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Living Light [Sonic Bloom Interview] [AfroMonk.com Exclusive]

time June 30th by Clear Shadow authorTags: , , , , , , , ,

Discover Living Light

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 keyboardist Eartha 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.

Living Light

•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!

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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]

Living Light – First Light  [Ecliptic Visions]

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Kaminanda | Liminal Spaces [Merkaba Music]

time June 28th by Clear Shadow authorTags: , , , , ,

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.

LISTEN HERELiminal Spaces by Kaminanda

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The Widdler – “OGO” (MalLabel Music)

time May 18th by Clear Shadow authorTags: , , , , , ,

The Widdler released “OGO” on MalLabel Music on Tuesday, May 13th and currently stands #4 on Beatport’s “Dubstep Top 100 Releases”.  If you’re not familiar with The Widdler, now is the time to start familiarizing with this innovative producer that is pushing boundaries in the underground dubstep and bass music scene. He has a very creative original spooky spark to him, which is revealed through his unique sound design – he is an innovator and originator of “dub” sound.  A little bit about The Widdler, he was born in Tel Aviv and is currently residing here in the music capital of the world, Austin, TX.  Yoni Oron has been playing and producing music since he was 10 years old, and constantly practices to perfect his skills. Recently signed to OWSLA Records, he incorporates daily mix sessions into his everyday life, which is revealed through his impeccable performances – I witnessed his latest performance at Barcelona here in Austin a couple months ago during SXSW and it was a thrilling night full of deep felt bass dubs.

“OGO” consists of 6 rich yet spooky dub filled tracks: “Gitfukt”, “Killa Bitz”, “Lobster Trap”, “Martian Ambassador”, “Ogo”, and “Space Balloon”-  each containing within it a very mysterious vibe, taking you on a whirlwind of unimaginable bends, twists and spooked-out frequencies.  ”Gitfukt” follows a deep bass heavy theme, a sign of what to expect in this release; these original dubstep frequencies meshed with laser sounding beams will hypnotize then levitate you, twist and spiral you out onto a high energy and ghostly filled atmosphere.  “Kill Bitz” slithers with a mystical vibe to it, eerie bass growls will enter your ear pineals and take you on a video game space tour, an unexpected mission, a challenge aimed to clear a shadow.  “Lobster Trap” is definitely a favorite, it’s like a maze; a turn of events waiting to happen; a space battle filled with minimal dubs mixed with heavy sounding vibes and intricate xylophonic melodic sounding strikes which blend perfectly with the short vocal incorporations.  

Martian Ambassador” is initiated with a passage filled with deep groove and midtempo feels of dubs and wurbbles, which reveal an otherworldly being: The Martian Ambassador. “Ogo” is the spookiest of them all, an arrival to a new destination, “Ogo”; a condition of mental divergence, he finds himself on the planet “Ogo”, part of an intellectual elite…a construct of  his psyche.  These deep bass drops create energies of Shamanic cleansing that is heard through ancient Widdler signature and mind blowing audible vibrations.  This release concludes with a high feel, a bounce off on the “Space Balloon”, a continuation of deep bass dubs and multitude amount of vibrant arpeggios can be felt then released.

“OGO” showcases a variety of dub styles and frequencies, and will cleanse the shadows of your soul through deep dub triggers of bewitching sound composition.  A leading figure in what has been deemed the “Deep Dub Renaissance”, he will, without a doubt, continue to keep breaking boundaries, making the impossible possible, and therefore will lift you off into space, maybe even higher – he will take you to an extraterrestrial landscape waiting to be discovered.  His organic, melodic, tribal and visionary sounds are challenging the paradigm in the dub step scene. Creating original and groundbreaking dubstep “drops”and crescendos, The Widdler will invigorate and clear your being.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO “OGO”: Ogo by The Widdler

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Heyoka – Marklar

time January 26th by Pierre authorTags: , , , , , ,

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Title: Marklar
Format: CD Album
Cat # Muti049
UPC Barcode #: 705105138800

Tracklistng:
01 Boom 3:42
02 Neem 4:21
03 Particle 3:37
04 Micron 4:40
05 Fractalscape 4:50
06 Chem 4:11
07 Reptilian 4:34
08 Ned 5:15
09 Doodle 5:07
10 11th Dimension 3:39
11 Antsy 3:01
12 Borscht 4:39
13 Multiverse 3:49
14 Neutrino 6:41
15 The Big Trippy Thing 2:13
16 Mud 3:29
17 Cosmic Indigestion 4:42
18 Grit 2:17

Andrei Olenev the man behind the pseudonym Heyoka seems to be a very productive man, in two years he’s released three EP’s and now with “Marklar” he has released his second full length album.

For those who haven’t not yet heard Heyoka he produces a mix of down- to midtempo beats with lots of bass and some occasional dub and hip hop influences but still with some really nice melodies. Since the last album “Space Code” I think the sound has become a tad more dance-floor friendly which I think is a great development.

Andrei is becoming one of my favorite artist on the Muti cause this is the kind of music I want to hear these day, it really gets me goin’.

Be sure not to miss this one! I’m loving it!

Heyoka on Myspace
Muti Music
Muti Music on Myspace

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