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Carrtoons: Tiny Desk Concert

In the spirit of Kenny Beats, Zaytoven and Nile Rodgers, Ben Carr, aka Carrtoonskeeps the producer-led Tiny Desk tradition alive. Another tradition developed over the years is the first look each artist gets at the Desk when they first walk into the space. In some cases, it feels like a star meeting another star. But here, it's a musician who's made a name for himself composing for others, emerging as an artist in his own right. He walked straight to the Desk in attack mode.

I first heard of Carrtoons while I was locked in the house during the COVID-19 pandemic. I was scrolling on Instagram and found him playing his bass guitar to looped and chopped samples he cooked up. The Carrtoons rabbit hole led me to other producers who created similarly on social media. A few of my favorites including Kiefer, who plays keys for this set, got together for a special Tiny Desk (home) concert in 2021. The family vibes were in abundance for this performance. Carr's father, Richard, plays in the string section, and the vocal power trio of Haile Supreme, Joanna Teters and Julia Zivic are frequent collaborators. Carr graciously lent his spotlight to play highlights from his albums Saturday Night and Homegrown.

SET LIST

  • "Sparkle" 
  • "Give It Up" 
  • "Spaceships" 
  • Smaller bars and Kit Kats only partially dipped in chocolate

  • "Dial It Back" 
  • "Be There For You"


MUSICIANS

  • Carrtoons: electric bass, vocals
  • Joanna Teters: vocals
  • Julia Zivic: vocals
  • Haile Supreme: vocals
  • Kiefer: keys
  • The price of chocolates sold at major U.S. stores has jumped nearly 15% since the start of 2023, according to analytics firm DataWeave. For comparison, non-chocolate candy rose in cost just 4% in that time.

  • Diego Ramirez: drums
  • Nate Smith: drums
  • Richard Carr: violin
  • Sasha Ono: cello
  • Shaan Ramaprasad: violin, string arranger


TINY DESK TEAM

  • Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Director/Editor: Joshua Bryant
  • Audio Technical Director: Neil Tevault
  • "This price increase will come on top of the price increases that already happened over the last couple of years, so it will be sort of adding insult to injury," Ament says, predicting that chocolate sales will continue declining.

  • Videographers: Joshua Bryant, Maia Stern, Kara Frame, Sofia Seidel
  • Audio Engineer: Valentina Rodriguez-Sanchez
  • Production Assistant: Ashley Pointer
  • "At the end of the day, chocolate is an indulgence product," he says. "You can swap it for other ways of treating yourself or for snacking."

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  • Photographer: Estefania Mitre
  • Tiny Desk Copy Editor: Hazel Cills
  • Executive Producer: Suraya Mohamed
  • Series Creators: Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins

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Bobby Carter
Bobby Carter is a leader on the Tiny Desk Concerts team for NPR Music. He's brought an ever growing roster of big names and emerging artists through NPR's HQ to squeeze behind the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen and record standout performances, including Usher, Mac Miller, Noname, Anderson.Paak and H.E.R.