Art Outside 2015: Bluetech [Artist Spotlight]
Art Outside 2015 is just around the corner, and as always the lineup is stacked! One of the bigger names this year, a DJ who has produced almost 15 albums, the legendary Bluetech. Evan Bartholomew, or Bluetech as we know him, has been producing music since 2003, and even launched his own label, Native State Records in 2004. Mixing groovy beats with beautiful melodies, he truly defines the word “chill.”
Originally trained on piano, Evan quickly found his true talent in the electronic music scene. He started with psytrance in the early 2000s, and by 2002 had moved to more downtempo music, putting together what would be the first official Bluetech album. His most recent album, Alchemic Dubs, was released in 2014 and has been an absolute favorite of mine. Some of his other memorable albums include: Prima Materia, Elemantary Particles, Love Songs to The Source, and The Divine Invasion.
In terms of music creation and style, Evan says, “I tend to write stuff that has a really kinetic personality to it, like some cosmic space hop – stuff that will move people on the dance floor as well as entertain them intellectually, and hopefully impart a spiritual component to their dance.” If you’ve heard his music, you know this to be true: you can’t listen without bobbing your head or dancing a little (or a lot). Check the end of this post for one his most classic songs, “Alchemic Dub.”
Something I find extremely interesting about Evan is his musical inspirations. While many musicians are influenced by other music, Evan finds inspiration outside of music itself – “the force or energy of the volcano here is an inspiration to me, the way the lava destroys and creates room for new life and new land at the same time. I’m an active dreamer, and many of the scenarios and events that occur in the dreamtime became inspirations for music, though I’m usually looking for a more universal thread, or element that reflects a common mythology.” Having such a fundamentally different approach to his music allows Evan to distinguish himself, while at the same time taking his music to the next level.
Evan is not only a musician, but a businessman. Managing his label and producing ambient music are his main sources of income, yet he treats them like a true business. Unlike many musicians, Evan is able to support himself and live a comfortable life in Hawaii, with his Siberian Husky, Kaia. Running his own label isn’t easy – “I get up and put in 8 hours a day” he says. On top of writing new music, he is constantly searching out gigs, working on album art, and all of the day to day office work. Speaking of album art, Evan is also very well known for his amazing album covers. Here are some examples:
Putting an incredible amount of time into his album covers, using all sorts of unique materials and designs, they are truly works of art. In his own words, Evan says this of his album covers: “Instead of just being another plastic disc in a plastic case, we create numbered limited edition pieces of art, which I believe are an incentive to supporting the music.” Just another way that Evan goes to the next level to deliver the full music package, that he curates from start to finish.
Having enjoyed Evan the past 2 years in a row at Art Outside, I am ecstatic for this third year. He will no doubt be playing the Dome Stage again, which in my opinion, is the most trippy and intimate stage there is at Art Outside. Tons of people, jam packed into a geodesic dome [see below], with projection mapping on the interior ceiling of the dome…it’s beautiful. I have no doubt that Evan prefers this stage to the bigger main stage, since this allows a more intimate experience for him and fans.
Overall Bluetech is an amazing, truly-unique-in-many-ways artist, and we cant wait to experience him at Art Outside 2015, where he will rock the dome stage again until the wee morning. For more information on Art Outside, check our recent post. Thanks for reading!