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Felnyrii: An Electronics Wizard Brings the Noise


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Felnyrii, also known as Michael Maxwell, has taken part in Carbondale’s very small experimental-musi
Craig Wilson
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Felnyrii, also known as Michael Maxwell, has taken part in Carbondale’s very small experimental-music and noise scene for the last few years. Among other places, he’s performed in the SIU Museum, on community-radio station WDBX, and at the Christian H. Moe Theater for his thesis show The Human Reliquary. He manipulates rumbling, bleeping, and screeching machines, vocal-distortion masks, and other hardware and software. His albums include Meditations (2015), Sanctum and Nulla (both from 2016), and this year’s Lapse, available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, and Google.

Nightlife asked Michael some questions about his background and projects.

What’s your history as an experimental, electronic-sound, and noise artist?

Though I had previously released some material on Soundcloud, I didn’t start using Felnyrii as a project name until late 2011; my first release under that name was Meditations in 2015. I was pushed into this direction of sound practice by artists like Steve Reich, David Toop, Merzbow, E-craft, and :Wumpscut. As my listening interests expanded from metal to industrial to noise and the like, I explored many different veins of sound art or music-making for myself. I eventually found that improvisational works are better suited to my creative practice.

I turned towards electronic instrumentation after being at SIU— partially out of accommodating the space I lived in, but mostly for the massive range of qualities that I could explore. Throughout my undergraduate career I explored different avenues of creative production, sampling, and performance, which brought me, again, to the improvisational and minimalist practices I currently utilize.

The largest push for me toward improvisational drone and noise has been the need to find something in sound that can come more directly from my immediate influences— those influences being a lifelong struggle with clinical depression and later, anxiety, often a counterpart to depression. And more recently, chronic musculoskeletal pain. I find that I create more when I use the performative aspects of my work as a personal meditative or therapeutic practice. Much of my work consists of live recordings in studio, though often in private or with a minimal audience. I found over the years that live performance suits my work conceptually, therapeutically, and sonically.

I’ve seen you using a variety of interesting contraptions to make sound. Tell me more about your gear.

I have utilized a no-input mixing rig for most of my releases and performances. This consists of a Behringer mixer with built in time-based effects and multiple routing options that I can create a multitude of feedback loops through. I then take these loops through different pedal effects, particularly a Boss PS-6 Harmonist, and multi-effect boxes like the Korg Kaoss Pad Quad. Then, being that the core of my system is a mixer, I experiment with different external sources like a microphone for vocalizations and manual sounds, a contact microphone attached to the mixer itself, and a box with a series of guitar pickups in it.

With this system, I find I can be very expressive with the subtle movement of faders. Since I have chronic pain, many contemporary instruments have become difficult to utilize. The smooth actions of knobs and faders are less of a struggle than a standard piano or stringed instrument, which is why I gravitated towards my other systems in the Eurorack modular-synthesizer format.

What’s the story behind your new album, Lapse?

Lapse is a final product of my time at Southern Illinois University that was created parallel to the thesis production of The Human Reliquary. The original concept for the collection was to be paired with a single titled Cease, though that recording ran into technical issues. Luckily, a portion was recovered and transformed into track seven on Lapse. Lapse was about specific moments of extreme depression. Some of this work catalogs my experience with psychological treatments and prescriptions.

Lapse is about just that— reLapse. To aesthetically achieve this overarching sense of repetition, it was important that I return to some of the sound on the album Meditations. Specifically, I was very much interested in recapturing the essence of the Meditations track “I,” which is focused on a higher tonal range than most of my sound work, as well as this consistent repetition, but abstracted pulse.

Different from Meditations, “I,” however, is how the higher tones are often paired with the bass and midrange drones I have become comfortable within. This sort of duality within Lapse is becoming more and more important to my sonic palette. Spreading the performance of each piece between a few distinct ranges allows me to imagine them as separate voices. The different voices are often struggling between harmony and dissonance.

The album is my strongest work because of its unified yet abstract narrative from piece to piece.

I’m aware you played in Saint Louis not too long ago. What happened there?

I performed at the Way Out club during their twenty-first Weirdo Wednesday, alongside of a handful of other great electronic and noise-oriented performers. I took the chance to experiment with my setup by bringing a small Eurorack modular system into the mix. That system was filled with four [Radio Frequency] Nomad modules from Evaton Technologies, which function as tunable shortwave-radio receivers. The beginning of the half-hour set, titled “Interception” on the recording, focused on blending the radio-spectrum noise into my feedback-loop rig.

Blending the duality of sonic textures that are present in tracks like “The Statue Stood” and vocal performance elements from “Remnant Thoughts” or my Master of Fine Arts thesis performance, The Human Reliquary, I felt as though I captured a broad image of myself and my work.

Overall, the show was a wonderful experience. We had an intimate crowd who discussed their experiences with the different performers in between sets. There was an inviting, positive atmosphere within the weird walls of the Way Out Club.

I understand you’re leaving soon. How do you see yourself in relation to Carbondale’s music scene?

I have always been somewhat of an outsider to Carbondale’s music scene— really, by no fault but my own. I am generally a secluded person and only on occasion do I ever perform for a live audience. The music scene here is vibrant, though it has let its more abstract or experimental side hide at the university. Luckily, with shows like Dave X’s Music for Swimmers on WDBX, I found my way to the truly experimental side of this town that has been making a bit of a return in recent years.

So where are you headed and what are you doing next?

After graduating with my Master of Fine Arts degree from SIU, I have accepted a visiting-instructor position at University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism.

 

As for creative work and sound practice, I have several pieces forming. The piece closest to completion is a single titled, (I)ntegrated (N)eurological (E)nvironment. (I)(N)(E) will have an immediate CD release, unlike Lapse, which was delayed due to the collection requiring two discs. This fall and winter I plan to produce a limited run of one-hundred copies of both works.

Thrill Sneakers: Hightop Electronic-dance Music

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DJ Nasty Nate

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The Thrill Sneakers, who play Saturday, January 21 at the Hangar 9, are a dance-floor experience to
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The Thrill Sneakers, who play Saturday, January 21 at the Hangar 9, are a dance-floor experience to rave (crave/pine) for. Not only does the duo have a cool name, they do a lot of really cool stuff. The band mixes house with electronic-dance music, a DJ, hip-hop lyrics, hypnotic beats, and live drums to create a combination of all things awesome in music.

Born and raised in Carbondale, DJ Nasty Nate has played music for sixteen years. Meanwhile, Montego, from Louisville, Kentucky, is not only a DJ, but also a drummer who plays live beats while Nate spins. The two, wanting to do more than just meet standards, looked for a way to combine their abilities. They came up with the idea to perfectly stitch together their multiple talents to create one big masterpiece: the Thrill Sneakers.

Matched for about a year now, the team has performed in local venues like Tres Hombres and the Hangar 9, and all to way down to Paducah and up to Springfield.

Each show focuses on keeping fans happy and having fun. Clubgoers should come ready to rock out with a musical style that is “driving, rhythmic, highly danceable, and headnodic,” Montego says, the latter quality defined by the Urban Dictionary as having “a beat or rhythm that is hypnotic to the point of making your head nod.”

No Thrill Sneakers set is completely, well, set. According to the pair, their regular show plan is to feel the vibe of the crowd and play accordingly, with everything inspired by the people and what they want.

“We don’t always know what direction we are going to go in a set,” Nate says. “The only thing planned in advance is the setup. We let the energy and flow of the dance floor tell us where to go next. We try and make each performance unique. When possible, we bring in our own lighting guy. He puts together a completely different lighting setup for us, so no two shows are ever identical.”

“My favorite thing about performing with Thrill Sneakers is the real-time interaction between the dancers and my live beats,” Montego agrees. “The dancers actually control what I do by the way they dance.”

The Thrill Sneakers have invited Miss J. to join them this upcoming performance. “She is one best DJs in Saint Louis right now,” Nate says. “Miss J. has crafted a niche with her own distinct style of trance music.”

The Thrill Sneakers are excited and grateful to perform this weekend.

“We want to thank our fans for all the support and love they have given us,” Nate says. “We can’t wait to see you guys at the Hangar 9.”

who: Thrill Sneakers

what: live DJ duo

where: Hangar 9

when: Saturday, January 21

EGi: Catch a Groove and Stay Awhile

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Hangar 9


Who: Ethereal Groove Inc. / Mungion
What: electronic dance music showcase
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When: 2016-04-23
The equally infectious and experimental band Ethereal Grove Inc. hits the Hangar 9 stage Saturday, A
Leah Williams
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The equally infectious and experimental band Ethereal Grove Inc. hits the Hangar 9 stage Saturday, April 23. The group produces a sound fused from instrumental post-rock and hard, progressive rock, along with danceable funk and anything-goes improvisational rock that bounces heads and promises to keep the party going way into the night. Mungion will open for EGi at the Hangar show.

Once described as “what it would feel like to live in The Neverending Story,” EGi hails from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. The group, which just released a debut album, Plyatron, earlier this spring, features the musical stylings of Noe Perez and James Hernandez on guitars, Allan Borukhovich on the bass and vocals, Devon Bates on drums, and Michael “Gonzo” Gonzalez on percussion.

Nightlife caught up with Perez while the band was on tour in Colorado to discuss future plans, future recordings, and pushing the limits.

EGi’s formation as a band may have begun in 2009, but their members have known each other for much longer after years orbiting similar circuits.

“The drummer [Devon Bates] and I have known each other since middle school,” Perez said. “We’ve been in bands, and Gonzo and the bass player [Borukhovich] have also been in several bands together. Plus, we all knew each other from house parties.”

Much of the last two-and-a-half years, Perez said, has been dedicated to performing and hitting the road, but the time has been well spent in honing the live stage show into the advance sense of instrumentation into a trippy, fun and funkadelic adventure.

Perez described the band as familiar and new at the same time.

“The band is often referred to as Phish and Lotus meets Rage Against the Machine,” Perez said. “We’re kind of like a jam band in a sense, but we have a lot of different styles.”

Plyatron, which dropped in March, was recorded in Brooklyn, New York, and the record includes the assistance of several sit-in artists, including Craig Brodhead of Turkuaz and Eli Winderman of Dopapod.

Anchoring the album are two tracks similar in name only. “Headphones L,” which feature Brodhead, is a funky, synthesized dance tune about letting loose and tuning out the haters to get the needed “funk in my life.” “Headphones R” is slower-tempoed, mellower prog rock with an infectious riff and badass bass line.

Jam-band fans will find much to latch onto in Plyatron, and even still it’s the stuff in between that will get them out of their seats and moving their feet.

Perez said one of the main goals in conceptualizing the album was to make Plyatron sound as similar to the band’s onstage act as possible.

“We wanted to get the music out there first and foremost,” he said. “It’s a full representation of what we sound like when we are live in a show even though we are in a studio.”

Perez said the thrill of being onstage is equally felt on both sides of the equipment, with EGi trying to put on as good as a performance as possible.

“I kind of just want to push the limits and see how we can invent our own style,” Perez said. “I’m thinking about what it’s like and how it feels to be out in the crowd. But really, for all of us, we might not be thinking of anything at all, just keeping our heads in the game throughout the whole show.”

The recent tour has EGi stretching out across the country, but upcoming dates will bring the group back to the summer-festival circuit, including a stop at Summer Camp in Chillicothe.

In addition to creating their own music, Perez said EGi also draws inspiration from other musical influences.

“We are just as big as music fans,” Perez said, adding that the band is currently listening to tracks by Porcupine Tree and Deer Hunter but still might mix it up with classic tunes by Phish and Pink Floyd.

“We like that old rock, too, but we’re constantly changing,” he said. “It really just depends on our mood.”

For more information, check out <http://www.egimusic.com>.

who: Ethereal Groove Inc. / Mungion

what: electronic dance music

where: Hangar 9

 

when: Saturday, April 23

Turbo Suit: Back to Life

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Hangar 9

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Who: Turbo Suit / Zoogma
What: electronic dance music showcase
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When: 2016-04-01
Buckle up for a stellar ride as Turbo Suit rocks Friday, April 1 into the Hangar 9. The Indianapolis
Leah Williams
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Buckle up for a stellar ride as Turbo Suit rocks Friday, April 1 into the Hangar 9. The Indianapolis, Indiana, band that mixes electronic and live instruments is getting ready to drop their latest EP, Back to Life.

Also scheduled to play that night is Zoogma.

Once known as Cosby Sweater, Turbo Suit has played together since 2012. The group includes David Embry on live mixing, production, and vocals; Nick Gerlach on saxophone, electric wind instruments, and keyboards; and Jeff Peterson on drums.

Through their reign on the electronic dance music scene, they have played with Pretty Lights, Umphrey’s McGee, the Disco Biscuits, Lotus, Deltron 3030, and EOTO. On several locations, Turbo Suit was even joined on stage by Umphrey’s McGee keyboardist Joel Cummins. Turbo Suit’s original music highlights the band’s signature saxophone melodies and ready-for-the-dance-floor beats.

For more information about Turbo Suit, check out <http://TurboSuit.net>.

Nightlife swapped emails with Gerlach to get the lowdown on the new album, opening for big acts, and presenting the best of both musical worlds with a hybrid live band with an electronica style that’s instantaneously danceable.

Under your old band name, Cosby Sweater, you shared the stage with many heavy hitters in the electronic-music scene like Umphrey’s McGee, the Disco Biscuits, and Lotus, among others. What was it like getting to play with them?

Opening up for bigger acts like those bands is great for two reasons. The first is that it exposes you to a new audience that may not know about you at that point. The second reason is that you get to see how top-notch organizations work and incorporate that into your own operation. Plus you get to see great bands for free, which is always a plus.

What can you tell me about your new album? Is it similar or different from what you released before?

Back to Life will be out by the time we play in Carbondale. It’s an EP and I think it’s our best work to date. We tried some new methods for recording that we haven’t done before. The studio we recorded in, Third Coast Recording, is top-notch and has a lot of great resources that we didn’t have access to before, especially when it comes to instruments.

How would you describe the sound of Turbo Suit?

I would describe as a hybrid of a DJ and a live band. We have the tightness and crisp sound of a DJ while still having the elasticity that a live band has when it comes to improvising and changing stuff on the fly.

What is something you would like to accomplish with this band?

I don’t have any concrete goals besides touring and recording as much as possible while trying to make the best music we can make. As long as we work hard and our intentions are sincere I will be happy with wherever this music takes us.

who: Turbo Suit (electronica) / Zoogma

what: electronic dance music

where: Hangar 9

 

when: Friday, April 1

Archnemesis: Electro Hip-hop Soul

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Hangar 9

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Who: Archnemesis / MedusA
What: electronic dance music showcase
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When: 2015-05-09
Archnemesis locks and loads Saturday, May 9 into the Hangar 9 with MedusA also performing. The elect
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Archnemesis locks and loads Saturday, May 9 into the Hangar 9 with MedusA also performing. The electro musician is a head-trip recipe, blending dance songs with soul and hip-hop elements sprinkled inside a smooth, danceable track, complete with lightshows and a highly energetic atmosphere.

Since 2009, Archnemesis (real name: Curt Heiny) has prided himself on being in a constant state of evolution. Classical training on the cello and piano was only the beginning for Heiny. He later went on to learn jazz theory and composition and then branched out to learn bass, drums, and guitar.

Heiny explained that he had worked in a band but found that the solo route provided him with a career that was more in tune with himself as a musician.

“It allowed me a lot more freedom,” Heiny said. “You wouldn’t think that it would, but it just let me explore a bit more.”

When he isn’t on the road, Archnemesis is working on his next release, and his catalogue includes numerous EPs, remixes, and collaborations. In 2010, critics and fans both responded well to his debut EP Diamonds and Glass. Remixed versions of Kendrick Lamar’s “Backseat Freestyle” and the xx’s “Do You Mind?” charted.

Other songs that have been given the Archnemesis treatment include the Disclosure and Sam Smith tune “Latch,” the Ludacris and Jermaine Dupri song “Welcome to Atlanta,” and the Snoop Dogg and T-Pain track “Boom.”

In April, Archnemesis dropped his latest remix of the Fetty Wap song “Trap Queen.” By slowing it down just a smidge, Archnemesis thinks the song’s seventy and 140 beats-per-minute sections flow better.

“It gave it a nice push-and-pull feel,” Heiny said.

Heiny mentioned that forthcoming releases will go in a new direction.

“It’s a little bit different,” he said. “I’m from the South, so it’s got a bit of that feel. The new stuff is rooted in hip-hop and particularly dirty south. And it also has a few more elements in it, too, like something from Trapt.”

While many in the music industry take a stand against file-sharing, Archnemesis has a different approach— he doesn’t charge for his releases.

“I just really believe that it should remain free and be available for people who want to listen to it,” Heiny said.

For more information, check out <http://www.ArchenemesisMusic.com>.

who: Archnemesis / MedusA

what: DJ showcase

where: Hangar 9

 

when: Saturday, May 9

Manic Focus: Classically Trained Electronic Dance Music

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Who: Manic Focus / Artifakts
What: electronic dance music showcase
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When: 2015-03-05
As part of his winter tour, Manic Focus electrifies the dance floor in an electronic dance music sho
Leah Williams
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As part of his winter tour, Manic Focus electrifies the dance floor in an electronic dance music showcase along with Artifakts Thursday, March 5 at the Copper Dragon. With a new album, the musician-producer promises to blow minds with dance music that injects a party attitude and a funky soul.

John “JmaC” McCarten, the mastermind behind Manic Focus, was classically trained on the piano, a talent that proved useful when he began weaving bass-heavy hip-hop beats with dynamic electronic music. As an added element of intrigue, Manic Focus adds tranquil grooves and energized, funkified hits into his creations.

The Minnesota native has moved to Chicago, where he gained a following producing his not-so-typical dance music.

Manic Focus’s first album, Definition of the Rhythm, incorporated dark bass lines with locked-and-loaded beats and thought-provoking melodies. McCarten also carefully chose vocal samples to ensure an entrancing listening experience.

On his sophomore album, Expanding Mind, Manic Focus broadened the sound by dipping into house and drum ‘n’ bass music but still kept the heavy, funky bass.

For the single “Circles,” Manic Focus premiered his first-ever music video, which featured hula-hoop artist Lisa Lottie.

In October, Manic Focus dropped his latest effort, Cerebral Eclipse.

McCarten said that when he is working on new music, he never sets out to produce his songs any certain way or manipulates the tunes to fit an idea. He said he just wants to create music that he himself would like to hear.

“When I am making music, I don’t really try to fit into one genre,” McCarten told Nightlife. “I really want to just make the best music that I can possibly make.”

Last year, Manic Focus signed to GRiZ’s All Good Records. A world-renowned DJ known for featuring a mean sax in his mixes, GRiZ has a mission to blur genre lines and make music with a forward-thinking mentality.

GRiZ also helped out on a few Cerebral Eclipse tracks, and McCarten said he enjoyed working together.

“He’s the man,” McCarten said. “He’s been an incredible influence on me.”

The mindset, McCarten said, is to continue to produce a quality product that fans have come to expect from the artists.

“With me and GRiZ and the Floozies, we are all just trying to be the best that we can be,” he said.

As the winter thaws out, Manic Focus is again set to tour at various late spring and early summer festivals, including the Euphoria Music Festival in Austin; Summer Camp 2015 in Chillicothe, Illinois; and Counterpoint Music Festival in Kingston Downs, Georgia. McCarten has previously found success playing outdoors, where he finds a sense of familiarity with the jam-band crowd.

“Every place is different,” he said. “Whenever I went to Summer Camp, I really felt at home, because a lot of what I do really appeals to the jam crowd. I like to go into each show with an open mind, no concrete plans, because anything can change at an instant.”

For more information, visit <http://ManicFocus.com>.

who: Manic Focus / Artifakts

what: electronic dance music showcase

where:        Copper Dragon Brewing Company

 

when:         Thursday, March 5

Cherub: Catching Contagious Funk Grooves

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Hangar 9


Who: Cherub / Mystery Skulls / ForteBowie
What: electronic dance music showcase
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When: 2015-02-18
Electronica-indie duo Cherub will perform Wednesday, February 18 at the Hangar 9 with Mystery Skulls
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Electronica-indie duo Cherub will perform Wednesday, February 18 at the Hangar 9 with Mystery Skulls and ForteBowie. The Nashville, Tennessee-based pair consists of Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber, and together, the musicians present a curious, outrageous, and infectious concoction of danceable funk.

Kelley and Huber met while studying music promotion at Middle Tennessee State University. They were friends for five years before they started Cherub in 2010.

Kelley has described the collaboration as equal parts crazy and contagious.

“Our elevator pitch is that it’s ‘Prince on ecstasy’: just really catchy music and something that people sing, dance, and feel good to,” Kelley told journalist Clare Considine in 2013. “We obviously listen to a lot of Prince and older rap music from the mid-eighties to the mid- to late-nineties. I think that a lot of our stuff gets lumped into the [electronic dance music] genre but a lot of it is more like rock and funk. We hope to try to keep it as funky as possible.”

In 2013, Cherub released One-hundred Bottles, an EP that included the infectious lead single ‘Jazzercise ‘95.” In February 2014, Cherub’s single “Doses and Mimosas” came in at number forty-three on Billboard’s Rock Airplay and then at twenty-three on the Alternative Songs chart. The song would later gain more traction by topping the Hype Machine chart. The video has gathered more than 4.5 million views on Youtube.

The story behind the song, the musicians have said, is about a stranger the band met while shopping at a liquor store in Alabama who recalled the good ol’ days of ‘pagne (champagne) and ‘caine (cocaine).

Kelley said he was surprised at the viral nature of the song and how people reacted to its video.

“It’s crazy, it is so ridiculous to me,” Kelley told Interview in 2014. “It personally was never written to be a single or anything like that, but we shot a video for it and that’s what made it get a viral hit, was because the video connected with the music and people could be like, ‘These dudes are partying in the video, and they’re talking about partying.’”

It makes sense, considering both Kelley and Huber’s shared a love for original music and vibrant live performances. The band toured with Gramatik in 2013 for the Age of Reason tour and also made stops at Governor’s Ball, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and Wakarusa as well as gigs throughout Europe.

Their debut album, Year of the Caprese, was released last May on Columbia Records. The band called their EP, The Leftovers, released at the tail end of 2014, the culmination of the year-long feast Cherub had been having throughout the year.

For more information, check out <http://www.CherubLaMusica.com>.

who: Cherub / Mystery Skulls / ForteBowie

what: electronic dance music showcase

where: Hangar 9

 

when: Wednesday, February 18

BoomBox Electronica Duo Returns to Carbondale

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“Every time we go on stage, it’s a brand-new night,” Zion Godchaux, singer and songwriter for electr
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“Every time we go on stage, it’s a brand-new night,” Zion Godchaux, singer and songwriter for electronic dance-music band BoomBox, told Nightlife. “It’s a whole new experience.”

Rooted in house but not afraid to rock, BoomBox electrifies the Hangar 9 Wednesday, January 21. BoomBox incorporates history into an eclectic, contemporary style, bringing in a mix of rock ‘n’ roll, vintage psychedelia, and house music. The duo is in the middle of a winter tour and is planning a big year with new music and a unique party sound.

Music runs in Godchaux’s family, as both of his parents— Keith and Donna Jean Godchaux— were part of the Grateful Dead and the Heart of Gold Band.

Godchaux, in fact, met Muscle Shoals producer Russ Randolph while the Heart of Gold Band was recording the album At the Table in 2004. Both musicians had cultivated careers as music producers, musicians, and DJs before they decided to collaborate and form BoomBox.

In 2005, BoomBox released their debut album, Visions of BackBeat. The followup, Downriverelectric, came out in 2010. In 2014, the band released Filling in the Color.

Godchaux credits the band’s decade-long ability to keep making music to the chemistry and understanding he and Randolph have.

“It is kind of like how marriages work,” Godchaux said. “We connect when we are on stage. We are partners, but we also have our own point-of-view. We are very lucky. Even if we don’t see eye-to-eye, it’s okay. It’s not the end of the world.”

But, Godchaux assured, the duo is able to put aside the differences and get back to the music.

“We can also find something we can agree on,” he said.

Though they play electronic dance music, BoomBox has established a reputation for live performances, and Godchaux explained that he and Randolph strive to make each gig a one-of-a-kind experience for everyone involved, including the musicians themselves.

“We have a lot of songs on hand,” Godchaux said. “We kind of look at it like a DJ would. We try and gauge how the audience is reacting to different songs and try different songs that keep the party going. We decide right then and there where the night is going to go. It’s very in-the-moment.”

Because Randolph and Godchaux have performed together for ten years, Godchaux said the ability to follow what the other person plans to do on stage is an easy task.

“It’s almost telepathic at this point,” Godchaux said. “And it’s very fast-moving. It is kind of weird. When we were first performing together, we would set up these signals so that we could read what the other person was going to do. Now we don’t even do that. We can just tell what the other person is going to do.”

Later this year, BoomBox plans to drop a new EP and accompanying video to promote the new material. The band also hopes to keep touring.

“We’d really like to get over to Europe or play anywhere outside the U.S., really,” he said. “Really go global.”

For more information about BoomBox, check out <http://www.ThisIsBoombox.com>.

who: BoomBox

what: electronic dance music

where: Hangar 9

 

when: Wednesday, January 21

Captured! By Robots: Metal for Metal

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Tres Hombres


Who: Captured! By Robots / Flood Brothers
What: metal, electronica
Where:
When: 2014-11-14
Setting the stage for an unprecedented show, the San Francisco-based band Captured! By Robots lands
Leah Williams
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Setting the stage for an unprecedented show, the San Francisco-based band Captured! By Robots lands Friday, November 14 at Tres Hombres.

The concept is as the name suggests: Carbondale music alum Jay Vance, also known as J-bot, has been taken prisoner and is forced by his robot masters to play music for the masses.

The evening also includes a set by the Flood Brothers.

Nightlife recently spoke with Vance in a phone interview before he took the stage for a show in Savannah, Georgia, to talk about fronting a metal-sounding and metal-constructed band, recalibrating what works, and coming back to the ‘Dale.

Vance said he came up with the idea of a band of robots because he knew he wanted to continue performing but wanted to take out as much of the human element as possible.

“Have you ever been in a band? That’s why,” he said. “There is so much drama, other people’s schedules and other things that get in the way.”

Captured! By Robots is Vance’s first robot-building experience, but he explained that he had always shown an affinity toward figuring out the inner workings of machinery.

Captured! By Robots has gone through several transformations. Earlier versions included AUTOMATOM, the Ape Which Hath No Name, Son of the Ape Which Hath No Name, and the Headless Hornsman. Currently the band includes Vance and two other robots: DRMBOT 0110, the self-proclaimed fastest drummer in the world that plays “brutal beats that will make your head spin,” and GTRBOT666, a droid that boasts the best in guitar skills and insults.

“This plague of humans has one solution, and we are the medicine for this sickness,” according to the band’s website. “The band has been rebuilt, downsized, and is ready for war. Our revolution is unstoppable, just as your destruction is imminent.”

Vance said the decommission of the other robots has allowed the group to slim down and consider the kind of music he wants to play, making Captured! By Robots more equipped to rock out and shred metal, pun intended.

“I have been really getting into metal lately,” he said, “and punk— not the poppy kind, but more of a British punk-rock kind of sound.”

While Captured! By Robots has recorded albums before, Vance said he is looking forward to getting in the studio with the new lineup and seeing what kind of record the ‘bots could create.

“I didn’t really have the sound I wanted,” Vance said. “But now I like the way it is going and think we could really have something.”

Vance said he is looking forward to coming back to Carbondale, where he spent some time as an undergraduate student in the SIU School of Music before transferring to another university. During his stint, Vance was the bassist for the Blue Meanies, the American skacore outfit founded in the ‘Dale in 1989.

Vance said he will always look upon his time in Southern Illinois with fond memories.

“I will never forget it,” he said. “I was a really angry person back then, but that all changed. Carbondale really mellowed me out.”

For more information about Captured! By Robots, check out <http://www.CapturedByRobots.com>.

who: Captured! By Robots / Flood Brothers

what: metal, electronica

where: Tres Hombres

when: Friday, November 14

Floozies: All Funk is Relative

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Who: Floozies / Freddy Todd
What: electronica, funk
Where:
When: 2014-11-09
The Floozies fly in Sunday, November 9 to the Copper Dragon with a blend of electronic funk. The sto
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The Floozies fly in Sunday, November 9 to the Copper Dragon with a blend of electronic funk. The stopover in the ‘Dale, which also includes a performance by Freddy Todd, is one of the last dates on the duo’s Fantastic Love fall tour.

The Floozies consist of brothers Matt and Mark Hill, the former the group’s producer and guitarist and the latter the duo’s drummer.

Geography probably didn’t influence them— the Hill brothers grew up in Lawrence, Kansas. Kansas City is synonymous with jazz, and almost everywhere else in the Sunflower State immediately conjures up country. But where you live does not necessarily dictate music tastes. In the Hills’ case, they grew up with parents who introduced them to funk.

“Funk music is just music that makes you feel good,” Mark Hill tells Nightlife. “It makes you want to dance and to move around and just forget everything for a little while.”

The Hills formed the Floozies shortly after they threw a party in their parents’ basement over a Christmas break and decided they had something worth pursuing.

On stage, the Floozies use looping technology and laptops in combination with live instrumentation to build songs with a funk so dirty that it commands notice. Live shows have been full of sonic explorations and explosive surprises— the Floozies are known to remix covers into their own cuts— as the brothers prefer impromptu sessions with no setlists.

Mark Hill points out that advances in how music is produced and created take little away from the essence of the performances. Funk is funk, and the only main difference is the instrumentation, he says.

“I always like to think that if James Brown was still alive, he would be using the same state-of-the-art equipment to get the funk sound,” Mark Hill says.

Beginning in January in Omaha, Nebraska, the brothers will hit the road again for a ten-date Do Your Thing winter tour in the West. A second leg of the tour will bring the Floozies back to the Midwest. Minnesota native and electronic dance music producer Manic Focus is slated to join the Floozies on the first half while Russ Liquid is planned for the journey through the middle of the country.

Mark Hill says he enjoys the interactivity that comes with the Floozies’ tours.

“I really like seeing the different places we travel to and meeting the different people,” Hill said. “We’re really excited to come to Carbondale and see everyone for themselves.”

For more information or to hear the duo’s music, check out <http://www.FlooziesDuo.com>.

who: Floozies / Freddy Todd

what: electronica, funk

where: Copper Dragon Brewing Company

when: Sunday, November 9

Gramatik: Slamming into the Age of Reason

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Who: Gramatik / Gibbz / Branx
What: electronica/techno
Where:
When: 2014-04-10
Brooklyn producer and DJ Gramatik layers in a thick groove Thursday, April 10 at the Copper Dragon.
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Brooklyn producer and DJ Gramatik layers in a thick groove Thursday, April 10 at the Copper Dragon. The electronica and techno-based showcase also features Gibbz and Branx.

“I’m a part-time musician and a full-time comedian,” Gramatik said on his Facebook page, “so never take my music seriously. It’s just one of my many elaborate jokes.”

Gramatik grew up playing music. By 2006, he and his friends released a hip-hop album under the name Fifth Element. Afterward, Gramatik branched out to include other genres in his music, especially what he calls the “father genres” of blues, jazz, soul, and funk. That’s usually what he plays for his own pleasure.

“I like a lot of old stuff, like blues, funky and neo-soul, Erica Badu and D’Angelo, lot of funk— can’t really make out one more band,” he told online publication White Raver Rafting late last year. “We just love the father genres, and that’s what we are trying to do with Exmag, an updated neo-soul.”

Some of the magic for which Gramatik is known is evident on “While I Was Playin.’” Starting with a simple piano-based blues lick, the song quickly changes direction, with high, sped-up vocals and a quickened tempo. While the song may evolve into a banger hit, it never loses its heart in all the transitions. “Torture,” meanwhile, a heart-wrenching yet rockin’ blues take about dealing with the disappearance of everything the singer holds dear, features Eric Kranso on guitar and vocals.

For his latest project, The Age of Reason, Gramatik pulled in numerous electro-music industry giants, including Cherub, Illumntr, Orlando Napler, Gibbz, and Exmag. The latter is a coalition of artists with whom Gramatik often tours, each one taking a live instrument.

Comedy is one of the record’s major influences, and it inspired the title.

“Pretty much, it comes from a George Carlin saying, when he says ‘Catholic, which I was until I reached the age of reason,’” Gramatik told Earmilk. “And I’m a huge believer in the age of reason, in the idea of it that there’s a specific moment in every human being’s life— well, not everyone, but most of us, hopefully, where you just reach the age of reason and you realize that no one really has any answer to real life and that everyone is just winging it and you have to do the same. When you realize that all this religion and bullshit that is fed to you is just designed to keep you trapped in the system, you know?”

For more information, log on to <http://www.gramatik.net>.

who: Gramatik / Gibbz / Branx

what: electronica/techno

where: Copper Dragon Brewing Company

when: Thursday, April 10

Vinny Segretario’s Wingtips: One Man, Many Sounds, One Unforgettable Experience

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Who: Wingtips CD release party
What: Love at the Glove art festival w/ Heat Tape / Flowers of Evil / Vaudeville Vagabond Twilight Twitterpaters and Flying Balls Society
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One-man musical maestro Vinny Segretario and his mechanical musical orchestra Wingtips will debut an evening of new music from his new self-produced album Friday, February 14 at 7 p.m. at the Glove Factory Surplus Gallery. The concert is a part of the eighteenth annual Love at the Glove art and music festival sponsored by the SIU League of Art and Design. The evening will feature original artwork from artists across the region, catered food, and music by Wingtips, the Heat Tape, the Flowers of Evil, and Vaudeville Vagabond Twilight Twitterpaters and Flying Balls Society.

It’s been more than a year since Southern Illinois heard new music from Marion native and self-taught singer/songwriter Segretario. Now he’s back with new musical motivation and a brand-new, full-length project. Titled Recovery Mode, the album gives the Chicago art student an opportunity to indulge in a different kind of artistic expression. Unlike Segretario’s previous material, also self-written and produced but with a heavy focus on guitar, keyboards dominate Recovery Mode. Segretario tells Nightlife that he is thrilled with the record’s myriad musical sounds and experiments, which were captured digitally at his homes in Marion and Chicago.

“This album has a lot of material that I’ve been working on for the past two years or so,” Segretario says. “It’s a lot of things that I had and decided to re-amp and make something new. It also has a lot of new stuff that I’ve written. I’ve started writing again since I moved to Chicago for school. But it also has some old stuff as well.”

Although Segretario, who began playing and teaching himself keyboards in 2005 at age eight, has released electronic singles in the past, Recovery Mode is his first full-length release. Segretario hopes that the wide variety of styles and sounds on the album will reach a broad spectrum of listeners.

Recovery Mode has a lot of almost entirely electronic music,” Segretario says. “A lot of it is dance, and a lot of it is new wave. But it’s a really fun album. We’re excited about it.”

Segretario says the best part of putting together Recovery Mode has been the organic process by which the album came to be and the influences that inspired the songs on the project.

“I think my favorite part about it has been the fact that I’d been listening to a lot of new music and being influenced by a lot of entirely new music, just like I was back in 2012. I’m getting all of these new ways of approaching the project. That’s what makes the sound different. These songs sound totally different than the songs on the last releases because of completely different styles. I appreciated all the changes and shifts. Also, I was able to collaborate on the artwork for the album. My friend Kelly Ahrens did the artwork. She’s a pretty well-known artist at SIU and in the area. I’m a big fan of hers, and she’s a fan of my music.... She did this awesome cover art. Just being able to collaborate with someone that I’m a fan of is very cool, and something I’ve really appreciated.”

Segretario says that playing all of the parts live is challenging but creatively satisfying, and he is excited to perform in the company of the scores of other artists showcased that evening.

“It’s just perfect timing,” he says. “Love at the Glove is this huge arts event that SIU puts on, and I’m putting out a brand-new album at the same time. Here is my art. It’s something of mine. Even though I’m a musical guest, in my mind, this is my artwork being displayed right along with all of the other artists. It’s entirely electronic, but I sing live. I play all of the instruments. I write all of the music myself, I master it myself, and I perform all of it myself, so this is really me.”

Segretario invites fans of new and experimental forms of art and music— especially those looking for an fun and interesting diversion from the normal Valentine’s Day date fare— to take a detour to the old Glove Factory on Friday night.

“If you’re looking for something to do on Friday night, I would tell ordinary Southern Illinoisans, ‘It’s the new thing. You can come out and see this awesome display of maximal instrumentation, and hear a new post-Apocalyptic sound, with pumping beats and high energy dance grooves. Come out and dance until your feet fall off!’”

For more about Segretario and Recovery Mode, visit <http://www.wingtips.bandcamp.com>.

who: Wingtips CD release party

what: Love at the Glove art festival w/ Heat Tape / Flowers of Evil / Vaudeville Vagabond Twilight Twitterpaters and Flying Balls Society

where: Glove Factory Surplus Gallery

when: Friday, February 14

 

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Cosby Sweater: #coolstorybro and Other Electronic Eccentrics

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Hangar 9


Who: Cosby Sweater
What: electronica
Where:
When: 2013-10-10
Few words can conjure up the essence of Cosby Sweater. A live Midwestern electronica group named aft
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Few words can conjure up the essence of Cosby Sweater. A live Midwestern electronica group named after the quintessential eighties dad’s accessory, Cosby Sweater is fresh off their new album #coolstorybro. They perform Thursday, October 10 at the Hangar 9 as part of a strenuous tour that includes stops in forty cities across twenty states.

As if an extensive tour were not enough, the trio-- David Embry on production and vocals, Nicholas Gerlach on tenor saxophone and electric wind instruments, and Richard “Sleepy” Floyd on drums-- only together for a year, is constantly recording new material and releasing remixes and mashups.

Find out more at <http://CosbySweaterMusic.com>.

Gerlach recently chatted with the Nightlife about the sound behind the sweater and the current state of electronica.

How did you guys get started, and where did you get your name?

Dave and I met while both playing with different projects in the Indianapolis jam/electronica scene. We started the group for fun and brought Sleepy, who I had known from the jazz scene around Indy, in to play with us from the very first show. The chemistry was there from the start.

How would you describe your sound?

I would describe our sound as a great blend between a DJ and a live band spanning different genres within the electronic-music spectrum.

What are you listening to right now?

[L]ately we have been listening to a lot of early nineties slow jams in the van on the road from artists like Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, Jodeci, and Brian McKnight.

What is something you would like to accomplish with this band?

One of our long-term goals is to headline a major festival someday. It is also our goal to put on the best live show we can every time we hit the stage.

What is your opinion of the current state of electronica music?

I think it's interesting to see what directions electronic music will go in now that more and more musicians are becoming aware of it and using it in their writing. It should take some interesting turns much like rock music did in the late sixties and early seventies in being combined with other genres.

Cosby Sweater has made quite a name for itself on the festival scene. What venue to prefer to perform-- festival or bar?

They both have their benefits, but I always like festivals because of the atmosphere and getting to see all of our friends from the road perform with their bands.

who: Cosby Sweater

what: electronica

where: Hangar 9

when: Thursday, October 10

Archnemesis: Classically Trained Electronic Funk

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Hangar 9


Who: Archnemeseis / Get F-ed
What: electronic-music showcase
Where:
When: 2013-09-26
Electronic group Archnemesis will perform Thursday, September 26 at the Hangar 9.
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Electronic group Archnemesis will perform Thursday, September 26 at the Hangar 9.

Archnemesis is the brainchild of Curt Heiny, who tours across the country with two Macs and a keyboard performing his own brand of electro hip-hop soul. Archnemesis creatively uses samples from blaxploitation films and draws from funk, soul, electronic, and a number of other genres.

But Heiny says that while each of these styles has influenced him, his work owes much more to his training as a musician.

“Mainly it was just coming from being classically trained on cello and piano and bass,” he says, “just studying that from the electronic side of things. There’s no specific influence. I mean, you can hear the funk and soul. Those are kind of the staples that I use.... The electronic thing just kind of came into play, I think, as a way to try to combine the other two.”

He says that while the public may not be aware of it, many electronic artists are actually classically trained musicians.

“I think any of the guys who are doing it and doing it well, you have to have some sort of musical knowledge and musical background,” he says. “Be able to make your mark. [Sometimes audiences] don’t think about it, what it takes to make this kind of music.”

Heiny says he hopes his work reaches more than just those already interested in electronic music.

“At the end of the day, it’s trying to create a space where people can come and enjoy themselves and enjoy the music and have a good time.... just trying to foster a sense of community with the music,” he says. “That’s important to me.”

Archnemesis has four releases so far, including the newest, Follow Me. All are available for free download from <http://www.ArchnemesisMusic.com>.

who: Archnemeseis / Get F-ed

what: electronic-music showcase

where: Hangar 9

when: Thursday, September 26

LOLove: Revis Guitarist Robert Davis Brings His New Electro Synth-pop Trio Back to Carbondale

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Who: LOLove / Orismo / Blue Confusion
What: tribal electronic pop
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When: 2013-04-03
The Southern Illinois music scene is sure to recognize the guitarist of the latest Los Angeles-area
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The Southern Illinois music scene is sure to recognize the guitarist of the latest Los Angeles-area band to make the trek to the area.

Carbondale native Robert Davis, the lead guitarist from Revis, is behind the killer synthesized licks and powerful melodies in electro-pop group LOLove. The trio prepares for the launch of their first album with a show Wednesday, April 3 at the Copper Dragon Brewing Company. Orismo and Blue Confusion will warm up.

Some people know early on what they are supposed to do with the rest of their lives, and Carter is no different. Growing up in a show-biz family, she tells Nightlife she wanted to be a singer her whole life. Her father was also a singer and her mother was a dancer, so following in their footsteps seemed natural and logical.

With every question about LOLove, her enthusiasm for the project is prevalent and refreshing.

“This is my first real band,” Carter gushes. “I had just been waiting for the right project.”

Though LOLove formed in May 2012, they are already making a splash on the Los Angeles performance scene and are set to unleash their first release this spring.

“It was basically classic,” Davis says of the studio experience. “We are recording and doing everything ourselves.”

LOLove’s first single, “Transport,” has received airplay in both Los Angeles and Chicago. The song has a haunting vocal from Carter, a loop that invites listeners in, and a tribal beat that keeps them rockin’ right along to the climactic end.

Carter said she adores the music that LOLove is making.

“I want to sing these songs all the time,” she says. “I am in love with this music. This is something I am proud to be a part of.”

And Carter wants to be all in for the long haul

“Each song propels you to another level,” she says. “We could do this forever. I can see this going a long time.”

Davis also says he is looking forward to a future with LOLove as they reach for the next level.

“We are going to grow together. It’s a fresh new adventure,” he says. “Many bands develop over time, and we’re ready to do this together.”

Whether it is Revis reminiscers or lovers of good, synthesized pop that fill the Dragon this coming Hump Day, LOLove has something to offer everyone.

“We hope people will come out and get to see us and what we’re up to,” Davis says.

For more information about the band, including a chance to stream the new single, visit <http://LOLove.bandcamp.com>.

who: LOLove / Orismo / Blue Confusion

what: tribal electronic pop

where: Copper Dragon Brewing Company

when: Wednesday, April 3

 

Dopapod: Reviving the Redivider and Rockin’ out from the Barn

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Hangar 9


Who: Dopapod / Lab Partner
What: progressive, improvisatory funk
Where:
When: 2013-03-07
The New York City-based electronic band Dopapod rocks out Thursday, March 7 at the Hangar 9. Lab Par
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The New York City-based electronic band Dopapod rocks out Thursday, March 7 at the Hangar 9. Lab Partner will warm up.

Currently on tour toting their latest effort, Redivider, Dopapod formed in 2007. The last few years have seen them on the road, working through the entire East Coast and much of the Midwest. Dopapod has also been a regular on the festival circuit, performing at Camp Bisco, Gathering of the Vibers, Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam, Catskill Chill, Burning Man, Bear Creek, the Big Up, and Rootwire.

Nightlife recently chatted up Dopapod guitarist Rob Compa about Redivider, the joys of rocking out, and finding inner peace on stage.

At the time he joined the band, Compa said he had dropped out of college to teach guitar when opportunity came knocking. Now, he is looking at a major milestone with his current guitar stint.

“We all have our anniversary days of when we first came on as part of the band,” Compa said. “The day of the [Hangar 9] show will be my fifth anniversary of the day I joined the band.”

Described as an electronic band without the computers as well as a metal band with groove and soul, Compa said he and his bandmates-- Eli Winderman on keyboards, Neal “Fro” Evans on drums, bass player Chuck Jones, and sound and lights specialist Luke Stratton-- have a great camaraderie.

Compa described the band’s music as “progressive funk with lots and lots of improv,” but added that trying to find the right definition is not an easy task. Much of Dopapod’s music needs enough room for the musicians in the band to explore and use each moment the way they see it.

“It’s the improvisation,” Compa said. “There’s always something happening. That’s my favorite part.”

Dopapod released their sophomore album Drawn Onward a year ago. For their third album, the city slickers of Dopapod borrowed a friend’s solar-powered barn on Tyrone Farm, located in the small town of Pomfret, Connecticut, and recorded Redivider during several days.

Compa said the unorthodox approach and scenic setting helped set a more relaxed vibe than the typical studio experience.

“It was great,” he said. “It was honestly the only time that I felt I could relax while recording. It’s usually always time is money, but not there. It was the funnest experience.”

While onstage, Compa said he tries to let go and rock out.

“As much as we put up with, I want to enjoy each and every moment that I’m up there because that is where I want to be,” Compa said. “I didn’t use to be like that. I used to stress and worry and wonder if everything is going to be right. But now, I don’t.”

For more information or to hear samples of the band’s music, including tracks from Redivider, check out <http://www.dopapod.com>.

who: Dopapod / Lab Partner

what: progressive, improvisatory funk

where: Hangar 9

when: Thursday, March 7

Signal Path: Prolific, Electronic Colorado Jamtronica

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Who: BoomBox / Signal Path
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When: 2013-02-22
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Jamtronic allstars Signal Path plan to get booties funking Friday, February 22 at the Hangar 9. They will perform with the Alabama-bred rocktronic duo BoomBox.

Signal Path originally formed as a duo in Missoula, Montana, with Ryan Burnett on guitar and electronics and Damon Metzner on acoustic drums. The group has since expanded and relocated to Denver, Colorado, with Matt Schumacher on bass and Cody Wille on keyboards.

“We wanted to do something different and push the envelope of live electronic music together,” Metzner tells Nightlife. “It's been quite an amazing journey so far, but we've never sounded better and never been more excited about it than right now.”

Similar in style to Sound Tribe Sector Nine, EOTO, or Indigo Sun, Signal Path has performed at many major music festivals, including Bonnaroo. They’ve also released an impressive six albums of all-original music since 2009. All of these albums are free for streaming or download from <http://SignalPathMusic.com>.

The band’s seventh and most recent release, MixtaEP, has a mashup aesthetic-- think Girl Talk or Kids and Explosions. Signal Path took a different approach to this album, using samples from well-known and up-and-coming artists-- including the Roots, Shabazz Palaces (formerly of the 1990s jazz-hop super group Digable Planets), electronica prodigy Active Child, dubstep pioneer Skrillex, rapper Asap Rocky, electro pioneer Mode Selector, Austra, Zola Jesus, Main Attrakionz, Sleigh Bells, and Cults-- and weaving them into original music. The album ranges from hip-hop to indie rock to jamtronic and pushes the boundaries of what is possible within the realms of collaboration, open-source mindedness, and genre bending.

Despite a heavy tour schedule, they plan to record and release another new full-length album in 2013.

Nightlife recently interviewed Metzner, and here’s how it went:

Describe your sound for someone who has never heard it before.

Live electronic dance music. Last night somebody told me if Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Justice, and Sound Tribe had a love child, it would be Signal Path. I'm not sure I agree with it, but that's what they tell me.

How do you describe your genre?

Live electronic dance music put together with a lot of thought, expressing a range of human emotions, performed by a live band.

All of your albums are free. What made you decide to do that?

We wanted to give our music to our fans simply to have as many people listen to it as possible.

Tell us a bit about MixtaEP. It features samples from a bunch of hot artists. How did the recording process for that work? How do you do it live?

We basically filtered through tons of songs that we loved that brought out a certain emotion we were looking for, then just sort of broke each track down into pieces, recorded a bunch of Signal Path ingredients, and put it all back together. Each song sort of took on a life of its own. It was mostly just a fun concept that we wanted to experiment with after the four original EPs we released the prior year.

Tell us a bit about what Signal Path brings to the table.

I would say literally, we bring a lot of gear, but figuratively, we bring a mix between what you would hear at a laptop DJ show and live concert. We like balancing between those worlds.

What can we expect at the show?

This tour has been really fun. You can expect a really great night of music and an array of beats and bass. We've been having a blast and BoomBox has been sounding fantastic.

What’s next for you guys?

Just focusing on finishing our album and crush as many shows as possible.

Why do you play music?

To inspire others to be creative, enjoy life, and recognize beauty.

Describe the vibe of your live show with the name of any animal or mythical creature.

Snarling pack of black wolves interested in a musical cuddle-sesh.

who: BoomBox / Signal Path

what: electronic jam-band showcase

where: Hangar 9

when: Friday, February 22

 

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