VIA Festival 2014 * Chicago - ALL ACCESS PASS

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BRING YOUR FRIENDS: Each ALL ACCESS Pass allows you to bring up to 2 friends with you who get a 50% discount at the door. Subject to capacity and the spaces are small so come early!

NOTE: Gains entry to all Thursday through Saturday VIA Festival Chicago events. Anamanaguchi pre-party not included.

Chicago's first Audio + Visual festival featuring unique one time performance collaborations between musicians and visual artists.

MYKKI BLANCO

"Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss " is the debut rap release from New York based self described "Acid Punk Rapper" Mykki Blanco. "This mixtape is a reflection of the lifestyle that my peers and I are living right now, this moment where it feels as if global club culture is connected again, New York, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Tokyo, Rio, the international underground has come together for an all night party that never ends and "Cosmic Angel" is the soundtrack. "DJ DJ Prime Club Minister, Play My Track Cuz The Beat Is Sinister" raps Blanco acting as town crier of the club crowning the DJ ruler of the night, Blanco's raps, national nightlife anthems. Rave culture, Hip hop culture, Trip Hop and Riot Grrl, these are the elements of what Cosmic Angel are made of and Mykki Blanco swerves with ease in and out of each genre with his/her artful lyricism, aggressive delivery and the showmanship that has made Blanco a stand out entertainer.

Cosmic Angel is my way of welcoming the world into my reality, the weirdos, the freaks, alternative black american culture. Sexuality figures in last, were talking street life, night life and under the flashing strobe light or the soft glow of the moon everyone and anyone is a Cosmic Angel.

Cosmic Angel is a mixtape for the international party people, a mixtape that people all over the world can relate to. "We make love to the night, in the back of the club yeah we feeling alright", sings Blanco it's a universal message delivered over the sonic digital bells. Cosmic Angel is Mykki Blanco's message to the world about how seriously he/she takes the role of entertainer and how far and how hard he/she will work to prove it to anyone who questions his/her talents. I came into this game to show the world my creative vision and let my freak flag fly...I just so happen to be a ferocious rapper, I would have never said "Blanco is the Truth" if I didn't mean it.

Blue Hawaii

Part of Montreal’s fertile electronic pop scene, Blue Hawaii is the work of Raphaelle Standell-Preston (also of the dream pop band Braids) and Agor (aka Alexander Cowan). The pair began working together in early 2010 and, inspired by their travels in Central America, released the Blooming Summer EP on Arbutus Records later that year. Though issues like the success of Braids’ Native Speaker and Cowan’s stint in Europe meant that the duo couldn’t work on their music together in person as much as before, they continued writing songs individually and then recorded them in studios across Canada. The result was the sleek, chilly pop of Untogether, which Arbutus issued in February of 2013.

Anamanaguchi

Anamanaguchi is a boy band made up of hackers and producers born & raised on the Internet, currently living in New York City.

On May 14th, they are releasing Endless Fantasy through their own brand new label, dream.hax – their first album since soundtracking Scott Pilgrim vs. The World in 2010.

Anamanaguchi started in Pete Berkman's basement in the suburbs of New York where Weezer, snacks and Super Nintendo lived in equal rotation. At 15, he began experimenting with creating punk music using an 8-bit NES. Following bass player James DeVito to NYU's Music Technology program, Pete met Ary Warnaar who grew up in LA on raves, fashion and lazer tag. Ary began writing for the band, lending a more academic electronic-influence to Berkman's capricious pop sensibilities. Later that year Luke joined as the band's drummer via a MySpace message and then the band had fully formed.

Anamanaguchi is serious about being happy. They're part of a wave of young Internet romantics, nostalgic for a future they know may never come, but can see the seeds of it in the beauty that surrounds them. They're making emotional dance music for the video game generation and aren't afraid to claim it. Anamanaguchi was born past cynicism & indifference; they're in love with the universe and aim to celebrate magic-made-real with their music. The band is interested in breathing life into low-tech machines and making expressive, emotional melodies using the simplest, rawest electronic tones available.

Anamanaguchi is what the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would've been if they were a boy band. Ary is cool but rude, Luke is a party dude, Pete leads, and James does machines (he's responsible for all the DIY sound-and-light electronics the band uses).

Their upcoming album Endless Fantasy is about reality and dreams, being young and searching for agency in an infinite existence. Its 22-tracks explore dreamworlds of all kinds from polygon forests, to Tokyo drifting hills at 100mph, to the lifestream from Final Fantasy VII.

They teamed up with editors from Tim & Eric to make their first music video, "MEOW" – a fever dream version of "The Warriors" set in the perfect arcade. The video lives as a David Lynch by-way-of John Hughes ode to the victorious feeling of suburban escapism through friends and fun.

Cakes Da Killa

Recording artist Cakes Da Killa, is a 23-year-old rapper and writer with two Eps under his belt. Cakes' second mixtape The Eulogy was released on January 29, 2013 via clothing brand Mishka inis record label. The album quickly gained popularity when it was reviewed positively by Pitchfork and The Needle Drop. Cakes Da Killa's unique sound is a mix of various musical influences, cinema and underground experiences. he is praised on both his lyrical content and flow — a raunchy style usually compared to Lil Kim and Foxy Brown. Cakes now has over 3,000 followers on Soundcloud and his recently released new single "I Run This Club" via Hot Mom USA. Cakes has traveled to Europe, Canada, Australia, shattering the preconceived notions of what it takes to be a respected lyricist. Cakes brags that he can, "spit that shit to make a homophobe a hypocrite," and with each release he seems to be proving his point.

MikeQ [Fade To Mind|Qween Beat|Mad Decent], One of the leading figures in NYC’s long-running Vogue scene, MikeQ's spine-snapping productions and DJ sets are seriously in demand at major clubs, museums, and festivals around the world from London to Tokyo. He has received spreads in Vanity Fair, NY Times, Time Out London, Urban Socialites among others and is making scenes way beyond the ballroom WERK.

Based in New Jersey, the 28 year old producer heads up his own "Qween Beat" Label and turns out a steady stream of vogue and ballroom tracks, re-edits, and remixes.

London-based DJ, producer, co-founder of Night Slugs label, L-Vis 1990 (James Connolly) has been releasing a singular brand of club music free of rules and genres since dropping his eponymous debut EP in 2008. Drawing from classic Dance Mania and Underground Construction vibes to deliver 5 tape-saturated, strictly-analog slices of modern-day ghetto hard house – his productions and live sets have been championed by festivals, clubs, and DJs across the world.

Groundislava

Emerging from the endless summers of Venice, CA to teaming up with Shlohmo, Jonwayne, D33J, RL Grime and more to form the Wedidit crew, Jasper Patterson aka Groundislava has transformed from bashful video gamer to full-fledged composer. The son of Michael Patterson (who directed A-Ha's standout music video "Take On Me" and Paula Abdul's "Opposites Attract"), Groundislava has roots that draw from 80s nostalgia, TV and pop culture that grow and transform into the 21st Century aesthetic of electronic music.

Recently tapped for official remixes of Slugabed and Shlohmo as well as Kutmah's Brownswood compilation, Groundislava returns with the 'Feel Me' LP, the follow-up full-length to his self-titled 2011 debut. A mature step for the artist, 'Feel Me' showcases Groundislava's unique sensibilities for developing sweeping soundscapes, luscious backdrops and somber tracks in a distinct sound all his own.

The subdued groove and melancholic melodies of tracks like "Suicide Mission" featuring ghostly vocals from Baths and "Bottle Service" featuring Shlohmo balance the big room dynamics and technicolor soundscape of tracks like "Olympia 2011" and the bass heavy boom of "Cool Party". On others, like "TV Dream" featuring the enigmatic Clive Tanaka, Groundislava composes an ebullient ode to a friendship's inception, soaking it in summery vibes and phantom playfulness.

'Feel Me' is available now on Friends of Friends. Cool to him.

Princess Nokia

Princess Nokia is a musical collective lead by twenty-two year old Destiny Nicole Ortiz. (formerly known as Wavy Spice)
Destiny is an up and coming, multifaceted, DIY artist from the New York City underground. Her unique musical style blends tribal beats, with trip hop and R&B – creating an exciting and new crossover of sounds.
Her first independent album, Metallic Butterfly, was released in May of 2014. In it she combines a post-Internet-era view on cyber-feminism, a metaphysical awareness of nature, sex and drugs; often stepping into a dystopian, or indigenous landscape. Her songs are both hypnotic and hyper reality driven.
Vice Magazine hailed it as being, “…one of the most exciting and ambitious [albums] to come out of the NYC underground in a long time…”
Destiny has a weekly web-radio show that she DJs and hosts as part of her feminist art collective, Smart Girls Club. Helping to open up dialogue and support for young women of all ethnicities in music and the arts.

26 year old Michael Rathbun, aka Distal, is a man of many trades. When heís not running his Embassy Recordings label, you can find him in the studio producing his multi-tempo tunes, known for blending sounds from the past, present and future to form a style all his own. Lookout for his superior mixing skills in the booth as well, moving dance floors across the nation, playing out the best in bass music from across the globe along with his own tunes.
With his inaugural vinyl release on heavyweight UK label Soul Jazz Records, followed by the classic in-the-making ëTypewriter Tuneí on Surefire Sound, Distal has a bright and positive future in front of him. More of his unique production is set to drop in 2011 with releases forthcoming on Tectonic, Ghettophiles, Tube10, Embassy, Fortified Audio and Grizzly, along with collaborations with Addison Groove, DJ Rashad, Stagga, Moldy and Deep Mediís Clouds.

Traxman

One of Chicago’s most important and versatile juke and footwork producers for more than two decades, Traxman (aka Cornelius Ferguson) is co-founder of the Geto DJz clique and member of Teklife crew. The follow-up to his acclaimed 2012 album “Da Mind of Traxman” was released this year via Planet Mu.

Machine Girl

Machine Girl was created in an underground labratory by a secret society of buried Atari video games. They swore vengance upon their creators and so they designed the ultimate weapon; Machine Girl. Machine Girl escaped when she was only 10 years old and lived among wolves for the next 12 years of her life. Eventually she realized her place was not among the wolves, but among human beings. She spent only a mere week in human society before realizing that the Atari Video Games were right. She found an abandoned circus tent with running power, plugged in a laptop with Ableton installed and declared war.

Darren Keen

31 years old / Ginger / Hairy / Tattooed / Stinky / Drugs / Weed / Travel / Guru / Model

Different Sleep

Different Sleep is the production alias of Rafa Alvarez, a rising producer and instrumentalist from San Diego, currently residing and attending school in Chicago. His original tracks transport you to a land somewhere between a party, a hangover the morning after, and peaceful contemplation. Blending elements of hip-hop, r&b, trance and juke, Different Sleep is turning heads all over the Internet with his steady stream of new tracks and remixes.

Different Sleep has received critical acclaim from online publications such as XLR8R, The Fader, and Pitchfork as well as airplay on BBC Radio 1 via Ryan Hemsworth and Flosstradamus. With releases and remixes of his own on various labels such as OWSLA, West In Dust, and Svengali Label – it is clear Different Sleep is making his way up with his soothing downtempo productions.

Starfoxxx, the production alias of Chicago artist David Beltran pirated ableton in 2005. He has releases on Feeltrip, Ghettophiles and Donky Pitch

Equator Club

Equator Club is a Chicago based Producer/DJ and co-founder of Them Flavors. With his innovative production and ability to reach into all genres of underground and upcoming culture, Equator Club forges his own unique style of dance music.

Jimmy Whispers

Former Light Pollution main man James Cicero has hit upon something special with his new solo project, Jimmy Whispers. He sings sincere songs about love and loss with just a chintzy organ recorded straight to an iPhone, and what the music lacks in fidelity it more than makes up for in unself-conscious heart, blissful melodies, and enchanting hooks. He's finished an album, but you can't get it just yet—a proper release is in the works. Cicero plays out often enough, though, that the tunes will stick with you till his next show—and you can still walk away with a copy of his Summer in Pain zine. It builds on themes that also turn up in his music, in his stage banter, and in the crude "Summer in Pain" street art he's plastered around town: there's a collage about Chicago's gun violence, a letter to a woman selling a wedding gown via a flyer, doodles of sharks, non sequiturs about finding inspiration in sadness, and an image that superimposes Cicero on a photo of Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan, and Scottie Pippen. Summer in Pain is pretty scatterbrained and not always easy to understand, but it feels entirely earnest—which makes it a great companion to Cicero's songs.

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CHICAGO READER BEST OF 2013 ISSUE

Teen Witch Fan Club

TEEN WITCH, puts BOP and J-14 through a kaleidoscope, aiming to honor and give praise to the gay and trans youth underground scene. Essentially art-based, TEEN WITCH is inspired by sub-cultures, the Internet, Nickelodeon magazine and childhood nostalgia.

DJ Pluto

Pluto is Ben Marcus: a DJ, party thrower, and artist based in Chicago.

Potions

Chicago deep house hunter Potions unveils his brilliant album 'MIDI Jazz Bass' on 12" wax via Lake Paradise tonight! Volumes upon volumes of Potions cuts have been released on cassette over the past couple years but this debut 12" has been well worth the swimming. Unparalleled vibes and sounds from this mysteriously dreamy groove master.

"The one-man outfit of Roland Potions is new but already attracting notice via his "Odd Notions" cassette (issued on Pretty All Right in July). Each side has a few short songs, but it's the one long composition, which broaches the 20-minute mark, that lets you really get lost in Potions' hypnotic, instrumental sound. There is a timelessness to Potions' sound — the sprawling synth-scapes that recall early '80s film scores, but also incorporate haunting loops of sound that draw from traditional Jamaican dub, as well as the work of contemporary German ambient composers. The beats are infrequent, and tend to creep up quietly when they do appear. Songs like "Trombone Yard" start from a short phrase played on a keyboard, which repeats throughout the 19-minute track, while the song continues to expand, growing new, seemingly infinite lines of melody. Potions' sound hits so many sweet spots that his work is drawing fans of modern composition, retro psychedelia, '80s underground and those who are serious about experimental music."
-Jessica Hopper, Special to the Chicago Tribune

"The music comes from the middle of America but it aims for the middle of space. Cosmic Fidelity (Lillerne Tapes) is the latest album from Chicago's Potions and his "one man and a synth" approach to composition is at a peak on this release. The chord clusters and warm fluttering tone whirls make us plain feel good. The final cut is titled "Optimistic Goodbye" and while that could be taken as one spaceman's death note, we think of it as a big smiley face staring into the clouds before a 2001-esque odyssey. Potions' music is simple on the surface, but what makes it successful is the dynamics and pacing employed one what could've been one dude wanking his keys. Instead we are treated to a real trip into the heavens."
-International Tapes

Jeremiah Meece (of The-Drum)

Jeremiah Meece makes up half of Chicago production duo The-Drum, whose dark and distorted beats seem perfect for a trippy after-hours event (see their take on Mirror Talk’s “Don’t”). But Meece’s repertoire extends past his group work—he’s also a vocalist with an extremely impressive range, as can be seen via his live work as a part of the R&B collective JODY, as well as in his delightfully dazed, self-produced edit of Willow Smith’s “Summer Fling.”

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