Composer, DJ, engineer and producer Jackson Stell has been making hip-hop-influenced beats since his teenage years in Massachusetts, but he didn’t begin doing it under the name Big Wild until he’d relocated to the sunny climes of the Golden State in his twenties. Things began to take off for him once in Los Angeles—thanks to the release of several well-received singles—and the electronic musician toured with the likes of Odesza, Tycho, Pretty Lights and Bassnectar. Earlier this year, Big Wild (above, his video for “Aftergold”) released his first EP, Invincible (stream it below). “Critics have been lauding title track and first single ‘Invincible’ as being distinctly his own: lush and soaring, lithe chimes crowded out by fat brass on the chorus, hits of keys and burgeoning strings filling the in-between and the punch of Ida Hawk’s vocals atop it all,” according to Exclaim. “The track is good—really good—but second single ‘I Just Wanna’ throws down like no other, its slow, thick beat, chopped, repetitive vocals, blown-out synth breakdown and piano flourishes making it impossible to overlook.” So don’t overlook Big Wild when he plays The Bowery Ballroom on Friday night. Tennyson and IHF (Imagined Herbal Flowers) open the show. (Saturday’s appearance at Music Hall of Williamsburg is already sold out.)
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DJ and producer Lorin Ashton has been winning over fans across the world as Bassnectar thanks to his wild live performances and incredible light shows, not to mention his activism and community engagement. Several years ago Bassnectar kicked off his first regional event called a Bass Center. And the most recent installment, Bass Center VIII, comes to Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. Per Ashton himself, “It’s a ‘Come One, Come All’ special event, with people traveling from all corners, coming from miles around, road tripping, hitchhiking, sky diving, teleporting by any means necessary to gather under one roof for the 8th Bass Center: our largest, wildest, noisiest and most beautiful to date.” And of course, Bassnectar won’t be going it alone. Not only can you expect a huge dance party and a crazy light show, but he’ll also be joined by like-minded acts Big Gigantic, Rusko and Paper Diamond. Come be a part of the party. It will be one not to miss.
With electronic dance music becoming so popular over the past few years, it’s become increasingly difficult to stand out among the crowd. But Grant Kwiecinski, who records and performs as GRiZ, has an ace up his sleeve: “I don’t have fancy recording equipment, amazing speakers, crazy keyboards, complicated sample packs, proper studio time, cutting edge midi controllers or outboard mixing gear. What I do have is an endless imagination of the future/now, unrelenting will, constant fascination and a heart that has no capacity to stop loving and trying.” The Detroit native became known for mixing the saxophone with funky beats on his smash debut, Mad Liberation, released late last year, which propelled him from DJing college parties to opening for Bassnectar and then doing his own tours. And in his downtime, GRiZ worked on his sophomore LP, the equally acclaimed Rebel Era (stream it below), released last month. See him tonight at Terminal 5.
Hot weather, hot music, hot fun in the summertime! Bassnectar knows a thing or two about festivals. And this Saturday at South Island Field is your very last chance to see Bassnectar in the Northeast for the rest of 2011. That alone would be enough reason to hop on a ferry to Governors Island, but Bass Island is about much more than just Lorin Ashton’s free-form-electronica alter ego. It’s a mashup of music, art and culture, plus it’s eight hours of one hit act after another: Bassnectar (above, doing “Here We Go” at last year’s Shambala), Lupe Fiasco, Z-Trip, Prefuse 73, Virtual Boy, Dave Nada and Joro Boro. Come on out. Enjoy the sights, enjoy the sounds and enjoy yourself. Summer won’t last forever. And make sure you check out Bassnectar’s Bass Island survival guide.
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