AfroDJMac is multi instrumentalist, songwriter and producer from New York. His music is influenced by rock and roll, video game music, early hip hop, and electronica.
Central to his songwriting is his sound design. Whether it is turning 8-bit sound bites, household objects and toys into sampled instruments, or running guitars and synthesizers through various pieces of electronic equipment, it all reflects his fascination with the relationship between sounds, noises and music.
With the belief that sharing ideas and knowledge is what helps music evolve and grow, AfroDJMac is known for sharing his sonic creations with the public. His video tutorials and Free Ableton Live Packs have allowed him to connect with other musicians worldwide.
A devout fan of artists like The Beatles and Neil Young, songwriting is core to AfroDJMac’s music. AfroDJMac’s live performances consist of mixing and composing songs on the fly, while playing live instruments and singing. As it draws on influences of yesterday and today, the resulting sound is best described as “futuristic, yet nostalgic.”
Shaping the future of sound, one tentacle at a time! Black Octopus Sounds have made their way into the hard-drives and productions of some of the biggest names in EDM. From Dubstep to Glitch Hop, Electro to Drum & Bass, their meticulously hand-crafted content is a staple of seasoned producers world-wide.
ill.Gates is a San Francisco-based composer, performer and educator. Over the past 16 years, he has established a global fanbase and a reputation as one of the most dynamic electronic music artists around. He regularly tours across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Gates has headlined at such festivals as Burning Man, Shambala, the World Electronic Music Festival and the New Orleans Jazz Festival.
His first full-length release, Autopirate (Muti Music, 2008) charted and continues to sell strongly. His upcoming triple album The ill.Methodology and accompanying online course are highly anticipated. Gates was recently selected as one of the Next 100 by URB Magazine.
Many of his contemporaries cite ill.Gates as a key artistic influence and inspiration in their music. While on tour, Gates frequently teaches workshops to grateful and attentive audiences, in which he shares his highly effective approach to producing quality finished music as well as insights into the mentality and strategies necessary to succeed in the music business.
ill.Gates appears on: Muti Music, Amorphous Music/Child’s Play/Om Records, Addictech, Noodles, Innerflight, Low Motion, Made In Glitch, Tube10 & Chi & Recordings.
The infamous EDM drummer KJ Sawka (Destroid/Pendulum) unleashes his very own label: “Impossible Records”. With incredible releases and custom sound packs from each artist, the Impossible future is bright!
The infamous EDM drummer KJ Sawka has toured with some of the biggest names in the game. Having dominated the world with super group Pendulum, he’s most recently been crushing stadiums with Excision and Downlink in their largest endeavor yet, DESTROID!
Will Marshall is a DJ, producer, hacker and educator from New Zealand, currently based in Oakland. He has released tunes on Broken Robot Records, VIM Records and Warped Recordings. Alongside his production, Will specializes in Live performance and LiveAPI programming. He has released a string of popular templates for Ableton, and has worked with artists such as Ill Gates, Freq Nasty, the Fungineers and Mr Bill, as well as companies such as Livid Instruments, KMI and Novation.