Half Color

Since 2008, Michal Menert and Paul Basic have been making their own blend of electronic hip-hop as Half Color. Combining emotive samples with hard hitting beats and precision synth work, Half Color has crafted a seamless sound that ranges from gritty to dreamlike. Friends since the late 90s, the two have a long history of collaboration and are currently labelmates on Pretty Lights Music. Despite their ongoing solo endeavors, 2013 will see the duo's fiery return to Half Color with their high-energy live shows and the release of new music.

David Starfire is a producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and DJ based in Los Angeles and San Francisco. His production style is eclectic, fusing world music with EDM, hip-hop and everything in between. He's performed at large festivals with some of the biggest electronic artists. His music is in high demand with tracks being licensed on major TV networks and commercials. He’s developed quite a following and his unique sound has created fans across the globe.

David is signed with the internationally known label Six Degrees Records, home to artists such as The Orb, Bebel Gilberto, Cheb i Sabbah, Karsh Kale, Michael Franti, Natacha Atlas and many others. His upcoming new album titled "Ascend" will be released Feb 19th, 2013. His last album, “Bollyhood Bass”, was released in 2010 and has also released 4 EP's with the latest being "Jumpin Off" in 2011. His tunes have been played on BBC, NPR, National Geographic, XM, college radio and internet stations around the world and charting on several formats.

David’s heritage is Creole and he follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, Oscar Rouzan, who was a famous horn player in New Orleans and played with the likes of Paul Simon, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt and numerous other great artists. His aunt is Wanda Rouzan, who is also well known vocalist in the New Orleans jazz scene as one of the premier musical ambassadors. David started playing the guitar at 8 and by 17, he was composing, producing and recording songs in his bedroom on a 4-track and could play 5 instruments. He then became enthralled with electronic music and gravitated towards computer music production using sampling and drum machines. By 19, David was in a signed band and touring with the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Filter and Skinny Puppy. After a brief solo career in NYC and several bands later, David moved to San Francisco and was part of the critically acclaimed band Cellophane Masses. Soon thereafter, his interest shifted towards producing world music and started incorporating rich, textured world music sounds with electronic music.

His signature sound landed him several DJ gigs at large scale international festivals all over the world such as Winter Music Conference, Coachella, Love Parade, the Forum, Musikmesse, Electric Picnic, Shambhala, Harmony, Burning Man, Lightning in a Bottle and Earthdance. He’s performed at private parties and events for Lucas films, ILM, Samsung, Sprint, Google, Semens, Nokia, HP, Virgin Galactic, Roland, Digg, MacWorld, Flaunt Magazine, CAA and many others. He’s performed in cities across the world such as India, Canada, Australia and major cities in Europe with rave reviews. He also sets himself apart from other DJ’s by playing bass guitar and electronic hand drums during his set and for special festival shows incorporates a live 8-15 piece band.

David’s songs are featured on several CD compilations such as Lonely Planet, Red Bull, Craig’s List, Six Degrees, Starbucks and many more. He has songs are featured in video games, TV and cable programs such as Lie to Me (FOX), Outsourced (NBC), Live with Kelly Ripa (ABC), ESPN2, Fox Sports, MTV, MTV2, Fuse, Showtime, HBO, EA sports and a Right Guard commercial. He's a favorite in the belly dance community and is featured on several Bellydance DVD’s and CD’s including the Bellydance Superstars. He co-wrote and produced the 12” of the dance song “Radiation”, which was featured on the national top 20 CMJ independent dance charts. Over the years, David has collaborated with FreQ Nasty, Ooah (Glitch Mob), Cheb i Sabbah, Natacha Atlas, Information Society, Afrika Bambaataa, American Music Club, Wire Train and members of Beck.

David is constantly touring and his shows comprise of a solo performance or “Live Ensemble” that features live musicians, incredible vocalists and top-notch bellydancers for an exciting theatrical show. He’s also a founding member of the Dub Kirtan All Stars project with FreQ Nasty and performs audio/visual shows with VJ Culture under the name StarCulture.

Canadian-born and based, Knight Riderz produces Future Booty Bass that appeals to dance floors worldwide. Playing sets of 100% original music all the time, every time is a Knight Riderz signature. What you get with every set is an original sound, unique vibe and experience that sets him apart in todays progressive EDM world. Receiving support from industry heavyweights like Bassnectar, Freq Nasty, Love & Light, Fort Knox 5, Samples, Kush Arora, An-ten-ae, and BBC Radio 1's Annie Nightingale to name a few. Knight Riderz has released music on a variety of labels, including ESL, Muti Music, Adapted Records, Seclusiasis, Simplify, Made In Glitch, Formation UK, Adnoiseam, and forthcoming material for Pretty Lights Music. Knight Riderz has created remixes for Elliot Lipp, Michael Menert, Thunderball, Freestylers, South Rakkas, Kush Arora, Love & Light, RDX, Mr. Vegas, and King Fantastic. The end of 2012 and start 2013 has seen his Positive Vibez EP coming out on Muti Music followed by the Million Miles single both of which sat on various charts across the board. Most recently The Big Booty Soundclash EP which was a collaboration project with fellow Canadian Tantric Decks came out on Australia's Adapted Records. This has received a great deal of chart success, industry support and has been aired on BBC Radio 1 by Annie Nightingale.

Samples (aka Ben Samples), also known for his work in the live remix project Fresh2Death, is a Producer and DJ based out of Denver, CO. He creates and performs electronic dance music, including bass-heavy remixes of club and hip hop favorites, original glitch hop, soulful dub step, funky house or amalgamations of other styles.

Starting his career as a DJ at a well known Colorado radio station,
covering various styles and genres with a focus on dance music and hip hop, Samples began creating his own hybrid of hip hop and dance music into a club sound that fits as well in theaters and festivals as it does on dance floors.

With a full length album released on Made in Glitch Records, EPs supported by Daly City Records, Simplify Recordings, and True Movement as well as tracks on Muti Music, Run Riot Records, Car Crash Set, Mambo Records, Old Tacoma Records, Global Vortex, and BomBeatz, Samples is one of the most sought out producers and remix artists in the bass music scene with collaborations including some of electronic music’s most influential people. Ranking among the top on charts such as iTunes, Beatport and Addictech has been Samples' foundation to perform club, event and festival dates all over the country to audiences very familiar with his music.

“Ben Samples is one of the staples when throwing around names in the glitch-hop and mid-tempo genres of music”, (SubSynthesis, 2010) and continues to evolve a unique voice in electronic dance music with his complexity and depth.

Ill Mannered

Sounds like a white trash bar fight between Superman and Mother Theresa.

Tyler Crawford Unland can usually be found buried between a sleazy drum groove, an over-driven synth and a pot of the strongest coffee on earth. Working around the clock, it is Ty’s obsession with each particular element that shape and define what ill-Mannered is in its essence. From Berkley College Of Music to countless sessions with Grammy Award winning engineers, producers and musicians, this whippersnapper’s turning more tricks than pandora’s box. Ty spends a lot of time in the studio producing, engineering and mixing for other artists as well. His knowledge, perseverance and sheer self sacrifice to his art have put him on a different playing field than your average bloke. For Ty, Ill-Mannered is the culmination of his internalized musical visions and a way to see the world with his friends.

Eric Imbrosciano is the groove MACHINE. This kid bashes drums all day, every day. His formal training and near 20 years drumming experience has made him an absolute monster. It doesn’t matter what genre you are playing – this kid wont skip a beat. Eric is a highly regarded player in the music community and ill-Mannered’s live performance is catapulted to unimaginable heights with him behind the kit.

Sir Charles

At the young age of 20, Charles Weinert has hit milestones many producers only dream to achieve. In the past two years, his sound has evolved from a dubstep monster to a far more sophisticated, bass hungry beast that thrives on intelligent low end manipulation and melodic over-tones that takes on a life of its own when meshed with underground and mainstream hip-hop acapellas. Playing to large crowds primarily in the southeast and beyond, 2011 is looking to be a huge one for the young prodigy. Charles has shared multiple club gigs with many big players in the electronic game right now including Bassnectar, Pantyraid, Big Gigantic, Bonobo, Two Fresh, Conspirator, Paper Diamond, RJD2, Ana Sia, Bluetech, and more. Recently signing with Eliot Lipp and Old Tacoma Records, Charles is finding himself mentoring under one of his greatest inspirations and the future is looking brighter than ever. Stay tuned for his debut album to be released in the coming months and for more official dates coming soon.

1. a Michigan-born producer and DJ

2. a byproduct of years of classical music training and nerdy computer skills

In just a few short years, SuperDre has brought her unique sound and contagious stage energy to packed dance floors and events across the nation.

Releasing her funky, minimal techno sound on her boutique label, Bass Candi, SuperDre thrives in the live environment delivering most of her sets on turntables along with midi controllers, an art becoming more and more rare among Producers/DJs.

Sponsored by Native Instruments, SuperDre’s skills were featured in the Technical Genesis series, a ten volume showcase of her ability to effortlessly create a unique mix of minimal techno, electro and retro. Her appearances and accolades also include independent films, holding down the popular “AFTER Club 104.5,” on Grand Rapids’ largest radio station, 104.5 WSNX, as well as in 2009 being voted the area’s “DJ of the Year” and one of the “Top 10 Most Influential” electronic artists to come out of the region.

Serving up her distincitve brand across genres, demos and venues, SuperDre has shared the stage with DJs/Producers such as DJ Irene, Filastine, Bassnectar, John Acquaviva, Ana Sia, Heavygrinder, Woody McBride, Reid Speed, Eliot Lipp, Punisher, Terrence Parker and many more, as well as a variety of other national indie and electronic bands.

Influences: Luciano, Loco Dice, Ricardo Villalobos, Parliament & the Funkadelics, Mark Henning, Pharrell Williams, Nina Simone, Joshua Bell, Bassnectar, RZA, Jimmy Hendrix, Green Velvet, Magda, Missy Elliott, Adultnapper, Si-Begg, Cassy, SIS, Kid Sister, Magda, Claude VonStroke, Kelis and Daniel Mehlhart.

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PRODUCTION SCHEDULE - FRIDAY, JULY 12TH

7:00 - 7:30 Contest Winner
7:30 - 8:30 SuperDre
8:30 - 9:15 Sir Charles
9:15 - 10:00 Ill Mannered
10:00 - 11:00 Samples
11:00 - 12:00 Knight Riderz
12:00 - 1:00 David Starfire
1:00 - Close Half Color

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RiverBeats III - FRIDAY ft. Half Color (ft. Members Of Pretty Lights Music), David Starfire, Knight Riderz, Samples, Ill Mannered, Sir Charles and SuperDre

Friday, July 12 · Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM at Mishawaka Amphitheatre