BTR presents: Tokyo Prose
Eavesdrop w/ Beau Jeffries // Mercy
Friday 17th April @ The Monte Cristo Room, 53 Nelson St.
Support from Rhyas b2b Liam Shift // Soultrader
Limited $10 early birds and $15 standard tickets from www.iticket.co.nz, Real Groovy and Conch Records.
Sam Reed was first snapped up by Samurai Music back in 2008, when Tokyo Prose were still a duo. Three years later came a breakthrough double-pack called 'Introducing Tokyo Prose'.
Since signing to Samurai Music, Tokyo Prose has released music across all 3 Samurai Music Group labels, as well as Hospital Records and Sun & Bass Recordings. Each one of these releases has been a musical stepping stone leading to this – his debut album ‘Presence’.
‘Presence’ marked the culmination of Sam’s musical exploration and evolution thus far and featured dazzling solo works as well as a stellar ensemble of collaborative artists that includes Lenzman, Synkro, LSB, DRS, Riya, Fox & more.
‘Presence’ perfectly encapsulates the soulful, emotive vibrancy of the Tokyo Prose sound, now fully formed and refined. It is a sound that has captivated people across the globe since the ‘Introducing Tokyo Prose’ EP in 2011 and one that has left them clamouring for more with each release since.
The Tokyo Prose sound, whilst covering a lot of ground, always seeks to maintain a soulful, deep and polished aesthetic with a firm focus on musicality and groove. Tokyo Prose tunes have found themselves into the crates of artists like Calibre, DJ Marky, Presha, London Elektricity, Lenzman, SpectraSoul, Logistics, and many more.
Dave ‘Eavesdrop’ Wood is more than just a Drum & Bass DJ. Music is his life. Since 2001 he has dedicated every spare moment he has, to learning the art of producing music, perfecting his craft and building his studio to devise his matchless sound. Eavesdrop has steadily built up a solid reputation for both the music he produces and the live show he creates.
Eavesdrop has released on Rubik Records, Liquid Brilliants, Loop, Empathy and has just put out an EP on Spearhead Records.
DJ Support from: S.P.Y, Dirtyphonics, John B, Empress, Storm, Crissy Criss, Doc Scott, Optiv, A-Sides, LAOS, Muffler, Random Movement, Basher, Mob Tactics, Target, Komatic, Dexcell & June Miller
Mercy aka Josh Ruhen has been has been playing music since the ripe age of 11 years old. Now 12 years on he has released on prestigious labels by the likes of Smokin Sessions, Artikal, Samurai and Chord Marauders to name a few. Influenced by a wide range of music his style has an underlying emphasis on groove and vibe and with forthcoming releases on a range of labels the stage seems to be set for a productive year in 2015. From his sets you can expect the latest from the 140 and 170 scenes respectively and having supported acts such as Ivy Lab, Skeptical and Mefjis he certainly knows how to please a crowd. One to watch for the future.
Emcee, Producer, Vocalist and Engineer - he's graced the stage with some of the best Musicians and DJ’s in New Zealand and the world.
He's played Rhythm and Vines, Phat, Toast Martinborough, Catlins River Fest and main-stage at La De Da. He’s also supported Hip Hop heavy weights De La Soul, Babu and Rakaa, Roots Manuva and has Opened for both Pharoahe Monch and GZA. Although considered a Hip Hop Emcee first and foremost. Beau’s equally at home over various genres outside of Hip Hop. You may have seen him supporting Lee Scratch Perry, Katchafire, Kora, Tiki, Ladi 6 and Shapeshifter or performing on stage as Emcee of choice for legends like Nero, Black Sun Empire, The Upbeats, Trei, Klute and Andy C to name a few. Humble beginnings as a battle Emcee garnering various titles, his extensive touring of New Zealand’s clubs and festivals and versatility combine to make Beau Jeffries a unique talent and host with unrivaled stage presence and an insightful message.
When thinking of men that have changed the course of history names like the Dalai Lama, Helen Clark and Joseph Stalin spring to mind. But what every NZ bass head knows is that these names wilt in comparason when compared to the absolute force of nature, gully scullywag and Bassdrop head honcho that is Liam Shifty. A household name since the tender age of 8 Shifty is responsible for 86.3% of Auckland's 'sickest' DNB gigs** and will continue to be an absolute don well into the foreseeable future. Allgood DJ too.