Since its inception as a weekly Wednesday mainstay at Celebrities Nightclub, #FVDED has brought Vancouver the best in underground and bass culture. Always league’s ahead of the ever changing dance music landscape #FVDED continues to showcase raising stars and artists on the cusp of breaking big. From making an appearance on this year’s Ultra Miami live feed to expanding into Alberta, we decided it was time to pay #FVDED the respect it deserves.
It is with a great sense of pride that we are able to present to you, our Blueprint family, our separate indoor #FVDED stage at this year’s Contact festival. With artists spanning the breadth of #FVDED’s unique brand we promise that you just can’t go wrong with any of these artists;
Headlining the #FVDED Gramatik is sure to bring his signature mix of soul-funk infused chill-step fury. Genres be damned, you never know quite what you are going to get when Gramatik steps on stage. The only thing one can count on is a heavy constant groove brought to life by impromptu guitar solos. Hot off a creative streak with the release of this year’s The Age of Reason LP Gramatik promises the #FVDED stage will live up to its name.
His music may be electronically produced but it comes infused with jazz, blues, soul, and rock—it all comes together to create a truly unrivalled and unique live experience. Prone to spontaneous acts of unwieldy saxophone mastery Griz never fails to keep an audience on their toes. Hot off the release of his 2013 LP Rebel Era Griz is already passionately pursuing his next album. In a world divided Griz wants nothing more than to unite people in the embrace of free emotionally creative funk and we can’t wait to find out what he has in store for #Contact2014.
Last year Kill Paris was kicked off the decks at a Honolulu nightclub for not playing mainstream music…his response: “music is a form of expression and it’s hard to take anyone seriously who says you’re expressing yourself wrong.” With that in mind expect a genre bending passionate set full of remixed throwbacks from the self-declared future funk artist. Catch both his new EPs along with their remix packages to grasp just a taste of what is to come: 2013’s To a New Earth and 2014’s Foreplay.
Headlining the #FVDED stage on day two is Haitian born Montreal’er Kevin Celestin. With reckless abandon Kaytranada hit the ground running some four years ago: he has released eleven LPs, two EPs, and over thirty remixes since early 2010. Now infamous for stopping his NYC Boiler Room set to tell the crowd to stay in the moment—“Y’all mother*ckers better dance and shit, instead of staying on your goddamn phones”—Kaytranada just wants patrons to enjoy the music and atmosphere created at his shows. With up-tempo neo-soul stylings and a pension for remixing female vocalists (TLC, Jill Scott, Missy Eliott, and Beyoncé) Kaytranada has played a pivotal role in the modern revitalization of R&B.
Montreal native and 808-lover Lunice Fermin Pierre II is on a mission to strengthen bass cultures underground. With two EPs under his belt, 2010’s Stacker Upper and 2011’s One Hunned, Lunice temporarily moved on to TNGHT, a collaborative side project with Hudson Mohawke. Within months the project took off and in 2013 Kanye West tapped TNGHT’s track R U Ready for the backing of Blood On The Leaves—a Yeezus highlight. If you are wondering what a Lunice set may sound like look no further than Yeezus: Lunice views the Yeezus sessions as an extension of his scenes creative underground pushed into the mainstream light.
2013 was a breakthrough year for tropical house producer Thomas Jack—from Sydney’s musical boom to Miami’s surging nightlife Thomas Jack can’t seem to break away from the sun. His sets contain a truly undeniable vibe mixing downtempo beats with jazz instrumentals and chilled out vocals. Symphony and Final Speech both provide a glimpse of Jack’s production chops while his Thomas Jack Presents Tropical House series showcases an entire new world for house music. With warm thoughts and a #FVDED spirit, don’t miss out on Thomas Jack’s mellow groove.
Six acts representing the future of bass music—that is the power of #FVDED. Who are you most looking forward to?
– Ryan Hayes