Founded in 2010, Secret Sidewalk is comprised of Bay Area natives from a variety of musical backgrounds, yielding a distinctive sound that echoes Bay Area hip-hop, jazz, and psychedelic undertones. The group features unorthodox instrumentation: saxophone, turntables, synthesizers, and drums, all modulated live with effects to create a sound that is both lush and gritty.
Secret Sidewalk has performed at the inaugural MUTEK Festival in San Francisco, Hiero Day (Oakland), Low End Theory (Los Angeles and San Francisco), South by Southwest, and regular appearances at “Smart Bomb,” a groundbreaking monthly event in Oakland, founded by the band to showcase off-center beat music.
In 2019 the band released Primal Dap, their first full length album and the first release on the band’s label Primal Dap Sound. The label will feature projects curated by the members of Secret Sidewalk, spanning their diverse interests (jazz, hip-hop, electronic, experimental).