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Belgian born Alix Depauw is the face behind production moniker Alix Perez, and Shades (w/Eprom). Alix released his debut album "1984" to critical acclaim via the much revered imprint Shogun Audio in 2009. Since then he has released a 2nd studio album, multiple EP’s, launched a label and has collaborated with the foremost names in dance and electronic music including; Noisia, Foreign Beggars, dBridge, EPROM and many more. Following the release of his 2nd album Chroma Chords in 2013, Alix was asked to do a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, which was nominated for essential mix of the year. After this album Alix went onto to release EP’s on Exit Records before a collaborative EP with Ivy Lab on Critical Music.
In 2016 Alix launched his own imprint; 1985 Music. Now on the 15th record the label has gone from strength to strength releasing artists such as; Ivy Lab, Halogenix, Skeptical, Eprom, Shades, along with Monty and Submarine. 1985 Music promotes multiple club nights globally. Highlights include festival stages at Outlook and Shambhala. Almost every release on the label has found its way to number 1 in the Beatport charts, and in 2017 the label won ‘Best New Label’ at the Drum and Bass Arena Awards (by public vote).
In 2015 whilst on a trip to LA, Alix first collaborated with Portland artist Eprom and formed Shades. Shades have since released 4 EP’s and full length EP which came out on Zed’s Dead’s imprint; Deadbeats this year. As duo they have toured globally and received much critical acclaim. 2019 will see further releases along with an impressive North American festival run of dates.
Between his solo project as Alix Perez, Shades (w/ Eprom), his record label, and playing 100 shows a year, there is much to expect from this highly prolific artist.
Los Angeles bass producer/DJ Tsuruda is a classically trained musician who blends elements of experimental hip-hop with avant-garde electronics. First debuting in 2014, Tsuruda has captivated audiences with his dynamic sound and hypnotizing live sets, which have taken him to marquee festivals like Shambhala Music Festival and EDC Las Vegas, in addition to his own solo tours throughout North America and beyond. His expansive discography is one of the most impressive bodies of work in independent electronic music. Tsuruda today stands at the upper echelon of bass music culture as an in-demand producer and internationally touring act.
A prolific artist, Tsuruda has self-released four full-length projects—drumsand (August 2014), madness (March 2015), rawflavor (July 2015) and RIP (February 2016)—in addition to his two-part compilation series, Internet Slaps Vol. 1 (November 2017) and Internet Slaps Vol. 2 (January 2019). His discography also includes numerous singles on labels like Team Supreme and Darker Than Wax, a gang of bootlegs, and official remixes for Noisia, The Glitch Mob, Crooked Colours, graves and Project Paradise. In December 2017, Tsuruda’s original track, “Pack Heat,” was featured on Edition 1, the first compilation on Alix Perez’s label, 1985 Music.
In June 2017, Tsuruda released Move, his official debut artist album, on Noisia’s Division Recordings. He followed up with Unlimited Data (October 2018), his second artist album, released on Courteous Family, the influential Los Angeles artist collective and independent record label he co-founded in 2014. On his FUBAR EP (October 2019)—independently released and distributed in partnership with Los Angeles imprint, Alpha Pup—Tsuruda expands his sound into the outer limits of bass music. FUBAR (Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition) explores all shades of bass music—halftime, dubstep, garage—while still retaining his signature L.A. beat scene style. FUBAR includes standout singles “Dragon of the Darkness Flame” and “Kimchi Crisis,” plus “Little Mac,” a collaboration with Mr. Carmack.
Widely known for his idiosyncratic, third-eye-opening sets, Tsuruda has delivered mind-bending performances at some of the world’s leading festivals and marquee events. In 2015, he joined G Jones and Slow Magic side by side for a legendary sunrise set at Emissions Music Festival. In 2017, he performed at the Oregon Eclipse Festival, followed by a supporting slot for dubstep icon Bassnectar at his Bass Center arena show. In 2018, Tsuruda was handpicked as one of the select artists to close out the influential Los Angeles event series, Low End Theory. That same year, he unloaded unforgettable performances at Shambhala Music Festival in Canada and Electric Forest. Elsewhere, Tsuruda has toured with the biggest beat-masters in the scene, including Mr. Carmack and Shades (EPROM and Alix Perez). Most recently in 2019, he made his debut at EDC Las Vegas, joined G Jones on his Ineffable Truth Tour, supported Amon Tobin across a number of US dates, and headlined his own solo tour in the fall in support of his latest release, FUBAR. Tsuruda now enters 2020 with a stacked schedule of upcoming tour dates and new music on the horizon.