Proud to be firmly installed in 2012′s new-funk movement, KUNG FU is quickly popularizing their unique sonic contribution “NU-SION”, blurring the line between intense electro-fusion, and blistering dance arrangements. Making funk fusion music “cool” again, the band draws on influences such as early Headhunters, Weather Report, & Mahavishnu Orchestra, and merges those ideas with technical fireworks and a contemporary EDM informed sensibility. The ensemble, a seasoned pedigree that reads like a late-night summer festival all-star jam, is currently touring in support of their eponymous debut album. The powerhouse quintet’s live show has been described by critics and fans of Galactic & Umphrey’s McGee alike as “lethal funk”, “explosive”, “jaw dropping”, and “musically mesmerizing”. For the uninitiated, the experience is typically shocking yet the focus is simple: ENTER THE DRAGON!
Bio Diesel with Johnny Rabb
BioDiesel lies in razor-thin space between band and DJ, synthetic and human, man and machine. The duo is an inventive collaboration between Johnny Rabb and Clay Parnell. Modern electronic dance music has always been primarily about beats and basslines—and that fact is ever more present today. Naturally, when you take a world-class drummer and a celebrated bassist who are also passionate producers, the elements are there for a super-charged ensemble that shatters boundaries and dares to take the musical genres they explore to thrilling new places.BioDiesel is coming on strong in 2011 and beyond. The first half of the year has seen performances in every time zone in North America, the release of the EPCarbon Confidential, which garnered favorable attention from Urb.com and other media, as well as some exciting collaborations with top artists in the scene. Before the year is out, they will have released a live album and toured as far away from home base as Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia.
Drumming legend Johnny Rabb—pioneer of the freehand technique—has performed and given clinics the world over. Recognized as an inventor, author, educator and the Original World’s Fastest Drummer, he is able to execute his passion for live electronic music in ways that few (if any) others are able to effectively emulate.
Clay Parnell is known for his work with Brothers Past, the Join (featuring members of the New Deal) and Philabuster (featuring Korey Riker of the Roots), as well as holding down his own Philadelphia residency as Lo Life. Recently tapped as a consultant for The Bass Player’s Bible in the styles of Drum n’ Bass, House and Hip Hop, he is considered the go-to bassist in the Live Electronic genre.
Whether shaking a dance club to its foundation, blowing the doors off a theater or working a festival audience into a frenzy … BioDiesel is the cutting edge of tangible electronic music
Sonic Spank was formed in early 2009 by Benjamin Karp & Ian McGuire. In 2010 they added up and coming drummer Scotty Zwang. The trio seamlessly blends all styles of music pioneering a genre called Sextronica. What sets Sonic Spank apart from many acts in the scene is live guitar, keyboards & drums. Ben & Ian have been friends since Preschool and have collaborated on music since the beginning of Hi…gh School which explains their undeniable chemistry on stage and innocent perversion. Sonic Spank penetrates the line between the craft of DJing and virtuoso instrumental musicianship.
Sonic Spank has already made appearances at regional clubs, parties, radio stations and festivals with an enthusiastic response from audiences. So far, SONIC SPANK has been billed with major national/international acts including the Disco Biscuits, Pretty Lights, Skrillex, Bassnectar, Lotus, Crystal Method, The New Deal, Infected Mushroom, Big Gigantic, Future Rock, Orchard Lounge, Biodiesel, KJ Sawka, Brothers Past, Paper Diamond and The Egg.
Sonic Spank has major plans for 2012. With their first full length album ‘Drama’ set to release in the beginning of the year they plan to innovate their live concert experience, highlighted by big tours nationwide.
The tremendous Buzz surrounding SONIC SPANK is undeniable! Just ask the Wall Street Journal… “Sonic Spank punches hard with little subtlety, but drummer Scotty Zwang makes it work with innovative punctuations. Get to the club as early as you can!”