Unofficial Ghostly CMJ Party with Com Truise, Joel Ford, Lord Raja, Heathered Pearls, Patrick Russell, Nitemoves, Contakt

Com Truise is one of the many personas of producer and designer Seth Haley, born and raised in upstate New York and operating out of a 12'-overrun apartment in Princeton, New Jersey. An admitted synth obsessive, Com Truise is the maker of an experimental and bottom heavy style he calls "mid-fi synth-wave, slow-motion funk".

Haley's been making music on the side for roughly a decade—going through pseudonyms like toothbrushes (Sarin Sunday, SYSTM, Airliner)—first as a DJ, and currently, as an excavator of softer, window-fogging synth-wave.

Joel Ford

Joel Ford is one of the most fascinating and difficult-to-define characters in the relatively new-ish American outsider synth movement. Ford and sonic cult colleagues Laurel Halo, James Ferraro, and Daniel Lopatin, like Octo Octa and Ital from the 100% Silk imprint, occasionally pop out of their underground microcircus when invited to the indie mainstream party by heavy hitters who love their outsider sounds. The throughlines of these concentric circles of artists include their reverence for the late ’70s and ’80s (the period during which many of them entered the world), a preference for analog synths (or software that approximates such tones), and the mysterious veil that surrounds them all. But none are more mysterious than Ford, an avatar of all-over-the-place whatness.

My name is Chester Raj Anand. I'm from Upstate NY. I'm 20. I grew up in a small town called Red Hook. My brother got me into production at a very young age. By second grade I was used to experimenting on computer programs like Acid and Fruity Loops. I remember telling my 2nd grade teacher that Aphex Twin was my favorite.

It got to a point where I would lock myself in the basement everyday after school and make like 5 or 6 beats a day on my PC computer on fruityloops everyday until college. I'd mess with Indian tapes and records and keyboards. I never really knew about a beat scene at all. I didn't even think that other people were doing the same thing or that this would become somewhat of a culture. I discovered people like Dilla & Dabrye

and Madlib and it all blew my mind.

I decided to make my music public on my 17th birthday. I released an experimental beat tape called "17 Years" which got the attention of people at Asthmatic Kitty and Astro Nautico. And then I did some releases for them and changed my name from InfinitiRock to Lord RAJA.

Music has always been the biggest part of my life. I have always loved experimental and electronic music. I think I liked the idea of communicating with sounds rather than lyrics since a young age because when I would hear Indian music in the car I couldn't understand the words. I just focused on the instrumental loops and saw that as a new form of expression or reflection. I was obsessed with records and all that. I like to mess with film also. I like to mess with everything.

Heathered Pearls

Heathered Pearls is the alias of Polish-born Jakub Alexander, music curator of the IS050 Blog, and founder of Moodgadget Records. Jakub has been DJing over a decade sharing residencies early on with globally recognized DJs Matthew Dear and Ryan Elliott in Ann Arbor, MI then moved on to Brooklyn to play along side slow motion disco duo Worst Friends.

Jakub is known to share that crowd-pleasing hypnotic end of rhythmic day time disco, synth induced melodic electronic and swell filled post

rock but always comes back to disco.

The Heathered Pearls project isn't only a DJ alias; in 2011, Ghostly International's Ghostly Music Service released Jakub's debut LP Polite Isle, which included 3 EP's done in 2011 along with a couple of singles combined into one release.

In recent years he's played at the MoMA in Manhattan, held an exciting weekly at Brooklyn Bowl called "Soon To Be Innocent Fun" and has shared the bill with many musicians at The Glasslands and Cameo Gallery.

Patrick Russell

Patrick Russell is a true veteran of the underground, perhaps one of the last unsung heroes of a now lost era in the Midwest. He magically transforms the diaspora of pure jack energy into a fluent sonic dialog that never fails to devastate the dance floor.

A Detroit-bred DJ, artist and producer since the early 90's, Patrick has now made Brooklyn his home. His resume highlights include everything from an exclusive opening for Jeff Mills in Detroit in 2007, performing at the 2001& 2008 DEMF/Movement festivals, to being a key figure in the now legendary No Way Back parties.

His consummate taste and ecstatic yet disciplined execution have created a respect that cannot be purchased. Patrick is not just one to watch, he is one to be experienced.

Nitemoves is the electronic guise and internet handle of musician/sound designer Rory O'Connor. While supporting other electronic artists as a drummer (Tycho, Com Truise), O'Connor quietly composed his debut release, 'Longlines', in 3-6 hour chunks occupying the back seat of a moving car.

Championing influence from Satie, Jenkinson, & Corgan, the work was composed with the whole in mind, rather than a collection of isolated microcosms. It is a conscious endeavor in variety and continuity, attempting to bridge the gap between influences that have a tendency to contradict each other.

Written amid a period of introspection and wanderlust, it reinstalls the idea of the folk musician: traveling the country while funneling inspiration from all directions in an attempt to tell a story, to paint a picture of time passing. The title itself reflects an exercise in patience, constructing populations of simple melodies and rhythms, permitting them time to grow alongside each other and form complex relationships.

Growing up in Lansing, Michigan, Detroit’s blue-collar sister city and state capitol, it would have been hard for Contakt not to hear techno, electro, and ghettotech (which was then simply called "bass" or "booty music"). Infatuated by these local sounds and the emerging Midwest hip-hop scene while coming of age in the late '90s, Contakt suddenly found himself at the center of it all, DJing at illegal parties and launching Lansing’s first record store devoted solely to hip-hop, electronic music, and hardcore/punk. Still, the call of a bigger stage eventually brought him to New York, where he landed in the epicenter of the independent hip-hop movement and wound up running the world-famous Fat Beats label.

Despite this foray into hip-hop, Contakt never lost touch with his roots. As dubstep mutated into new forms and began to combine with various strains of house, techno, and garage across the pond, Contakt took notice and launched TURRBOTAX®, the first party in the United States devoted to "bass music" (or whatever one now chooses to call all the interesting stuff that was coming out at the time). Given its unique perspective, the monthly event quickly found success and carved out a unique niche in the landscape of NYC nightlife. As the years passed and the love for TURRBOTAX® grew, so did the demand for Contakt's DJ and production services, prompting well-received releases for Local Action, Grizzly, and Dutty Artz and eventual tours of the UK, Europe, and Australia.

Now that the calendar has flipped to 2013, Contakt is more focused than ever on his production career. Both practically and artistically, he continues to look to his Midwestern forefathers for inspiration, meaning that classic Detroit plays a major role in his musical vision. It's also prompted his to build out his studio; he frequently records to tape, and now produces using an array of hardware and analog synths. His efforts haven't gone unnoticed, which is why the fellows from San Francisco's ICEE HOT—a sort of sister party to TURRBOTAX®—immediately reached out after founding their record label last year.

"Nobody Else" / "Tessera 04" will be Contakt's first solo release in nearly two years, and it showcases an artist who truly appears to be coming into his own.


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