Fri May 3 2019
9:00 PM (Doors 8:00 PM)
$12 ADV / $15 ADV
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Kaptain, stripess, Wonx
Kaptain, otherwise known as Stephen Kaplan, currently lives and makes music in the historical Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, California at the ripe age of 24 years old. His musical career began at the age of 6, when he took his first piano lesson in his hometown of South Brunswick, New Jersey. This began a seemingly endless streak of picking up new instruments. He picked up a viola at the age of 8, drum sticks at the age of 9, and also learned to sing. He continued to study each of these instruments throughout his entire childhood, trying out every style of music he found along the way. He played in orchestras, jazz quartets, and bands.
As the first chapter of his musical life reached its end, he received an acceptance letter from the University of California - Berkeley. He answered the call of the west coast and moved to the Bay Area to study Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Berkeley. It was there that he fell in love with electronic music, and realized that the best way to continue his passion for music and still pursue a degree in engineering, was to start making beats on his computer in the free time that he had between class. His initial musical project was influenced by the Moombahton craze of the early 2010's. It was at Berkeley where he also experimenting with new ways of thinking, interacting with others, and perceiving the world around him, which later began to seep into his music, and led to a total revamp of his musical style, which was marked by his instant classic, 'Future Back' in May of 2014, followed later that year by the rest of Cosmic Groove EP. In early 2016, he released When The Sky Shimmers EP, featuring songs like "Never Will" and "Testament".
He has produced remixes for the likes of Wet Paint, Willdabeast of Michal Menert's Super Best Records, and Autolaser. He most recently collaborated with Greg Ellis, "The Lazer Shark", the visual and lighting director for Pretty Lights, on an audio-visual project.
Today, Kaptain works as an Engineer by day, but uses much of his time off to record and produce his brand of electronic music. Influenced by the spirit of those who lived and made music in his neighborhood before him, Kaptain mixes live instruments with analog and digital synthesis, and merges psychedelic rock, funk, and electronic sounds to deliver a new musical experience.
What's next for Kaptain? He continues to develop his sound, write new music, and work on a live musical performance to be toured in the near future.
Inspiring dance moves and encouraging energy transfer, Wonx creates a unique spiritual bass experience for his fans during every performance.Imagine wavy undulations guiding you onto the dance floor. The bass rolls in and raises your vibrations to a peak. Then you’re rocked by a soothing melody that brings you back to the present. People glide away from a Wonx set feeling energized, relaxed, and ready to seize the day or night.
Austin Hilton, known as Wonx, brings chill vibes to every party. People are naturally attracted to his calm demeanor and wonky bass. With mashup style DJing, he brings together sounds like drippy dark bass, guitar, and sensual vocals to find the sweet spot where they all overlap.
With roots in classical piano and trumpet, Austin has been inspired by music his entire life. He woke up to the bass music scene while living in NOLA. The first genres that attracted him were dubstep and trap, so it was no surprise when he relocated to Detroit and started performing as HighEfficiency. Some of his early influences include Bassnectar, Rusko, Zeds Dead, and Krewella.
In 2016, his work brought him to the bay area where he first experienced west coast bass at an Organic Frequencies party. He was inspired by artists like Yheti, Desert Dwellers, and Clozee who taught him that bass music can be beautiful. All of these changes guided his transformation into Wonx, the wonky, weird, and wonderful artist we know and love.
With passion for the craft and energy to get the crowd jumping, Wonx is just getting started on his journey. Recently, he’s been finding his flow performing renegade sets at events like Dirtybird Campout and Lightning in a Bottle. He prescribes just the right music for the dancing souls of our generation. His dream is to inspire people to move differently, whether it be in the yoga studio, at an ecstatic dance event, or just vibing at home. Completely self-taught, Wonx is deep in the wave of inspiration.
Kaptain, stripess, Wonx
Fri May 3 2019 9:00 PM
(Doors 8:00 PM)