Byron Fredrick's (aka Phonotactic aka Suncatjah) work spans over more than a decade in both production and band settings. His extensive resume includes sets at several Canadian festivals and can often be found performing in the Calgary area. Shortly after taking in the 2004 MUTEK festival in Montreal (playing the International Reggae Festival with Strugglah) Byron went his own way and poured out his past and current influences into electronic music.Fredrick committed to becoming more involved in production blending the styles he grew up playing with electronic beats and textures. With one foot in old world techniques and the other in the new, his production skills explore the musical terrains of Dub infused Down-tempo and Deep/Tech-House. Capturing the essence of Fredrick's journey as Phonotactic, a four song EP "Use Your Talent (If You Can)" was released independently in 2006 and on Real Recordz (an indie label out of Italy) in 2007.July 2012 saw the follow up release of the EP "In a Solid State" featuring Richard Sixto (saxophonist and MC from Difference Engine) on vocals once again touching on the musical co-ordinates of Dub, DnB and Tech-house.The next 4 years saw Fredrick continuing to compose and play out live whether it was at events he curated in Calgary showcasing artists he met at festivals in Western Canada including Inshala (AB), Motion Notion (BC), Bulkley Valley Music festival (Smithers BC), Sequential Circus (Vancouver) and Beakernight (AB) 2016.Hard at work on his EP entitled "Master Data", Fredrick (under his Suncatjah moniker) will present an EP focused on his dubby "digital sleng-teng 2.0” sound developed equally at live shows and from studio experimentation over the past 3 years. Listen to the track Daylight from the EP via this SoundCloud link:https://soundcloud.com/phonotactic/daylight-mp3-forthcoming-ep-master-data
At performances, audiences can expect a mixed tempo set starting deeply dubbed out gradually reaching a deep tech house destination. Expect both broken and 4 on the floor beats, a Rhodes lick here, a TB 303 groove there, bass... lots of bass... with deep synthpads from Operator's [Ableton’s] soundbank to bridge the gap between the old school and the new. All the while channeling his inner Lee "Scratch" Perry riding feedback loops created by delay upon delay.