Words by: Duke DuRock
Since we last saw Evan ‘Bluetech’ Bartholomew performing yet another standout set at Lightning in a Bottle (LIB) this year, the producer has been hunkered down at his home studio in Hawaii taking a well-deserved hiatus from the hectic touring schedule that he’s been on for the last decade. Now he’s emerging with some exciting new music, which he’ll be playing for the first time at the King King in Hollywood this Friday, November 16th, alongside fellow genre-crossing producers ill-esha and Ninja Tune’s Yppah and live painter Michael Pukac.
“I think the first hour of the show is going to be comprised of all new material that has not seen the light of day yet,” previewed Bluetech during our recent chat. “It’s all at 110 BPM, so a little faster tempo than people are used to hearing from me and very much about telling a story.”
“I’ve got a couple of new music projects that I’m currently working on,” he added. “There’s the Invisible Allies album with Kilowatts which we just finished. That’s being mastered and should be coming out early next year. I’m also taking a step back and doing something a little different, which is an ambient record specifically based on the concepts of lucid dreaming. I’m working with Stephen LaBerge who has a PhD at Stanford taking brainwave data of people in their dreaming state and using that to control the composition and electronic functions of the record. It’s definitely not going to be a dance album; it’s going to be a medicine, making love, going on a journey album.”
The prospect of an entire ambient album from Bluetech stemming from the concepts of lucid dreaming is a particularly intriguing concept for longtime fans and the producer also teased that in 2013 he’d like to continue exploring some new musical endeavors, namely the classical pieces that inspired him growing up.
“I have really been feeling the desire to get back to the place I was in when I first started making music, which for me was as a five year old,” offered Bluetech. “I wanted to be Mozart when I grew up and I was very involved in playing and studying classical music for many years. I’ve been feeling this desire to come back to square one and get myself a baby grand piano and make a record that comes from that original love of proper composition and acoustic instrumentation.”
“I’m at a point in my life where just being a producer in electronic music and having a career has not been satisfying for me,” added the producer who also spends a considerable amount of time involved in social activism for organizations like Critical Beats, whose recent project, ‘Rainforest Reverberation’ aided indigenous tribes in the Amazon. “It’s been great and I appreciate that I get to do it but my sense of self is definitely derived from having a deeper purpose. I’m at a stage where I’m really looking at how to bring the music more in line with those goals in my life and trying to figure out exactly what projects I want to be putting my energy into.”
“Say what you will about 2012, whether you believe something is going to happen or not, but I think that anybody who’s paying attention has to acknowledge the fact that there’s been massive changes in our social politics, our economics and just the way people are relating to one another.”
Being a Part of The Great Convergence in Egypt
Bluetech will soon be embarking on another musical first by playing in Egypt to close out 2012 at The Great Convergence along with his progressive peers Beats Antique, Apparat, Eskmo, Random Rab, Govinda and a host of local musicians.
“I haven’t wrapped my mind yet around what I want to do with my set because I think I’m still in a bit of shock that this is actually happening,” said Bluetech. “Say what you will about 2012, whether you believe something is going to happen or not, but I think that anybody who’s paying attention has to acknowledge the fact that there’s been massive changes in our social politics, our economics and just the way people are relating to one another.
“Everyone I know has experienced a heavy year,” Bluetech added. “Sickness, death in the family, divorce, it’s been a really heavy time of transition. So I personally just want to see joy and celebration of community. People that are acknowledging that they’re on a path and want to share that space with other people who have committed themselves to a life of passion and integrity.”
Performing with ill-esha & Yppah at King King
Before that though, Bluetech will be performing at the King King in Hollywood and the producer is particularly excited to be sharing the stage with his good friend ill-esha and acclaimed Ninja Tune artist, Yppah who will be making his Do LaB debut.
“I think the first hour of the show is going to be comprised of all new material that has not seen the light of day yet. It’s all at 110 BPM, so a little faster tempo than people are used to hearing from me and very much about telling a story.”
“I really enjoyed Yppah’s last record a lot,” said Bluetech. “And I love ill-esha! I went on a tour with her before and I consider her a good friend. I really appreciate the graceful beauty that she brings to the bass music genre. I’m always excited to see her and share space with her.”
He added, “ill-esha and I have actually talked about doing a project together it’s just about working out schedules for her to come out to Hawaii which is where I think would be a really great place to do that project. So it’s on the calendar at some point.”
The beauty of seeing Bluetech perform is that his sublime productions span so many styles; with every song infused by an immense amount of passion and originality. The sonic odyssey he takes audiences on is truly music for the mind, body and spirit.
“I think my work really is about a sense of place,” offered Bluetech. “By that I mean bringing people to an awareness of where they exist in relation to their friends and family, where they exist in relationship to the land they live on and the community they live in and the larger global implications of that.”
Join us and Bluetech this Friday, November 16th at the King King in Hollywood along with performances from ill-esha and Yppah and live painting by Michael Pukac for what is sure to be a memorable night of quality music and art from start to finish. With a lineup like this it’s going to be packed, so discounted pre-sale tickets are strongly encouraged.
Preview all of Bluetech’s, ill-esha’s and Yppah’s music here.