Step right up for one of the best electronic dance music showcases to hit Richmond this year, featuring a variety of performers from hoopers & aerialists to jugglers.
From the first glimpses of Robert Balotsky's work as Buku, it was clear that the Pittsburgh native and graduate of Music Technology was onto something. With an effortless grasp on sound design and music theory, the young producer combines deceptively simple and emotive melodies, laden with resounding bass drops and intricate drum patterns. With a love of drums rooting from childhood, his work reflects the obsession – emitting percussive elements only a trained ear could produce.
Behind a kit since age 8, he followed the progression of handling percussion duties for multiple bands throughout his adolescence. Once introduced to digital production, Buku took his techniques to stranger dimensions – and he's been pushing the boundaries ever since.
His early work has placed him at the forefront of a new wave of rising talent amongst East Coast producers. Garnering interest and plays from Starkey, Lunice, Paper Diamond, Shiftee, Clicks & Whistles, Kastle (to name a few), the up-and-comer has been paving a promising road over the last year.
With his debut release, 'Slippy' under the Slit Jockey imprint and a remix of Starkey's 'Command' on Civil Music, Buku is poised to make much larger waves in the coming months: haters beware.
‘ill.gates’ is not so much an emerging artist as an emerging moniker of an established producer creating a new alias.
ill.gates, from Toronto Canada, is also known for his productions as ‘The Phat Conductor’ with releases on 2 Wars & A Revolution, Whomp, Promo, Dubble Sided Vinyl and also Venom records.
He is one of Canada’s leading underground exports, holding it down since 1995 with gigs as far as Switzerland, the U.K, Burning Man, NY and the legendary Shambhala Music Festival in the rainforests on British Columbia. His diverse style covers all genres from Electro House, Techno, Breakbeat, Hip-Hop, Dancehall, DnB & IDM/Glitch. No matter what the venue, ill.gates can suit his style to the crowd and keep the dancefloor rocking.
Recent collaborations and remixes under his two guises include a remix for Si Begg on Noodles, remixing the globe trotting Myagi and heavy hitting breaks and four to the floor tracks with Robb G on Promo Records . All these have been receiving high acclaim from established press.
I began my career in the year 2000 attending my first venue at "Nation" in Washington D.C. I instantly fell in love with the music and the scene. After a few trips to "Buzz" I began to become more interested in how the music was made. I purchased my first set of turntables shortly there after. With Jason Myers as my coach I hit the studio learning the trade. Within months I was playing out gigs all over Richmond Va. Shortly after my upcoming, the scene in Richmond took a dive for the worse and I chose to walk away. I stayed absent from the EDM scene for over 10 years. In early 2011 I attending a venue for the first time in years and quickly realized I still had the same passion for the music and couldn't live with myself if I didn't dive back in head first,,.. yet this time I gave 110%. Within a year of my return I had hit several 1000 Person + venues and was travelling all over the east coast. In early 2012 I began producing my own music, falling in love with Psy Trance after witnessing "Digital Mizchief play the most mind blowing set I had ever heard. Since then I have been signed and sponsored by Neon Black and have been rocking stages all over the east coast. In late 2012 I got into the production of hard electro and electro breaks and now with several styles of music, the name Tantrum has become very well known for his un-predictable sets.