RUSSELL E.L. BUTLER, KODEK, 7 SYNTHS & VJ WICKISS

21/09/2017 (19:00 CEST)

KODEK performs live using Eurorack modular (Voices - DinSync OSC303 trough Pico VCF3, Make Noise Tellharmonic, Noise Engineering Loqueric Iteritas trough Bastl Cinnamon VCF; Drums - Erica Bassdrum, Erica Pico Drum x2; Sequencers - 2x Erica Pico Seq, Erica Trigger Sequencer, Bastl Popcorn; FX - 2x Pico DSP), BOSS ODB-3, Erica Synths FusionBox.

 

KODEK is perhaps the most progressive representative of the contemporary underground music scene in Latvia. Creating sounds in atypical genres, he operates with current actualities, usually surprising bystanders with his over-modern attitude to the accepted standards. Producing in aesthetics of some of the heaviest chiptune, to savory synth funk, to his recent fantastic leap into techno, KODEK embodies the energy and excitement that only comes from truly independent music. With his shows he usually challenges listeners to think outside what is seen as ‘normal’ by the conservative sweep of culture. In his live performances and records KODEK is known to drift far away from the well-known and conventional. From 2005 he has been a regular player both on the local stage & abroad - rocking out dance floors from trendy nightclubs to underground heavy metal events. KODEK is also the winner of the best electronic music album 2012 at the Latvian Music Awards for his album “Flavors From The Future”, his latest release being album Hi-Low Aerobics published on Dirty Deal Audio in 2016. At the moment KODEK works as a team rider for “Erica Synths” being an essential part of the structure.

Russell Butler is an experimental artist and DJ based in Oakland, California. Originally from Bermuda, Russell has developed a process of improvisation that draws from a rich cultural of history rooted in their island and the black, queer diaspora. For the past few years they have been making a brand of stripped down machine techno that has evolved rapidly with each successive release. Transplantation, evolution, and healing are themes in Russell’s music. They based their 2015 album, “God is Change”, on Octavia Butler’s Parable series of novels, in which these are central tenets of the philosophy that the books explore. Since its release “God is Change” has received major acclaim, with NPR naming it one of their top 10 favorite electronic albums of 2015. In 2016, Russell released “Visions of the Future” on Jacktone Records, which is a collection of improvised modular synthesizer sessions. A month later, Russell’s follow up to “God is Change”, “The First Step”, was released on Black Opal. “The First Step” is dedicated to the “…black, brown, trans, queer, and gay folks of Oakland” and posits that “…sometimes to resist oppression, all we must do is simply exist. That is the first step. Let us strive to walk without fear.” Russell's newest record, “I'm Dropping Out of Life”, was released on January 30th via CGI Records and has already received praise from NPR, Fact, Thump, and The Fader, with early play by DJs like Nina Kraviz, Umfang, and Powder.

7 Synths perform live using: Korg King, Korg Kaoss Pad, Korg Kaossilator, Korg MS2000, Alesis Micron, Acces Virus Indigo, Waldorf Bloefeld.

 

7 Synths is a solo project of keyboardist, composer & producer Kaspars Tobis. Since 2000, he has been a member of the rock-band Dzelzs Vilks (Iron Wolf in Latvian), which has been one of the most successful alternative bands in Latvia for more than two decades. Apart from programming and playing keyboards in Dzelzs Vilks, he has been collaborating with musicians in Latvia and abroad, to name a few - Brainstorm, Mumiy Troll, Ainars Mielavs and others. Kaspars has also co-authored music for several theatre performances as well as for contemporary dance performances by Olga Zitluhina. In 2001 his first solo album Zenithsign was released. His second album Concert for 7 Synthesizers was released in 2013 and has received the Latvian Music Recording Award, Zelta Mikrofons as the Best Electronic Album 2013. In relation to this record, media often calls him the Latvian Jean Michel Jarre. The artist himself explains that the project 7 Synths takes the feeling of working in an electronic studio to the stage while performing both prepared compositions & creating sequences in real time. In his performances Kaspars uses four to nine digital & analog synthesisers & different devices and the combination is never the same.