Eclectic Method (aka Jonny Wilson) started out as a digital outlaw who spliced together music, TV and film and set it to high-energy dance beats. Jonny worked frequently with Brian Eno and others growing up between London and post-war Bosnia, and when he started Eclectic Method, he created a project so progressive that the simple tag of VJ would never do. Wilson constantly pushes the technology to improve video remixing and create compositions that perk ears, move feet and capture moments in time. The video mixtapes and performances are wildly entertaining, but the unique format also allows Eclectic Method to be a digital curator of trending pop culture.
With just some toy keyboards and a bunch of second hand pedals, these two sci-fi individuals decided to create their songs from the room of a hostel for students in London, trying to reproduce sounds from those bands they admired in the 90s: Godspeed You Black Emperor, Disco Inferno, Mogwai, Flying Saucer Attack…an ode to the analog power. The Suicide Of Western Culture is no longer a secretive duo. Their eponymous first album was named the best Spanish electronic music album by press, public and critics in 2010. Since then, they’ve been touring around half of the world (SXSW, FYF Festival, The Great Escape, Eurosonic, C/O Pop, Wilsonic, Popkomm, Primavera Sound, Sónar, Rockmotives, etc.) and supported artists such as Animal Collective, Orbital, Cut Copy, Clark
Ezra is an active and acclaimed member of the international beatbox community. Playing as a solo artist or collaborating with internationally famous artists he has been developing his work with great versatility and an ease on stage. Besides the stage, he devotes just as much energy into the development of his discipline by leading and the setting up of the French network of beatboxers. Since 2007, Ezra has been working with Cie Organic Orchestra’s engineers on the concept of “augmented beatbox”, by developing tools that go beyond the voice and enable performers to control sound, light and video from the stage.
Fanny Roz is a singer, pianist and songwriter. She studied Jazz musicology in Toulouse, France and moved to Barcelona to study Jazz singing and composition. Her first album, "Prend son souffle et saute" was released in 2012 with the BCore Disc music label, and mixes French "chanson" with Jazz and latin music compositions. Fanny toured in Spain, France and Portugal to present this work. Fanny is also a lover of improvisation and musical experiments. She was involved in several experimental projects: Metrograma (live painting), dance and video projection, and Cobra Barcelona (improvisation collective). Fanny has now started working on her second opus, to be released in 2015.
Bernat Mestres was born in Barcelona in 1985, he studied film directing in ESCAC and since then he has directed and edited numerous independent shortfilms and music videos and commercials. He also directed a number of documentaries such as “De Cop de Poma a Trànsit Boreal” comissioned by Centre d’Arts Santa Mònica, and edited “American B-Side – The Soundtrack of the forgotten south”, a feature film about the loss and music in the american south. He has worked for two years as a directing teacher in A2Q Barcelona and he is currently working as a freelance for MAYO FILMS aswell as developing new documentary projects.
Robotkid aka Josh Randall has been remixing music and video live for over 20 years, starting in college where he studied under & performed with video remix pioneers Emergency Broadcast Network (EBN.) He served on the senior staff of Harmonix Music for over 12 years, creating the musical video games Frequency, Amplitude, The Beatles: Rock Band, and more. Josh currently lives in Los Angeles where he’s teamed up with psychedelic found-footage masters Everything Is Terrible to create “The Terrible Machine,” an arcade machine that allows you to mash up vintage video clips.
Girasomnis is an arts fusion project, where dance, video art and music converge in a common path: the path of reminiscence, emotions and feeling in dreams. Paco Gramaje is the creator of Girasomnis. Designer, video artist and composer. His performances and videoart work have been presented at numerous national and international festivals. Noteworthy and among his most commercial work, is his creative participation in the current musical "Hoy no me puedo levantar" which has been seen by over 3 million spectators. His first album, "Lullabies for big dreamers", is being released in May 2014. It is a combination of electronic and classical instruments, field recordings and specific music which deeply explores the world of fantasy and dreams.
Luis Almeida is a young audiovisual artist from Portugal. After studying Design and Multimedia in Coimbra he started his professional career in 2012 under the name avDOX. He specialized in Motion Design, Interactive Design , 3D Modeling , Video Mapping and VJing and collaborated with one of the best Motion design companies in Portugal and video mapping pioneers, the Dub Video Connection. He participated as a VJ in Optimus Alive, Sumol Summer Fest, NeoPop Electronic Music Festival. He developed various applications for Timewarp Utrecht festival 2013, enabling to create generative graphics reacting to sound without any delay. These applications also allow VJs to modify the graphics and connect to Modul8, creating great diversity in the final output.
Ignacio Gracián lives in Buenos Aires, he is a composer, guitarist, instructor and multimedia artist; he plays electric and acoustic guitars with the Guitar Craft New Standard Tuning. He is currently working as an electronic musician and VJ at public and private events. He works with sounds and images by processing, shaping and deforming them in real time with professional software. He is a member of The League of Crafty Guitarists, frequently touring in Europe and South America. He directs the Buenos Aires Guitar Circle and was part of the Ensamble de Guitarras de Buenos Aires, The Berlin Guitar Ensemble, Cereza Cuerda and AudioTransport, EGBA vs INGUI and Guitar Circle of Latin America vs INGUI.
Born in Normandy (France) in 1984, Benjamin is graduated from the School of Fine arts of Le Mans and specialized in video, installations and photography. His visual work is focused on the direct and indirect Body/Action/ Space relation and he regularly collaborates with fine artists, choreographers, dancers and actors. Since 2006, he exhibits his work in France and worldwide.
Eric Filion aka vj Nokami participates in several visual artistic performances as media designer. Eric was part of the Neoist movement, and collaborates regularly in international artistic visual presentations in Europe (LUX, AVITUK, Arts Electronica), USA (SHARE, AVITRetreat, Center art project), South America (404 festival), Asia (CeC, Mobile road cinema thailand, Thailand New media Arts) and in Canada (Upgrade, Mutek, Dorkbot, InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Momentfactory, SAT, Champs Libre, X Avant new music festival, AD NOISEAM, Nuit Blanche). His artistic approach is clearly influenced by his numerous travels on several continents. The canvas of the images he expresses tend to reflect human emotions based on cultural values where ancient traditions meet with the present, to clash and become in harmony in the now.
His experimental work has been focused primarily on psychogeographical explorations via the use of field recordings. He has released material on an unusually diverse roster of labels, both under his own name as well as "sans soleil". Michael also creates gallery-based audio installation work and has exhibited work at Australia’s "Liquid Architecture", "from 0 to 1 and back again" at Kunsthalle Schirn in Frankfurt, Cordoba, Spain’s art:tech and soundLAB in Köln. He has performed extensively in North America, Europe and Asia, including events with members of Berlin’s raster-noton collective, as well as the 2008 and 2013 editions of Mutek’s acclaimed a/visions series and regularly improvises with Toronto-based AI collective "i/o media". In 2011, Michael’s "ghostwood" project was awarded a major audio arts grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Vali Chincişan finished in 2005 the MA in Visual Arts at the National University of Arts in Bucharest where he also graduated from the Faculty of Arts, painting section. He had personal exhibitions in Bucharest (in various art galleries and the National Museum of Contemporary Art), Vienna / Kunsthalle and Budapest and then began to work with local electronic artist like Makunouchi Bento, Minus or BLN. In 2009 he won "Best romanian film Anim’est 2009" with his work "Urban Tree" with the soundtrack made by Makunouchi Bento boys.
The Makunouchi Bento, or traditional japanese lunchbox, is a highly lacquered wooden box divided into quadrants, each of which contains different delicacies. It is also one of the most familiar images of Japan's domestic environment. Reading the box as both an object and a metaphor, Felix Petrescu (Waka X) and Valentin Toma (Qewza) founded this experimental / electronica project back in 2001.