The latest release from us here at Ganjaology is the Rewind EP from the increadibly talented artist Grim. We are so excited to present to you these carefully crafted set of beats from this 17 year old Californian. Based out Irvine, CA this Producer/DJ has been cranking out looming low end for the past 3 years.
When I came across the EP’s title track, I was so stoked on the sounds that I immediately messaged Grim, this trio of tunes was just too perfect to pass up. Each tune is unique to itself yet they all come together to showcase Grim’s versatility. With somewhat of a ragga overtone, grim shows his love for sub bass music with the three tunes.
The EP starts of with the skanker of a tune “Rewind”. The tune is upbeat, relaxed and grooves along nicely with Grim’s signature percussion. Next he takes the sound deeper with the tune “Don’t Sleep” which if you’re into the dark side of Dubstep this one’s for you. To end the EP Grim has created an absolute sub stomper, “Burn”. From the second this one drops I can’t do anything but groove to it. So once again turn up your subwoofers, grab whatever you want to relax, and enjoy these tunes from the young man himself, Grim.
Out now! Free Download: HERE
The Ganjaology team recently returned from an enlivening journey down the blessed coast, where we traveled to Oakdale, CA to participate in one of the summer’s most inspiring events – Symbiosis Gathering. For those that are not familiar, Symbiosis Events is a production team which hosts gatherings around the world focused on music, art, healing and collaboration: all necessary elements which will launch us into our new collective paradigm.
From the larger-than-life art installations, to the live painting and stunning galleries… From the the variety of workshops, dance classes, and theatre performances to the magnificent marketplace of fashion and food… From the perfectly tuned sound systems to the astounding musical talent which kept us moving through the night – Symbiosis Gathering was a glance into our freely floating cloud-based foundations of the future.
With respect to the music… (breath) Wow. Words cannot describe the level of talent represented at Symbiosis this year. Six major sound stages were on the scene with superior sound systems to carry us through the weekend. Each stage had it’s own flavor, hosting many artists, all of whom were top notch in their respective fields.
To highlight, The Juke Shack was a favorite with the team, hosting artists like Max Ulis, Shawna, Ana Sia, Pumpkin, Samo Soundboy, Sabo, Brodinski, T. Williams and Popof. Surrounded with water on all sides, The Empire of Love held space for Lapalux, Vibesquade, Christian Martin, Love and Light, Delachaux, and more. Maybe the largest of the stages was The Big Island which was home to some of the biggest acts including STS9, and Poliça, plus performances by Vau De Vire Society, Sambadrop, Saul Williams, Shakti Bliss, Odesza, and Pyronauts.
The Pantheon was one of the most magical of all the stages with it’s jaw dropping design, mixing the future with the ancient. Artists represented here include Thriftworks, Kilowatts, Desert Dwellers, Kalya Scintilla, Ott, Kyrstyn Pixton, Dakini, Bird of Prey, and The Human Experience, plus workshops on bass mantra, mycology, comedy, slam poetry, Qi Gong, and the sought after class with Claire Thompson & Freq Nasty, Yoga of Bass.
For a more relaxing environment in which participants could experience both live and digital music alike, The Living Room zone was a meeting place for participants who wanted to have a coffee, grab a slice and just kick back before heading from the camping zone into the main festival arena. The homies Lafa Taylor and Nico Luminous performed here to close things out Monday morning.
Last but not least, my personal favorite stage was The Cove. With two side by side platforms for the performers, this stage was literally TWO GOOD! The audience was setup with a large grassy hill which fed into a sandy dancefloor beside a beautiful beach. The stage was packed with insatiable sounds all weekend, but Saturday night was certainly a scene to remember. The lineup, in order, starting at dusk included Bluetech, Starslinger, Cashmere Cat, Lunice, RL Grime, BOGL vs. Dials, Danny Corn, The Librarian, and Random Rab to set the morning off right. Others to perform here were Gaudi, The Coup, Mr. Carmack, Phaeleh, Shpongle, El Papachango, Dirtwire, Sidecar Tommy, Emancipator, Plantrae, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Chet Faker, Ryan Hemsworth, Mount Kimbie, Laura Low, Secret Bass Guest – Mimosa, and the digital dancefloor don An-Ten-Nae who dropped strictly bangers. God bless great music.
All in all, the gathering was a huge success. Those that made it out will continue to spread the word about the symbiotic breath that we shared this weekend. We are moving, stretching, pulsing and perspiring with newly found energy to build, to collaborate and to create. Symbiosis Gathering was an opportunity for the many levels of participants to engage in this new space and to put forth what he or she could muster to add to the already incredible alchemical production of idea into matter. From the organizers, volunteers, musicians, and vendors to the the sound techs, the production crew, and the ticket holding festival participants; everyone had a hand in making Symbiosis Gathering the cornucopia of creativity that it was.
We are standing at the edge of a sparkling sea of creation. In our hands are the stones that will ripple our very souls into the future. Use your imagination. Hold your base. Define your stone…
Big thanks to The Confluence Group and all the photographers who’s works are represented here. Scroll over each image to see the name of the photographer. Photographers include Zipporah Lomax, Setareh Vatan, Samantha Rhea Lawson, Piak Boonlert, and Mario Covic. Also, catch more footage of the gathering by The Confluence Group here. Thanks![vimeo http://vimeo.com/75804580 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75432727 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75820660 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75818588 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75430003 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75428198 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75426041 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75425261 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75806751 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″]
While many of us continue to question our place, our potential and ultimately our purpose… there are some that simply know. This is certainly the case with California’s freshest new producer, Saqi. As the newest addition to The Polish Ambassador’s emerging label Jumpsuit Records, SaQi is poised for success in a space that he has long called home.
His recently released album At Quest’s End is an inspiring look into the life and frequency of Luke Solman, better know as SaQi. The album features eleven beautifully crafted tunes featuring a number of collaborating producers including The Human Experience, Wildlight, The Polish Ambassador, Worth, KMLN & Santino Rice, and Leah Song of Rising Appalachia.
Drawing his name from the Sufi title for a mystic muse, SaQi’s productions find balance in the space between organic and electronic. These dance inspired rhythms combine musical elements from a wide array of cultures from across the planet, mixing them into magnificent arrangements of pulse and sound. It is obvious that this trumpet toting musical traveler has indeed traversed the globe many times. Here, with At Quest’s End, we see a dynamic representation of a man and his experience elegantly blended into a story told through sonic frequency.
SaQi will join the Polish Ambassador next year for the Jumpsuit Records spring tour. For SaQi, one quest has ended and another is beginning. Where are you on your journey?
Here is the last installment of the Symbiosis Music Compilation series! With only a few days left before the festival kicks off, Symbiosis has gifted you with enough music to occupy the many hours of packing that lay ahead and selected a wide range of artists that you may or may not have been familiar with before… We’ll see you down in California within the week… Until then… Enjoy!
With only ten days until Symbiosis Gathering, you can now begin planning your days down in Oakdale with the newly announced schedule. You’re able to download the schedule as a PDF and print it at your own convenience or you can synch your computer, smartphone, or tablet with a festival schedule that is will be updated in real-time. Either way, it will be nice and easy to know what’s going on throughout the duration of the Symbiosis.
One of the many wonderful artists that will be attending Symbiosis Gathering this year is the Bay Area local, Jake Atlas, better known in the music world as Thriftworks. His album RAINMAKER , which dropped in 2012, was a huge success and landed him in the eyes of bass heads around the world. This new track, Fits The Bill, really does fit the bill… in the sense that it’s going to be going on his new EP, Deviation. It’s got that signature glitchy, yet smooth, sound that Thriftworks is known for, and keeps you bouncing along to the beat nicely. This ones for the ladies out there for sure…. Enjoy, and don’t miss his set at Symbiosis Gathering later this month in Oakdale, California.
Each year it seems that the festival season ends later and later. Eventually…there will be no festival season, for it will become a lifestyle for most attendees… A year long journey of travel, sharing, music, spirituality, dancing, and joy…. For some this is already their reality,,,
In September there are many noteworthy festivals worldwide. There is Decibel Festival in Seattle…Outlook and Dimensions Music Festival in Croatia…and then there is Symbiosis Gathering taking place in Oakdale, California. This five day festival, Symbiosis, is during what some would consider to be the most beautiful time of the year. The heat of the summer has ended, and the cool fall air will just be starting to settle in most areas of the Northern hemisphere. This sounds like the perfect time to throw a music festival…
Featuring artists such as STS9, Lunice, Gaudi, Ryan Hemsworth, Star Slinger, Ott, Shpongle, and Phaeleh, Symbiosis has done an exceptional job of gathering artists from all corners of the globe to create the ultimate lineup for participants and artists alike. And like Lightning In A Bottle and Bass Coast, Symbiosis will be held at a new location this year. I hear the environment may be a little more hospitable than previous years…and there is a lake you can swim in! This is sounding good…
Here is a little preview of just a few of the artists you’ll be seeing at Symbiosis…
With so many different takes on music festivals and a countless number of factors going in to the construction, creation, and production of the whole event, only the most innovative and organized groups are able to throw what would be considered a “successful music festival.”
Just a couple weeks ago, Ganjaology was able to make it down to Southern California where The Do Lab was putting on one of the most reputable music festivals on the West coast, Lightning In A Bottle. For those of you unaware, The Do Lab is an LA based events group known for the construction their one of a kind interactive environments often built of recycled materials and illuminated with world class lights, lasers, and love.
Lightening In A Bottle was literally filled with awe. Between performances ranging from world music in the Temple Of Consciousness, to futuristic bass music taking control of the nights, to renegade rock n roll shows, to house blaring out of a tree house, musically there was something for everyone to enjoy. The stages all these artists were able to perform on were quite impressive as well.
The Lightning Stage was absolutely massive, and with a premium PK sound system straight from Canada, you had no problem hearing this stage from the back of the camping area. During the day the Lighting stage was directly under the sun, but The Do Lab made up for the lack of shade by providing giant colorful open-air space tipi’s which allowed for people to take a breather and relax comfortably while still listening to artist performing. Rusko, PantyRaid, Random Rab, Desert Dwellers, and Emancipator are just a few of the artists that played on the Lighting Stage.
The next stage, The Bamboo stage, was constructed out of giant bamboo shoots, and hosted several of my favorite shows of Lighting In A Bottle. Kastle, Griz, Andreilien, Ill-Esha, Phuture Primitave, and An-Ten-Nae all blessed the stage with a substantial amount of energy, and in return an equal amount of enthusiasm was shown from the crowd. The Bamboo stage had a main set of speakers right up against the stage, but then it also had two sets of island speaker stacks about 250 feet away from the stage pointing backwards. This created a really deep dance floor that extended back 500+ feet from the stage. There was live painting to the left of the stage, and on the right, underneath a canopy of small trees, were people hanging out on blankets and in hammocks enjoying the unique sounds of the West coast. The last official stage of LIB was the Woogie stage. This was by far the coolest stage due to the fact that the DJ’s were in a TREE HOUSE that looked like a birds nest and the sound they had blasting from the Woogie stage was coming from Funktion-One speakers.
As awesome as all the music and stages at LIB were, the aspect that set this festival apart from others that Ganjaology has attended in the past was all the next level art spread throughout the festival grounds. Some pieces of art at festivals will make you say “Oh that looks cool…” or “Wow…that’s interesting…” and then continue on your way, but what The Do Lab brought (artists and pieces of art combined) was art that made you think. Art that invoked strong emotions from all festival attendees and made them want to not only look and gawk, but ask questions and give feedback about what they were experiencing. I saw some people hanging out underneath instillations like the giant spider or in Neil Johnson’s human sized termite mound for HOURS. I asked a few people why they were sitting in/under these instillations and their response was “Why not? Where else will you get to experience something like this? This is magic.”
All in all, Lightning In A Bottle is a festival not to be missed next year. The energy was high, the people were exceptionally awesome, the music will truly speak to your heart, and The Do Lab loves what they do.
What else could you ask for?
Last but not least, Ganjaology would like to give a big thanks to The Do Lab, The Confluence, Kelsey’s Creations, Roadz Less Traveled, Dropping Form Designs, and Neil Johnson. You’re all awesome and we will see you next year!
Now enjoy some images of Southern California’s favorite festival, Lightning In A Bottle.
All Photos Taken By Alex Gaynor, Jorge Meza, Cameron Jordan, Jessica Bernstein, and Brian Erzen. Thanks for the beautiful pictures!
With only one week left to prepare for the legendary West coast music festival, Lighting In A Bottle, thousands of people are getting ready to congregate and celebrate all the beauty of life through music, dance, and all other art forms, in Temecula, California.
With tons of artists to see throughout the course of the five day extravaganza, there are a few names you should put at the top of your ‘Do Not Miss’ list. Ill-esha is definitely on that list. Native to British Colombia, Canada, but currently living in Denver, Colorado, ill-esha has been a name in the bass music community for years now and has released music on Dub Police, Subway, Street Ritual, Muti Music, Simplify, and most recently, Gravitas Recordings.
Ill-esha captivates the crowds attention 100% when she is performing. March 2012 I was able to catch a live performance (that I accidentally stumbled upon) at Envision music festival in Uvita, Costa Rica. The energy from that night has stuck with me ever since. Between DJing, singing over her own tracks, covering genre’s from glitch-hop to midtempo to dubstep, triggering samples and playing keys, ill-esha displays a true love for the music she makes and plays.
Below are some examples of the sounds ill-esha has been pushing for the last few years along with the title track of her new album Whiplash Recovery.
With Lighting In A Bottle less than a month away, people from across the globe are gathering their energy and preparing for the journey they will soon be making to Southern California, for one of America’s most unique musical gatherings of the year. As you’ve probably heard already, The Do Lab has done an extraordinary job (once again) booking the most original and inspirational artists to bless LIB with the sounds and vibes that participants crave. One of the groups that I love to see time and time again are the West Coast duo, Desert Dwellers. Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe have an incredibly unique electronic/world sound that mostly contains a downtempo/glitch-hop vibe, and is composed of live instrumentation, new-age synthesizers, and fat gurgling bass lines. You’ll surely enjoy this easy listening, positive music. Make sure you don’t miss their set at Lighting In A Bottle this year!
Here comes a brand new tune entitled Butterfly Moonlight, from the Californian bass lord, Russliquid. He’s going to be all over the place this summer (What The Festival?!, Electric Forest, Photosynthesis…just to name a few) so be sure you catch his set wherever it happens to be!
California never fails to keep things funky. With this fact being well known across the globe, it makes sense that at one of the most incredible festivals to come this year, Lightning In A Bottle, they will be hosting one of the funkiest artists of our lifetime, The Polish Ambassador. Upon pressing play on any of this Oakland artists songs, you’ll feel nothing but purely positive vibes being blasted through your speakers. The Polish Ambassadors live shows seem to have the same effect on people. Everyone is dancing harder than they have all week… people are sharing smiles left and right with best friends and total strangers… peoples moods and minds are lifted to a higher dimension of understanding… and then there is the visual show to go along with the music…
Lightning In A Bottle has an absolute stellar lineup this year, and The Polish Ambassador is only one of the many talented artists who will be performing between the days of July 11th – 15th in Temecula, California.
All the music below is free to download, so be sure to beef up your music library and take all your favorite Polish Ambassador tunes to go!
July is right around the corner…I can almost feel the heat now. For the last few months the anticipation for LIB’s lineup was huge. That anticipation is now over. The lineup is out, and as you may have guessed, it’s major! From Eskmo to Rusko… from Desert Dwellers to Emancipator…from Pantyraid to Kastle…only the finest and most original artists have been selected to bring the party to you at the new Lighting In A Bottle location, Lake Skinner, Temecula, California, from July 11th-14th. You’ve still got some time to familiarize yourself with all the artists you don’t know before the festival kicks off…but let’s start off by previewing some tunes by the biggest headliners there this year.
Nevergreen – This is still one of the most chill songs I’ve ever come across in my lifetime. Big ups everyone living in the North West and everywhere else green in this world!
Aye Rusko…Cockney Thug just one time?
Oh you know panties are gonna start dropping…
Having experienced my first Lucent Dossier Experience show in the jungle of Costa Rica in 2012, I will forever have love for the talented Californian performance troop.
The Polish Ambassador – A. Has such a long name he gets his own line on the lineup poster! #winning — and — B. Plays the most upbeat grimy and positive glitch-hop shows around. Big ups his video guy and their jump suits!
STAY TUNED FOR MORE LIB ARITST PREVIEWS AND CHECK OUT http://lightninginabottle.org FOR MORE INFO!
There is only 24 hours left to purchase your Rush-N-Get-Em discounted presale tickets for The Do Lab’s legendary music festival in Temecula, California, LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE. Having moved locations this year, the energy at this festival is going to be like few other in the world. Music, art of countless different forms, people from every corner of the planet, positive vibrations, and a beautiful landscape, will create an unforgettable and magical memory for all participants alike.
The lineup is still unannounced but stay tuned for more about Lightning In A Bottle….
or the Regulation of a Natural in the Land of a Thousand Kisses,
by Papillon Philippe, Comte du Cray
The prohibition has ended. Welcome to the second G…. Rush.
For the first time in the history of American capitalism, the tobacco and alcohol industries are going to get some serious competition. Their markets will shrink a substantial amount; may be 25%.
How is this going to happen you might ask?
Very simply: the new kid on the block is called cannabis (C). Its consumption and its trade is now, as we speak, being legalized by the state governments of Washington and Colorado. You can now walk the streets of downtown Seattle while puffing on a (C) cigarette, freely. I was doing so last month one evening. A policeman walked by me. He did not say a word, nor did he even look in my direction. But he for sure smelled it. I suspected he probably smoked it too…
A new society awareness is being invented by the American population. One can draw a direct parallel with the 1930’s when alcohol became finally legal.
Only one must add to this comparison a fact of pure wonder, the one that will change the world as we know it: cannabis acting as the “health angel”, which in turn will prove alcohol (as well as tobacco) as “hell’s angels”. An iconic, societal combat is about to begin.
We will separate our study in two parts:
The first explains how cannabis teaches you the creative process, which starts with the thought process and finishes with the emotional one, while the link is played by the nervous system. Creativity is the voyage between the thought and the emotion. To travel the distance, we depend on the nerve. We ride on it.
We must therefore protect the latter — which is what alcohol (A), tobacco (T) and cannabis (C) do so well — in order to facilitate the creative process. Only we will explain how one of those three actors, (C), does it so much more effectively, because, among other reasons (those two being linked):
It creates much less side effects than the two others; which, in turn, makes (C) a much better actor on neuro-transmitters.
The second part will explain how the (C) makes you physiologically aware of the deficits of (A) and (T), and their taxing on one’s psycho-physical wealth. We all know about how bad those two compounds are for us (except for the moderate consumption of wholesome, pure, synthetics free red wine). But here, we will explore how (C) gets you to the feeling of such deficits, which in turn will subconsciously dictate behavioral and life style changes. And that for the better.
Photo by Noom Srisunakorn
Look out! Naturally thriving in the dead of winter, Eskmo is set for yet another big EP release this season with Ancestor Records. I guess it’s irony that allows one of the world’s coldest producers to reside in sunny southern California. The Terra EP will be the follow up to the recently released EP – Language. The seven song EP will be made available for “pay what you will” purchase via Eskmo.com on January 21, 2012.
If you love this man’s music, be sure to grab the files…
And if he’s landing in your city, don’t miss the show!
Jan 17 – San Francisco – The Independent
Jan 18 – Arcata – Arcata Theatre
Feb 14 – Breckenridge – Three20South
Feb 15 – Avon – Agave
Feb 16 – Denver – Cervantes
Mar 21 – Portland, OR – BRANX
Mar 30 – Austin – The Parish
Apr 3 – Atlanta – Terminal West
Apr 4 – NYC – Highline Ballroom
Apr 6 – Asheville – Orange Peel
Jul 11 – Mariaville NY – ?
From the ripe age of seven, the man we know as Gaudi has been passionately producing the one thing that fuels him – MUSIC. Now celebrating 30 years in the making, Gaudi’s MUSIC is massive! If you’ve caught one of his sets this year you know how hard this fella throws it down. With an abundance of dubbed out bass lines and an impressive display of analogue instruments to shake the room, Gaudi’s performances smoothly move the dance.
Performing this weekend in Egypt as a part of the Great Convergence gathering taking place at the Great Pyramids of the Giza Platuea, Gaudi is at the top of the world! Over the past 30 years, Gaudi has been creating and compiling sounds which have been heard across the cosmos. His journey has taken him through punk, rock, reggae, soul and many other world musical styles. For this man, MUSIC is no past time. For Gaudi, MUSIC is his heart, his hands, his base and his breath.
Gaudi’s newest album is up for release in March 2013 with Six Degrees Records, and we can surely expect a masterpiece. His 13th album will feature a number of guest recording artists including the legendary Michael Rose of Black Uhuru, dub master Lee Scratch Perry, and his musical partner Danny Ladwa, plus many more.
We had the distinct pleasure to link with Gaudi for an interview this past month in Nevada City, CA where he was performing at The Haven. Let’s hear what he had to say.
INTERVIEW WITH GAUDI :: NEVADA CITY, CA – NOVEMBER 2012
GANJAOLOGY : This is Ganjaology… and we’re here with Gaudi, the international bass man!! So you’re celebrating 30 years in the music industry this year. And Right now we’re sitting in Nevada City, CA.
GAUDI: Green room, back stage!
GANJAOLOGY : I guess let’s just start off with, tell us a little about yourself… About who you are and where you’re from.
GAUDI : Who am I? I’m just a normal person who loves… “something”, that “something” has always been so strong for me… the calling from that “something” was so intense that it made me do a few drastic turns in my life in order to follow that “something” called MUSIC. [When you spell it for this interview please spell it all in capital letters, because for me this word has to be written, in capital]. That beautiful big thing called MUSIC, no genre of music, but more “style” than genre. Genre has been located by humans into music – this is called reggae, this is called rock, this is called funk and so on – but MUSIC in reality is for me just one big unified entity, divided only in two big sections: good MUSIC…and bad music.
So let’s try to… not pretentiously, but realistically, try to explore the good music territory, and then of course I have my music preferences, as you know my passion, my love, my natural direction is reggae music. For my original sound I combine the deep dub bass lines from Reggae music – very sexy and curvaceous, very provocative and seductive, very feminine – with electronic production techniques – solid groove, definitely masculine, like a muthafucka unstoppable train in full speed, determined and well solid on the track!! You can’t really stand still with those two combined ingredients can you?
GANJAOLOGY : Awesome, that’s a perfect start!
GAUDI : Yeah, so I professionally started my music career as you correctly stated, 30 years ago. But it was even earlier at the age of 7 when I was studying piano, that I knew for certain that my life would have been related with music! Problem was that my parents were totally contrary to my vision, you know, parents of that generation were not so open minded to consider music as a “real job”, so in order to make them happy I became an orthodontist, which is the person who creates teeth, and worked for a few years in the early eighties following that specialization; well to be precise, I was working in the day time and I was play my music in the night time with my new-wave punk band… I was playing my analogue synthesizer KORG MS20, and I was also “playing” a piece of corrugated metal that I was hitting with a hammer on stage! Yes that was my music in 1981.
Success…? Zero. Money…? Zero. Happiness…? One thousand smiles per hour! And that happiness was my determination that helped to over-cross all the obstacles of my early career. My very first music experiment was my 1981 electronic album recorded in partnership with Italian eclectic music producer Diego D’Agata. Our project name was “Paranoise Rhythm and Noise”, the album title was “Doctor, I am a fish!”… Wow, it was simply atrocious. But perfectly atrocious, an atrocious album for atrocious people; we sold 11 copies of it. Hehehe, a great start.
GANJAOLOGY : Beautiful. Let’s fast forward to 2012. We are here on the West Coast in California. I’ve caught a couple of your sets this summer. Big successes – big, big shows. I saw you at Symbiosis as well as Lightning In A Bottle. I think my most exciting moment with you was at LIB. With no prior expectation you showed up in an art gallery the last night of the festival, after your official set on the main stage, and played a renegade set. Wow! Ya, so how was that?
GAUDI : I personally loved that set. Ya, they requested me to play a DJ set after my show. I love The Do Lab guys so I accepted, easy. The energy in the crowd was so amazing, genuine and authentic, I played a set 100% improvised, going entirely with the flow of that night, man it was simply phenomenal! Do you remember Danny? (Danny Ladwa is Gaudi’s vocalist and beat-boxer).
DANNY : I fucking loved it man. That was an epic set!
GANJAOLOGY : It was really cool. So that was really in the spirit of the festival. At festivals, renegade sets are something that happen often. I really enjoy those types of performances. As a performer, whether in a festival or otherwise, what’s your favorite aspect of performance? What is it that makes you love being a performer?
GAUDI : There are two important factors that I consider for my live performance: the technical aspect is very important, making sure that everything works on stage, as u see I play fully live, no computer on stage; so I need to make sure that all my synthesizers, tape echoes, Theremin, Dub sirens, vocoder, and gear in general works, and make sure that my sound engineer is ready and prompt to solve any potential problem…. Then when everything works technically, I need to consider the second important factor, which is the live show itself, the interaction with my crowd, the concentration and flow of the performance.
GANJAOLOGY : Ya, the crowd interaction is big time. So I caught your set at Burning Man last year. You played the last night on the Playa and that was my first exposure to hearing you play. Which was phenomenal.
GAUDI : Thank you, much appreciated.
GANJAOLOGY : But at that time you were playing solo, now you have…
GAUDI: Danny Ladwa “my partner in crime”, on vocals and percussion
GANJAOLOGY : Yes, Danny, I’ve seen a few sets with him as well. How does his presence play into your performance?
GAUDI : Well, I really wanted another talented artist with me on stage in order to enforce even more the live element that always distinguished my performances from all the other electronic artists, I need to be fully live in order to enjoy my performance, it is my “old school” approach to live activity, since when I started in the 80s. What I do on stage is very hard and requires a lot of attention, I play multiple instruments, sometimes I sing, I dub Danny’s voice and percussion live thru my analogue mixer, most of the time when I am performing one track for example, I have to think about the following track and simultaneously program my synthesizers for the next song etc. As I said there’s no computer on stage, I don’t want to use the computer on stage, I just want to keep it analogue in that way until I can. I’m coming from the old school analogue electronic music and I know how to work in that territory…. and I have fun doing it. I also play a real air-horn on stage thru my tape-echo, it gives an instant authentic “reggae flavor”, engaging!
GANJAOLOGY : I’ve never seen someone use air-horns so gracefully. Seriously, it’s really awesome. So, Danny gives support when you need it?
GAUDI : Oh yes, he gives me a lot of support and help, after many many gigs together, on stage we are extremely connected with each other. Five years ago I announced an audition for singers, I needed a vocalist for my tour; I auditioned 11 singers and I selected two, which I both liked a lot. The first singer went on tour with me for a year then something went wrong, the other singer was with me the following year but there was something that didn’t make me fully happy. They were both good, they both did their job correctly… but “good” for me is not enough, I need VIBE, which is one of the most important elements for my music! Everything in those days can be “good”, this for example (pointing to his plate of food) is good food but frankly it’s not excellent, and if I have the chance to choose between a good dish and an excellent dish, like you will do, I will certainly go for the excellent. Basically after several auditions I found my “excellent dish”, called Danny.
DANNY : Gaudi found his restaurant!
GAUDI : Ya man, I found my restaurant. This gentleman came to my studio in London and as soon as he started his audition, I was like “fuck” (pardon my French) and I’ve handcuffed him to me since!
GANJAOLOGY : Haha, excellent!
GANJAOLOGY : You have an upcoming release, do you want to talk about that?
GAUDI : I have an upcoming album which is my number thirteen, it’s gonna be released worldwide in March 2013 by legendary label Six Degrees Records, I’m really enthusiastic about it. There are really good music guests on this album: a track features reggae legend Michael Rose from Black Uhuru, there’s also a track I wrote with Lee Scratch Perry and The Orb, Mr. Danny Ladwa of course involved in two tracks, Twilight Circus, Hedflux, Jahmai, Deadly Hunta to name a few.
GANJAOLOGY : We are certainly looking forward to that! Last question. If there was one thing that you wanted to say to all of your listeners and everyone that’s grooved with you over the years and any future listeners, what would you say to them?
GAUDI : I would say that, in relation of my 30 years of music activity, that all the big mistakes that I made during the path on this beautiful journey; those big mistakes, which at that precise moment you feel you going through a catastrophe – they are the key for my… let’s call it establishment. Because those mistakes, so bad at the time that happened… made me much, much stronger and created a sort of armor around me and gave me even more determination. I’d suggest to try to transform the negative thing of the mistakes you’ve done in a positive constructive future foundations. That’s my singular opinion, that’s what happened to me.
GANJAOLOGY : That’s cool, that’s particularly useful for me on a personal level. Seriously…
GAUDI : I think it is an useful formula to keep in consideration every day.
GANJAOLOGY : Thank you.
GAUDI : And for the non-musician peeps…. the “normals”… Haha, and I say ‘normals’ because the musicians are not normal. We all are a bit cookoo I think. For the non-musician friends I just want to send an invitation in the air, an invitation to support music!
Yes, MUSIC is free, it travels free and it enriches you for free, no boundaries, so beautiful… But please never forget that behind a record there is a hard, hard work. This includes a solid investment of energy, money, passion, love, effort etc. If you see a pair of shoes in a shop and you like it so much that you wanna buy it, you’re going to save your money and you’re going to buy these shoes right? If you fancy a raw food meal, you just go to the restaurant and you buy your raw food meal, and if you like that specific shirt that unfortunately is quite expensive but you really really want it, you save some money and you go to the shop and you buy that specific shirt, then you are happy right?
So… if you really like an artist – forget about me, I’m talking about MUSIC in general – If you really like an artist and you really like his music, or her music, or their music; you save your money and as you would do with your fucking shoes, you go and buy that beautiful music, simply because you want to support that artist, or that label, or that producer, that music genre et cetera.
So I’m just kindly asking, think about it. You can use the “music piracy” in a constructive way, as I absolutely do: I download an album that I want to listen to, I listen to it because with the modern technology I can listen to the album for free, and if I like it I buy it! Done. If I don’t like it I don’t buy it, simple. If you don’t like my music do not buy it, I respect you 100%. But you can surely explore it for free first, then you make your decision, right? Lets use the piracy mechanism in a constructive way. Let’s not be scared about anything. Lets transform all we need in a positive way!
I personally always bought my music, with happiness… always, all the fucking time, and I will always do it.
You know why? Because…
I LOVE MUSIC.
– Gaudi –
Ill-Esha has been known for making some of the funkiest and moving gltich-hop this world has ever seen. This mini mix entitled Making Friends At Altitude, is just another display of the talent this West Coast based producer poses. Here is what Ill-Esha has to say about this mix in her own words…
“The “Imaginary Friends” 6-track EP was released on Muti Music on November 1st and is a painted sonic daydream of wishful thinking and intention. The product of years of self-induced solitude, this was the love I always wanted to have in my life and it was my sole way of expressing it to others from the depths of the studio.
“Altitude Sickness” is a brand new, 4-track unreleased EP written as a love letter to the state of Colorado and the transformation it has affected throughout my life. Paying homage to the raging glitch hop basslines and midtempo funky vibes of the mountains, but also the sincerity, love and pure energy that its people have shown me and inspired in me.
I thought I’d weave the two EPs together to make this minimix, and throw in a verbal layer of friends both real and imaginary through acapellas. Featuring three of my extremely talented MC friends – ProbCause (Chicago), Chadio Treetrunk (Vancouver) and Joe Mousepad (San Francisco) – plus some people I wish I actually knew, I hope you enjoy this montage of original music and fresh energy!!!”
Cover Art excerpted from Aaron Geeraert’s piece created specially for the track “Imaginary Friends”
Tracklist (All Tracks Produced by ill-esha, x = acapella)
The Only Cure (Imaginary Friends)
Mood Swings (Imaginary Friends) x ProbCause “Flex” (The Recipe, Bonafyde)
Imaginary Friends (Imaginary Friends)
Lakeside (Imaginary Friends) x ill-esha “When The Bass Drops” (original w/I-Cue, Envloop)
Altitude Sickness (Altitude Sickness) x Chadio Treetrunk “Victoria Block” (unreleased)
Tropic Thunder (Imaginary Friends) x Joe Mousepad “Chicken Scratch” (Joe Mousepad vs Glitch Hop, Street Ritual)
Oxytocin ft. Ronnie Sumrall (Altitude Sickness)
Capricious Nights (Altitude Sickness) x Outkast “Ms. Jackson”
SwaySway (Imaginary Friends) x Aaliyah “Rock The Boat”
Mountain Opus ft. Samuel Wexler (Altitude Sickness)