EUPHONIC CONCEPTIONS & 1015 PRESENT:
PETE ROCK :: TWO FRESH :: MACHINEDRUM
SEPALCURE :: CHRIS B :: DNAEBEATS
DJ THEORY :: SINJIN HAWKE :: MORI$$ :: DIALS vs BOGL
CHRON4 :: SMASH & GRAB :: MESCA :: SMOKAVICH
FRIDAY JULY 20TH, 2012
Rapper, DJ, and producer Pete Rock first emerged in 1991 as one half of a duo with C.L. Smooth, debuting with the All Souled Out EP. A hit LP, Mecca and the Soul Brother, followed before the two went their separate ways in the wake of 1994′s The Main Ingredient, with Rock remaining a prolific studio presence prior to the release of his solo debut, Soul Survivor, on Loud/RCA four years later. Dropped from the label, he continued his career as an independent producer, and later signed to Rapster/BBE in 2001 for PeteStrumentals.
Two Fresh consists of twin brothers Sherwyn and Kendrick Nicholls and is accompanied live by drummer Colby Buckler. The twins have been making music since their freshman year of high school. In early December 2008 they added Colby on drums for the live setting. Collectively, they keep the whole place moving with a sound that fuses hip-hop and jazz with the intensity of uniquely styled live drums.
Two Fresh has come along way since grasping their sound. In October of 2009 the duo released their first EP “Baker’s Dozen” on 1320 records. In January of 2010 they started LabCoat, a collective of artists out of Asheville, North Carolina, including Jables and Bookworm, who began experimenting with the use of collaborations in an effort to push the boundaries of all musical aspects. Aside from their studio work, Two Fresh has built a massive following with their constant touring.
The prolific producer, born Travis Stewart on March 4, 1982, Machinedrum has produced and composed several albums under various aliases since his first independent release in 1999. His debut, ‘Now You Know’, was released in 2001 on the influential Miami-based Merck Records and gained worldwide attention and praise from musicians, fans and critics in the IDM scene. It was heralded as the “standard to which the next wave of imitators aspires” by the almighty Pitchfork.
Having a strong background in both acoustic and electronic instrumentation, he dances between those elements on all his releases. This can be heard in the field recording and vintage synth laden ‘Urban Biology’ to his seminal production and mixing of the ‘This Charming Mixtape’ with Theophilus London. His critically acclaimed 2009 album ‘Want to 1 2?’ was another showcase of his most recent production. In 2010, Machinedrum released ‘Many Faces’ EP on Scottish label LuckyMe.
Under the name Sepalcure, he’s also released two EP’s – ‘Love Pressure EP’ and ‘Fleur EP’ – on Hotflush with friend and collaborator Praveen Sharma – a sound they describe as “an exploration of chopped up 90’s diva house acapellas and wooden sounding snares reminiscent of UK funky and dubstep”. He also saw the EP single release of ‘Let It’, one of the standout songs from his 2009 ‘Want to 1 2?’ album, with upstart label Innovative Leisure. He also wrote the song ‘Outside the Lines’ with Praveen Sharma and recorded it under the name Sepalcure featuring Angelica Bess for the 2010 feature film Black Swan, though it is not featured on the official soundtrack to the film.