Imagine taking a stroll through a dreamscape where sound comes at you in the shape of stoned dragons, crazed sirens, and limping hobbits. This is kind of what it's like to listen to the electronic yet timeless music of Dusthead, A.K.A. Bill Le.
The artist says of his work, he's "bringing
sounds of the future and visions from the past to create a performance
that's spiritually and mentally stimulating." He manages this incredible feat by incorporating tribal and orchestral elements. The Miami artist will perform for the first time at FAT Village Art Walk this month. "It's a good opportunity for me to spread more sound-waves and emit cosmic vibrations throughout the Broward community."
Along with the Telekinetic Family, a creative arts collective, Dusthead hosts
nights and festivals like Occupalooza, Envision/Confunktion, and the
monthly event Ancient Footwork which aims to elevate the underground.
This art walk, he'll be performing with drummers and dancer Marissa Alma
Nicks, and alongside Free Like Me.
On bringing his music to
non-traditional and arts locations, Dusthead remarked, "The atmosphere of
the arts setting is very pure to me. I highly enjoy playing at venues,
but there's nothing like performing around the galleries and streets.
It's intimate, and you connect with the audience in different way."
and the Telekinetic Family often include art and dance in their
performances. "Dancers add essence and character to the sounds
produced. The dancer is expressing the story of the song through the
movement of her body." He says, "At this show, Marissa Alma Nick will be
presenting a divine and special dance piece." Also involved at the art walk performance will be
Jerry Oviedos on the sitar and beatboxing wizard Kamakaze.
is also socially conscious. He lived and performed at Occupy Miami for
months. Though they were recently evicted from their campsite, he says
he still sees the familiar faces of other occupiers at his shows. "It
was so much more real," He says of playing at the Occupy camp. "The
protestors had a powerful message that they wanted to release. Even if
the sound system wasn't so great and there was a chance of getting
arrested, they would get super into it, venting everything."
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Dusthead will be releasing a new album in late April called
The Auditorium Of Alchemy. Catch his performance on Saturday, February 25 at NW 1st Ave & NW 5th St., Fort Lauderdale.