This year's crazy awesome line-up is truly an expression of the AMC's eclectic eccentricity: JD Samson & MEN (ex Le Tigre / electropop), Lauren Flax (house), The Black Opera (hip-hop), Waajeed (hip-hop), and Emily Wells (classical / electronics). Hosted by the phenomenal Miz Korona.
JD Samson & MEN
MEN is a Brooklyn-based band and art/performance collective led by LE TIGRE’s JD Samson.
MEN focus on the energy of live performance and radical potential of dance music. Their music speaks of issues such as wartime economies, sexual compromise, and the demand for liberties through lyrical content and an inventive, high-energy stage show.
The group began in 2007 with the DJ/production/remix team of LE TIGRE members JD Samson and Johanna Fateman. With LE TIGRE on hiatus, when the duo began to write new songs, it made sense to merge their efforts with JD’s other project HIRSUTE (Michael O’Neill, JD Samson, Emily Roysdon and Ginger Brooks Takahashi).MEN put out their debut record, "Talk About Body" on IAMSOUND Records February 2011. The band have toured extensively all over the world, played Coachella 2011 and have supported both Peaches and Gossip, and most recently, CSS through a full US tour. MEN are currently in the studio recording their second full length record. Their first record, "Talk About Body" was released in February through IAMSOUND Records, a subsidiary of Sony Records, and in the UK through Sony proper.
Lauren Flax is a DJ, songwriter and producer from Detroit, MI. Now residing in Brooklyn, NYC, Lauren currently is a member of the Brooklyn based band CREEP with Lauren Dillard and is the Fischerspooner tour DJ. DJs Are Not Rockstars an indie dance label run by Mark Davenport and Alexander Technique released her first single "You've Changed" featuring vocals by Sia of Zero7 fame. In 2010, Sia re-recorded "You've Changed" and released it as her first single from the album, "We Are Born."
The Black Opera
The Black Opera has been created with the purpose of uniting opposing worlds and making perfect harmony through multi-genre artistic expressions. With members located in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, & Paris, WE don’t claim just one place; WE take THE WORLD.
The Black Opera is a collective of Artistic Freedom Fighters, who openly & fluently express Creation through Music, Visual Art and Parables of Truth. WE are The Black Opera, a cast of characters narrating OUR perception of Timeless issues and Universal subjects that connect The Past, Present and Future. Black is not a Cultural Reference, but rather Social; WE are a counter cultural movement, with concepts of QUALITY, LONGEVITY, INNOVATION and TALENT as OUR driving forces.
DJ, producer, composer, and arranger Waajeed was mentored by late Slum Village rapper and producer James Yancey, better known to the world as J Dilla. He has produced for Elzhi and Dwele, and contributing heavily to Slum Village’s Trinity album in wake of Yancey’s departure from the group. In 2001, he established his own imprint, the Bling47 Group, while a quest for Drum Crazy break LP distribution in Detroit led to a recording deal with Ubiquity Records and the formation of the Platinum Pied Pipers (PPP) with Darnell “Saadiq” Bolden.The forthcoming PPP3 album and projects with “Mad” Mike Banks, Karizma, Ana Tijoux, and Invincible are certain to keep the still-emerging producer grounded and on the right path, no matter how much the business of music and its frustrations occasionally threaten to expose rugged, Hockeytown roots.
Emily Wells is a performer, producer, singer and composer known for her varied use of classical and modern instrumentation as well as her deft approach to live sampling at shows. Classically trained as a violinist, she also plays drums, keys, beat machines and whatever else she can fit in her road case.It was in a humble garage studio in Los Angeles that Wells' recorded her 2008 breakthrough, The Symphonies: Dreams Memories & Parties, picking up praise from sources as varied as NPR and SPIN, who compared her to "a feral, streetwise Nina Simone." 2012 will find Wells touring behind Mama, her first release for Partisan Records, and preparing for the release of Pillowfight, her long whispered-about collaboration with legendary producer Dan The Automator.