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Event Archive - KJ SAWKA (OF PENDULUM) w/ Terravita & Antiserum: K J Sawka, Antiserum , Terravita, Rhythmicon

Wed. May 25th 2011 Distrikt (All Ages)
10PM - 2AM doors at 9PM
Presented by: Distrikt, Desire Marketing Systems

Wednesday May 25th, 2011
Doors @ 9pm

K J . S A W K A of PENDULUM (Live Drum Set)

Seeing Kevin Sawka on the drums is the only way to believe the hype. He can play the most complex of jungle, drum'n'bass and breakbeats utilizing no loops and no extended samples -only his two hands and two feet. If you can catch him in the right moment –live, at a show, or in a studio session- you’ll witness him perform each and every 808 bass kick, snare slap, and compressed highhat tick himself, in real-time.

10 years ago -when drum'n'bass was very near it's zenith in popularity, and Kevin was playing in prominent rock bands in Seattle (grunge was huge)- someone played him an LTJ Bukem track, and, as he says, "It scorched my brain. I dropped everything, and focused solely on how to recreate that on the drums." He heard Dieselboy as well. More brain-scorching. He started writing utilizing the style, and honed his new concepts and approach to the drums. He debuted the new sound in the band 94th Street, a band years ahead of it's time: a pop drum'n'bass band with a sense of humor. While the band didn't gain much momentum, the word about Kevin was out: there's a drummer in Seattle who's performing jungle and drum'n'bass beats on acoustic drums, what was once thought to be absolutely impossible by any human. And here Kevin was making it look easy -like watching a jazz drummer who's said to play "like water flowing," Kevin instead was doling out insanely syncopated d'n'b.

Word spread quickly. Seattle resident superstars were checking him out. Michael Shrieve, drummer for Santana for many years and lover of drum'n'bass, took him under his wing and showed him off to anybody and everybody: Andy Summers of the Police, Bill Frisell, Amon Tobin, Jack Dejohnette, Will Calhoun, and many more. Kevin at this time was playing an amazing next-generation drumkit: a custom half-acoustic, half electronic drum kit with one diabolically huge kick drum, one insanely tiny kick drum, three snares, a multitude of trashy sounding cymbals & saw blades, a few electronic drum pads and all the acoustic drums set to electronic triggers. His band at the time -still ahead of it's time- was the all-improvisatory avant-garde drum'n'bass trio Siamese. They toured the country multiple times in '02 and '03, bringing down the house in San Francisco at latenight afterparties and raves; in New Orleans during Jazzfest; opening for LTJ Bukem and MC Conrad in Portland; and, put simply, slaying nay-sayers and dropping the jaws of industry, musicians and fans nationally by performing astonishingly long sets of uptempo jungle and d'n'b without set breaks -without even breaks between songs. Again, seeing is believing.

Throughout this timeframe Kevin was always recording his own material, which is now seeing the light of day with his present project "that will never break up" -KJ Sawka. Breaks, drum’n’bass, IDM-based and reminiscent of an uptempo Ninja-Tune-like style, the tracks on Synchronized Decompression –and now Cyclonic Steel- should evoke the pioneering work of Sawka's main influences: Amon Tobin and Squarepusher, with a bit of Noisia and Boards of Canada. Using some of Seattle's most widely-known underground female singers, they bring a balance of Seattle darkness, moodiness and beauty. Live and in the dj scene, Sawka is pushing the envelope with his one-man balls-to-the-wall dancefloor show, which now does include a laptop, samplers, loops, and a rack of gear to produce a full-on production -plus projections, live-action cameras, and intelligent. For many live music venue gigs, Kevin also employs a full featuring ethereal female vocals, a keyboardist, and a cellist performing similar material in an in-your-face way that only the reverse-engineering, seemingly bionic Mr. Sawka can bring.

T E R R A V I T A (Rottun / Play Me)

Terravita is probably best known as the drum & bass alter ego of electro power house Hot Pink Delorean, but the trio of Chris Barlow, Matt Simmers and Jon Spero were making DnB for years before trying their hands at house music.

The group was first picked up in 2006 by Maldini & Vegas's Bad Taste Recordings, releasing 4 tunes with them on their Bad Taste 2 LP. Shortly thereafter Simon Bassline Smith signed the group to a deal with his Technique Recordings label. Terravita released 4 singles with Technique before parting ways including the jump up hit "Adult Robot Kung Fu".

Since parting ways with Technique, Terravita has released several tunes with Subsonik Sound as well as a remix of AK1200's rave anthem "Drowning" that hit #4 on the Beatport Drum & Bass Charts.

In November of 2010, Terravita released "Up In the Club" on Beta Recordings, which hit #4 on the Dubstep charts and #94 on the Overall charts on Beatport.

Terravita has more Beta releases lined up as well as a 4 track EP for Rottun forthcoming.

A N T I S E R U M (Rottun / Subsonic Tour)

At the forefront of San Francisco's exploding dubstep scene, Antiserum continues to landscape the globe with the West Coast's most visceral bass music. His production steeps in hip hop, reggae, and heavy metal - creating environments both dark and light, with an established tectonic bassline at 140bpm. His dj sets stretch between vast, futuristic soundscapes and rich, euphoric beats that are always packed with tons of original and unreleased material.

Antiserum has dropped over ten 12" vinyl records on some of the biggest labels in the genre: Argon, Narco.Hz, Full Melt, Cyberfunk, Steps in Time, Muti, Hollow Point, Mode, War, Bassism, and True Tiger. Keep watch for his forthcoming 4-track EP on Excision's Rottun Recordings, a release on Caspa's Dub Police label, and a collaboration with 12th Planet on DJ Craze's Slow Roast, backed with a Jakes Remix - all set for release later this year. He is currently working on new material with 12th Planet, SPL, and Truth from New Zealand, as well as a remix of dub madman Lee Scratch Perry & Dubblestandart for a documentary by David Lynch. He has collaborated with dubstep heavy hitters Babylon System, DJ Distance, Eskmo, Noah D, SPL, DJG, TRUTH, The Spit Brothers, & Vancouver based producer/vocalist Ill-esha. Other recent projects include a remix of techno legend Lenny Dee, two tracks featuring MC Messinian, a remix of london based rock band "Spektrum", and a remix of Excision & Liquid Stranger's "Get to the point". Leaving a trail of ignited dance floors from Vancouver to Sydney, Antiserum continues to keep the bass pounding and the subs smoldering.

R H Y T H M I C O N (sub|division)

As a member of sub|division alongside Longshanks, Eames, KMT, Outsider and as a third of The Big Reds, Rhythmicon continues to represent Victoria's contribution to bass culture. Playing alongside scene shaping artists such as such as Distance, Shackleton, Bassnectar & The Glitch Mob, producing a chart-topping remix (with support from Skream), and contending in the finals of the Hush DJ Competition, 2010 in itself was a powerful year for him. Although known as Victoria's hard working ambassador of dubstep, Rhythmicon openly embraces the post-step continuum, most notably 2Step & UKFunky; he tends to get scientific in the mix and the results are amazing sets of polyrhythmic percussion & bass weight. With dedication and momentum you can expect much more from him.

T I C K E T S $20.00
Tickets avlbl @ Lyles place, CDS, Ditch records, Clubzone and the Strathcona hotel front desk.

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