(BBE, Ninja Tune)
DJ Vadim is "a veteran presence in the DJ community as well as one of the foremost producers in too many communities to count, Vadim is never running out of ideas," URB Magazine. He has been described as "one of the few artists creating genuinely new work in the Hip-Hop field" and an artist who "cannot be ignored".
Vadim moved from St Petersburg to London at the age of 5, but this story begins in 1992. Vadim bought a sampler and started working on the music that would become Abstract Hallucinating Gases and Headz Ain't Ready EPâ€™s (1995). Later in the year he signed to the iconic record label, Ninja Tune, and so began the whirlwind that is the life of DJ Vadim.
Over the last 2 decades few people can have put so much time and energy into the culture they love. Founder of Jazz Fudge in early 1995 and Organically Grown Sounds in 2011, A&R, producer, DJ, promoter, record collector, radio presenter, occasional painter, writer, in-house producer/DJ and cohort of Latin Grammy nominees and Spanish hip hop super group 7 Notas 7 Colorez, and the bands One Self, Butterfish Black and The Electric, Vadim has certainly been keeping himself busy. And that's before we even mention his DJing itself, which has seen him perform in virtually every country in Europe, all over North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Israel, Turkey, South America and South East Asia (often within one year!). He has performed with the likes of DJ Krush, Company Flow, The Roots, Pharcyde, Public Enemy, Beat Junkies, Dilated Peoples, Kraftwerk, Ed Rush, Morcheeba and Paul Weller, as well as at events like Glastonbury, and the Moscow Street Ball festival (to over 40,000 people!). To describe the man as an internationalist almost seems to sell him short.
Though described by some as an â€˜underground artist,â€™ Vadim has caught the attention of the corporate world too, producing music for Absolut Vodka, Nokia, Sin City, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, EA Sports and MTV. His show on BBC radio, titled 'Around the World in 8 Relays' was nominated for a Sony Award.
2010 saw Vadim creating Organically Grown Sounds, a new record label founded with Yarah Bravo, and their first project is"The Electric," a new band that sees Vadim joined by Chicago's hottest young rapper, Pugs Atomz and Manchester's finest songstress, Sabira Jade: "Electric turns out to be a good word for this latest DJ Vadim creation - sometimes it empowers you, sometimes it shocks you, and sometimes it's a bit dangerous." Rap News
The Electric's debut album, Life is Moving, came out on March 14th, and it's been described as "amazing music that is not only innovative but also rich in harmony, flavour and most importantly â€“ SOUL!" by Soul Culture and Clash Magazine said "The Electric pops from the speakers."
(Journal Of Popular Noise/Fourthcity - SEA)
Since Truckasauras' first performance, they have been repeatedly redefining electronic music in the live setting. From underground house parties, to impromptu street performances, to proper rock venues, Truckasauras' explosive lo-fi, audio-visual, live sets continually raise the bar for not just electronic music, but anyone seeking to captivate an audience and rock the party.
When Performing, band members Adam Swan, Tyler Swan, Ryan Trudell, and Dan Bordon, commonly sport American flags (worn as bandannas or capes), trucker hats, hunting vests, and various other trashy accoutrements. Their DEVO-esque, half-ironic display deftly rides the line between performance art and a really weird camping trip.
Bordon's live video mash-ups are composed from some of the worst entertainment American television has to offer (vintage WWF, monster truck rallies, infomercials, instructional videos, etc. ). In the same way that Kraftwerk rejected American Rock'n'Roll for an exaggerated caricature of German-ness, so does Truckasauras reject the overly cool and aloof hipster in preference for an exaggerated American persona, both earnest and self-loathing.
In their 2008 debut release, Tea Parties, Guns and Valor, they brought forth from the studio pristine renderings of their raucous live set - proving that their layered mix of analog synths, drum machines, and samples had as much depth and nuance as their bar tab (which is to say very, very, deep). Their showmanship is only outshined by their musicianship and savvy in composing and producing in the studio.
Now with the sophomore release of Quarters, released collaboratively from Seattle's Fourthcity and the New York based audio magazine, The Journal of Popular Noise, Truckasauras further elaborates on their unique blend of all things electro with 9 new tracks. Sweet synths in Fresh Blue; Dope Yellow give way to the Truck version of an epic feel good track in the titular Quarters. Throughout the record dark and heavy rhythms and melodies build and layer. With a van full of hand claps, cowbells, and rib rattling kick drums, Truckasauras proves once again that there is some really weird shit happening deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. - B. Kalet
(www.graintable.com - PDX)
"Graintable creates tracks and remixes who's beats and low end pummel you until you see garish, neon-hued stars." - The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"There's been this thing going on in the glitch scene where producers combine hip hop, 80's style synths, and huge bass. The result? Pandemonium on the dance floor." - Willamette Week (Portland, OR)
"His tunes are head bobbing, melodic, and with that live/improvisational quality that is all too rare in traditional electronic music. His music pays homage to a more organic movement which has led to off beat styles like wonky, but is also meticulously crafted and dance floor ready." - Downtempo Canada (British Columbia, CAN)
"This guy is throwin together some real ill head-nod musak for yas. Glitch Hop, Turbo Crunk, Street Bass, whatever you like to call it, the instrumentals coming from this guy is straight G so you might wanna light a spliff for these." - Bwomp Beats (Los Angeles, CA)
"Jams that make you get down like some future sweaty tribal shaman. No lyrics to help connect to people, no special gimmicks, just some of the best music I've heard." - Renegade Magazine (Portland, OR)
"Artist to mutha fking watch!" - I Am A Laser (Los Angeles, CA)
(Fourth City - SEA)
WD4D aka Waylon Dungan is one of Seattleâ€™s most talented and ambitious beat scientists whose bold style has injected new sonic fusions into the cityâ€™s hip hop and electronic music communities. Versatile and always fresh, WD4Dâ€™s sound ranges from left-field experimental beats and funky upbeat dance music to jazzed-up hip hop and soulful underground rap.
Producing and DJing for almost sixteen years, WD4D was recently dubbed â€œThe Feel-Good DJ of the Decadeâ€ by Seattleâ€™s The Stranger newspaper. This innovative producerâ€™s dedication to his craft has resulted in an impressive discography; his debut album Some Assembly Required (2005) was followed by a slew of both signed and unsigned releases, including his latest EP Post-Hyphy-Romanticrunk (2010) that features a crew of female vocalists from the area.
A skilled turntablist who embraces both the digital and vinyl realms, WD4D takes unpredictable twists and blasts the hinges off genre definitions with his inventive and eclectic style. Not only a knowledgeable producer but an engaging performer as well, WD4D was named champion of Seattleâ€™s 2010 Battle of the Mega-Mixes. Deeply involved in the local arts scene, WD4D has released music on Seattle-based label Fourthcity, and also scored the original music for the theatrical dance performance In Fere.
When he is not pushing forward his unique beat-flipping sound, WD4D is supporting the musical community and promoting other artists who blend futuristic hip hop with electronic possibilities. One of the founding DJs of KBCS 91.3â€™s Saturday night Zulu Radio, WD4D has co-hosted the popular radio program for five years. This busy producer is also a resident at the weekly future beat and breakers party Stop Biting, one of the most forward-thinking nights of music in the city.
With plenty of initiative and industry savvy to match his sharp production skills, WD4D is an unstoppable force that brings new music to light- and then sets it on fire. Look for more beat-heavy badness in the clubs, on the radio and in the studio from WD4D as he further develops his original sound and his presence on the international electronic stage continues to expand.
Live Visuals by Hooker
(12hr notice - SEA)