Roosevelt

Gov Ball After Dark Mixed by Bacardi

Roosevelt

Ela Minus

Jun 02

Doors: 11:59 pm / Show: 11:59 pm

Brooklyn Night Bazaar

Brooklyn, NY

$16.00 - $20.00

This event is 21 and over

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Roosevelt
Roosevelt
Towards the end of 2012, a 22-year-old Marius Lauber, working under the moniker Roosevelt, quietly released his debut single, Sea. A pulsating, hypnotising slither of sun-kissed disco with its own self-made video, it steadily tiptoed across the blog world, eventually reaching the ears of hugely respected electronic pop label Greco-Roman (co-run by Hot Chip's Joe Goddard), who would go on to sign him and subsequently release his debut EP, Elliot. Sea was the first example of the happenstance that's dotted his career so far, helping him move from playing in guitar bands as a teenager to being one of the most exciting prospects dance music has to offer, as showcased by his forthcoming self-titled debut album (released by Greco-Roman/City Slang). With coverage from the likes of Pitchfork and Thump, over 5 million Spotify streams and 1 Million YouTube plays, support tours with Hot Chip and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and a litany of high-profile festival slots around the world, Lauber has steadily built up a dedicated following drawn to the forward movement of his expansive, dreamy productions. Written, recorded and produced solely by Lauber over a period of two years, and mixed by Chris Coady (Future Islands / Beach House), "Roosevelt", the album, is a pillow-soft hallucinatory dreamscape taking in acid funk, nocturnal reveries and a lilting sense of melancholia.


Playing drums in mainly guitar-heavy school bands in his teenage years, a move to Cologne by himself at the age of 19 permanently shifted his relationship with dance music as he was slowly educated by its hypnotic and steady repetition. His immersion into that world was so complete that he soon became resident DJ at Kompakt's Total Confusion party with Superpitcher & Michael Mayer. It helped Lauber realise how dance music connects to its audience in a different way to what he'd experienced in his various bands. "What I really enjoyed about DJ-ing was that you could see the results immediately," he explains. "Before it was about playing in a cool band and people would come and see it but often there would be no feedback or interaction really between people. That's why I instantly connected to dance music." That's not to say that he's completely ditched his guitar past, as all of Roosevelt's songs – from the percussive shuffle of Moving On to the soft shimmer of Close to the undulating disco of Night Moves - feature layers and layers of delicately constructed guitar playing that weaves in and out of metronomic beats and expanding synths. "I'm not consciously trying to meld those two worlds, it's all a really natural process." Lauber says. Although the debut album feels indebted to 4/4 dance music, listeners will hear a progression towards sophisticated, classic song structures.


Even the darkness hinted at in the title of 'Night Moves' is more about the energy you can get from peaking in a club at just the right time. "It's about the situation at night in a club when the energy is created as the night comes to an end," he says. "The later the night gets there's this peak of energy and people are having the illusion that there's no end to it and that power is incredibly strong." The album is also underpinned by a sense of movement and forward motion, not just in the way the melodies unfurl and expand, but also in the way the impressionistic lyrics are constructed. So while Moving On makes this idea explicit ("You're Moving On / It's alright to see this on my own / Just let me go / I got out of here to reach for more"), it's also there in the delicious swirl of Fever as he sings, "Fading back into the night / No nothings gonna hold us down / Leaving all the rest behind." A circular musical journey and the shifting of time are also embedded in the fabric of the album's influences, specifically in the way it feels international – a pinch of French dance-pop here, a smattering of LA yacht rock there – but also underpinned by German electronica pioneers like Manuel Göttsching, Ash Ra Tempel and Neu!


In contrast to the use of a full live band on stage, the studio environment is Lauber's sole domain, bringing the musical journey that started with him producing his own school band, full circle. "I'm a bit of a control freak, but I've learnt how to trust people with stuff outside of the music," he says referring to his involvement in the artwork and videos, plus the fact the album has taken two years to make. "When I was making the album I had to get away from it. At some point I was sitting in the studio listening to 200 snare sounds and those moments happen all the time, especially when you work at night and you don't have a break." For Lauber, Roosevelt is all about trying to capture and keep that same magic that inspired 'Sea'; of trying to keep pop music pure and instinctive. "You can lose the point if you overthink it in the studio - I tried to keep a naive and impulsive touch on this album"
Ela Minus
Ela Minus
"Machines have always fascinated me. I see them as personifications of human desires, emotions, and the power of our imagination”
Hailing from Bogotá, Colombia, musician ela minus (Gabriela Jimeno) grew up in two parallel underground musical worlds, hardcore and electronic music.
After years of playing drums in bands in Colombia and the U.S and moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music, she eventually graduated with a dual major in drum set performance and music synthesis.
Soon after graduating, she set up a “home base” in New York City. Gabriela found herself playing drums in ambitious bands while building up her own musical persona experimenting with (and building her own) synths. After growing bored with the band lifestyle, she made the solo break and produced, recorded and released her solo debut EP, "First Words".
“I think what matters to me is the sense of being a part of a diaspora, not belonging anywhere, not having a home, this sense of floating through life, of perceiving everything from a very far away and detached perspective, that I would not have if I still lived in my comfortable surroundings of “home”.”
Instead of working on one single body of work, Gabriela decided to take the approach of releasing a trilogy of EP’s allowing listeners to follow her from the project’s infancy onward, as her songwriting craft and artistry evolved and over 2016 the trilogy was completed
Her live show relies heavily on her musicianship, specifically her percussion background. ela minus performs everything live with hardware synthesizers, sequencers and samplers. sans laptop. Apart from playing the songs on her EP’s, she improvises most of her set, making it a different experience every time proving to be the catalyst of the project’s momentum in many ways.
Her 2nd release, Grow (released in the Spring of 2016) was released to critical acclaim from the likes of Fader, Vice and Remezcla. She played major Latin Music festivals such as Estéreo Picnic and NRMAL and in the US at SXSW, Viva Pomona and supported other artists such as Chairlift and Chrome Sparks before going back to work on the final installment of the trilogy “Adapt” (due out February 8th).
“This has been like a re-birth for me as an artist: so, like a new baby, first words - grow - adapt. It made sense with the time I was living in too, on first EP everything was changing I didn’t really know what or why I was doing it, in the experience of making the second EP I grew as an artist a lot, and now I am adapting. I learned to learn."
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
150 Greenpoint Ave.
Brooklyn, NY, 11222
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