Billy Lloyd began their musical journey learning to play classical and minimalist piano at age 6, with composers such as Mendelssohn and Einaudi being instrumental in their musical upbringing. At age 10, Billy began experimenting with a looping system after they became too frustrated with the rules and order of classical music, creating vast arrangements of repetitive piano loops, eventually learning to record and structure them into fully fledged songs.
2014 saw Billy release their first EP ‘Who ( / )’; part one of a trilogy of EPs concerned with identity, both social, cultural and personal. Then, a trip to Moscow, Russia that saw them headlining a show and holding the LGBTQ flag in front of the Kremlin.
In early 2015 Billy then went on to do a mini-tour of the USA, with their US debut at the legendary Joe’s Pub in New York being made critics choice on Time Out New York. April saw the second installment of the Who trilogy: ‘Who ( // )’, reviewed in Attitude Magazine amongst other places; “Their first EP took a look at ideas such as consumerism, personal identity and online reality – in the second act of this trilogy they have delved even further into these ideas with great harmonies and melodies throughout.” ?
Cherushii is Chelsea Faith, an electronic musician based in San Francisco, California. Her passion for dance music history is evident in her work, taking cues from Detroit techno, Chicago house, and classic rave sounds. A multi-instrumentalist since childhood, Chelsea began experimenting with electronics as a teenager, which lead to playing live techno and house at underground raves in the 2000s. She has been working as a live performer, producer, DJ, and remixer for over a decade, using her gear savvy and innate musicianship to create lush, retro-futurist productions. Cherushii signed with LA-based dance music tastemakers 100% Silk in 2013, and released her second 12" for the label "Far Away So Close" in November 2015.
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Group Rhoda is a solo project comprised of Mara Barenbaum, based out of Oakland, California. It is committed to live performance, situated within the analog synthesizer medium. Drawing forth tones of tropical darkwave, light industrial, and dust; while negating the sound of conformity and control through imagination, transgression, and well considered destructiveness. Group Rhoda explores the arc of songwriting interwoven into harsher electronic environments, and creates music as a link between the corporeal and the dream worlds.
SOLSUN is the debut solo project from Keith Milo, synth-half of veteran electronic duo Cause & Effect.
Teaching himself to play the family's Lowrey organ as a boy, Milo began writing and recording electronic music in his early teens when his family relocated from the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan to Anaheim, California in the mid 80’s. Melding his early childhood crushes on Beatles and Prince classics, with his newfound teenage love for the electronic and alternative artists that hailed the SoCal airwaves in the late 80’s, Milo discovered a connection to music and a way of working that would forever leave an indelible footprint on him — His sound was born. And In 1990, just barely 18, he began working with Cause & Effect on several projects before becoming a full time band member in 1992.
In 2013, Cause & Effect went on hiatus and Milo began work on various projects, mining through some older material, but it wasn’t until 2015 that SOLSUN emerged.
The first SOLSUN single “The Only Ones?” features backing vocals by Anything Box’s Dania Morales, and is mixed by Producer/Remixer Dave Audé and Christian Dwiggins. The single will be released digitally at the end of July followed by a mini album later this summer.
Fritz Helder released his Force Of Nature EP on London-based label AVSR. Following his recent collaborations with Sinden, Andrea Oliva and fellow band member Dinamo Azari, the performer, vocalist and transcendental art influencer didn’t waste any time releasing his debut solo project with this stunning 3-track EP. The title track “Force Of Nature” represents both an announcement and a confident distillation, packaged up into a vogue banger that embraces colorful, worldly vibes and mesmerizing, throbbing grooves. “Force Of Nature” (The Bad Seed Manipulation) is a hyper-kinetic re-imagining of the title track, with playful, syncopated drums and a bazaar of beats that kick-start the party to eleven.
Fritz Helder’s Force Of Nature EP is a multidimensional piece that merges the polish of avant-garde art-pop with the high-energy, slinky sounds of the dance floor.?"This being my first solo endeavor...I feel like my naïveté and vulnerability are on full display with this first collection of songs." Fritz says of his newest project, "I'm giving up the ghosts of my past and carving out a place of my own. I purposefully ventured away from what I thought people would expect from me." Fritz Helder’s debut EP is marked by both its ambition and a sense of the new - fierce and unapologetic, this is Fritz Helder’s Force Of Nature.
Detroit’s electro-punk phenomenon ADULT. (Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller) began their unpredictable path with one now totally obscure 12” (“Modern Romantics”). In 2001, with the release of “Resuscitation,” their first compilation album, ADULT. started playing more shows than ever as well as remixing artists. After two more 12”s and their first limited edition 7”, ADULT. delivered their second album “Anxiety Always” in 2003. Following its release, ADULT. embarked on their first “proper” US and European tour. Successive releases such as “Gimmie Trouble,” “Why Bother?,” and “The Way Things Fall” have cemented the band as a formidable act with remarkable artistic output. Currently, the band is working on a new release, “Detroit House Guests,” with the likes of Shannon Funchess (Light Asylum) and Douglas McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb) – both Folsom Main Stage alumni.
Just the facts: YACHT lives in and champions the city of Los Angeles, CA. YACHT’s core members are Jona Bechtolt (pronounced John-uh Beck-tolt) and Claire L. Evans. YACHT’s new album is called “I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler.” The album was produced by Jona Bechtolt & Rob Kieswetter. YACHT signed to Downtown Records in late 2014. YACHT’s last two critically acclaimed LPs (“Shangri-La,” “See Mystery Lights”) were released by seminal New York City label, DFA Records. Rob Kieswetter has been a close collaborator since YACHT’s inception.
YACHT have created and sold unplayable compact discs, published a philosophical handbook, designed a sunglasses collection, created a fragrance, campaigned against NSA surveillance, and given presentations about their work in art museums, tech conferences, and rock clubs. Claire and Jona are the co-founders of an app called 5 Every Day that suggests five interesting things to do in LA every day.
It's been nearly four years since Toronto-based leftfield popsters Dragonette put out a full-length album – an eternity in Pop years. Though they’ve hardly been idle in that time.
The touring around the 2012 LP “Bodyparts,” coupled with their smash collaborations with French DJ Martin Solveig, saw them almost constantly continent-hopping, sometimes swinging from Paris to Manila in a single weekend. They did tours of the US with Major Lazer, Miike Snow and The Presets, played to a packed mid-day tent at Coachella, and graced festival stages on five continents.
After a bit of depressurization, the band collaborated with top-flight electronic music producers from across the planet, including Dutch producer Mike Mago, US beatmaster Big Data, and Swedish hit-makers Galantis. All this work with other people has provided fresh fuel for the Dragonette mothership. They’re currently putting the finishing touches on their as-yet-untitled fourth album, and “Let The Night Fall” and “Lonely Heart” are a first taste of that work.