Have you ever wondered what other projects your favorite musicians engage in when they are not producing music? Some passion projects act as inspiration for their music, and others provide a platform for other musicians and creators. Our list includes a sake wine enthusiast, a DJ who runs a weekly drum and bass radio show, an angel investor, and artists who have explored sound in different ways.
Here’s a look at what five electronic artists are up to when they’re not between the turntables crafting the mood for the dance floor, performing on tour, or working on new music.
A veteran of liquid DnB, Michael Richard aka Random Movement, can be heard on his weekly live radio show Random Movement Radio on Bassdrive.com. Random Movement Radio is on Bassdrive Wednesdays from 6 PM to 8 PM EST (22:00 to 00:00 GMT). He also maintains a monthly audio podcast series that features the newest and finest DnB tracks from experienced producers and young up-and-coming talent, all of which are assembled into a continuous DJ mix by him.
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Random Movement also released his latest four-track EP ‘Random Movement – The Remember Sessions Vol. 1’ via his own label, Flight Pattern Rec, on July 28, 2022. Flight Pattern Records was founded in 2015 by Random Movement to provide an easy outlet to release his projects and others.
He had also officially announced his comeback to the stage. He will be a part of Driven AM’s sixtieth-anniversary celebrations coming August 5, 2022.
Also appearing at Driven AM’s 16th anniversary will be Chris Muniz aka DJ Nightstalker. He is a professor at the University of Southern California, who teaches creative writing, critical writing, and Native American and Chicano history and culture.
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Richard Hawtin, better known as Plastikman, is a seasoned entrepreneur in addition to being one of the most celebrated electronic artists. He co-founded PIXELYNX, a Web3 company focused on music in the metaverse, with Joel Zimmerman aka DeadMau5. The platform will provide an ecosystem enabling artists to launch and manage their own interactive experiences.
Hawtin is also the brains behind ENTER.Sake, a curated selection of Japanese sake wine. He earned the Advanced Sake Professional Certification by The Sake Samurai Association and is a passionate sake connoisseur.
He also developed ‘Closer’ in 2019, an interactive audiovisual platform that delivers three separate visual perspectives from his performances – a crowd view, stage setup, and close-ups of the equipment. According to the app information on the Google Play store, “Each panel offers different interactions including multiple camera angles, the ability to listen into separate audio channels and real-time track information.”
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Glasgow-born electronic dance music artist Brian D’souza, better known by his stage name Auntie Flo, has become a mainstay in blending electronic with global influences. Brian is former psychology and sound design student who understands how music impacts the brain and body. As a result of this background, he initiated a 24-hour radio station called ‘Ambient Flo,’ during the lockdown, which mixes music with the sounds of nature to stimulate calmness and relaxation.
Building on his previous exploits with sound, in 2022, Brian also founded Swell, a company dedicated to understanding how sound and music may be used to improve health and well-being. Swell provides ‘Sound Treatments,’ which combine audio recordings, music compositions, sound therapy, and technology to showcase the power of sound as an experience. The organization collaborates with companies in the spa, leisure, arts, health, and wellness industries.
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South African music producer DJ Black Coffee is active in a variety of business activities, musical projects, and philanthropic works. He owns a stake in Zone 6, an entertainment venue in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. It can accommodate over 2000 people at a time and hosts events, concerts, and corporate meetings.
Black Coffee also is an angel investor at FlightMode Digital, a venture capital firm based in South Africa. In 2020, the company acquired a stake in Gallo Music Group, making Black Coffee one of the major shareholders. Founded in 1926, Gallo Music Group is one of the oldest record labels in South Africa.
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Sanaya Ardeshir, best known for her electronic music project Sandunes, is a Mumbai-based electronica artist, music composer, producer, and pianist. Her music incorporates elements of jazz, hip-hop, techno, classical and other genres.
In 2022, she and her team released Ears2TheGround, a portal that serves as a cornerstone in a group of projects focused on activated listening and field recordings. They traveled to India’s western mountain range (Western Ghats) for over eleven weeks, recording the unique sounds of nature and biodiversity found there. This website is a sound study of India’s oldest mountain range, with audio presentations of the species and stories from the area.
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Sandunes was also the co-founding member of DASTA, a group of artists and creators dedicated to growth and empowerment through art, culture, and community.
Commenting on the launch, she shared via Instagram, “This interactive website is a portal to the Western Ghats through soundscapes and stories. The region is known for its significant biological diversity and endemism and it would take a lifetime to understand their complexity, but spending many weeks making field recordings and listening to stories from the WG made us ask questions about why so many sounds are RAPIDLY DISAPPEARING from our collective soundscape.”
The graphics, imagery, and textures for the website were created by visual artist and illustrator Pakhi Sen. In August, the team will be hosting virtual and in-person listening sessions centered on research, imagination, collaboration, and the exchange of knowledge.
To know more visit the Ears to the Ground website here