Conspirator - Blockhead - Nerve - KJ Sawka
This just in...Mr. Bugsly has handpicked a lineup that's going to straight up BLOW YOUR MIND! You might be saying to yourself "Tell us Mr. Bugsly, why will our minds will be blown to smithereens?" Well...
1. You get to witness two of the best drummers on Planet Earth...JoJo Mayer and KJ Sawka (Pendulum).
2. You get the pleasure of listening to the musical stylings of the NYC homegrown sensation "Blockhead" (Aesop Rock & Ninja Tune).
3. Conspirator...that's right CONSPIRATOR (Aron Magner + Marc Brownstein + Chris Michetti + KJ Sawka).
Just incase you were wondering, you'll be getting a KJ Sawka solo set as an added bonus!
Saturday, April 28th, 2012
Irving Plaza - 17 Irving Pl New York, NY 10003-2392
Doors: 7:00 / Music: 8:00
Tickets: $25 adv / http://www.livenatio...umardevan
2011 has been a seminal year for Conspirator. Formed in 2004 by Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits’ keyboardist and bass player) along with New York producer DJ Omen, Conspirator has taken on many forms through the years. With the recent addition of virtuoso guitarist Chris Michetti and stalwart drummers Darren Shearer (the New Deal) and Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Conspirator has reached a new level.
As a full band, the music is hitting new highs, and with the addition of an arsenal of new material, crowds across the nation have begun to catch on. Conspirator can no longer be considered merely a side-project, but must be looked at entirely as its own entity.
Coming off of break-out performances at Ultra Music Festival and Nocturnal Festival, Conspirator has begun to catch the eye of electronic music aficionados everywhere. Refusing to be pigeon-holed into one genre, they explore the many realms of electronic music, effortlessly slipping between house, dub-step, drum and bass, and electro. Check out Conspirator at one of the many festivals they are appearing at this Summer: Electric Forest, Camp Bisco, Liberate Festival, Catskill Chill, and more.
Tony Simon AKA Blockhead was born and raised in Downtown Manhattan, in New York City. The son of an artist, he found a fondness for music at a young age. In particular, he fell in love with Hip Hop. In his early teens he began penning rhymes and eventually was part of a group called The Overground with a bunch of his friends. While he loved rapping, he also always had an interest in the musical side of things so he would soon abandon his dreams of being a rapper for being the man who made the beats. This was a wise choice.
Eventually, he and his friend Aesop Rock would meet and begin to make music together and release it on the internet. In 2000, Aesop's album Float was released on Mush Records and quickly propelled both Aesop and Blockhead into notoriety. After that, Blockhead released a breakbeat album on Mush called Blockhead's Broke Beats.
After a few years more years of making beats for rappers, Blockhead put out his first solo instrumental record on Ninja Tune records , titled Music by Cavelight. This was the first of four critically acclaimed albums he has since released on the UK based label.
He also was one half of the comedy rap duo Party Fun Action Committee, which was released on Definitive Jux records in 2003.
As well as making solo albums and working with Aesop, blockhead has also worked with artists like Murs, Slug, Mike Ladd, Cage, Open Mike Eagle, Maclethal, SA Smash, Isaiah Toothtaker, Illogic and others.
Blockhead has also been busy touring the last 8 years with groups like Aesop Rock, Dj Cam, Amon Tobin, Bonobo, Kid Koala, Cold Cut, Emancipator, and many others.
NERVE was initiated in the spring of '98 by drum wizard Jojo Mayer as an experimental platform for a handful of New York musicians interested in the cultural phenomenon of intelligent electronic DJ culture and the opportunity it created as a gateway to new musical paradigms and pioneered the movement of live “electronic” music.
KJ Sawka (Pendulum)
Seeing Kevin Sawka on the drums is the only way to believe the hype. He can play the most complex of jungle, drum'n'bass and breakbeats utilizing no loops and no extended samples -only his two hands and two feet. If you can catch him in the right moment –live, at a show, or in a studio session- you’ll witness him perform each and every 808 bass kick, snare slap, and compressed highhat tick himself, in real-time.
“I’d like to be able to play like that all the time, however, live, I want to give the people the fully-produced, complex sound I’m envisioning, so I not only play the drums, but I manually trigger the basslines, melodies, riffs and now even the light show and projections with my drums –so it’s a lot harder to focus on playing every single little single sound with my sticks. But it’s like I’m playing even more with my sticks lately, not less.”
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Conspirator / Blockhead / Nerve / KJ Sawka @ Irving Plaza [4.28.12]
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