Prince Harry and Al Roker agree: Vokab Kompany is worth a listen.
While Roker may not have actually heard the genre-bending electronic and hip-hop group live, their music was featured in a segment showing the “Today” show host climbing New York’s George Washington Bridge. Prince Harry, on the other hand, enjoyed a performance of the group at a 2011 Solana Beach, Calif. show, according to a 2011 report in “People” magazine.
As far as the accolades bestowed on Vokab Kompany, those are the truly minor, obscure ones.
Their 2012 album, “VKCE,” a collaboration with duo Crush Effect, debuted at number 47 on the iTunes hip-hop charts. The group has won best hip-hop group at the San Diego Music Awards for three years in a row and has had its music featured in commercials for both Kia and Southern Comfort.
Vokab Kompany, which performs at the Himmmel Haus in South Lake Tahoe Saturday, has been together for seven years and consists of MCs Robbie Gallo and Matt Burke, Geoff Nigl (keyboard, guitar), Jasper Skydecker (drums), Vikingo Burkhiser (bass), Richard Galiguis (guitar), Spencer Sharpe (violin) and Jesse Molloy (saxophone).
The South Shore is familiar territory for Gallo, who graduated from South Tahoe High School in 1998 and still considers the area home. Burke has been coming to Lake Tahoe since he moved from the East Coast and considers Lake Tahoe his “home away from home,” Gallo said in an email.
The group played the main stage of the SnowGlobe Music Festival New Year’s Eve, an experience Gallo described as “amazing.”
That same month, Vokab Company released “V-Sides Vol.1 (Kollabs and Remixes).”
“It’s a collection of collaborations, remixes and original songs we have done from 2012 into 2013 featuring some very good musician friends we’ve been fortunate to work with,” Gallo said in the email. “There are 4 new tracks on here, along with some of our favorite remixes and artist kollabs we’ve created.”
The group also released “Where’s My Delorean” in December. The video for the upbeat track, which is sure to inspire more than a few sing-alongs, features band members cruising around in a Delorean DMC-12, the car made famous in the “Back to the Future” franchise. The flux capacitor and gull-wing doors were great, the handling was not, Gallo said. The song is about having a chance to do something over and is the first single on an album the group hopes to have ready for release this summer, Gallo said.
Much of Vokab Company’s music is available at http://soundcloud/vokabcompany.