As we approach this year’s gathering at Hummingbird Ranch, the Compose Yourself team has put together a list of 10 sets not to miss at Sonic Bloom 2019. Bloomers don’t need to be told to catch headliners like Gramatik, Opiuo and Emancipator, and the stacked lineup has some of our favorites such as Daily Bread, The Russ Liquid Test, Artifakts, with mainstage tweeners from MHSM artist Catparty and a solo set from Adam Deitch. That said, we made this list to shine some light on acts that might have been overlooked at the first glance. With Bloom right around the corner, here are ten sets, in no particular order, that you should make sure you find time for.
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Hailing from Minneapolis, the talented, multifaceted musician Megan Hamilton is making her return to Colorado for this year’s festivities. Incorporating a wide spectrum of genres into her live sets, Hamilton mashes up funk, hip-hop, house, deep bass and more into her production. Her fast-paced, high energy sets are often complemented by a slew of live instruments including guitar, drums and vocals. Her beastly setup shows off her range and her signature dance moves put the cherry on top. Catch Megan Friday night at 11 on the Hummingbird Stage.
A truly unique live electronic experience, Animated Earth is the collection of six talented Colorado musicians. The group consists of MC/Cellist Jordan Polovina, Production Engineer/Violinist Sam Goodman, Pianist/Producer Emma Badman, Singer/Guitarist Jessa Raskin, Saxophonist Sarah Mount and Trumpetist Paul Maley. The newly formed supergroup made their live debut at Cervantes in April and blew minds with their sonic range. The heavily instrumental group incorporates styles from across the board with six members pulling from different musical backgrounds. Animated Earth will be taking over the Hummingbird Stage on Saturday at 7.
Rob Revere’s brainchild Homemade Spaceship has seen exponential growth over the past couple years. Walking the line between writing pretty music and hammering down heavy bass, Revere’s understanding of music theory has lifted his project to the next level. With a new EP on the way, and a strong resume of remixes/edits, you won’t want to miss this Sunday night set. Catch Homemade Spaceship at 9:45 on the Meadow Stage on Sunday night.
If the jamtronica scene is more up your alley, Autonomix is guaranteed to supply a heaping helping of improvisational sound waves directly to your ear drums. The group is made up of Josh Nermon on the keys, Zack Smith on guitar, Danny Littler on the bass and Jeff Pfannenstial on the drums. The group is heavily influenced by STS9, and will give you the four-to-the-floor, high bpm electrojams that you’re looking for. Autonomix hits the Hummingbird Stage on Friday at 3:45.
The Dirty Gems:
Made up of scratch master Brisco Jones and producer/MC Kruza Kid, The Dirty Gems are an electronic influenced hip-hop duo. Brisco’s cuts complement Kruza’s rap bars seamlessly. Kruza’s ability to cut up and add live effects to his vocals as he’s rapping is something I have never seen from an MC, and it gives their shows an interesting spin. The Dirty Gems are kicking off the festival on the Boom Stage at 3:45 on Thursday.
Combining organic instrumentation with an electronic backdrop, Nobide’s live sets fuse the best of both worlds. The group uses inspiration from the beauty of Colorado’s outdoors to confidently explore different musical styles. Whether listeners are busting moves on the dance floor or taking an explorative internal journey, the Nobide grooves are a way-one guide to a good time. Nick Vann’s edgy production, Matt McElwain’s driving rhythms and Tanner Fruit’s affinity for jazz and texture leads to a genre-bending and fresh sound. Catch Nobide at 11pm on Saturday at the Hummingbird Stage.
A handful of dope artists from the Potent Productions team will be making an appearance at Bloom this year. Repping the label, MIDIcinal, Avry, Dozier, Lowpro, and Phlo will be there to show Bloomers what the team has been cooking up. With a wide range of styles and genres, keep an eye out for Potent Productions members playing tweeners and full sets throughout the weekend.
Mile High Sound Movement artist Funktatik’s glitchy, hip-hop beats help breathe life back into the electrosoul realm. FunkStatik’s work ethic is up there with the best; his introduction to the music scene began with his first release, Living On The Edge’ in 2016. Since, FunkStatik has continued to stack his successes as more and more opportunities reveal themselves in 2019. Releasing an album each year since his debut, the producer has built quite the stealthy catalog and grown a strong multi-state fan base. Funkstatik hits the Meadow Stage at 7:45 Saturday night.
The Party People:
The bodacious beat boys are back in town. Colorado’s favorite electronic hip-hop trio is making their Bloom return to bring the rhymes and rhythm to Hummingbird Ranch. The Party People squad consists of Mr. Bugatti and Mikey Thunder on the cuts/production and Benjamin’s Vibe on the mic. The hometown heros always bring the party, so make sure you’re around for this one. The boys take on the Hummingbird Stage Saturday night at 8:15.
Since 2015, Spectacle has been hitting the Denver music scene with their take on orchestral bass. The synergy between the strings, drums and elements of electronic music give their melodic sound some serious substance. Band members Michael Mahan, Jessica Borth, and Rob Brandon work in unity gripping the crowd for a show that is both mesmerizing and captivating from start to finish. Be around when they hit the Hummingbird Stage at 6:30 on Sunday.
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