Jay Murphy of Up Until Now has so far lived his life completely centered and orbiting around music. He comes from a collective past involved in bands with genres of reggae, world beat, rock, hip hop, funk, electro-pop,and even heavy metal. With this new project, he distills the pure essence in music that has always driven him, and channels it into electronic dance music with the sole purpose of making bodies move. When you get talent of this type with huge broad experience, and focus it into one vision, you best believe that it burns like a laser.

Since its conception in 2010, Up Until Now has performed across the country from Portland, OR to Jacksonville, FL, from New York City to Austin, TX. He has been featured at many major summer music festivals including Camp Bisco X, Electric Forest, and SnowGlobe. With the momentum Up Until Now has built in the last few years, the future is certainly bright for this producer. Keep an eye out for UUN coming to your town real soon.

David Murphy

David Murphy is the bassist for Sound Tribe Sector 9.

As a collective of musicians and artists, STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) creates and expresses a musical style that is unique unto itself. STS9 have taken their passion for playing live instruments and married it to a love for intricate composition and sound exploration. STS9 have as much of an affection for samplers and computers as they do pianos, drums, bass, and guitars. The music blends layered sonic landscapes, developed melodic movements, and deep groove sensibilities.

The music is simultaneously progressive and retrospective. It draws from the core creative values of the jazz greats and the funk-soul innovators while utilizing modern advancements in music production, basically just getting wicked with whatever they can make a sound with. In speaking of his interaction with the band during performances earlier this year, Perry Farrell stated that STS9 "speaks in the future tense.".

A loyal and musically open-minded fan base around the world has helped STS9 become one of the few groups to find success as independent, instrumental artists. Embracing a near-constant touring schedule, including performances at Japan's Fuji Rock Festival, Coachella, Bonnaroo, Red Rocks, and Austin City Limits, STS9 has carved a niche of their own in a crowded industry. Through the music, the band covers a wide spectrum of styles and influences.

Sharing the stage and performing with such acts as James Brown, Perry Farrell, Tortoise, LTJ Bukem, Telefon Tel Aviv, Ming & FS, the Roots, Blackalicious, and Ozomatli, STS9 are best fit to stay unbound from musical labels, genres, or stereotypes, and choose, instead, to release and perform music that is inspiring to them as artists. STS9 have defined a songwriting style that approaches composition through sound sculpture. Through this process, they have found a welcomed balance and structure to complement their unique approach to live performance and improvisation.

STS9 was formed in Atlanta, Georgia in the late '90s, but relocated to Northern California in late 2000.

Jeremy Salken

Jeremy Salken is the drummer and co-founder of Boulder, Colorado's Big Gigantic.

Shweez (Two Fresh)

Before twin brothers Kendrick and Sherwyn Nicholls even turned 21, Two Fresh had already landed a label signing with 1320 Records on the merit of extensive successful touring across the east coast. Within a short few months, their first album “The Baker’s Dozen” was released to their devoted fan base.

Fast forward to 2011 and Two Fresh has already graced the lineups of multiple major US festivals including SXSW, Electric Daisy Carnival, Wakarusa, Starscape and North Coast. Alongside fellow producers Jables and Bookworm, Two Fresh established the Lab Coat beat collective in the musical hotbed of Asheville, NC. Together Two Fresh and Lab Coat bring a new presentation and sound to electronic music in the Southeast region.

Make sure to get Two Fresh’s sophomore debut album “Air Mail,” available now on Elm and Oak, 1320 Records, Itunes, Boomkat, and Bleep.

Sunsquabi

It all began in 2011 when guitarist Kevin Donohue and bassist Andrew Clymer broke away from their hip-hop roots and decided that sample-based electronic music simply wasn’t enough. The Boulder duo set out to find their own blend of live instrumentation and production, which would lead to the creation of SunSquabi. The group very quickly gained notoriety in the Denver/Boulder area and performed their first show at Red Rocks Amphitheater in June 2011 (Global Dance Festival). Shortly thereafter, drummer and Boston native Chris Anderson joined the group and inspired the group to even further seek the limitless otential of the live-electronic realm.

Over the past two years, SunSquabi has performed at some of the country’s most notable music festivals (Wakarusa, Summer Camp, Sonic Bloom, Snowball, SXSW and more). The trio has been consistently touring the U.S. since May 2012, and rapidly gaining recognition from the ever-evolving EDM and Livetronica markets. SunSquabi has shared the stage with Big Gigantic, Pretty Lights, GriZ, Murphy of STS9, Up Until Now, Two Fresh, Conspirator, Michal Menert, Boombox, The Floozies, Archnemesis, Break Science, Minnesota, Ghostland Observatory and many more.
The group is currently recording a new EP, with four previous releases and a 17-track LP titled “Fundamental Interaction” (Nov. 2013). Constantly on the studio grind, SunSquabi is always striving to change and mature their sound, and to continue to break down the expectations of what a “Live-Electronic” band should be. A recent overhaul on the live set has propelled the group into 2014, with plans to tour all over the U.S. They will be making appearances at several major festivals this Summer, with an album release planned for late Summer 2014.

The Best Dancers

“Having been on our radar since their track “Initiative to Move” was remixed by Up Until Now, The Best Dancers inaugural EP release has us pretty excited!” - Ryan Getz @ TreeThugger.com

“Their productions have a traditional electro feel but tie in more with contemporary giants such as Pretty Lights. The siblings bring over 20 years of experience to the table that is showcased through smooth transitions, perfect overlaying, and innovation.” - Colin Hudson @ The Deli Magazine

‘Stop Playing This’ is an experimental electro-funk homage to rock & roll and hip hop alike. Glistening with samples, and more importantly, nods to many artists, "Stop Playing This" ties modern electronic dance music with bits of the past. Careful to keep each track soulful and gripping, the brothers combine melodies and heavy beats for dancing. Now, months after the official release of the Up Until Now (1320 Records) remix of TBD’s track “Initiative To Move,” the brothers release their debut EP, which marks the beginning of a bright future performing and releasing music in the electronic community. In 2010 Franny and Bobby Govea moved to Portland, Oregon and formed The Best Dancers. Most recently The Best Dancers have been performing live around the state of Oregon. Notable TBD performances have taken place at Portland's McMenamin's White Eagle, GrooveSuite, The Whiskey Bar, and SOAK 2012's Main Stage. In their collaborations the duo combine elements of “traditional” EDM with notable influences of hip-hop, electro, funk, rock, and improvisation. With over 2 decades of combined experience in music production and performance, The Best Dancers hope to spread their love of music, dancing, and life through their original productions and remixes. A slew of shows has been planned for 2013, including performances at Human Nature Music Festival and Summer Circus Music Festival.

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UP UNTIL NOW ft. David Murphy (STS9) & Jeremy Salken (Big Gigantic) w/ Shweez of Two Fresh, SunSquabi and The Best Dancers

Thursday, July 25 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom