Place of ResidenceLos Angeles, CAAffiliationsFalse Idol
Blissfully unconcerned with a world obsessed with categorization as a means of definition, Tigran aka MiM0SA crafts music for its own sake, defying expectations with genre bending soundscapes. Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area and currently residing in Los Angeles, MiM0SA began producing at the tender age of 17. Blessed with an abundance of talent and an ear for sonic experimentation, this fan-favorite has quickly developed a name for himself as one of the West Coast’s top exports. And the word is spreading fast. To say that MiM0SA is on the rise is to miss the mark. Rather, MiM0SA has arrived.
This summer saw MiM0SA globetrotting from festival sites everywhere -- including his headlining slot and Lightning in a Bottle, to triumphant performances at Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Shambhala festival, Red Rocks, Electric Zoo, Summer Camp, and Burning Man. MiM0SA also spent quite a bit of time this summer in the lab with Sleepyhead, working on new tracks for their highly anticipated collaboration, "Naked Poetry," which they will release under the moniker SexyTime at the beginning of 2012. However, it was in Brooklyn, NY where MiM0SA found refuge as he wrote, recorded, and produced his debut full length album "Sanctuary," released October 25 on False Idol Musik. After just one listen, it's evident that his versatility as an artist goes hand in hand with his refusal to be tied down by any particular sound or style.
White his previous EP release, "58 Degrees," favored a more grittier fusion of unrelenting beats and grime, "Sanctuary" works as one cohesive whole piece of work that finds MiM0SA immersed in rhythm, encompassing and centered around the 808 drum kit most notable on the track "Last Night In Town." However, the album carries an authenticity by which MiM0SA's aesthetic appreciation of the origin of sound is fused with layers of various styles, textures, and grooves that embrace Dubstep, Hip-Hop, 2-step, Moombahton, Dub, and Downtempo. It becomes apparent that while building this collage, his vision was to "Steer away from aggressive tones, but at the same time try to find different avenues to get the same crowd response that a big bass drop would get," he comments. Take for instance "Castles in the Sky," which finds MiM0SA opting for the classic sounds of straight dub reggae versus the dub step infused subwoofer odysseys heard on "Tiger Blood." MiM0SA extends his flavor for hip-hop by sampling and filtering vocals that rush with ambient interludes coupled with pulsating tempos and heavy 808s on songs such as "Starseed" and "Way Back to You."
In just a few short years he's shared the stage with standard-bearers like Benga, Skream, Rusko, Datsik, Glitch Mob, Pretty Lights, and Flying Lotus. He's also played festivals and shows across North America, including Coachella, Symbiosis Gathering, Burning Man, Decibel Festival, and Red Rocks Amphitheatre. This past March found him headlining his first tour, as he criss-crossed the U.S., selling out major venues like The House of Blues (Chicago, IL), Webster Hall (New York, NY), and The Fillmore Auditorium (Denver, CO). Not to mention stellar debut performances at legendary venues such as Newport Music Hall (Columbus, OH) and The Fillmore Miami Beach. The words tireless and prolific don't quite do MiM0SA justice. In one weekend he headlined Lightning in a Bottle, blasted over to Summer Camp, and finished off the weekend with a blistering performance at Detroit Electronic Music Festival.
We'll say it again, because it bears repeating, MiM0SA has arrived and with a new album dropping this September, you can expect a brand new live set focusing on new material.
Place of ResidenceLondon, UKAffiliationsTippermusic
Tipper is widely respected as a Surround Sound composer, releasing one of the first albums composed, produced, and intended for the DualDisc format, in addition to providing content for multichannel[disambiguation needed] music industry leaders DTS, Inc.. His talents at Sound Design (his work is included in several of the major music making software programs), and in Digital Audio Mastering, are also in great demand. His catalog has been consistently licensed for use as background in a variety of mainstream television programmes, and also featured in commercials and cable television projects.
Tipper was ‘discovered’ as a teenager DJing in a London nightclub by soon to be manager Richie Warren. Their earliest conversations centered on bass frequencies and rhythms underlying beats, and they began researching the science involved in creating the most effective dance music. An arranged meeting with Funktion-One sound guru Tony Andrews imbued Tipper’s ongoing and unwavering philosophy of producing the highest quality of music, and delivering this sound to the best of its capability. Richie founded Fuel Records (UK), and Tipper released the first of several vinyl EP’s in 1997. Renault licensed one of these, Twister, for a European ad campaign. Soon thereafter, Sony UK signed Tipper to their fledgling dance music label, Higher Ground
Place of ResidencePhiladelphia, PAAffiliationsNinja Tune / Planet Mu
PJ Geissinger combines his love of classical music with modern bass music to deliver a distinct, panoramic sound that stands out from the current wealth of electronic music producers. His dramatic compositional skills, complimented by grade 8 piano and a day job lecturing in musical theory and production at the University of Philadelphia, make Starkey not only a formidable force in the underground scene, but also earmark him as a potential super producer of the future.
Starkey is yet another example of what the streets of Philadelphia can create; his sound hits hard and is littered with subsonic bass and colourful audio frequencies. Grime, dubstep, hip-hop, ambient and more are all blended into his own ‘street bass’ genre, with a frightening attention to detail and hard lean towards a space age aesthetic.