Ao Anderson, a senior communication major also known as 1865, has a raw talent for hip-hop music. 1865 will perform with Sid Fly, The Private Signal and DJ “B” Money on Nov. 19 at The Albums Bistro, located across from The Fox. The show starts at 8 p.m. and costs $5 for people over 21 and $8 for people under 21.
Anderson said he named himself 1865 because he was born a universal soul so he rocks a universal name.
“Heads in Asia can say the name and have it mean the same exact thing as a British fella sayin’ it, or a Martian. Numbers are the universal language and so is music,” 1865 said. “1865 is something that covers all ground of any thought, it’s even and odd, young and old, close and far, earth and stars, me and you and up and down.”
1865 said he definitely does not want to stay local because he has something to say lyrically and musically to everyone and anything.
“I know my music has the ability to affect a majority in a positive way and that is just the coolest thing to me,” 1865 said. “I wanna be rockin’ in Japan connectin’ with heads!”
Most of his influence comes from astronomy, and it just so happens that his favorite thing about CU is the science courses.
“I love astronomy. That’s really what I pull from. I pull energy from the cosmos and put it into music. I like thinking about being a light beam in an absolute vacuum and how it must be to live that type of existence,” 1865 said.
His love for science influenced an experiment he started when he was 12.
“It was a promise to myself to focus in on my talents that I feel within myself and have trust in them and just let them grow from my most honest, uninfluenced self,” 1865 said.
He realized at an early age that in order to pursue his talents he would have to sacrifice his time, habits, and ways of thinking about himself and the universe.
“I live my life by: be yourself by trusting in your existence and if you can truly do that then you can begin to make a positive impact in whatever you were meant to do,” 1865 said.
If you want to hear more about 1865, check out www.myspace.com/one865. His studio album, Dark Matter, will be released Dec. 20.