As a new photographer around Hy-Tekk I wasn’t sure what to expect at these shows, but I have yet to leave one anything less than elated. WE HAD A BLAST! Just another baller night at the Granada in great company with great music.
Hy-Tekk Production presents MT. EDEN
Saturday May, 26th (17+)
The Valentine Room (UPTOWN THEATER)
$10 Limited Hy-Tekk Early Bird Special
**** MT. EDEN ****
As dubstep production duo Mt Eden (formerly Mt Eden Dubstep), Jesse Hooper and Harley Rayner are truly putting New Zealand – and dubstep as a genre – on the map. You could write that off as industry hyperbole, but in this case a little braggadocio is entirely apt: to date the New Zealand based act can claim over 98 million collective plays of their tracks on YouTube – more than any other New Zealand act, ever.
What started as a hobby in their early teens (they were 13 and 14 when they started mixing together on their computers), has morphed into international success for the pair, who only started posting their music online after a friend created a YouTube channel for them in early 2010. Within months their total hit count was in the millions and rising – all of a sudden the bedroom producers and amateur DJs were staring down the barrel of international renown, and feeling appropriately blown away.
Having first made their mark with the epic ‘Sierra Leone’, Mt Eden have since remixed tracks by Ruby Frost, Six60 and legendary producer DJ Fresh, as well as many other incredible local and international artists – simultaneously building a large enough collection of their own material to warrant the recent release of their EP MEDS. Says Rayner, “It felt like the weight was shifted when we put out MEDS, because we finally had a body of original work we could be proud of and that was well received.”
Having put MEDS to the people Mt Eden are already at work on their debut album, which will feature collaborations and remixes with a number of other respected producers and artists from around the world. Claiming they only started making dubstep because of genre godfathers Benga and Skream, locally the duo’s influences also include Concord Dawn, Shapeshifter, Bulletproof, Trei, State of Mind and Tiki Taane. Other acts they’re currently into include Baths, Doctor P, Ben Sage, Hudson Mohawke, Skrillex, James Blake and Tokyo Prose.
Live, Mt Eden’s shows are built around moments – extended build-ups, drum solos, double and triple drops – the focus always being to generate momentum and keep the crowd in the right frame of mind. Featuring a lot of unreleased material – including their own unreleased bootlegs, unheard edits of their own tunes and unreleased tracks from other artists – every Mt Eden set is a unique journey. “We have always played a good mixture of light and dark, so it can be an uplifting and gut-wrenching journey all at the same time,” elaborates Cooper.
Following a Kiwi summer that saw them play a number of well received gigs, including at the Rhythm & Vines and La De Da festivals, Mt Eden look ahead to a touring schedule that has taken on a life of its own. Fielding multiple requests daily from promoters around the world.
Reflecting on the events of the past year Rayner says, “We didn’t expect any of this to happen, and we are still overwhelmed by it.” They better get their heads around it soon, because this rollercoaster ride is already well underway.
**** JAY FAY ****
Though only a teenager with the prospect of extraordinary success to come, the future is now for St. Louis, Missouri’s Jay Fay. Rarely can someone under the age of 21 say that they’ve spent half of their life in music, and even rarer than that, have shared stages with the likes of Drake, Steve Aoki, Rusko, Mount Kimbie, Big K.R.I.T, Wale, and Big Sean. A humble creator, Jay Fay’s expansive imagination propels his whimsical takes on the sonic universe. He represents the sound of the present and in many circles is considered THE rising face of the future. A drummer since the age of nine, the producer/DJ has experience as a mash-up wizard and an interest in bass heavy underground styles of the moment including indie hip-hop, dancehall and African kuduro makes him a prime candidate for moombahtonista stardom. Approval has been fast and furious from fellow rising global superstars, Dillon Francis, BBC Radio 1 presenter Toddla T and moombahton inventor Dave Nada amongst a growing list of those in full support.
**** JOHNNY HAMMERSTIX ****
2 dudes, monster tunes, bad ideas and no regrets.
Brian is the fortunate son of the man that invented the flavor, “purple” & Johnny is homeless and hates hard shell tacos.
Together… they are morons that enjoy bringing together the sounds of hard electro, fidget, trash and moombah. Johnny Hammerstix started in 2009 and along the way has had the pleasure of playing shows with Steve Aoki, Kids at the Bar, Mr. Skeleton, Benny Benassi, Skrillex, Datsik, Minnesota, Cyberoptics, Savoy, Defunct!, MLE, Gareth Emery, Zedd, Porter Robinson, Spankalicious, Liquid Stranger, Antiserum, The Car Thief, Eprom, Bassphreak, Crizzly, Billy Blacklight, Bassthoven, Sick Nifty, The Evil Bastards and more. Johnny Hammerstix loves to play the songs they love because they know you will love them too.
**** MORE OPENERS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON! ****
**** TICKETING ****
We are going to try something new this will be the first Hy-Tekk show featuring:
“HY-TEKK EARLY BIRD SPECIALS”
There is a very limited number of ‘HY-TEKK EARLY BIRD SPECIALS’ available so get yours NOW to save money.
The HY-TEKK EARLY BIRD SPECIAL goes on sale next Wednesday 4/11 and will be available via TICKETMASTER and local pick up by stopping in “IT’S A DREAM SMOKE SHOP” located at 3942 Broadway Kansas City, Missouri 64111.
* HY-TEKK EARLY BIRD SPECIAL (Tier 1) $10
* HY-TEKK EARLY BIRD SPECIAL (Tier 2) $15
* ALL DAY OF SHOW TICKETS WILL BE $20
**** Hy-Tekk Production Promise ****
All right check it out RAGERS we will be bringing in extra production for this event. Featuring several layers of lighting, custom mapped projections, lasers, fog and our new DJ BOOTH will all be present. This will not be an event you want to miss as we wil be bringing it over the top with a production value like the valentine room yet to see. So get your tickets early and lets start the rage!
**** LIGHTING ****
ROCKSTAR LIGHTING: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rockstar-Lighting/115915088485012
**** VISUALS ****
**** PROMOTIONAL SUPPORT BY ****
CICADA RHYTHM: http://www.facebook.com/CicadaRhythm
THE UNTZ : http://www.facebook.com/theuntz
MOAR DUBSTEP: http://www.facebook.com/moardubstep