I have been broadening my musical horizons lately, and this Canadian Jewish muso looks interesting. Dubbed Socalled, Josh Dolgin has released 4 albums and seems quite the talented individual. There’s not much more to say, but if the trailer below intrigues you (as it should) check out his site here. Yes, he looks like an accountant and loves music from before he was born, but seems to have the whole geek chic thing going for him. Oh, and the second clip is a great music video in which he takes off his face to reveal the robotics inside. So there you go.
Meet Socalled. He’s unstoppable. A pianist, singer, arranger, rapper, producer and composer (and also a magician, filmmaker and visual artist), he’s blasting through the boundaries that separate music from different cultures, eras, and generations.
Socalled is a musical alchemist, always looking for the next old thing to make new again. The “Socalled” Movie shows him introducing funk trombone legend Fred Wesley (of James Brown fame) to klezmer music, while wowing Wesley with his knowledge of funk. When Dolgin comes across LPs from the 1950s by lounge pianist Irving Fields, he looks up 94-year-old Fields and inspires him to pen a new hit song.
Shot in Socalled’s Montreal neighbourhood where Hasidic Jews and hipsters crowd the sidewalks, and in New York, France and the Ukraine, The “Socalled” Movie is a cinematic multi-faceted depiction of inspiration, collaboration and transformation.
Socalled defies category and refuses limitation. The “Socalled” Movie examines his energy from all angles and transmits the urgent creative spark to everyone watching: now’s your chance – go out there and make something!