20/20 Soundsystem - Wakarusa Music Festival

2009 Artist Lineup

20/20 Soundsystem

2020Soundsystem are one of the best live bands in electronic music and have played shows to more than 20,000 people several times. They have established themselves firmly in the festival circuit as well as building up their reputation through the world of underground clubs and dirty discos. Their debut album “No Order” received best album in DJ, IDJ and Update magazines. It features two CDs, documenting their Sweatshop studios work and a second disc featuring a recording from their live performance at the hottest music festival on the planet: Sonar in Barcelona. 2020Soundsystem was started as a new way of playing mixing live instruments with electronics by Ralph Lawson, original DJ at the legendary back to basics club in Leeds, and Danny ‘dubble d’ Ward. Tired of a jaded club scene they sought a different way to entertain and excite. By weaving live instruments into Lawsons DJ set, they transformed the clubbing experience into something new by giving the best of both worlds: the continuity and diversity of a DJ mix with the raw energy and excitement of seeing a live band. The project became four when bass player Fernando Pulichino and Julian Sanza, recent arrivals from Argentina, sent 2020 a demo under their Silver City moniker. Lawson heard the guys ability to play (as well as cook a mean steak), and immediately invited them to join the project. At first it was a jam around Lawsons jocking, but as the idea developed original material started to come out of the sessions. The crew played very much as a dubstyle soundsystem for the first two years and then started experimenting with adding vocalists. Firstly this was Diane Charlemagne who is most famous for her song, ‘Inner City Life’ with Goldie. On “No Order” she features on ‘High’. The Soundsystem then started to get remix requests and one was from New York band The Glass. They were so into the singers voice that they asked him to guest on the album. This has resulted in a two track collaboration with Dominique and Glen from The Glass ‘No Order’ and ‘Won’t Bother’. Finally they found that bass player Fernando had a killer voice so the rest of the band pushed him up front to represent as well. 2020Soundsystem have been busy on the road in 2007-8 with killer performances at Exit festival Serbia, Skolbeats Brazil, Creamfields Argentina, Glastonbury Camp Bisco USA and Groove Parade under their belts. They have also been compiling their second album “Falling” due for release in 2009. The crew now have their US visas in place an plan to hit the states in November and March with a series of shows.

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