San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
We're incredibly excited to be bringing you this show! If you don't know,Michal Menert co-produced the first Pretty Lights album, Taking Up Your Precious Time, and collaborated on multiple other releases. He was also the first artist signed onto the Pretty Lights Music record label, and is an integral part of the PL movement and music!
Tickets $10 in advance/$15 at the door
Extra $10 surcharge at the door for all attendees aged 18+
Colorado-based Michal Menert was born in then-Communist Kielce, Poland. During his childhood, Michal's father exposed him to a wide variety of Eastern and Western music, giving his son fertile soil in which to plant his musical visions early on. Coming from a musical background of playing guitar, keyboards, and dabbling in a variety of other instruments gave Michal Menert a unique approach to composing his own musical style.
He grew up in Colorado with Derek Vincent Smith of Pretty Lights and together they played in several bands and challenged and inspired each other as they developed their own unique production styles. He co-produced the debut Pretty Lights album, Taking Up Your Precious Time, and has collaborated with Derek Vincent Smith a handful of tracks since then. He also performs with Paul Basic under the name Half Color.
Michal Menert was the first artist signed to the record label Pretty Lights Music, with the release of his album Dreaming of a Bigger Life in the Spring of 2010. His sound combines obscure vintage samples from both Eastern European and Western vinyl with rich analog synthesis and organic hard hitting beats. It is a fusion of yesterday's elements and tomorrow's ideas. Michal's second album, the mega-LP Even If It Isn't Right, was released on April 24, 2012.
ODESZA is a production duo made up of Harrison Mills (Catacombkid) and Clayton Knight (BeachesBeaches) based out of the Pacific Northwest. They met their senior year of college and decided to spend the summer as recent graduates collaborating on an album. On September 5th, 2012 they self-released a free LP entitled “Summer’s Gone”, creating a delicate balance between dreamy sun trickled melodies, glitched out vocals, crunchy drums and large sweeping basslines. To much critical acclaim, "Summer's Gone" has had more than 1.6 million streams on SoundCloud and gained ODESZA a diverse and loyal fan base.
Thunder spins a genre blending, bass-driven party-rock electrocrunk-futurefunk. With 16 years in the game,he's mastered the art of improvisation with an uncanny ability to work with and rework the vibe of the party with precision. Mikey learned his chops in the diverse music scene of Burlington Vermont where he gained a love and appreciation for all types of music and immersed himself into DJ culture.... In the fall of 1999, Mikey relocated to the mountains of Jackson Hole where he was soon kidnapped by Michael Franti and Spearhead for the Stay Human Tour. After opening for Spearhead in Jackson Hole, Thunder was handpicked by Michael Franti to open the rest of the tour where he mixed beats into their sets, during set break, and scratched with their beatboxer, Radioactive.
After the Spearhead tour, Mikey relocated to Boulder and continued to pursue his musical career. In the fall of 2009 Mikey joined the Pretty Lights team,opened for over 30 shows on their tours and performed cuts on the Making Up a Changing Mind EP,released in 2010. Thunder is currently Pretty Lights Music's DJ.
At a time when it seems like many producers and DJs are leaning more and more towards aggressive music, Afro Monk is doing just the opposite and bringing the romance back to the dance floor with downtempo sounds and chilled-out future beats. Combining fluid melodies, sultry rhythms and hypnotic bass, Afro Monk uses lush yet cutting-edge electronic beats to create a smooth and sensual vibe.