SBTRKT confirms The Academy Dublin live concert date for March 6th 2012!

Jan 09, 2012 No Comments by Musicscene

Following the phenomenal demand for tickets for his Heineken Green Spheres appearance in 2011, SBTRKT (pronounced as Subtract) returns with a new Irish Tour Date in May 2012. Music Scene is delighted to reveal that SBTRKT will be performing live on stage at The Academy of Middle Abbey Street in Dublin on Sunday the 6th of May 2012. Tickets for SBTRKT live at The Academy in Dublin are priced from €19.90 and will be on sale from Friday the 13th of January 2012 through Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide. Click here to buy tickets for SBTRKT live at The Academy in Dublin.

“Most of my ideas are written at night” explains SBTRKT. “Late at night, when everything around is silent – that atmosphere is where most of this record came from, and for me it explains it’s sound”.

SBTRKT is no stranger to writing, recording and releasing music. To date he’s had multiple releases on Brainmath, Numbers, Ramp, Monkeytown and now home label Young Turks. Add to that reworkings of Radiohead and Goldie, and remixes of Modeselektor… However, this is his first full length album. “This release is the culmination of a longer period of constant writing and collaboration, tracks on previous EP’s were written as singular pieces. This record is much more of a whole project, more representative of my thoughts and ideas as an artist and each track was completed with the aim to be coherent together.”

Like most of the most exciting music around today, the story starts from the sound system of Plastic People, an east London club both underground in location and in the music it specialises in. It was here that SBTRKT met Tic (a&r for Young Turks Records) and was schooled by the sounds that came pulsing from the clubs now infamous speakers. It was through Tic that he met Sampha one of the key collaborators on the album and one half of the SBTRKT live show. Alongside Sampha, Roses Gabor and Jessie Ware, the album track ‘Wildfire’ features Little Dragon and the imitable voice of Yukimi Nagano. “I’m a big fan of their musical ethos so to collaborate with them has been an ambition for a while. It has been really interesting seeing how our two worlds could co-exist.”

Through the years, and his development as an artist and producer in his own right, SBTRKT has worked with collaborators both sonic and visual to emphasise his ideas and vision. The performance and visual style has also become an essential part of this setup. Performing in his trademark tribal mask, watching SBTRKT translate his sound live is opposed to what one would expect from the traditional producer / DJ. “The live show is an expansion of what has been created in the studio and the tools I’ve used to make them. Just because a song has been created with a laptop, it doesn’t mean that is the best way to perform it live, but for me, neither is bringing in a 5 piece band to re-interpret your songs. I see live shows in a very different light to producing in a studio as it’s about translating into a medium for performance. The basic setup is myself on an acoustic drum kit with extra electronic triggers, and Sampha on 2 keyboards and vocals…. although it’s constantly developing whilst we learn new ways to perform songs and experiment with new ways to route our live audio.”

Speaking about his mask, SBTRKT explains “…it reflects that in worldwide tribal societies that wearing a specific mask would evoke the spirit of an ancestor or animal, and is prominently used in ceremony and celebration. It’s about uplifting the soul and challenging the normality of electronic music and production.”

SBTRKT‘s debut album pulls off a series of impressive feats: it’s bursting with fresh ideas, and yet it sounds immediately familiar. It’s sound-patterns and rhythms can easily soundtrack the ecstatic hands in the air dance floor moments as well as reliving the monotony of the morning commute. It’s influences are incorporated with subtlety and sophistication: dense enough to interpret, light enough to dance to.

Don’t miss SBTRKT performing live on stage at The Academy in Dublin on Sunday the 6th of May 2012.

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