Minnesota : Christian Bauhofer, known by his fans as his party crushing alter ego Minnesota, is a producer and DJ heralding from Santa Cruz, CA that has been lighting up venues across the country with his frantic energy and pounding bass. At 23 years old, Minnesota has recently spent his time touring with acts such as Big Gigantic while artists like Bassnectar and PANTyRAID have been incorporating his tracks into their sets. "Quickly becoming a staple in my sets," commented Bassnectar when discussing the use of Minnesota's track "Push It". "Perfect for when I need a track that is epic and churning but also melodically hyped." Minnesota's goal seems simple; to release diverse productions that can win over any crowd. The support of his management team, agency, and some of the world's greatest artists can only attribute to his hunger for more time spent on the road and in the studio. To those that haven't had the opportunity to see Minnesota perform, just wait until his tour rolls out this summer. To put it lightly, Minnesota is a name to watch. For Minnesota, the future is bright as he spends his time producing new tracks and finds himself playing more events than ever. If you haven't heard about him until now, know that Minnesota is a name to watch.
Inspired Flight: Rooted in hip-hop with branches of indie rock, electronica, downtempo, dub, and dance, Inspired Flight gives life to a hypnotizing and influential new musical experience that listeners are finding refreshing and authentic. iF's use of turntablism and sampling along with live instrumentation and vocals, all centered around innovative songwriting, has given birth to an independently-released debut album featuring high-profile MC's and sparking global attention, and a live show that has compelled audience members to scream, "Where have you been all my life!?" Homegrown in San Diego, California, Inspired Flight fuses the talents of master turntablist, OpenOptics (Eric Poline), and seasoned guitarist/songwriter, Chavez (Gabe Lehner) who both discovered a passion for music at a very young age by falling in love with golden-era hip-hop. As teenagers OpenOptics became obsessed with turntables, collecting records, and DJ’ing, while Chavez became fixated on blues guitar, British rock, and songwriting. The two traveled their respective musical paths with true dedication and passion, honing their skills as musicians, and in 2006 they met when Chavez hired OpenOptics to do scratching on an electronica album he was making under the name of Mechanical Cats. With their shared love of hip-hop, electronica, and recording and producing music, it didn’t take long for the two to collaborate on their own project. The fusion of personalities, backgrounds, and musical interests provided the perfect balance for creating fresh, thought-provoking sounds, and what began as a casual collaboration quickly evolved into Inspired Flight. Adding a third dimension to the iF live show is vocalist/pianist Ashley Marie Mazanec. Ashley not only sings on four tracks of iF's debut album and one track from their earlier EP, but was the vocalist for Chavez's Mechanical Cats album, the prior musical project that lead to OpenOptics and Chavez meeting. With a unique voice and a talent for playing piano nurtured since the age of five, Ashley makes a strong addition to the sonic and visual aesthetic of iF's live show.
TRiLL MURRAY is arguably one of the hottest up-and-coming producers on the scene. He combines the authentic trance synths and foghorns used so widely in dubstep with the half-step crunkification of South American rap music. Churning out intricate ethereal melodies polished, conceived and intelligent. TRiLL is on his way to becoming a household name. While his true identity remains a mystery to the public it is obvious that this young producer has been experienced in making music and has found a niche creating original catchy music for the masses. TRiLL likes to think of his music as a Sexual Journey through space filled with heart churning 808s and epic melodies that can only be described as “True and Real” TRiLLs name is derived from the musical term “Trill” which is described as a quaver, warble, or shake, a rapid succession of sounds, and his fascination and idolization for actor Bill Murray. Although instead of keeping it comical he keeps it real and true to form. While we may not find out his true identity we can always count on TRiLL to keep the music “real”. Be on the lookout as he marks his way as a serious contender in today’s EDM/Hip-Hop world.