Red Bull Music Academy celebrates it's 20th year - coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Sónar Barcelona - with an incredible line-up featuring one of a kind collaborations, brand new shows and emerging artists from all over the world.
Duos and trios, together and out there
Collaboration is key this year at Sónar Dome, with a number of unique pairings including: Amp Fiddler & Tony Allen (Detroit Funk meets Afrobeat), DJ DJ Stingray & Mumdance (Electro meets instrumental grime), Clip & Cora Novoa (Seeking the Velvet label mates performing together for the same time), DJ Earl & Nick Hook (Footwork meets NY club music with an all new AV live show), Portugal's Violet & Photonz, and the experimental techno trio Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement formed by Dominick Fenrow, Low Jack and Silent Servant.
As if that wasn't enough, SonarDôme will also host the experimental open-minded pop of Decisive Pink (Angel Deeradoorian and Kate NV); the return of instrumental hip-hop legend Tadd Mullinix aka Dabrye, performing with Kadence; dreamy ambient duo Suzanne Kraft & Jonny Nash; new live madness from Greece's Territroy (Larry Gus & Mr Statik) and the Swedish trio of superstar DJ's in their own right, Kornel Kovàcs, Axel Boman and Petter "Pedrodollar" Nordkvist, behind the excellent house label Studio Barnhus.
The sound of vintage videogames comes to life
Kids of the 80's and 90's will have a special place in their musical memory for the classic soundtracks of Japanese videogames, and SonarDôme will celebrate exactly this with a programme based around RBMA´s online series 'Diggin' in the Carts'. This line up features a VGM-inspired live show by Kode9, featuring visuals created by anime legend Koji Morimoto; and Streets of Rage composers Yuzo Koshiro & Motohiro Kawashima performing their classics live. Both performances will also feature visuals by Konx-om-Pax, bringing the art of videogames to life. Finally, the series creator, and the man behind the eponymous Hyperdub compilation, Nick Dwyer will be spinning some of his favourite VGM pieces under the alias DITC 音.
Breaking boundaries behind the blue curtains
A special mention also goes out for SOPHIE, whose live show at SonarDôme will cap off a great year for the artist whose efferevescent production with it's healthy disregard for genre boundaries fits hand in glove with this singular force in new music.
A number of artists from the national scene round off the new additions: Alex Silva Band, Big Menu & Friends and Museless, as well as the French techno stalwart Chloé, sultry electro pop compatriot OkLou and Malaysian phenomenon The Venopian Solitude. All of these artists join the already announced Tony Humphries (with a set of Jersey house classics), progressive jazz-band Emma-Jean Thackray's Walrus, and Claude Speeed's sonic lunacy.