It’s not often that you hear music that creates a mindful inner peace, AND makes your outer body roll in the process. If that’s the case, you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting The Peace & Body Roll Duo themselves. Well, here’s your opportunity: meet BOOMscat!
This amazing duo is comprised of keyboardist-drummer-producer, Asha Santee (BOOM), and vocalist-songwriter, Jennifer Patience Rowe (scat). BOOM is a native of San Francisco, but arrived in the DMV as a student at Howard University. Scat is a DMV native that attending both Wilson & Blair High Schools, and went away to attend Columbia College in Chicago. Both had already gigged around the DMV as respected artists in their own right & with other bands, before they came together in the fall of 2012.
The BOOMscat name is pretty simple; Asha is a drummer, whose beats often pack the bass of the rhythm, thus BOOM! Patience is a vocalist who uses her jazzy flair that often complements the rhythmic sounds of their music, thus scat! Together, their overall sound is familiar, yet experimental; powerful, yet soft & sultry.
BOOMscat initially released their first mixtape, The Trilogy, after their inception. In February of 2014, they released their first EP, The West Wing Project Live. They’ve most recently released their second EP, No Life Jacket, in December 2014. This project is a special one, as it is a product of their House Grant award, provided by House Studios DC. They have performed at several venues in Chicago & locally on their “Peace & Body Roll Tour” (including their most recent performance at the Baltimore Soundstage in December, opening for national recording duo, Kindred the Family Soul), and gained support from gospel music legend Richard Smallwood.
Here’s more from the ladies themselves:
Q: What part of the DMV are you reppin’?
A: BOOM – I’m originally from San Francisco, and I came to DC to attend Howard…so I’ve been here for about 10 years now & stay in Hyattsville; scat – I grew up NE DC, around Brookland area.
Q: What influenced you to engage in your talents/gifts?
A: B – I started making beats & drumming since I was 6., and I started drumming [as a gig] in 2011, because I broke my leg playing basketball; s – I’ve been singing all of life, and all of family are singers, also! I went to school in Chicago for radio production, and landed back here [in the DMV] and started singing around the area.
Q: How did BOOMScat come to fuition?
A: B – I started drumming behind Patience’s poetry, and many people found it difficult to sing over my beats. So, she started singing over my beats & we just started vibing out musically and creating songs. It worked out well since people already trusted us in our own lanes.
Q: How has your community influenced you, and vice versa?
A: B – We’ve received a lot of support from DC & Baltimore, in terms of pre-ordering, buying, sharing & playing our music; s – The DMV is such a very talented community, and being surrounded by the experiences is so different that it allows us to be ourselves without having to adapt.
Q: What was your process to achieving the House Grant like?
A: B – Our friend, Dez the Prez, made us apply, and it was one of those particular process. We went through a judging screen, and we had backing from our connections at Grammy WDC (and people knew us already from the other band that I’m in, Lowercase Letters Band).
Q: If there’s anything that you would want your peers & supporters to know about you (assuming that they don’t already), what would it be?
A: s – For me, the music is pretty transformative and it has made me grow. I know I’m grateful for [our supporters], their transformations and growing along with us. I’m also a poet. B – I’m very grateful for BOOMscat! It allowed me to breakout of a shell of being nervous as a singer, but it’s still growing because, in the beginning, patience told me to sing and I was very hesitant. Lol. I also paint, so people buy my paintings, which are displayed throughout my basement walls.
Q: What’s next?!
A: We just opened for Kindred the Family Soul (which was an amazing opportunity provided to us through our friends at Grammy WDC), and hopefully we’ll have more shows to come. People [our supporters] want a “Private Show” video, so we may do that, or “Simple Things” or “Alright”…we’ll see though. We also have a residency coming up at Joe’s Emporium, for a week [the first week in March], where we get a stipend, and the opportunity to host shows, work & create in their studio, and do a final show. Finally, we hope to get material together for a full album.
Continue to follow these awesome artists via their website (http://www.boomscat.com/), or social media platforms: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BOOMscatMUSIC), Instagram (@boomscatmusic), & Twitter (@BOOMscatMusic). Also, you can find their music on iTunes & Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/boomscat-music).