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Saturday, August 12, 2017

NKRIOT Releases New Album "Riot"

NKRIOT underwent a 12 week hiatus​ to write, record and self produce the album under his
independent label based locally in Boyle Heights,CA ‘NKRIOT Productions’. “RIOT” already
gained a fervor and momentum as being a dark dance hymn. A rhythmic (Four on the Floor)
euphoric anthem, led by a trance-inducing dirty sub bass. Followed with a grievous and nurturing
vocal timbre. The lyrics in the Album simply create an impactful poetic cloud beckoning caution
for those who fear change of direction in one’s life. Reminiscent of artists who provided the
late-nite underground soundtracks to crowded dancefloors filled with club kids, ’RIOT”’ will guide
a new generation of these House devotees,before the sun rises.



NKRIOT is an electronic music pioneer and founder of a new genre art concept called Goji. Formed in the summer of 2013 in the neighborhood of Boyle Heights, California, NKRIOT began as a chip-tune, cyber-punk project, that eventually transformed into full scale self designed music project which eventually led to the creation of the Goji movement.

Goji involves a combination of synth, prog, and electronic beats, armed with a chromed out electric guitar. It is under goji that the distinctive sound landscape NKRIOT has carefully developed can be understood. It is also under Goji that any other artists that fall short of the genres decided spectrum are welcomed. Goji was developed during the beginning years of NKRIOT while he was trying to find a way to represent the unique style of music he makes. Having experience with a wide range of musical styles and not wanting to conform to the broad genre of “EDM”, the name Goji called out to him. This unique concept takes the bitter and sweet sounds of all his genres influences and incorporates them into one, bringing his live performance to new heights. NKRIOT live has a unique high energy sound which features a custom setup that includes hardware that is designed and built from scratch. During his performances, the audience gets to experience the prominent brilliance that makes the half man-half robot a distinctive original artist.



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Distant Dozings II - An Audible Journey From Volterock - released today





Friday, August 4, 2017

Artpark’s Summer 2017 Grand Final: Big Bang

Vujaday Announces Inaugural Dates And Details For Week Long Music Festival In Barbados

From April 4th-8th, 2018, the stunning Caribbean island of Barbados will be graced with a new week long music festival. Going by the name Vujaday, which is defined as “an entirely new experience” and “like nothing you have ever seen or felt before,” the festival will take place in a unique location each of its five days, leaving the first and last day of the week long journey for travel.

This unique format will keep the festival fresh for both tourists and locals alike, giving those new to the island a much wider experience than they would normally get on a typical holiday. These five events will run from Wednesday through Sunday during Vujaday with the largest event on Saturday. Events will take place at Farley Hill, Holetown, South Beach Zone, and the East and West coasts of the island.

Beyond a cultural exploration that will allow guests to visit key regions of Barbados throughout their journey, the debut festival will also curate a lineup focused on different styles of house and techno, roping in internationally renowned DJs and local favorites. An electronic event of this scale has yet to take place in Barbados, and is meant to create an unforgettable experience for locals and travelers.
The team behind Vujaday will be bringing decades of experience in the festival and event space to the beautiful island of Barbados. This includes industry veterans that have been involved in the creation and operation of Toronto based events like Digital Dreams Music Festival, Electric Island, World Electronic Music Festival and All Day I Dream, along with Further Future in the USA and SXM Festival in the Caribbean. The founders have also owned and operated world renowned clubs in Toronto such as Footwork Nightclub, Coda, The Hoxton and The Velvet Underground.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring a major electronic festival to Barbados,” says Ryan Kruger, Vujaday co-founder and president of The RKET Group. The island is brimming with a vivid culture and amazing sights to take in, and we wanted to make sure that the festival format allowed for guests to experience more than just a single location while enjoying music from around the world.”
Vujaday also boasts a unique industry partnership with creative media agency The Confluence, whose publicity and content services have driven successful campaigns for well-known music festivals, brands and conferences around the globe for nearly a decade.

To ensure the local culture is well-represented throughout Vujaday Music Festival, the team has also brought on Norman Barrow, the managing director of A&B Music Supplies in Barbados. He has been an integral part of the music, entertainment and production business in Barbados and the Caribbean for the past 40 years, and has been involved in some of the region's most significant events.

More information coming soon regarding the lineup for the inaugural Vujaday Music Festival. For now, guests can register for updates, including ticket and travel package announcements, on the Vujaday Music Festival website.
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Friday, July 28, 2017

Angela Puxi on DG King - Nadir Saxwinds


Molly Tuttle Nominated for 3 IBMA Awards: Emerging Artist, Female Vocalist, and Guitar Player of the Year, the first female to ever receive this nomination

Nashville, TN -- July 28, 2017 -- Award-winning songwriter and virtuoso instrumentalist Molly Tuttle turns a new corner with Rise, her first release as a solo artist, which debuted at #2 on Billboard's Bluegrass Albums chart. Produced by Kai Welch, the seven-song EP was independently released on June 2nd, and celebrated with a sold-out release show at Nashville's Station Inn. On July 26th, the International Bluegrass Music Association announced the final nominees for their 2017 International Bluegrass Music Awards naming Molly Tuttle in three categories: Emerging Artist, Female Vocalist, and Guitar Player of the Year. The instrumentation nomination is especially weighted as Molly is the first female ever to be nominated in this category. Rolling Stone Country has the full list of nominees here

Already a familiar face in bluegrass circles and folk festivals, where she's been performing since the age of eleven, Tuttle widens her reach with Rise. "I wanted to push outside the box," she says of the EP, whose songs mix the fiery fretwork of her acoustic guitar with banjo, fiddle, drums, pump organ, electric guitar, and other flourishes. "It was a good step to finding my own sound, and not staying tied to the traditional bluegrass sound. I grew up playing bluegrass and I still love it, but I'm influenced by other styles of music, too. I really wanted to create something original."

Written during a period of intense change that found Tuttle moving from California to Boston to Nashville, Rise covers a wide swath of ground, showing the full range of its maker's abilities. She writes every song here, singing them in a voice that's both pure and pointed. On an album that also features appearances by several all-stars of the roots music world - including Kathy Kallick, Darrell Scott, The Milk Carton Kidsand Sarah Jarosz's longtime cellist, Nathaniel Smith - it's the 24 year-old Tuttle who shines the brightest.


With Rise, Molly Tuttle cements her place in the roots-music community. Recorded in engineer Erick Jaskowiack's studio outside of Nashville, the record is a tribute not only to her instrumental, vocal and songwriting chops, but her storytelling ability, too. Tuttle has never defined her ambitions so clearly, and with Rise, she's moving upward. 

"I took the title from a line in Walden from Thoreau, where he compares the human spirit to water," she says of the EP. "He writes, 'The life in us is like the water in the river. It may rise this year higher than man has ever known it.' That feels really relevant to me. It describes how I'm feeling with my music, and where I'm at with creating my own sound, and where we're at in the world right now. I knew it needed to be the title of the record."


For more information, please visit https://www.mollytuttlemusic.com/. For review copies, please reply to this email. 

Molly on the cover of Acoustic Guitar 
Molly x NPR

On tour
Aug. 5 - Sugar Maple Festival - Madison, WI
Aug. 12 - Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival - Alta, WY
Aug. 16 - West Whately Chapel - West Whately, MA
Aug. 17 - Town Crier Cafe - Beacon, NY
Aug. 18 - Rockwood Music Hall - New York, NY
Aug. 19 - Long Island Bluegrass Festival - Copiague, NY
Sept. 7 - Theatre On The Green - Cheraw, SC
Sept. 8 - Motorco Music Hall - Durham, NC
Sept. 9 - Mountain Song Festival - Brevard, NC
Sept. 15 - AmericanaFest - Nashville, TN
Sept. 22 - Watermelon Park Festival - Berryville, VA
Sept. 24 - Amesbury Music Festival - Amesbury, MA
Sept. 29 - IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass Festival - Raleigh, NC
Oct. 7 - 3 Sisters Music Festival - Chattanooga, TN
Oct. 19 - Blue Rock Studios - Wimberley, TX
Oct. 21 - Bloomin Bluegrass Festival - Farmers Branch, TX
Nov. 3 - Stoughton Opera House - Stoughton, WI 
Nov. 16 - Fingerlakes Live - Geneva, NY 
Nov. 17 - Hudson Valley Bluegrass Assoc. - Poughkeepsie, NY
Nov. 18 - Fire In The Kitchen Concert Series - Madison, CT
Jan. 20Calliope: Pittsburgh Folk Music Society - Pittsburgh, PA
Mar. 10 - DC Bluegrass Festival - Tyson's Corner, VA

Native Instruments releases MASCHINE Expansion BYTE RIOT


Berlin, July 24, 2017 – Native Instruments today releases BYTE RIOT, a new MASCHINE Expansion that charges MASCHINE with the lo-fi aesthetic of the chiptune scene. Packed with crunchy circuit-bent drum kits, warm 8-bit leads, and retro video game samples, it hacks into a world of modified music makers.

To some people, video game consoles and computers are useless once they are past their prime. To others, however, these bygone relics can be modified and hacked, transforming the obsolete hardware into instruments. Audio chips are electronically altered to become makeshift synths, emitting monophonic, 8-bit tones. Modified video-game gear gets repurposed, using special software, to turn the sounds often heard in 80s video games into notes that can then be played however the musician likes. While musical works using these techniques are often put into the chiptune genre, the influence of this DIY attitude can be found cross genre, with these lo-fi sounds showing up in pop, breakcore, hip hop, and grime

For BYTE RIOT, its latest release in the MASCHINE Expansion series, Native Instruments collaborated with artists Ivo Ivanov and Alex Retsis, lead sound designers at Glitchmachines to crack open early-gen computer and gaming systems to bring these primitive digital sound to MASCHINE users. Ivanov built custom units and tinkered with old-school oscillators, putting his circuit bending skills to use, while Retsis focused on essentials like 8-bit drum parts and arpeggiated chords. The result is a collection of kits that reproduce and reimagine the classic chiptune sound for any genre.

BYTE RIOT contains sounds meticulously sampled from old-school video game consoles and early-gen computer chips, including complex MIDI patterns based on classic arcade games. Various Game Boys were hacked using LSDJ and Nanoloop tracking software on custom cartridges. Fast arpeggiators were driven through Commodore 64 SID chips to sample chord variations. And Windows instruments were played through the Sega Mega Drive's FM YM2612 chip for primitive authenticity that anyone can use in their musical productions.

BYTE RIOT runs in the latest version of MASCHINE software on the entire MASCHINE hardware family, and is available exclusively at the NI Online Shop.

A compact version of BYTE RIOT is also available as an iMASCHINE 2 Expansion, for sketches on the go. Tracks can be exported to MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE JAM, MASCHINE, and MASCHINE MIKRO for completion.

Pricing and availability
BYTE RIOT is available now at the NI Online Shop for $49 / 49 € / £44 / ¥ 6,280 / AU$ 79 and runs in the MASCHINE 2 software.

The iMASCHINE 2 expansion is available at the iMASCHINE 2 in-app store for $0.99 / 0,99 € / £0.79 / ¥ 120 / AU$ 1.29

Further product information and press material
Additional information on BYTE RIOT is available at:
www.native-instruments.com/byteriot

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