Live in the Atrium
Robotic Pirate Monkey
R/D, Alpha Data
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Robotic Pirate Monkey
After forming in late Spring of 2010, Robotic Pirate Monkey quickly emerged out of Boulder's dense electronic music scene. RPM is the collaboration of Andrew Hathaway, Matt Berryhill, and Matt Flesher.
RPM's latest EP "Sidetracked" was released last spring at their debut sellout show at The Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO. Following their first sellout show in Boulder, RPM sold out the Bluebird in Denver and played the world-renowned Global Dance Festival at Red Rocks Amphitheater in July. Their most recent track 'Rio De Fuego,' off their upcoming album, has fans excited for the entire album to drop later this fall.
In 1999, R/D and his former DJ partner were invited to help throw a party for the closing of Perry Farrell's studio in Venice Beach, CA. They DJ'd for 6 hours, breaking only once for a debut of Perry's new solo project. Several month's later, R/D was invited to DJ in the Oasis dome at the very first Coachella music festival. These monumental events drew him straight to Los Angeles and the rest, as they say, is history. He went on to throw scores of parties in L.A., Dj'ing alongside Plaid, Squarepusher, Prefuse 73, Dntel, Jaimie Lidell, Luke Vibert, Nightmares on Wax, LFO, Chris Clark, and many other electronic acts of the early '00's.
Eventually R/D started making his own music on borrowed gear, hammering out glitched up IDM and electro on an MPC 2000. Luckily, the first tracks he ever wrote were later released on Andrea Parker's UK label 'Touchin' Bass'. As the era of Aphex Twin influenced IDM came to an end, R/D virtually hung up his hat, turning to film sound as a creative outlet. But, his musical nature was re-invigorated in 2007 when he moved in with pals edIT and Ooah, just as the Glitch Mob sound was forming. Feeding off the fresh energy of his incredibly talented roommates, he went back to the drawing board, developing his take on glitch-hop inspired tunes aimed at the dancefloor. His new sound fetched him gigs at Coachella with the Do Lab in 2007 and 2009, and put him on the West Coast festival circuit where he shared bills with Flying Lotus, Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, The Glitch Mob, Les Claypool, Cocoe Rosie, Caspa, Mala, Beats Antique, Mimosa, MartyParty and a laundry list of incredible talent.
Recently, R/D has traded the bleeps and bloops of glitch-hop for pure melody and song structure, and as his music matures, so does his career. In March of 2010, R/D unleashed an un-official remix of Fever Ray's 'I'm Not Done', which reached #2 on both Hype Machine charts and reaped 27,000 listens in 3 days on SoundCloud alone. Several months later, he released an original, four track EP titled 'Face Of God'; the title track again landed him in the top #3 on Hype Machine's Twitter charts. So far this year, he has played live for a crowd of more than 2,000 at Coachella 2010 (the Do Lab stage), shared the stage with Nosaj Thing & Elliot Lipp at Lightning in a Bottle festival and played directly after Bassnectar for a crowd of nearly 5,000 dusty ravers at this year's Burning Man festival.
Currrently, R/D is poised to release an official Glitch Mob remix as well as a remix for Ball Of Waxx records, both due in late September of this year. He's also cranking hard on a new, full-length album, due in early 2011.*
James Ristvedt isn't a typical third-year law student. He balances his time between days in classrooms and nights between stacks of speakers. Just a few months from finishing his final year of law school, James' bass-fueled alter ego Alpha Data may have something to say about what the future holds.
Alpha Data's debut release, Nefertiti (released on GruntWorthy Music), hit #1 on the Beatport Glit
ch Hop chart, and #50 on the Beatport All Genres chart. This is not a small feat considering his touring to that point was limited to shows played in the Midwest. A follow-up release, Nefertiti Remixes, was released in January with remixes of the chart-topping "Nefertiti" by an all-star cast of producers (fellow #1 Beatport artist Samples, Unlimited Gravity, Sovereign Sect, J.me.j, and Burn Brighter).
With over 1000 followers on Soundcloud and a couple dozen tracks released via Soundcloud, glitch hop fans across the nation have started to catch on. His signature sound, combining high-intensity bass with catchy, melodic hooks, has built him a steady and loyal following in the rapidly emerging EDM scene. Having recently released multiple remixes of well-known pop culture hits, Alpha Data doesn't seem to be slowing down at all.
After spending New Year's Eve opening and playing setbreaks for the Disco Biscuits at the prestigious Auditorium Theatre in Chicago and having shared the stage across the country with numerous internationally renowned EDM producers (Flux Pavilion, Shpongle, Kill the Noise, Tipper, Excision, Beats Antique and countless others) Alpha Data has repeatedly showcased his ability to appeal across multiple genres.
Alpha Data – Coming soon to a sound system near you!