LIQUID STRANGER “INFINITY TOUR”
Liquid Stranger’s “Infinity Tour” 02.09.19
feat. LSDREAM |Champagne Drip | G-REX | Lucii
Funktion One Sound by Soundsystem Cultures
Limelight: 201 Woodland St, Nashville, TN
Pre-Sale: Tuesday 12.11.19 Noon- Midnight On-sale Wednesday 12.12.19 at Noon
18+ Event | 9PM Doors
In an ever-evolving universe, the art of maintaining complete and total fluidity is the most necessary key for survival. Renowned for his metamorphic capabilities and expertly crafted sonic adventures, Liquid Stranger has mastered his ability to slip in and out of genres all while honing his own personal style.
Martin Stääf (born 13 November 1978), aka Liquid Stranger, is a Swedish-born electronic musician, described by Generation Bass as “the epitome of Transnational Dubstep covering everything from Latin, Asian, Eastern European and Jamaican Dancehall dubs.” Martin Stääf is known for his experimental approach to composition where he merges genres to create a unique style of music. Martin Woods of Chillbase describes Liquid Stranger’s music as a “unique blend of Ambience, Big Band Jazz, Dubstep and Psychedelica drizzled over electronic Dub Reggae grooves.” Stääf lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. Martin Stääf was born 13 November 1978 in Varberg on the Swedish West Coast.
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Champagne Drip, the newest musical incarnation of Los Angeles-based producer Sam Pool, was born out of a philosophy that innovation springs from inspiration. Pool had carved out a unique place for himself in the bass music community; performing under the moniker of SPL for over 10 years and releasing drum & bass, dubstep, and trap-oriented music on respected labels such as Barcode, Tech Itch, Evol Intent, Sub Human, Rottunn, and SMOG Recordings. SPL’s music was fully immersed in sound design, a musical landscape comprised of melodic, dark, and refined touches.
By the Summer of 2014, Pool came to the realization that he had pushed the SPL project to its sonic boundaries and in order to evolve musically, he would need a new project to explore lighter textures and richer melodies. Rooted in jungle and bass music and built around elements of blippy 8-bit sounds, arpeggios, and lush 80s synths, Champagne Drip launched as a decidedly tropical and uplifting sounding project. Operating at first in anonymity, Champagne Drip made a big splash thru the release of official remixes of Bassnectar (Amorphous Music) and Elliphant (Mad Decent). Shortly thereafter, he released his debut EP “Radio Bikini” on Mad Decent in September of 2014.
Over the first year of the project’s history, press outlets were fascinated with the unique sound, but also with uncovering the identity of the secretive producer behind the music. “Radio Bikini” was subsequently remixed by electronic upstarts Big Wild, Lazerdisk, Mayhem, and Son of Kick and released in the Spring of 2015 as “Remix Bikini”. In the Fall of 2015, Champagne Drip released his 2nd EP for Mad Decent, “Journey Into The Champagne Sea”. Whereas his first EP explored more overtly tropical overtones, “Journey” went into deeper and darker musical territory.
After spending one full year refining his sound in the studio, he finally revealed himself as the former SPL in 2016; performing across the US at such festivals as Mysteryland, WTFest?, Imagine, Enchanted Forest, and Lights All Night. Building up anticipation for his next original recordings, Champagne Drip released the stand alone single “Open Your Eyes”, which was featured on the official Bernie Sanders Presidential campaign fundraising compilation “Rave4Bernie”. Official remixes for Grandtheft (Mad Decent), Cardinox (Warner Brothers), and Dillon Francis & NGHTMRE (Mad Decent) followed.
Champagne Drip capped off an already busy 2016 with the release of two new EPs; “Poseidon” via Quality Goods Records and “Of Course I Still Love You” via Saturate Records. Official remixes for Zeds Dead & Diplo, UZ, and DAWN all saw early 2017 releases. Champagne Drip is set to have his biggest year yet in 2017, with multiple EPs scheduled for release on Deadbeats Records as well as forthcoming remixes for 12th Planet and Mayhem, which are due for Summer releases.
The origins of G-REX can be traced back to a dorm room at Western Michigan University in the early 2010’s where a young Jake Sweeney sparked a passion for electronic music. As an avid listener always searching for that “new new,” Sweeney soon discovered bass music in the form of dubstep and trap which would prove a pivotal point in the soon-to-be artist’s evolution. The next step was clear as he picked up music production and quickly caught on to the techniques and processes of creating the sounds he couldn’t get enough of by his new found favorite artists Skrillex, Excision, and Zeds Dead. Upon graduating college, he made the moved back to Metro Detroit where he had grown up and began to lay the foundation for what G-REX would become.
In 2015 G-REX made a monstrous impression on the industry with the release of “Rainy Day.” The collaboration with Tincup, QUIX, and King Tutt racked up over a million plays on SoundCloud alone and helped launch the young producer into the forefront of the rapidly growing bass music scene. Releases on Ultra Records and Borgore’s record label, Buygore followed soon after as he found early support from some of the biggest names in the game including UZ, TOKiMONSTA, NGHTMRE, Borgore, and Herobust.
Realizing that what started as a hobby was turning into something much bigger than he had ever imagined, Sweeney decided to make the move to Los Angeles where he would enroll in the esteemed Icon Collective music production school to further hone his skills. As the creative juices flowed, so did the music; singles, remixes, edits, collaborations, G-REX put his newly acquired knowledge to good use pumping out his perfected brand of high energy trap and bass fused with sinister dubstep sound design. Just keeping up with the pack has never been in the cards, rather innovation in the form of sounds that make you question their origin. If you’ve been to a show recently there’s a good chance you might have heard some new or even unreleased G-REX as his music has been heard in rotation by artists the likes of Getter, Ghastly, Wuki, Kayzo, Kai Wachi, and Ekali.
While many continue to regurgitate the same stale sounds with cookie-cutter structure, G-REX is here to usher in a new era of cold-blooded bass.