Ramping up for the release of their debut album Glass House, Sashathem announces dance-worthy single and music video “HELLRAISER”. This track is a reclamation of agency and queer identity through the lens of a goofy, southern non-binary artist. As a preview to a larger work, Sashathem uses the chorus of “HELLRAISER” to tell the listener to stop-staring-at-me-and-start-dancing-with-me. In between moments of positive affirmation in the choruses, they use the verses to raise concerns about accountability, uncertainty, and self-doubt.
The single was co-produced by Sashathem, NYC-based multi-instrumentalist and jazz musician Evan Amoroso, and Virginia-based hip-hop producer Agren. The curious, jazz-infused chord progression works with the propelling, latin-inspired drum groove to build a canvas for Sashathem to simultaneously celebrate and question their identity as a creative and as a queer body. “HELLRAISER” is an exclamation from Sashathem that says, “I don’t give a fuck if I fit into your binary, I know I’m cute.”
Currently residing in East Boston, Massachussetts, Sashathem (they/them) is a non-binary hip-hop artist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from Appalachia. They care a great deal about restorative justice, accessible education, and harm reduction; and they don’t give a fuck about your zodiac sign. The child of an educator and a writer, Sashathem has an intimate love for words, for symmetry, and for teaching. Their sound is the product of a decade-long daily practice; a hodgepodge of pop-cultural influence, tinged with elements of early funk, queer-pop, and hip-hop.
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