Spotted At CMJ: Asher Roth, Nick Catchdubs, Fat Tony, And King Krule On Their Survival Strategies
With more than a thousand bands in the city for CMJ, there's a strong chance you'll happen to run into a musician on the streets, hanging out after a show, or taking advantage of an open bar at a blog party. We checked in with artists during the festival to see how they handled the chaos of it all.
The artist: Asher Roth
Where he's from: NY via Philly
Where are you going next?
I don't know. I'm probably going to wander for a little bit and see what's up. I have no set plans. It would be nice to see Trash Talk but I think that's out of the question. If not, I'll probably go to sleep. It's almost 4 a.m., you know?
What bands do you want to see at CMJ?
This is going to sound so lame. I honestly haven't been able to check it out yet and see who's playing and all. I gotta run to Indiana and do a show and shit so I'm being extremely selfish and stubborn. Like I said, I'd like to see Trash Talk and A$AP Rocky and all them. The people who are doing some cool shit, some loud shit, some obnoxious shit. I love that.
Odd Future was at Terminal 5. It's cool. It's all about having fun and expressing yourself and Tyler's obviously a really expressive kid. I think that Earl Sweatshirt is one of the best rap names of all times personally. So, yeah, it's all love.
What non-CMJ thing would you recommend for out-of-towners to do while they're in New York?
Go eat some food. New York has got so much food. My man just put me on to Punjabi Deli. It's on First Ave and First St. Otherwise, yeah, just explore. That's the cool thing about New York. You can wander down any street and find something to do.
What's in your survival kit when doing a festival / back-to-back shows?
Water. Water, water, water. Granola bars. Um, my iPod. My DJ, Recognize, because Recognize is an Eagle Scout. So he's definitely a part of my survival kit. You know, that's about it. Water and Recognize. He's a human Swiss army knife, for real.