The Sounds of Shambhala: 6 Eclectic Acts from Around the World
[Contributed to by: Maranda Corbin & Jacki Moon]
Shambhala is returning to Salmo River Ranch on August 8th – 11th with an incredibly diverse electronic lineup. The festival does a fantastic job of showcasing talent from around the world, and from all ends of the electronic spectrum. From down-tempo to heavy hitting bangers, Shambhala provides a plethora of eclectic acts that represent the underground sounds of the world.
We did some research for our readers and found 6 different producers with 6 unique sounds, all of which represent a different part of the globe. This is our list of Shambhala sound diversity:
Robot Koch (Next Step): Berlin, Germany
Robot Koch is the sound of the future. The producer/composer from Berlin utilizes organic electronic elements with clean basslines to create intricately textured soundscapes. Koch has an impressive track record, with many international festival tours including Russia, Asia, Europe and the U.S. You can catch this one-of-a-kind electronic mastermind on Thursday night of Shambhala at the Amphitheatre. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself lost in Robot Koch’s deliciously strange sound.
Griz (Livetronica): Detroit, MI
Grant “Griz” Kwiecinski hails from one of the birthplaces of electronic music, Detroit Michigan. His sweet funky sounds on the saxophone, in combination with bouncy electronic beats, make even Debby Downer wanna dance. Once the epicenter of R&B and Motown music, Detroit’s diverse music culture has clearly influenced Griz’s sound. Magically blending multiple genres, Griz’s music can only be described as electro-funk-sexy-sax music. His new Album Rebel Era stays true to his funky roots, while being the perfect combination of soulful and danceable. Griz’s sound provides something for every type of electronic music lover. Be sure to catch him play in the Fractal Forest at 1:00 am on Friday Night of Shambhala.
Benji Vaughan (Psychedelic Ambient): London, UK
Benji Vaughan is a Twisted Records veteran who possesses enough kinetic talent to do it all. Benji has produced music on many ends of the electronic spectrum under different alter egos: The Zap, Promtheus and Younger Brother. The sound manipulation crafter’s latest release “Even Tundra” is Benji’s first release under his own name. “Even Tundra” is striking, provocative and reflective. In addition to incredible, lucid, dream-like music, Benji’s sets are notorious for their jaw-dropping background visuals. You definitely don’t want to miss Benji during Friday night of Shambhala, your ears and eyes will be grateful later.
Kaminanda (Tantric Dub-hop): Victoria, BC
Canada’s own Kaminanda is notorious for producing sacred bass music with tantric tempo. The sound shaman’s organic sets are a gorgeous balance between uplifting and sensual, downtempo and high-energy, as well as a masculine and feminine embodiment. The live Kaminanda experience explores light, darkness and spirituality. All live sets are also tied together with a common thread of light-hearted fun. Make sure to get down with Kaminanda on the Grove Stage Saturday night of Shambhala.
What So Not (Trap): Sydney, Australia
If you like to have fun, make sure not to miss Sydney, Australia’s latest hit duo What So Not. Flume and Emoh Instead teamed up to bring us a whole new level of party, which is very different from their solo projects. It is clear that their intention with this new group is to get people to go a little crazy. Even if you can’t stand trap music, What So Not’s melodic sounds break up the heavy beats to create a balance between light and dark. Signed to independent label Future Classic, their latest EP The Quack features guest artists such as Action Bronson and D Mac & Blood Diamonds. Be sure to get your groove on Saturday Night at 12:30 at the Pagoda Stage and see these crazy Aussies for yourself.
123 MRK- (Future-garage): Paris, France
123 MRK from Paris, France is an original take on the increasingly popular newer genre of electronic future garage. 123 MRK’s slow build ups and melodic vocal samples create a blissful beat that listeners can cheerfully dance to. Whether you listen to him dancing around in your living room or partying it up at Shambhala, you wont be able to stop grooving to this guy. This artist’s sound is a welcomed change of pace from the typical electronic music-making formula. 123 MRK’s Friday night set is the perfect way to refresh your mind, body and soul.
This list is just a mere example of the sheer diverse talent represented at Shambhala. Look closer at the festival’s lineup to find even more parts of the globe and electronic genres representation. Obviously, Shambhala has a little something for everyone to get down to. We can’t wait to catch all of these acts there and hope to see you on the dacefloor.