Chi-Antics: A Mini-Electronic Fest with art-music-antics
Vince Clarke, VPN, EchoDroides
2109 South State St
Chicago, IL, 60616
This event is 17 and over
As the quieter half of the extremely influential late ’70s electronic, proto-Industrial duo, Suicide, Martin Rev’s job was to provide the droning, hiccuping beats and textured backdrops for his partner Alan Vega’s animated rantings and onstage abusiveness. When the band split, Vega went on to pursue minor successes with stripped down electro-Rockabilly and two-note rock, while Rev’s solo records continued with Suicide’s sweet, childlike melodies and simple lyrics over desolate, monotone, minimalist electronics.
Vince Clarke is a synthpop legend and founding member of DEPECHE MODE, YAZOO, ERASURE, and VCMG. He has been making some of the most memorable synth songs since 1980.
DEPECHE MODE: Just Can't Get Enough, New Life, Dreaming of Me
YAZOO: Don't Go, Situation, Only You, Nobody's Diary
ERASURE: Sometimes, Chains of Love, Chorus, Always, A Little Respect, Victim of Love, and many more
VCMG: minimal techno project with Martin Gore
Hear Vince Clarke DJ on Sat June 22 @ Velvet Underground, Toronto.
EchoDroide's sound can be described as Nu Disco with a taste of synthpop, spacesynth and italo. Their music's influences come largely from geniuses like Giorgio Moroder, Vince Clarke, Alexander Robotnik and Telex just to name a few.
Frank and Miguel have been good friends for a long time. Being involved in the music scene for many years in their respective ways. Frank is an accomplished musician & songwriter, having played keyboards on Platinum recording artist, Disturbed's debut album and heading a couple of bands, Echonine & The Guardians. Miguel is a DJ having traveled all over the country and various spots around the world as part of Dark Wave Disco and spun at Lollapalooza in 2009. He has played alongside countless artists such as Primal Scream, Ladytron, Felix Da Housecat, Cut Copy and many more throughout the years.
They always talked about working together on music, but clashing schedules prevented it from happening. Finally in the spring of 2011 they got together and decided to start working on some remixes for California's "The New Division" and Chicago's "Comasoft". After finishing them up, they figured why not take a shot at seeing what kind of original stuff they can come up with. The result was a completed EP, titled Telescopic, which was picked up by Chicago's Hot Dog Records and slated for release in early 2012.