Cary Nokey is the space where high intensity electronic dance music intersects with emotionally-charged rock, a hybrid of grit and glam. “I think of it as if Kurt Cobain had been a DJ” says the man at the center of the collective, the multi-hyphenate musical ringleader 8bit.
The idea to restructure the musical experience came to 8bit (named for a type of distortion, a production effect that warms a sound by lowering its fidelity) a short time into Cary Nokey’s musical life. Making music shouldn’t have a format. Instead, why not reimagine Cary Nokey as a platform, featuring carefully curated acts rotating for however long, governed only by what makes sense for the music; think of it as karoake of Cary Nokey music.“With Cary Nokey, you’re never going to get one thing.”
Above all, 8bit feels the current musical landscape is suffering from a condition, and Cary Nokey can treat it. It’s not so much that Cary Nokey is anti-radio, but pro-experience, and what’s on offer for audiences today pales in comparison to the exploration and creativity present in the ‘70s and ‘80s.
To truly move someone, be it bodily or emotionally, is Cary Nokey’s only goal. “You’re going to want to do something to it,” says 8bit. “You might want to do a line. You’re going to want to dance. You might want to fall in love.”