True Endeavors Presents:
Odesza, Mikey Thunder, Artifakts
701A E. Washington Ave
Madison, WI, 53703
This event is 18 and over
Watch & Listen
Colorado-based Michal Menert comes from a complex musical background of guitar, keyboards, and a variety of other instruments, giving him a unique approach to composition. Menert co-produced the debut Pretty Lights album, Taking Up Your Precious Time, with Derek Vincent Smith. He has since released his first solo album, Dreaming of a Bigger Life in spring of 2010, and dropped the much-lauded 27 track mega-LP, Even If It Isn’t Right, in April 2012. His sound combines obscure vintage samples from both Eastern European and Western vinyl with rich analog synthesis and organic hard hitting beats; a fusion of yesterday’s elements and tomorrow’s ideas.
ODESZA is a production duo made up of Harrison Mills (Catacombkid) and Clayton Knight (BeachesBeaches) based out of the Pacific Northwest. They met their senior year of college and decided to spend the summer as recent graduates collaborating on an album. On September 5th, 2012 they self-released a free LP entitled "Summer's Gone", creating a delicate balance between dreamy sun trickled melodies, glitched out vocals, crunchy drums and large sweeping basslines. To much critical acclaim, "Summer's Gone" has had more than 1.6 million streams on SoundCloud and gained ODESZA a diverse and loyal fan base.
"A new and addictive Seattle-based production team." - FILTER
"If first impressions are everlasting, ODESZA has successfully made a strong opening statement." - Earmilk.com
"ODESZA possesses a very impressive sampling prowess, combined with flawless sound production and an innate ability to refix anything to sound amazing." - Threadsence.com
Thunder spins a genre blending,bassdriven-partyrock-electrocrunk-futurefunk.With 16 years in the game,he's mastered the art of improvisation with an uncanny ability to work with and rework the vibe of the party with precision.Mikey learned his chops in the diverse music scene of Burlington Vermont where he gained a love and appreciation for all types of music and immersed himself into dj culture. In the fall of 1999,Mikey relocated to the mountains of Jackson Hole where he was soon kidnapped by Michael Franti and Spearhead for the Stay Human Tour.After opening for Spearhead in Jackson Hole,Thunder was handpicked by Michael Franti to open the rest of the tour where he mixed beats into their sets,during set break,and scratched with their beatboxer,Radioactive.
After the Spearhead tour Mikey relocated to Boulder and continued to pursue his musical career.He has shared stages with some of the biggest names in hip hop and electronic music including Jurassic 5,Digable Planets,Del The Funky Homosapien,Arrested Development,Guru,Big Daddy Kane,Blackalicious,Crown City Rockers Lyrics Born,People Under The Stairs,One Self,The Alkaholiks,Dead Prez,Jedi Mind Tricks,M.O.P., The Clipse,2 Live Crew,Swollen Members,Method Man,Redman,Z-Trip,JBoogie,Fort Knox Five,Bassnectar,Glitch Mob,Anasia,Panty Raid,Vibe Squad,Prefuse73,Random Rab,Alex B,Savoy,Particle,Boombox,Disco Biscuits,and the End of Tour After Party for Jack Johnson & Ben Harper at Red Rocks.At that time Thunder also was an Atari playing stuntman DJ in the band Sonar.The band shared the stage with the Wailers at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City,the String Cheese Incident,and played Hightimes Magazine's SXSW party,and the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam.
In the fall of 2009 Mikey joined the Pretty Lights team,opened for over 30 shows on their tours and performed cuts on the Making Up a Changing Mind EP,released in 2010.Thunder is currently Pretty Lights Music's DJ.
His favorite place to play is during sunrise on a old Chinese junk pirate ship by the trash fence on an ancient seabed drinking champagne and eating bacon with friends.
What happens when gritty electronic basslines meet vintage sample laced hip hop? You get the boom bap sample sound of indie producer Artifakts. Artifakts is the ever-evolving, electronic hip-hop project of Garret Meyer. Ranging from gritty down-sampled soulful stomp to mellow, airy and ambient hip hop, Artifakts has carved out a unique sound that not even trip hop can touch.
Hailing out of small town Newton, Wisconsin, 20 year old Garret began the collaborative project "Artifakts" in February 2012, and was joined by fellow 20 year old electronic producer William Thompson (Charleston, South Carolina) in March 2012. Following a summer festival circuit and live debut, Artifakts released the 11 track "Like This If" beat tape independently, featuring a smorgasbord of vinyl sampled, short electronic infused hip hop and airy trip-hop instrumentals à la Flying Lotus, Michal Menert, and DJ Shadow. Artifakts is set to release an EP in 2013 with sole works from Meyer.
Artifakts has also shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the scene such as Pretty Lights, MartyParty (of PANTyRAiD), and Cherub; not to mention plenty of collaborations with producers around the US. With multiple tracks under his belt, Artifakts set himself apart as one of the most sought after new electronic producers around.
$12 adv / $15 dos