Samuel McNulty (aka Chap One) was born in Sydney, Australia in 1981. In 1988, at age 7, he traveled with his mother to NYC and was raised in NYC through 1999. Sam returned to Australia at age 19, traveling back and forth between Melbourne and NYC throughout his life. Although, Chap One's music clearly has its roots firmly planted in the hip hop genre, he was introduced to many different styles of music as a child growing up between cultures and across borders. His musical lineage - a mother, father and step father as jazz musicians meant that Chap One had musical finesse running through his veins from an early age. Growing up surrounded by jazz legends, in the birth place of Hip Hop culture, Chap One worked on re-defining the boundaries of Hip Hop, Jazz, and RnB masterfully, developing a hybrid style reflective of his unique roots.
Sam McNulty passed away suddenly and tragically this past July 16th, 2011. The message and the music you are about to hear is powerful, uplifting and positive. Chap One created an enormous body of composed and recorded work. He left an indelible mark on many he came in contact with, not just as an artist but also as a human being.
About The Music
15-track ‘Strange Frequencies’ (releasing CD & Vinyl, March 19th, 2012) is the result of this finely tuned cross-genre of bang’n conscious Hip Hop, with ingenious musical compositions. "Strange Frequencies" was originally produced and recorded by Chap One in Australia. In collaboration with his mother, jazz vocalist Chris McNulty and guitarist Paul Bollenback, they produced the live recording session, opening up 8 of the 15 tracks for improvisation by some of jazz's finest including; Gary Thomas, Paul Bollenback, Barney McAll, Ugonna Okegwo among others.
The EP "Future History" is a collaborative effort between Chap One and Durban Poison (releasing digitally world wide, December 16th, 2011). The vinyl (releasing March 19th, 2012) includes 4 extra tracks from the Chap One and Tony Wolf collaboration. The EP will release as a double sided EP - "Future History and "For The People's Sake."