2011 Artist Lineup

Radiohiro w/ MC Zulu

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A lifelong musician and DJ, Radiohiro is rewriting the sound of London’s “Asian Underground” style with a tough new incarnation called “Asian Massive”. His sound can be best described as bass induced breakbeats, u.k. grime, and dubstep combined with lush classical Indian and bollywood mixtures. A trained drummer since the age of 4, Radiohiro was exposed to East Indian music thru his Jazz training. He credits guitarist John McLaughlin’s ‘Shakti’ records which featured Master South Indian Violinist, L. Shankar and tabla maestro Zakir Hussain. An extremist, he then spent 10 years producing and recording East Indian Hindustani music performed by the world’s top masters. Being touted as one of the top acts at Burningman these past two years by mixdwn.com and Resident Advisor, Radiohiro and MC Zulu performed along side Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza in front of a record Hookahdome audience and headlined NEXUS soundcamp in front of an insane audience of 5000 people. Radiohiro has been headlining and DJ’ing his own music at the Burningman festival for the past 14 years. Radiohiro has also worked with great music masters including Quincy Jones, Bill Laswell, Tabla Master Zakir Hussain, Bassnectar, and many others. He has written music for corporates such as Microsoft, and spent several years doing sound design for A&E Cable Networks and PBS. Radiohiro was the drummer for Tranquility Bass (EMI Records), an outfit that is credited as the pioneer of the music style called Trip Hop. As an emerging artist, Radiohiro has recently produced music with Karsh Kale for the highly respected world music label, Six Degrees Records. BBC Radio has playlisted 15 differen’t songs of his over the past 3 years, 3 of them reaching number one on BBC Radio 1. This year, Radiohiro has contributed his song “Junta” to the soundtrack for the Movie “Ashes”, a film directed and produced by Ajai Naidu and scored by Karsh Kale and The Midival Punditz. Radiohiro has been playing at the Burningman Festival for the past 14 years straight. He also scored the soundtrack to the Indian movie “Leg Before Wicket” a story about India and Pakistans conflict over Kashmir. His debut album “110/220″ is being released in Winter 2011 and features MC Zulu, Karsh Kale, and several Hindustani classical gurus. —————— MC ZULU’s sound is a non-traditional mix of Dancehall-styled chatting, often punctuated with lush harmonies. He displays an almost twisted sense of rhythmic structure, and some of the most poignant songwriting in the genre. The experimental approach Zulu has taken towards music is evident in the assortment of tracks over which his voice can be heard. He has released music for Universal, Warner, EMI, NinjaTune and also a host of independent labels. He is often cited in the press as being one of the pioneers of a new, Reggae-influenced variety of Electronica. No stranger to the world stage, MC Zulu has delighted crowds across the globe, making his presence known in places such as Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Much of his material with DJ Radiohiro was debuted at 2010’s Burning Man, and is slated for an early 2011 release Radiohiro and MC Zulu tracks can be downloaded at www.beatport.com, and most other digital music outlets. Some for free at www.radiohiro.com and www.mczulu.com. Radiohiro’s debut LP and Dubfi Soundsystem’s EP featuring Radiohiro and MC Zulu will be available in Winter-Spring 2011 on Freakeasy Music. www.freakeasymusic.net

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