Here comes the 6th and last telegraph from our Into Bass And Time US release tour. This time we travelled to sunny California and we really had a blast. Our whole tour was incredible so far with killer gigs all the way through, but it´s always a blessing to go to California. So we flew over to San Francisco to stay there for the next 8 days. Thievery Corporation´s Rob Garza just moved to SF with his family and just launched ESL Music´s west coast studio. The newest member of the ESL family is Pleasuremaker, our soul brother from the Afrolicious crew in SF who helps Rob Garza with the studio. Pleasuremaker together with his brother Oz and their crew of highly talented musicians hold it down strongly in SF for many years.
When we arrived in California we first had an interview with Grown Kids Radio in Oakland (Big Up the crew!) and then played with Afrolicious at the Boom Boom Room, a classic live venue that was owned by John Lee Hooker back in the days. Such a great club where you can nearly breathe music. Next up was the weekly Afrolicious night at the Elbow Room. And it was on fire! People if you ever go to San Francisco you should check out Afrolicious at the Elbow Room. The place is filled with groove and love. trust us!
So after 2 killer nights already it was time for a huge ESL Music night. We smoothly started the night at the Stanford C ourt Renaissance Hotel where we played an early happy hour set at the bar. Then we left for our ESL music night to the great Public Works club. And what a line-up we had: Rob Garza from Thievery Corporation, J-Boogie, Afrolicious and us. Of course all sets were backed by the superb percussionst and musicians from Afrolicious. And on top the Public Works club had some of the coolest and most creative visuals we ever saw in a club. It was strictly amazing.
We also send out our love to Sunset Promotions, Mojito Bar and Six Degrees Records crew. SF we will be back!
From San Francisco we went on to Los Angeles for the first time. It also was our first real meeting with the US team of ETNIES, our new sponsor and partner. We were picked up at the airport by Eladio Correa who is the Entertainment Marketing Manager (and a supernice person) who brought us to our hotel in Hollywood. Eladio also showed us Huntington Beach, Venice Beach and great sites in Orange County. We also had the honor to visit the ETNIES Headquarter, meet the people behind the brand and its sub-brands (Es, Emerica, ThirtyTwo) as well as check out and get some of the newest products. Much love and respect to ETNIES for taking us into their big family! In july there will be the official brand announcement that Ancient Astronauts are the newest add to the worldwide ETNIES artist family. We will keep you updated.
Of course we were not only in LA to meet our new sponsor, but mainly to spread our music and vibe. Jeremy Sole from radio station KCRW invited us to play at the legendary Afrofunke night at Zanzibar that he runs with Cary Sullivan and Rocky Dawuni and we were very excited to play there. So to make this a really special gig we brought our friend Kiran Gandhi from Rhythm & Culture Recordings to add some extra percussion madness to our set. Those of you who saw us already playing with her know what we´re talking about. She just kills it on the percussions and adds perfectly to our music. Zanzibar itself is such a beautiful venue (loving those bass speakers built into the stage) and Jeremy Sole a dope dj and great person, so guess what? The night was off the hook. Much respect to the whole Afrofunke posse and thanks a lot for having us there sharing our beats and grooves!
we´re back again with tour telegraph number 5 about our Into Bass And Time release tour in the USA. After a highly success SXSW Music Conference in Austin/Texas we stayed another week in Washington DC. As you might noticed Washington DC is our US home base (so to say). This is where ESL Music is based. We really love this city with its great live music scene and clubs like Eighteenth Street Lounge, Patty Boom Boom, U-Street Music Hall and more. The week was full with meetings with our label management but we also played another 2 great gigs. The first one was together with label mate Nickodemus at the Newseum. That place is incredible. it´s a huge 5 level museum for news, directly in the heart of DC. The night was presented by Brightestyoungthings.com, a great website from DC that is focused on art, media, music, food and more. This was such a great show with more than 3.200 visitors through the night. It´s always big fun playing with Nickodemus.
On sunday night we played at the beautiful Eighteenth Street Lounge again alongside Names Thompson and Kiran Ghandi on percussion. As always this was a night of smiling and dancing people shaking what they got on the dancefloor. Much love to the DC massive!
Take a look at two short videos to catch the vibe of the night:
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SXSW Festival in Austin was a blast. We played 11 gigs in 7 days which made us the most playing German artists at SXSW. The vibes and crowds were incredible and we wanna thank all the artists, labels and sponsors we showcased with such as ETNIES, Dubspot, J-Boogie, Funk Ark, Ocote Soul Sounds, Empresarios, Nappy Riddem, Nickodemus, Bellerushe, Afrolicious, Rob Luis & Tru Thoughts Massive, DJ Yoda, Thavius Beck, DJ Shiftee, DJ Obah, Bary Cole, C3 Management, DJ Manny, Chicken George, DJ Sun, DRM (Bastard Jazz), Adrian Quesada & The Echocentrics, Adrian Young, Shawn Lee, Dennis Coffey, DJ Chorizo Funk and Erik The Red (Giant Step). What a pleasure to be able to play with such a variety of great talent who support true music. We Love you guys!
Definately one of our greatest memories come from the Silent Disco event by our friend Motion Potion and his Sunset Promotions crew during full moon in an enchanted forest in Austin. This event was amazing. We were really stoked how easily you can get into the “sound zone” of your headphones and dance through the wood all night. Imagine 400 people dancing with headphones on and being able to switch channels between 2 different dj sets.
This year´s SXSW was even stronger than last year and we can´t wait till 2012 to move forward. Right now we arrived safely in DC again where we will play 2 gigs this weekend (Newseum & Eighteenth Street Lounge) before we head over to the West Coast.
And to lay a cherry on top, please find our first official music video for our song “Worldwide“. Yesss!
our first gig in Washington D.C. was at the W Hotel with the Frank Mitchell Jr Band. Had a fun time playing at this high class place with a nice view on the White House. We spent the night there and enjoyed their king size bed!