Monarch Live Mondays presents
Dan Bodan, Blazing Hips, Joseph Garate, Prize
101 6th St
San Francisco, California (CA), 94103
This event is 21 and over
Dan Bodan is a Canadian Singer, Songwriter and producer living in Berlin. During the early aughts, while studying photography in Montreal, DBD supported himself working call centres, lighting video shoots for a local porn studio and manning the coat check at the underground club Zoo Bizarre. In this environment he began developing a distinct style of songwriting, utilizing production methods of experimental and electronic dance music but applying them to simple, but sincere love songs. Since moving to Berlin in 2007 he’s performed, shirtless and sweaty, in dozens of seedy locales on four continents, and worked with a throng of different artists, musicians, designers and producers to make everything from his first digital downloads to a self-styled record label, Mangrove. He’s become a fixture at the now-defunct bar TIMES where he hosted monthly nights of maudlin crooning. Releasing a series of singles in 2012, including a split 7″ with Hot Chip member Alexis Taylor, DBD returns this spring to release his next single Anonymous followed by an album later in the yea
Blazing Hips is an indie-pop duo from Los Angeles with a curious fixation on the animal kingdom. Formed in 2013, The group has already produced two fauna-pop favorites; “Wolf” and “Cheetah”
Employing a veritable zoo of sounds- fuzzy vocals, groovy bass, bombastically retro synths, drum machines and tambourines, Blazing Hips makes 4-minutes-and-under safaris into the jungle of retro edged pop, emerging as a final earworm chorus brings things to an almost too-soon close.
Blazing Hips is Nicholas Tashjian and Kelvin Stewart. Nick goes to bed at a reasonable hour and always wears comfortable shoes. Kelvin likes weak tea, saltines, and a warm bath. Both can be found at Blazing Hips shows around the LA area, or working on forthcoming releases.
Sophia Santulli is singer/songwriter/producer at the helm of Prize. This explosive siren ignited as she ran from the hills of her operatic training into the clubs of San Francisco. With a Masters in Vocal Performance from San Francisco Conservatory and the self-release of Prize: The Split EP, Prize walked her well-worn patent leather combat boots into her band van to live on the road in order to be able to pursue her writing and performing.
*~*~Prize 2.0 happened as Sophia decided to not only write and sing, but produce the entirety of her first full-length album, Surprize Box! a feat of bravery stemming from impatience. She stuck with an analog recording process for the vocals with Cookie Marenco at OTR studios, further carving out her dedication to excellent singing without the slick bells and whistles of pop. The bells and whistles all hang in synth form on her minimal and bouncy bedroom-pop beats, mastered by EDM heavyweight Glenn Morrison.~*~*
As Sophia dreamed up Prize, she was paying her dues as a backup singer in San Francisco, performing and recording with artists such as Third Eye Blind, John Vanderslice, The Dodos, Two Foot Yard, and Tidelands at venues including Great American Music Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, Swedish American Hall, Palace of Fine Arts (Noise Pop 2010), and SFMOMA with Minna Choi's Magik*Magik Orchestra. Prize is also a guest vocalist on electronica artist Ladder's (Below Zero) upcoming album. Having already sung operatic leads locally and abroad, she continues to sing with alternative groups such as Classical Revolution and Opera On Tap.
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