Friday, October 6, 2017
As the founder of the Future Roots collective – Edmonton’s longest running organizer of underground jungle, dub, and bass music events and culture – Phatcat is well known for his pioneering contributions to Edmonton’s music community, hosting hundreds of independent events over the last decade. Collecting vinyl from an early age kept him on the warriors path following the hardcore continuum of bass music through its emotional and technological journey. He constantly explores the changing crossfade between Footwork, Jungle, Grime, Dub, and Techno, having been performing his own dubplates and releases at places like Basscoast, Shambhala, and other countless festivals, raves, and clubs across Canada since ’98. Subtle precision on the decks is the hallmark of Phatcat’s sets – taking risks, exploring new sounds, and never forgetting the roots of Rave, while presenting a evolving stew of his most current studio output!
He is also an award winning sound designer and composer, receiving an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award in 2015 for his original score to the acclaimed contemporary theatre/dance production “Bears” which charted the psychedelic animistic journey of an Canadian oil sands worker breaking the energy sector’s shackles.
Known as much for his work behind the scenes, as the director of Future Roots he has been at the forefront of the bass movement for over a decade. Including notably championing the 160 bpm movement by hosting the first ever Canadian stop from DJ Rashad (R.I.P.), as well as Ninja Tune’s Machinedrum, Sam Binga, Om Unit, Addison Groove, Sinistarr and more. Over the years he has shared the stage and hosted countless and diverse artists such as Chimpo, Kahn, Andy C, Zeds Dead, Joker, Goldie, DRS, Rusko, UZ, Noisia, Savant, Calibre, Shackleton, and many many more.
Bringing underground vibes to Edmonton for over 15 years and having just celebrated Future Roots’ 11th anniversary, Phatcat is grinding nonstop in the studio towards multiple projects in 2017, including a granular sampling recording project, more remix’s for label Inner City Dance, an upcoming LP, and more big releases for the Future Roots tape label!