the two work very fast.
Catch Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals at Laneway Festival on the following dates…
Monday 29 January – Albert Park Precinct | Auckland, NZ
Friday 2nd February – Hart’s Mill | Adelaide, SA
Saturday 3 February – Footscray Community Arts Centre And The River’s Edge | Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 4 February – Sydney College Of The Arts And Callan Park | Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 6 February – Metro Theatre | Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 7 February – 170 Russell | Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 10 February – Brisbane Showgrounds | Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 11 February – Esplanade Reserve And West End | Fremantle, WA
Tickets from the St Jerome Laneway Festival website