KCOU Springfest


HeRobust, Cherub, MedusA, HODJ

Wed, April 10, 2013

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm


Tickets Available at the Door

This event is all ages

MINORS: $2 cash surcharge at the door for anyone under the age of 21.

Good music is felt, not heard. Apparently Gramatik understood that at the age of 3, when his mother would catch him glued to the radio in his older sister's room. Not unlike other great European artists of the past, the Slovenian producer was heavily influenced by American music early on, taking in everything from Funk and Jazz to Soul and Blues.

Gramatik's Beatz & Pieces Vol 1. mix-tape (out June 8 on Pretty Lights Music) is his first release on Pretty Lights Music and builds on the amazing momentum created from his last release No Shortcuts and the Street Bangerz mix-tape series. Gramatik explains, "The Beatz & Pieces series comes as a successor to the popular Street Bangerz series which was my first work as a producer. I never really considered these volumes to be albums. I always looked at them as hip-hop beats on steroids. They are still raw, sample based beats, but with evolved arrangements and wrapped in a fine layer of live instrumentation. And the reason I started adding live instruments is because I felt that classic hip-hop beats without vocals lose me after two minutes. I want to keep the listener through the whole track!"

With over 80,000 tracks sold on the influential electronic music site in the past 2 years, topping all kinds of genre charts, Gramatik has matured from a curious kid attracted by soundscapes, to a world-class producer. Gramatik's music quickly gained steam after he first began posting it online in 2008 and earned him nominations for ''Best Chill Out Artist'' and ''Best Chill Out Track'' at the 2010 Beatport Music Awards and taking 2nd place in both categories. After posting a recent remix of Led Zepplin's "Stairway to Heaven" he shot to number 1 on the HypeMachine chart without so much as even a post on his facebook.

Gramatik is now known in electronic and hip-hop circles around the globe, touring with the likes of Pretty Lights, The Glitch Mob, Mimosa, Two Fresh and many others. This summer we'll see him performing at festivals across the US and alongside label head Pretty Lights at his annual (and sold-out!) Red Rocks show.
Hayden Kramer, known as HeRobust, is an Atlanta based producer that has been blending genres ever since he emerged onto the electronic music scene in early 2011. HeRobust's debut EP, Albumin, was released on Saturate Records in February of 2011 and was quickly recognized by industry leaders such as XLR8R, Mad Decent, Vice, and Jay Scarlet of Beat Dimensions. Soon after, heRobust found himself shared the stage with the likes of Flying Lotus, Daddy Kev, Gaslamp Killer, Salva, NiTGrit, Shlohmo, Shigeto and many more. February of 2012 marked Hayden's second release, the Late Night / Morning After double album.
“Melding a club-spawn, skull-shaking low end with a wall of guitars and talkbox pyrotechnics, the duo comprising Cherub also sport the silky smooth pipes to spread their appeal to all four corners of the dance floor.” – Nashville Scene
Cherub is a sexy, avante garde, electro-pop duo that is the dance love-child of 80’s funk, and pop-music from the future. The members of Cherub, Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber, share a love for honest original music and vibrant live performance, with a common goal to share a little bit of sex, a little bit of drugs, and a whole lot of love with people across the globe. Cherub’s music is a fresh electrified take on risqué pop music that brings to mind timeless artists like Prince, Zapp and Roger, and more contemporary Justin Timberlake. With a live show that is bouncing with energy, Cherub dances their way into the hearts of audiences from the first falsetto hook, until the very last delay filters out.
After completing studio work for Cherub’s first release, Man of the Hour, singer/songwriter Jordan Kelley joined forces with fellow producer/performer, Jason Huber, to polish Cherub’s live electro act and begin performing throughout the Southeast. Both Jordan and Jason have received recognition as producers and live musicians, previously performing as Schtompa and I.V.Y. League alongside renown acts, such as EOTO, Boombox, Count Bass D, GZA of Wu Tang Clan, Two Fresh, and many more. Since Cherub’s formation in late 2010, the band has shared the stage with highly regarded acts like Pretty Lights, Alex B, Big Gigantic, Bag Raiders, Miami Horror, and many others. The duo is looking forward to a number of high profile live dates throughout the fall of 2011, including dates in Mexico with YACHT and Nortec Collective, and a Halloween show supporting Pretty Lights in the band’s hometown, Nashville, TN.
Since the recording of Man of the Hour, Cherub has returned to the studio as a dynamic electro-pop production duo, to lay down tracks for their second collection of recorded material. This new batch of Cherub songs brings a fresh uptempo electro feel to the familiar pop sensibilities for which fans know and love Cherub. Jordan Kelley’s clever songcraft, slick production, and smooth falsetto, are complimented perfectly by Jason Huber’s on-stage production, tube-driven guitar work, and exciting vocal harmonies.
The Man of the Hour brings a new light to electro-pop music. The catchy hooks, tasteful synthwork, and dance-demanding rhythms work together with honest lyrics delivering a unique twist on accessible pop rock music. The Man of the Hour provides a musical package that keeps listeners bouncing around a club, and singing along the entire ride home. Drawing instant comparisons to contemporary favorites like Chromeo, Bag Raiders, The Dream, and MGMT, Cherub’s Man of the Hour brings new definition to live music and electronic music alike.
Jordan Kelley wants to “focus on making good music that is personally relevant, rather that pay attention to the conventions of any particular genre. That’s what made the Man of the Hour.” Cherub’s live performance of Man of the Hour captivates audiences with swooping vocals, soaring guitars and talkbox, and ethereal harmonies, from the drop of the first beat, until Jordan and Jason dance their way off stage.
The newer unreleased Cherub material brings a funky vintage vibe to a new-school electronic sound, with soulful stacks of falsetto harmonies, and a layered cake of talkbox and vocoders, reminiscent of Prince, or Zapp and Roger. These songs display Cherub’s versatility in songwriting and dance music production, ranging from grooving heartfelt ballads, to risqué club bangers that blur conventional genre barriers. Playful guitar licks and lush synthesizer textures dance around in the mix, as listeners are treated to sing-a-long hook after hook the entire way through the tunes. It’s fun. The Nashville Scene claims Cherub as their “nu favorite nu disco duo.”
“Instead of fearing the changes seen in music performance, with technology being so readily incorporated into everyday life, Cherub looks to embrace everything that is fresh and exciting, and we seek to pioneer a new school of music composition, production, and performance… Cheers to the future!” – Jason Huber
MedusA (Megan Knollhoff, 24) is the Midwest's premiere up-and-coming female DJ/Producer hailing from St. Louis, Missouri. MedusA consistently brings to the stage a high energy show; seamlessly combining multiple genres of electronic music including Trap, Twerk, Dubstep, Dutch House, and Moombahton. MedusA started DJing in March 2012 and has already achieved impressive career milestones; headlining shows in different cities across the Midwest, and performing at massive music festivals including Wakarusa and Summer Camp. MedusA has shared the stage with numerous electronic music artists including Adventure Club, The Floozies, Inspectah Deck, Gramatik, ƱZ, Cookie Monsta & FuntCase, TRUTH, Two Fresh, Dirt Monkey, heRobust, Cherub, Antiserum, Getter, and many more. MedusA started producing her own music shortly after her DJ career began. She was featured on the TeamSupreme Vol. 73 Mixtape earlier this year, and recently released the first single from her new EP with TrapStyle. MedusA received her BSBA from The University of Missouri-Columbia in 2012 and is now focusing all of her time and energy on finishing the production of her EP, Don’t Mind If I Do, set to release this fall. Her hard work ethic, incredible stage presence, positive energy, and undeniable talent has cities across the Midwest falling in love with her. MedusA is the girl to look out for in 2014.
Since 2006, HODJ has been playing shows around the midwest and quickly emerging in the music scene. It all started when he played at a college party just hours after he received his first set of turntables. He blends dubstep, glitch, electro, and bass music with some hip hop influence, always exploring different genres and keeping the people moving. Recently, HODJ has been in the studio producing his own sounds. Guaranteed to make the speakers go BOOOOOOM and the bassheads go wild!
Venue Information:
The Blue Note (MO)
17 N 9th St
Columbia, MO, 65201-4845