Montana's premiere white themed event
Join us for a night in white at Socotra 2014, the debut Electronic Dance Music phenomenon coming to northwest Montana on April 26th. This extraordinary white themed celebration of music will beautifully blend art & sound to create a truly unique and magnificent experience for all, with a mind-blowing production and incredible world class performers.
Official Pre Party:
After party, and late night after party information to be announced.Tickets available at Rockin' Rudy's & Earcandy Musicalso online at http://socotrafestival.com/April 26th, 2014 Doors at 7:00, Music at 8:00The Wilma TheaterMissoula, MontanaConnect with the Royale Family
Josh Gard has had a long history in music, and lately he has been rapidly rising up the ranks for all things bass. Just a few short years ago he donned the name Figure and began making electro house, but has since become a regular name in all realms of electronic and dance. Scoring positions among the charts may have gotten him recognition, but a hefty amount of praise has been raining down on him lately as some of the leading artists in electronic music have valued his live performance skills as some of the best in the business. With releases alongside industry heavyweights Diplo, Tommy Lee, Flux Pavilion, Excision, BT, Tommy Sunshine, and Borgore, as well as a robust catalog of originals, bootlegs, and remixes, Figure's signature sound has earned him a cult following amongst a growing number of insatiable fans. In 2011, his Monsters of Drumstep series married his love of horror with his immense production skills to become the soundtrack for the Halloween season. His follow up 2012 "Destruction Series" release added a new ride to the amusement park with twists and turns through an intergalactic electro war armed with robots and missile drop laser synths. "I just like how artists present a package of something close to an adventure... Like a theme park of sound that is an experiment and experience for everyone," states Gard. When he's not on tour or recording in his hometown studio in Indiana, Gard is touring worldwide, with packed tents at festivals like EDC, SnowGlobe, Starscape, The Bounce, Creamfields Australia, and Belgium's Dour. His constant interaction with fans is more akin to maintaining a healthy family than what one usually finds in a social media marketing age. Supporters are supplied with the latest productions for free and the guest list is reserved for fans in need.
As dubstep production duo Mt Eden (formerly Mt Eden Dubstep), Jesse Cooper and Harley Rayner are truly putting New Zealand – and dubstep as a genre – on the map. You could write that off as industry hyperbole, but in this case a little braggadocio is entirely apt: to date the New Zealand based act can claim over 80 million collective plays of their tracks on YouTube – more than any other New Zealand act, ever.
What started as a hobby in their early teens (they were 13 and 14 when they started mixing together on their computers), has morphed into international success for the pair, who only started posting their music online after a friend created a YouTube channel for them in early 2010. Within months their total hit count was in the millions and rising – all of a sudden the bedroom producers and amateur DJs were staring down the barrel of international renown, and feeling appropriately blown away.
Having first made their mark with the epic ‘Sierra Leone’, Mt Eden have since remixed tracks by Ruby Frost, Six60 and legendary producer DJ Fresh, as well as many other incredible local and international artists – simultaneously building a large enough collection of their own material to warrant the recent release of their EP MEDS. Says Rayner, “It felt like the weight was shifted when we put out MEDS, because we finally had a body of original work we could be proud of and that was well received.”
Having put MEDS to the people Mt Eden are already at work on their debut album, which will feature collaborations and remixes with a number of other respected producers and artists from around the world. Claiming they only started making dubstep because of genre godfathers Benga and Skream, the duo’s influences also include Baths, Doctor P, Ben Sage, Hudson Mohawke, Skrillex, James Blake and Tokyo Prose.
Live, Mt Eden’s shows are built around moments – extended build-ups, drum solos, double and triple drops – the focus always being to generate momentum and keep the crowd in the right frame of mind. Featuring a lot of unreleased material – including their own unreleased bootlegs, unheard edits of their own tunes and unreleased tracks from other artists – every Mt Eden set is a unique journey. “We have always played a good mixture of light and dark, so it can be an uplifting and gut-wrenching journey all at the same time,” elaborates Cooper.
Reflecting on the events of the past year Rayner says, “We didn’t expect any of this to happen, and we are still overwhelmed by it.” They better get their heads around it soon, because this rollercoaster ride is already well underway.
All artwork for Socotra was done by Brian Rapaport Design, copyright 2014