Together Festival: Tensnake at Bijou, Boston, MA | May 16th, 2014
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TOGETHER FESTIVAL: TENSNAKE



  • Date:Friday, May 16, 2014
  • Venue:Bijou
  • Address:51 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116
  • Age:21+
  • Artists: Tensnake
    Promoters: Together Festival
  • Time:10:00 pm – 02:00 am

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Together Boston is an annual celebration of music, art and technology, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The festival was first held in February, 2010, with continually broadening scope of musical genres as well as a thorough exploration of the art and technology sectors.

Through a week-long series of educational and professional discussion panels, art installations, film screenings, and musical performances at venues around the Boston/Cambridge area, Together Boston attracts tens of thousands each May. Although historically based in Boston, the festival has found its footing across the Charles River in Central Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts and expects to be working closely with Cambridge City Hall in 2013.

In 2012, Together hosted musical artists such as Photek, RJD2, Mala,Todd Edwards, Dillon Francis, Nero, Phill Niblock, 6th Borough Project and more, while hosting film screenings for the Chemical Brothers movie Don’t Think, as well as the Electric Daisy Carnival documentary.

 

TENSNAKE

You know how sometimes an artist comes along and you just know that you’re in for the time of your life? Thats what happens when you hear a truly great Tensnake record – and right now there are already a dozen of them spinning out there in the disco hemisphere. Remember the first time you heard the dreamy, (new) romantic synths of Congolal or the impossibly yearning In The End (I Want You To Cry)? Or the feeling you felt in your feet when the supernatural melody from Coma Cat first drifted into earshot? This is the musical alchemy that drives electronic producer Marco Niemerski. And it has to be said, its pretty damn potent.

Born in Hamburg in 1975 and raised on a diet of disco, soul, boogie and funk, Niemerski started out listening intently to the radio and recording shows on tape with 80s pop stars like Simple Minds and Duran Duran. “I grew up in the suburbs where there was nothing to do except listen to music so the radio was the most exciting thing around me. But my older brother was into D*Train, Shalamar, Aura and other boogie stuff. I was maybe ten – there it is again! But later I listened to everything.” Like most musicians and devotees of dance music, Marco had a couple of club experiences which connected him to the heart of the rave machine. “In 1992, there was a gay club called Front where Stockhausen was a resident DJ. I was totally shocked by something so new – one track I remember being into was Ce Ce Rogers – No Love Lost.Boris Dlugosch was the resident too and when he played, he was double-tracking and I wanted to do that too! After that experience, I spent all my pocket money buying records – from 1992-1998 I bought every house record that came into our local shop.”

But where did the music come from? Well, it was while working at a music promotion company called Public Propaganda – who coincidentally promoted pretty much every big dance record in Germany – that Marco started producing initially. He bought a Yamaha SY85 and a Roland Juno 106 and was just 24 at the time. It was the first step but ever the perfectionist, Marco made music as a mere hobby for several summer seasons.“Six years ago, I started the Mirau label with two friends. The first record, Around The House, was a part of The Restless EP, the third Mirau release. “I did it in one night and it felt like a lucky strike,” he grins. “But in 2006 , I was surrounded by the minimal sound and it was so boring. I was inspired by Metro Area who included tiny disco sounds and combined that with house music – thats what kept drawing me back.But how does the Tensnake sound evolve until its truly venomous? “Sometimes I play around and find a melody or I am inspired by something I heard on a podcast. Dance music is all about sampling – but I always reply, my music is sample-free. Im recreating… and Im proud of my ability.” As for Coma Cat – its already been a serious international hit around the world. Says Marco: “Its crossed over into so many worlds and it gives you a good feeling.” Indeed, the track and the wide-ranging mix compilation, In The House, were an instant success for Defected and Marco himself. Watch this space.

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