Low End Theory Festival
Invisbl Skratch Piklz
The Invisibl Skratch Piklz are recognized as the world's most influencial DJ crew.
The Internet (OFWGKTA)
The Internet is a hip hop soul duo consisting of DJ, singer and producer Syd tha Kyd and producer Matt Martians of OFWGKTA.
It's been three years since the release of Nosaj Thing's highly acclaimed debut album, Drift, which topped countless Best Of Year Lists, but 2013 will mark a new chapter for the 27-year-old producer, musician and DJ from Los Angeles.
With a new album, label and imprint for Innovative Leisure, Home marks the first time Nosaj has incorporated guest vocalists. Having remixed and worked with the likes of The XX, Flying Lotus, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Beck & Kendrick Lamar, it was time to incorporate a few collaborations of his own with Toro y Moi and Kazu Makino (Blonde Redhead) providing ethereal vocals for two of the tracks on Home. The rest of the album is rounded with Nosaj's signature cinematic soundscapes that explore the space from where Drift left off.
Daedelus has dedicated his musical career to the war against cliché. Like his mythological namesake, Alfred Darlington is an inventor, a craftsman, a constructor of labyrinths. Others get trapped in the maze; he knows how to build wings.
Three years ago, Baths dropped his startlingly beautiful debut, Cerulean. Released on Anticon, the record blurred the line between post-modern pop and the LA beat scene with devastating emotional clarity. Its tone was as celestial as its album title, taken from a shade of blue typically used to describe the sky.
Cerulean earned year-end “Best Of” recognition from Pitchfork and The Onion’s A.V. Club and established Chatsworth-raised Will Wiesenfeld as one of the finest young composers (and falsettos) in Los Angeles. His sophomore album, Obsidian finds him emerging as one of the most complete artists of his generation. As you might expect, the name hints at darker overtones. The mood is shimmering and pitch-black, the lovely blood flow has turned into lava.
“I’ve always been inspired by really dark material and from the beginning I knew I wanted the songs to be much darker, both musically and lyrically,” Baths says.
Following the success of his first album, Baths spent much of the next year touring to progressively larger audiences. He also released an ethereal ambient project under the Goetic name. When he returned home in July of 2011 to record his sophomore effort, he was bedridden for months because of the E. Coli bacterial virus, barely able to digest solid food and bereft of creative energy.
Obsidian understandably has these scars etched into its imprint. The first song is called “Worsening,” subsequent cuts include “Ossuary,” “No Past Lives” and “Earth Death.” While the mood is often bleak, it’s never bloated. “Miasma Sky” balances being “swallowed alive by the sky” with a gorgeous piano groove and levitative croon that could detonate a disco club night. The album is unusually cohesive, suffused with heavenly choirs, head-nodding percussion, erotic lyrics, and wry humor
“The songs and lyrics all came out of a pretty fucked and arduous process of trial and error,” Baths says. ”But I hope people understand that I’m not the depressed, suicidal, and death-obsessed person the record may paint me as being. These are just darker areas that I wanted to explore.”
The areas of exploration include reading and research into the Dark Ages and the black plague, different versions of Hell as spied through Dante’s Inferno, the Bible, and old world illuminated manuscripts and paintings. These noirish fascinations met the virtuosic chops of a 24-year old who has been playing piano for 20 years.
“Anything I found that felt like a unique vision of darker emotions or atmospheres, I tried to absorb,” Baths says. “Being a positive and outgoing guy made it that much more difficult getting into that mindset. It was a matter of tapping into that and returning with songs that felt genuine and somehow from my own personal experience.”
This is the power of Obsidian. It combines universal questions with personal pain. On just his second album, Baths exhibits what only a few artists are capable of: painting in any shade they desire.
Painter & musician from chino hills california... born in NY & lived in various areas around the east coast... god bless my skateboard, family and friends that got me here alive to make a sound cloud
Jimmy Tamborello likes to take his time. Thirteen years after starting to work under the Dntel moniker and almost six years after releasing his last Dntel full-length, Life is Full of Possibilities, he has painstakingly built and birthed Dumb Luck, an album five years in the making.
Thick with Tamborello’s signature electronic washes and genius beat placement, Dumb Luck is an album lyrically as much about human distance as connection. With vocal contributions from friends Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley), Edward Droste (Grizzly Bear), Valerie Trebeljahr and Markus Acher (Lali Puna), Mia Doi Todd, Grant Olsen and Sonya Westcott (Arthur & Yu), Andrew Broder (Fog), Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) and Christopher and Jennifer Gunst (Mystic Chords of Memory), the organic instrumentation by Chris Hathwell (drummer, Moving Units) and Paul Larson (guitarist, The Minor Canon) is manipulated, chopped and pasted amidst Tamborello’s skittish beats, house clicks, organ washes and dreamily pixelated symphonies. The result is at once understatedly epic, ethereal and concrete.
Like Mistake Mistake Mistake Mistake, his 2006 release under the name James Figurine, and The Postal Service’s 2003 release Give Up, Tamborello meticulously labored over each element of his bit-crushed compositions in his LA home studio. Fueled by a short attention span, his distaste for working on any one project for extended periods of time meant that this was, like most worthwhile things, a process fraught with redefinition and constant change.
After all, producing, engineering and songwriting initially started out as pre-teen after-school fun for Tamborello, whose early interests were breakdancing music and ‘80s techno pop (and later the sonic tampering of Skinny Puppy and Aphex Twin). In the mid-to-late ‘90s, he played in the post-hardcore band Strictly Ballroom and satisfied his ‘80s techno pop appetite with the (still active) Figurine he also played stints in So-Cal pop groups Further and The Tyde. The myriad of friends Tamborello made along the way informed the collaborative element of Dntel; each vocal is viewed as another instrument in the arsenal, helping to create a warm masterwork that is uniquely his.
Ras G guides a deep space exploration of music's ancient history and rich future. Working thru obsolete tools to reach back in time and pluck out the essence of groove, Ras G's music is rich with space-funktified rhythms, fog horns, natty chattin, subterranean bass lines, colossal percussion and glorious highs.
Ras G has been a fixture on the underground hiphop scene in Los Angeles since the early 90s. He is a proud South Central LA resident. Ras along with Black Monk and Ron Stivers are the founders of the Poo-Bah Label.
This is the music that people will be playing in the ghettos of Mars in the year 3014.
Sam Baker, alias Samiyam, is an instrumental Hip-Hop producer from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is best known for his work with experimental producer, Flying Lotus, and his 8-bit Video Game inspired Hip-Hop beats. In 2008, Samiyam released his debut album, Rap Beats Vol. 1. The album was self-released. Each album cover, a magazine cut out covered in sharpie-drawn doodles, was custom created by Sam himself.
Before joining the Stones Throw family, Wayne already had a recording system nailed down: he used to drag a synthesizer, his 404 and some turntables into the bathroom and set up shop: the “synthesizer sits on top of pulled-out drawers, 404 goes on one side of the sink and a turntable goes on the other side.” Any extra gear ended up on stacks of books. Wayne would sit in the bathroom composing tracks and beats, his eight-track resting on a trash can beside him, escaping to his bedroom when he needed inspiration for his rap lyrics. It was in the bathroom that he produced what later became his Alpha Pup debut, Bowser, a collection of sample-free beats blending the Warp Records’ distinct brand of IDM with video game-influenced melodies. Deeper, darker instrumentals followed with his sophomore album The Death of Andrew, released on Alpha Pup late last year, along with several essential, self-released mixtapes.
The success of Bowser allowed Wayne to graduate from his commode. He now works out of the Stones Throw headquarters in Highland Park, in a studio he helped build with Peanut Butter Wolf and close friend/collaborator Jonti, a fellow Stones Throw signee. At last, Jonwayne finally ended up where he was always meant to be: right next to the ever-elusive, always-brilliant producer Madlib, on the roster of one of the most innovative hip-hop labels in the world.
Mono / Poly
Los Angeles, CA
Detroit Hip-Hop’s Ambassador to the World, Michael “House Shoes” Buchanan has been an integral part of the long burgeoning Motown resurgence. Just ask anyone coming out of Detroit to confirm this.
House Shoes, a resident DJ at the hip-hop staple St. Andrews Hall, Detroit MI, from 1994-2004 has had personal influence over a full generation of well respected emcees, producers, and then-future DJs. Four-time winner of the “Best Hip Hop DJ” in Detroit, he has used his platform to expose some of the best and brightest talent his city has had to offer.
As a DJ, ‘Shoes has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, and Australia with artists Guilty Simpson, Illa J, Exile, Aloe Blacc, Percee P, Phat Kat, Slum Village and Elzhi, to name a few, as well as on his own, gaining the respect of acts far outside the scope of Detroit hip-hop. House Shoes also performed as tour DJ on Mayer Hawthorne & The County’s Spring 2010 16-city headlining U.S. tour.
As a producer, ‘Shoes has worked with the late and revered J Dilla and Big Proof, Black Milk, Danny Brown, Guilty Simpson, Roc Marciano, Chino XL, Invincible, Finale, MED, Nottz, Alchemist, Big Tone, Oh No, Elzhi, El Da Sensai(Artifacts), Black Spade, Now On(Mayer Hawthorne), and Moe Dirdee, among others.
Two self-produced 10” limited vinyl issues have also been released on Do-Over Records, backed by Flying Lotus, and All-City Records, respectively, and are already rare pieces. Most recently, he produced tracks on Danny Brown’s ‘XXX’ and Quelle’s ‘Shotgun and Sleek Rifle’ albums. His debut long-player “Let It Go”, and its pre-cursor “The Time EP”, are now available worldwide on Tres Records.
Currently he lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Constantly Dj’ing at events and parties from LA to Europe to Australia, Shoes’ is revered as a world class producer and DJ.
Upon Relocating to Los Angeles, Knxwledge's sound soon became more developed and personal. His beats carry the haze of late nights and the intimacy of early mornings. They run the spectrum from speaker-rattling bangers to soft, meditative compositions. He remixes old R&B joints and raw rap tunes often and with ease. Unusual but familiar, Knxwledge continues to treat his art as deeply & personal, blazing his own path along the way.
R.A.W. aka 6BLOCC is known for his relentless techniques behind the wheels of steel. Getting his start back in 1985, this dj is no amateur when it comes to tuntablizm. He was already battling local djs in Los Angeles before the modern dj culture was even created. In 1988 he made his move into the hip hop game with 2 vinyl releases under the name PROJECT X which featured Brooklyn MC, SILKSKI.
He went on to film a music video for one of the releases which aired on local L.A. music video shows. That same year he joined the legendary L.A. hiphop radio station, KDAY and spun live broadcasts along with other Angelino djs called HIGH ENERGY MIXMASTERS. During this time, he entered many dj battles including showdowns with Joe Cooley, Tony A. and JRocc. This experience has led to the legend we now see on the decks.
In 1991 the sounds of UK hardcore / jungle were creeping onto the shelves of dance shops in L.A. and R.A.W. was quick to spin and represent. With help from Dj Dan, R.A.W. began playing at major raves and underground events throughout the west coast. His sound at the time was a blend of jungle, hiphop, turntablizm and hardcore sounds which made him an instant draw in the underground scene.
By 1994 R.A.W. alongside Dj Curious and Dj Trance (Jason Blakemore) started L.A.'s first jungle weekly called....JUNGLE! Located at a dirty abandoned train station known as the Belmont Tunnel (Predator II was filmed here as well), the weekly gathering was the only place on the westcoast to hear the dark sounds of reinforced and suburban base records. The venue was kept dark with only one laser to keep the junglist listening and falling deeper into the music.
By the mid-90's R.A.W. was traveling all over the world rocking crowds with his signature sound of urban jungle choonz and b-boy turntable tactics. In 1997, R.A.W. would go on to win the West L.A. Music Dj Battle judged by Dj Quik. "I remember Quick jumping like crazy when I was rocking doubles of J Magik's 'Your Sound'", says R.A.W. Shortly after this he was hired by a Japanese sound design company to produce 2 sample cd's: DRUM AND BASS AMMO and HIP HOP AMMO; both were sold with the Roland SP-808 in Japan. Also around this time he began to release his jungle productions on labels like Warner Bros., Thrive, Priority, Mictlan, Tonz of Drumz, N2O and by 2000 on labels like Thermal, Vortex, Sound Sphere where the sound was getting faster and rougher. His single on Sound Sphere was a masterpiece created with E-Sassin at the Sound Sphere studios. Together they weaved an intricate tale of twisted breaks and evil winds over a relentless bassline that would pound the listener every 16 counts. "That song still wrecks shop everytime I play it out..and of course I have to rock doubles!"
Other R.A.W. classics still rock dancefloors worldwide like - Passin Me By Remix, Klash, Jah Rise, Ragga 2001 (which brought the stateside ragga-jungle sound to the masses), Mathematical Chemistry and Monkey Business..just to name a few! His discography has reached over 50 vinyl releases and a plethora of mixtape / mix-cd releases that sell out throughout the year!
In 2006, while working on some drum and bass material R.A.W. heard a bassline coming from the nextdoor studio and asked, "what or who is this?" It was a mix by Youngsta from the UK, "the sound spoke to me and said follow me...and I did". R.A.W. continues, "I felt like I was ready to change my style and move onto a new sound...dubstep was exactly what I needed at the time. Drum and bass reached a point where I no longer felt like it was me and it was also getting too fast and void of the funk."
By 2007 R.A.W reinvents himself as 6BLOCC and is releasing his new sound on labels like Lo Dubs, N2O, Tribe Steppaz UK, Bootshake UK, La Dubstep Nostra and the popular white label War Recordings. In 2008, Portland bass music label, Lo Dubs calls upon the 6BLOCC to rock a mix cd featuring the Lo Dubs roster. A blend of hypnotic textures and warped basslines from the future cut the f*ck up using Cubase SX3, 6blocc says, "I decided to use Cubase to give it a different feel than the usual mix-cd and to add my own samples and edits." The result is ANALOG CLASH, the first CD compilation / mix that features dubstep music from the Americas (north and south) as well as a remix from Vex'd. So far it has sold over 3000 units within months of the release date! When he isn't on the road or in the air flying to various clubs and events throught out the U.S. 6BLOCC is managing his digi-label DIGITAL 6 (available on www.digital-tunes.net - www.chemical-records.co.uk - www.addictech.com) and knocking out dubstep remixes and originals.
The word on the streets is 6BLOCC is looking to put out some white labels of his hottest dubplates that always get the call...PUULLLL UUUPPPPP!!!! If you're wondering what the name 6BLOCC means? "I got the name from a Masta Ace song here he says, "the bass I create is heard from six blocks". BOOM!
Kraddy is a Los Angeles-based electronic-music producer known for bringing an undiluted sound of the underground to new audiences. From his work as a founding member of the infamous Glitch Mob to his groundbreaking solo work, Kraddy (born Matthew Kratz) has always been known for shattering genre conventions while moving crowds everywhere from Red Rocks to L.A.’s famed Low End Theory club. From his breakthrough 2008 hit “Android Porn” to the innovative bangers comprising his latest e.p. Labyrinth (Alpha Pup), Kraddy continues to hybridize hip-hop, dubstep and dancehall with face-melting panache and rock and roll bravado.
Beyond the countless record sales and global recognition, hip-hop’s biggest accomplishment is perhaps its ability to bring people together. Carrying on tradition is Eric Bobo and DJ Rhettmatic who recently formed the group Cypress Junkies (a.k.a. Bobo Meets Rhettmatic).
As a member of the multi-platinum recording group Cypress Hill, percussionist Eric Bobo has made his impact on the culture, producing and performing some of hip-hop’s biggest hits. Similarly DJ Rhettmatic has made an indelible mark on the game as well. As an integral cog to the World’s Famous Beat Junkie DJ crew, Rhettmatic has worked with the likes of Peanut Butter Wolf, Talib Kweli, Madlib, DJ Premier, and Dr. Dre’s newest protégé Bishop Lamont. Since collaborating on Bobo’s Meeting of the Minds Vol. 1, the two have gone on to tour the world with a unique stage show where the percussionist and the DJ duel in a battle of the beats fashion, while running through hip-hop hits past and present.
Eric Bobo, son of Latin Jazz legend Willie Bobo, made his first public appearance at the age of five, performing on stage with his father. When Eric was 15, his father passed away and he took over his Latin jazz band for a full year while still in high school. From there Bobo joined the Beastie Boys on their national “Check Your Head” tour and recorded with them for their Ill Communication and Hello Nasty albums. Then he joined Cypress Hill as their percussionist for their world tours, splitting time between both groups. As the Beastie Boys began taking major touring breaks, Bobo became an official full time member of Cypress Hill at the historic festival Woodstock ‘94 and has toured and recorded with the group ever since. Throughout his career, Bobo has been known for recording and performing with a large variety of leading artists including The Black Crowes, 311, Gnarls Barkley, Rage Against the Machine, Fort Minor and Ella Fitzgerald.
Rhettmatic began his DJ career in 1983, with Double Platinum, a DJ group based out of Cerritos, CA. As one of the original members of the Beat Junkie crew, he played a major role in introducing Southern California’s first turntable band to global audiences. Rhettmatic’s unique style encompasses the many elements of a multifaceted Hip Hop DJ. As an accomplished scratch musician, as well as an explosive party/club DJ, Rhettmatic demonstrates his versatility by using the turntable as his musical instrument. His talent and musical expertise also extends into the realm of producing beats that helped him earn recognition and rewards well deserved. Rhettmatic seized numerous triumphs both as a musical performer and as a creative genius. He claimed the titles of Disco Mixing Club (DMC) West Coast Champion (1996), International Turntablist Federation (ITF) Team USA Champion (1997); Rhettmatic’s innovations produce a boundless list of prized accomplishments.
Cypress Junkies aim to take their solo success to form an unprecedented union on the road and in the studio. Never before has such an accomplished percussionist and well-respected hip-hop DJ embarked on such a musical journey. And with a number of multi-faceted projects on the horizon for the duo, Eric Bobo and DJ Rhettmatic are out to prove that they are a movement by themselves but a definite force when together.
LA producer/DJ making minimal, dreamy beats.
ELOS is a child of Low End Theory. A Los Angeles native, ELOS grew up on many sides of the city and was influenced early on by 90's West Coast hip hop, jazz and Japanese video game soundtracks. His entry into the world of electronic music production corresponded with the rise of the LA beat scene and the powerful inspiration of Low End Theory.
Dane Morris is Great Dane, an LA transplant from Orange County with a taste for independent hip-hop and an ear for sticky beats. A Low End Theory staple with 3 full-length records under his belt, he is co-founder of the music collective TeamSupreme.
Dane has been touring basically non-stop since his debut album (Alpha Dog) in 2013, and is excited to finally establish this residency in LA as his home bass. His latest solo venture is ADBC:
While tutoring at some of the most acclaimed music production schools in LA, Dane realized how much raw talent was brewing out there - he felt like he had stumbled upon some of the hottest unknown music producers on the planet and wanted to build a platform to shine a spotlight on them. This label imprint is digitally distributed by Alpha Pup Records - Daddy Kev’s brainchild and the home of all Dane’s previous records - and with one compilation album released, this new club night, and the next Great Dane solo project slated for July 2018, ADBC is off to the races!
21-year-old Los Angeles native Edrina K. Martinez is Astronautica, one of Alpha Pup Records’ newest artists. Bringing a unique style of lush electronica and a playful sense of exploration to the label, the young producer is a fresh face to the thriving local beat scene.
Learning to play guitar by ear at an early age, Astronautica soon began mixing her own samples and beats. After early encouragement by Daedelus and a chance encounter with Shlohmo in San Francisco, the amateur producer was drawn into the musical community and moved quickly from Garage Band to Ableton Live.
Quickly becoming addicted to the burgeoning beat sounds of the West Coast, Astronautica is now a full-fledged member of the movement. Her debut release on Alpha Pup Records is the dreamy LP Replay Last Night, a soothing instrumental album that glows warmly with intricate beats and a soulful sensibility.
With a foundation in Hip-Hop, LA based Producer/DJ/Engineer Taurus Scott has transcended into the territory of Dub Step.
Accused of "making grown man music" by producer, 9th Wonder, Taurus has worked w/ heavyweights like: The "G-Unit" Crew, Mike Jones, Mase, Mobb Deep and has performed at popular venues like Beat Society [NYC], Low End Theory [LA/SF], Heavy [LA], SXSW [AUS] and The Flyball [LA].
West Coast buzzmaker Anderson .Paak, formerly known as Breezy Lovejoy, has unleashed his latest EP, Cover Art, via Hellfyre Club.
The six-track set features the artist’s renditions of popular cuts by a variety of rock, folk and alternative bands, including the Beatles (“Blackbird”), the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (“Maps”) and the White Stripes (“Seven Nation Army”).
Paak is joined by vocalists Noncando x Milo and Raquel Rodreguiz, which features all-original production and arrangements (I.e., no sampling) by the artist in conjunction with The Free Nationals.
Training: Hamilton High School Music Academy; UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology, studied with Kenny Burrell, Billy Higgins, Gerald Wilson, and others.
Affiliations: played and recorded with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Horace Tapscott, Gerald Wilson, Lauryn Hill, Nas, Snoop Dogg, George Duke, Chaka Khan, Francisco Aguabella, Pan Afrikaan Peoples Orchestra and Raphael Saadiq.
Notes: Los Angeles native raised in Inglewood, CA. He'll be releasing his next solo album this year under the Brainfeeder label.
The Breathing Effect
The Breathing Effect was begun as a project of two lifelong friends and musical partners that wanted to create something fresh. Eli Goss (Producer/Keyboardist [aka Lebeatski]) and Harry Terrell (Drummer) both grew up in Los Angeles where they spent years improving their respective crafts through various facets, the most recent of which is music school. Goss attends the Berklee School of Music in Boston and Terrell attends the Jazz Performance program at NYU in New York City, where they both continue to grow as musicians, composers, and humans.