VOLTAGE DROP RETURNS TONIGHT IN OAKLAND WITH PACKED LINEUP – TO RAISE MUCH NEEDED FUNDS FOR THE FIRE RELIEF FUND!

VOLTAGE  DROP RETURNS TONIGHT IN OAKLAND  WITH STACKED LINEUP

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As  Voltage  Drop  returns for  its  first outing in 2017, it brings together a  fully stacked lineup of some of the  best the  bay has to offer in esoteric, intentioned, radical electronic music and sound.   In just one year VOLTAGE DROP has presented almost a dozen events, all help exclusively at The Legionnaire Saloon, climb about  twenty steps, drop a crumpled up  five dollar bill (or  more, since its  also a  benefit for the  Oakland Immediate Fire  Relief  Fund ),  on the table and you are  quickly transported into the  sights and  sounds of  VOLTAGE  DROP.  Aside from the  regular residents, VOLTAGE DROP is  excited to  have two  really special guests for this offering  which include bay area gabber/hardcore/hip  hop/noise/bicycle/MPC/Body Count  head and  label owner of the  MSET imprint , VICTOR VANKMEN, and back for the  second time, of of the best kept  secrets in the  BAY AREA  dance music  scene, SHIZATIN!. SHIZATIN has been supporting VOLTAGE DROP  from day one and we are beyond honored to  welcome her into the  crew. You’d never know she  wasn’t a ten year veteran in this game by listening to  these  masterfully crafted and  necessary femme fronted trap / dance / hip hop mixes.  With the  impending doom of the  new  president and the  worsening conditions all around SHIZATIN comes as a wave of  fresh air  condensed into a  hurricane of healing and pro Blackness into the  scene! – be on the lookout for  mixtapes  from both SHIZATIN and VICTOR VANKMEN in the  coming weeks from the  VD imprint.

Stylistically VOLTAGE DROP  began as an opportunity  to  focus on DJ sets from it’s  residents and  founders,  BONUS BEAST  (who has a pretty fantastic archive of mixes online HERE  which you should check out asap) , KOZI, FLOWER PATTERN, DEMONSLEEPER, AND  MALO (Malocclusion), but  soon DEMONSLEEPER aka Sandy Sleeper aka  FUNKY V, moved to Puerto Rico to help run family restaurant, and now noise  venue  La  Boveda!, and they were left  with four, and  slowly but steadily shifted the lens to more live acts  with DJ”s interspersed. . If you come out , you’ll see realtime  live camera   analog  visuals  being mixed and  synthesized with  ease, care, and  great articulation  from VD resident, and analog video synth maestro  FLOWER PATTERN (aka Adrian Saenz).  Tonight will open up  with introduction sets  from KOZI (Malditos/International Freak Out A Go Go / Where It’s At /) and  MALO  (Ratskin Records) at 9pm sharp playing tribute sets  to  some  friends  we  lost in the  Oakland Ghostship tragedy,

Opening the  show  will be  first time VOLTAGE DROP  performer , but  NO newcomer to the scene,SPELLLING  .  I  first saw  this project  perform at Oakland  Secret, and if   tonight’s set is anything like  that you can  expect a dark, hauntingly  esoteric, lush set of musical offerings, effortlessly, simultaneously speaking to the past and future.  SPELLLING blends synths, keys, voice and  occasional beats to  create a  lush, textured, esoteric blend of  electronic sounds. Check the  cuts below off their  soundcloud.

Slotted to  perform second is, MAYA SONGBIRD.  Maya, who was  born and  raised in the  infamous Castro District of san Francisco  lives and  produces in Oakland, and is fresh off a  new  cassette/CD release on RATSKIN RECORDS, called  “Welcome To The Darkside”, her  follow up to  2015’s EP

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“WELCOME TO THE DARKSIDE” RATSKIN RECORDS, 2016

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bel titled “Queen of Darkness” Songbird offers fun, energetic, and empowering performances for herself and her  audience but don’t  let  her positive, empowering presence fool you, she is watching you and taking notes and ready to  destroy the  patriarchy and  white supremacist tendencies of the music and  art  industry through song, performance, and recordings.  Check her soundcloud for  an endlessly  deep well of musical offerings in everything from disco, EDM, rock and  experimental.

Also on the bill are  two of the  bay area’s  hardware synthesizer  masters GROUP RHODA,  and  RUSSELL E.L. BUTLER.

First  up, bay area modular wizard, activist, and artist RUSSELL E.L. BUTLER offers their unique, honed in style of body music, which inherently fights against the whitewashing and male dominated dance and beat scenes.avatars-000269412838-azbtrf-t500x500

BUTLER seems to perform, DJ, and record and a seemingly maddening pace over the last year and has gained notable recognition, and rightfully so from all of the hottest blogs and magazines from THE FADER for their  new track “Without Fear”, an empowering anthem for all marginalized communities,  FACT MAG, in which they talk about their newest batch of recordings, “Dropping Out Of Life”  and many more , and recently has opened for the TEXAS synth pioneers SURVIVE as well as SOFT METALS. Butler continues to  craft beautiful, necessary works for  a  myriad of labels including OPAL TAPES, JACKTONE RECORDS, and many more.  Check a  track or  two off your  to do list here   where  VICE  talks about the  new  EP dedicated to the  Ghostship Tragedy.

Closing our the  night will be GROUP  RHODA offers up a sound thats hard  to define but  references early CHRIS and  COSEY, C.T.I. , TARA CROSS , MENTAL CODE, and many of the greats from the early 80’s  synth / ebm / body music scene , while offering  her  own quirky, warm,  contemporary, beautiful  versions of  esoteric dance numbers.  Self described as “Oakland. tropical darkwave, light industrial, dust…..analog synth medium super live style, negating the sound of conformity, control, and wastefulness through imagination development techniques and well considered destructiveness”

Lush  synths skate on top of masterfully and  articulately  programmed drum machines and  synthesizers, and her  voice tells tales of  psychedelic and  psychic spaces, journeys, political unrest and personality. GR  has  produced records for  the NOT NOT FUN and  NIGHT  SCHOOL labels. but  check their  soundcloud for  newer recordings.

This  event is a new model for shows where  50% of the money raised  after the door  cut  goes to the  artists and  50%  goes to a specific cause. In this case, VOLTAGE DROP will be donating to the Oakland  Immediate Fire Relief fund which has been assisting blood and  chosen family and  close  friends, roommates, etc from those  directly affected by the  Ghostship Tragedy in Oakland on Dec 2, 2016. If  you can’t make the show tonight, please  consider  donating to the  Immediate  Fire  Relief  Fund here!

FOR MORE INFO ON UPCOMING VOLTAGE DROP HAPPENINGS FOLLOW THE HERE  AND HERE  and  check some  DJ MIXES  HERE 

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