Ott

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Ott

Ott has been messing about with sound boxes every day for as long as he can remember. Having spent the ‘90s flitting between his day-job as a freelance studio engineer and long weekends under the stars at psychedelic trance parties, the obvious next step, as the millennium turned, was to create music of his own from the jumble of sounds which filled his head.

After teaming up with Twisted Records, 2002 saw the release of the acclaimed ‘Hallucinogen In Dub’ album, followed in short order by his first solo effort, ‘Blumenkraft’ in 2003. 2008 saw the release of ‘Skylon’ and in 2011 the album ‘Mir’ was born.

A pattern has formed: every four years or so an album coalesces from the chaos, heads out into the world and takes on a life of its own. 2015 was one of those years.

Financed by a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, Ott built a new studio, filled it with vintage sound-creation toys and locked the door, vowing not to emerge until a new record was born. The original 6 month deadline came and went but, a year after he started, the thing is finished.

August 11th, 2015 saw the release of Ott’s latest studio album – ‘Fairchild’!

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Dirtwire

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Dirtwire

Dirtwire is David Satori of Beats Antique, Evan Fraser of Bolo and Mark Reveley of Jed and Lucia

Dirtwire sits on the front porch of Americana’s future, conjuring up a whirlwind of sound using traditional instrumentation, world percussion, soundscapes, and electronic beats. Comprised of David Satori (Beats Antique), Evan Fraser (Hamsa Lila; Bolo), and Mark Reveley (Jed and Lucia), each performance brings both band and audience to a mysterious crossroads of beats, blues, African, Asian, and South American sounds. The result is a rebirth of Americana and a post-millennial psychedelic journey to downhome goodness.

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HÄANA

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HÄANA

Los Angeles-based sound artist HÄANA has been featured in Vogue, and special appearances include opening for The Rolling Stoneswith Kanye West, performing for Michael Jordan’s wedding, and for President Obama’s Inaugural Ball. Her original music utilizes cutting edge electronic sounds, and she counts Massive Attack, Björk, and Trentemøller as influences in crafting her production. The resulting sonic palate takes listeners on a journey whose destination is a crossroads between classical and contemporary, organic & man-made, familiar and mysterious. HÄANA has shared the stage with numerous musical giants (Bassnectar, MOBY, The National, EOTO) & appears on releases by Irma Thomas, Beats Antique, Random Rab, An-Ten-Nae, Desert Dwellers, Dimond Saints, among others.

“Sonic stardust.” (Vogue) “Rather breathtaking.” (Clash) “Luminous frequencies & violin instrumentation tied with foreign Icelandic lyrical messages are found in her voice…” (Afro Monk) “It has the ability to seep into your soul in ways only orchestral & electronic music can.” (Infectious Magazine) “Majestic” (Nothing But Hope & Passion)

HÄANA is also deep in the yoga/music/meditation scene, and performs her original orchestral and intuitive scores at numerous yoga festivals and studios around the world, including US and Canadian Wanderlust Festivals, collaborating with lauded teachers Elena Brower, Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Eoin Finn, Aarona Ganesan, Jill Knouse, and many others. She facilitates meditation experiences with her project DEEPSØNØS.

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The Human Experience

The Human Experience

“The Human Experience” is David Block’s principal project as a live electronic composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer. Listeners experience a delicious symphonic blend of prismatic soundscapes and sultry beats.

David is constantly pushing the boundaries of live electronic music. Playing, composing, and conducting his own electronic symphony live on stage, his performances are brimming and layered with human emotion, world exploration, and sacred sounds. Whether performing by himself, or with a live band, “The Human Experience” always delivers an emotionally charged show.

“The Human Experience” aims to cross cultural barriers through music. David has collaborated with artists all over the world including Ignacio Perez (Buena Vista Social Club), William Close (The Earth Harp), Random Rab, Govinda, Amae Love, Rising Appalachia, and many others.

Since his debut album “Inaudible Sounds” in 2010 , he has released nine other albums in the last six years and has new projects planned for release in 2017. Each song is a sonic journey; interweaving psychedelic layers of melody and harmony with organic grooves and international vibes.

Composing and performing live with the Audio/Visual/Dance projects “Phadroid” (Andrew and Phaedra Jones), “Quixotic”, “Lucent Dossier”, and “Seraphim” David is expanding his sounds into the mixed media world.

David has performed all over the world sharing the stage with renowned artists such as, Thievery Corporation, Bonobo, Tipper, Emancipator, The Polish Ambassador, and many more.

Over the last three years he has toured in UK, Europe, Russia, Israel, Central America, Canada, and all over the United States at a variety of events including festivals like Burning Man, Boom, Coachella, Electric Forest, Wakarusa, Lightning in a Bottle, Sonic Bloom, Symbiosis, and Envision.

His music has been featured on NBC prime time TV and is beginning to make its way into the world of cinema.

David is consistently redefining himself as an artist, performer, and human being. Moving and traveling around the world, meeting people from all walks of life and realms of consciousness, he is continually learning, growing, and sharing inspiration with those around him.

“We don’t play music, music plays us” – David Block

The Human Experience

Yaima

Yaima

Yaima is a Seattle Based world influenced downtempo folk-tronic music project. Creating a finely tuned container for their audience, members- Masaru Higasa (Guitar, flutes, handpan) and Pepper Proud (guitar & vocals) weave an intricate and soothing musical journey… traversing soundscapes with a familiar yet ancient tune.

Through a process of gradual, peaceful, progressive change Yaima’s second album “OvO” (winter 2016) offers audiences a state-of-the-art conceptual experience. “OvO” immediately captivates the listener with an over-arching and enchanting story line that portrays the simple life cycle of a seed. The prominent motif of the Seasons weaves the album into perceived chapters, each section reflecting themes, lessons and impressions opportune to it’s season. “OvO”means “seed” or “egg” and stands for the point in time or space at which something starts- the next evolution. The Owl appears on the cover art as well as in the title “OvO” and represents the elemental energy of the Wind. Owl stands for the truth and the ability to navigate through the darkest night by finding and listening to the wisdom and light from within ourselves. OvO’s overarching theme of the cyclical nature of life creates a sense of deep connection to the music that listeners around the world have been keen to rediscover each time they listen to the album.

Yaima – OvO – full album video by Kaizen from VJ Kaizen (Everett Keithcart) on Vimeo.

Sasha Rose

Sasha Rose

Sasha Rose is a multi-talented Canadian singer/songwriter, musician, DJ and producer. From age 16, she began an extensive professional solo-touring career, which took her through the U.S., Australia, Canada and Europe. She has performed as a member or guest of many acts including Freedom Tribe, Prezident Brown, Hamsa Lila, the Funginears, Shimshai, Tina Malia, Goddess Alchemy Project, Random Rab, Anasia, J. Boogie, Vibesquad, Mimosa, Eoto, Lynx, Janover, Everyone Orchestra and others. Sasha has released two solo acoustic albums as Sasha Butterfly, Grace (2001) andCreation Song (2004) and has recorded vocals on over 30 projects including two Random Rab albums, the Interchill release Gathering of the Tribes with her project Kinship, Mimosa’s 2009 album Hostilis and Tea Leaf Green’s 2008 album Raise Up The Tent.  In 2011 she co-produced Qi Goddess (with Jami Deva), which is geared towards healing and meditation.

Sasha began writing songs at a very young age, and began performing under the name Sasha Butterfly at age 15.  She performs her acoustic shows on guitar, african djembe, and an eclectic fusion of vocal looping with simple electronic beats.  Her original lyrics and soulful angelic voice bring awareness and create a deep earth connection to her listeners.  Sasha is also currenty a central member of the music collective Liberation Movement, a collaborative project featuring Resurrector of Heavyweight Dub Champion and Shipibo Shamans from the Peruvian Amazon.

Sasha now performs electronic and acoustic shows under her given name Sasha Rose and brings aspects of her acoustic roots into all her projects, and is currently working on her long awaited acoustic follow-up to Creation Song.

Drumspyder

Drumspyder

Scott Sterling brings a deep love of rhythm, drums, and dance to his distinctive style of organic, tribal folktronica.  An expert percussionist specializing in tamborines and framedrums, he weaves together intricate hand percussion and electronic sounds into finely sculpted grooves, equally inspirational to the dancefloor and the on-stage performer. Drawing inspiration primarily from the old music of Europe and the Mediterranean, his music is a unique alchemy of musical  traditions, energetic tribal rhythms, and sensual pagan atmosphere.

Originating in San Francisco’s crucible of bellydance, bass culture, and world music fusion, Drumspyder has come into his own as an original producer, building a substantial catalog of work on the Caravan, Dakini, and Desert Trax labels, then striking out on his own with 2 original EPs released independently since 2015. He is a prolific remixer, lending his signature live percussion and melodic touch to the Desert Dwellers, Deya Dova, Wildlight, and various traditional ensembles. His music has been featured in numerous dance DVDs and theatrical productions.

2015 and 2016 saw Drumspyder lighting up festival stages throughout the US and Canada, including Imagine, Symbiosis, Atmosphere, Blessed Coast, 3 Days of Light,  and many more.

Michael Manahan

Michael Manahan

Hailing from Seattle, Washington, Michael Manahan brings DJ and live sets that are influenced by cutting edge electronic styles and traditional sounds.

This DJ, performer, producer, and space cowboy is an innovator and mainstay of the Pacific Northwest and the West Coast Festival culture. Currently residing as the Lead Producer at Starborne Shows, Lead Producer at Chance of Rain Festival, Lead Producer of Cascadia Festival, Co-Owner of the Re-bar (Seattle Theatre/Night Club) and Partner at Hunt & Gather Records.

With Singles and Remixes on Hunt & Gather, Uniting Souls Music, Recovery Tech, Activated Records and over 20 years behind the dex, his performances always up the love!

High Step Society

High Step Society

When the honeyed tones of The Jazz Age meld with hottest beat drops of the new millennium, you get High Step Society’s elixir of American Electro Swing. Grandma remembers when she listened to jazz giants on the old Victrola. Grandkids feel the bass beats deep in their chest cavity. Merging dance music from our past with sounds for the future, High Step Society features a shimmering horn section that soars over syncopated high hats and rat-a-tat snare. The kids in the band are electronic music producers as well as educated jazz musicians. Audaciously sophisticated, High Step Society is rethinking jazz with unorthodox arrangements, and bringing a touch of elegance to modern electronic music.

The band is “at once groovy and raucously tight, High Step Society’s tunes growl to a Cotton Club vibe that plunges the depths of the EDM trench.” (Eugene Weekly, 10/8/15). They ”take it to the next level with live horn sections, sultry singers and energetic dance beats that capture the excitement of the jazz age and rocket launch it a century into the future.” (Eugene Weekly, 4/9/15) Their live shows are classy affairs where everyone is encouraged to dress their best, so the band and the crowd are looking top notch while the dance floor sizzles.

High Step Society’s first recording, “The Duke Suite” EP was released July 2015 for free download on their SoundCloud page. This is just the beginning for this hot new Electro Swing band who takes inspiration from the likes of Caravan Palace, Duke Ellington, and newer producers like G. Jones. Since their formation in 2015, they have been lighting up music festivals and packing dance halls across the Northwest.

Brian Hartman

Brian Hartman

Brian resides in Nevada City, CA where he is one of the leaders in the underground West Coast music scene both as a DJ & event producer. Brian’s refined & versatile sound ranges from sweet dub cumbia to midtempo, organic world beats filled with Latin rhythms, African chants, & Caribbean vibes, to the heartbeat of deep, dubby, ethno house, to finely selected hip hop, dancehall, reggae & soul. He, along with longtime friend Isis Indriya, coproduce HeartBass, a monthly event in Nevada City that has earned a reputation as one of the most high-vibed dance events on the west coast. Brian was an award-winning 8th grade World Studies & Language Arts teacher at the distinguished Nevada City School of the Arts for a number of years before recently retiring to focus on music full time.