GOVINDA is the alter-ego of Austin based producer/composer Shane Madden. He began studying violin and composition at the age of eight and went on to study classical violin at the University of Texas where he fell in love with electronic music production. It was in Madden’s pursuit of his gypsy roots that he opened his ears to music from around the world. From experiences learning violin with mysterious masters on his journeys across the globe and his passion for modern design and technology, the current sound of Govinda was born.
Govinda has played with Thievery Corporation, Tipper, Bassnectar, Shpongle, Cheb I Sabbah, STS9 and many more and been featured on over 25 compilations such as Buddha Bar II, Asian Travels II, and Nirvana Lounge selling a combined 400,000 copies. Govinda has played at numerous festivals throughout North America including Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, Sea of Dreams, SXSW and more. Govinda’s music has been on TV including stations like WB, MTV and Bravo as well as many independent films.
The Govinda show is truly a multi-sensory experience that immerses the audience with a textured exotic atmosphere which features mesmerizing vocals, visual performance artist Jordan Remar, live projections, live gypsy violin for a truly energetic and magical live presence.
Canadian born Logan Anderson, better known by his stage name DEFUNK, has made a distinct name for himself in the electronic music scene with his live keyboard infused bass music. Defunk’s unique fusion of funk, blues, soul and heavy bass music has proven him to be a true connoisseur of genre blending. His innovative style has created a path for fans of all genres to venture into the bass music scene…and a niche that has left him virtually untouched. He constantly pushes the boundaries of what bass music can be with a live performance element that has captivated audiences all over.
The versatility Defunk delivers in both his DJ sets and live performances has caught the attention of Pretty Lights, GRiZ and Gramatik. With a constantly changing set and rapidly expanding discography, Defunk consistently constructs a show brimming with allure and absolute magic, and has plenty of collaborations and genre bending music in the works for 2019.
Brazilian Music Festivals are the roots of DJ Marjo Lak's career, inspired by the collective celebration that is DANCE. At the forefront of the Brazilian Electronic Music Scene since 2001, Marjo sharpened her skills in organizing, promoting, producing, and playing parties. In 2005, she and fellow Brazilian DJs (all friends) coined their tech-house music collective, "Butter Music Brazil," and became one of the leading underground party scenes in the country.
Marjo's passion is the slippery sounds of buttery bass lines that inspire entire dance floors; a musical lubricant that whips bodies into rhythmic movements. Her eclectic soundscapes range from Tech-house, Electro Swing, Brazilian Pop, World, Soul, Funk, Dub to disco, and jazz. She can soothe a chill room with soft and creamy downtempo beats, or make the dance floor sizzle with the energetic, greasy textures of techno, tech-house also influenced by deep house.
Currently residing behind the Redwood Curtain of California’s North Coast, Marjo can often be spotted spreading her buttery beats on dancefloors throughout Humboldt County. In 2013, Marjo initiated SUMMERTRONICA, the first all-electronic music tent, at the 30+ year Mateel’s Summer Arts & Music Festival in Benbow, CA. In 2015, she was embraced as a member of the long-standing, local (and loved) DJ collective Deep Groove Society. For the past 6 years, DJ Marjo Lak has become known in the Humboldt Electronic Music scene for her creative and strong sets, frequently playing with local favorites as well as headlining music events.
2015 also brought many new opportunities both in performing as well as production. After many years of bringing talented artists and Dj’s to Humboldt County, Lak and her husband launched Fraktal Productions. In their first year, Fraktal brought renowned artists Worthy, Stanton Warriors, Christian Martin, Ardalan, Sacha, Robotti, KMLN, Dragonfly all of whom Marjo shared the stage with. .
DJ Marjo Lak has also played some of the top festivals in the world including: Sonica – Italy, Universo Pararello - Brazil, Symbiosis and Northern Nights Music Festival 2015 & 2016, Jamboree Trinity – California, as well as many parties in NYC, Goa, India, and Entheocentric with artist Alex Grey – San Francisco. Recently DJ Marjo Lak was invited to share the stage with the world renowned Dj Gaudi, Audiograph, Delhi to Dublin!
Long known within the festival community as a skilled performer, remixer, and producer, Maryland's Soohan (Stephen Suchan) has been taking over the underground and mainstream with a steady output of creative sample-based work. With 5 albums and full-length projects under his belt, for a combined 2 million plays, he has singularly redefined success for the independent electronic musician, forging strong, personal, and lasting connections with musicians, industry, and fans alike across his extensive travels.
Newcomers to Soohan will find a treasure trove of remixed and sample-based works, celebrating regional dance and folk music the world over, with bass-heavy reinterpretation bringing sounds to enthusiastic audiences who would never otherwise experience them. Soohan's creative process has put him in touch with countless originators and musicians from all corners of the world, brokering a unique brand of global celebration and appreciation all too rare in modern remix culture. This year, he sets his sights on new original productions, in addition to more remixes and sample-based work that has made the bedrock to his sound.
Stay tuned as new sounds and shows emerge from Soohan in 2020!
Naughty Princess weaves beautiful melodies and sexy bass beats into a journey to inspire that dance floor heat!
Jasmine Fraser grew up with the influence of traditional Indian music, and was inspired by intricate Tabla beats and soaring vocals. Being part of the electronic music scene in Melbourne when it took off, her passion for dance was ignited, starting in the underground outdoor Trance scene and then moving into other genres as they emerged like Trip-Hop, Breakbeat, Jungle and Drum n Bass.
Relocating to San Francisco in 2009 brought her into the West Coast Bass scene of Dubstep, Trap and 808. It was here amongst the fabulously funky Burner crew, who drop the best beats and throw down so hard on the dance floor, that she really felt she’d found her tribe!
After a lifetime of pursuing and moving to this music, it was finally time to dive in deeper. DJ Naughty Princess hit the LA scene in royal style! Her sets range from beautiful downtempo soundscapes to fun eclectic beats and on to searing late-night bass-drops to make the dance-floor go wild! The driving bass is overlaid with a diverse range of beats, tasty trap blending into hip hop, urban styles and gangsta grooves, with melodies and lyrics soaring through it all bringing the sacred, the saucy and the sublime!
Naughty Princess has played at top events and festivals including Oregon Eclipse Festival, Lightning in a Bottle Festival, Northern Nights Festival, Enchanted Forest Gathering, One Love Festival, How Weird Street Fair, Superhero Street Fair, Abundance LA, Belasco Theatre LA, Dirty Beetles Black & Gold Ball, Sound Nightclub LA, Unici Casa, Ecstatic Dance, Soundpieces Afterburn, Wormhole and all over Burning Man including Camp Questionmark and Abraxas Art Car earning her a glowing review in Fest300 magazine’s “The Most Magical Musical Moments of Burning Man 2016”.
Based in the LA area, Naughty Princess is all about bringing the sounds which light you up and inspire you to get down!!
Esch is an electronic music producer and DJ based in Arcata, California. His work is best described as original and eclectic, molding bass-heavy hip hop beats with experimental and etherial synths. His authentic style can be heard through both the storytelling of his original work and the song selection heard in his performances. A refined performer, Esch shines with his ability to get crowds dancing either in the electronic music scene or an open formant dance party.
The Grouch is one of the founding members of the internationally infamous crew, The Living Legends. Humbly beginning on a 4-track recorder nearly 15 years ago, The Grouch has steadily grown into one of the prominent figures within the independent hip hop scene. Known for captivating his listeners with his down to earth and truthfully poignant raps and production, The Grouch has successfully released over nine solo projects making this year’s, “Three Eyes Off The Time” his tenth solo release. In addition to his solo career, The Grouch has played an integral part in building the Living Legends brand, sound, and image. A consummate workaholic, The Grouch also has numerous groups outside of his solo career and LL collective, most notably: The Grouch & Eligh, Zion I & The Grouch, and The CMA with Living Legends crewmate, Luckyiam.
He is one of the most successful and prolific independent rappers of all time. He has recorded a string of revered collaborative albums with Fashawn, 9th Wonder and Slug of Atmosphere (as Felt). He’s also the owner and founder of the groundbreaking Paid Dues festival, which highlights the best underground rap on the planet. But one thing MURS lacked was a definitive solo album. Until now.
Have A Nice Life, the Los Angeles rhymer’s debut solo album on Strange Music, encapsulates MURS’ far-reaching personality and sensibilities while arriving as a cohesive project that nonetheless vacillates between being humorous, serious, intense, street and socially aware.
“My former manager told me this is supposed to be the ‘quintessential MURS album,’” MURS says. “A lot of people said to her, ‘I know MURS from Paid Dues and I know him from being around, but I don’t know who he is or what he does.’ Jay Z is the ex-crack dealer, hustler rapper. Rick Ross is the Tony Montana rapper. I feel like I have a duality and I’m hard to classify. There’s a duality to the album. It’s conscious, but it’s still street. I was going to call is Love & Rockets Vol 2 initially, but Have A Nice Life is just something that always seems to catch people off guard when I say it. It always evoked an emotion, so I figured, ‘Why not make it the title of the album?’”
MURS came full circle while making Have A Nice Life, reconnecting with childhood friend and platinum, Grammy-nominated producer Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Kelly Clarkson, Kosha Dillz), who produced the majority of the project and helped shape its sonic vision. Friends for 20 years, Shatkin worked with MURS on his 2003 album, …The End Of The Beginning, and is more in tune with MURS’ musical sensibility than any other producer.
So when they began recording, the pair made a bold statement with their first song, “No More Control.” With driving drums and heavy synths, MURS raps about a wide range of topics, from having the world in his hand, coming up in the ghetto and the significance of the, Black Lives Matter movement. It’s MURS’ world, a world of drug dealers, comic books, white girls, real brothas, skateboards and bandanas.
“I wanted to lay down my intentions for this record, which is to lay down who I am, where I come from and what my struggle has been,” MURS says. “Initially ‘Control’ was a two-verse song. Then everything with Ferguson happened after that with the Black Lives Matter movement, so I came back and added a third verse. That’s the exclamation point on a point of view that I don’t think has been recorded yet.”
MURS then examines, in detail, Los Angeles gang life on the story-driven “Okey Dog” and explores the adverse effects of living in the ghetto on the charged “PTSD,” a stark collaboration with E-40.
“No one treats us for that,” MURS says, referring to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. “No one respects us. The majority of America can’t respect that we’re dealing with a group of children – my generation – that has the same thing we’re complaining that war vets can’t get care for. I sympathize with them, as well, because I know what it’s like.”
While some of Have A Nice Life focuses on societal ills, several songs center on another one of MURS’ favorite topics: women. With “Mi Corazon,” for instance, he raps in Spanish and English about falling for Letty, a half Mexican-half Salvadorian girl he met at a party. After dropping Letty off, MURS nearly gets jumped by two guys who don’t approve of their relationship. Fortunately, the police intervene. “That’s happened to me a couple times in my life where I’m like, ‘Thank God you guys came by to racially profile me because I was actually about to get my ass beat,’” MURS says.
MURS shifts gears with “The Worst,” a cautionary tale of a married rapper battling the temptations of the road. MURS based the song on stories he’s heard about side chicks wrecking relationships.
“Being a married man, I’m definitely familiar with the temptation,” he says. “The story isn’t true. I’ve never cheated on my wife. Not cheating on your wife and being in my profession is like being in recovery from alcoholics anonymous. You don’t ever say you’re not an addict. I treat every day like I’m a potential cheater and that way I don’t cheat. So, that song serves as a warning to me and a warning to others.”
Though his music often deals with high stakes situations, MURS has settled into a good business groove now that he’s signed to Strange Music. After recording a string of one-off albums for the majority of his career, Have A Nice Life stands as MURS’ debut solo project on Strange Music, following 2014’s collaborative album with ¡Mayday!, ¡MursDay!
¡MursDay! formally introduced MURS to the Strange fanbase, kicking open the door for him to become a fixture at the independent powerhouse. After working with the imprint on music and tours, MURS was glad to join the label.
“I believe that the people who work for Strange Music are good people and that they want to see me succeed and they want to see the label succeed,” MURS says. “It’s good to have that for once.”
And with Have A Nice Life, MURS has a project poised to have him succeed in ways he never has before.
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