Since the early 2000s, Ott has produced, mixed and recorded music released on Twisted Records, including various collaborations with founder Simon Posford. His first major contribution to Twisted was the record Hallucinogen – In Dub, on which he remixed six classic Hallucinogen songs. In May 2003 he released his own album, Blumenkraft, on Twisted; it was reviewed by The Wire. His work has also been featured in releases from the record label Liquid Sound Design (now known as Liquid Sound, run by Martin Glover), especially those compilations produced by Humphrey Bacchus during his time at the label. He followed up his debut album in January 2008 with Skylon, followed by Mir in March 2011.
Ott performed at the Glastonbury Festival in 2007. His performance at Glade Festival in 2011 was described as “the perfect opening act” in an article at Virtual Festivals. That publication also called Ott a “Psy-dub maestro” and gave his performance a full 10/10.
He has also contributed to several other records on Twisted as well as other labels.
The Main Squeeze
Los Angeles, CA
Ben “Smiley” Silverstein – Keys
Max Newman – Guitar
Corey Frye – Vocals
Rob Walker – Bass
Reuben Gingrich – Drums
The Main Squeeze is a raging funk experience born within the thriving live music scene of Bloomington, Indiana, and currently residing in Chicago, IL. Since coming together in late 2009 The Squeeze have managed to establish a unique sound and identity in a short period of time.
Squaring the Circle
Carl Dougherty – Guitar/Vocals
Dan Kutcher – Bass
Nathan Shulkin – Drums
Tyler Facinoli – Keys
Founded by seasoned members of the Baltimore music scene, Squaring The Circle’s prog-funk sound has set out to breathe new life into classic funk and jazz along with writing original material that pushes the boundaries and brings these genres into a contemporary light.
Carl Dougherty (Freedom Enterprise), Dan Kutcher (Lake Trout), Tyler Facinoli (Sol Frequency), and Nathan Shulkin (Sol Frequency) started this journey in December 2014 by immediately finding challenging music and creating definitive medleys featuring some of their favorite tunes. As they grew more comfortable with each others musical voice, the band began to introduce original material that has been turning heads and creating a huge buzz ever since.
EarthCry is Anthony of Papadosio’s secondary musical project, serving as an outlet for his more electronic musical ideas, as well as a place to try experimental genre mashing, developmental frequency blending, and odd instrument combinations. Staying true to live roots, an EarthCry show can consist of any combination of live instruments, mixing, slicing, looping, and cutting overtop of arrangements that come out differently every time. All the while, electronic controls are always facing the crowd to encourage a deeper experience of interaction. Notable musical outputs have been his debut album “Hear the Earth, Heal Yourself, Heal the Earth, Hear Yourself”, a voyage into 6 solfeggio tones. He has also released 2 “Mothers Mashups” which are combinations of 2 songs that mysteriously fit together in fun ways. As a beneficial operation, EarthCry also donates 50% of all earnings to different ecological initiatives around the world.
Rob Chafin – Drums/Vocals/Samples
Jake Goldberg – Bass/Vocals
Chris Houser – Guitar/Vocals
Dan Shaw – Keyboards/Vocals
The Werks have emerged & established themselves as a band who delivers an electrifying dance party to beloved fans across the musical spectrum. Fusing psychedelic shredding, wailing organ, and slap bass with synthesizers and modern dance beats, their live shows encompass a sensational blend of rock with deep electronic funk.
The seasoned jam-centric quartet brings together a sonically superior mix of otherworldly explorations and revelatory lyrics. Fresh off the 7th incarnation of their “Werk Out Music & Arts Festival”, which draws 5000+ people to Ohio every August, they’ll hit the road once again for a number of headline dates as well as shows supporting peers like Umphrey’s McGee & Moe.
David Tipper, or Tipper for short, is a British composer and producer specializing in electronic music that ranges from ambient, through trip hop, to uptempo nu skool breaks. His live performances consist largely of his own unreleased compositions, and he is noted for scratching his own sounds over his music, creating a live element of turntablism stemming from prowess early in his career as a vinyl DJ.
Tipper is widely respected as a surround sound composer, releasing one of the first albums composed, produced, and intended for the DualDisc format, in addition to providing content for multichannel music industry leaders DTS, Inc.. His talents at sound design (his work is included in several of the major music making software programs), and in digital audio mastering, are also in great demand. His catalogue has been consistently licensed for use as background in a variety of mainstream television programmes, and also featured in commercials and cable television projects.
Eli Winderman – Keyboards
Rob Compa – Guitar
Chuck Jones – Bass
Neal “Fro” Evans – Drums
The Boston born, now generally Northeast based, but ever on-the-go Dopapod has come a long way from their college basement, DIY party roots. While maintaining to be as grassroots as their humble beginnings, the group has earned praise from taste making critics like Huffington Post, Jambase, and Relix, all the while tending to their ever expanding community of devoted listeners. The past 4 years have individually held the weight of about 150 shows, and included numerous festival appearances like Wakarusa, Summer Camp, Electric Forest, Camp Bisco, Peach Fest, & Gathering Of the Vibes. All of this time on stage together has given the band the opportunity to explore the wide variety of influences that has impacted them to be the players they are today. But, don’t be quick to think that the no holds barred openness to experimenting is unguided. While the brush in their hand uses every color, it’s the stroke on the canvas that gives Dopapod a distinct voice in the way of crafty songwriting.
Hailing from Bloomington, Indiana, R-Juna is an mc and beat maker with an unmatched passion and drive for all things music. In his seven years in the Midwest underground hip hop scene he has been in two groups, put out five albums, and made a name for himself traveling state to state promoting his work
The Nth Power
New York City, NY
Courtney J’Mell Smith
Proving that soul music can be exponentially greater than the sum of its parts, The Nth Power is on a mission to share the light. Formed during an impromptu late-night jam at Jazz Fest 2012 in New Orleans, the relentlessly funky and soulful band believes in music as a higher power — tapping into an energy that is simultaneously sexy and spiritual, with songs that will inspire audiences to dance, groove, make love or just stand there with goose bumps.
People’s Blues of Richmond
Tim Beavers II – Vocals/Guitar
Matthew Volkes – Vocals/Bass
Nekoro Williams – Vocals/Drums
People’s Blues of Richmond was originally formed in 2009 by bass player Matthew Volkes and guitarist Tim Beavers II. They found their first drummer, Raphael Katchinoff in the Richmond music scene and played with him for four years and two albums. During the making of their second album, Good Time Suicide, they were joined by keyboard player Tommy Booker, but he and Raphael soon turned their focus to their other group, Southern Belles. Then, Neko Williams (son of Drummie Zeb from The Wailers) took over on drums. After the switch, Volkes, Beavers & Williams all moved in together and began touring full time in a 15 passenger Ford van. They’ve been going non-stop ever since, spending all hours of the day either traveling, playing, writing, recording or planning their next step. After years together, on the road and off, the three are more than just bandmates, they’re brothers. It’s a camaraderie that shows in their music and beyond. “No matter what, we look out for each other,” Volkes says. “If I have a sandwich, Tim and Neko get a bite, too. We’re all in this together.”
Music has a different meaning to everybody but one thing that has never changed is the bond it creates amongst people when they are listening together. Bunk Buddha helps put people in sync and harmony through the loving sounds they produce and provide.
Meecis Davis – Drums, Vocals
Bobby Kuhlenberg – Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocals
Rory Cooper – Lead Guitar
Tyler Magnarini – Keys, Synth, Vocals
Brian Johnson – Bass, Vocals
Strange Mechanics is a progressive, funk driven jamband from Cincinnati, OH. They have been in direct support of acts such as Papadosio, The Werks, Ekoostik Hookah, The Main Squeeze, Turbo Suit, The Mantras, Govinda, and Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. From soulful tunes to down low funk, firey guitar solos to groovy live electronica, all layered with vocal harmonies, Strange Mechanics has created a truly unique sound. Their live shows key on improvisation to make each show a one of a kind experience. For those about to funk we salute you.
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Scrambled Greg – Vocals/Guitar
Jeremy Schon – Guitar/Vocals
Ben Carrey – Bassics/Vocals
Alex Petropulos – Drums/Electronics
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong brings end-of-the-world enthusiasm to their high-energy psychedelic funk. Their infectious electro-funk grooves, undeniable live energy and contagious smiles have their rabid fanbase “the Flock” growing exponentially. Based out of Baltimore, MD, this animated quartet has been scorching up the country with their explosive performances and danceable peaks… and they’re loving every minute of it.
800 Lb. Gorilla
Dan Humphrey- Lead vocals
Kwame Newton- Sax/Keyboards
Mark Humphrey- Guitar/Vocals
Ryan Barchman- Drums
Connor Allen- Bass
800 lb. Gorilla is a rock/jam band based in Indianapolis, Indiana. With a rock and roll core, the band pulls together funk and jazz influences to create driving, catchy, danceable grooves. A five-piece band, 800lbG places rock-solid guitar, funky keyboards and sax on top of a drums-and-bass rhythm section. The band’s original music blends indie-esque songcraft with funky, jazzy improvisation.
Originally formed by brothers Mark (guitar) and Daniel (lead vox) Humphrey, the band has evolved from a hard-rock power trio into a funk and jazz style after adding Kwame Newton (keyboards/alto sax) to the collaboration.
800 lb. Gorilla has enjoyed a warm welcome from music lovers as they have developed their show on stages across Indiana and Ohio. Their fanbase is rapidly growing as the band ventures further afield. They are fortunate to have been invited to play festivals in 2015 including Hyperion, Good People Good Times, and Taste of Bloomington. The band was also invited to open for The Werks and Twiddle at The Bluebird.
The band intends to take the musical interplay higher, and continue to reach music lovers far and wide.
Definition of One
James Blake – Keys/Synth
Jake Broughton – Guitar
Erik Bennett – Bass/Synth
Travis Jenkins – Drums
Daniel Griffith – Keys/Synth
Definition of One is a Jamtronica quintet based in Springfield, VA. Founding member, James Blake harnessed a love for hip-hop, soul & electronica to create multiple EPs and tracks which first captured the attention of local promoters in July of 2013. Prior to opening his first show for Eliot Lipp, James added former bandmates from previous projects. Local guitarist, Jake Broughton and producer/keyboardist, Daniel Griffith helped to bring in live energy and instrumentation. After undergoing several line-up changes, drumming beast Travis Jenkins and bass monster Erik Bennett fit right in to complete the transition from local area act to one of the regions premier Jamtronic acts. Influenced heavily by The Disco Biscuits, Lotus, and STS9, their style fuses a various genres of music into a mix of structured songs and extended jams. Improvisation maintains the key aspect that makes Definition of One’s music unique. In their short time touring they have shared bills with established acts like DrFameus, Future Rock, Orchard Lounge, Reid Speed, Griz, The Mantras, ELM and have landed on their regions top festivals bills including Camp Barefoot, Mad Tea Party Jam, Under the Stars, Doah Fest & Gotta Fest. As a diverse group of multi-talented musicians each member has a deep sense of community and respect for all artists and walks of life. There aim is to creatively influence perceptive mindsets through their interpretation of music and visual arts.
Dave Brandwein – Guitar/Vocals
Taylor Shell – Bass
Craig Brodhead – Guitar/Synths
Michelangelo Carubba – Drums
Greg Sanderson – Saxophone
Joshua Schwartz – Saxophone/Vocals
Chris Brouwers – Trumpet/Keyboard
Sammi Garett – Vocals/Percussion
Shira Elias – Vocals
Turkuaz is a 9-piece “Powerfunk” outfit from Brooklyn, NY, whose modern take on the classic funk sound has established them as leaders in the funk revolution that’s currently taking place in the genre. Blending elements of Pop, R&B, and Soul with their distinct aggressive funk core, Turkuaz sounds like the musical love child of Sly & the Family Stone and Talking Heads.
Nahko & Medicine for the People
As a musical collective, our mission is to be the motivation and inspiration for all that have become members of our Tribe. Within our global community, we have access to the tools needed to make changes, take action and spread awareness of how to live in harmony with Mother Gaia herself. We are honored to be a force of attraction for positive and creative minds during these often-corrupt times. With your trust and support, we humbly accept this role and speak our prayers of intention to take direct action… “Hoka Hey” means, “today is a good day to die”, but perhaps with your help, it could transform into a better day to live. Thank you again for your love and support. Tribe members, let us come together today to be the change that we wish to see tomorrow.
Peridoni is a soul driven jam band from Cincinnati, Ohio. Four guys who mix modern grooves and textures with blistering guitar solos and progressive improvisation. The band is making waves in the jam/festival scene, opening for national acts such as Papadosio, The Werks, Dopapod & many more. Having just released Pixel Pieces on a Parallel Plane, their first album, they’re bringing the music to ears everywhere!
Consider the Source
New York City, NY
Gabriel Marin – Guitars
John Ferrara – Bass
Jeff Mann – Drums and Percussion
NYC trio Consider the Source defy easy description. If intergalactic beings of pure energy, after initiation into an order of whirling dervishes, built some kind of pan-dimensional booty-shaking engine, powered by psychedelics and abstract math, it’d probably just sound like a CTS tribute band. Drawing from progressive rock, fusion and jazz, with alien sounds soaked in Indian and Middle Eastern styles, CTS blends disparate parts into a striking, utterly original whole. Dubbed “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion”, the band’s music strikes a rare balance between cerebral and emotional, intellectual and primal. A relentless touring schedule has won the band a fervent following from California to Israel, with fans ranging from jam-band hippies and jazz cats to corpse-painted headbangers and prog geeks.
Charlie Morgan – Lead guitar/Lead vocals
Nick Neureiter – Drums/Vocals
Eric Thompson – Rhythm guitar/Vocals
Scott Jackson – Keyboard/Vocals
Blair Ping – Bass/Vocals
Hyryder strives musically to create an authentic Grateful Dead experience, paying close attention to detail. The band routinely performs “monster” 3 set shows, weaving in and out from one song to the next. While paying tribute to the original compositions, Hyryder indeed craft’s their own unique take on the music focusing on extended improvisational jamming. The band prides itself on its ever changing progressive jams and set lists that are unique to each particular show. Hyryder performs multiple night runs without ever repeating any material giving fans an intimately different experience each time they take the stage.
Brock Butler – Guitar/Vocals
Adam Perry – Bass/Vocals
Matthew McDonald – Keys/Vocals
Albert Suttle – Drums
Based in Athens, GA, Perpetual Groove is a long time well established touring act with an enthusiastic fan base and international critical acclaim. PGroove’s music has been described by their fans as anthemic arena rock. Their large catalog of original music offers something for everyone. The addition of an intense, retina burning, intelligent light show creates an atmosphere unlike any other, assuring fans they’ll get a highly polished, yet different show each night.
New York, NY
Matt Jalbert – Guitar
Charlie Dolan – Bass
Alric “A.C.” Carter – Keyboards/Organ
Isaac Teel – Drums
TAUK’s creative connection traces back to childhood, when longtime friends Dolan, Jalbert, and Carter formed their first band in seventh grade and held practice in their school basement. After playing together in various projects over the years, the trio brought Teel into the fold in 2012, cementing the final lineup. “We gelled pretty quickly as friends and as musicians, and now there’s a connection onstage that’s unspoken,” notes Teel. “You just feel it from the energy within the band and from the response coming from the crowd—all these people in the same exact headspace.”
Falling somewhere between rock, jazz and electronic mayhem we find space rock. This is a genre that is not readily defined, and is a state of mind as much as it could be considered a genre. This range of frequencies is where Papadosio tends to spend their time, sometimes dining in deep space, and other times snacking right on your front porch. Papadosio strives to create music that is strangely familiar, and calls all walks of humanity to bask in a unique experience celebrating the one constant in an ever changing world: music.
Join Papadosio in an effort to create, augment, and rejoice in the universal language of music. Most importantly, have a good time.
Combining elements of jam bands and electronic dance rock, Lotus was formed by brothers Jesse Miller (bass/sampler) and Luke Miller (guitar/keyboards), Steve Clemens (drums), Chuck Morris (percussion), and Mike Rempel (guitar) while they were attending Goshen College in Indiana in 1999.
Andrew Pickel – Guitar/Synth/Vocals
Kevin Hinnefeld – Bass/Synth
Brian Carson – Percussion
DIZGO is a live electronic trio rising quickly in the Midwest jam scene. The band consists of multi-instrumentalist Andrew Pickel and bassist/keyboardist Kevin Hinnefeld (both formerly of Elephant Quiz), along with drummer Brian Carson (formerly of 800lb Gorilla). DIZGO redefines the live experience by blending electronica with hip hop, funk, and deep-groove soul, taking the audience on a musical journey that includes intricate note-perfect compositions along with extended improvisation. The result is something both danceable and introspective: soulful vocals, interweaving analog synths, and addictive beats all join forces under the banner of DIZGO.
ELM – Electric Love Machine
Jon Wood – Guitar/Vocals
Jon Brady – Keyboards/Vocals
Alex Lang – Bass
Evan Lintz – Drums
Electric Love Machine (ELM) is best described as an outer space adventure through sound, infused with doses of electronic funk, traditional Americana and improvisational jazz, and whose foundation is built on a sense of community. Their first full-length album, XenofoneX, touches upon the aural sense, and travels through one’s heart, makes a stop in the brain, all while travelling across the cosmic plane.
Austin Litz – Keys/Vocals/Sax/Flute
Logan Litz – Bass
Mike Litz- Drums
Justin Robb- Guitar/Vocals
Nick Thrasher- Percussion/Vocals
LITZ brings together a wide array of musical influences ranging from funk, jam, go-go, soul, electronica and just about everywhere in between to amalgamate a new sound for the ears of the world. Their sound strides to sonically transport its listeners to another planet free of the stress, struggles, and tribulations of modern day life through the use of funky horn riffs, wah-wah keys, pounding bass, driving/progressive rhythms and melt your face guitar.
Mike Gantzer – Guitar/Vocals
Dave Loss – Guitar/Keys/Vocals
Evan McPhaden – Bass
Rob Houk- Drums
With three studio albums under their belts, and their critically acclaimed live collection “Live Nugs”, Aqueous is as strong in composing as they are at communicating and improvising during their shows. Their onstage persona is infectious and undeniable; their lifelong friendship stands as a testament to the tightness of the music. While the band is relatively young, they are polished – check them out as soon as you can, and discover firsthand what the buzz is all about.