What Up Mang

What Up Mang Band Couch


What Up Mang began life as the music project of San Francisco songwriter/producer James Carnes. Accompanied by vocalist Caty McKenna and multi-instrumentalist Scott Mayfield, they seamlessly blended electronic dance music and psychedelic pop on their first album, Golden Hour. The group has since evolved/devolved into a proper rock and roll band toeing the line somewhere between indie rock and 60s/70s garage rock. Their second album Floral will be released November 22 on Smoothspin Records. The new album tackles serious themes like the recent death of a close friend and the challenges of carving out a good life in California. Since their inception in 2014, What Up Mang has shared the stage with a diverse range of acts including Public Service Broadcasting, Men Without Hats, The Flavr Blue, and Marc E. Bassy. More info: whatupmang.com


“[Opening for Public Service Broadcasting at the DNA Lounge] What Up Mang! managed to bring some pretty cool kaleidoscope disco psychedelic beats from the Lower Haight to SOMA. The band was definitely out there and were having a great time and I never would have thought Id say that disco and psychedelic music could go together, but it seemingly blended all too well together. Plus, they had some great blissed out harmonies. The lead singer was quite the dancing machine and she was enthralling to watch. Plus, they even managed to have a crazy cover of Billy Ray Cyrus’ ‘Achy Breaky Heart‘ and they made it even better by slowing it down and adding some heavy Hawaiian luau beats. So if you ever just want a fun night out, this band will deliver, plus youll end up dancing the night away.”
Red Head Music Snob


The first single from What Up Mang’s new album Floral is called “Ohio.” Add it to your Spotify playlists.

Official lyric video for “Ohio”



  • James Carnes
  • Caty McKenna
  • Scott Mayfield
  • Matt Browning
  • Jonny Bartlett

What Up Mang Band Floral


For booking and other inquiries email: booking [at] smoothspin [dot] com

Music and Merch

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What Up Mang – Doctor Please


What Up Mang – Live in San Francisco


What Up Mang – Go To Waste


What Up Mang – Achy Breaky Heart



What Up Mang – Lone Wolf


What Up Mang – Saint Pedro



What Up Mang tour dates