Sockets Presents: The Fly Girlz

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It’s not too often inner-city tweens get full access to a bevy of independent producers, studio time, and their own album — but thanks to the efforts of Sam Hillmer and his program Representing NYC, these six Brooklyn middle-schoolers did just that.

Paired with Nathan “ZEBRABLOOD” Corbin (of Excepter), the six girls wrote songs reflecting their lives and their community, and local Fatback DJ/Sockets label head Sean Peoples took care of getting the album out.

We met up with Sean the morning after last Saturday’s hot mess of a Fatback at Bohemian Caverns, and once we collectively decided we were fully awake and not too hung over, we talked about Sockets, Representing NYC, the Fly Girlz, and Sam Hillmer’s next youth-related project: 9/11 Thesaurus.

The girls are getting a lot of positive attention these days. They’ve performed at the New Museum and on indie giant WFMU. Earlier this month they were featured on Morning Edition on WNYC, had a featured track on Pitchfork, and a lot of blog love. Be sure to head to Red Lounge tonight to buy the album and hear the Fatback DJs do their regular thing — with a bit of Fly Girlz thrown in for good measure.

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