Govinda with Sleepwreck & Joseph Martin
Govinda is the alter-ego of Austin based producer/composer Shane Madden. He began studying violin and composition at the age of eight and went on to study classical violin at the University of Texas where he fell in love with electronic music production. It was in Maddens pursuit of his gypsy roots th…at he opened his ears to music from around the world. From experiences learning violin with mysterious masters on his journeys across the globe and his passion for modern design and technology, the current sound of Govinda was born.
Govinda has played with Thievery Corporation, Tipper, Bassnectar, Shpongle, Cheb I Sabbah, STS9 and many more and been featured on over 25 compilations such as Buddha Bar II, Asian Travels II, and Nirvana Lounge selling a combined 400,000 copies. Govinda has played at numerous festivals throughout North America including Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, Lights All Night, Euphoria, Sea of Dreams, Camp Bisco, SXSW and many more. Govinda's music has been on TV including stations like WB, MTV and Bravo as well as many independent films.
The Govinda live show immerses the audience with a textured atmosphere of exotic, dubby vibrations interwoven with cosmic visual projections, world class dancers and mesmerizing vocals- all to the magic of his live electronics and violin.
Sleepwreck is the sound of cyborgs dancing around a ritual bonfire. As primal as it is forward reaching, as organic as it is technological, this Music is electronic and it is alive. Not lending itself to simple genre classification, Sleepwreck's sound ranges from lush atmospheric textures, to hard hitting syncopated grooves, from heavy pulsing basslines to otherworldly vocal melodies. In the studio he crafts shoe-gazing, emotional downtempo one minute and whomping tribal dance music the next. When taking to the stage he dons a war-painted alter-ego and highlights real-world instruments and voice against his phat, clean production. No matter where you hear him, at home on your headphones or putting your nearest PA system through it's paces, Sleepwreck's honesty, passion, and enthusiasm are intense and infectious. Having performed at festivals large and small around Western Canada alongside artists such as Phutureprimitive and Random Rab, and with his newest offering Disasterpiece set to drop with East Van Digital, Sleepwreck is an artist to watch in Western Canadian Electronica.
JOSEPH MARTIN (All vinyl trip-hop set)
The driving force behind the East Van Digital record label, and one of Western Canadas premier funky house djs dropping tunes since 1998, as well as a Shambhala Music Festival resident dj since 2004, he has played many a memorable set in the legendary Fractal Forest, including the now infamous Caturday Morning Disco. In 2010, Joseph became a resident dj with Intimate Productions at the long running night SiGNAL Saturdays, located at the former Lotus Sound Lounge in Vancouver, and now presides over the bi-monthly Caturday Night Disco. Past and present side projects include the live A/V act Fresh Baked DJs and live PA moniker Tasen. From 2003-2006, he hosted weekly The Shakedown radio show featuring djs from across Canada and with the Liquidbeat collective, helped produce some of the B.C. interiors most inspiring parties.
An obsessive collector with a deep library and a fond love of programming, Joseph is known to play deep, disco, electro, funky and jackin house, including his own edits, originals and remixes. His tracks and remixes have been playlisted on BBC Radio 1 and supported by Andru Pozzatron, City and Mixxxy, De Koze, Denis A, Funk Hunters, Grant Nelson, Incredible Melting Man, Jason Score, Joachim Garraud, Joel Armstrong, Kissy Sell Out, Mat The Alien, Qdup Foundation, Smalltown DJs, Stereoheroes, Tomb Crew, Tyler Stadius and more.
This time travelling mad geniusis a master of light, and a creator of alternate worlds. Having headed up the decor and lights for the Ness Creek After Hours Stage for the past three years, working with live bands as diverse as Yukon Blonde and Cancer Bats, and spearheading environment design at some of Saskatoon's most memorable electronic music events (Enchanted Groove, Anti-Gravity, and Poseidon), Dr. Isocellator is a synaesthetic artist that never disappoints.