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Born and raised in Minneapolis MN, Andrew Broder has dedicated the better part of his thirty-plus years to carving out his own singular path in music. Andrew has spent time as a cutting and scratching battle DJ, a snotty punk rocker, a challenging and thoughtful improviser, soundtrack composer, working sideman, producer, remixer, beat-maker, poet, beauty creator, brutal noise-monger and above all a fearless, restless and provocative songwriter.
His work is a study in surprise and defying expectation. With his records as Fog, he re-defined the turntable as a compositional tool, and his contributions since to avant hip-hop, rock, jazz and noise have been equally engaging, and envelope-pushing. His lyrics are cutting and evocative, his melodies poignant and tart, and his curiosity leads him to unexpected juxtapositions in sound and image.
Currently, he is producing new work for his solo project Fog, fronts the rock band The Cloak Ox, creates detailed and immersive electronic music under his own name, makes beats for rappers and has his hand in numerous other projects and collaborations. In whatever genre or medium he works, he takes the listener somewhere they have never been, or makes them more keenly aware of somewhere they already are.
Joshua Evans first began his journey penning poems as a freshman in high school. After four years of being the frontman of his high school band, he made a decision to go solo. Dem Atlas was born. Evans describes Dem Atlas as having two sides, despite only being one person. “It’s sort of like there’s two of us,” Evans says. “Dem is the unenlightened and ignorant side, whereas Atlas is the mythic, holy figure in control; he is all-powerful, all-knowing and all-seeing.”
Minneapolis diary rock band Strange Relations, featuring Casey Sowa (drums/vocals) and her girlfriend Maro Helgeson (bass/synth), don’t fit the typical mold of a pop group. Building tracks around a propulsive rhythm section, Strange Relations feed off their long term relationship to capture an energy and intimacy that cannot be forced or faked, weaving through each track like a burst of fresh air through the haze.
Nick Jordan is a Minneapolis-based singer, songwriter, producer, and mover. Incorporating elements of funk, soul, and house, his debut EP NJ was released in the fall of 2015. Six months later, Jordan was named 2016’s Best R&B Artist by City Pages. Often accompanied by his fellow movers, Jordan’s live show is a one-of-a-kind experience. His energy and attention to detail also landed him in the top 3 of 2016’s Best Live Acts via the Star Tribune, tying with Har Mar Superstar and the legendary Revolution.
Tekk Nikk is Nikki Pfeifer, a Minneapolis electronic musician, dj and label co-owner of Pytch Records. Pfeifer started performing under the name Tekk Nikk this past summer 2017 having one of her debut performances at local art space Public Functionary in May. She has been more commonly seen performing as Devata Daun but you’ll definitely be seeing more Tekk Nikk hardware live PA, demonstrating her style on minimal techno, breakbeats and acid.
Twin Cities-based mobile sound system specializing in live sound dubbing and remixing of choice vinyl selections chosen to get the people dancing. Our selecting is focused on Dub, Reggae, Dancehall, Jungle, Grime, Dub Step and all music and vibes evolving from Sound System and Dubplate culture past and present.
ERIC HOLTHAUS (special guest speaker)
Eric Holthaus is a meteorologist and a contributing writer at Grist.