The future of Boiler Room

Boiler Room only exists because of the people participating in the events - whether in the flesh or virtually. Because of you, we've come a long way and we're going to continue growing and adding new layers to what we do, but we absolutely need to make sure that any changes we make are right for you.

We're looking for people who can help us by answering a few questions from our survey partners and offering their opinions. OK, it's a bit of a dry questionnaire but your answers are incredibly important to us. To make up for it there'll be the chance to get hold of guest list, tickets and other good things if you participate.

And of course by joining in, you'll be helping us shape our future.

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The rise of Kaytranada is not just about the making of a superstar
- although of course it is that too. It is about how music styles constantly regenerate and make themselves vital again through recombination. RAY-BAN x BOILER ROOM 006: SXSW is the perfect demonstration of how hip hop and dance culture are no longer distant poles in the music world, but have brought out the best in each other. Just as Kaytranada's music finds the highest common factors in rap, house, R&B, jazz and more, so the stellar lineup he's selected is more than the sum of its parts: it's a rebirth of cool.



Performances

About the Artist

  • Kaytranada

    At only 22 years old, Haitian-born, Montreal raised Louis Kevin Celestin – Kaytranada – has the world at his feet. Not only has he had a dizzying rise to fame, remixing the likes of Erykah Badu and Janet Jackson when he was still in his teens, but he has shaken the music world around him. Kaytra defines a generation for whom hip hop, R&B and house music are all flavours to mix up your own recipe from, and he has successfully crushed every genre boundary around him as he cleared a space where he could simply be himself.

  • Madlib

    Ask anybody with an interest in the most creative fringes of hip hop and there are just two names they will mention as the godfathers of beat experimentation in the 21st century: the late J Dilla, and California's Madlib. A friend and collaborator of Dilla, 'Lib came to fame first with his band Lootpack then as a lynchpin of the foundational Stones Throw label. Now he is universally revered as the foremost inspiration and mentor for Flying Lotus and his whole generation of psychedelic beat explorers – not to mention a still-vital producer and DJ in his own right.

    Photo by Mathew Scott

  • Ghostface Killah

    The master storyteller of the Wu Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah – aka Pretty Toney, Tony Starks, Ghostdini, Wally Champ, Starky Love or Black Jesus – is one of rap's greatest survivors. While of his generation have fallen off or got comfortable, he has never stopped turning in fascinating collaborations and innovations, and never stopped performing dynamite shows. Straddling the mainstream and underground like it's nothing, Ghostface always delivers.

  • Badbadnotgood

    It's the ultimate modern music fairytale. A trio of kids studying jazz at college in Toronto meet and bond over a love of hip hop, start covering their favourite rap tracks, and before they know it are collaborating with Tyler, The Creator, Frank Ocean, and Ghostface Killah. Now three albums down, they are a vital fixture of the interzone between hip hop, jazz and electronics and have a full-length album with Ghostface on the cards to boot.

  • Shash'U

    Whether playing Boiler Room, international festival stages or local Montréal street dance competitions, young producer Sash'U has been leaving a trail of stunned and happy music lovers in his wake. With the keen patronage of the world-conquering Fools Gold label out of L.A., the world looks like its his oyster right now. They call him “Afrofuturist b-boy, remix alchemist, legit funk phenomenon... truly one of a kind”, and when you hear him, you'll find it hard to argue with that.

  • STWO

    There's a whole generation of young European electronic musicians for whom American R&B been a goldmine of samples and inspiration – but few who have repurposed it and expanded on its soulfulness so convincingly as Parisian producer STWO. Whether reworking the likes of Brandy, Jennifer Hudson and Janet Jackson, or creating his own sensual tracks from the ground up, he brings both bold experimentalism and sheer class to play in his unique sound.

  • Rae Sremmurd

    How could we not be happy to have the number one rap duo in the world right now? The young Mississippi duo Rae Sremmud – brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi – have had the charts, the clubs and the streets on lock with their Mike Will Made It-produced “No Type” and “No Flex Zones” since May last year... but crucially, their Sremm Life album has showed that they've got enough talent to ride out the hype. It looks like 2015 belongs to them too.

    Photo by Diwang Valdez

Past Ray-Ban x Boiler Room shows

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You're Living in Your Mind

Written and Directed by Hannah Perry
Music collaboration with Giles King-Ashong (drums),
Raven Bush (violin), Mica Levi (turntables), Lucy Railton (cello)
Choreography collaboration with Holly Blakey

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Urban Chaos

A particularly jittery man of the trees is sitting in the Woods
on an overturned log. He is pissed off, basically.

A little while ago he was sitting on a different log (in the same woods) and he was being generally jittery and pondering about something or another (that he now can’t remember) and as he was pondering he had absentmindedly made a model out of twigs. He took time out of his Pondering to hold the twigform up to the sunlight to admire his handywork. It looked a bit like a house or something, he thought. He isn’t a particularly handy woodsman but it wasn’t bad!

Anyway, somewhere along the way he had misplaced his piece of twig craft, bummer! He is in the woods and the trouble with the woods is that it is Virtually full of twigs, and so finding a twig sculpture in that mess is not easy. But he just couldn’t shake the feeling it held some significance.

As his eyes became weary with the strain of staring at the forest detritus he began to feel Woozy and so had a lean against a tree. As he was staring at a leaf trying to uncross his eyes he noticed something Courious made out of twigs. By this time it was sunset and the last of the days sun rays were peering through cracks in the trees. He held the twig form up to the fading sun. As he twirled it in his fingers his weary eyes began to spot resemblances to various things, a dog, a nose, a can of beer. At one point, as he twizzled it in his thumb and forefinger, he saw what appeared to be a moon rising above a tree. He then realised that he has gone cross eyed again and was in fact looking at a real tree in the distance beyond his twigform.

‘I need to go home’ he thought. As he took his first step forward he noticed something lodged in his big toe. At further inspection he realised that it was his original twig house, and it was absolutely Smashed to bits now thanks to him stepping on it.


Made in collaboration with Circuit Breaker.
Alex Rathbone (b. 1987, Middlesex) Lives and works in Glasgow. Graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2009 and is currently completing his MFA at Glasgow School of Art. He works in a mixed media style to create works that deal with a range of topics.
Circuit Breaker are an industrial band, consisting of London based brothers Peter and Edward Simpson.
www.circuitbreakerband.tumblr.com

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Adam Lewis Jacob
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X Pondering
Kuhan Vijayatharan
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X Virtually
Anna Lucia Nissen
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X Woozy
Michael O'Mahony
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X Curious
Kim Boredom
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X Smashed
Viktor Timofeev
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From February to July 2015 six artists will produce new works to exist within and contribute to Boiler Room. What comes out of these infiltrations, and how they inform our experience of this context, is yet to be seen. The project was conceived of and curated by Guy Gormley and developed in collaboration with Boiler Room and the participating artists. Design concept by Amy Preston.

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Hannah
Perry

26/02/2015
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(b. 1984, Chester) Lives and works in London. Works in installation, print and video. She graduated from Goldsmiths College in 2009 and from The Royal Academy of Arts in 2014. Continuously generating and manipulating materials, Perry develops a sprawling network of references, carefully exploring personal memory in today’s hyper-technological society.

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Alex Rathbone

19/03/15

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Made in collaboration with Circuit Breaker.

Alex Rathbone (b. 1987, Middlesex) Lives and works in Glasgow. Graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2009 and is currently completing his MFA at Glasgow School of Art. He works in a mixed media style to create works that deal with a range of topics.

Circuit Breaker are an industrial band, consisting of London based brothers Peter and Edward Simpson.
www.circuitbreakerband.tumblr.com

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Rhys Coren

23/04/15

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(b.1983, Plymouth, Devon). Lives and works in London. He graduated in Art & Visual Culture at UWE, Bristol, and is currently completing his postgraduate program at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Working across painting, animation, sound and text, his work takes influence from music, experimental and abstract film, cartoons, poetry, people, story-telling, subculture and design. He is also the co-founder of Opening Times.

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Benedict Drew

18/06/15

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Mark Leckey

23/05/15

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(b. 1964, Birkenhead, Wirral) Lives and works in London. Graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic in 1990. Works with collage, music and video. Notable video works include Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999) and Industrial Lights and Magic, for which he won the Turner Prize in 2008.

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Richard Sides
& Andrew Munks

23/07/15

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Where do we go when our dog pooing is eternal and our cultural oppression is dominated by yupster hybrids? Mobilised from Rotherham and gentrified by themselves, Euro - the joint product of Richard Sides and Andrew Munk - was the pathetic thesis of the neu-neutral, bioaesthetix immersion zone.

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