For the last couple weeks I’m sure you’ve seen all of the GRIZ flyers around the city, and getting passed around through the internet. Last Friday while I was down in Portland, Oregon, for a TMK1 art show, I caught wind that GRIZ was playing that night at the Refuge. The TMK1 art show was over at 11pm, so as soon as the whole crew was packed up and ready to go, we were in route to one of the most entertaining electronic music shows to hit Portland in a while.
By the time a couple Swishers had been burned and a few people had been dropped off, Ganjaology and TMK1 arrived at the Refuge at half past midnight, just in time to witness GRIZ captivate the entire building with an extraordinary saxophone solo that led right back into some funky glitch-hop madness. For the next couple hours, GRIZ held the crowds captivated while he bounced between the harder sounds of dubstep, the bouncier side of glitch-hop, and his own live instrumentation intertwined through out the performance. Unfortunately, I was having so much fun that those couple hours seemed just like a few minutes.
Next Friday, February 8th, Seattle is going to have the wonderful treat of seeing GRIZ perform live at The Crocodile with support from BassDrop Music artists Pressha, Dirty Byrdz, and Physix. The show is ALL AGES, everyone is invited! There are going to be a lot of heads out to support GRIZ and the BassDrop crew so grap pre-sale tickets for this event. The first two tiers of pre-sale tickets are sold out, but it’s not too late to grab the 3rd tier pre-sales for $20 after taxes.
This is going to be a show you don’t want to miss!!
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Felt tipped pen. Sticks on an elevator shaft. Cymbal Monkey. Mallets striking harvest wheat.
These are only a few of the dynamic instruments that Swiss drummer Julian Sartorius has used in his year long Beat Diary project. The mission was to create one beat, each day for a whole year; using only the sounds of his environment. No effects, no loops, just Julian and his drum kit, plus any interesting sounds he could throw together using a field recorder with an overdub button.
Covering a wide range of music, Julian has been studying percussion and sound from a young age. While much of his work could be called jazz, hip hop, experimental or world music; his style cannot be classified. Specializing in unusual, unprocessed, acoustic sounds – Julian’s music embodies the soul of an artist. Though different than pretty much anything I’ve heard before, the Beat Diary work is enriching and enlivening. Spirited and full of life, this music is sure to make you move.
The sounds are being released today through Swiss label Everest Records as a 12 LP set which includes each of the 365 beats accompanied by 365 photos to tell the story. Also included is a download code for digital copies of the songs. Only 365 of these exclusive box sets are available, so get it while you can.
How many MacBooks does it take to produce pure magnetic harmony? In the case of Erykah Badu and the Cannabinoids, 8 is the magic number. Run by a team of 9 high vibrational beings, these computers aid in the synthesis of a simply awesome array of sound. Using keyboards, turntables, drum sequencers on top of live drums, and a theramin; the Cannabinoids combine synthetic and organic elements of production to create a symphony of intelligent vibes.
At Decibel Festival this year, these guys packed the Paramount Theater in Seattle with an excited crowd of Seattlites and travelers alike. It felt like quite a few of the folks I met at Decibel this year were from out of town. Makes sense…
Who wouldn’t travel to see such an incredible lineup of artists?
EB and the Cannabinoids were just one of the amazing acts this year at DB Fest. Exploring the science of addiction, this team of sound scientists has come up with a powerful hypothesis: that the combination of synthetic and organic can produce simply stunning results.
Big up to The Confluence Group for the crystal clear footage!
Check out more of DB Fest from Confluence here.
Remember when dubstep first hit the states and all of your favorite DJ’s were playing this new sound from the UK? That’s pretty much what is going on with ‘TRAP’ at the moment. Producers and DJs who are definitely NOT from ATL have taken the Dirty South sound stemming from producers like Lil’ Jon, Zaytoven, Drumma Boy, and Lex Luger, and given it a new spin that incorporates all sorts of EDM genres into the mix, ultimately creating a new EDM sub-genre, appropriately entitled, TRAP.
Thursday at Decibel Festival I spent the day and night running around from party to party and literally EVERYWHERE I went I heard the distinct sprinkler snare drum rattling and the ever so distinct Trapaholics sample “DAMN SON WHER’ED YOU FIND THIS!?” before I entered each venue. Oh yes. I was entering the trap. I heard a quite a few DJ’s dropping a LOT of the same songs from artists like UZ, Flosstradamus, and Bauerr, which is cool…all the songs are hot, but their stage presence and energy didn’t quite compare to the music they were playing. I wanted to see hands up in the air, DJ’s singing along to the songs they were playing, I wanted to see them on the mic, and most of all I wanted to see the DJ getting the crowd hyped!
My last destination of Thursday night was The Showbox to go check out Mimosa. Now…I’ve been keeping up with Mimosa for a while now and having heard some of his newer mixes over the last year I already knew that the young Californian bass prince was going to be bringing a next level energy for this Decibel Festival, and would outshine a lot of artists due to his ability to captivate the crowd. As I was walking up to The Showbox, I didn’t hear any snare drums…no Trapaholic samples…no 808 kicks…was I at the right place? As I got inside Tipper had just finished up his set and Mimosa was walking on stage. I had arrived at the perfect moment. Mimosa came on stage and blew everyone out of the water. With a joint lit, he proceeded to play more than an hour of next level, future trap beats, most of which I had never heard. I’m pretty sure a lot of them were unreleased original tunes that he was saving for that night.
My homie Galen, of The Confluence, was there shooting video of Mimosa and got this SICK shot of Mimosa dropping Antiserum and Mayhems Brick Squad Anthem (which is the PERFECT example of trap), with the tightest images of the Space Needle, Smith Tower, and other Seattle buildings booming in neon colors behind him.
As I expected, Mimosa absolutely destroyed (I mean that in a good way) the showbox and left everyone sweaty as ever with a smile on their face. If you’ve got talent…might as well use it! Big ups Mimosa. You did it again.
Photo Credit : Eva Blue