Elev8 has big plans for the New Year. The electronic music collective has launched a new website, elev8us.com, and booked a series of multimedia events that'll feature live art, film and underground bass music.
Founded in 2008 by dubstep producer Joe “Osal8” Nader, Elev8 started as a weekly bass-music night at Kava Lounge. Nader's long been a champion of dubstep, but he's grown weary of the commercial, aggressive new direction it's taken. At a recent show at Winstons, he even had to stop the music when a mosh pit formed, he says.
“Just for me and what I want to do with Elev8, I'd prefer [it] to be 300 people dancing as opposed to 2,000 people moshing,” he says.
Nader's been working on Elev8 with Joe Maldonado, a former resident DJ at El Dorado's popular Dub Dorado night, who recently launched a new side project, Squama. They're currently building a team of resident DJs and artists.
Elev8 will host a screening of Electronic Awakening, a documentary about spirituality in electronic-music culture, at Spin (2028 Hancock St.) on Saturday, Feb. 18. Portland producer Phutureprimitive will also perform.***
Electro-punks All Leather are no more. Guitarist Nathan Joyner told The Reader that it was too difficult to stay together because members lived in different cities. The band won't play any farewell shows, release a final record or ever reunite, he said.
Retro-rockers Chango Rey & His Broken Heart Beat will celebrate the release of their new “Savageland” 7-inch at The Tower Bar on Saturday, Jan. 21. The Embalmers, San Pedro El Cortez and Mother's Worry will also play. Everyone who shows up will get a free 7-inch.