A Tribe Called Red

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Bursting forth from Canada’s capital, native Producer and DJ crew A Tribe Called Red is making an impact on the global electronic scene with a truly unique sound.

If you’re an indigenous person living in a country that was forcefully colonized, it’s all too common to find yourself underrepresented and misrepresented if not blatantly and systematically devalued and attacked. Positive role models and a positive self-identity are hard to come by, yet the Canadian DJ collective A Tribe Called Red is a modern gateway into urban and contemporary indigenous culture and experience, celebrating all its layers and complexity.

Looking to the future, without losing sight of their past, ATCR straddles a broad range of musical influences based in modern hip-hop, traditional pow wow drums and vocals, blended with edgy electronic music production styles. Currently made up of Bear Witness and 2oolman, ATCR first got together in 2008. They are part of a vital new generation of artists making a cultural and social impact in Canada alongside a renewed Aboriginal rights movement called Idle No More.

ATCR’s beginnings will always be rooted in the uplifting and inclusive Electric Pow Wow nights formerly held on the second Saturday of every month at Ottawa’s Club Babylon. During the parties, formed an eclectic a crowd of indigenous people (which includes First Nations people, Métis, Inuit, and 631 other nations) mixed with music heads, social activists and anyone looking for a great party and a safe space to come together. Electric Pow Wow formed the roots of what would become the DNA of the live ATCR experience that has now toured the world over.

Through the group’s positivity and tireless work ethic their message has expanded to global proportions with tours in Australia, Europe, Mexico and the United States.

It’s no accident that Native American activist, poet and musician John Trudell is the first voice you hear on the collective’s third album, We Are The Halluci Nation, as the group considers him a forefather for this movement. The album includes a number of other connections as well, ranging from hip-hop star Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def) or Saul Williams to Colombian visual artist and musician Lido Pimienta to native musicians Black Bear, Tanya Tagaq to the Australian aboriginal band OKA or the Swedish-Sami singer Maxida Marak.

The crew has performed high profile festival dates at Coachella, Bonnaroo, AfroPunk, Osheaga, and New Orleans Jazz Fest to list a few. In 2014, they garnered mainstream recognition when the band became the first Indigenous group to win the Breakthrough Group of the Year award at the Juno Awards (Canada’s Grammys). ATCR was also long-listed for Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize in 2012 and 2013 and its debut album was included in the Washington Post’s top 10 albums of that same year.

A Tribe Called Red promotes inclusivity, empathy and acceptance amongst all races and genders in the name of social justice. They believe that indigenous people need to define their identity on their own terms. If you share this vision, then you are already part of the Halluci Nation.

“We are the Halluci Nation.”

CIEL

CIEL, CIndy Li

Ciel is a DJ, producer, radio host, creator of Toronto's Work in Progress party series, & co-founder of collective It's Not U It's Me. She's a long-time resident at Bambi's & a member of Discwoman. She released her first EP on Peach Discs in 2017.

Ciel, born Cindy Li, is a producer, DJ, promoter, and radio programmer based out of Toronto, Canada. She currently runs two of the country’s most forward thinking party series (It’s Not U It’s Me and Work in Progress) and hosts a femme & queer - prioritizing radio show each month on n10.as.

Ciel has used every ounce of influence created by her career to advocate for the safety and presence of women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community. Her undying efforts have significantly raised the safety standards of underground parties in Canada and have played a key role in the music community enforcing a 0 tolerance policy against individuals who have abused others. 

After making her Boiler Room debut with a heady & kinetic set last August in Toronto, she's continued to make waves as one of the newest additions to Discwoman’s roster, touted by Mixmag, RA, Crack, and RBMA as one to watch, all of which followed her superb debut release on Shanti Celeste’s Peach Discs in 2017.

Malcolm Cecil

Malcolm Cecil

Malcolm Cecil, one of the co-creators of TONTO, will be in attendance to deliver demonstrations and lectures on the history of the instrument. NMC will also host a screening of the cult classic film, Phantom of the Paradise, in which TONTO appeared, and other activities associated with the instrument. 

TONTO is one of the world’s largest analog synthesizers. Created by Malcom Cecil and Robert Margouleff in 1968, its creation marked the first attempt at making a universal language for different synthesizers to communicate with each other, which was a revolutionary achievement. Under the band name Tonto’s Expanding Head Band, Cecil and Margouleff released the highly influential album Zero Time.The album demonstrated the rich, layered sounds of the massive synthesizer and attracted significant attention.

Used on multiple Stevie Wonder and The Isley Brothers albums in the 1970s, TONTO helped shape albums by a long list of notable artists such as Minnie Riperton, Joan Baez, the Doobie Brothers, Quincy Jones, Randy Newman, Bobby Womack and more, and was prominently featured in Phantom of the Paradise.

“I needed to find a home for TONTO that would survive me and where it could be used,” said Malcolm Cecil after NMC acquired the instrument in 2013.

“We made a promise to Malcom to ensure that TONTO would be used again in the creation of new music and that its legacy would live on,” said Adam Fox, NMC’s Director of Programs. “It took several years to properly restore the instrument, and now it’s finally ready to enter its next chapter. We couldn’t be more excited to hear where NMC’s Artists in Residence take TONTO next.”

Digitalism

Digitalism

If Franz Ferdinand are doing rock music that make people dance, Digitalism are making dance music that make people rock.

If Franz Ferdinand are doing rock music that make people dance, Digitalism are making dance music that make people rock.
There are loads of rock bands making music for the dancefloor. Digitalism make electronic music that everyone can rock to. For the past two years, they have been the go-to men for indie remixes, having reworked the Klaxons, The Test Icicles, Cut Copy and The Futureheads.

Digitalism is Jens Moelle & Ismail Tuefekci from Hamburg. They met at the city’s Underground Solution record store, soon bonding over their shared love of dance and rock records. When the store’s owner, Ollie Grabowski, began casting around for a couple of fresh, young DJs to play at party, he suggested that Isi and Jens team up. “We were of the same generation,” says Isi, “we liked the same records, so we were put in one room together.”

Ever the innovators, the boys bought an adaptor for their first DJing gig, allowing them to plug two sets of headphones into one socket. “So you could hear the same thing,” explains Isi. “You never drop out of the groove,” Jens confirms.

As the duo’s DJing reputation took off, so the harder the pair worked to find obscure, unheard records to animate their crowds. In 2001, the price of CD writers dropped sufficiently to allow the boys to burn their own records. “We stared with some edits,” says Jens, “just for our DJ sets.”
The first was a version of The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army. This eventually found its way onto vinyl and sold well, marking Digitalism out as electronic producers who could cross over into the rock camp. Its success also prompted the boys to put out another release. On their second record, they also included an original composition. The jagged, makeshift track, with its scrappy vocal hook (‘I Have An Idea That You Are Here, I Have The Idea That You Were Near’), called ‘Idealistic’. The record was re-pressed, allowing everyone from Errol Alkan to Pete Tong to pick up a copy, yet it was Gildas Loaec from Kitsuné in Paris who eventually contacted the duo with a serious label deal.

“I knew the record had done well,” says Isi, “I was distributing it, after all. Yet I was really happy to get the call from Gildas. We were the first album artist signing to Kitsune.”

Digitalism initial release on the French label remains their best known: ‘Zdarlight’. The boys chose this peculiar spelling to distinguish the record from other ‘Starlight’ titled tunes by everyone from Muse to Model 500. They shouldn’t have worried. The heavy dance tune, with its acidic undercarriage, lilting guitar line and stratospheric climax, is distinctive enough. It received strong support in 2005 from many including Soulwax, Tiga, Laurent Garnier, Blackstrobe, Tiefschwarz and The Glimmers, and remains a reliable club staple to this day.

Digitalism followed this release with ‘Jupiter Room’, another compelling electronic record that, despite its celestial overtones, was actually named after a sleazy bar in Montreal.

Digitalism are fans of earthbound rock ‘n’ roll. Their reinterpretation of The Cure’s Fire In Cairo’, entitled Digitalism in Cairo, was one 2006’s cult re-edits. They managed to clear this version for their debut album ‘Idealism’, billed as owing as much to Joy Division or The Associates as to Daft Punk. As Sean McClusky, the legendary London rock club promoter, who booked the duo recently, puts it “Digitalism are as popular with indie kids as electro or techno clubbers.”

Digitalism’s own, ever-evolving gig set-up is becoming less like a porta-studio on stage, and more like a band set-up. This side of the band is set to grow even more this year.

Digitalism still record in the same bunker they started with. The building wouldn't look out of place in a dystopian film like 1984. Its thick concrete walls, blast doors and cell-like atmosphere suits the duo perfectly. “We drink something, we have fun,” says Isi, “we don’t have any daylight, any distractions; I think maybe our sound come from the bunker atmosphere.”

Andi Depressiva

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Hailing from Southern Germany, Andi has been elevating and energizing parties for many years. Innovative yet accessible, Depressiva’s picks traverse the electronic spectrum, including deep house, tech house, indie dance, nu-disco and downtempo beats.

A dominating presence in the Euro dance scene; appearances at dozens of festivals and clubs all over Europe, including infamous Club NL in Amsterdam and the Ikarus Festival in Germany. Andi began producing his own tracks in 2014, and released them on his own label, Gretchen Will Tanzen, and other labels such as Laissez-Faire, Klangzirkus, and Tanzamt.

Andi’s exquisite taste ensures that the music with which he connects will also find a home in the hearts of his audience. His sets convey a story to every soul, taking them upon an audible and emotional journey from the first notes of his set until the final bass-bin thump.


https://www.facebook.com/Andi-Depressiva-541435539232385/
https://soundcloud.com/andidepressiva

Duchess Of Dub

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No stranger to the world of electronic music, Duchess of Dub has been deeply rooted in the Canadian electronic music scene since the early days when it was still very much underground.

Originating from the prairies of Saskatchewan, Her Grace was first inspired by the electronic music culture in the early 1990’s. After a personal hiatus the Duchess has returned to her love of Dub, Tech, House and Techno music and has discovered her passion for mixing the sounds she feels eternally connected to.

https://soundcloud.com/duchess-of-dub

http://www.femmewave.com/project/duchess-of-dub/

FALCONS

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Los Angeles producer/dj FALCONS has arrived at the forefront of a new generation blurring the lines between hip-hop, r&b, and electronic dance music. With his breakout Terra EP on Fool's Gold Records, the young producer has crafted both radio-ready songs & underground club anthems in one breath. Terra received universal praise from outlets like The Fader, XXL Mag, Mass Appeal, and Complex, while gaining radio play across BBC Radio 1, Beats 1 and Rinse FM. Falcons' explosive lead single, "Aquafina" featuring GoldLink, quickly amassed over 1 million streams and garnered support from heavyweights like Q-Tip, Virgil Abloh and A-Trak. Falcons has made major impact across the globe, touring his sound across North America, Asia, Europe and Australia with standout performances at Boiler Room and Coachella. 

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/falcons
twitter: @falconsbeats
instagram: @falcons
youtube: yungfalcons

Chris Goss

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Hospital Records is an independent record label based in South London. Primarily releasing Drum+Bass, the label was started in 1996 by Tony Colman and Chris Goss and has grown in recent years to become one of the most well known labels within UK dance music. The label is home to artists such as High Contrast, London Elektricity, Netsky, Danny Byrd, Camo & Krooked, Logistics, Nu:Tone, Fred V & Grafix and Cyantific, but also releases tracks from a whole host of other artists across the D+B genre. From its HQ in Forest Hill, South London, Hospital also runs the more experimental label Med School, as well as publishing company “Songs In The Key Of Knife” and their worldwide events brand “Hospitality”.