Fans of drum and bass take note: LTJ Bukem and MC Conrad are on tour in the US! Truly a Renaissance man for the digital age, producer/DJ/record label owner LTJ Bukem, alongside MC Conrad, the defining voice of drum and bass, are trekking through the states for only eleven shows. The tour touches down this Saturday, April 23rd, in Boulder at the Fox Theatre, presented by Niceone Productions and Lowland DnB. Opening the show is Motion For Alliance, aka MFA, a live drum and bass quartet from Boulder. The show is all ages, tickets are $23 advance, doors are at 9:00.

LTJ BUKEM grew up studying classical piano and later moved into jazz-fusion. In the mid eighties, at the age of seventeen, Bukem discovered the joys of clubbing. As a keen record buyer the teenager regularly checked out the local soul clubs and legendary rare groove all dayers, and as a result he became interested in the idea of creating his own version of the club soundtrack. In 1990 he got his first big break at Raindance, where he was booked to play between 1:00 and 2:00 a.m. in front of 10,000 people. It was the first true test of his fledgling DJ skills, and he was a huge success. Bukem began to produce more tracks, releasing them on his newly formed label Good Looking Records, and continued to drop them in his DJ sets. The music was a new, jazzy style of drum and bass, soulfully combining rushing breaks, lush ambience, and mellow vibes. He opened up fresh vistas within the increasingly dark ambience of the rave scene. Think radiant, swirling chord progressions surrounded by thunderous bass lines and breakbeats. Bukem is tireless in pushing the boundaries of dance music, and with unprecedented experience comes responsibility. Today he is a figurehead for the RNID (Royal National Institute for the Deaf), testing cutting edge technology to prevent tinnitus while promoting safe listening for both clubbers and DJs.

MC CONRAD's first artistic tool came in the form of a microphone. He became involved with urban street music and its accompanying culture, and began performing with a British hip-hop band. He had always been interested in early electro beats, and it wasn't long before he hooked up with Bukem. Conrad's lyrics bring together thoughts and feelings culled from all aspects of life, organized to complement the music and connect with the listeners. His vocal onslaught is not only intelligent but also caters very well to the party atmosphere, the perfect compliment for Bukem's atmospheric drum and bass. There are many replicas but their partnership has proven to be the definitive drum and bass DJ/MC sound, representing the scene of an independent record label across the globe for more than a decade.

The members of MOTION FOR ALLIANCE met and began playing dance-infused jazz music around Boulder in the late nineties. In 2002 they emerged as Motion For Alliance, originally a six piece but quickly whittled down to a quartet, playing live drum and bass and other styles of electronica. Using two midi-guitars, live and electronic drums, bass and synth bass, vocals, and several samplers, MFA is on the cutting edge of dance music, bridging the gap between DJs and live bands. The music is mostly improvised, and band members often set loops to sample their own musical ideas within the sound. An ever-growing alliance, MFA has played in over 30 states from coast to coast, spreading the idea that music can be peacefully unifying as well as an all out party at the same time. Sharing the stage with Bukem and Conrad is a dream come true and promises to be a culminating experience for everyone involved.

Be sure to catch LTJ Bukem and MC Conrad in a city near you:

4.20.05 | TUCSON @ THE ROCK
4.22.05 | SAN DIEGO @ CANES
4.24.05 | AUSTIN @ SKY
4.25.05 | HOUSTON @ M BAR

And don't miss MFA in Boulder:

Chris Newton
JamBase | Colorado
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[Published on: 4/18/05]

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