Tuesday May 27th
Decibel Festival presents...
MAX COOPER: 3-HOUR LIVE SET (London, UK, Fields, Traum Schallplatten)
With special guest
NORDIC SOUL (Decibel / Studio 4/4)
Advanced tickets $13 at http://bit.ly/1l3LX7v
ABOUT MAX COOPER
RA top 20 live act of 2013 and 2012, top 100 DJ 2011
"Incredibly intense" - Pitchfork
"Insanely good" - The FADER
"Impossibly gorgeous" - FACT
"Ace" - theQuietus
"Wants you to dance and cry simultaneously, and will probably succeed in doing so" - DUMMY
"A religious experience .. a master at blending blissed-out, lightweight textures with moments of heavy darkness" - Earmilk
"Recalls Philip Glass, Aphex Twin's most serene moments and even Henryk Gorecki's Symphony No. 3" - Resident Advisor
"A quiet elegance that's unique to the genre" - XLR8R
"Some of the more ambitious and exploratory music crafted within the last few years" - The Music Ninja
"One of today's most innovative electronic musicians" - DJZ
Control, humility and precision - emotion, release and catharsis. There's two sides to Max Cooper. The public side is known for extended festival sets - a hybrid live/DJ performance that explodes from delicate, reflective electronica into abrasive noise within a moment, but just as fearlessly throttles back to moments of stillness and silent beauty - within the same track, across three or four hours of playing, or within the space of a couple of expertly chosen samples. What others producers see as an unbridgeable chasm between different styles, BPMs, approaches, instruments and feeling, Cooper views as a single musical toolbox, with every tool is at hand to a producer who's been playing out for 15 years.
The private side of Cooper, meanwhile, is the humble scientist, the producer who works while others network, who is more influenced by modernist classical than dance-music trends, and who introduces new releases on his facebook with the self-effacing "I hope you enjoy this one!" Despite the affirmation of being made a Beatport artist of the year 2012, voted one of Resident Advisor's top 20 live acts, and having, for influential US electronica site XLR8R, a top 10 most-popular podcast and single download, as well as two of its most popular videos, Cooper still feels at the start and not the peak of his artistic ambitions. There are more collaborations with visual artists to come, his debut album, a series of musical pieces inspired by contemporary art, his contribution to the FIELDS live-electronica label and tours - all part of his calling to fuse the gospel of science and rationality with the excess and exuberance of the most creative electronic music.
Blame that on Cooper's background. Raised in a town outside Belfast, Northern Ireland, as a child Cooper was sent to a Steiner school - the only mixed-religion school in the neighbourhood, but also one that pushed its pupils to be free spirits: independent and questioning, reflective and self-disciplined. And that's how, first DJing local student club Firefly during his university years in Nottingham, he simultaneously managed to earn a PhD in computational biology (genetics) and produce his first tracks. And how, while stacking up the hours as a genetics researcher for University College London, he wrote his first significant releases for German techno label Traum Schallplatten: the trilogy of "Serie" EPs, each taking a different scientific concept as inspiration, both musically and in the collaborative animated videos he commissioned from Andrew Brewer / Whiskas fX.
Having retired his research job in 2010, Cooper is now established as one of the UK's most intriguing, prolific electronic acts. There's now eleven commissioned experimental animations with filmakers like the UK's Nick Cobby and Whiskas fX, France's Cedric De Smedt, Russia's Dmitry Zakharov and Italy's Vicetto, to accompany his music - and a fanbase that regularly offers up its own own visual take on his tracks. There's a heavily trafficked podcast series that includes two seminal mixes for Resident Advisor and XLR8R, John Digweed's Transitions show, the upcoming launch of the Magnetic Mag soundscape series, in which Cooper will release music inspired by the his favourite architectural space; Cooper's research efforts with the staff of noted music-software house Liine; and his back catalogue of nearly 60 original tracks and remixes ... With all this, Cooper has pushed beyond his early apprenticeship as a 4/4 techno producer to become something new and unique in the electronic landscape.
As known now for visual experiments as his yearning and emotional reworks of huge acts like Au Revoir Simone and Hot Chip - and his more glitchy, experimental approach to working with traditional orchestral composers like Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm and rising Planet Mu-style mentalist Vaetxh - Cooper continues to evolve, absorb new influence, and change the rules for who electronic artists should work with, and how. The first producer outside of Richie Hawtin's Minus Records family invited to join Hawtin's prestigious booking agency, Clonk, he's also the first musician ever allowed to rework the music of Michael Nyman, seminal minimalist and one of the world's most identifiable soundtrack composers (The Piano, Gattaca).
With Cooper, there's contrast, and also unity. A reserved, clinical producer who's known for the emotion and melody of his music. The writer of delicate soundscapes for the female voice who quietly slipped out an EP of pounding snare rolls called Mechanical Concussion. A remixer of blog bands like MMOTHS, Halls, BRAIDS - and a go-to remixer for techno labels like Herzblut, Bedrock and artists like Bodzin, Romboy and Agoria. A minimalist who likes to relax with a bit of hip-hop scratching and turntablism - and who is working on ways to use turntablism to operate other electronic instruments. A live act known both to be both naggingly hypnotic and blisteringly tough.
A blend of science and feeling, risk-taking live performance and polished musicianship - in 2013, Max Cooper looks ready to become one of the biggest acts in the electronic world.
ABOUT NORDIC SOUL
Sean Horton aka Nordic Soul has long been enamored with artistic expression, the creation of music, and the technology that fuses it all together, much to the benefit and evolution of the world of electronic music and the underground culture that surrounds it. Today he is best known as founder, curator and president of the Decibel International Festival of Electronic Music Performance Visual Art and New Media in Seattle. In 2014, Sean was named #43 on Rolling Stone’s “50 Most Important People in EDM”: http://rol.st/1fHxj3D
Founded in 2003, Decibel Festival has become a unique platform for exposing attendees to leading-edge multimedia art from around the globe. With a focus on live performance, interactive multimedia art, state-of-the-art sound and technology based education; Decibel has solidified itself as one of the premier electronic music festivals and promotional organizations in the world. The five-day festival program averages over 25,000 attendees a year. Over the years Decibel has hosted hundreds of events, featuring over 1,000 unique performers from over 40 countries. Outside of the annual festival program, Decibel Events producers over 60 events per year, ranging from intimate club performances to massive international festival stages.
Beyond his work with Decibel, Sean is an expert deejay, producer and performer who has been turning out dance floors since the late 90s. His emotionally charged are ripe with the mélange of organic and synthesized tones, all riding on top of heavy bass lines. A lover of many musical styles, Nordic Soul’s interest and roots in techno, house, hip hop, jazz, soul, industrial and dub contribute to his diverse musical palette. Since Nordic Soul's inception in 2002, he has shared the stage with an eclectic cross section of international talent, including Bassnectar, Moby, Major Lazer, Grimes, Boys Noize, Simian Mobile Disco, Modeselektor, DARKSIDE, Trentemoller, Four Tet, The Orb, Moodymann, Duke Dumont, Scuba, Green Velvet, Moderat, MK, Gui Boratto, Monolake, Mount Kimbie, Matthew Dear, Theo Parrish, Justin Martin, Danny Daze and Motor City Drum Ensemble. Sean has also performed at several major festivals world-wide, including Dimensions (Croatia), MUTEK (Montreal), Communikey (Boulder) and Decibel (Seattle). Nordic Soul has released music on a wide variety of labels including K Records, Buttermilk Records, Peloton and Basic_Sounds.
In addition to is work on Decibel, Sean is the Director of Music Strategy and Development at the media branding company PlayNetwork, where he has been for overseeing a wide variety of fashion clients including Victoria’s Secret, Banana Republic, Levis, Diesel, Armani Exchange and Marc Jacobs for well over a decade. Sean has also worked with the Red Bull Music Academy as an event curator and promoter. Sean currently sits on the board of governors for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences aka The Grammys. He also also a resident and talent buyer for the successful Studio 4/4 club night in Seattle.