BlackGummy, ATTLAS & Electrocado

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BlackGummy, ATTLAS & Electrocado

Sat, March 3, 2018

10:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

$15 - $20

This event is 18 and over

BlackGummy began as the brainchild of Los Angeles-based producer Iman Marouf. Marouf discovered the entity called “BlackGummy” in 2013 during a trip to the Middle East and Asia, and instantly formed a unique and inseparable bond with the alien-like idol. Since their first meeting, the producer and the entity have virtually conjoined into an indivisible whole, never leaving one another’s side.

Trained by Steve Duda, the legendary sound engineer (who counts mau5trap head honcho deadmau5 among his frequent collaborators) and creator of the Serum VST, BlackGummy consistently showcases his unique prowess for employing a wide variety of entirely original sounds in his songs. A graduate of the Icon Collective music production school in Burbank, CA, BlackGummy and Duda met via the school’s mentorship program, where his apprenticeship under the venerable sound engineer helped to hone the young producer’s sound design and engineering skills. That is when BlackGummy started beta testing the Serum VST for Duda (and is accordingly listed in the VST’s credits, along with deadmau5 himself).

BlackGummy has an obsessive fascination for sound design and music production. He views his productions as checkpoints in a tireless quest to improve his mastery of this skill, routinely spending 15 hours a day honing his craft. In 2015, mau5trap discovered BlackGummy, and immediately recognized his unique prowess for production and sound design. Later that year, the label released BlackGummy’s first original — “Lullaby” — on mau5trap’s We Are Friends compilation, which Earmilk called a “can’t miss.” Most recently, in February 2016, mau5trap released BlackGummy’s debut EP titled “Singularity,” inspired by the concept of “technological singularity,” which Dancing Astronaut praised as “an intriguing artistic vision,” which “moves uninhibited from dark industrial to uplifting progressive, challenging the notion that producing one style necessitates ignoring the other.”

Since the implicit convergence of the producer’s and idol’s identities into one amalgamation, BlackGummy spends almost all of his time locked away, with the idol, in his in-home studio, crafting new productions that attempt to lend a voice to the silent idol. He only withdraws from his studio in rare instances: first, to perform alongside the idol in nightclubs and music venues, and second, to search the four-corners of the Earth for more clues as to the idol’s origins. His fascination with the latter arose from a Latin inscription that lay emblazoned beside the idol when he first discovered it.

The quote read, “In perpetuum, salutem in omnibus locis; In omni loco, in omni tempore.”
The notoriously camera shy ATTLAS has come a long way from the days of writing Lord Of The Rings-­esque music for a BBQ sauce commercial (for free). He first came to prominence in November 2014 with the heavily sought after deadmau5 'Aural Psynapse' remix. It caused a tidal wave of speculation that ATTLAS was in fact a side project of the mau5 himself.

That speculation ended when he was officially 'outed' by Pete Tong , announcing ATTLAS is Jeff Hartford, Canadian producer, dj and classically trained musician. An incredible depth of influences from travelling, alongside music, film and art worlds have had a decided effect on his musical outpourings, which were all jazz, classical and guitars until trips to Amsterdam, Berlin and attending the homecoming 'Meowington Hax' 2k11 tour. As Jeff says himself: 'From there, it was a musical attempt to synthesize my influences and aspirations as best as I could.' But not content to fit the mold or cracking a 'sound' to repeat ever after, as anyone who's followed him can attest to.

A slew of high profile and wide ranging mixes have subsequently followed for the likes of Tove Lo, Aphex Twin and Rihanna's 'BBHMM', alongside his original material. His debut 'Siren' 6 track EP won fans far and wide, highlighting the artist's spectrum, garnering widespread critical acclaim.

In between the remixes he has continued to release club bombs like 'Sabs', 'Boxed' and most recently 'Chemical Low Moan'. another 6 track EP, which will give us further insight into the eclectic depth of ATTLAS' mind, revealing his passion for all things filmic with dark edges, be it ethereal vocals, heads down club tracks, or his 6am piano laden soothers. 'Wastaga' will be the first track to be taken from the EP – the kind of a sweaty, dark room destroyer that will lace his dj sets.

He's currently putting the finishing touches on his second release – the 'Scene' EP, (7 August),
The first ATTLAS dj appearance at Verboten NYC for the Governor's Ball after-­party, was a hot sold-­out affair, which included a back to back stint with none other than the mau5 himself. It became a 'needed to be there' kind of night.

You would think that there would not be much time for anything else in Hartford's world but in fact he's known for being a dab hand around the kitchen too, cooking being the other major passion in his life.

The word 'prolific' tends to get over used nowadays but with more show dates to be announced, several, high profile remixes and a further EP release before the end of 2015, it's fair to say it's been one hell of a year for Mr Hartford!

ATTLAS : 'Completely original at a time when originality is in short supply'

'Sounds like the universe opening up and letting you know it's okay to die' – Siren EP
Venue Information:
Kingdom Nightclub
103 E 5th St.
Austin, TX, 78701