Ishi was born as an experiment between friends. JT Mudd & Brad Dale set out to create a sound that would help redefine the pop sensibility of modern day music. Their vision was to blend the classic, soulful story-telling and organic instrumentation of traditional folk music, with the infinite sonic possibilities offered through electronic production. Experimentation quickly evolved into a journey of sound that would ultimately lead to the songs that comprised of Ishi’s debut record, “Through the Trees” released May of 2010.
On October, 12th of 2012 Ishi experienced a dream come true by opening for the lengendary New Wave band New Order. They've been listed as one of the top 5 artists in North Texas of 2012 by Pegasus News. In 2010 the band won ‘Best New Act’ & ‘Best Electronic/Dance Act’ & in 2011 ‘Best Electronic/Dance Act’ by the Dallas Observer.
The live band consist of James Mudd & Rocky Ottley. James Mudd, the brother of JT Mudd, plays drums & has shared his programming & songwriting skills to the latest record 'Digital Wounds'. Rocky Ottley, a UNT graduate, plays guitar live & is a gifted multi-intstrumentalist.
Ishi’s ability to successfully walk the line between an ambitious studio act and a multi-sensory live experience allows them to engage their audiences in an uplifting celebration of life and universal awareness. High-energy dance floors combined with the subtle undertones of inner-exploration combine to create a concert experience that is unequivocally one-of-a-kind. Each night, Ishi intends to create an entirely unique environment of mysticism, awareness, love and acceptance. Adored by fans and critics alike, there is no denying that “Ishi” is an immersive experience that everyone should discover
Today, Ishi continues to tour the country in support of their soon-to-be-released sophomore album, “Digital Wounds”. They have appeared at major festivals such as SXSW, Meltdown Music Festival, Wicker Park Festival, and Halfway to Forecastle; and they continue to share the stage with some of the most widely known and respected Indie and Dance acts on the touring circuit including: New Order, Of Montreal, SBTRKT, Phoenix, Chromeo, Pretty Lights, Big Boi, Neon Indian, Toro y Moi, The Bright Light Social Hour, Boombox, Twin Shadow, The Toadies, Marina & the Diamonds, & Matthew Dear. Ishi’s highly anticipated second album, “Digital Wounds”, will be released nation-wide Spring 2013.