KJ Sawka releases CYCLONIC STEEL on DualDisc

KJ Sawka releases CYCLONIC STEEL on DualDisc


Innovative drummer / producer
/ / / KJ SAWKA
releases his second full-length album
Cyclonic Steel
on Dualdisc Media (full audio CD on one side, DVD on the other)
www.kjsawka.com, www.myspace.com/kjsawka

Available nationwide on Wax Orchard Records
in retail outlets, itunes, and online

Cyclonic Steel includes
• 3 tracks featuring American Idol runner-up BLAKE LEWIS
• 6 videos including acclaimed works by Clay Lipsky (Daedelus, Coldcut)
• 12 twisted breaks, d'n'b, and glitch served up Sawka-style -live drums!!
www.myspace.com/blakelewis, www.goclaygo.com

<< music & video links & downloads at the bottom of this email >>

KJ Sawka's upcoming Cylconic Steel Tour includes dates in:
• the US (Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Las Vegas, New York, and more)
• the UK (London, Brighton, Reading, and more)
• Canada (Toronto, WInnipeg, and Kelowna)
• opening for multiple dates with Dieselboy's Planet of the Drums Tour, plus the Glade Festival, UK, the Evolve Festival, Nova Scotia
for dates visit: www.myspace.com/kjsawka

Other points of interest:
• Sawka is featured on the AMON TOBIN track The Killer's Vanilla on his new full length Foley Room.
• 2 of Sawka's YouTube videos have a combined total of over 400,000 views.
• Sawka has a monthly live show on the longest-running drum'n'bass internet radio station Bassdrive.
www.amontobin.com, www.youtube.com, www.bassdrive.com

Recent press for KJ Sawka:

Man…or machine? That's the question that listeners, show-goers, and critics ask themselves about Kevin Sawka since the Seattle drummer started experimenting with drum 'n bass styles in the late '90s. The upcoming release of Cyclonic Steel on Dualdisc -a new CD format that is a cd on one side and a DVD on the other- demonstrates through both audio and video the superhuman quality of his performances and production.

Cyclonic Steel is a study in what electronic music has the potential to be, particularly with Sawka's adeptness with acoustic sounds, jazz, and rock techniques. Sawka's music isn't your typical drum'n'bass affair; instead, the listener is presented with a sweaty, rhythmic expedition into realms situated between contemporary breakbeat, intense drum'n'bass, and new glitch, inspired by the work of Dieselboy, Amon Tobin, and others.

Straight from the top, "Brotherhood of the Drum" shows off Sawka's ability to organically produce beats with his own two hands and feet despite sounding so meticulous and perfected. On "Cosmos," Sawka remixes the vocals of Christa Wells into a gorgeous ebb and flow alongside his trademark drumming in true broken beat fashion. "Montreal," the album's first video single -an incredible dark-fairy-tale-style-animation directed by Clay Lipsky- takes us on a 7.5 minute musical journey through rapturous and spacey synth arpeggios over more delicate electro-beats. Experience more versatility on bombastic dance tracks like "Get It On" or the sexy, funky, whirling dervish "Glitch Funk."

Sawka claims Cyclonic Steel is a different beast than that of his mesmerizing live show, which is captured in many Seattle venues on the DVD. "The live show is for a crazy experience of live dance music." After seeing Sawka perform live, music writer James Kirchmer exclaimed that Sawka "attacked his kit with a frenetic precision so impressive I speculated that he'd once been replaced by a drum machine, and had spent all the years since working out an elaborate revenge."

KJ Sawka's live performances are so memorable largely because of the unique extravagance of Kevin Sawka's drum kit. Between 3 snares, 2 kick drums (acoustic, electronic), a few cymbals and saw blades, Electribe sampler, SPD-20 drum pad, Korg Kaoss pad, and a loop station, he also employs custom MIDI drumlights that react to his complex dance beats as well as specialized visuals pulled from in-the-drumset surveillance cameras (!).

Kevin Sawka didn't invent the drum kit. He didn't invent jungle beats, and he didn't invent drum 'n bass. But by pairing these elements with his innovative approach to creating and performing, he just might be inventing something newer, more intricate, and downright eye-opening.

• the KJ Sawka track WTO featuring Blake Lewis on vocals
http://www.mediamax.com/waxorchard/Hosted/cyclonicsteel/KJ Sawka - WTO.mp3

• the video Montreal directed / produced by Clay Lipsky (included on Cyclonic Steel)

• four tracks recorded during Amon Tobin's dj set while KJ Sawka played alongside him during the finale / encore at a recent gig at Neumo's, Seattle:
1: http://www.mediamax.com/waxorchard/Hosted/cyclonicsteel/sawkavstobin1.mp3
2: http://www.mediamax.com/waxorchard/Hosted/cyclonicsteel/sawkavstobin2.mp3
3: http://www.mediamax.com/waxorchard/Hosted/cyclonicsteel/sawkavstobin3.mp3
4: http://www.mediamax.com/waxorchard/Hosted/cyclonicsteel/sawkavstobin-grandfinale.mp3

• for press inquiries and interviews, please contact
Vicki Siolos

• for general inquiries and booking, please contact
Scott McCusker
Cyber Groove Productions/Artist Management
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