NYC trio Consider the Source defy easy description. If intergalactic beings of pure energy, after initiation into an order of whirling dervishes, built some kind of pan-dimensional booty-shaking engine, powered by psychedelics and abstract math, it’d probably just sound like a CTS tribute band. Drawing from progressive rock, fusion and jazz, with alien sounds soaked in Indian and Middle Eastern styles, CTS blends disparate parts into a striking, utterly original whole. Dubbed “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion”, the band’s music strikes a rare balance between cerebral and emotional, intellectual and primal. A relentless touring schedule has won the band a fervent following from California to Israel, with fans ranging from jam-band hippies and jazz cats to corpse-painted headbangers and prog geeks.
Formed in 2004, Consider the Source features Gabriel Marin on fretless double-neck guitar, bassist John Ferrara, and drummer/percussionist Jeff Mann. Called “the guiding light for his generation of six-stringers”, Marin channels the mystical fury of McLaughlin and Coltrane into wailing melodies, kaleidoscopic soundscapes and boneshaking riffs. With a background in classical musics both Eurpoean and Indian, and an instinct for avant-jazz and destructive metal, Marin’s hypnotic fusion of styles is ever unpredictable. Ferrara’s propulsive, percussive attack, equally suited to simple grooves and impossible chords, can ground the music or launch it into space. His madcap gumbo of slap bass, Indian rhythms, earthy minimalism and complex tapping constantly pushes into strange new worlds, whilst still dropping thick booty-clap beats. Underneath them lies Mann’s rolling thunder; dense rhythmic architecture built from pure swagger and bounce. Half double-bass prog-metal, half crackle-pop Buddy Rich swing, with African and Balkan swirls, Mann’s muscular, freewheeling polyrhythms are the engine fuel for Consider’s multiversal mischief. Even when not improvising, Consider’s music is always a conversation, a roiling stew of dynamic interplay. Each member of Consider the Source alternately leads and follows, spars and assists; in any single song, alliances are made and broken, bargains struck and divorces finalized.
Touring from coast to coast, as well as Europe and the Middle East, has not only earned the band thousands of fans, but has allowed them to perform with wide variety of well-known artists, including Victor Wooten, Wayne Krantz, King Crimson Projekt, Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Wyclef Jean, Andy Statman, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Dumpstaphunk, Keller Williams, George Porter, Jr., Jeff Sipe, Panzerballet (Germany), Eatliz (Israel), Freak Kitchen (Sweden), Morglbl (France), and many others. They have performed at numerous festivals and events, including Catskill Chill, The Big Up, Burning Man, Sun Seekers Ball (Canada), Mid-Summer Meltdown, Rootwire, the NYC Fretless Guitar Festival, and the NYC Gypsy Festival. The band’s newest album, “F**k It! We’ll Do It Live” is available from considerthesourcemusic.ban
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COSMAL is a one man LIVE music performance involving the layering and looping of different instruments, progressive build ups, and rampant improvisation. Layering sounds to create the energy of a full band or DJ, improvising and swaying between genres, Cosmal takes you on a mystical journey through space and time, and oh yea, music! Performances always feature Live Painter Ali Laz.
Conscious Minded music for Conscious Minded people—-ranging from World and Trance to Fusion and Rock. This is a completely live act people, not a DJ set! Good Vibes required, Shirts and Shoes optional!
Since late 2010, Cosmal has performed at over 35 music festivals including Rock N Roll Resort, Heads in Harmony, Freedom of Expression, Bonnaroo, Forest Fest and more, having shared bills with Shpongle, Ott, Papadosio, Zach Deputy, Dopapod, Lettuce, and many more. Cosmal has opened for acts like Big Gigantic and Conspirator, as well as having performed with visionary artist Alex Grey.
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Involved in the electronic music scene for over two decades, Kalomo Jordan can be considered a catalyst in connecting like minded individuals, expanding mind states through his visual and audio art. Starting his career through dance, he began his music collection in 1993 upon acquiring his first pair of turntables. A pioneer on the forefront of the electronic music scene in CT, Kalomo Jordan is the co-founder of Awake Productions, doing event production and playing shows all over the East Coast with artists such as Soulslinger, Liquidsky, Zulu Nation, TC Izlam, Dara and Odi, as well as Mubali and Ajja on the psy side of things. His styles have evolved and expanded into DJing and producing bass driven psychedelic trance, down tempo and chill out, especially upon his affiliation with the loved and respected production team Fractaltribe out of MA. Kalomo is also associated with Threshold Sound, a group of DJs and producers with sounds stemming from jungle, drum and bass, dubstep and others. As a visionary artist, Kalomo molds his visual artwork through his experiences with the human psyche, and his concepts on perception of this world, with science fiction and “futuristic Egyptian” influences. His connection to other realms shows through the information and languages transmitted through his art, focusing on the emotion of “love”, bringing clean and pure images as well as a calm and secure mind state to all those who experience his work.
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OG Status is the Colorado based duo between Julian Garland of Crushendo & Colby Buckler of Two Fresh. Their diverse musical backgrounds come together to create an unstoppable team. The OG Status sound flawlessly fuses Hip Hop and Trap Beats with modern EDM, House & Dubstep. With hype, hard hitting production and live drumming, the live show is a party you definitely do not want to miss. This energetic duo is sure to catch the eye and ears of people across the nation as their sound continues to naturally evolve.
The five members of Stokeswood woke up one day in a black van with a trailer full of equipment and not one one of them knew how they got there.
Atlanta-based, Low-Endie Rock band, Stokeswood, was formed by lead vocalist Adam Patterson and electric guitarist, Mark Godwin. The five-piece also comprises drummer Jon Joiner, keyboardist Michael Roman and bass player/producer Justin Mullinix. Stokeswood’s independently released debut album, “Carassia” (2009), is like a sonic excursion between the lines of a poet’s story-telling prowess. Stokeswood’s sophomore album, “In the Field of the Vibrations” (2011), showcases a vocal-centric aesthetic and an array of synthesizers and guitars that are illuminated by infectious dance beats. The evolution from acoustic to electronic was a natural progression during the recording process. Stokeswood is currently and constantly touring the East Coast.
ahman Brahman is a five-member collaboration originating from Columbus, Ohio in 2003, and currently residing in the mountains of Asheville, NC. The musical intuition of each member overcomes the restrictions of any particular genre as they pioneer the musical trail with a sound completely their own. The name Jahman Brahman emerged from each member’s goal to achieve the ultimate state of musical cohesion; each instrument connected to one another to create a piece of music from the heart of one.
They’ve described their particular style as shred ‘n’ flow, a dynamic sound with a wide breath of influence, but a focus on rich, fluid, progressions of energy. Providing the low end, Nate “Brother” Brown brings his own style of funked out and super fresh bass grooves giving depth to Justin Brown’s full and conscious lyrics. Drummer Rowdy Keelor gives the sound its steady concrete pulse providing the heartbeat for Casey Chanatry’s riveting guitar-work. Layered on top are Josh Loffer’s transcendent key strokes and myriad of effects. Combined, Jahman Brahman leaves the listener with a message on life, love, and the wonders experienced being part of an extraordinary musical family.
Each member holds a unique passion toward many different audio paths, with influences ranging from classic rock to electronica; from punk to jazz. Instead of conforming, they ascend music through the coalescence of their diverse styles, taking risks that unfold into powerful jams and creative compositions.
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Dusty Fungus embodies the Synesthetic nature of the human sensorium channeling listeners through a range of aural environments that intend to stimulate the unseen, unspeakable and unforgettable realms of human-being. Moving through a range of musical genres, tempos and timbres Dusty Fungus challenges the dance floor or listener to break down ones pre-conception of electronic music and embrace sound in its most primal state.
Forever trying to grapple, understand, destroy and rebuild a myriad of sound palettes Dusty Fungus continually redefines himself through constant experiments in sound design, synthesis and obscure field recordings and Foley sessions.
This year the Fungus leaves his homeland Australia to infect the minds and bodies of those around the globe. Moving in between glitch saturated Drum & Bass through epic cinematic soundscapes, orchestral compositions and organic ethnically infused bass makes for a synesthetic aural landscape that has to be felt to be heard.
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If you like music from labels like Dirtybird Records, Pets Recordings, Hot Creations etc. then you need to dive into the world of Bass Glutton. Producer/DJ Nick Smeed wanted to take his music back to where he started before the aggressive styles of his more commonly know identity of L.E.D.FUT took over. Even as L.E.D.FUT Nick always expressed his versatility through his production showing that he could dabble in just about any genre and do it well. If you know Nick one thing that he has always expressed was that he had a real sweet spot when it came to deep, sexy, bassy music with a hiphop/rnb influence. Starting out as a hiphop/Rnb producer this came as no surprise. Bass Glutton is essentially electronic music made for people who love to overindulge in those sensual, soulful, intelligent, in your face bassy beats and grooves. Bass Glutton intends to elaborate on the current styles in this realm of electronic music and also pepper in some of the classic styles we have all come to love over the years. His impecable skill of fusing many styles and adaptability to read and please just about any crowd makes for unforgettable live performances that are something you truly have to experience for yourself.
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Last Smoke is the new sound coming out of Boston. Featuring members of Asleep In A Box and The Grey Area, two of the area’s finest party-throwing noise-makers, you know you’re in for a sonic blast.
Anthony Dalli’s layered, scorching guitar interweaves with Matt Devers collection of beats, bass, and synth lines to create a wide spectrum of sound. Melodies develop and change over time, leading from movement to movement. You’ll hear elements of trance, house, downtempo, and D&B, but Last Smoke brings it all together in a style that is uniquely their own.
Don’t miss a chance to see this act that’s been called “incredibly beautiful, creative, and mysterious.”
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SQUNTO is conscious bass music for a new age of enlightened listeners.
Giovanni Dametrius( G.D.) supports and loves everyones music. Giovanni was sent to make music that will raise your vibrations and vibrate a natural process of thought. The mission is to clean the earth and teach humans how to respect their neighbors.
“In me resides an avatar which is a very very ancient old soul. My music will teach you how to appreciate beauty, to walk with empathy, to love to think before you act and to be confident in expressing yourself anyway. At times I will challenge you to look into the taboo and supernatural side of life. I AM GIOVANNI DAMETRIUS”
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Lu·mi·nary: noun 1. a body or conduit that gives light 2. a person who is an inspiration to others
Formed in the heart of Venice Beach California, and immersed in one of the most culturally diverse communities in LA, arises the heart driven, and service orientated Hip Hop emissaries of peace, the Luminaries. From the underground parties in “Dogtown” to the biggest festival stages on the west coast, the Luminaries have now taken their message international and crowds everywhere sing along the anthem, “Peace Worldwide Starts From Inside!”
The band sees themselves as more than just musicians, but as catalysts for change. Each member having played the role of teacher, social worker, and activist, from working with homeless youth to defending the nation’s largest urban community garden, The South Central Farm. Luminaries embody the power of service, and do so of course through their inspirational live performances that leave audiences rejuvenated from the soul, down to the cellular level.
Luminaries bring an amazing live show that’s reminiscent of the golden era of Hip Hop, fused with a soulful, electro, live band, funk filled experience! As expressed by one of the “Grandfathers” of the genre, and early founder of modern rap, Afrika Bambaataa reminded us the power of “Peace, Unity, Love, and having Fun!” In the same vein, Luminaries create a soundscape of Hip Hop mantras inviting audiences to participate in the connectivity of one another while going ecstatic on the dance floor!
Luminaries are no strangers to a large audience. Over the past couple years they have played around the festival circuit with such grand concert events as Harmony Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, Beloved Festival, and Earthdance, sharing the stage with some of the hottest acts of the moment, including Michael Franti, K ‘Naan, The Glitch Mob, Matisyahu and Trevor Hall, as well as time-tested vets like KRS-ONE, STS9 and even India Arie.
In 2011, Luminaries were invited as global ambassadors by Sister Cities International to participate in a 10-day tour through the Middle East promoting peace. The crew visited youth centers, college students, and political dignitaries sharing their cultural philosophies, while preforming concerts in Israel, and Palestine including the widely attended Taybeh Music Festival. In 2012, Luminaries again graced the International stage by performing at the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Indonesia, and continue to expand their horizons in the global performance market.
Currently, the band is in the production with their 2nd full-length album, while growing their fan base with nationwide bookings. While continually being recruited to perform, the Luminaries also produce their own events in Los Angeles under their production, and music label emblem Lu Fam Pro. Their largely successful weekly event “Luminous Movement” has brought new life to the Los Angeles nightlife scene, and label mate Clayton Joseph Scott’s album “More Love” marked the brands first major release outside their own projects. With vision of producing larger scale festival on the horizon, Luminaries have set their sights on becoming your household name for being the Hip Hop group that has something positive to share with the world. We invite you to join the movement and remember, we are all luminous beings having a human experience…
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Heightened hip-hop lyricism and freestyle over dynamic electronic beats, eclectic electric guitar, raw rhythms of wisdom, and a wide array of consciousness expanding phenomena, introducing the new paradigm of communication and music to the world at this very moment.
The Technicolor Lenses trifecta is the sonic creation of Jackson Whalan, Sam Eckstein and Brandon Lewis… combining original hip-hop and MC-ing, electronic/dub-step, psychedelic rock, jam, funk, and spoken word, providing conscious social commentary on the current state of human existence. The live performance of Technicolor Lenses cultivates the high energy of a hip-hop or electronic set with a unique instrumental element.
“Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson.
This young, new, Brooklyn-based band is emerging and sharing far and wide, with the intention is to raise vibrations and consciousness by creating a space of fun, togetherness, and celebration, driven by the vehicle called music.
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Progressive electronic production solo project that is Sam Eckstein of Technicolor Lenses…
Esseks (Sam Eckstein) is a Brooklyn based producer and artist that creates emotionally driven electronic music and art. He also plays guitar and produces for the band Technicolor Lenses. While Sam has been recording music for _ years, he only began experimenting with electronic music 3 years ago after being exposed to the massive sounds and extreme level of control made possible by electronic mediums. This musical awakening prompted him to start Technicolor Lenses with Jackson Whalan in 2011. Since the release of his first solo effort “Hair and Nails” in April 2012 Esseks has shared the stage with range of artists including Ott and the All Seeing I, An-Ten-Nae, Dynasty Electric, D.V.S.*, Srikalogy, LowRIDERZ, Govinda and Mike Greenfield of Lotus. His music is influenced by a variety of styles from J Dilla inspired hip hop beats to heavy bass fueled dubstep to house and even blues and swing. The diverse elements of his music are tied together with Esseks’ signature basses and synths, creating a sound all his own.
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Hailing from Brookline MA. Skipp Whitman has spent a significant amount of time in Boston, Los Angeles, St.Barth’s and New York City (where he currently resides). Most heavily influenced by A Tribe Called Quest and related groups, Skipp speaks on life, aspirations, and what we go through to live dreams. His latest video, ‘It Sucks Being Broke,’ is currently featured on MTV.COM and his most recent (original, self-composed and produced album, 5AM) is available here.