Seamlessly blending together electronic and orchestral on his new LP, Apashe brings his singular sound to North America, with a show in D.C.’s own Echostage this November.
Ahead of the forthcoming release of Antagonist, Apashe has unveiled 29 dates to promote it, with the help of The Brass Orchestra for live instrumentation. Based in Canada, Apashe is relatively new to the music scene, as his first LP, Renaissance just released in 2020. Even with his relatively recent beginnings, Apashe has built as a reliable audience based on his unique take on contemporary EDM.
The project’s first single, “Gasoline,” features Indian rapper Raga and signals things to come for the new LP. With drilling beats and orchestral notes behind them, “Gasoline” offers something unexpected for casual electronica fans. Raga spits bars in Hindi, accompanied by strings and Bollywood-style beats provided by Apashe. The producer is one to watch the electronic scene, and not someone to be boxed in by genre expectations, as continues to be affirmed by his latest singles, “Fracture,” and “Revenge of the Orchestra.”
Apashe seeks to innovate in his exploration of different genres, meshing together the “purity of his symphonic orchestral compositions with the rawness of electronic music.” By opening his music up to influences from hip-hop and world music, Apashe has concocted a “unique majestic sound.” His live performances carry the same infectious energy of his recorded music, where audiences can watch his beats come to life before their very eyes.
Antagonist will be available this Fall on major streaming platforms like YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music. “Revenge of the Orchestra” and other singles from the Antagonist LP are available now. Apache comes to Echostage in Washington D.C. on November 18, 2023.
Cameron Landry is a former journalism student at The George Washington University, and a current writer for Alchemical Records. He’s shared a passion for music journalism for several years, and focused much of his reporting as an undergraduate on how independent music venues have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Based in Washington, DC, Cameron can often be found at local concerts (and record stores!) in the district.
Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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