DJ Vadim: Russian born and London and Berlin residing, DJ Vadim has built a reputation as one of the world’s top independent producers; travelling the globe, performing and collaborating with established and developing talents that cross continents, languages and cultures. Vadim has become well respected as an innovator in a number of areas during his career, "a veteran presence in the DJ community as well as one of the foremost producers in too many communities to count, Vadim is never running out of ideas" (URB Magazine). In 1994, Vadim founded his own independent record label, Jazz Fudge and signed to Ninja Tune the following year. So begun Vadim’s adventure that is now approaching its twentieth year and has seen him tour across 68 countries and perform over 2500 times.
Hard to put a peg on because he sticks to no rule-book, Vadim’s musical repertoire encompasses hip hop, trip hop, soul, funk, grime, reggae, dub and bass, and he has produced numerous solo and group albums across these genres (Ninja Tune, Jazzfudge, Wordsound, BBE) with seminal tracks such as The Terrorist, Black is the night and Bluebird. Throughout his career he has worked with a variety of musicians, singers and groups, including DJ Krush, Stevie Wonder, The Roots, Prince, Public Enemy, Dilated Peoples, Kraftwerk, Sly and the family stone, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Super Furry Animals, and Paul Weller. He has formed and produced a number of groups: The Bug, The Isolationist, The Russian Percussion, One Self and The Electric, and In 2002 Vadim was nominated for a Latin Grammy for his work with 7 Notas 7 Colores. Delving into the broadcasting world, Vadim’s radio shows ‘Around the World in 8 Relays,’ broadcast by the BBC World Service was nominated for a Sony Award.
Always innovating and pushing the bounaries, Vadim's website was Sony Award nominated and he has kept abreast of advances in technologies, both in the studio, on stage and in collaborating with and engaging his fans accross the world. His new monthly show on Mixcloud.com is one of the biggest on the platform.
Natasha Kmeto: Natasha Kmeto is a Portland-based singer and electronic producer. Drawing on rich musical backgrounds in jazz, r&b, dance, and hip-hop, she describes her music as “futuristic soul.” After journeying through music school and life as a session musician, and migrating from LA to Portland, Kmeto has arrived at her current project, her most independent and passionate enterprise so far. Exploring the more soulful side of beats and future bass, Kmeto combines talent and acuity behind the boards with a gorgeously rich singing voice. Her live show is a thinking-person’s visceral dance party, often reaching levels of energy so high Natasha herself comes out to join her audience on the dance floor.
Kmeto released her debut EP “9? in 2009, and began playing live regionally in early 2010. In late 2010, Natasha released her first full-length album, “Expressor”, which found Kmeto delving further into experimental electronic music while staying rooted in hip-hop and R&B. Her most recent release is entitled “The Ache,” out on the indie label Dropping Gems, an EP which serves to further stake out her ambitious musical territory.
2011 saw Natasha hitting the major West Coast markets, and now she’s branching out in 2012 by touring more of the US and Canada. Tour highlights supporting Emancipator on a his East Coast tour, as well as playing events like Coachella, Bumbershoot, MFNW, Low End Theory (LA and SF) and Decibel Festival, sharing the stage with such artists as Kid Cudi, Plaid, Gold Panda, Dam Funk, Daddy Kev, DJ Nobody, Gaslamp Killer, Eprom, Salva, Free The Robots, Take, NastyNasty, Shlohmo, Shigeto, Morcheeba, just to name a few.