The fire last week in Oakland has been a huge shock to the artist community here in the Bay Area with ripples far beyond. Sadly, as is often the case, it took a tragedy of this magnitude to start a dialogue about the issues and conditions that precipitated it.
I first discovered electronic music in the ‘90s through the Bay Area warehouse party scene. Later I moved back to Sacramento where I started making music myself and playing my first shows at underground parties. I owe a lot to the community and history of this area and it’s disheartening to know that fewer and fewer artists have the opportunity to benefit from this richly diverse community.
This Wednesday I’ll be participating in the Oakland United event at the Fox Theater. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Gray Area Foundation For The Arts Oakland Fire Relief Fund. Christopher Willits, whose Overlap Studio is based in Oakland, and I will be collaborating on a short DJ set and a lot of other local artists will be playing as well.
I’ve created this poster to promote the event and as a tribute to the victims of the fire. We will be selling prints at the show and online afterwards, proceeds of which will go to the Fire Relief Fund.
I hope you can support in whatever way you are able; more information about the event and the relief fund can be found at Oakland United.
JUN 29 | Rothbury, MI | Electric Forest
JUL 05 | Snowmass Village, CO | Wanderlust Festival
JUL 18 | Benicàssim, Spain | FIB
JUL 20 | Suffolk, United Kingdom | Latitude Festival
JUL 22 | Manchester, United Kingdom | Gorilla
JUL 23 | Dublin, Ireland | Button Factory
JUL 25 | Padua, Italy | Radar Festival
JUL 26 | Vasto, Italy | Vasto Siren Fest
JUL 31 | Portland, OR | Crystal Ballroom #
AUG 01 | Seattle, WA | Neptune Theatre #
AUG 03 | Whistler, Canada | Wanderlust Festival
AUG 09 | San Francisco, CA | Outside Lands Music Festival
AUG 16 | Mexico City, Mexico | Ceremonia
AUG 23 | Los Angeles, CA | FYF Fest
SEP 16 | Reno, NV | Knitting Factory #
SEP 17 | Salt Lake City, UT | The Depot #
SEP 20 | Austin, TX | Emo’s #
SEP 22 | Dallas, TX | Granada Theater #
SEP 24 | Asheville, NC | The Orange Peel #
SEP 25 | Nashville, TN | Cannery Ballroom #
SEP 26 | Cincinnati, OH | MidPoint Music Festival
SEP 27 | Champaign-Urbana, IL | The Pygmalion Festival w/ CHVRCHES
SEP 29 | Boston, MA | Royale #
OCT 01 | New York, NY | Terminal 5 #
OCT 03 | London, United Kingdom | The Forum #
OCT 04 | Glasgow, United Kingdom | The Art School #
OCT 05 | Leeds, United Kingdom | Stylus #
OCT 06 | Bristol, United Kingdom | Trinity Centre #
OCT 08 | Paris, France | La Gaîté Lyrique #
OCT 09 | Brussels, Belgium | VK Club #
OCT 10 | Amsterdam, Netherlands | Melkweg #
OCT 11 | Hamburg, Germany | Uebel und Gefährlich #
OCT 12 | Cologne, Germany | Gebäude 9 #
OCT 14 | Berlin, Germany | C-Club #
OCT 15 | Warsaw, Poland | BASEN #
OCT 16 | Prague, Czech Republic | Roxy #
OCT 17 | Vienna, Austria | WUK #
OCT 18 | Budapest, Hungary | A38 Hajó #
OCT 20 | Bologna, Italy | Estragon #
OCT 24-26 | Las Vegas, NV | Life is Beautiful Festival
With Tycho’s Awake, out March 18th via Ghostly, the Sacramento-based audiovisual project helmed by Scott Hansen has reached a certain maturity, growing into a three-piece band and achieving, on the new record, an even more refined sense of clarity. Awake takes the evocative, pop-ambient synth work that made 2011′s Dive feel so oddly spiritual (and drew countless comparisons to Boards of Canada) and refocuses it into a cleaner, sharper post-rock context; it feels like an album that should be broadcast at night over the Grand Canyon. I spoke to Hansen about growing out of “the Instagram approach” to music producing, making headphone music work live and why he considers this “the first true Tycho record.”
The Fader: Where am I talking to you now?
Tycho: We’re in the studio, working on the live show. I’m working with the engineer who helped mix the record to translate the recorded stuff live. Last album, we struck the balance between having the live show sound more like the record, but over time, we decided we wanted a more ability to go off the beaten path, and we’re trying to skew the balance back to the performance end of things. It’s kind of headphone music at the end of the day, especially the older stuff, so we’re always trying to punch it up.
The Fader: You’ve called this “the first true Tycho record.” Why do you feel that way, even though you’ve been at it for a little while?
Tycho: I look at it from a career perspective, like what I was doing in my life when I made those other albums. My life revolved mostly around freelance graphic design work, and I wasn’t truly focused on music in the way that I am now. And back then, I hadn’t met musicians that I really resonated with in a songwriting context. Meeting Zac, meeting Rory and meeting Count, the engineer—forming relationships with them where we were comfortable enough to start creating together is what facilitated making this record the way I wanted. It was always my dream for Tycho to get to that point, it just took me 10 years to get there. This is what I wanted Tycho to be all along.
The Fader: So it’s a proper band now.
Tycho: Now I kind of look at at is: I’m in a band, and I play keyboards and guitar and bass, and I also produce that band. You put on two different hats. Working with Zac in particular, we came up with basic ideas and then spent time in different places for a couple weeks at a time working through them, developing songs. Then I went back and produced them out, and we spent a few weeks at the end flashing and burning and doing the hard decisions I wasn’t objective enough to make in the past. From songwriting to arrangement, we worked really closely. Rory, the drummer—I always hear these drum patterns and swells in the music, but I’ve never had the ability or energy to achieve that with electronic programming. He was able to just sit down, hear the music and go.
A big heads up that we’re having a 30% off sale now through Monday on Tycho / ISO50 prints and shirts at the shop. We’re also doing free shipping on US orders of $50 or more and $5 flat shipping on International orders of $75 or more through the end of the year. We’ve restocked a lot of designs and there are some brand new items available as well so there’s a lot more to choose from now.
ISO50 Playlist 16 – Compiled By Heathered Pearls & Tycho Track Listing Bibio – A Tout a l’heure Bonobo – Cirrus Machinedrum – Whatnot Atoms for Peace – Default Sepalcure – He Said No XXYYXX – Alexis Airbird & Napolian – In The Zone Toro Y Moi – Say That (DaM-FunK Re-Freak) Dauwd – Ikopol Lord RAJA – Panthera Bengal Chrome Sparks – Marijuana Ulrich Schnauss – I Take Comfort in Your Ignorance (Tycho Remix) Yuna – Lullabies (Jim-E Stack Remix) Maribou State – Scarlett Groove (Feat. Saint Saviour) Clarian & Guy Gerber – Claire Nosaj Thing – Eclipse/Blue feat. Kazu Makino (Blonde Redhead) Beacon – Bring You Back White Denim – Street Joy Youth Lagoon – Mute Frank Wiedemann & Ry Cuming – Howling Smashing Pumpkins – Cupid De Locke Avey Tare – Bobby’s Loop Meanderthals – Collective Fetish Superstructure – Escape Levek – Girl In The Fog John Talabot & Pional – Braves Grizzly Bear – gun-shy (Lindstrøm Remix) Poolside – Next To You Hot Chip – How Do You Do? (Todd Terje Remix) Lindstrøm & Todd Terje – Lanzarote Lescop – La Foret (Joakim’s Balenciaga Remix) Black Sabbath – Planet Caravan [DJ Steef Edit] Ptaki – Krystyna Todd Terje – Snooze 4 Love (Version) Darkstar – Timeaway Knxwledge. – wishuwerehere. Throwing Snow – Aspera Andy Stott – Numb The Holydrug Couple – Out of sight