BADBADNOTGOOD is a formally trained trio of young musicians made up of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, and Alex Sowinski on drums. Since first meeting at music school in 2011, the three have challenged the rule book on improvised instrumental music and taken a fresh look at the jazz tradition through their solo albums and collaborations with Ghostface Killah, Future Islands, Bootsy Collins, RZA, Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt, DOOM, Danny Brown and Kaytranada, among many.
With early champions including acclaimed BBC broadcaster Gilles Peterson and Tyler The Creator, the band released their first EP BBNG in June 2011 to wide praise. The marriage of jazz virtuosity and hip hop source material offered a new take on the traditional "standard" applied to the hip hop songbook; writing inspired arrangements for golden era classics made their approach stand apart from other one-dimensional covers.
The band hit a landmark when introducing original material into their compositions with BBNG2 in 2012. New songs like "Rotten Decay", "Vices" or "UWM" carried on the proud heritage of musical juxtaposition by bringing together jazz, hip hop, punk, and dance music into vigorous balance and their notorious live performances have brought fans across the whole musical spectrum together, taking the band around the world from Coachella to Glastonbury.
After releasing their debut studio album III on prodigious young label Innovative Leisure in 2014, the band is gearing up for their highly-anticipated collaborative project with Ghostface Killah Sour Soul and what is sure to be their biggest year yet.