EOTO with DJ Logic and DJ Drizno
Jason Hann and Michael Travis (percussionist and drummer from the band The String Cheese Incident) make up this 100% improvised live Breakbeat/ House/ Drum n Bass/ Trip Hop project. Drawing from the ethos of some of the great DJ's and computer artists of the world, they use cutting edge technology to create truly original and melodic dance music in the moment, with the undeniable power of live drums. The music is all created on the spot, recorded, then mixed and remixed LIVE to create an ever evolving musical experience. Since the project is 100% improvised, every night promises to be a unique dance experience. Hann and Travis play different roles in this band than in SCI. Jason plays the drum kit, percussion and sampler, while Travis is in charge of the tonal elements, playing bass, guitar, keyboards, as well as hand percussion and live mixing.
Michael Travis is a pioneer in the art of modern improvisational jam-rock drumming. He is especially known for his groundbreaking work on playing both hand drums and the drum kit simultaneously. As the drummer for the highly accomplished band, The String Cheese Incident, he has developed a unique style that is very supportive of a free jam aesthetic while still always laying it down. He further develops that approach in EOTO by being super solid to the point of emulating grooves that some of the best programmers and DJs would create, except with that elusive human feel. Travis has played along side some of the worlds greatest drummers while playing with String Cheese including Trilok Gurtu, Babatunde Olatunji, and Bill Kruetzman; & he has collaborated with many other artists including Keller Williams, Karl Denson, Steve Kimock, Warren Haynes, & Bela Fleck. With EOTO, he gets to stretch-out into brand-new territory; Handing over the rhythmic element to Jason, Trav is finally able to test out his melodic chops, playing the electric bass, electric guitar, keyboards, & samplers in addition to his EOTO mini-kit during the duo's spontaneous compositions.
Jason Hann is an accomplished composer/percussionist/ drummer who has been playing professionally since the age of 12. Growing up in Miami, Florida, he was exposed early to international music through his father, who is also a musician. Combined with his Colombian heritage through his mom, Jason grew up embracing rhythms from all parts of the globe. Music has taken him around the world, studying first hand in countries such as Mali, Ghana, Haiti, and Korea, both learning and performing folkloric and contemporary music of the land. A dynamic performer, Jason has also produced, composed, recorded, and toured internationally within many different genres of music including Rock, R&B, Pop, Hip Hop/Rap, Jazz, Latin, Latin-Jazz, Flamenco, African, Persian, Electronica, Techno, Brazilian, Indian and other fusions of World music. In addition to his current musical project EOTO, Jason has recently expressed his musical energy through The String Cheese Incident and each of his fellow band members' respective side-projects, through his solo electronica and all-percussion recordings, and through working with other artists such as Loreena McKinnet and Vinx . Jason continues to hit the road with legendary soul man Issac Hayes when possible. With a diverse background of musical collaborations that include Youssou N'Dour, Keller Williams, Rickie Lee Jones and Dr. Dre, it is evident that Jason will continue living in the musical moment for a long time to come.
“Logic's not just a skilled DJ, he's also a talented all-around musician. Eschewing flashy scratching displays, he fronts chunky hip-hop beat slinging, knob-twisting dub, and chaotic sound sculpting -- sonic trademarks that've made him the man to call when jazz cats want to tap into the hip-hop zeitgeist. The results - both on the album and in concert - favor multi-textured grooves over highflying solos.” – URB
Born in the Bronx, Jason Kibler a.k.a DJ Logic experienced the birth of hip-hop first-hand. As a young teenager, Logic received a pair of turntables for Christmas and was soon spinning music for dances and parties in gymnasiums and private homes all over his native borough. Influenced by both the boogie down and downtown jazz scenes, Logic got his start playing turntables with live musicians in 1990 as a member of forward-thinking rock group Eye and I. After some early tutelage from Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, many members of New York’s downtown jazz scene took notice of the innovative DJ and the fresh sounds he brought to their music.
In 1996, Logic hit it off with funk trio Medeski, Martin & Wood at their historic Shack Parties. Logic’s ability to capture textures appealed to the trio and after a few collaborations the turntablist quickly became MMW’s unofficial 4th member. Logic toured with the band and recorded with them on their Blue Note album, Combustication. A big break for the DJ, his work with MMW made him a sensation in the jazz, jam band and hip-hop worlds, leading to work with jazz musicians like Graham Haynes, Don Byron, John Scofield, Joshua Redman and Christian McBride; jam bands like the Allman Brothers and Phish; and hip-hop masterminds like Prince Paul, Ursula Rucker, and Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson from the Roots. By 1998, Logic was headlining at the Knitting Factory in New York City and word-of-mouth swiftly evolved the DJ into being the most sought-after in clubs all over the city.
Logic’s first gig as a bandleader was in 1999, implementing his own version of live band with turntablist concept as Project Logic. In 2001, Logic would dip into his fat book of contacts and record then premier his debut album entitled DJ Logic Presents Project Logic (Ropeadope). The album features cameos by Marc Ribot, Vernon Reid, and John Medeski. By the end of that year, Project Logic would criss-cross the nation on several tours, introducing the entire country to turntables in a live band setting. Fans were ecstatic.
In 2002, Logic released a follow-up solo record with Ropeadope. The Anomaly was critically acclaimed and the sophomore effort skyrocketed Logic’s profile, earning him respect not only from critics but also from a diverse array of musicians. John Scofield, Roy Hanes and Sun Ra Arkestra brought Logic on board as a collaborator as well as he worked with soul star Roberta Flack.
Later that same year, Logic co-lead two groups, each with a long-time collaborators: a duo with DJ Logic and Rob Wasserman (from the Grateful Dead), and The Yohimbe Brothers with Vernon Reid, the latter group recording Front End Lifter for Ropeadope (2002) and The Tao of Yo for Thirsty Ear (2004). The Yohimbe Brothers name is loosely based on an African herbal aphrodisiac – very fitting for the duo’s fertile partnership, which produced a well-received debut. Today, the Yohimbe Brothers continue to create experimental sounds that defy genres and combine the best of many elements into noteworthy packages, live and on record.
In Spring 2003, Logic was called to join a major U.S. summer tour with Ben Harper and Jack Johnson. The Harper/Johnson tour diversified Logic’s audience and in 2004 Logic would join one of the years highest profile summer tours with Grammy winners John Mayer and Maroon 5, introducing his old-school flavor to the nations young pop audiences.
In 2004, DJ Logic would go on to break new ground. He wasn’t thinking of the gigs as landmarks as he was booking shows at the Blue Note, but it would be the first time that a DJ would ever play the Greenwich Village venue. Both shows sold out.
DJ Logic has gone on to perform all over the world, circling states, countries and venues everywhere from France and the UK to Brazil and Japan. His role as a producer keeps him at the top of his game, fulfilling countless requests for remixes for groups such as Soulive, The Weather Report, Olu Dara and Phish. In 2005, Logic is busy in the studio laying down tracks for his long awaited third album. In addition, he plans to release a Ray Charles re-mix album, one that is bound to blow off the charts. DJ Logic is currently taking his music back to its roots, playing solo DJ gigs all over the country and participating in regional tours with The John Popper Band and one-off collaborations with artists such as Mos Def.
Instead of techno, DJ Logic’s growing catalog of recordings is more likely to be filed under jazz and hip-hop. This is no small accomplishment, and his popularity is as much a reflection of his musicianship as it is of his diplomacy, his skill as an electronic-music ambassador. DJ Logic combines textures and weaves them into something completely new. He adds tabla beats to electrified blues riffs and salsa grooves. He attacks hard rock and punk with a jazz sensibility. This diversity of musical settings has become Logic's hallmark - his music is a recipe for jazz with the ingredients as Bronx as hip-hop. A flavor that will be passed down from generation to generation.