Keyframe Presents: Johnny Blue, ill-ēsha
Bridging PsyDub, PsyStep, PsyBass in the MAIN ROOM, celebrating The Electronic Music Alliance (EMA), and hosting Techno in the BACK ROOM.
Johnny Blue (First U.S. appearance)
Johnny Blue comes from Cyprus. He started dj-ing 17 years ago. His first influence was rock and especially psychedelic rock (Pink Floyd, Ozric Tentacles, etc). In 2000 he got into the electronic scene with a main interest chill out and psychedelic trance music.
Being influenced by several music cultures (rock, dub, reggae, electronica, psy-trance, chill out), Johnny created a unique style by smoothly blending various styles of music, sending listeners to colourful and sensational journey through sound.
Johnny is one of the senior representatives on the launch, establishment and uprising of Cyprus’ psychedelic music scene.
As a founder of Psylent Harmony and co-founder of ChakradeliC project, he has had the opportunity to bring to the island and play along artists such as Master Margherita, Seamoon, Argaman, Yestegan chaY, Kukan dUb Lagan, Dymons, Organic Shapes, Flooting Grooves and many others.
In 2011 Johnny joined Mikelabella Records where he works as A/R Manager. His first compilation titled “Planet Blue” was released in December 2012 and the 2nd one titled “Blue Moon” in April 2014.
At the beginning of 2013, he became a Peak Records label dj.
Also he is resident dj at Digitally Imported Psychill (di.fm/psychill) with his monthly radio series “Psylent Harmony” which is broadcasted every third Sunday.
Johnny Blue has various international appearances in countries like UK , Germany , Portugal , Croatia , Morocco , Turkey , Israel and Russia among others , presenting dj sets in parties and festivals like Boom , Lost Theory , Antaris , Mo:Dem , Psy-Fi and more.
Also he worked as a stage manager in Boom Festival & Tree Of Life Festival.
For many years ill-esha has weathered the dynamic, often ephemeral soundscape of electronic music, simply by being an original. “I’m not really an observer. I’m very much a participant and a creator,” self-describes the Vancouver, British Columbia-born artist, songwriter, producer, and DJ. “Everything I do in my life, it quickly becomes way more than a hobby.” From growing up in the EDM hotbed of the Pacific Northwest, attending raves in her teens, ill-esha accelerated her musical passions to the fullest. “First I wanted to be part of this culture as a DJ, doing vocals and curating music. After that, I also needed to participate in the music I was playing,” referring to her progression as a producer and headlining performer. “I’ve just been moving one step up at a time over the years, into being this completely original show.”
Although ill-esha’s professional career dates back to 1997, the Denver, Colorado-based artist asserts that her recent evolution in music greatly contrasts with her initial work. “I spent about a decade in the Drum & Bass world. I was one of two Drum & Bass female MCs in the whole country, for a long time. That’s how I got my start, and started touring.” Delving further into making the kind of music she wanted on her playlist, ill-esha’s journey broke out of genre. “Something about Drum & Bass just isn’t what I make,” she says, becoming a pioneering artist in the Glitch Hop movement. Even that musical taxonomy is something that today, the veteran shakes off. “It now means something very different from what I do.” Currently immersed in Future-Bass, ill-esha’s music captivated audiences in 2013, tied to three separate tours, alongside Bassnectar, Beats Antique, and Big Gigantic. With the increasing dates and venues, the artist remains committed to her audience. “After that experience, I upgraded my set-up. Now I have custom stands, instruments—even if it’s heavy and expensive to travel with, I’m proud that authenticity is what matters most in my music.”
Authenticity has been a driving force in ill-esha’s albums, including 2008’s The Perfect Circuit, 2010’s Circadian Rhythms, and most recently, 2014’s Open Heart Surgery, among a plethora of singles, EPs, and various appearances and side projects. Looking at the space she’s helped lead, she says, “Those of us who do it own way without going with what’s hot in the market, we don’t blow up as much, but we’re all still here.” With her work covered and remixed, the artist who grew up in a professional music family, stresses, “I really try to make songs. A good song should be translatable. If I can’t play an acoustic version of it, I don’t let it sit.”
Calling her own musical style “weird,” it’s something that crowds have hooked onto. All the while, ill-esha has helped shift a paradigm in EDM. After years of suffering the music industry’s sexism, from being mistaken as a visual designer or a dancer to being discounted despite her expertise, it’s only made her sound hit harder. “I have to be better cause people expect me to be worse,” ill-esha says, noting that she plans to lead workshops that inspire at-risk youth—young women especially, to pursue the technical arts. In a culture where production is stereotyped as a masculine practice, it is ill-esha now making the records that male and female DJs are spinning.
A fully dimensional artist, ill-esha remains in touch with her DJ past. “In my live shows, there’s an extra layer of freestyle energy. I think it’s really important to make each show special, and make people have to see you.” Differentiating from the albums, she adds, “I like to make solid songs, and just a whole level of randomness when it’s live.” With turntables, keytars, vocal loopers, and other instrumentals integrated within her sets, all of the iterations of ill-esha’s journey are represented.
A blissful ill-esha describes her newest creations as upbeat, positive parallels to her life. “I feel resolved now. Hopefully my happy music is just as good.” With that
constant driving bass, freestyle, and soulful lyrics, it surely is.
Utilising sacred bass tones, mind bending sound design and ethnic world music flavours,TRIBONE brews a sonic elixir of the purest quality.
TRIBONE provides a musical offering that is drenched in psychedelia, and serves as a potent reminder to our more primal roots, a remembering of our tribal heritage.
After releasing through Merkaba Music, Maia Brasil Records and Mycelium Music and more… he has now found his place in the Shanti Planti Collective, where he continues to explore and hone his craft.
DISSØLV is a live sonic journey through the primal and sacred ritual of dance.
Seeded with Sacred Tuning Systems & Nature Soundscapes.
Conceived with Deep Bass & Tribal Drum.
Birthed with Live instrumentation.
We are committed to bringing you conscious, authentic vibrations to stimulate & elevate.
spacegeishA spirals down to Earth to bring forth mind-expansive experiences through complex soundwaves. She fuses a myriad of ancient and futuristic melodies including glitch, glitch-hop, cave bass, psychedelic bass, tribal, breaks, dubstep, psydub, progressive, house, and more.
Doubling as the Label Director at Street Ritual, her taste is refined to cutting edge mid and high tempo psychedelic bass music. With a release catalogue of over 80 albums representing USA, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, and more; she represents the underground across the globe.
spacegeishA enchants artists across the globe working in Artist Relations and Talent Buying for a wide range of international events including Enchanted Forest, Symbiosis, BOOM Festival, Burning Man, & many more.
Withholding an eclectic knowing of forth-moving and ground-breaking auditory sensations, she creates feels of depth through eclectic tempo designs and fusions composed of genre-blending and picturesque soundscapes.
She lands here on Earth solely to provide ethereal explorations for your auditory pleasure; sure to help any listener resonate with far out vibrations. Step into a known dimension of timelessness as you glide seamlessly through bass growls and intricate beat patterns.
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