As electronic influences continue to penetrate the live rock, jazz, and jam ethos, one band consistently rises to the top, bringing together fans from across the musical spectrum. EOTO crisscrosses the country blowing out basement dives, packed theaters, and stages under the stars. Throbbing bass and thudding beats are the signatures of this project from drummers Michael Travis and Jason Hann. Born out of their shared love of electronic dance music, EOTO's M.O. is to take the free-wheeling party vibe of a DJ set to the next level by using organic instruments, innovative performance technology, and uncharted musical exploration. Live drums, guitars, and keys, and vocals are mixed, remixed, and sampled on the fly using cutting-edge programs. This is all done without a script, and without a net.
Currently on the road with a fully-immersive and elaborate 3D 'Lotus Flower' stage design, with legendary VJ Zebbler, the band's evolutionary process has been thrust into hyperspeed, eclipsing standard acts in their wake. Each night fans are treated with a unique improvisational visual odyssey paired with equally mind-blowing improvised music. After unveiling their Lotus Stage at a sold out show at the House of Blues in Boston, MA - EOTO has taken the production to the road with stops in 100+ cities in 2012, as well as at some of the biggest Summer festivals in the U.S including Bella Music Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, Wakarusa, and Electric Forest Festival to name a few.
Hann and Travis are consummate road dogs, allowing their music to transform and build night after night. You can catch EOTO performing almost 200 shows a year each and every show, different from the last.
James Ristvedt isn't a typical third-year law student. He balances his time between days in classrooms and nights between stacks of speakers. Just a few months from finishing his final year of law school, James' bass-fueled alter ego Alpha Data may have something to say about what the future holds.
Alpha Data’s debut release, Nefertiti (released on GruntWorthy Music), hit #1 on the Beatport Glitch Hop chart, and #50 on the Beatport All Genres chart. This is not a small feat considering his touring to that point was limited to shows played in the Midwest. A follow-up release, Nefertiti Remixes, was released in January with remixes of the chart-topping “Nefertiti” by an all-star cast of producers (fellow #1 Beatport artist Samples, Unlimited Gravity, Sovereign Sect, J.me.j, and Burn Brighter).
With over 1000 followers on Soundcloud and a couple dozen tracks released via Soundcloud, glitch hop fans across the nation have started to catch on. His signature sound, combining high-intensity bass with catchy, melodic hooks, has built him a steady and loyal following in the rapidly emerging EDM scene. Having recently released multiple remixes of well-known pop culture hits, Alpha Data doesn't seem to be slowing down at all.
After spending New Year’s Eve opening and playing setbreaks for the Disco Biscuits at the prestigious Auditorium Theatre in Chicago and having shared the stage across the country with numerous internationally renowned EDM producers (Flux Pavilion, Shpongle, Kill the Noise, Tipper, Excision, Beats Antique and countless others) Alpha Data has repeatedly showcased his ability to appeal across multiple genres.