Clams Casino, aka Mike Volpe, is coming to The Reed this December the 4th and indieBerlin is raffling off tickets!
Taking his name from a New England dish popular among Italian Americans (breaded clams over rock salt, lemon, parsley and garlic), the New Jersey native rose to fame in 2011 after releasing hits with rappers Lil’ B, A$AP Rocky and the late Mac Miller.
Known for his sampling techniques featuring dropped pitches, slowed drum beats, and a mostly melancholic vibe (see “I’m God”, “Wassup”, “Bass” ), Clams Casino has helped pave the way for a new generation of rappers and producers daring to mix music styles as disparate as emo-rock and hardcore hip-hop, most notably the late Lil Peep.
Citing Mobb Deep, Prodigy, and Wu-Tang Clans as his main inspiration for getting into music, Clams Casino started making beats when he was just 14 years old. After a few years time, he found his sound (some dubbing it “witch house,” for it’s dark ambience) and started reaching out to rappers he wanted to work with over the internet –and the rest is history.
In 2016 he dropped his first studio album, 32 Levels, synthesizing his staticky, sentimental sound into a more pop-oriented production structure.
Last year he made his Instrumentals 4 mixtape available as a free download.
Spider Web, the latest EP from Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, produced in collaboration with Fish Narc, dropped last week and showcases the strangely catchy blend of emo lyrics and indie guitar lines in front of rolling hi-hats and heavy bass drums which has blown up in the past two years.
Exactly how sombre and emotional Clams Casino will get behind the decks next Monday night seems to be a mystery, but there’s no doubt that his ASAP Mob tracks will have club get crunk.