PITTSBURGH ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL featuring
MSTRKRFT and EXCISION
with special guests Designer Drugs, Mux Mool, Comic Strips, Nice Nate
MORE INFORMATION HERE: http://www.pghelectronicmu
***FREE AFTER PARTY w/ Ticket Stub @ Mr. Smalls ft. BIRD PETERSON***
***FREE AFTER PARTY w/ Ticket Stub @ Brillobox ft. LAZERCRUNK***
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Tickets: $30 adv, $35 dos [all general admission]
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The first annual Pittsburgh Electronic Music Festival, at the beautiful Stage AE Outdoor facility. More info to come...
"We tried to make 'festival weapons,' so when we play them, it's like throwing a million hatchets into the audience," explains Jesse F. Keeler, one half of DJ/production duo MSTRKRFT, describing the songs from the upcoming album, Fist Of God (to be released 3/17 on Dim Mak/Downtown). "When we play our own records, they need to be big." Indeed, when it came to following up their acclaimed debut, 2006's The Looks, MSTRKRFT looked to their experience behind the decks, spinning everywhere from packed, sweaty clubs to major festivals like the World Electronic Music Festival and Bonnaroo. "When we made The Looks, we hadn't started DJ-ing professionally," says Al Puodziukas, the other half of MSTRKRFT better known as Al-P. "This record is more like what we'd play out in our sets." "Making The Looks was a debauched time," Jesse adds. "We'd go out and party every single night, then come to the studio at 1:00 pm. We're still going out every night, but around the world, which is a very different experience. It may sound arrogant, but from our DJ experience we've developed ideas about what people should be listening to." That's demonstrated by Fist of God's sonic evolution. Not only are the beats fatter than ever this time around, they also represent Al-P and Jesse's mutation of today's best urban music into MSTRKRFT's distinctively brutal club grooves. Throughout Fist, slamming cameos from the likes of John Legend, N.O.R.E., Ghostface Killah, E-40, Freeway, and Isis of Thunderheist all get MSTRKRFTED. "It wasn't a conscious decision to incorporate more of those sounds," Jesse clarifies. "It's just a reflection of where our heads are at."
At first, however, the rappers needed a little convincing to fuck with these Canadian club dudes in suspiciously tight jeans. "E-40's son [the pioneering hyphy producer Droop-E] is a fan of ours," Jesse says. "Droop told him, 'You should do this, Dad.'" The Bay Area mic legend came around, when he heard MSTRKRFT's powerful beats: as E-40 spits on "Click Click", "How many rappers you know can get on an up tempo 120, man, and still gas it?" MSTRKRFT's embrace of urban sounds doesn't seem so shocking, either, considering the group's musical background. Al-P and Jesse started collaborating in 2004, when Al produced You're A Woman, I'm A Machine, the first (and only) album from Jesse's former band, the acclaimed Toronto noise-rock iconoclast duo Death From Above 1979, which went Gold in their native Canada. Before that, however, Al-P worked as a studio engineer. "I got into engineering through playing in punk bands, recording little EP's on a half-inch eight track in my parent's basement," Al explains, "and then I found myself doing corporate hip-hop in New York. The way I'm involved now is completely different: hip-hop recontextualized for our own use has become exciting."
Take a look and listen to MSTRKRFT here:
The name itself presents a terrifying image- a mangled, forced extraction, quite literally “removal by cutting”. It should come as no surprise that the sounds behind this name are just as filthy, brutal, and unforgiving as the namesake suggests.
Excision shows are like no other- a virtual apocalypse of twisting and morphing sounds turn massive crowds into a frenzy, as virtual walls of bass are relentlessly impaled time and time again upon their fragile bodies and ears. Your ears will ring and your eyes will roll into the back of your head as you are suspended in what can only be called a true sensory overload. Bass will rain down from above for hours as Excision’s skills as a DJ and producer shine like an unholy light from the underworld.
The true champion of bass music, Excision hails from Kelowna, British Columbia. The founder of the ROTTUN label, a bass music conglomerate that has shaped the sound of modern Bass music, Excision has created a vast roster of allies that has only bolstered his spot as a warrior of bass music. Armed with a library of destruction and filth, Excision has time and time again tested the limits of electronic music with vastly different sets that encompass a full range of genres. The things you see and hear during the precious time you are engaged by Excision’s sounds will eclipse your mind for a lifetime, as you are constantly enlightened by the true fervor and energy that only an Excision set can provide.
To see more, go to Excision.ca
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