Electric Dandelion releases Metamorphosis on Muti Music [San Francisco] earlier this Summer, and it’s a deep sacred dub experience, an examination of the higher self, a psychedelic experience, an entrance to the portal of your spirit’s origin. Alan Joseph, both a producer and designer, resides and holds a residency in L.A., California, called BurnLA. I discovered Electric Dandelion at this year’s Sonic Bloom while wandering by the booths, when I spotted a booth full of recognizable beautiful and warm hoods of rich designs. It was then when I had a flash back to the previous summer  here in Austin, TX when someone had passed along his info on his hoods at a (Pre Burning Man Gathering, called Frabjous, for the unveiling of the Cathedral of Celestial Mathgic). Soon after, we chatted as I held my newly purchased and comforting hood that was to keep me warm the rest of the weekend in South Park, CO. He mentioned that he was performing at the Dome that Saturday. It is then when I discovered his exquisite dub and bass soundscapes, a first time live experience, a discovery of new sounds. With more than 10 years experience behind him with music production, Electric Dandelion can be seen as a versatile producer of many styles. From bass-filled journeys, to psychedelic melodic feels, all in a dub and downtempo atmosphere, he will hypnotize, elevate, inspire, and twist you into a luminous dimension.
Metamorphosis consists of 9 dub wonders full of dubs within dubs: Slither, Enchanted Memories, Ignite, Eclipse, Al, Whole Lotta Dopeness, Nathayan, Sacradelic, & Adea. Slither has a mysterious downtempo vibe to it, an electric slither of dubstep feels, attached with bass growls, and deep hitting bass lines will open up blockages. A crescendo soon follows and reveals a mixture of dub accelerations and fast forwarding glitch. “Could You know…” is sporadically heard throughout the track.. Enchanted Memories is a heavenly synth of initial snare strikes. A dub feel with trippy vocalizations can be heard. Hard-hitting bass lines create a rhythmic floor and will captivate the mind. It’s as if the memories are spoken of through sound, a story of realizations made possible through laser beams and otherworldly sound effects and composition. Ignite is an enchanting cast of melodic bass growls and 808 dubs. He really does a good job of twirling your imagination and wrapping it against a never ending glitch escape. Beats so fresh, beats so fresh.
Eclipse is a luscious synth exploration as it initially reveals a groovy flow and break down beat. The beat and vocals are ethereal throughout the entire song, as the second half is consistent with deep bass howls – an enchantment. Al has deep feels with the combination of dubstep and chilltrap on a midtempo beat. Crescendos are highlighted in this track, a very fresh outlook. Whole Lotta Dopeness is indeed a whole lotta dopeness. A dubstep flow is present with Hip-Hop vocalizations saying “There’s a whole lotta dopeness“, which is tied with sleek bass lines and sexy drops of glitch candy swirls. Midway through the track, there’s a glitch uplift, rather than a “drop”, brilliant. Nathayan is glitch downtempo with repetitive beat that is invigorating. A release of energy is felt through high semioccasional vocals. Sacradelic is a minimal trip hop illumination of synth hums and drones blended within. As the track progresses, ascending bass fixtures add their own eerie vibe as it perfectly syncs up with other elements. Adea is a downtempo fuse of intricate obscure elements, a bewitching sounding chant is fused in between giving it more of a spiral twist. Glitch bass lines create a slow motion dance as ascensions will take you back to phase 1.
Electric Dandelion is a deep spiritual guide filled with visible and audible expertise, a unique story of emergence made possible through his trip-hop and psychedelic love. This multi-instrumentalist has a unique vibe to him, both style and sound, he will continue to weave and create from the soulful entity within him. Metamorphosis is a cerebral journey felt through the heart of the composer and listener, it’s a deep meditation that will open up channels of new energy healing. It is a transformation of light and energy, it reveals possibility beyond Earth, it illuminates the importance of change and direction. In order to grow, we expose ourself to change, by either stepping out of our comfort zone, or eliminating a blockage in order to enter a new phase, Electric Dandelion has done that through dub sound. From having played at several festivals such as Sonic Bloom, Lucidity, Enchanted Forest, Lightning in a Bottle, and Burning Man, he will continue to push his creativity so be on the look out for him. If you’re a fan of Desert Dwellers, David Starfire, and Living Light, you will dig Alan’s sound world which is rooted in psychedelic dub influences that will immerse you into a deeper understanding of meaning.
My Pet Monster releases his solo debut, New Age Gangster, on MalLabel Music earlier this summer and it’s a “cinematic dubstep” extravaganza of many moods and eras. From Electro Swing to Hip Hop, this Ghetto Swing feel will have you swerving and feeling groovy, hop on the 1930′s millennium swing-hop. West Coast feels will regress you 3 generations down while remaining in present day flavor and flow. Ryan Summers resides in San Francisco, California and has been focused on the creation of this new sub-genre of electronic music. Artwork by Sparkuhl on the album art is very original, and brings in visuals that are in sync to the title: New Age Gangster. Adding to the album art cover, a pet monster is revealed next to six symmetrical women figures with a 30 – 40′s look. A new age of reaffirming the impossible, a mixture of sounds never thought possible, has come into a reality state. Classic sounds blended with present-day glitch and bass make it a journey of its own.
New Age Gangster consists of 3 original productions including incorporation of soulful vocals, and 3 remixes of the originals: New Age Gangster, When I Get Low I Get High, Baton Rouge Bounce, and remixes include:“New Age Gangster” by Samples,and “Baton Rouge Bounce” by Defunk andTimmy Tutone. ”New Age Gangster” kicks off with mid tempo snare, and a momentum of rhythm accumulates, while whistles blend in the mix. Piano and brass instrumentation giving off a danceable beat. Woodwinds can sporadically be heard and the production of glitch hop squelches and future bass make it a unique creation. Combination of two opposing worlds mixing freshly. When I Get Low I Get High, is full of an upbeat tempo and female vocalizations of old-school swing music, with fine creation of sound design of bubble wurbbles and twists of lasers. Saxophone and snare give the swing a full effect, break down your best dance move, as the title suggests the style of swing dance.
Baton Rouge Bounce definitely has a southern touch to it. The track initiates with a banjo crescendo that foreshadows a steady swing, and old-school breaks. A very melodic swing vibe is present, with additions to well thought out glitch patterns. New Age Gangster remixed by Samples reveals his signature glitch-hop style filled with hard hitting bass lines – a crunk effect that will leave you feeling like the sound of lightning bolts striking. Very rhythmic composition blends well between the genre of My Pet Monster and his. Baton Rouge Bounce remixed by Defunk has initial piano key notes and saxophone instrumentation by My Pet Monster which is then meshed with incorporation of deep male vocals. Soon, Canadian producer, Defunk, crescendos an upbeat vibe full of glitch and funky and melodic bass beats for the rest of the track to follow. Baton Rouge Bounce remixed by Timmy Tutone adds in 808 explorations and a smooth feel, a future sound that is pleasant to the ear pineal.
The development of American “Swing” music in the 1930′s is back with a twisted and glitch-ed out vibe. My Pet Monster isn’t afraid to make his ideas an innovation, as this cinematic dubstep and glitch producer has shown in his first solo release. Tagging along to his creation, three well-respected bass and glitch producers joined in on the mix exposing endless support for his style with their own unique taste. I’m excited to see My Pet Monster continue to grow as an artist, especially after a release with a well-known established label. MalLabel continues to hit high charts as they will continue to expose artists and producers such as My Pet Monster. If you’re in the West Coast, be sure to catch artists branching out of this label the best way possible: LIVE.
Zebbler Encanti Experience released Freakquency on Gravitas Recordings on July 15th 2014, and it’s a gateway of vivid expansion of the mind made possible through twisted and thought-provoking mixed genre sound frequencies in a newly formed imagination. Zebbler Encanti Experience is a psychedelic twist within itself, an audio-visual journey seen through the mind’s eye, triggered through auditory and sensory of high frequencies vibrating in multiple directions, as molecules of sound being presented in the most freaky instances. Encanti is the mastermind behind the psytrap/bass/glitch/electro sound design, production, and mastering of the audio sense, while Zebbler projects mind-bending visuals, a futuristic foundation of visible uplifts. In his past, Zebbler has collaborated with the EOTO & Shpongle for visual enhancement, both having high experience and intellect of association in their field. This kaleidoscopic representation of sound will take you on a roller-coaster blast into infinity. Is there anything more psychedelic and twisted than the Shpongle crew? This album will reveal a new sound-universe, and bizarre visuals as seen in the “Freakquency” Video ; the embodiment new-age advancement of next level thinking and experimentation.
Freakquency consists of 5 psychedelic ventures of their own: ”Perceptronium”, “Follow the Bubble”, “Neuron Dialect”, “Frequency”, & “Immediacy ft. Ganavya”.Perceptronium is the idea that human consciousness is simply a state of matter, the idea that there are many types of matter (solids, liquids, gases), as there are many types of consciousness. Through sound experimentation, Encanti fuses unimaginable genre-bending impossibilities and strategies of glitch sound filled with fluidity to create a unique audio experience. Psychill patterns immediately blend into an upbeat electro high-frequency and warps a back-flip in your mind and dives into a mid-tempo dubstep atmospheric relief and repeat. Follow the Bubble is like a video game full of speed and action, a psytrance feel. It’s like mouse-trap – except through sound, I’d describe it as psytrap. This mixture will make your heart race, it’ll give you electro energy, glitch-hop swerve, and chill trap 808 dub grooves.
Neuron Dialect is mystery waiting to be revealed. Synthesizers and glitch frequencies mesh well to create an uplifting auditory experience. Electronic bass feels and clicks make it a never-ending soundscape, a continuous blending of neuron activity running through a psilocybin experience. Freakquency is psytrance at its peak, a multitude overload of freak-dance moves revealed through pupil-dilation, a Clock-Work Orange effect. Midway, a bubble of glitch-induced beats pour out like laser rain drops. Marching wurbbles and ziggles and inventions of all sorts take place in multiple instances such as reversing, fast-forwarding, ultimately creating and twisting sounds and distorted hip-hop lyrical “Freakquency” voice tones which can be heard sporadically. Immediacy ft. Ganavya is a chill step vibe of groovy encounters. A thousand sound thoughts per minute have slowed down the effect full of glitch patterns from the previous tracks and it reveals a chill out yet melodic atmosphere fused with deep-bass lines .
Zebbler Encanti Experience is a creation of sound advancement in the most inventive combinations of psychedelic triggers I have yet heard. Steaming from having past collaborations with EOTO and Shpongle, the Zebbler Encanti Experience will reveal a fear-less creation of sound exploration and will lift you to another dimension. They’ve been hitting a U.S.A. Summer Tour reaching multiple cross-country states, and the next stop is Burning Man, so if you’re going, be sure to catch them there next. This Gravitas Recordings release adds to the glory of their experience, both outlets incorporate diversity in their projects, always on the next level, always pushing and searching for the most fresh sounds. I’m eager to follow this duo more that is sure to surprise with their upcoming projects, you thought this was a crazy and new-found experience? I’m sure they have further ground-breaking projects of sound and visual mappings planned out for future releases, excited to see where these forward-thinking innovators will take us with experimentation of all levels.
HANNAH released BRYM on June 03, 2014, an orchestral downtempo atmospheric soundscape felt with immeasurable depth, emotion, and talent. Hannah Thiem is the mastermind behind this production as she weaves her ambient production tempos and Nordic melodic roots with her dexterous and rhythmic violin playing skills that will create a clear and powerful cleansing energy within. BRYM marks her first solo album, and she withholds a diverse and expansive collections of previous works and collaborations. From having played countless festivals such as Lightning in a Bottle, Burning Man, and Shambhala Music Festival and having past collaborations with Beats Antique, Random Rab, Irma Thomas, and The Human Experience, she will continue to immerse herself in the music world by making profound connections. The ambience and elegance of her stylings also creates heavenly echoes of lyrical bliss felt through her core, her soul. I met Hannah exactly 5 months ago [March 16th] here in Austin, TX during a secret SXSW show featuring other artists such as Govinda at Black Swan Yoga, and felt profound elation for my new discovery of her uplifting and mesmerizing music – a dynamic performer with passion and intention. BRYM EP graphic was also designed by Hannah, making her a multi-talented artist. Each track contains within it a heart-felt story, landscapes of hidden emotion and knowledge are revealed through each string note, within each beat, within each vocal chord – a divine spiritual truth.
BRYM consists of 5 golden tracks: “Skaldic Roulette”, “Phavet”, “Brym Al Mar”, “The Finding”, and “Sweetest Invitation”. ”Skaldic Roulette” is initiated by minimal bass beat and ambient sonic soundscapes followed by violin wonders which sync up and blend rhythmically together. Its composition is brilliant, as she mysteriously reveals more depth through lyrical and poetic Scandinavian bliss: “Lights from across the sea…lost notes, in a bottle…on the shore…”. ”Phavet” is a cinematic story of electronic production which really speaks to me, especially when it comes to the derivation and inspiration – from a traditional Finnish Folk Song…half of my nationality. Each bow draw across the each violin strings is luscious and energetic and will trigger and captivate emotion. “Brym Al Mar” is a thematic blend of liquid original dubstep feels and uplifting violin composition. Energetic vibes will freeze time and take you to ancient medieval past-life, made possible by sonic time-travel.
“The Finding” is a long-awaited journey found within each beat pulse of subsonic original creations and intentions. Luminous frequencies and violin instrumentation tied with foreign Icelandic lyrical messages are found in her voice, angelic drones heard through overcoming’s of a shadow, a found self, a discovery. “Sweetest Invitation” is the sweetest invitation of sound seen through the eyes of the universe. A dramatic approach of cinematic electronic production is the theme of this track, as it will pull, twist, and spiral you up and down. Through sound, she reveals a narrative approach and will take you on a journey, an escape into spirituality and depths of the ocean heard through deep bass lines and violin technique.
HANNAH is a creative producer and a truly gifted violinist, and the BRYM EP surely reveals this. Very immersed with the study of Nordic and Middle Eastern traditions, she channels this knowledge and experiences in Eastern Europe through her own creation of sound and composition. Influenced by artists such as Massive Attack, Trentemoller, Phaleh, Bonobo, and Boards of Canada, she will continue to be inspired and therefore will continue to create around her passions and experiences. I really enjoyed Brym and the journey it took me on, it left a powerful impact on me, and was astonished with her craft of creations. I am excited to see Hannah continue to grow as an artist, as she is a driven artist with visible passion. Ever since this release, she has been on a extended 2014 Summer Tour with many more dates being added as Fall approaches…be sure to catch her at her upcoming performances at Wanderlust Festival and Burning Man.
Bass Mtn Festival, in its fourth year and now held on July 25th-28th in Kyburz, CA, is not one to miss! With the perfect proportion of party to nurture and wellbeing, last year it was truly one of my favorite gatherings. Lately I have been comparing festivals to a much-needed vacation. They encourage harmony with nature, a relaxed mindstate, magnificent scenery, and an overall bitchin’ time. Like traveling, a festival is a “choose your own adventure” affair. Incorporating a sense of sublime freedom and kinship, participants leave feeling fulfilled and jubilant. Bass Mtn will be the quintessence of this – a wholesome retreat from our realities to a space of complete ease and liberation. It will provide us a sense of abundance like none other. Prepare for endless synchronicity, the best bass around, mind warping visuals, elaborate stage design, thought-provoking workshops, awe-inspiring art, rejuvenating yoga, luscious organic food, and soothing healing that will warm you inside and out.
Bass Mtn is an intimate gathering designed to enrich the soul and cultivate bonds. The opportunities for both self-reflecting and connecting with others are infinite! There is something for everyone, whether you want to activate your booty shakin’ skills at one of the sound stages, gaze in awe at amazing art creations scattered about the grounds, test your agility on a structure, delight in an organic smoothie, learn about plant alchemy, go on a hiking adventure in the woods, or simply wander aimlessly and giggle with friends. What more could you ask for out of a weekend in the enchanting meadows, welcoming tree groves and majestic mountains of the Sierra Nevadas? Nothing, if you ask me! It’s a weekend that is set up perfectly for pure bliss and connection…. All you need to bring along is a sense of curiosity, an open heart, and intentions set on growth and awakening. This experience will likely cause all-sensory gratification – auditory, visual, mental, aromatic, tactic, even your taste buds may do a little dance once or twice.
The music will be sure to please… Opiuo’s unique party music is always super fun to get down to; his newest release Meraki is on point (if you haven’t checked it out I highly suggest doing so to get pumped for Bass Mtn)! Kalya Scintilla’s eclectic womps always get you in the groove. Digital Rust will provide brain melting gooey bass like none other. I recently had the pleasure of booking him for a Bass Tribe Tahoe and he did not disappoint! Nico Luminous always keeps it fresh with his fusion of hip hop and West Coast Bass flavors. Colorado fam 2NUTZ always gets a crowd going with their appealing glitch-hop vibes. Trevor Kelly has been crushing it all along the coast and has played some of my favorite sets this summer. If you’re into booty shakin’ bass, look no further than The Pirate. Musical mastermind Hypha will provide us with his “rhythmic bass poetry”. I first saw him perform at Emissions 2011 and he has killed it every time since. SELBY will get the crowd going and getting rowdy with his seamless mixing and future bass frequencies! Hailing from Vancouver, PerkulatOr has been taking the West Coast by storm and will be sure to please. Muppet Punk’s booty bass is always a good time Other favorites that I’m stoked about include Zeb Early, The Originalz, Duffrey, Bim Tim, Irieyes, Craigslist Hookup, DubColing, Boggan, S1nth3sys, Subdocta, Richard Xavier, Benjah Ninjah, Phil Harmonic, Mr. Rooney, Motorhome Music, Mizl, Coop da Loop, Lil Miss Mixer, IJV, Gurbtron, Game Genie, AUX, and Bassment-Ality. What a killer lineup – it is well-rounded and diverse, sure to please music lovers across the spectrum.
Check out the Bass Mtn website for information about the reasonable memberships (rather than purchasing a ticket as a commodity, participants procure memberships for a collaborative and participatory tribe), music, directions, preparations, and more. BIG UPS to Mindful Massive for working so diligently to make this spirit-enriching weekend a possibility. See you in the woods… surround yourself with love and frequencies at Bass Mtn next weekend!
Psymbionic releases Part 2 of “Parallels” [Eye], on Gravitas Recordings on July 1st, 2014. This second part of “Parallels” explores a parallel genre to that of a heavier bass influenced feel for Part 1. It revels an atmospheric creation of downtempo/chill feels, an experiment that illustrates Psymbionic’s versatility, a dive into another realm – a pull into the Eye of the Storm. The eye is a region of mostly calm weather at the center of strong tropical cyclones, and through sounds, John Burchman, expresses a deep meditation of fulfilling low tempo frequencies, a whirlwind of cloud hypnotization. Clear and light sounding extraterrestrial communication reveals futuristic visions of new-world change, enlightened transformations, and exploration of versatility. Versatility of production is rare, and when a product of rarity is illuminated, full-depth creativity is expressed giving the creator a sense of forward thinking and acceptance of change as important factor in culture in many fields of life- Psymbionic has done that with Eye.
Eye consists of 5 auditory chill out portals: “One Thing” ft Cristina Soto,”How Am I Not Myself” ft. Govinda, “S ilkscreen” ft. Soulular, “Sonder” ft. The Digital Connection, & “Silkscreen ( ill-esha remix ). One Thing ft. Cristina Soto is downtempo galore, a future chill trap experience ready to sooth your ear pineals. Psymbionic’s rhythmic future bass composition and fluidity blends passionately with Cristina Soto’s mesmerizing vocals as she touches your heart chakra with her deeply thought lyrics, an angelic escapade. How Am I Not Myself ft. Govinda is initiated by Govinda’s sensual frequencies resonating from string instrumentation of the violin. High-pitched synthesizer and a lively melodic tempo on Psymbionic’s behalf symmetrically syncs up in addition, and a spacey future garage atmosphere is present. This tune calmly sooth your present state of mind and will unblock passages of a forgotten memory.
Silkscreen ft. Soulular is a co-production between the two, a chill-step portal, a swim into infinity, a closer pull into the eye of the storm. Souluar’s organic sound composition and spacey sounding downtempo dubs mesh well with Psymbionic’s signature melodic uplifts and glitch/bass exposure, this is the creation of two soulful producers joining forces. Sonder ft. The Digital Connection is a spacey chill tale into the unknown, an epiphany within an epiphany. This is a future bass mystery waiting to be revealed and is felt within electronica ambience. Psymbionic’s signature sounds can be heard sporadically thoughout the tune, and a deep rhythmic glitch fusion of The Digital Connection follows through creating a liquid groove. Silkscreen remixed by ill-esha is a glitch masterpiece full of limitless synth frequencies and melodies. She produces a re-occurring glitch pattern which gives it a mind of its own, it’s a distinction of rarity illuminating the original production, an aftermath of chills down your spine.
Submerge into the eye of the storm and prepare for a lift-off into explorations of the sounds and tempos of the universe and beyond. Psymbionic reveals a downtempo/chill side to his music production in variation and style. Not only does he create variety in Part 2 of “Parallels”, but also a variety of styles and collaborations of accomplished vocalists, instrumentalists, and producers. John Burcham is a driven force of light that isn’t afraid to explore other dimensions of sound frequencies, a creative and fresh outlook. Like a thread weaving together with other threads, and like sacred geometrical patters coming together, a flowing towards a creation of warmth is revealed as Psymbionic weaves sounds, textures, and rhythms together. This results in the creation of pulsating and radiating sounds meant to trigger brainwaves, and therefore release and cleanse energies, a fresh feel of relief. The fact that this was written, mixed, AND mastered by John himself amazes me. As AfroMonk himself likes to put it, Keep it Fresh.
Join the Gravitas crew this Saturday, July 5th at plug.dj‘s “Just A Chill Room” for Psymbionic’s DIGITAL album release party & Q&A!
Keese releases “Panamint Chalice” on San Francisco’s own MalLabel Music, and it’s a futuristic slow-motion tale of the mixture of genres, of purple bassinfused Glitch-Hop wonders from the northern bay of Arcata, California. West Coast Bass is an adventure of its own, just like a culture of the unknown experience of exploration. This young producer is not afraid to take risks as he will continue to experiment and bring forth luminous rays of full-spectrum energy meant to ignite the possible. Like super powers, these sound frequencies will produce rapid change and flashbacks, de-ja vu, psychic-abilities. I hope your ear pineals, and your mind’s eye are ready for an experiment of psytrap, 808′s, and sub trips, psychedelic epiphanies through auditory sense. Pick up your chalice glass and fill it up with a taste of your choice, I prefer clear liquid H20, and let these liquified sounds trigger a festive thought.
“Panamint Chalice” consists of 5 sound experiments sure to invoke invisibility, experience slow-motion effects, and time control – re-appearance into a different side. These experimental creations are entitled, “Hot Curls”, “Panamint Chalice”, “Love Yourself”, “Less is More”, and “Bonkers”. Hot Curls is a slow-motion step back, then 10 more steps forward into glitch fusion, and twirl of eerie crescendos of blended 808 beat and melodic freshness. Panamint Chalice is a proper occasion. An appropriate glitch stutter. A groovy mid-tempo whomp, a rhythmic 808 laser illumination beats created to invoke change, like that of a chameleon.
Love Yourself is an electronic upbeat first sparked by 808 feel, and continuous balanced beat of signature “drops”. Except they’re not “drops”, because they mesh well next to the prior soundscape, it’s more like a smooth twist of intelligent exposure of a new structured development of love. Less is More opened up a new wave of energy that sparked past-life inspiration. Intricate and delicate, yet powerful composition can be both felt and heard. A theme of fading effects mesh well with what sounds like alien atmospheric callings, from under the ocean and up into space, that’s some psytrap for you. Bonkers is a game of elegance meets chill, a coming of two worlds bound to cause technicolor bass whirlwinds of triggers.
Panamint Chalice is a boom of silver and gold minerals and psytrap trinkets found in a ghost town. Keese’s creation of sound experimentation is definitely fresh, I’m very stoked to see his future projects. He’s developing a rare sound in the West Coast Bass scene and isn’t afraid to express creations developed in his lab. Bass and Glitch Melodic encounters will sooth your brain waves, and blast you off into otherwordly sonic space sunset. Let these sound causations of realizations explore freshness. Here’s a free download of “Hot Curls”.
Sonic Bloom, the Unified Field, the place of Discovery. “Discovery” has been a key word for me within the past couple years, a place of the found into consciousness and open awareness, especially through music in the transformational festival lifestyle. Living Light was a recent discovery for me through a compilation called “Resonant Mind” released by MerkaBa Music in May. Living Light is the solo project of Psylab keyboardistEartha Harris and she illuminates world beats with soothing dub electronic beats & melodies meant to lighten your mind, body, & spirit. Prior to the 9th annual Sonic Bloom venture last weekend, I discovered that her soothing presence would be performing and so I sought to discover more upon her upbringing, and the story behind Living Light. After a stellar performance at the Hummingbird Stage on Saturday, we sat down for a chat about inspirations behind her music, past music projects, upcoming album releases, intuitive dreams and experiences guiding her way, and her overall intention in life, all whilst being surrounded by the breathtaking panoramic mountain views of South Park, Colorado – and thus, a very profound and powerful conversation formed. Shout out to Lovemore Creations for a beautiful moment of life that was captured through photography.
•How long have you been producing music and was there a certain event(s) in your life that inspired wanting to become a music producer?
Well, music and I go way back – haha!… Apparently when I was one years old I often would wake up my parents singing! As I grew older, playing music was always my top fascination. I was lucky to have very supportive parents that were always able to provide me with musical outlets. It started out with a little Organ that I played through my toddler years, then a Commodore 64 in elementary school with a music program on it, and then I graduated up to portable Yamaha synthesizers through my elementary and teens years, eventually with built-in sequencers that I wrote my first full pieces on!
But when I was in college is when I first started learning music production on computer. My first electronic project that I was involved in, which I was a part of for about a year, is a group called The Machine of the Garden and it was the first time I was actually involved a real professional electronic act. Then, from 1998-2006, I had a solo project called Project Sphere, all of which was self-produced. The music is somewhat similar to what I produce now under Living Light but with my own added vocals. That said, I wasn’t really a part of a sub culture that was ready for that sound back then, so around 2007 I joined up with a band named Psylab, and I actually stepped away from production and dove into 100% live-keyboard playing. I’d often play 4-5 keyboards live at any given show. It was a wild ride!
•What kind of genre is Psylab?
All electronic, but also all live, and we’d play multiple genres. Some called us “livetronica”, but we were often categorized with jam bands since we did a lot of modal improv stuff even though we were electronic dance music. We played everything from dub to house to psytrance to drum & bass. We honestly felt we could experiment with any genre since we were playing it all live. So that was an amazing experience, but it was definitely like going through a touring boot camp though. It was grueling to be on the road all of the time with all of our massive amount of live gear that we needed in order to perform.
Performing as Psylab Keyboardist
When did Living Light come to Light, what’s the story behind it? ( Continuation )
It was actually born on December 21, 2012. I was fortunate enough to have a friend of mine who is a Biophoton Therapist (which is a very cool healing modality) lead a ceremony that weekend at our house in Boston, and I remember seeing this viral video of a Mayan Elder Speaks on 2012 and he said that between December the 20th and 22nd:
“You’ll have one idea, and that idea is your life’s calling, write it down right away because it could be fleeting, but when you have it, you’ll know it…”
And so while I was in this ceremony I had this vision of our sun cresting on the Earth’s horizon, and our whole galaxy cresting on the edge of a giant wave in space-time, and all matter and space connected through frequency, and all existence coming from star-stuff, from light. I then began talking with my friend about Bio-Photon Therapy, and at that moment she mentioned that it translated to “Living Light”.
I then jokingly said…
“That would be such a great band name!”
…and that’s when I realized that was the personal vision. And the more I thought about the meaning behind the name, the more it made sense to me – light as in photons, and light as opposed to heaviness. I had an insane desire to travel the world with my music, but I needed to lighten my load in order to do so. I couldn’t get past the East Coast with the full band since we had so much gear – and it was nearly impossible to afford to fly out to festivals. I realized those multiple meanings behind the name in that instant, and that I could live lightly by starting up this side project – putting a whole band on my back! And that’s when I decided to take this break to go back to music production.
And there’s more meanings – like living non-materialistically and environmentally responsibly – living lightly upon the Earth. We are technically all living light – we come from stars, ancient sunlight, and now finally our culture is working in earnest towards using environmentally responsible renewable resources.
There’s also even a mind set of living lightly. I was very bogged down into the western fear mentality behind news and politics for a long time. We have an almost cultural obsession with the negative. Then I went away to southern India, where technically things are also dangerous, but there is also a colorful playfulness that permeates, and there isn’t this nonstop fear propaganda that you see in the western world everywhere. But then I came back home to Boston just a few days after Boston Marathon Bombing tragedy, and I was greeted with intense terrorist propaganda everywhere – from billboards to infomercials on wide screen TVs all asking if I was “ready for a terrorist attack?”. The contrast was striking, and I quickly came to realize there was no greater fear than fear itself.
So all of these are meanings that are open for interpretation for each listener, and all of these are influences behind the sounds of the first album “Ecliptic Visions” - subtle messages I like to hint at through the music, through tones, textures, and samples of people you’ll hear in the tracks.
•Musically speaking, which artist(s) have been an inspiration to you?
One of my main inspirations is this obscure group called the Saafi Brothers. I first heard them in 1999. They have this beautiful dub groove that when you listened to it, no matter what mood you were originally in, you just started to feel so at peace. They incorporate such uplifting frequencies. They are definitely one of my main musical inspirations and have been for the last 15 years or so. It was only recently that I discovered the other light-minded & inspirational frequencies such as OTT, Bluetech, Kalya Scintilla, and Desert Dwellers.
•Your track “Perihelion” was just featured on “Resonant Mind” by Yaygons’ “Merkaba Music”, how does it feel to be featured on such a forth-moving conscious music label?
So blessed. I mean, between Yaygon and Desert Dwellers. Desert Dwellers actually found me at my second Living Light show and they signed me on the spot. They’re my main label, Desert Trax, and they’re such lovely people to work with.
It’s all a wonderful family that I give thanks every day to now be connected with. Everyone knows each other and works together so symbiotically and peacefully.
•What festival did that happen at? When the Desert Dwellers signed you?
PEX Summer Festival 2013, The Philadelphia Experiment in Maryland. I still have my wrist band on because that was a moment that changed my music career.I had an intensely vivid dream the night before where I was talking with two of my favorite musicians about how I really wanted to travel with my music, and well, long story short, they said,
” Find a festival we are both playing at and we’ll show you the way…”
I then suddenly woke up, immediately opened my laptop, and at the top of my Facebook news feed was the PEX Summer Festival lineup and – boom! Both artists were listed right there as headliners. I do a lot of dream work, so I immediately thought to myself, ”I’m supposed to go to this.” I immediately bought a ticket, and a camp invited me to play a couple of unscheduled Living Light sets at a chillout dome. Treavor Moontribe and Amani Friend from Desert Dwellers were at one of those sets, and after I finished, they offered to release my music on their label, Desert Trax. I had been a fan of their music for years, but this was my first time meeting them, so needless to say I was pretty honored!
They’ve been a great support team in getting my music and name out and plugging me in with other light-minded individuals within the US festival circuit. In all my years as a musician, this is the fastest any project of mine has taken flight, and I would not be where I am today without these 2 beloved brothers and this whole beautiful sonic soul family.
Me: “So this was only a year ago?
LL: “Yeah, yeah!”
• Aside your track, what other artists did you dig on that compilation, was there a new discovery?
Yes, all of them are great, but a new pleasant surprise was Mr. Squatch. I just discovered him on this comp and absolutely love his work!
• If you could live anywhere in the states, or world, where would it be?
Well, I’ve been in Massachusetts my whole life and knowing I’ve lived in Boston for 18 years, I decided that this Spring I wasn’t going to do a 19th Winter in Boston [chuckles]. So, I am actually currently checking out areas. I recently stayed for a week in Santa Cruz right before playing at Enchanted Forest. Santa Cruz is pretty lovely, so right now that’s looking like my next destination. But [looks around] Colorado is really beautiful too! and Asheville, NC also has a really great vibe to it. So I am definitely spreading my wings. Relocation is on the horizon!
Living Light is on the right track of discovery as she is building momentum in the conscious and transformational lifestyle, she’s ultimately found her life purpose, a light of inner calling. This certified Yogi has new projects in store, so make sure you keep your eyes pealed for this one as her magical and transcendent vibes will embark a transformation within you! The newest release will be coming out this September, a remix album of her current full length “Ecliptic Visions” called “Ecliptic ReVisions” and will feature remixes of her tracks by predominant and forth-moving psydub, tribal, and sacred bass master minds: Kaminanda, Bluetech, Suduaya, Skytree, Smokesign, Erothyme, Supersillyus, Icaro, Heiss, Pr∆na, Om Frequency, Subcreature, and more. The next Living Light full length album “Tales from the Karman Line” is already in the works with a projected release date of Winter 2015. Step out of your shadow and let the living light clear your being and align your chakras. Take a moment to escape and return to your spirit origin of light and let the universe’s synchronicities flash back and forth through light triggers of imaginable twists and deep-rooted intuitions composed of dub frequencies.
•Other recent appearances have included tracks on Heiss’s “Awaken(D)” remix album, and an upcoming Desert Dwellers remix EP•
Living Light -Perihelion [MerKaba Music]
Living Light – ‘Ecliptic Visions’ Preview [Desert Trax]
Kaminanda (of Re: Evolution booking) released “Liminal Spaces” on June 17th, 2014 on a forth moving conscious label based in Australia – Merkaba Music.Liminal Spaces is a journey into the nearest distant star and back into the future, it is a transition. A futuristic ancient ritual, a maze of the found, a blanket of stardust, a discovery of a universe, a foreshadow of the unthinkable. I’ve had the pleasure of catching Kaminanda’s sets multiple times since my discovery of his blessed sound-waves at Sonic Bloom 2012, and I will continue to do so. I befriended him one year later at my friend Kati’s (Hibri Designs) birthday party in San Antonio, TX and was brought to life as he sprinkled glitter sparkles on my forehead. His live performances and stellar dance moves are magically uplifting as they will leave you in a transcendent state where time is forgotten, and the mind will become more clear as his deep psychedelic dubs and organic yet tribal journeys will breeze in through you leaving you feeling fresh and in an awakened state. Shout out to Francis Mckeon for the breathtaking artwork!
This uplift of audible soothingness consists of seven lengthy spiritually galactic cosmic wonders: “Moment to Moment”, “Elements”, “Opal Eyez”, “Empathic Spaces”, “Mystery School”, “The Jade Palace”, and “Euphoric Stillness”. Moment to Moment is initiated by a crescendo of melodic glare accompanied by drum and snare. A symphony of differentiating auditory drum composition which tell a story of the importance of every moment to moment, and each journey within it felt through glitch twirls. Elements is a tropical dreamscape of nature bird calls wrapped in psychedelic whomps. Each beat gives light to the next making it a heart-felt moment to treasure accompanied by vocals by Atreyu Harvest Moon.Opal Eyez has a very lively melodic feel to it with plenty of tribal instrumentation which fade in and out. Are you ready for a drive into infinity? Glitch frequencies illuminate a different feel, making it an unforgettable tale which teleports me into the eyes of the Opal, the national gemstone of Australia. Empathic Spaces has an organic galactic sound to it, gentle whomps blend well with the rhythmic downtempo sensual vibes. Bright future for endless possibilities.
Mystery School is an upbeat psychedelic journey. Atmospheres and landscapes full of organic tempos create visions of lively heart beats. Tribal theme sounding melodies and brass instrumentation will bring forth energies meant to heal. The Jade Palace is deep mystical glitch hop space heaven initiated by Buddhist gongs, bells, and chants. The melody and beat to this tune is nourishing and oriental-esque, and will ignite new dance moves. Welcome to The Jade Palace. Euphoric Stillness is glitch euphoria at its finest. Feels of downtempo wonders will enter your brain waves, and spiritual water glitch wurbbles will clear passages and expand breakthroughs, creating a deep shamanic ritual cleanse. The incorporation of Gemma Luna’s voice adds to the heavenly feels of this magical tune.
Kaminanda is a spiritual shamanic sound guide who wants to show you possibilities of not only endless dimensions, but of endless encounters in spaces. Composed of sacred geometrical alignments, this alien being will ignite fresh new beginnings within you. With “Liminal Spaces”, he will create deep dub psychedelic realms and tribal glitch frequencies full of wonders that will ultimately open the mind’s eye. Yes, the third eye – the gateway to higher levels of consciousness. He’s hit countless festivals and performances this summer and will continue to do so. He will be at The Parish here in Austin, TX on Friday, July 11th, so be sure not to miss an uplifting experience sure to create an experience within itself.
kLL sMTH (of Majestic Entertainment) released “Telescopic Future” on Addictech.com this past Monday, June 16th. This 4-track album is future glitch-hop at its finest as these labyrinthine triggers and designs of forthcoming sounds will sooth you as a whole, both mentally and physically, it’ll bring forth a Telescopic Future. Kristoffer Edland, a Loveland, Colorado native, has been producing music for nearly six years now. I discovered kLL sMTH’s glitch soundscapes in 2012 as a friend introduced me to him and soon after I experienced a fresh live set at a small gathering in Austin, TX we held a couple months later called Alloveus. These frequencies from outer space are designed to take you far beyond a galactic future, a place of the unimaginable. These sounds create a crystalline structure, they tell the story of growth, an evolution of sound, an innovative mindset, illumination of change.
“Telescopic Future” consists of four well-crafted auditory glitch hop cosmos sure to clear and cleanse: “Oragami Peanut”, “Transcendent Delusion”, “Telescopic Future”, & “Katzenjammer”.“Oragami Peanut” is an art of sound which foreshadows the rest of the album. Like an Origami, it reveals jaw dropping technique and design, an ethereal escape full of glitch and whomps, which blend symmetrically and rhythmically within the illuminations of lively melodies. “Transcendent Delusion” is a mystical dream escape, a dream within a dream, a step into a reality check and back into an ancient-alien pyramid; full spectrum. This downtempo, glitch-ed out delight is very luscious with fresh vibes. “Telescopic Future” took me on a parallel dimension, its organic frequencies will enter your being and leave you feeling refreshed as in the aftermath of a spiritual psilocybin journey. Soothing flute-esque instrumentation will relax your brain waves. “Katzenjammer” is an otherworldly crystal quartz. A never ending sonic sunset of kaleidoscopic glitch twirls for your ear pineals. Elegant and driven composition in effect.
Keep your eyes pealed, and wide opened for kLL sMTH as he is turning heads in the electronica glitch-hop community. His soundscapes mesh very well with that of Tipper’s vibe, a limitless technicolor imagination of glitch wonders enabling telepathic sound communication. From having played countless festivals and shows in the Mid West, West, and South, and having past releases on Simplify Recordings, Muti Music, and Prime Dub, he is, without a doubt, gaining a rapid momentum. Kris is really an innovator thinker when it comes to producing music. Each melody creates its own story, it’s like he’s fitting the pieces together to a seemingly endless experience, it’s like he’s communicating with aliens.