You could throw around generous descriptors and any number of genre-locking terms – electronic pop, minimal house, acid techno – but you'd still fail to get to the center of Matthew Dear. With releases under no fewer than three aliases, including False (M_NUS), Jabberjaw (Perlon), and Audion (Spectral Sound), the Texas native has earned his international status over the course of a decade, getting his bearings on the DJ decks as a teenager to flooring sold-out crowds at venues like Fabric, and releasing critically acclaimed original productions.
After meeting Ghostly founder Sam Valenti IV at a house party in the late 90s, Dear eventually produced the A-Side for the label's first 12-inch release, "Hands Up for Detroit." Since then, Dear issued his pop-infused debut album Leave Luck to Heaven and its counterpart Backstroke, which caught mainstream attention, as well as myriad releases under his club-oriented pseudonyms (including the omnipresent, chart-topping "Mouth to Mouth" as Audion).
Further accomplishments include requests from the Postal Service and Hot Chip for his remix skills, incessant touring and constantly evolving DJ sets and live performances. He'll still tell you that his greatest pleasure is a quiet day of fishing, but with the release of his last full-length, the accomplished Asa Breed, it's clear that Dear has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.
Outputmessage is Bernard Farley: A vocalist, producer, DJ, record label owner, and math nerd who calls Washington, DC home. Starting out as an IDM producer while working on a master's degree in mathematics, Farley saw his first music release on the esteemed Ghostly International label at the young age of 20. Receiving praise from the likes of URB and Pitchfork for his unusually melodic and catchy brand of IDM, Farley has since expanded his sound to include his own vocals as well as elements of pop and electro. In 2010, Farley released his second album Autonomous, a set of 12 uplifting songs, followed up by the remix album Autonomix. He returned in 2011 with the Game Over EP, six all new tracks that cover vast sonic territory while displaying a newfound vocal and rhythmical dexterity.
From the deep suburbs of Washington DC, Bilal Arshad has rebranded himself, his new alias is Funkdamentalist. The sound of his productions will take you back to the fundamentals of house music, expect great basslines and grooves but most of all - pure feel good music. With 5 EPs scheduled to be released in late 2012 and early 2013 on respectable labels such as i! Records, Headset Recordings, and Jesus Pablo & Di Riviera's Something Different Records, Funkdamentalist is on the right track to establishing himself as someone to look out for in the future.