1015 Folsom, The Do Lab, Euphonic Conceptions, an-ten-nae, & DJ Dials present
THE OFFICIAL SF
LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE
DJ DIALS // PLANTRAE
LATE NIGHT RADIO // + MORE TBA!
FRIDAY MAY 9TH / 10P-3A / 21+
It’s strange how the death of one musical group can be exactly the sort of catalyst needed to spawn another. KOAN Sound are certainly a highly gifted example of this phenomenon. It was in 2008 that KOAN Sound emerged from the ashes of several other musical endeavours, fusing passion for electronic music with sheer musical intuition. Since then KOAN Sound have continued to develop, synthesising ever more complex and inspirational patterns. And with influences such as The Prodigy, Amon Tobin and Noisia, it’s not hard to see why KOAN Sound productions are synonymous with dark gripping basslines; elegantly mastered and meticulously executed.
Support is nothing but exponential for KOAN Sound. The group’s creative and above all original ethos has granted them well deserved credibility from producers, DJ and Music fans alike. These include the likes of Aphex Twin, Pendulum, Zane Lowe and Rusko. Armed with a creative diversity second to none, they have set themselves apart from their peers and continue to push music not restrained by tempo or genre, all connected by their trademark ‘KOAN’ sound.
Keep your ears to the ground: KOAN Sound have arrived.
Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Christian Bauhofer moved to Santa Cruz, CA at the young age of 18. Having just moved from the state, Christian’s newfound friends nicknamed him Minnesota, and unknowingly created his party crushing alter ego. A guitarist from the age of 12, Minnesota made attempts at forming bands until he attended Symbiosis Gathering for the first time in 2009. There he was drawn to the emerging Electronic Dance Music culture and all of a sudden knew what career path he wanted to pursue. Shortly after Symbiosis, Minnesota bought Ableton Live and his first midi controller, and within a few months was making hip-hop remixes that his friends couldn’t stop playing.
Now in his third year of touring, Minnesota has played nearly every major festival nationwide, played alongside STS9, Big Gigantic, MiMOSA, Zion I and Paper Diamond, and completed his first headlining tour (with support from Protohype & DCarls) this last Spring that hit over 35 cities. Now with 2014 approaching, he plans on dedicating a considerable amount of studio time in order to perfect his sound, something that he feels is of upmost importance in order for him to continue touring.
Minnesota’s first EP, Panda Snatching Tycoon, was released on Tycho Records in January 2011 and found nationwide critical acclaim. His next official release came out on Mal Label and was titled, Ancient Machines. Ancient Machines was number nine on the addictech.com best seller’s list for the year, and every track from the album charted on the Beatport.com Glitch-Hop During this time, Minnesota also managed to put out a free EP with MartyParty called, Ultraviolet Halo, that was released in July 2011. After that he released his fourth EP titled, Astral Projection, and showcased his affinity for downtempo melodic ethereal sounds. This EP greatly diversified his fan-base with hits like “Stardust,” and “Relax.” He titled his following EP, Altered States, and describes it as, “Big room, melodic bangers,” with some “Faster tempo hip hop influenced stuff on it.” This has since been his most popular EP, with multiple tracks being played by numerous DJs across the states.
Minnesota’s goal seems simple: to release diverse productions that can win over any crowd. The support of his management team, agency, and some of the world’s greatest artists can only attribute to his hunger for more time spent on the road and in the studio. To those that haven’t had the opportunity to see Minnesota perform, make sure to be on the lookout. To put it lightly, Minnesota is a name to watch.
In a world in which upstart DiY talent is flooding the gates of electronic music, a few recent voices have been so strong as to be startling. Lapalux – AKA 25-year-old Stuart Howard – is certainly one such. As singular as a brilliant artist always should be, his instinctive understanding of the atmospheric power of texture grips the ear immediately on listening.
Lapalux was raised in rural Essex, midway between countryside and town; the classic, isolated hinterland that’s produced many a distinctive British voice. There’s a yearning sense to the record that it’s tempting to relate to the young Howard’s dreams about what his eventual escape into larger life might be. He certainly had a dream start when a shot-in-the-dark email to electronic hothouse Brainfeeder was immediately answered by label head Flying Lotus himself, who quickly moved on to sign him. To this day, Lapalux remains the only British artist on the Los Angeles based label.
Having made fans out of Diplo and SBTRKT, remixed everyone from Lianne La Havas via Crystal Fighters to Bonobo, Tawiah, AlunaGeorge and Speech Debelle, as well as supporting FlyLo and playing the main stage at Sonar and in Japan with Clark, it’s prime time for Lapalux’s debut full length album on BRAINFEEDER.