Butchy Fuego "Giant Slice"
Butchy Fuego is a producer, drummer, multi-instrumentalist, DJ, recording engineer and visual artist.
He has played all over the world with acts such as Boredoms, M.I.A., Pit Er Pat, Nite Jewel, Linda Perhacs, Rainbow Arabia, Aska Matsumiya, Matteah Baim, Hisham Bharoocha, NA FUEGO, Zach Hill, Lucky Dragons,
in addition to performing solo and in numerous improvisational settings.
In the studio, he's worked with Red Krayola, Lou Barlow, The Congos, Pit Er Pat, Abe Vigoda, Aska Matsumiya, Soft Circle, Hecuba, These Are Powers, Rainbow Arabia, and countless others.
Carlos Niño and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson "Mezame"
Carlos Niño is an artist who connects to cosmic channels of love energy. He picks up on the positive vibrations pulsed out by the universe and reflects them through his music. The resulting compositions sound as effortless as the midnight tide but are as immense as the moon itself, which pulls the waves in and out from the shore. He has long been a member of both the KPFK and dublab families with his Spaceways Radio, a sure shot for Psychedelic Love Music and classic, obscure and experimental recordings from around the world! It is Carlos' sincere intention to contribute as much as he possibly can to the health, expansion of consciousness and LOVE of all beings! Swimmer, Musician, Producer, Father, Friend, Brother, Vegan, Activist, Lover. Mottos: Music is life! We're all in this together! Breathe! Love is the answer!
MMiguel Atwood-Ferguson is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer, music director, producer, DJ, and educator based in his hometown here in LA. In addition to all things music, Miguel is recognized as a community leader and has organized numerous special uplifting events throughout the US. Miguel also does outreach concerts and talks for adults and kids at various schools, social facilities and venues, and volunteers in hospitals and resting homes, where he is able to inspire and enliven audiences with his unique, insightful point of view and beautiful, highly nuanced sound. The depth and range of Atwood-Ferguson's work is vast, having contributed to over 300 recordings, and countless live concerts. He has a rare gift and serious devotion and dedication to developing it; he effortlessly bridges diverse genres and generations of musical and cultural elements into cohesive and magical presentations. And it's his ability to connect with music of all styles, forms and traditions that sets him apart. Miguel's interests are many and he performs, tours and records with ensembles ranging from electronica, avant-garde, jazz, classical, hip-hop, and pop to name a few from countries all around the world. We could list who he's worked with as composer, as conductor, as concert violist, as studio musician, and as jazz soloist, but it would warrant its own webpage. He composes for violin, viola, cello, and sometimes basses, piano, keyboards and percussion, and plays all of the instruments himself... a one-man orchestra.
Carlos and Miguel have been working together on a wide variety of projects, beginning in 2004 when Niño hired Atwood-Ferguson's string quartet to perform on Dwight Trible & The Life Force Trio's Love is the Answer (Ninja Tune). In 2007, they released Fill the Heart Shaped Cup together, and in 2009 they put out Suite for Ma Dukes, a tribute to J. Dilla. Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson have come together once again to bless our ears. Weblink:
Jimmy Tamborello has hosted Dying Songs ondublab.com for over 10 years, playing all kinds of music but leaning towards electronics and melancholy... sometimes it gets dark, sometimes it gets nostalgic… he likes stuff that’s dreamy, ghostly, pretty and sad. He still hasn’t become comfortable speaking on-air. At home, he produces music as Dntel or James Figurine, and plays in the groups Figurine and Golden Hits.In the past 20 years he has also remixed a lot of songs and played in a lot of bands including Postal Service, Headset, Strictly Ballroom, Antihouse, the Tyde, Fighter Jet and Further. His last several Dntel releases have been released on Sub Pop.
ESP is a new Los Angeles-based trio whose primary interest is, as their name implies, Extra Sensory Perception.
The group explores this phenomena through their own synesthetic, synth-laden dreamscapes which literally overflow with hypercolored visuals. This is ESP, the sights, sounds and sensory overload of the West Coast cosmos. The brother / sister combo of Aska and Seiya Matsumiya (keyboards / vocals vs. keyboards / electronics, respectively) are joined by Bobby Evans (drums & electronics).The catalyst and dynamics of the band flow as naturally as the group’s synergy and soaring late night anthems on their debut EP, released in August 2012.
Farmer Dave Scher "Beautiful Venice Day"
Farmer Dave Scher is an artist from Southern California who specializes in the music / sound design / DJ / visual arts mediums.
In addition to his involvement withBeachwood Sparks,All Night Radio,West Coast Dream Sequence, and his self-titled work, Scher has worked as a producer and touring / session musician with Animal Collective, Elvis Costello, Interpol, Jenny Lewis, Johnathan Rice, Will Oldham, Vetiver, and many others.
A multi-instrumentalist, Scher is known for his textural steel guitar playing and creative use of waveform editing, deriving themes and inspiration from forms and patterns existing in Nature.
He has a particular love for the ocean and its creatures, and often emulates the sound and feel of the Sea with his music.
In 2010, Scher launched his multipurpose sound design and composing enterprise, Scher Sound, which offers a wide variety of audio-related creative services.
Scher is also the man behindFarmer Dave’s Hot Nuts, a habanero-roasted almond snack based on a family recipe.
Mr. Scher lives and works in Venice, CA. He enjoys beach living, surfing and riding his bicycle whenever possible
Julia Holter and Nite Jewel (Ramona Gonzalez) "What We See"
Julia Shammas Holter is a classically-trained musician from Echo Park, Los Angeles.After infiltrating Human Ear Music headquarters dressed as an intern, she wrote and recorded her own release on the label. Julia has an unusual fascination with thought and art of the middle ages - arcane poetry and mystical saints adorn her music, as well as her faux-naif take on medieval figurative art. Her album Tragedy is centered around an play written two-and-a-half millennia ago by Euripides, while her most recent album, 2012's Ekstasis, continued upon the Ancient Greek theme. At the center of all this time travel stands Julia Holter, pulling in references and sounds from everywhere and shaping them into a music that's both haunting and life-affirming, something to make you dream and think.She deftly floats from complex orchestral composition to minimal instrumentation using twinkling synths, strings, field recordings and keyboards, and - most importantly - her ethereal voice. She's been soarin' with dublab since 2007.
Nite Jewel is the alias of Los Angeles musician and multimedia artist Ramona Gonzalez, whose lo-fi, synth-based compositions draw inspiration from dance music -- primarily 1980s freestyle and electronic disco and early-'90s R&B -- filtered through the arty haziness of shoegaze and an experimental D.I.Y. approach to recording - her music reflects and integrates the often disparate aesthetics of all these camps.Born in Oakland and raised in Berkeley, Gonzalez briefly attended school in New York City before jumping coasts back to Los Angeles, where she studied philosophy at Occidental College. She remained involved in music throughout, playing in a series of bands with her husband, Cole M. Grief-Neill (also a member of Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti), creating ambient synth pieces for sound-based installation art, and eventually initiating her self-contained musical project under the Nite Jewel moniker with ties to both New York's electronic neo-disco imprint Italians Do It Better and L.A.'s visionary music-and-arts organizations Human Ear and dublab. aHowever, despite production help and occasional co-writing assistance from Grief-Neill and live reinforcement from Emily Jane, Gonzalez's working methods are essentially autonomous: like her icon and associate Ariel Pink, she records exclusively on a portable eight-track cassette recorder, building up her songs with layers of analog synths and drum machines before adding her flittin' and floatin' vocals, however, the quality of her chosen medium seems to be neither a means nor an end, but rather a device to lend an ethereal kind of efficacy to the golden age of alternative disco.
Julia and Ramona are both friends and collaborators.
Languis "In Search of Summer (So Swesey Mix)"
Languis may be an Argentinian duo [(our very own!) Alejandro Cohen & Marcos Chloca], but they have been calling LA their home base since they sold their guitars and amps and moved to here in 1996.
Languis conceives mental images via melodies and moods. They create sonic structures that interact, much like color and shape evolve and dissolve in paintings. Their melodic warmness is a signature that they developed through songwriting and experimentation in the studio. The depth and richness of their sound creates its own universe of emotions that are hard to pinpoint, but shows clear influences from rock, pop, noise, and electronic music. Vocals interact in it, mostly like any other instrument, often mixed in the back and precisely unclear. Their work is a lucid example of their relationship, where they each play guitars, synthesizers, and vocals, but never quite agree on the results.
A decade’s worth of collaboration has yielded 6 LPs and 5 singles that capture the dual nature of the surroundings of life. Each release has demonstrated the complexity and simplicity which immerses daily motions and emotions.
Lucky Dragons "KCRW Supporters"
"lucky dragons" means any recorded or performed or installed or packaged or shared or suggested or imagined pieces made by Luke Fischbeck, Sarah Rara, and/or any sometimes collaborators who claim the name.
The name "lucky dragons" is borrowed from a japanese fishing boat caught in the fallout of hydrogen bomb test at bikini atoll in the 1950's. The crew stricken ill, and the boat itself contaminated, the "lucky dragon" became a crystalizing symbol for the previously diffuse worldwide anti-nuclear sentiment. Eventually the boat was painted black, renamed the "dark falcon", and put into reuse as a fishing vessel, until it was retired and disposed of on the man-made trash island "dream island", where it remains today.
Lucky Dragons are about the birthing of new and temporary creatures--equal-power situations in which audience members cooperate amongst themselves, building up fragile networks held together by such light things as skin contact, unfamiliar language, temporary logic, the spirit of celebration, and things that work but you don't know why.
There have been hundreds of these simple yet shifting and unpredictable instances--with audiences ranging from the intense intimacy of one person to the public spectacle of thousands of people. At the heart of it all is playing together--building up social collectivities, re-engaging the wonder and impossibility of technological presence.
It sounds--and looks--like simple and ancient patterns coming together and falling apart in a sincere attempt to let wires and screens and words become clear and crystal. Lucky Dragons' sister projects include "sumi ink club"--a weekly collaborative drawing society, and "glaciers of nice"--a small press and internet community. Lucky Dragons also recently began "situations," their monthly radio show here atdublab.com.
Onkyovizion "Eye Light"
Ras G "Bus Ride"
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.
SUN ARAW "Evening Meditations"
Cameron Stallones began his musical career as a founding member of the experimental psychedelic rock collective Magic Lantern. Soon after, demos originally intended to light the Lantern became the first Sun Araw LP: The Phynx.
Sun Araw blossomed as a solo project in attempted geosynchronous orbit with the Eternal Now: oblique six-dimensional transmissions from changeless environs. Structural and spiritual inspiration for Sun Araw comes primarily from Cameron’s first artistic love: film and filmmakers, especially those invested in the long-take (Tarkovsky, Altman, Bela Tarr, Greenaway).Devoted to long-form mantric music, the ethos is similar: straight lampin’ in deep focus, angle after angle on the melodic object, gaining strength from the subsequent breakdown of the illusion of fixed perspective.Spiraling outwards along mandalic patterns, Sun Araw has become a total vehicle for artistic expression as Cameron creates the extensive artwork for each release, writes detailed liner notes, and directs music videos. In early 2011, Cameron and fellow LA kosmische-wizard M. Geddes Gengras traveled to Jamaica where they produced and recorded an album with roots reggae legends The Congos, set for release in the fall.While in and around Kingston, they also began producing dancehall singles and tracking local toasters under the name Duppy Gun Productions. He has also released collaborations with Prince Rama (recorded in the middle of Hurricane Irene), Eternal Tapestry, and Matthewdavid - in addition, he runs his Sun Ark tape label and Sun Ark studio out of his home in Long Beach.
Suzanne Kraft and Brogan Bentley "Coasts"
Operating under his solo moniker on labels like Running Back and as part of LA’s über-prolific Dublab crew, in addition to his role as synth-player in the 100% Silk act Pharoahs, Suzanne Kraft channels the best of baggy Manchester house, syrupy Balearic disco and kraut-inspired pop within his productions. Kraft’s suave, ethereal chords jut up alongside rubbery bass lines, blending the sophisticated sheen of Paradise Garage influences with the never-ending sun and mutant aesthetics of his Venice Beach residence.
3rd generation Californian Brogan Bentley's musical essence is forever linked to the mysticism of his native land.
Be it the twilight hours in the hills or the late night
hours in the inner-city, Bentley's subtle yet commanding sonic landscapes effortlessly
integrate the surrounding environments and moods.
Having released his debut EP on Los Angeles' Leaving Records in the summer of 2012, his carefully constructed blend of organic and electronic elements are being received by listeners in both local and far reaching foreign lands.
Sweatson Klank "All This Time"
Teebs & yuk. "Estara"
My Hollow Drum is a collective of dj's/musicians/artists/friends devoted to their fixation of art & sounds alike.
"All ego aside", from individual and collaborative efforts, the artists collide sound collage chemistry with death drum anthems, dimlit psychedelia, sugar coated dirt, moments of melodic bliss along with the squishiest of textures, lounge boom-bap and art of all mediums. Teebs and yuk together form a crystal clear pool reflecting pure creativity. Their enthusiasm comes to life through positive energy.When unleashed – whether via the skateboard deck, paintbrush or Roland SP 404 pads – this energy blossoms into richly textured expressions. Teebs is an alumnus of the 2008 Red Bull Music Academy in Barcelona and member of the Brainfeeder family.yuk's debut album, A D W A, was released on Matthewdavid's Leaving Records; it’s a fog-shrouded vision quest through gorgeous terrains that transform from glacial to gritty as it winds its way through your ears.You'll feel a strong desire to loop right back to the start of this awe-inspiring journey after every listen.The two live in the Glassell Park-Eagle Rock area of LA, always putting pouring heartfelt energy into their every move.
The Long Lost "Your Own Backyard"
The Long Lost is comprised of high-school-sweethearts turned husband-&-wife Alfred and Laura Darlington.
Alfred produces avant-electronic music as Daedelus, and Laura is a frequent collaborator with Flying Lotus, but as The Long Lost, they express a fondness for sad sounds and delicate melodies. Together these hopeless romantics make psychedelic lullabies for lovers and the lovelorn.Their self-titled debut record was released on Ninja Tune in 2009.