Speaking with the Space Dog: An Interview with Bluetech
Jan30

Speaking with the Space Dog: An Interview with Bluetech

Interview by Jack Yaguda Images courtesy of Bluetech Ambient electronic music producer Evan Bartholomew, better known by his DJ moniker Bluetech, will return in February to the Pacific Northwest to promote his new EP release, The Spacehop Chronicles, Vol. 1. Bluetech’s unique sound falls into the rare space of shared appeal for hardcore EDM fans as well as those who are more inclined toward other genres. The Portland Metronome’s Jack Yaguda (known to Portlandians as DJ Guda) spoke with Bartholomew about his latest work, upcoming tour, and his philosophy of social responsibility and connectedness. _________________________________________________________________ Portland Metronome: Could you tell me a little bit about this new EP that’s coming out soon? Evan Bartholomew: The Spacehop Chronicles, Vol. 1. I actually kind of dreamed up the idea on the last tour. I was thinking about getting back to my background in classical music and making really composed and melodic music, and thinking about music more from a melodic story rather than making a track that works on a dance floor. I really wanted to pair that kind of composition aesthetic with proper analog sense and some good down-low beat structures that I had popping around my head. When I got home from this last tour I went into the studio and started making it happen. PM: Did you experiment with any new compositional techniques, new sound sources, or anything like that on this album?  “[I’m] not focusing so much on the tracks, but focusing on making sounds that have an emotional resonance. For me, it’s like a sketchbook kind of concept instead of a painting.” EB: Not really. It was kind of a returning- simplifying my focus, not focusing so much on the tracks, but focusing on making sounds that have an emotional resonance. For me, it’s like a sketchbook kind of concept instead of a painting.  I just allow myself to move and to work and to let ideas move instead of being innerly pensive and focusing on microdetails. Somehow the composition just came out better and much more musical than anything I’ve done in a little while. PM: So [The Spacehop Chronicles] is going to be in four volumes, right? EB: At least four volumes. PM: What was the inspiration for doing it in multiple volumes this time? EB: The inspiration is the fact that I read a lot of graphic novels, and I love this concept of a serialized release, where you get the first piece and you have to wait for the next one. I actually have some plans for the Spacehop Chronicles expanding into a visual aesthetic, and I’m collaborating with a writer as well to tell the story of my character, the Space Dog....

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Initial Northwest String Summit Lineup Announced!
Jan29

Initial Northwest String Summit Lineup Announced!

The initial lineup for the 13th Annual Northwest String Summit has been announced. The festival, which will be held July 17 – 20, 2014 at Horning’s Hideout, will feature several NWSS favorites, as well as some exciting newcomers! Check out the lineup: Yonder Mountain String Band (3 nights) The Motet (Late night) Steep Canyon Rangers Shook Twins Fruition Dead Winter Carpenters Lil Smokies (2013 Band Competition Winners) The Blackberry Bushes Burle & The No Brainers Rumpke Mountain Boys...

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Fruition in Portland on 04/11/14
Jan29

Fruition in Portland on 04/11/14

Artist: Fruition Date: Saturday, April 19th 2014 Time: 8:00pm Venue: Wonder Ballroom City: Portland , OR Address: 128 NE Russell St Venue phone: 503-284-8686 Country: US Admission: $12 Age restrictions: No Minors Notes: Rescheduled from April 11. Special guests TBA Add to Google Calendar | Download...

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Rebirth Brass Band in Portland on 03/27/14
Jan21

Rebirth Brass Band in Portland on 03/27/14


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Artist: Rebirth Brass Band Date: Thursday, March 27th 2014 Time: 8:00pm Venue: Doug Fir Lounge City: Portland , OR Address: 830 E Burnside St. Venue phone: 503-231-WOOD Country: US Admission: $17 Age restrictions: No Minors Add to Google Calendar | Download...

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Emancipator in Portland on 03/28/14
Jan21

Emancipator in Portland on 03/28/14


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Artist: Emancipator Date: Friday, March 28th 2014 Time: 8:00pm Venue: Crystal Ballroom City: Portland , OR Address: 1332 W. Burnside St. Venue phone: (503) 225-0047 Country: US Admission: $18 advance / $22 D.O.S. Age restrictions: All Ages Notes: with Slow Magic and Nym Add to Google Calendar | Download...

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