The incrazed genious of Daedalus returns, along with the refined classical-futurist Evil Needle and the greatest masters of the home scene who will make a unique storm of electronic music on this very night.
Alfred Darlington isn’t your average cookie-cutter musician. From how he looks (early Victorian Dandism), to how he makes music, to how he expresses himself and views the world, his is a very individual, a ‘bespoke’ outlook.
Alfred was born in Santa Monica in 1977 to an artist mother and psychologist father. Musical from very early on, as a child he was classically and jazz-trained in a number of instruments, but his interests were broad and varied – less a prodigy than a renaissance boy whose obsessions ranged from Greek legend to the mountains of Wales. As a 15 year old he finally persuaded his parents to take him to the Principality. Whilst in a YMCA in London he flipped the radio dial, found a pirate radio station and taped some UK rave and hardcore. “It was my first ‘Eureka!’ moment in music,” he says.
Back in the US he joined local rock bands, jazz bands and ska bands, which he enjoyed but felt limited by,too. At home he was listening to Warp, Ninja and your harder electronic stuff. He started DJing out the more leftfield side of drum and bass and making his own rudimentary productions. They were meant to be drum & bass but they kept turning out different and from his outsider’s experiments his own style was born. He chose the name Daedelus as he had a childhood obsession with invention, and what was he doing, after all, if not tinkering and fiddling and experimenting like the “gentleman inventors” of old?
In 1999 he started DJing on Dublab.com for his "Entropy Sessions" and began dropping in his own early demo productions. Carlos Nino (of ammoncontact) had the show after him and usually pushed Alfred out the studio as quickly as possible as he was not so into Daedelus’ confrontational DJ style, but when he heard a tranquil Daedelus production he took, in typical Nino style, Daedelus under his considerable wing around the LA scene. Nino placed Daedelus tracks on two influential compilations and then persuaded Plug Research to release his debut album, “Invention” in 2002, Remixers included Madlib, who later took Daedelus' accordian parts and used them on the Madvillain record, closely followed by his “The Household” EP on Prefuse 73’s Eastern Developments label.
In 2003, he was booked to play a show in San Diego by Brian Crabtree and Peter Siegerstrong and they asked him to test out an early prototype of the Monome box. "It’s a Non-traditional electronic instrument,” Daedelus explains. “Basically it allows for massive improvisation." Since then Daedelus has continued to use this revolutionary box, bringing much genuine liveness to the sometimes static world of performed electronic/dance music.
In 2003 he did "The Weather" album with Busdriver and Radioinactive and the remix album "Rethinking the Weather" on Mush records (home of cLOUDDEAD, also on Big Dada/Ninja Tune). 2004 saw the release of "Of Snowdonia" on Plug Research, the album with which Daedelus says he first “felt true artistic confidence, finding a true voice. I was finally in the right zone.”
There was certainly no let up in his creativity. Also in 2004 he released the concept album “A Gent Agent” on tiny German label Laboratory Instinct. The 2005 album "Exquisite Corpse" on Mush album featured the likes of TTC, Mike Ladd, MF Doom. Ninja signed Daedelus for UK/Europe (a relationship which has reached its full expression on “Love To Make Music To,” his first album for the label worldwide and put together with the help of their team). In 2006 “Denies the Days Demise” came out, a record showcasing his love of Brazilian music. Last year he released his first live album, “Live At the Low End Theory,” and “The Fairweather Friends EP”. Later this year will see the release of his collaboration with his wife, Laura Darling, as Long Lost!
And while his reputation has grown internationally, his place in the LA scene has also solidified. The musician that many of the hottest names in the city turn to for everything from bass clarinet licks to advice on obscure electronics, Daedelus has worked extensively with Taz from Sa-Ra, the pair of them opening for the likes of DJ Assault, Justice and Two Live Crew as well as appearing in Erykah Badu’s most recent video.
As for “Love To Make Music To,” Daedelus says that this album is “the imaginary memory of a time that never was! It’s my drug/love record, harking back to that time in the YMCA in London, when I first heard rave…”
In 2011, after 10 years of being a drummer in different bands he wanted to extend the usual methods of songwriting and soundscapes to catch specific moods more precisely. After finishing imPro Budapest School of Music Technology, he has met the main characters of the Budapest underground music scene and started to make DJ sets while figuring out what sounds, genres, styles fit better to his own musical vision.
After playing at all the main local clubs and at the biggest Hungarian festivals (Sziget, Volt, Balaton Sound), making remixes for well known Hungarian bands he started working on his first release. The first EP, titled 'Cold Summer', was released in 2013 and it got positive reviews from both the audience and critics in Hungary. His fan base started to grow anticipating following releases, so he spent more time on writing songs and released 2 more EP-s in 2014 titled 'City of Nobody' and 'Last Song'. All of them got featured on the biggest Hungarian music sites and got positive feedback as well.
At this point, he has already started building up his live performance show which later gave him the chance to share stage with his biggest inspirations, such as: Mount Kimbie, Caribou, Nosaj Thing, Om Unit, Synkro etc.
In the middle of the year 2014, he started a collaboration with POSSIBLE GAMES and together they worked on an adventure game for his next release. After 8 months of team work, on 2nd of March 2015, iamyank released "Lost Sounds" in an exceptional and unique way: the EP was packed with an iOS / Android adventure game titled 'Adventures of Poco Eco' which got featured on the biggest Hungarian news portal. The feedback was extremely positive: it got featured in Apple Store's 'Best New Games','Editors' Choice' and later it was in the 'Best of March' selection of the store. In the first month, hundreds of articles from all around the world were talking about the graphic and musical world of Adventures of Poco Eco. After the succesful launch party and local Spring Tour he started to plan a Western Europe Tour in July with the IAMYANK LIVE show.
Besides, in the meantime he keeps teaching music production in imPro Budapest School of Music Technology, he founded Unframed Records with AMB and he is also an active member of ASAN Art Community, a fresh member of Selected Sounds crew and teamed up with the greatest local musicians to build IAMYANK LIVE BAND.
Cadik, it is Pál Séfel started scratching once with the Anima Sound System, and has developed since then into one of the leading djs of our country. Jungle, d'n'b, hiphop – he does his best mainly in these tyles, while also B2B joint actions with dj Palotai, the Rewinds and the Sunday Sessions of his bring along wonderful eclectic sets.
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