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Russ Liquid

Redefining the possibilities of modern music, The Russ Liquid Test fuses the raw vitality of classic funk and the inventive sound design of electronic production. Songwriter/producer and renowned brass specialist Russell Scott heads up the New Orleans-based band. Guitarist Andrew Block and drummer Deven Trusclair round things out, with each providing a distinct musical background deeply rooted in the New Orleans jazz scene. Their debut EP 1984 featured an eclectic array of guest collaborators such as Mr. Lif and Ivan Neville—successfully creating an auditory canvas to forge The Russ Liquid Test’s irresistibly soulful future-vintage stylings.

A kinetic energy infuses each track on 1984. Giving way to a mixture of funk/jazz/electro, The Russ Liquid Test evokes a kaleidoscope of textures, senses, and moods. Featuring Ivan Neville on keyboards and the Funky Meters’ Russell Batiste Jr. on drums, the effervescent and synth-heavy title track “speaks about the current state of America from the perspective of an outsider,” as described by Scott. Lead single “Honesty,” meanwhile, finds The Russ Liquid Test slipping into a woozy psychedelia, offset by a brilliantly structured dichotomy introduced in its second-line-inspired groove.

At the heart of The Russ Liquid Test is an improv-driven musicality that began with Scott’s taking up classical piano. After spending several years playing in a jazz quintet on cruise ships and touring with psychedelic ska band Uprite Dub Orchestra, his one-of-a-kind artistry was unveiled in the genre-busting musical performance group MarchFourth Marching Band. Capable of playing the trumpet and saxophone, Scott quickly began experimenting with electronic music, eventually adopting the moniker of Russ Liquid. As his full-length debut, 2013’s Foreign Frequency showcased a forward-thinking mentality and fearless vision, anchored by an incomparable knowledge of music as a whole. “I wanted new colors to paint with,” says Scott of his foray into electronic music. “I kind of look at the electronic world as this whole other color palette, compared to the traditional sounds we’ve been working with for the past however many years.”

While on tour with Gramatik in 2014, Scott crossed paths with Block and discovered the duo’s shared musical tastes and philosophies. A South Florida native, Block grew playing guitar in his local Pentecostal church. “I wasn’t religious, I just wanted to play at that church because the music there was amazing,” says Block. He later relocated to New Orleans, pursuing his dream of becoming a full-time musician. The guitarist’s legendary endeavors reached fellow purveyors of soul/funk/R&B, ranging from Pretty Lights to New Orleans icon Dr. John. Capable of collaborating and working as a solo artist without missing a beat, Block released his 2014 debut You Can Only Go Up From Here on Gramatik’s independent label Lowtemp.

In the making of 1984, The Russ Liquid Test compounded their potent chemistry by bringing in a lineup of equally impassioned musicians. “Coming from a background of playing in bands and then getting into electronic music, I’d really missed having that interaction with other musicians,” says Scott. “The most rewarding thing for me is being able to bounce ideas off other people, so that the music ends up having more than just one person’s vibe to it. Ultimately it lets you give the audience even more to connect with.”

The studio workhorses have already begun working on a sophomore EP. The Russ Liquid Test also presents a joyful sense of synergy in their high-powered live shows, with recent appearances including Shambhala Music Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, Summer Camp, and Sonic Bloom, among others. No matter the setting, a clear multidimensionality can always be heard in The Russ Liquid Test’s projects. “We want to make people feel good but also give them something to reflect with,” says Scott. “It’s not about just making party music or music that’s more introspective—it’s for the full gamut of human expression, and we want it to be just as dynamic as life itself.”

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“PANZER!” is the audio/visual brainchild of US performing artists, Matt Berchiolli & Ryon McBride, hailing from Louisville, KY (USA). They began tearing up dance floors in the mid-west many years ago as solo artists, learning and performing whenever and wherever possible. Joining forces officially in January 2012, this dynamic duo exploded onto the electronic music scene with dirty electro, grime-filled dubstep/drumstep, and booty shaking trap music live performances. Using a technical 4×4 turntable setup along with sampling & live feeds of each separate workstation, you are sure to never know what might come into their mix next; emerging the crowd into a journey of bass-heavy music they’ll never forget.

PANZER! has performed alongside headlining artists such as: A-Trak, EXCISION, Paper Diamond, UZ, DJ Craze, Bro Safari, Vaski, Borgore, FIGURE, Crizzly, Helicopter Showdown, Heroes & Villains, Brillz, ETC! ETC!, MartyParty, Minnesota, Carnage, DJ Dara, Antiserum, CRNKN, Sluggo, Document One, Mantis, J.Rabbit, Shay, Terravita, Frankie Bones, AK1200 and more…

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HaveThat

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Artist support from Figure, Sluggo, Pyramid Juke, Starkey, Tankman, Symbiotic, Richie August and many more.

Support from Thissongissick.com, Run The Trap, ThisSongSlaps.com, RageTracks.com, YourEDM, Dankles, Generation Bass, WompWorthy, The Untz, Indy Mojo, Dani Deahl, White Folks Get Crunk, From DJs For Djs, Shut Your Trap, Dubsteppers, Smash The Clubs, Dubstep24, Massive Electro, Massive Dubstep, Life In Music, SMA Promotions

Affiliation: Rad Summer, Killinoize Productions, Trill Kill Kult, Bombeatz Music Group, Starblocks Music

Fresh EP: http://www.beatport.com/release/fresh/1110908
Burned EP: http://www.beatport.com/release/burned/971062

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I live in Indianapolis, Indiana USA and have loved what I grew up calling “dance music” my entire life. The fact that I now make that music and have people willing to listen to it is still hard for me to grasp.

I have had a great life, but always knew something was missing. I remember vividly the moment I realized I wanted to be a DJ and produce music. It was a moment of clarity. You know the moments I am talking about? It’s like a spark gets lit inside of you and there are two choices: ignore it and eventually the flame goes out, or you say “I am going to make this happen.” I remember my moment and I remember feeling the spark.

I chose to make it happen.

This choice was followed by months of intense practice, and incessant research. I still do this every day because I love hearing new sounds that I can work with and learning more about production effects. I want each track and podcast I release to continuously improve and to share new and moving tracks with my listeners. I hope to spread positivity through my music to as many people as possible

I believe stories are simply a compilation of experiences and moments in our lives. Some awesome, and some not so much. I tell a story with every set I play because I want to take the crowd through those moments and through my experiences in my own life.

When you listen to my music or experience a performance, our stories are linked for a period of time. I look forward to the great moments ahead.

Be positive,

Charbonneau

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