Elements Festival NYC w/ Zeds Dead at TBA | New York City, NY | August 12th, 2017 – August 13th, 2017
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ELEMENTS FESTIVAL NYC



  • Date:Saturday, August 12, 2017 - Sunday, August 13, 2017
  • Venue:TBA
  • Age:18+
  • Artists:GRiZ, Zeds Dead, Flying Lotus, The Knocks, Bakermat, Barclay Crenshaw, Brodinski, Cats ’N Dogz, Chris Lake, Damian Lazarus, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Ekali, Giraffage, Justin Martin, Michael Calfan, Nora En Pure, Shiba San, Almand, Chet Porter, Croatia Squad, Gillian Moss, GG Magree, Jesse Perez, Kasbo, Mome, Pusher, Stelouse, Tennyson, The Golden Pony, Volac, Alex English, Daniel Cowel, Dirty Looks, Jackal Jyve, Hiawatha, Matt Sebastian, Motum, Option4, Patrick Grooves, (Tr)otter
  • Promoters:BangOn! NYC
  • Time:01:00 PM – 11:00 PM

GRIZ

A true pioneer and master of musical expression, GriZ (Grant Kwiecinski) stands head-and-shoulders above the competition in terms of the sheer variety of his ever-evolving technical prowess. A tremendously passionate and soulful producer, GriZ has a peerless knack for creating profoundly engaging melodies to offset the presence of his phenomenally designed bass. Where many artists become mired in a over-simplified and standardized method of production for the sake of creative efficiency; GriZ has no qualms sacrificing speed for the sake of quality, technical diversity, and an unrelenting devotion to progress and dynamism. Beginning his saga as a producer at the young age of fourteen, it is immediately evident that his talent and devotion will lead him on a journey of exceptional musical diversity and exploration. From funky rhythms to jazzy melodic embellishment, GriZ effortlessly incorporates his instrumental zeal for the saxophone with his lifelong dedication to soulful, laser-infused beat-making. This is only the beginning for Grant, and already the stylistic range of his material is both inspirational and utterly awe-inspiring.

ZEDS DEAD

The tape reads Biography. Pop it in. Rewind. Press play. A whiskey-voiced narrator starts speaking as the hazy images come into focus.

‘It’s 2010. Zeds Dead is about to play one of their first shows in the basement of a dive bar in Toronto. Behind the brick walls and the unfinished ceiling exposed wires hang freely. The air smells of booze, smoke, and sweat. A crowd is lined up outside, flasks hang from their back pockets and cigarettes from their lips. Abandoned drinks rest on the lip of the dj booth while joints get sparked in the corners.’

‘The tiny room is packed. Nobody quite knows how to describe the music yet. When Hooks and DC start their set the earth trembles. The air becomes charged and almost sexual. Everyone goes crazy. You feel the music in your bones. Your marrow shakes. You don’t know what they will play next but you know it might just change your life. Everybody at those early shows could tell – these guys are gonna be big.’

Fast forward a few scenes. The narrator continues.

‘It’s 2013. Zeds Dead is killing it. They’ve got an enormous catalogue that includes remixes for some of the biggest artists out there, and releases with the most credible labels in the game. They’ve accumulated hundreds of millions of views online. They play tours of over 70 dates to hundreds of thousands of people. Fans love their shows, critics love their creativity, and heads love their production. They’re big. Really big.’

Rewind again. Further than before.

‘The date’s not important. The place is Toronto, Canada. Teenagers Zack Rapp-Rovan and Dylan Mamid are introduced – they hit it off immediately over a shared love of classic hip hop, music production, and digging through crates. They join forces and call themselves Mass Productions aka MP Records. Dylan becomes DC and Zack becomes Hooks. They work out of DC’s often smoky garage. Critiquing, dissecting and swapping samples. They grow with every tune. They get on a level where their combined sound is unified and strong. MP releases an LP of hip hop instrumentals called Fresh Beets. It’s a pivotal moment for the duo.’

Fast forward a couple chapters.

‘It’s 2009 and hip hop is in a coma. Hooks and DC are about to have an epiphany that will change everything. They thirst for something new. They want to make people move to their sounds and not just bob their heads, but to grind, heave, shiver, stomp, and dance to their music. They want to capture the ecstasy and comradery of house, the heart pummelling thrill of Drum and Bass, the beauty of ambient music, and the heaviness of electro – all in one sound. They want to push boundaries. To challenge themselves and their listeners to’.

The movie cuts out. Ribbons of static shimmer across the blackness. Someone has taped over this part. A scene from ‘Pulp Fiction’ flickers on screen. Butch and Fabienne are sitting on top of a Harley Davidson.

FABIENNE: ‘Who’s motorcycle is this?’
BUTCH: ‘Its a chopper, baby.’
FABIENNE: ‘Who’s chopper is this?’
BUTCH: ‘Zed’s.’
FABIENNE: ‘Who’s Zed?’
BUTCH: ‘Zed’s dead, baby, Zed’s dead.’

The screen goes black.

FLYING LOTUS

Flying Lotus’ albums are events. They’re not issued with a mechanic regularity and they don’t subscribe to recognized formulae. For those prone to astral traveling and metaphysical introspection they are another piece of the puzzle. For those, let’s say more ‘conventional’ listeners, the records are grand and ghostly sweeping movements – the sort of which are rarely undertaken at present. For being such a potent strain of future-thinking music, the scope of Flying Lotus’ full-lengths recall the ambition and vision of many older masters while at the same time look unflinchingly towards the beyond.

As the psychic ripples caused by Flying Lotus’ Cosmogramma are still felt, the ground broken by its larger-than-life presence has proven to be very fertile soil indeed. That opus illustrated the universe that Flying Lotus inhabited, one in which Californian psychedelic gurus bumped elbows with Radiohead while the synthesizers were tuned to the strains of outré soul jams and the orchestra was conducted by the psilocybin-assisted movements of the deepest free-jazz nomads. From the neon afterglow of this ‘space-opera’ would come the vapor trails leading to FlyLo’s next revelation.

THE KNOCKS

When it comes to origin stories, The Knocks have a good one. After meeting at The New School in New York City, Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner and James “JPatt” Patterson both found themselves in need of a place to live. The two moved in together, and quickly set about making their neighbors hate them. “Our apartment was this small, shitty Avenue C apartment with paper thin walls. We both had studio set-ups in our rooms,” explains B-Roc. “It would be loud as hell, and the neighbors hated it. They’d knock on the walls and bang on the ceiling. We would go into each other’s rooms and say ‘I just got the knocks.’”

Declared by the NME as one of the “20 hottest producers in music” as “cred-pop’s answer to the Neptunes” by The Guardian – they are now one of the most buzzed-about duos on the electronic circuit. JPatt’s background in soul and funk and B-Roc’s years spent immersed in trip-hop and hip-hop beats has allowed them to quickly ascend the production ranks. Initially gaining recognition for their remixes for artists including Haim, Santigold, Foster the People, Two Door Cinema, Ellie Goulding, Chiddy Bang,Passion Pit and The 1975, they eventually found themselves experimenting with sounds of their own.

B-Roc and JPatt didn’t think much would come of a nearly five-minute track they had been building, all tense beats and tingling synths. “It kind of started out as a joke,” says B-Roc. “But people were liking that more than the stuff we produced for other people,” says B-Roc. “It felt right.” The duo quickly discovered a newfound freedom in creating their own songs. “It’s better because it’s ours, and we can do whatever we want with it,” explains JPatt.

When The Knocks realized the chord they’d struck, they opened their own custom-built studio Heavy Roc Music on the Lower East Side in New York City. Over the past three years, the duo has been jet-setting around the globe for DJ gigs, sharing stages with Grouplove, M.I.A., Two Door Cinema Club, Dragonette, Sleigh Bells, Chromeo and chrome… all while releasing infectious singles that have turned The Knocks into blog darlings. After releasing “Dancing with the DJ” in 2010 via Heavy Roc , the song shot to #1 on Hype Machine and hit #1 on Japan’s Electronic Songs Chart, with heavy rotation at JJJ. Their Magic EP showed a more mature side, continuing that progression on singles ‘Modern Hearts’ featuring St Lucia, and the new EP Comfortable – out on Neon Gold Feb 17th. Be prepared, because The Knocks will be knocking at your door and stereo very soon.

BAKERMAT

Bakermat, an alias for young Dutch producer Lodewijk Fluttert, had a quick rise. In just three months he gained a lot of views, likes and followers with his productions. He has always had an obsession with music, in many genres. From an early age the young Bakermat was into jazz and blues and discovered house music at the age of 12. By fanatically listening to every track that was posted on blogspots he had quickly built up a huge library. When he was 18, he went to the University of Utrecht to study Psychology. It was there that he discovered deep house and producing his own music.

He started practising a lot with production and deejaying and quickly developed a sound of his own. His signature sound, deep house with jazz and soul influences, started to attract a lot of attention in a short time. He went from being an ordinary student with no musical network at all to a producer with labels and agencies knocking on his door. In September Bakermat signed a contract with agency Soulmax, knowing that they will bring him to the next level.

His sets are filled with joy and happiness, and are always melodic. Saxophones, flutes, trumpets, Bakermat tries to use them frequently. The combination of these jazz instruments with deep house music is what makes Bakermat’s style unique. Still growing as an artist, Bakermat had a release in August 2013 on Delicieuse Records where he released the “Vandaag EP” consisting of the tracks Vandaag and Zomer (DM mix). Some other tracks that have been received with great enthusiasm are “Uitzicht”, “Black Cat John Brown” and “Strandfeest”.

After the success of his Bakermat & Friends stage at Tomorrowland 2014 and touring the UK this fall, the next step for Bakermat is his new single “Teach me”! The Gospel and Soul inspired “Teach Me” got its worldwide premiere and stamp of approval on Pete Tong’s BBC1 radio show and was released officially on the Dirty Soul Music division of Be Yourself Music. There are more exciting things on the horizon…in 2015 Bakermat will be releasing his debut album and he’ll be touring North America for the first time! A lot of work in progress is finally ready to be released and the gigs are lined up!

BARCLAY CRENSHAW

Claude VonStroke does not scowl and look mean while he DJs. He does not pretend to know everything and he will be nice to you and your friends. He is grateful to be doing music for a living and he knows that the reason people go to parties is to have fun. If you want to act cool and not have any fun then please do not book him.

The name “Claude VonStroke” was a random joke that caught on after a series of tracks grabbed the attention of underground dance music in 2005. His very first record, “Deep Throat,” was an unusually quirky affair that caught fire worldwide and he has been blessed with similar success stories ever since. Claude’s real name is Barclay Crenshaw, a guy raised in the suburbs Detroit who wanted to be a filmmaker but always had a knack for music. After several different film careers of varying success and with some help from his friends, VonStroke started the “dirtybird” label at the very late age of 32.

Since 2005, dirtybird has carved out a niche as a premiere American label and has released over 40 EPs. VonStroke has released two artist albums as well as a Fabric mix and over 25 remixes for a wide range of commercial and underground artists from Indy rock group “The Rapture” to Detroit techno legend Kevin Saunderson.

In an effort to give something back to the community VonStroke unveiled a new label “mothership” in 2007. A large percentage of the label’s proceeds go to a music school for children in Claude’s hometown of Detroit, Michigan. This label features more euro-flavored techno and house featuring groups like Catz ‘n Dogz, Maetrik and Voodeux.

Tour wise, Claude has headlined almost every major club, festival and basement after-party in the world. The outdoor dirtybird parties in San Francisco’s scenic Golden Gate Park have also become a legendary summer destination point for both locals and international travelers.

But like we said at the start, Claude VonStroke is only coming to see you if you want to enjoy yourself and get sweaty and nasty. If you want to wear a sweater and frown in the VIP section, he is not the right DJ for you.

BRODINSKI

Love is in the air when Brodinski starts talking about music. Making music, playing music, sharing music, finding music, promoting music… it’s all about L-U-V, as The Shangri-La’s used to say. Ever since young Louis Rogé decided to flunk university and turn Brodinksi into a full time operation, it was his passion for unearthing and creating exciting new tunes that drove him forward. No surprise then, when Brodi unveils his newest enterprise, it turns out to be another amorously inspired scheme: the aptly named Bromance is a music label devoted ‘people we love’, according to its main creator and A&R man.

Brodinski: “I’ve always loved collaborating with other people, ‘cause I get bored too easily. When working together, my head gets fed all the time, new ideas come flying from all directions. The more projects I’m involved in, the better! With Bromance I’m taking that feeling to the next level”.

Indeed, evidence of Brodi’s knack for joining forces with friends and allies can be found in previous releases such as Peanuts Club (together with Noob, on Turbo) and Eurostarr (with Mumdance, on Southern Friend), and The Krays, his alliance with Yuksek. Also, last year Brodi teamed up with his pal DJ Orgasmic for the hiphop- and rap inspired A-side of his free mixtape The Best Of Everything.

One of Bromance’s first offerings will be another, similarly flavoured freebie:Stoned Beats Vol. 1, dedicated to the blunted rhythms and juiced up rhymes of southern hiphop, shopped and skrewed by Gucci Vump – more on them later…

The debut physical release of Bromance is a split EP between Brodinski and fellow French producer plus current touring partner Gesaffelstein. ‘He’s such a nice guy! I love him, we connect personally and musically on so many levels – and, importantly, we’re not just friends, but also fans of each other. We push each other in the right direction’.

Exactly the amiable spirit Bromance vouches for. ‘It’s all about giving love to people’, says Brodinski. ‘That’s what you do when you make a living from your passion’.

Ever since Brodi was the new kid on the block – the freshest thing coming from France since Pernod on the rocks, as they say – championed at a tender age by such heavyweights as Busy P., 2manydjs, Tiga (who baptised him ‘the dj’s dj’) and Erol Alkan, he made it his mission to share a healthy obsession with quality dance music with as much people possible. With the newest instalment in the Fabric Live-series under his belt, he made an important step fulfilling that wish.

‘I’ve always wanted to do a mix for Fabric, and apparently they wanted me too!’, he laughs. ‘It’s been an emotional ride. First, because I was granted the chance to dedicate it to my late friend Mehdi, and second because I really wanted to make a statement. To push my ideas and vision of what I love in current music, and take risks while doing it. It’s my firm belief that a good DJ is at its best when he or she is not doing what people expect’.

‘I am a DJ first, always have been, always will’, continues the new label boss. ‘I’m not a musician. That’s why I teamed up with Guillaume from The Shoes for Gucci Vump’. Aha, Gucci Vump! Another, much whispered about Brodi-collaboration that will soon see the light of day on Bromance. Yep, Brodi means serious business with his new venture. ‘I realise the record label business is in a messy state right now. But I want to build something solid, something that people won’t give up on after two weeks. I’ve got a lot of passion to pour into this thing’. It’s going to be a fine romance, as Frank Sinatra used to say. A fine bromance, my friend this is!

CHRIS LAKE

Over the past six years, Scottish producer and DJ Chris Lake has traveled the globe indulging his audience in the deeper throngs of electronic music. With crossover hits such as ‘Changes’, ‘La Tromba’, ‘Only One’, ‘Sundown’ and ‘If You Knew’ as well as presence in the darker and deeper side of electronic music, Chris has become known as a ‘champion of creative freedom’.

Signed to a worldwide deal with NY-based imprint Ultra Records, his most recent releases include ‘Black Thong’, (a collaboration with producer Michael Woods), and other single ‘Ohh Shhh.’ A career which is split in two with a major focus for Chris as the head honcho for his label, Rising Music. Rising has become an avenue to grow and support young and talented artists, and Lake has proved his A&R skills by signing talents such as Nom de Strip and TJR.

Chris plans on spending 2013 continuing to tour the world, as well as releasing new music as a producer and supporting the acts on his imprint Rising Music.