From the funky depths of the Canadian West, Stickybuds (DJ, Producer, Teacher and Enthusiast) has been touring the world and releasing rad music for over a decade. Tyler Martens has dedicated his life and love to the music that he finds himself immersed in. A resident of Canada’s Shambhala Music Festival for the last 12 years, he’s honed his unique style of genres, acapellas and tempo changes.
His vast network of talented producers and artists helps him to create unique blends of funk, reggae, drum ‘n’ bass and broken beats, reworked and edited with exclusive acapella selections. With over 50 tracks to his name on over 20 labels, Tyler has been creating music for dance floors and listeners alike. His hard work has won him accolades such as Breakspoll’s Mix of the Year Award, Best Free Track in 2013 and Glitch Hop UK’s Best International Track in 2013.
His skills behind the decks have brought him to perform at such places as Burning Man, Rainbow Serpent, Envision, Breakfest, Boomtown and many other spots and festivals around the world. As a genuine lover of quality music, get on board and get some Stickybuds mixes in your ear holes, or better yet, catch a live set and watch his hair fly around while he head bangs and drops awesome tunes.
Stylust Beats started out as a hip-hop DJ, and not long after he found himself in the business of music production. The quality of his production had then caught the attention of Bassnectar who requested that Stylust Beats remix his hit track Cozza Frenzy. In the beginning of 2009, that remix was released to the world as a part of Bassnectar’s Cozza Frenzy remix pack.
Following that success, Stylust released the Lookout! EP alongside Monkey Dub, and he had two releases with Simplify Records. Many notable artists like Bassnectar, Mat the Alien and Borgore can be heard playing Stylust Beats’ tracks all around the globe. He’s no stranger to the festival circuit as he’s made appearances at notable festivals like Shambhala Music Festival and Burning Man. Look out for many more releases and collaborations from Stylust as this producers work ethic is second to none.
Subvert hails from Calgary, Alberta and has been winding his path through music since 1996. One of the founders and lead design engineer at PK Sound, he is also director of Village Stage at the world renowned Shambhala Music Festival. He started DJing in 2000, and combined with his extensive work on sound systems and attention to precision sound, he was ultimately and naturally led down the path to creating his own music and once again the low frequencies consumed him.
Subvert’s sound is a combination of throbbing, relentless bass lines, melodic strings and haunting synths singing through drum-step, mid-tempo glitch, drum and bass and dub-step. His attention to detail and the ability to tune into “bass that works” can be felt in all of his music productions.
Conrad Woodul, aka Sumthin Sumthin was born with a gift for music. At the age of eight, he started teaching himself how to write music on the piano by ear and started to compose his own music by the age of 10. At the age of 12, his father took him to see a punk rock show at a music festival in LA and that’s when Woodul was introduced to electronic music. He knew right away that he wanted to DJ and he started working hard at producing in order to make that dream a reality.
Not long after he made the move to LA, his application into the Icon Collective Production School was accepted and he started to create his own brand of trap music. His work as Sumthin Sumthin caught the attention of some artists that he gained inspiration from. To this day, a lot of his original tracks are played by big names like Bassnectar, Bauuer, Quix, Ekali, and many more. Expect to see Sumthin Sumthin alongside the biggest names in electronic music as his originality, humble character, and focus will bring him to the top.
Super Tall Paul
Paul Newman, aka SuperTallPaul, is a man of many talents. His unique specialty is a one-man-band kind of musical looping, paired with a performance that could be described as Vaudeville entertainment. His music incorporates the sound of his own soulful voice with the rhythms of ukelele, saxophone, flute, beatboxing, bass effects and at times, a nose whistle.
SuperTallPaul won the Boss National Looping competition and has been lauded as one of the greatest loopers in the world. Oftentimes, he pairs his music with elements of the circus, such as juggling, magic, face balancing, improvisation and unicycle. Having been in the musical scene for over a decade, he is a master of thriving on the unplanned for moments that will happen with an engaged audience.
Terravita are more commonly known as the drum and bass alter ego of house group Hot Pink Deloreon. The group, made up of Chris Barlow, Matt Simmers and Jon Spero, were picked up by Bad Taste Recordings, the label that they released Bad Taste 2 in 2006. Shortly after that, Terravita signed to Technique Recordings and released four singles with them before concluding their chapter with them. Among those singles released was Adult Robot Kung Fu, a single that proved to be an instant hit.
Early in 2011, they released their debut EP on Rottun Recordings and the reviews were great. The tracks Freakout and The Beat Goes On reached the #6 position on Beatport’s dubstep charts. Not long after, they made it to the #1 spot on Beatport’s drum and bass charts with a remix of Tremourz and J.Rabbit’s song Sexy Party and it held that spot for over a month. The group has had support all over scene, including on BBC Radio 1 from Kissy Sell Out.
Preferring to stand out in the crowd, The Gaff produces his music using Ableton Live, vintage equipment and his collection of over 10,000 records. In 2012, he released Soul Sisters Stand Up with Skratch Bastid to great critical acclaim. His collaboration with Featurecast We Ain’t Got Time garnered over 150,000 plays, and also made it’s way onto other DJs playlists for the summer of 2015.
The Gaff has played as a DJ along side such artists & legends as: Common, Jurassic 5, Questlove, De La Soul’s Maseo, Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shahied Muhammad, and many others. He has also done collaborations with artists like Z-Trip, Nu-Mark, Skratch Bastid, Mat The Alien, A-Skillz, Krafty Kuts, Featurecast, to name a few.
Andrea Graham (aka The Librarian) is being pulled in many directions and yet somehow she still manages to find balance. In her own words, “Working on Bass Coast keeps my business brain stimulated and also stimulates my creative side in a different way than producing and playing music. DJing satisfies my travel bug, and I love the connection that happens between the music and the dance floor and myself.”
It all started after a journey to Burning Man with her friend Liz Thomson. With the inspiration gained her and Liz Thomson founded Bass Coast, a festival that has such an amazing sense of community that it can only be compared to Shambhala. Even though she’s called The Librarian, she’s no quiet character.
Rolling Stone Magazine said it best: “The Orb are at their best when they imbue their mind-bending music with Monty Python-esque levity.” The legends The Orb are commonly referred to as the “pioneers” of ambient bass and with that title they have a musical history that spans from 1988 to today. Even though their equipment has changed throughout the years, the trippy imagery and colors remain the same. For this reason, the group has been compared to popular rock bank Pink Floyd and it’s quite possible that they released Pink Floyd vs The Orb because of the comparison.
The Polish Ambassador
Known for his neon-colored jumpsuit (that he purchased at a thrift shop for $3.99), David Sugalski (aka the Polish Ambassador) is another artist that wasn’t focusing on musical pursuits. While he was at the University of Colorado for a Marketing Degree, he started dabbling in music production. Eventually, this dabbling caught the attention of a video game developer, who hired him to do the soundtrack for a video game he was working on. This allowed Sugalski to focus on producing electronic music as a full-time pursuit.
While The Polish Ambassador is known for his party-rocking beats, he goes under another name to channel his creativity. Ample Mammal takes a leave from the party rocking style and focuses more on making artistic downtempo music. You can check out Ample Mammal’s Mating Season here; and The Polish Ambassador’s latest album Color of Flight here.
If you like the sound that Emancipator produces, chances are you’ll like TOR. For the first bit of his musical career, he was remixing prominent producers in Australia, and afterwards he assisted with producing Sufjan Steven’s album Illinoize. The latter caught the attention of Emancipator, who took him under his wing and turned the studio-producer into an artist that has toured all over the globe.
Well before the touring, TOR released Drum Album, a collection of songs that he had been working on for 10 years. After being in the game for three years, TOR graced airwaves with a new album. His latest album Blue Book keeps the warm and fuzzy Down-Tempo sound that he is known for and he also introduces his new love: analogue synthesizers.
Truth has been a staple at Shambhala for the last few years, and it was no surprise to us when they were included in the headliner release. Andre Fernandez and Tristan Roake, also known as Truth, made headway when they received support from big names in the world of Dubstep, like Excision, Skream, and Youngsta (to name a few) in the way of having their music played at key night club nights. They have toured all over the world, and even managed to carve out a piece of Asia and Central America, something not common for Dubstep artists. Many of us here at DMNW are fans of Truth and we’re stoked to see them back on the farm.