BuKu, Champagne Drip
Fri · March 31, 2017
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
This event is 18 and overhttps://www.georgiatheatre.com/event/1416187/
producers to come out of the West Coast bass music movement. His sound breaks away from the various subgenres of EDM but holds onto origins of dubstep and hip-hop, creating a truly authentic experience for his audience. Early on in his career Minnesota said, “My goal is to make bass heavy dubstep/glitch-hop music that’ll get you dancing, but it is not the same old three note transformer step... I try to focus more on the melodic side of dubstep, and hopefully, make quality songwriting a more relevant factor in the genre.” For the past four years Minnesota has followed through on his word and designed smooth, melodic, uplifting sounds, which fans have celebrated nationwide.
Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Christian Bauhofer moved to Santa Cruz, CA when he was 18 years old. Fresh out of the Midwest, his newfound California friends gave him the nickname ‘Minnesota,’ and unknowingly created his soon-to-be party crushing alter ego.
He learned the guitar at age 12 and made numerous attempts to form a band, but it wasn’t until he attended Symbiosis Gathering for the first time in 2009 that his career in music became clear. The festival drew him into the emerging EDM culture with performances by Bassnectar, Pretty Lights and the Glitch Mob. Shortly after Symbiosis, Minnesota purchased Ableton Live and his first midi controller, and within a few months was making hip-hop remixes that his friends couldn’t stop playing. Around the same time, Minnesota teamed up with a couple friends and started a production company called Vital SC (now Vital Events). The company had a successful start, hosting a string shows around the Bay Area with big name artists. But Minnesota eventually split off from the promoting side of the industry in pursuit of his musical career—and today he couldn’t be happier with his decision.
Minnesota’s first EP, Panda Snatching Tycoon, came out on Tycho Records in January 2011. It received critical acclaim from a national audience, prompting Minnesota to drop his second official album, Ancient Machines, just months after. Released on Mal Label, Ancient Machines hit number nine on the Addictech.com best seller’s list for 2011 and every track appeared on the Beatport.com glitch-hop charts. During this time, Minnesota also managed to put out a free EP with MartyParty called Ultraviolet Halo that was released in July 2011. His fourth EP, Astral Projection, came out the following year and showcased his affinity for downtempo melodic ethereal sounds, which diversified his fan-base through hits like “Stardust,” and “Relax.” Minnesota’s fifth album, Altered States EP, has since been his most popular with tracks being played by DJs across the country. He describes the album as, “big room, melodic bangers,” with some, “faster tempo hip hop influenced stuff on it.” Minnesota’s most recent release Voyager EP resonates as a culmination of these projects, balancing his identifiable melodic synths with the bounce of 808’s. The album, fine tuned with experience and precision, plays naturally in the evolution of Minnesota’s signature sound.
Now in his fourth year of touring, Minnesota has traveled to over 50 cities and performed at nearly every major festival nationwide. Last year he headlined his first two tours, and performed with the likes of STS9, Big Gigantic, MiMOSA and Gramatik. His music has been lauded by the likes of Bassnectar, Adventure Club, Paper Diamond and many others in his genre. Discussing Minnesota’s track “Push It,” Bassnectar once commented, “[It’s] quickly becoming a staple in my sets,” and “perfect for when I need a track that is epic and churning but also melodically hyped.” The support of Minnesota’s management team, agency, and some of the world’s greatest artists can only attribute to his hunger for more time spent on the road and in the studio. To those that haven’t had the opportunity to see Minnesota perform, make sure to be on the lookout for the next time he rolls into your city. To put it lightly, Minnesota is a name to watch.
Buku’s debut EP release, ‘Janky’, sent a shotgun blast into the Bass Music scene - quickly gaining support and full rotation by Diplo, who described Balotsky’s production style as ‘where dubstep is going’ at the brink of 2013. Since then, Buku’s accolades have continued to add up: he was hand-picked by Paper Diamond to join his ‘Rain Drops’ tour alongside L.A. duo GLAdiator, featured on Shade45’s ‘Sway In The Morning’ radio show, called for collaboration with Tropkillaz, and contributed his remix skills for the likes of Minnesota, Griz, Nick Catchdubs, & Brillz, to name a few.
As a result of his consistent output, Buku has quickly placed himself at the forefront of rising talent amongst North American producers - 2015 proved exactly that, seeing the release of his genre-bending ‘Might Be’ EP on OWSLA sub-label NEST HQ, as well as work on such imprints as Fool’s Gold & Main Course. With multiple massive releases on the way, non-stop touring and support from top labels & industry heavyweights, 2016 will surely see Buku’s continued upwards trajectory.
By the Summer of 2014, Pool came to the realization that he had pushed the SPL project to its sonic boundaries and in order to evolve musically, he would need a new project to explore lighter textures and richer melodies. Rooted in jungle and bass music and built around elements of blippy 8-bit sounds, arpeggios, and lush 80s synths, Champagne Drip launched as a decidedly tropical and uplifting sounding project. Operating at first in anonymity, Champagne Drip made a big splash thru the release of official remixes of Bassnectar (Amorphous Music) and Elliphant (Mad Decent). Shortly thereafter, he released his debut EP “Radio Bikini” on Mad Decent in September of 2014.
Over the first year of the project’s history, press outlets were fascinated with the unique sound, but also with uncovering the identity of the secretive producer behind the music. “Radio Bikini” was subsequently remixed by electronic upstarts Big Wild, Lazerdisk, Mayhem, and Son of Kick and released in the Spring of 2015 as “Remix Bikini”. In the Fall of 2015, Champagne Drip released his 2nd EP for Mad Decent, “Journey Into The Champagne Sea”. Whereas his first EP explored more overtly tropical overtones, “Journey” went into deeper and darker musical territory.
After spending one full year refining his sound in the studio, he finally revealed himself as the former SPL in 2016; performing across the US at such festivals as Mysteryland, WTFest?, Imagine, Enchanted Forest, and Lights All Night. Building up anticipation for his next original recordings, Champagne Drip released the stand alone single “Open Your Eyes”, which was featured on the official Bernie Sanders Presidential campaign fundraising compilation “Rave4Bernie”. Official remixes for Grandtheft (Mad Decent), Cardinox (Warner Brothers), and Dillon Francis & NGHTMRE (Mad Decent) followed.
Champagne Drip will be capping off an already busy year with the release of two new EPs; “Poseidon” via Quality Goods Records on November 18, followed up “Of Course I Still Love You”, out on December 10th via Saturate Records. Official remixes for Zeds Dead & Diplo, UZ, and DAWN will also see a Winter 2016 release.
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