Dropping Gems is a music label and collective of artists based in the Pacific Northwest. Their goal is to share their vision of the future of humanity as expressed in the form of electronic music. They produce and release albums and serve as a DIY conduit between the Northwest and producers from around the country.
R2E Featured Artists:
Bone Rock '09, "Karmelwave"
Jesse Callahan’s homegrown, self-prescribed Northwest pacifism led him past the shores of Illinois, up the face of Mt. Ellinor to the Palace of Illastine where he discovered the spirit of Bone Rock. Bone Rock, like music, is invisible. Together the two created the Dropping Gems releases Bone Rock EP and EARS. Jesse (under the name Nag Champa) previously hosted The Soul Story Hour on Evergreen’s KAOS radio, and can be heard monthly hosting The Dropping Gems podcast series. He has a passion for public radio, enjoys mixing records, and loves writing poetry, but more often than not spends his time making beats. Always working on new ideas, Jesse’s eclectic style can be heard on a number of projects including (but not limited to) Noceana, Sexual Effectuals, Fashion Plaza, Y-Bot and The Intergalactical Trio, and of course, Bone Rock.
Brownbear '10, "Original Face (Timeboy Mix)"
Hailing from the dense Northwestern forests of Washington state, Andrew Desmarais, a.k.a Brownbear, draws inspiration from those lush environments, observing and interpreting his surroundings into tangible beat-scapes, exploring the subtle beauty in everyday sounds. Influenced by everything from neck-breaking hip-hop beats and emotional orchestral soundtracks to antique folk records and radio transmissions drifting in airspace, Brownbear re-imagines the ordinary into his own aural perception of the universe.
Ghost Feet, "Voka":
Ghost Feet is an electro-acoustic duo composed of Calvin Erdal (current Evergreen student) and Rachel Dubuc '12. The release of their debut EP, Wires and Chords, on Dropping Gems, has introduced a world of listeners to their brand of glitchy head-nodding ambience. Receiving coverage and acclaim from notable sources all over the internet, including XLR8R and Resident Advisor, Wires has demonstrated the spectrum of emotions the duo are capable of commanding. Their live show takes things a step further, introducing audiences to a full experience sometimes only implied on record. As Calvin recreates the busy percussion and Rachel strums out dusky melodies on her guitar, the tones and rhythmic shape of their music take on a massively visceral quality. The effect on the members of the audience is clear to anyone in attendance: dancing and hypnosis, to be found in equal measure.
The two first met after leaving their respective hometowns of Santa Ana and Houston to attend The Evergreen State College. They brought their individual musical talents with them, and it wasn’t long before they began to run in the same circles and eventually collaborate together. It was a rainy afternoon in May, 2010 that brought Calvin’s drum programming and sound design together with Rachel’s guitar playing, and the sonic potential immediately showed audible result. For the next several months the two wrote songs and developed their live show at local house parties. In early 2011 they were asked to perform alongside the Dropping Gems crew at their Olympia Showcase, delivering an astonishing high-energy performance, and not long afterwards they were invited to join DG as permanent members. Their future plans include a full-length LP and continuing to deliver the live Ghost Feet experience to hungry audiences.
Rap Class, '09, "When You're With a Girl":
John Kemmerle, 09, is an eclectic DJ and producer who has been operating out of the PNW as Rap Class for the better part of the last decade. His styles are routed in a heavy sample-based audio collage and disco mix champion influence. He can deliver anything; changing the ins and outs of his routine is his specialty. Every time you see him it’s like drawing a prize out from a bag. His one goal: to keep his audience guessing. Seeing him live, audiences may just learn that forward thinking electronic music doesn’t merely exist in the present, but lives as a culmination of all music history, a fact to be presented by the right DJ at the right place & time: Rap Class.
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