The year came to an end with a bang. Metro Newspapers launched a new music festival called the Silicon Valley Sound eXperience — now known as the expanded C2SV: Create Converge Silicon Valley music and tech conference — and in their inaugural Silicon Valley Music Awards competition, their jury awarded me as the Best Electronic Artist of 2012! Just a few weeks later, RAW San Jose audience voters chose me as Best Performing Artist of 2012! Thanks to Metro Newspapers and RAW San Jose for the esteemed honors.
I had made great connections in Los Angeles over the past few years of monthly trips and decided it was time to take the next step for my career. I relocated to LA during Thanksgiving week and began to settle into my new home in Echo Park. I’ll always have a spot in my heart for San Jose and the entire San Francisco Bay Area, the place I called home for the past 10 years. But now, it’s time for the next chapter…
I’m playing a live electronic audiovisual set at the RAW Ensemble show on Thursday, September 27 at Beso Club in downtown San Jose. It’s going to be a jam-packed night of some of the best new local art, music, film and fashion in the South Bay. In addition to live music by Boyfriend Academy, Margaret The King and Heroes At Gunpoint, there will also be live body painting, performance art and exhibitions by more than a dozen local artists, short film screenings by local filmmakers and a fashion show featuring local designers and stylists. Check out the promo video below for the full rundown and this preview article from Metro. Advance tickets are highly recommended for this one-night-only special event.
Rufus Wainwright’s unique vocal melody for his song “Bitter Tears” inspired me to produce this glitch house remix. His original song has such a drugged-out baroque feel and I wanted my remix to be just as moody. I had a little fun with the lyric, “Choking on my bitter tears,” transforming it into a new melody and turning it into a catchy refrain of its own. For the breakdowns, I created several new synthesizer sounds and experimented with some rhythmic slicing and glitch effects on the vocals.