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STS9 Share Song "New Dawn, New Day" Ahead Of Album Release + Interview

STS9 New Dawn New Day Album

A lot of you may not be familiar with STS9, short for Sound Tribe Sector 9, but there's a lot of you who are die hard fans. They are a five piece live electronic band that originated in Georgia and are now based in Santa Cruz with cult like fanbase that will follow them around the country putting them in the same category as jam bands like Phish. 

While this marks the first time they are being featured on TSIS, they have a quite a long history in the scene. They have influenced and paved the way for countless other live electronic hybrids including some TSIS regulars like Big Gigantic. They were some of the first curators in the scene and have brought many acts like Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Diplo and more to all open up for them. Dominic Lalli from Big Gigantic explains the group's influence stating “STS9 have been a inspiration and paved the way for the start of our career, from letting us open up early tours of theirs on to releasing our first couple albums on their label.”

The group is releasing their first studio album in about 7 years with The Universe Inside set to release this Friday, September 2nd. We are excited to be premiering the song "New Dawn, New Day" taken from the album, which is actually a remake of Nina Simone's "Feelin Good". To go along with this track, we also have an interview with the group touching on some of their impressive history in the scene and process behind the album. Enjoy!

STS9 - New Dawn, New Day | Stream Only 

You guys were pioneers of the live electronic world that is now thriving, what were some of the struggles early on?

Early on, figuring out how to perform the music we were making at home took time. We wanted to incorporate the samples and sequences we were creating without sacrificing the natural feel of the band. It was a lot of trial and error on stage in front of people. That could be thrilling or frustrating depending on the night. 

Those pure experimental days were crucial for us though. They helped us figure out what we were trying to do and what kind of band we wanted to be. To us, music is a passion and lifelong pursuit. We feel like were finally getting to the place we’ve always wanted to be. Like the house is built, now we can live in it. 

The group has shifted members over the years in between album cycles, how has this changed your live experience and approach with this new album?

Alana joined the band about three years ago and has been a friend and collaborator for as long as we can remember. Other than her, were still the four original members of the band, something we're really thankful for. 

Live, we're improvising more and taking chances with the music. We're pushing ourselves and the set lists, trying new things all the time. We have a lot more songs in rotation these days. 

On the album, we just wanted Alana to be herself and do her thing. Her playing inspired us to focus more on our pocket and the overall feel and sound of the music. 

This is the first album in almost 7 years, how did this creation process differ from past albums?

We transformed our studio and recording process to be able to capture the sound and feel of what we were going for. We went in on hardware and instruments and used whole takes of multiple musicians at a time, leaving the imperfections to enhance the human feel of the overall sound.

We also expanded the team and worked on other projects. Brad Bowden and I co-produced and mixed the album together. He helped us take our sound and recordings to a new level. The band wrote most of “Get Loud” with Betty Idol and Justice League, who we’ve been fans of for a long time. I scored a movie called The Automatic Hate and worked with some of our heroes, Don Was and the Grateful Dead. Alana, Zach and Jeffree all recorded on other albums. Phipps designed and released his own modular synths. These experiences influenced our creative process and gave us new inspiration and confidence in our work at a crucial time. 

What is the significance of this song "New Dawn, New Day"?

“New Dawn, New Day” is the first song we wrote when Alana joined the band. The sample is Nina Simone whose music we love and admire. Its one of our all time favorite lyrics and an incredible honor to have her on our album. The lyrics and vocals express how we felt in a way we couldn’t have expressed on our own. Theres a power and strength in her voice that we love. They’re also the only sampled lyrics on the album. 

This album includes more vocals than your previous work, what inspired this direction?

The music we were making, what we were going through at the time and the ideas that influenced the concept of the album all inspired the lyrics and vocals. They help us express something more direct than we could with the music alone.

SnowBall Music Festival 2013 Complete Massive Lineup

SnowBall Music Festival 2013 Complete Massive Lineup - Featured Image
It already been announced that the massive 3 day long Colorado snow music festival SnowBall had relocated from the Vail area to Winter Park for 2013. The festival has always had one of the freshest most diverse lineups not just in Colorado but on the West coast. They have consistently had a great blend of the hottest new electronic, live band, and hip-hop acts all at the same festival to enjoy while freezing your ass off. Well now for the big switch of locations, this lineup completely makes up for the move. The headliners include past attendee Colorado electronic icon Pretty Lights who knows how to shut a festival down. STS9 makes their highly anticipated debut Snow festival appearance which is sure to be one to remember. Rowdytown headliner, fellow Colorado Native Big Gigantic are set to unleash their new stage setup. The man bringing real hip-hop back to American mainstream... Kendrick Lamar. One of our favorite rising Electro stars Porter Robinson is set to have a epic headlining performance. Datsik will probably drop bass louder then you have ever heard.. literally. Flying Lotus is one of the most intelligent producers and will take you too another world with his future sounding productions. The collaboration project between GRiZ and Gramatik aka Grizmatik will be performing their first official festival performance with live production. And those are only the headliners playing the festival, look above / below at the rest of the jaw dropping lineup. These are more then enough reason to rage in the freezing snow for 3 days for an unforgettable weekend filled with snow and music. Hope to see everyone out in the snow this year!

Full SnowBall Lineup After the Jump

Full SnowBall 2013 Lineup

• Pretty Lights • STS9 • Big Gigantic • Porter Robinson • Kendrick Lamar • Portugal. The Man • Datsik • Grizmatik • Flying Lotus • The Presets • Japandroids • Krewella • Poliça • Delta Spirit • Flosstradamus • Tennis • Robert Randolph & the Family Band • Surfer Blood • Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs • Aeroplane • Zion I • Crizzly with Lil Flip • RAC • Shlomo • Michal Menert • Rubblebucket • Gigamesh • Run DMT • Twiddle • American Royalty • Luminox • Destructo • Robotic Pirate Monkey • Yamn • Tumbleweed Wanderers • The Floozies • Truth • Bestfriends • Ishi • Bonfire Dub • Chris B. • Rumtum • School Knights • Kink Ardor • K Theory • Steffi Graf • Mo:Rockin • Ramona • Vinnie Maniscalco • Cold River City

Buku Music & Art Project 2013 Lineup + Details : Kid Cudi, Calvin Harris, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, STS9, Nero, Flux Pavillion, Big Gigantic & More!

Buku Music & Art Project 2013 Lineup + Details : Kid Cudi, Calvin Harris, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, STS9, Nero, Flux Pavillion, Big Gigantic & More! - Featured Image
Easily one of the most enjoyable festivals of this past year was Buku Music & Art Project which took place in New Orleans last march. The festival had an intimate vibe being under 10,0000 people, and took place  right on the water at Mardi Gras World, the famed warehouse / shipyard that all of the insane Mardi Gras floats get built at year round. The uniquely set festival also boasted a jaw dropping lineup which featured Skrillex, Wiz Khalifa, Avicii, Diplo, Big Gigantic, Porter Robinson, Big K.R.I.T., and Wolgang Gartner among others. With so many of the aritsts from last years lineup exploding in size, I coudln't help but wonder how they could possibly match the lineup.. Well look below and you will see they more then matched it, it might be even better! The festival will be returning to New Orleans in 2013 for the weekend of March 8th and March 9th.  We are excited to be partnering up with Buku again for 2013! Tickets go on sale for Buku 2013 this Friday, December 7 at 11:00 a.m. CST.   

Buku Music & Art Project 2013 Lineup Headliners: Kid Cudi Calvin Harris Primus 3D Passion Pit Kendrick Lamar STS9 Nero Flux Pavillion Major Lazer Big Gigantic Best Coast

FULL LINEUP AFTER THE JUMP The lineup for the 2013 Buku Music & Art Project features headliners Kid Cudi, Calvin Harris, Primus 3D, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, STS9, Nero, Flux Pavillion, Major Lazer, Big Gigantic, and Best Coast. Also on the lineup featuring all these acts who could also be headliners: Datsik, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, Shlohmo, Earl Sweatshirt, R3hab, Brown & Gammon, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Alt-J, Starfucker,  Lettuce, RAC, Aeroplane, JMSN, Poolside, Big Freedia, Hundred Waters, Break Science, Nicky Da B, BUKU That lineup alone is something you should not miss in 2013, and mixed with the incredible venue and setting, this festival easily makes it on our 2013 festival circuit. And we could not be more excited to be working with such a cool lineup with one of the freshest lineups we have seen. Their is also going to be a VIP package including the Creole Queen Riverboat which will be docked up close to the main stage featuring a viewing area of the main stage. Don't miss out grabbing tickets early when they go on sale this Friday, December 7 at 11:00 a.m. CST.  You can purchase the tickets through the Buku Music & Art Project Official Website Here.

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