Charlotte, NC – One of the hottest shows of the year folks – this is a REAL treat indeed!! Spreading tracks and hype throughout the US and Europe, Gramatik will be gracing the main stage at Neighborhood Theatre with his world class beats on Wednesday, March 28th. He is accompanied by Brooklyn-based electronic duo, Break Science,who is also known for moving people both spiritually as well as on the dance floor. General admission tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of show. Doors open at 8:30PM and the show begins with label mate Paul Basicat 9PM.
Hailing from Slovenia, the early adopter, Gramatik, learned quicker than most that good music is felt not heard. He began his love affair with music at the age of 3 when his mother would catch him glued to his older sisters’ radio, checking out the cassette tapes with American funk, jazz, soul and blues. The young musician spent his time taking classic as well as early rock, rhythm and blues piano classes and went on to help form the youngest band in history of his elementary school. He started whipping up his first beats on an early PC when he was 13 and soon realized how to harvest the power of free file sharing to build a following throughout the US and Europe. High school brought the discovery of Hip Hop where he left his band to become one of the first ever MC’s on the Slovenian coast. In 1998, he and a classmate formed a duo named Bow Down and they threw the first Hip Hop party in the history of their Slovenian hometown. In 2006, Gramatik and two of his fellow MC friends came up with the name 5th Element and released their debut Hip Hop album which was critically acclaimed throughout the country as one of the best Hip Hop albums in Slovenia. Soon after, his appetite for music started to grow and he began to produce House, Techno, Breakbeat and any other genre that had evolved from those “father genres” such as jazz, soul, funk and blues, which were embedded deep down in his style. Before long his digital persona forged the initial inroads into the US market landing him both a label and an agency: an agency who gives away all of its music for free which molds perfectly with Gramatik’s own philosophy about “freeing music by making music free”.
Gramatik’s Beatz & Pieces Vol. 1 is his first release on Pretty Lights Music and builds on the amazing momentum from his last release, No Shortcuts and of course the now legendary Street Bangerz beat series. With over 100,000 tracks sold on Beatport.com and topping all kinds of genre charts, Gramatik has clearly matured into a world-class producer. Through the magic of producing, he discovered his one true love, sampling. It owns his heart because he can chop up all those old school genres and create something completely new. He earned nominations for Best Chill Out Artist and Best Chill Out Track at the 2010 Beatport Music Awards. Recently, after posting a clever remix of Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven, he shot to #1 on HypeMachine in a matter of hours and has been there since appearing in the site’s popular Top 10 chart with every new release. Within the US it has been a huge year of growth for Gramatik, performing at festivals across the US and alongside label mate Pretty Lights, including epic sold out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. This summer promises even more high profile appearances including gigs at Lightening in a Bottle, Wakarusa, Electric Forest, Camp Bisco, Wanderlust and many more.
Accompanying Gramatik at the show will be Brooklyn based, electronic duo, Break Science, whose music is layered with different frequencies and sonic textures so every time you listen to it you hear something new. Break Science, consisting of Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee, has worked with countless premier artists: everyone from Wyclef Jean and the Fugees, Raekwon and GZA of the Wu Tang Clan, to reggae/dub legend Lee Scratch Perry and Miles Davis collaborator John Scofield. Raised in the cultural hotbed of New York City, Deitch and Lee fuse the city’s rich musical legacy – jazz, funk and soul with a deep-rooted connection to its hip-hop heritage to create their own take on modern electronic music. Armed with Deitch’s thunderous breakbeat style on the drums and Lee’s seasoned trip-hop/dub aesthetics on keyboards and laptop, their instrumental styles are perfectly interwoven within their beautiful, banging and extremely danceable tracks. This sound is bound to make a major mark on the modern musical landscape.
Getting the show started will be Colorado producer, Paul Basic who has developed his own brand of beats fusing dusty samples with hard hitting drums and razor-sharp bass lines. His roots are in drumming, having played in a band with label-mates Michal Menert and Derek Vincent Smith through high school before moving on to produce his own tracks. He draws from a slew of inspirations in order to create his own style within the PLM electro hip-hop movement. A Colorado native, Paul lived on both coasts while pursuing a degree in audio production, before he came back to CO to team up with his crew and begin his quest for domination of the global dance floor.
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