The feeling of excitement and pride that sports fans get when their local team wins the championship game is the same feeling that the DMNW team gets when local talent puts on a world-class show. Because there’s nothing like that homegrown pride, DMNW is dedicated to getting you the dirt on the talent, especially when it’s unique from anything we’ve ever seen or heard of, anywhere. Live from Space! is just that kind of experience, and it’s brought to us by some of the freshest talent in the PNW.
Live from Space! is not a band, DJ, or any other singular act. It’s the output of a collective effort by Sensebellum, bringing lighting and mood, and Cuff Lynx, Mannattee Commune and Soffos bringing the music. We covered Live from Space! in Bellingham just a few short months ago, and can’t wait to see what it will be like in Seattle. There’s no way that we can give you a proper preview of the show, because it’s far beyond words, but here’s a bit more about the parts that compose the whole.
You might have been lucky to see a lighting installation by the Sensebellum crew last year at the Capital Hill Block Party, Summer Meltdown, Kaleidoscope Music Festival or Freaknight. If not, you might have been lucky enough to experience the next best thing, which is, of course, our coverage of Sensebellum’s work from their Live from Space! show in Bellingham.
Casey Scalf, the owner of Sensebellum, gave us a sense of the amount of preparation that is happening in advance of the Neumos show. Sensebellum will arrive early on the day of the show, spending many hours setting up and preparing the space for Live from Space!. Envisioning the end product is essential to putting together a flawless installation, and requires some imagination. “Seeing everything come together, especially people’s reactions to my work, is what does it for me,” says Casey. “People react very strongly.”
Cuff Lynx is a duo made up by Jordan Hatzialexiou and Matt Ogle. If you check Cuff Lynx out on SoundCloud, you’ll notice there’s a limited (tactful, perhaps?) number of labels on their music, generally max one per song or set. “Space”, “Electronic”and “Death Disco”, are frequent fliers, and very accurately describe the style you’ll hear out of these guys.
“We bring elements and samples from disco and 70s dance music out of the grave and try to give them new life with the current technology we have access to. The term “death disco” also alludes to it having an evil aspect. We take a lot of inspiration from groups like Power Glove, Oliver, and Justice that bring in dark cinematic references in to their music while holding on to their disco inspirations.”
Grant Eadie, the man behind Manatee Commune, has been playing the viola for over thirteen years. In fact, he performed and created strictly classical music until age sixteen. His style, described as chillwave, bedroom electronic, and rainy goodness, will fill you with an inexplicable urge to be in two places at once: in the safety of your bed looking out at the rain, and outside, dancing in it.
Manatee Commune will be celebrating his album release party during this event, which will debut as Eadie’s first ever-full length album entitled Brush.
Soffos recently moved to Seattle after spending his college years in Bellingham, where he first met Casey and crew. He was present for the initial unveiling of the Live from Space! show and was thrilled to join the lineup for the Seattle show. Soffos describes his sound as moving in the direction of techno, with many different influences. He finds difficulty pin-pointing his musical roots, finding something to love in every genre.
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