By: Jonathan Gross
Over the years, Kaminanda has done his best to bridge the gap between the jam band and psychedelic bass worlds. Where the two meet is on festival grounds, where bands dominate day time sets, and the trippy subsonic sonds creep out on the late-night slots. Having been a drummer in a jam band in Canada to start his musical career, Kaminanda knows exactly how to please members of both worlds.
Kaminanda this week unloaded his "Feel Like a Stranger" remix to the delight of fans. The Grateful Dead's classic tune, penned by John Perry Barlow and Bob Weir, and belted out by the latter on Without A Net from 1990 captures a fall '89 performance at the legendary Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA (which is coincidentally where the "Roggae" from Phish's Hampton Comes Alive was captured nine years later, which Kaminanda used as the basis for his remix).
Kaminanda is a Deadhead through and through, so his ability to stay reverent to the original material is evident. Accentuating Brent Mydland's keys with his own swirling synths, and of course, giving Bobby a little extra oomph turns the classic tune into a driving, housey groover. And c'mon... Jerry's solo is ridiculous. Nobody does it quite like Kaminanda, who has also treated Dead fans to a rockin' version of "Shakedown Street," which has become a fan favorite in his sets.
You can catch Kaminanda, along with frequent collaborators Desert Dwellers, Kalya Scintilla, Sixis, and more at The Untz Festival from June 2-4, 2016 at Mariposa County Fairgrounds in Mariposa, CA with the rest of us trying to live in that world between jam and electronica.
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