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Aug 10

Steve Roach Bio (September 2015)

this page is the 2015 bio. click for the January 2018 bio

Steve Roach: music created at the leading edge of now STEVE ROACH BIO

Steve Roach is a leading pioneer in the evolution of ambient/electronic music, shaping it into what it is today. An extremely prolific composer with a discography of over 100 albums since his 1982 debut, his landmark recordings include Structures from Silence and Dreamtime Return. Tireless in his creative focus, Steve has released seven albums in 2015 (so far) including the analog sequencer tour-de-force Skeleton Keys and the ultra reflective Etheric Imprints.

Drawing from a vast, unique, deeply personal authenticity, his releases cover a wide range of dynamic styles all of which bear his signature voice. For 35 years the boundaries are constantly challenged in Roach’s work, ranging in style from pure floating spaces, analog sequencer music, primordial tribal, rhythmic ambient, dark ambient, long-form ‘drift ambient,’ and avant garde atonal ambient.

Steve’s artistic path is filled with new discoveries, both nuanced and dramatic. He brings to the table years of dedication and experience exploring sound via hands-on synthesis. With the sense of an artist working in three dimensional space, Steve’s skill set creates albums that breathe power, passion and vital life energy.

The most recent release – Etheric Imprints – contains mesmerizing soundworlds from the sensual realms of electronic/ambient sonic creation; it’s a plunge into the deep end of introspective music. On analog synth masterwork Skeleton Keys, Steve connects to the European EM masters at the roots of his electronic heritage while simultaneously mapping the soundworld of today’s contemporary technology-based music. The result is warm and engaging retro-futurism, a continuing evolution upon the musical structures Steve has unlocked in the restless pursuit of his soundquest.

“To fully enjoy Steve’s music the listener must be curious – not just with how it was made, or by whom, but with what happens when we allow ourselves to momentarily disappear into it.” – Chuck Van Zyl, The Gatherings

In concert, Steve creates transcendent electronic music emerging from an elemental instinctual mode. These events bring together an audience from around the country and as far away as Europe, all looking to experience the on-the-edge experience that erupts in the live setting. This make Steve’s concerts an entirely different experience from the recorded medium. With months of preparation absorbed into his system, evocative soundscapes blend with ecstatic rhythmic sections born from hands-on analog sound creation and sonic shapeshifting. The result is a direct transference of creative energy from the artist through his instruments out to the listener.

Live performances are the place where Steve’s music thrives, created at the leading edge of now.

A video profile created by Chuck Van Zyl of the Gatherings:

Steve Roach’s first East Coast performance in 8 years – Sept 12, 2015

Live-related text removed from the Bio

Steve Roach live in concert with opener Jeffrey Koepper on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 8:00PM (doors open at 7:30PM). In the church sanctuary of St. Mary’s Hamilton Village at 3916 Locust Walk (just east of 40th & Locust) on the Penn campus in West Philadelphia. Limited admission! $30 cash at the door night of show. $10 for full-time students with proper ID (limited availability at the door). Advance tickets through Ticketweb. The Gatherings website.

Steve Roach live is presented by The Gatherings Concert Series, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization producing innovative music performances in Philadelphia since 1992. Learn more at The Gatherings website.

This Philadelphia show coincides with the release of Steve’s limited 4-CD set, Bloodmoon Rising. An atmospheric release with four ‘nights’ created for the Bloodmoon Tetrad that concludes September 28.

Small earlier bio:

Steve Roach is a pioneer in the evolution of ambient/electronic music, shaping it into what it is today. The extremely prolific American artist has a discography of over 125 albums. Following his 1982 debut, landmark recordings include Structures from Silence, Dreamtime Return and 2017’s Grammy-nominated Spiral Revelation. Tireless in his creative focus, Roach constantly challenges boundaries in work ranging in style from rhythmic analog sequencer music, pure floating spaces, primordial tribal-ambient and long-form drift ambient. He brings to the table years of dedication and experience exploring sound via hands-on synthesis. With the sense of an artist working in three dimensional space, Steve creates albums that breathe power, passion and vital life energy.

Jun 03

Mercury’s Antennae 2015 tour

Mercury’s Antennae: Ethereal, hypnotic, driving, cinematic, haunting darkwave with heavenly voices and spacious atmospheres from San Francisco. Comprised of vocalist Dru Allen (This Ascension, Mirabilis), bassist Cindy Coulter (This Ascension), and multi-instrumentalist Erick Sheid (Translucia), the band’s live sound is distinctly reminiscent of the blissful melodies and effects-drenched guitars of labels like 4AD, Creation and Projekt as well as the stripped down acoustic beauty of bands like Dead Can Dance and Love Spirals Downwards.

June 25: DNA Lounge, San Francisco CA

w/ UNWOMAN website The DeepHearted website DJ Zazou Tremolo SF website 8pm / All ages / $10 adv, $12 door // Facebook Event Page.

June 26: Club Violaine, Los Angeles CA

w/ Carissa Bianca Mellado, Sheer & guest DJ Wednesday 9:30 / 21 + / $5 / Lush Tribute night! / Facebook Event Page

June 28: The Box @ The Blue Lagoon, Santa Cruz CA

opening for: FADED SF website 10pm / 21+ / $5 / Facebook Event Page

July 2: Ghost House @ Old Nicks Pub, Eugene OR

w/ guest DJ Wednesday 9:30 / 21+ / Free show! Old Nicks’ Facebook page & Ghost House website

July 3: Brickbat Mansion @ The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven, Portland OR

10pm / 21+ / Brickbat’s 6th Anniversary Party! Pay what you like at the door. Reserve through Facebook or mention at the door you’re there for Brickbat Mansion. Join the Facebook Event Page.

Two Projekt releases from Mercury’s Antennae A Waking Ghost Inside Order the CD (limited edition, almost sold out – only 15 copies left) or download at Bandcamp. The Guides (ep) Purchase on Bandcamp.

Apr 20

Projekt Livestream Video Q&A Chat #1

Livestream is a casual and fun way for us to interact. I’m on the video, answering questions you send in through the chat window. Don’t worry, you’re not on the video. This will be like “The Projekt Talk Show” where I’ll answer your questions and talk about new things happening here at Projekt!

The first one is Tuesday April 21st @ 6pm in Portland / 9pm East Coast

Watch here: https://livestream.com/accounts/12292130/events/3987208

*I* will be on the video, you can chat and submit questions in the text-chat window. Don’t worry if you are shy, you don’t have to be on camera. You don’t have to do anything but watch. The Video Chat will be one hour long. You can drop in whenever you like. If there’s a snafu, and there’s nothing at that link abobe, check my channel: https://livestream.com/accounts/12292130

Mar 16

LABYRINTH, Friday May 1 – Movies in the Dark

from Projekt’s Sam Rosenthal

I’m having a great time with the Movies in the Dark series! It is wonderful how many people come out to check out the goth-appropriate films. I was thinking that after the darkness of last month’s THE CROW, it would be nice to go with something lighter and more sing-a-long-y! : )

Join me and other like-minded music/film lovers for the Friday May 1st showing of David Bowie’s Labyrinth. As always, Movies In The Dark is hosted at the beautiful & historic Hollywood Theatre.

Facebook Event Page.

There will be a gift bag for the first 50 attendees & a raffle.

See you in the Labyrinth!

PS: to get an email when new movies are announced sign up to the Movies In The Dark email list: http://ow.ly/JHpue

Sep 03

dirk serries – the origin reversal

dirk serries – the origin reversal (Pre-Order, shipping early-September) CD $15 | Stream & Download for $10 Bandcamp. Extremely limited to 300 copies. Early Bird Bonus: The first 50 buyers receive a free copy of vidnaObmana’s 1998 CD Crossing the Trail.  

Dirk has three performances to kick-off the release of The Origin Reversal::

September 19 Trondheim (Norway) : Facebook Event Page September 20 Trondheim (Norway) :  Facebook Event Page October 25 The Netherlands : TBA December 5 Kortrijk (Belgium) : Facebook Event Page                Dirk Serries returns to Projekt Records with  The Origin Reversal, a re-boot of his classic vidnaObmana sound. This is ambient music that flows from its discreet origins: sonic purity, washes of harmony, and organic textures which slow time to a phase of transcendence.

Picking up on the 1988 – 1996 vidnaObmana ambient period (mostly released on Projekt), The Origin Reversal‘s six tracks are informed with a subtlety that only comes from Serries’ decades of musical growth exploring his craft. After the understated, meditative 2012 collaboration with Steve Roach, Low Volume Music (on sale for $10 this month), Serries reestablished himself as the ambient artist known worldwide for minimal, warm and introspective sonic atmospheres. Performed in real-time directly to a stereo 2-track, Serries created these six tracks armed only with a Gibson Les Paul custom guitar and a few pedals. Despite the use of different tools from his electronic heritage,The Origin Reversal shows a refinement and maturity achieved through extensive touring, intriguing side-projects, recordings and collaborations.

The Belgium-based Serries has experimented with ambient music for over 30 years. His earliest work came out under the vidnaObmana pseudonym, until he closed the book on that project in 2007. In the ensuing seven years, he released over twenty albums under various monikers before returning to a refined stream of ambient works. October 2013 saw three solo albums on limited edition 180-gram vinyl. Unedited live performances meant to run the length of a side of a vinyl record, they were published on the boutique Tonefloat:Ikon imprint. These three LPs were followed by a few digital-only albums.

The hypnotic nature of Serries’ music comes with time and restrained anticipation. It’s all about a delicate touch that never disturbs the continuum between sound and silence.

August’s Top-5 sellers at the Projekt webstore #1 Erik Wøllo: Tundra EP | CD $10 #2 Steve Roach: The Delicate Forever| CD $14 #3 Mirabilis: Here and the Hereafter (with 2 bonus CDs)| CD $15 #4 Various Artists: 10 Projekt CDs for $25 | 10-CD $25 #5 Steve Roach: Structures From Silence (30th Anniversary Remastered Edition) | 3-CD $18

Jun 04

Mercury’s Antennae in Concert, July 2014

Image by Clovis IV

Stream some Mercury’s Antennae music for free at Bandcamp Purchase their limited edition CD, A Waking Ghost Inside, for $14 at Projekt

Thursday July 3rd Portland, OR ~ Brickbat Mansion @ The Lovecraft Brickbat Mansion 5 Year Anniversary Free! 9pm 421 SE Grand Ave, Portland, Oregon 97214 | Facebook Event Page

**Bassist Cindy Coulter (this ascension, faith and the muse) will join the band. ** Ashkelon Sain::live sound engineer

Sunday July 6th San Francisco, CA ~ The Hotel Utah Saloon in support of Gipsy Moon w/special guest Emily Yates $10 8pm 500 4th Street & Bryant, San Francisco, CA 94107 | hotelutah.com ** semi ambient-acoustic set**

Sunday July 13th Santa Cruz, CA ~ The Box @ The Blue Lagoon 923 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 | The Box @ Facebook Last show of the year and our first time performing in Santa Cruz!

Apr 13

In Concert: Trance to the Sun, Mercury’s Antennae & the Deadfly Ensemble

Kind of like a West Coast Projektfest

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Friday May 2nd @ The Complex in Glendale, CA

Club Deadcadence LA & Club Violaine present:

Psychedelic Post Punk Legends: Trance to the Sun (Aviatrix 2014 Tour) Listen to newly recorded and updated of 5 TTTS classics at Bandcamp With Special Guest: the Deadfly Ensemble listen at Bandcamp and new Projekt Recording Artist: Mercury’s Antennae (Featuring Dru Allen of This Ascension) – preview a track at Bandcamp

21+w/ID • $8 all night • DJ’s Spinning a Mix of Goth-Shoegaze-Darkwave-Dreampop DJ’s Doomie & Matthew (club Violaine)< Complex: 806 Colorado St, Glendale, CA 91205 Facebook Event Page

Mercury’s Antennae

On the road supporting their limited edition debut CD A Waking Ghost Inside (The #1 seller in Projekt’s store for April). Purchase CD at Projekt | Download at Projekt’s Bandcamp Store.

Thu April 24 @ Alhambra Theatre in Portland, OR 4811 SE Hawthorne. website | Facebook Event Page

Sun April 27 @ The Highline in Seattle, WA 9:30pm. 210 Broadway Ave E. website | Facebook Event Page

Mon April 28 @ Oberons Tavern in Ashland, OR semi acoustic/electro show and free! website

Tues April 29 @ Velvet Jones Night Club in Santa Barbara, CA w/ Trance to the Sun and The Maheekats 423 State St. 8pm, 21+, Cover $10. Facebook Event Page

Wed April 30 @ DNA Lounge in San Francisco, CA w/ Trance to the Sun, BloodWIRE, & Crimson Scarlet –> All ages <– DJ Melting Girl / Doors 8pm, show 8:30 / $8 Adv / $10 door 375 11th St. website | Facebook Event Page

Thu May 1 @ Club Apparition at Lido Nightclub in San Jose, CA w/Trance to the Sun and special guests TBA 30 S First St. 21+ / 8pm. website | Facebook Event Page

Fri May 2 @ The Complex in Glendale, CA w/ the Deadfly Ensemble & Trance to the Sun See full details above. website | Facebook Event Page

 

 

 

Trance to the Sun

Sunday, April 27 at The Box @ Blue Lagoon in Santa Cruz, CA 923 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. 8PM, 21+, Cover $5. With and DJ’s OWEN and THE USUAL SUSPECTS Facebook Event Page

Tues April 29 @ Velvet Jones Night Club in Santa Barbara, CA w/Mercury’s Antennae and The Maheekats 423 State St. 8pm, 21+, Cover $10. Facebook Event Page

Wed April 30 @ DNA Lounge in San Francisco, CA w/ Mercury’s Antennae, BloodWIRE, & Crimson Scarlet –> All ages <– DJ Melting Girl / Doors 8pm, show 8:30 / $8 Adv / $10 door 375 11th St. website | Facebook Event Page

Thu May 1 @ Club Apparition at Lido Nightclub in San Jose, CA w/ Mercury’s Antennae 30 S First St. 21+ / 8PM, 21+, Cover TBA website | Facebook Event Page

Fri May 2 @ The Complex in Glendale, CA w/ the Deadfly Ensemble & Mercury’s Antennae See full details above. website | Facebook Event Page

 

 

also on the road:  Voltaire Friday, April 25 @ Steampunk Empire Symposium in Cincinnati, OH

Saturday, April 26 @ Midwest Media Expo in Detroit, MI The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. website

Friday, May 2 @ The Middle East in Boston, MA Saturday, May 3 @ Nauticon in Provincetown, MA website

On tour with Ego Likeness, full details at Voltaire’s Website May 9th Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks May 10th Columbus, OH @ The Shrunken Head May 11th St Louis, MO @ Crack Fox May 12th Chicago, IL @ The Burlington May 13th St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar and Hall May 16th Jacksonville, FL @ Factory May 17th Knoxville, TN @ Relix Variety Theatre May 18th New Orleans @ Siberia May 20th Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade. May 21st Richmond, VA @ Fallout May 22nd Chesapeake, VA @ Roger’s May 23rd Philadelphia, PA @ District N9ne May 24th Washington DC @ Spellbound May 25th Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13

 

Projekt Webstore Top-5 for April:

1 Mercury’s Antennae: A Waking Ghost Inside 2 All my faith lost… Redefine my pure faith 3 Steve Roach: Structures From Silence (30th anniversary 3-CD Remastered edition) 4 Rome: A Passage to Rhodesia Limited Edition DVD/2-CD/Hard Book (Pre-Order) 5 Black tape for a blue girl: 10 Neurotics ~ SALE $7

Oct 13

In Concert: Steve Roach & Athan Maroulis’ NOIR

Steve Roach live in Los Angeles

Hey Los Angeles! I’m going to be at all of these shows. See you there. – Sam. Steve’s Oct 25 & 26 Los Angeles Dome Concerts have limited seating and tickets are selling fast. Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7895508679/efbevent

NOIR

featuring Athan Maroulis of Spahn Ranch & Black Tape For A Blue Girl

NOIR’s album Darkly Near ships in late August (pre-order for $14 at Projekt).

NOIR perform three exclusive East Coast shows:

October 25: PA’s Lounge, Boston Facebook Event Page October 26: Smack! Halloween Ball, New York City Facebook Event Page October 31: 31st Street Pub, Pittsburgh Facebook Event Page

Dec 23

Voltaire tour dates

Monday, December 31st, 2012 Voltaire in Amityville, NY on NEW YEARS EVE! – Doors open at 10:30pm Club Revolution/Ollie’s Pt., 140 Merrick Rd Amityville New York Price: $15 or VIP $30 $15 regular admission/ $30 VIP which includes open bar 10:30-1am. Both include free buffet and champagne toast. www.clubloaded.com for advanced tickets For more info: www.thundertom.com and http://www.facebook.com/thundertom?ref=ts&fref=ts

Friday, January 25th, 2013 Voltaire at the Elysium in Austin, TX Austin TX http://www.elysiumonline.net/ http://www.facebook.com/elysiumaustin

Saturday, February 16th, 2013 Wicked Faire Somerset NJ http://wickedfaire.com/

Friday, April 26th, 2013 Whitby Gothic Weekend Whitby Eng http://www.whitbygothweekend.co.uk/

Sunday, April 28th, 2013 Voltaire in Dublin, Ireland Dublin Ire More info coming soon!

Apr 19

Out of the Blue and Into The Black

This was written in 2010, about the Projektfest in Philadelphia. There was before the line-up revamp; still of interest.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – “When I started Projekt,” comments label-founder Sam Rosenthal, “I never expected that 27 years later I would still be at it, still releasing amazing music, still making fans, and performing live on a regular basis. The music industry is a mess of corporate interests, run by people with no passion for art, only passion for money. Projekt is my way to make my art – and the art of bands I love – available for people who still have passion for music.”

Rosenthal brings that enthusiasm and love to Philadelphia July 30 and 31 for Projektfest, the 9th label festival and the first since their day-stage at the 2007 BlackSun Festival. Projektfest’10 will be a weekend of dark rock and indie music presented in conjunction with Philadelphia’s long-running Dracula’s Ball (details at projekt.com/projektfest). Through June 15th, they are offering a special 30%-off combo ticket price of $39.99.

The festival features a sampling of artists from the Projekt’s roster including Rosenthal’s own Black Tape For A Blue Girl, Lovesliescrushing, Unto Ashes, Weep, Makaras Pen, The Twilight Garden and others.

For those of you unfamiliar with Projekt, it is America’s premier independent label specializing in passionately intense music in the darkwave, shoegaze, ethereal, goth ambient, and darkCabaret genres. Past highlights include Voltaire, Lycia, Love Spirals Downwards and Android Lust.

Projektfest is a hands-on event for Rosenthal, a light-hearted guy with a casual manner and an easy smile. He is organizing the fest himself with the assistance of Shea Hovey, who has been his assistant, label-manager, and sounding board since she started at Projekt as a mail-order clerk in 2001.

“I’ve navigated the waters of the music industry for most of my adult life,” Sam says. “I love what I do, and I’ve got it to the point where the label and mail-order company are fun to work at and provide a minimal amount of Drama. I am releasing Projekt’s 245th CD this year; I have not succumbed to the downward spiral that prevades most of the industry. I struggle with how to make ends meet in the current reality, but I am kept interested by the great music that I get to release and the appreciation of the fans of that music. Actually, the label is more profitable than ever. Why? Because we love what we do and we keep in touch with our fans. People have this idea that musicians are aloof and unapproachable. My idea behind the festival to break down the barriers and bring the fans and bands together.”

Rosenthal’s dark rock outfit Black Tape For A Blue Girl performs at Projektfest. The band recently released their 10th studio album, 10 Neurotics, a collection of sinister-character sketches performed in theatrical cabaret style. Keyboardist/guitarist Rosenthal is joined by vocalist Athan Maroulis (formerly of the pioneering electronic band Spahn Ranch), drummer Brian Viglione (of the Dresden Dolls) and Philadelphia-native dark cabaret chanteuse Nicki Jaine.

Projektfest’10 will introduce the label’s newest signee, Weep, the musical side of Doc Hammer, co-creator of Cartoon Network’s The Venture Bros. Worn Thin, the first full-length from the New York City band, takes their aggressive and firmly pop-structured songs to a place of heightened grandeur within Weep’s guitar and drum-driven dark rock sound.

Another newcomer is Makaras Pen. Doug White – founder, guitarist and songwriter from Projekt’s now disbanded Tearwave – builds on Tearwave’s sound, walking the line between shoegaze and indie rock with a strong dynamic of crushing guitars and delicate female vocals.

Recent signee The Twilight Garden create European synth-pop, cold wave and post-punk. They blend catchy synth melodies, hypnotic drum beats, lush guitar work and elegantly powerful vocals from sole band-member Todd Loomis (who co-wrote and performed on Velvet Acid Christ 2006’s Lust for Blood).

Unto Ashes has been with Projekt since 1999. They haven’t played live since the 2007 Projektfest, so this is an opportunity for Michael to present the dark neo-folk sound that graced the recent The Blood of My Lady CD.

Projektfest’10 features a rare appearance from space/shoegaze/drone progenitor Lovesliescrushing, one of the “original Projekt bands” whose first release was in 1993. Scott Cortez’s guitar is processed nearly to the point of unrecognizability, leaving behind veils and walls of shimmery droning bliss. Melissa’s glossolalic female voice glides spectral and luminescent through the walls of sound; sheets of noise; glossy, ethereal. Lovesliescrushing makes noise sound beautiful.

The first Projektfest was held in 1996 in Chicago, where the label was then based. Several festivals followed, including Philadelphia in 1998 and 2002, as the label moved to the East Coast. Rosenthal took a break from the 2-day festival after 2002 to focus on raising his son. Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s tour earlier this year brought out the festival-itch, and Rosenthal began making arrangements for its return.

“It is great to meet the people who have passion for the music I release. I throw these festivals to bring us all together, to give the fans great music and give the bands a chance to connect to fans of other label acts. I plan to have lots of places at the festival where the artists and audience can interact, to make it more than just a show, it’s an interactive experience.”

Keeping with this philosophy, Projektfest’10 kicks off with a “Meet Up” at its official hotel, The Hampton Inn, on Friday at 2 p.m. The Meet Up, which runs until the festival door time of 7 p.m., offers an opportunity for fans, artists, and Projekt staff to meet and mingle prior to the show. The main show will be held at the nearby Trocadero Theatre. Fans gather again on Saturday at the Hampton Inn, which will host a Day Stage and Merchants Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Night is Dracula’s Ball, a gothic/industrial dance night that will feature live performances from legends My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult and Lords of Acid. The Digital Ferret record store will host a pre-event on Thursday.

“Hosting a label festival is really a blast,” Rosenthal said. “Hanging out with bands I usually only communicate with by email. Meeting the label’s fans. We sold a pair of tickets to a couple from Anchorage Alaska and also to two guys from Mexico City. That’s dedication to the music! Our fans stick with us because they know we’re the real thing, we’re doing this out of our love of the music. See you in Philadelphia.”