Deep Tropics | Music Art & Style Festival

Sun. Aug 25, 2019 2:00pm - 11:00pm CDT
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$50.00 - $95.00
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Programming includes forward-thinking artists, musicians, muralists and tastemakers from all over the world while highlighting the best looks, sounds and locations in Nashville. Deep Tropics' mission is to create an event experience that reconnects Nashville and travelers with Deep Culture. This is a multi-genre, multi-venue island party occurring at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Germantown. In the face of unprecedented growth as a city, Deep Tropics is a movement to authentically reconnect Nashville through music, art, and style. This is a charity event benefitting Greenways For Nashville.



SATURDAY PERFORMANCES:
Amphitheater Acts: BONOBO (DJ SET), LANE 8, CASHMERE CAT, KEYS N KRATES, WALKER & ROYCE, AMTRAC, TEEBS & KINGJET. Waveclub Soundsystem: THE BOOM BAP, KDSML, SUBRINSE, ESCPE, ZEN SELEKTA, DJ BOWIE & GOODLOOKS


SUNDAY PERFORMANCES:
Amphitheater Acts: TROYBOI, GOLDLINK, WHAT SO NOT, SHIBA SAN, MIJA, CHANNEL TRES, GRIP, EQUAL
Waveclub Soundsystem: DUBAMINE, SPARKLE CITY DISCO, COACH, EVIDO, KNYGHTS, PARROTICE, METH DAD & DABAR


TROPIC TRAVELER PLUS


Two-Day "TT+" Experience Tier One $135 (Sold Out) Tier Two $175 |  Tier Three $190


One-Day "TT+" Experience Tier One $95 |  Tier Two $100


[21 and over]

Amenities Include: Admission to Festival August 24th-25th at Bicentennial Park. Separate Festival Entrance. Access to Backstage Area Curated by Red Bull w/ a climate-controlled VIP Tent & Bar. Air-Conditioned Restrooms. Designated Side-Stage (Main) Amphitheater viewing area. General site accessibility including 50+ performances across amphitheater stage & three additional sound systems. Access to specialty food trucks including vegetarian & vegan options. Tropic selections from dozens of art & craft vendor + official merchandise. This is a charity event benefitting Greenways for Nashville. 

 

Two-Day Traveler PLUS tickets also include an exclusive rooftop party at The Bobby Hotel on Saturday, August 24th from 11AM- 2PM with Dr. Fresch & Dubamine. This is opportunity to see exclusive performances + get your credentials early for an unfortgettable pre-party. 

 

* Does NOT include Friday Pre-Parties or any Late Nights occurring throughout the weekend. 

TROPIC TRAVELER


Two-Day Experience  Tier One $60.00 (Sold Out)  Tier Two $80.00 Tier Three $90.00 


One-Day Experience  Tier One $45.00  | Tier Two $50.00


Amenities Include(18 and over) Admission to Festival August 24-25th at Bicentennial Park. 50+ performances across two stages & two additional sound systems. General site accessibility. Access to specialty food trucks including vegetarian & vegan options. Tropic selections from dozens of art & craft vendor + official merchandise. 21 & up patrons will have the ability to upgrade to the Tropic Traveler PLUS package on site while supplies last.


Pre-Parties, Late Nights & Lead In Events are ticketed separately. This is Early-Tier Pricing w/ a Limited Supply.

Bonobo

Bonobo’s rise has been stealthy but unstoppable, and Si Green, the man behind it all, is now one of the biggest electronic artists of our time. As a DJ and with the Bonobo live band, he’s now played to millions of people across the world in shows and festivals, and each album has been bigger than the last with 2017’s Migration hitting the top five in the UK and top ten in the Netherlands and Belgium and getting untold press coverage everywhere. During this rise, he also achieved the rare feat for a British dance artist of breaking America – and not with the kind of high-octane shock-tactic rave beats and audiovisual spectaculars that characterised the EDM explosion, but with subtle, emotional, ambiguous and musicianly work that demands long and deep immersion. This was cemented yet further by two 2018 Grammy nominations, one for Best Dance/Electronic Album for Migration and the other for Best Dance/Electronic Track for ‘Bambro Koyo Ganda (feat. Innov Gnawa)’.
It began in the southern English countryside, perhaps appropriately for someone whose music often has pastoral undertones. Si’s upbringing was rustic, first in Hampshire, then a little to the east in Sussex. His mother stayed at home raising Si and his sisters, and his father worked in the pharmaceutical industry by day – but in his spare time was a musician in the English traditional folk scene, achieving some renown for his accordion technique. It was a quietly cultured upbringing, but the quietness of the countryside also brings boredom – and with that came a love of going out to the woods with friends, first just a few around a campfire, then later in his teens with many more to go looking for illegal raves.
Si soon gravitated to Brighton on the south coast of Sussex, a town long possessed of a hedonistic attitude and home to a thriving club scene. By his late teens, as well as rave music, he’d soaked up experimental indie and shoegaze sounds, and was passionate about hip hop to the point that he’d already started digging back into the music that was sampled by its beat-makers, discovering funk, jazz and more. And Brighton’s music scene was the prefect place to indulge this eclecticism. Although, in the mid-1990s, it was best known for pumping house music, big beat and hippie ravers playing Goa trance, there was also a deep rooted and open minded funk and hip hop scene – where DJs’ playlists extended into everything from Afrobeat to old psychedelic rock to Brazilian grooves to drum’n’bass – which he dived into.
It was here that he met Amon Tobin, then just getting established, who he watched and learned from in the studio. He also hooked up with Rob Luis, a DJ mainstay in the town, and Will Holland aka Quantic. The three of them started a club night called Phonic:Hoop, with an anything-goes-as-long-as-it’s-funky ethos, and in 2000 Rob signed Si’s first productions to his fledgling Tru Thoughts label. The drifting, dreamy beats and psychedelic sitars of first single “Terrapin” caught people’s imagination across the UK and beyond, and Si started to think that an actual career in music might be possible. Not long after his first album on Tru Thoughts, he was signed to the larger Ninja Tune, and began the steady record-by-record ascent that has brought him to where he is today.
It wasn’t quite sure where he fit, though. His success caught the tail end of trip hop and the rise of what became known in the early 2000s as chillout – while when he made his first tentative trips to the USA he discovered he was bracketed with a very nerdy kind of abstract hip hop scene. But he was always a step or two removed from all of these: complex, emotive and musical, but also fun. As it transpired, there could not have been a better home for him at this point than Ninja Tune. They too were negotiating the territory as 90s breakbeat culture dissipated, and were exploring new spaces and committing to letting artists develop in the long term. Instead of chasing trends or being expected to repeat himself, Si was given license to do his own thing.
All of which goes a long way to explaining the stately confidence of Bonobo’s music, and also the steady nature of his rise. Given the unique artistic support that Ninja Tune could offer, he was able to let each piece fall into part at the right time. Absorbing the UK bass developments of the nascent dubstep scene and everything else that was happening around him, Si’s sound matured, and his audience grew. Around 2006, he discovered that a mystique and fan community had grown around him in the burgeoning social networks of music messageboards, filesharing networks and MySpace, and that there was now a huge demand for his music on its own terms – rather than as part of a fad – in the States. So he began touring bigger and bigger venues there, then gradually building a live band and playing headline shows.
And that’s how it’s progressed. Si relocated to New York and then to Los Angeles. Each record and tour has been bigger, always with the support of Ninja Tune who excel at letting things unfold at their own pace. There’s been milestones like the hookup with vocalist Andreya Triana that helped make Black Sands such a distinctive piece of work in 2010 and opened up new levels of support and reputation for the live shows, like the gigantic show in London’s Alexandra Palace that marked the climax of the North Borders tour  – a tour which in total would see him going around the world for three years solid. The big picture has been one of slow and steady growth, as evidenced by the fact that the Migration Tour will wrap up once again with two homecoming shows at Alexandra Palace. Other recent live highlights include headline festivals slots at Wilderness, the Manchester International Festival and a main stage performance at Coachella.
There’s been a lot of fun and triumph along the way, and pain too. Touring so relentlessly isn’t conducive to stable relationships (“it comes in like a tornado and wrecks everything,” says Si wistfully), and he’s not long since had to deal with his parents’ passing too: all aspects that feed into Migration’s emotional depths and conceptual themes of change and flux. But tying it all together is absolute dedication to crafting the Bonobo project without compromise, that hasn’t changed in a decade and a half. Si is still close with many of the same friends from his Brighton days, and though he is painting on a vastly bigger canvas than back then, you can still feel the good-time grooves, dancefloor scholarship and delight in detail that fed into those first Tru Thoughts records.
What comes next? In a sense more of the same: like all Bonobo records Migration is one that is only going to grow as people absorb its subtly unfolding narratives and the rich layers of visual art around it courtesy of photographer and filmmaker Neil Krug, and as the band takes it on the road. Now, though, Bonobo has a new set of musical kindred spirits: the likes of Four Tet, Caribou, Floating Points aswell as Jon Hopkins and Nick Murphy FKA Chet Faker (who both feature on Migration) are all equally steadily on the rise, showing that huge audiences can be reached with music that’s cerebral, emotional diverse, and laid-back without being anodyne.
Perhaps it’s generation EDM growing up and wanting something subtler, perhaps it’s the eclecticism that the Internet afforded reaching maturity, but whatever the root causes, there’s a big part of the zeitgeist that Bonobo has helped to define. All of which means new audiences and new challenges. Si Green might profess to have outstripped his own goals, and to be very contented with his success, but another chapter of the Bonobo story is starting, and you can bet on it containing as much excitement and constant exploration as everything he’s done up until now.

GoldLink

D'Anthony Carlos, better known by his stage name GoldLink, is an American rapper. In 2014, he released his debut mixtape, The God Complex, which received critical acclaim. In June 2015, he was chosen as part of the XXL Freshman Class. In October 2015, GoldLink released his second mixtape, And After That, We Didn't Talk, which was supported by the singles, "Dance on Me" and "Spectrum". His debut studio album, At What Cost, was released on March 24, 2017 to positive reviews.

TroyBoi

TroyBoi is known for his middle eastern influences and use of a broad range of genres that condense to create his own trap sound. He calls his music "My Style." TroyBoi has toured extensively playing festivals and shows around the world.

Lane 8

Rather than pander to the purists or create music for DJs alone, Daniel Goldstein aka Lane 8 has always tread his own, distinctive path - perhaps best summed up by his phones-free event and label concept This Never Happened. 
The concept is a simple one: remove all phones and cameras from the event, get back to connecting with the music and the people around you. And it is one that has been embraced with passion by Lane 8’s dedicated fanbase and the dance community at large with over. Since debuting the concept with a sold out show at San Francisco’s Mezzanine in 2016, Lane 8 has taken the concept to over 60 shows in four different continues - playing to over 50,000 completely connected fans in the process. 
In tandem with the events, Daniel’s output on the TNH label has stood out for its integrity and artistry whether on emotional epics like ‘Little Voices’ or upbeat groovers such as ‘With Me’. Always defined by a melodic touch, TNH is the culmination of a steady, assured rise over recent years.
This musical progression continued this year when Lane 8 released his sophomore album ‘Little By Little’ on the TNH imprint. With it he delivered a record that distilled his unique flair for melodic, heart-warming electronics that are both classy and quirky, traversing reflective electronica, instrumental club epics and leftfield pop moments alike. 
 Representing the full arc of Lane 8’s melodic, uniquely crafted sound, the LP teamed with vocal features from Poliça, Australia’s Fractures, J.F. July and Patrick Baker - receiving rave reviews everywhere from Mixmag, DJ Mag and KCRW as a result.
Following its release, Lane 8 embarked on a 37 date global tour which included sell out shows at Brooklyn Steel in New York, The Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, The Novo in LA, Melkweg in Amsterdam and Phonox in London.

Cashmere Cat

Magnus August Høiberg (born 29 November 1987), known professionally as Cashmere Cat, is a Norwegian musician, DJ and record producer. He is best known for producing songs for various artists, as well as remixing and editing songs from those respective artists as well. He also represented Norway in the DMC World DJ Championships as DJ Final from 2006 to 2009. His debut EP, Mirror Maru, released in October 2012, gained recognition from several other producers.

His debut studio album, 9, was released on 28 April 2017.

Keys N Krates

Adam Tune - Drums
David Matisse - Keyboards
Jr. Flo - Turntables
Since forming a decade ago in their native Toronto, Keys N Krates have carved their own path via a bass-centric, sample-driven sound which melds the realms of electronic, hip-hop and beyond. The group-composed of drummer Adam Tune, keyboardist David Matisse and turntablist Jr. Flo.-has built a venerable reputation as one of the leading live electronic acts today on the strength of their onstage instrumentation and energetic sets. Keys N Krates now elevate their craft with Cura, their debut artist album.
Reflecting a sonic evolution many years in the making, Cura sees Keys N Krates evolving from revered instrumental beat-makers into musically sophisticated producers and songwriters. Cura embodies Keys N Krates' matured style of now: soulful electronic music created with an organic touch, allowing for open experimentation and sonic curiosity. On "Music to My Ears," dynamic strings and reverberant bass provide a joyous backbone to Grammy-nominated vocalist Tory Lanez' uplifting hook. On "Glitter," a slow-burning romp through disco-tinged future R&B, the group slathers the groove-laden cut with satiny synths and distorted strings alongside the vocals of rising sensation Ambré. "Do What U Do" revisits the sample based, boom-bap beats and harmonious vocal layers that have become a keystone of the Keys N Krates aesthetic.
Elsewhere, the hard-hitting instrumental "Flute Loop," featuring Ouici, is a frenetic bomb exploding with trap-leaning muscle, while "My Night" boasts hallucinogenic production accentuated by 070 Shake's haunting sung / rap vocal. 
Keys N Krates first broke into the mainstream with the SOLOW EP (Dim Mak, 2013), featuring the breakthrough single "Dum Dee Dum," which recently received gold certification in the US in 2017. Since its release, the track's cheeky official music video was nominated for a Prism Prize by the Association for Music and Innovative Arts in Canada as well as a Berlin Music Video Award in Germany in 2014. In 2013, the group later released a remix of the track featuring a collection of buzzing Chicago-based rappers, including G.O.O.D. Music's Cyhi the Prynce as well as King Louie and Tree. Elsewhere, the group released "Keep It 100" (Mad Decent, 2014), a collaboration with producer/DJ Grandtheft, which was featured in a trailer for the animated film Minions in 2015 and won for Best EDM/Dance Video in the 2015 Much Music Video Awards in Canada. In 2016, Keys N Krates took home their first win at the Juno Awards in Canada in the Dance Recording of the Year category for their song "Save Me," off the Midnite Mass EP (Dim Mak, 2016), featuring British singer/songwriter Katy B. The group's discography also includes the Every Nite EP (Dim Mak, 2014) as well as numerous remixes. 
Originally formed as a live hip-hop act in 2008, Keys N Krates have since logged countless hours on the road via a relentless tour schedule and have been recognized for advancing the live performance aspect within electronic music. They have headlined their own tours and performed high-profile sets at the top international music festivals including Coachella, Sónar, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Tomorrowland, EDC Las Vegas, Pukkelpop, Bestival and more. Keys N Krates will spend 2018 on an extensive world tour in support of Cura, performing headlining shows across the US, Canada, and Europe, with additional shows in Asia and Australia. In-between tour stops, they are set to grace festival stages at Sónar Hong Kong, Ultra Music Festival, and Electric Forest.
While Cura marks the crew's debut full-length album, it, too, initiates a first step toward a new creative vision, a breakthrough in sound and a new beginning for Keys N Krates.
-John Ochoa, January 2018 
Cura from Keys N Krates is out February 2, 2018, on Dim Mak.

Shiba San

There’s much more to Shiba San than what meets the first listen. Leaving behind a 15-year long career of production experience in the French hip-hop scene, the Parisian producer became fascinated with the sounds of Chicago house and was inspired to create his own productions, infusing his hip-hop influence with the soul of house music.

Then came Okay, the track that “changed the way we listened to music” (Dancing Astronaut) and became the anthem of 2014. It claimed the No. 1 position on Beatport’s House chart for 82 days, remained in the House Chart’s Top 10 for over 180 days, was put on rotation by radio tastemakers like Pete Tong, Annie Mac and Danny Howard and received support from the likes of Claude VonStroke, Eats Everything, Green Velvet and nearly every major DJ under the sun.

Shiba San followed up Okay with the award-winning track Burn Like Fire (Best Underground Track 2015 IDMA/WMC). With additional releases on labels loved for their irresistible tunes, he’s since seen his career launch off far and beyond the city limits of Paris.

While staying quiet on the public front, Shiba San remains a curious enigma to his international fanbase, allowing the music to do the talking for him. 2018 has been another cardinal year for Shiba San with a slew of strong releases; Off To Funk on Relief, Don’t Talk on Dirtybird, Excluded on Kaluki, All I Need w/ Tim Baresko on DTFD, plus more to come.

What So Not

What So Not has been spearheading Australia's latest electronica revival with boundary-pushing bass since 2011. Hailing from Sydney, What So Not dominated the city's club circuit with his dancefloor-ready heaters, including a window-shattering remix of Major Lazer's 'Get Free,' which became omnipresent at festivals around the world, since then, What So Not been streamed 100's of millions of times, releasing records through Sweat It Out and Skrillex's OWSLA.

The Australian-gone-global star has now appeared on the world's grandest stages & was given a hero's welcome when he returned Down Under with A-Trak for his biggest headline shows to date and for a legendary performance at Splendour In The Grass. He then stormed the stage at Splendour In The Grass, with his set featuring surprise appearances from George Maple and Tkay Maidza. All three parties also collaborated alongside Baauer on the gritty banger 'Ghost.'

Recently, What So Not also remixed fellow Australian breakthrough stars RÜFÜS on 'Innerbloom,' resulting in a tastefully heavy reinterpretation of the nonchalant house track that has been described as "a masterpiece of a masterpiece." His latest original single 'Buried' displays similar maturity and sonic restraint, again featuring George Maple as well as Atlanta rapper Rome Fortune. Arriving with a cinematic video premiered by international tastemakers Pitchfork, the ambitious track is indicative of the great strides that What So Not has taken in his young career.

'Buried' is just a taste of his upcoming Divide & Conquer EP, a culmination of knowledge and collection of sounds gained throughout his travels. The release sees What So Not further discarding genres while employing a consistent narrative, resulting in his most thematic work to date. Divide & Conquer will be displayed with full force in the live arena, with What So Not touring the project throughout the United States on a colossal tour across September and October. He will then travel to Australia and welcome in the new year.

Amtrac

The purest approach produces the most authentic outcome.

Amtrac favors a tactile assembly of alternative electronic music reliant on handcrafted nuance akin to that of a band. The Kentucky-born and Los Angeles-based artist, DJ, producer, remixer, multi- instrumentalist, and founder of Openers carefully fuses textures and styles into an unabridged, unfiltered, and undeniable sonic trip on his aptly titled second full-length, Oddyssey [Openers/RCA Records]. As such, he imparts a piece of himself on every moment—from the production and composition to the vocals and performance.

“The goal is for the music to feel pure,” he affirms. “It’s not like I’m cutting corners. I put a lot of time into creating a deliberate body of work. It’s definitely for me first, and it tells a story.”

The story represents the culmination of a near nine-year journey since the release of his acclaimed 2011 debut, Came Along. The album elevated the Morehead, KY native—born Caleb Cornett—to the cutting edge of electronic music. In its wake, he amassed an acclaimed catalog of originals and remixes. Lending his touch to tunes by Two Door Cinema Club, Elderbrook, Sigur Rós, and Chromatics, Pitchfork described his remixing as “epic-sounding.”

Among the originals, 2014’s “Those Days” notably boasted vocals from Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. Following the 2016 solo EP Lost In Motion, he reached a new plateau on the 1987 EP during 2017. Both “Never Lost” and “Piano Boy” put up over 6 million Spotify streams each as his total stream tally neared the 100 million mark.

Along the way, he earned praise from Billboard, Mixmag, Revolt, Complex, i-D Magazine, and more in addition to gracing the stages of major festivals such as Ultra Music Festival, EDC Las Vegas, Osheaga Festival, and Holy Ship!, to name a few. Not to mention, he headlined shows on four continents. Launching Openers in 2017, he provided a home to tracks by Durante, Rick Trainor, Luces, and many others.

Amidst this whirlwind, he continued to write music, working towards what would become Oddyssey. This time around, he nodded to a wider swath of influences. Inspired by filmmaker and composer John Carpenter of Halloween and Escape From New York fame, he further utilized outboard gear and incorporated synthesizer soundscapes as he built the framework of the record. He also sang on a total of four tracks.

“I’m very inspired by movie scores and soundtracks,” he goes on. “Oddyssey has got elements of the first album, but it’s very synth-oriented. The bond of sound and visuals really inspired me. There are more vocals than ever before as well. Everything is part of the narrative.”

He teased the album by way of “Madness to Mayhem,” which Billboard dubbed, “a song that seems to bridge the gap between his Came Along days and the moody blues of his present.” Meanwhile, the first single “Between The Lines” illuminates an evolution. Above resounding piano, Amtrac’s upbeat and

uplifting production builds towards a hummable hook awash in a rush of fluttering neon synths and a driving beat. He croons, “I said every single lesson is stuck on loop, read between the lines.”

“There’s a lot of trial-and-error tinkering to find the magic moment,” he says. “That launches the path of a song. It’s what happened on ‘Between The Lines’. I wanted to do something faster and more high energy, and I went for it. As far as the lyrics go, most of them pertain to my relationships. That’s the case here, for sure.”

Elsewhere on the record, Amtrac’s vocals also drive the indie rock-influenced “Stratego” and pensive “Accountable,” while Lali Puna delivers a dreamy cameo on “No Place” and Alex Metric contributes a heartfelt vocal turn to the synth swells of “So Afraid.”

Renowned for his performances, the live show will reflect the same spirit, integrating visuals as he plays synthesizers live and takes the microphone. “I want to do different things every show,” he adds. “It’s meant to be unique.”

In the end, Amtrac’s authenticity shines in everything he does.

“This is just me making music,” he leaves off. “There’s no agenda. It’s not influenced by anything beyond what I love. I’d love for people to get the genuine aspect and enjoy it.”

Mija

Amber Giles (born May 30, 1992 ), known professionally as Mija, is an American electronic music producer, DJ, and promoter, originally from Phoenix, Arizona, who came to attention in 2014 after she played with Skrillex. Giles was born in Phoenix, Arizona, where she was in a choir that toured France and Canada. She gave up singing as her family could not afford it, and she became a rave promoter aged 17; she was a fan of drum and bass and happy hardcore, including DJ Hixxy. She has often dyed her hair since becoming a DJ, including pink, blonde, and blue, but most often her "signature disheveled sea foam green hair". She is into skateboarding.

Channel Tres

Equal

Equal is a New York City DJ and music producer originally from Asheville, NC. He’s previously spent his nights wooing crowds all over the world, from New York City's hottest parties for the downtown-club kids and fashion elite, to large scale events and festivals such as Bonnaroo.

As a lifetime drummer from a musically inclined family, his transition to production from solely DJing was a natural one. He first garnered attention as a producer with the release of his single, "Lost in the Evening (ft. Gary Jules),” and his recent hit “Shakedown” has garnered worldwide DJ support alongside placement in outlets such as Vogue UK, TNT's Good Behavior, and a collaborative ad-campaign from Ciroc for Zoolander 2. Equal will continue to release exciting collaborations featuring indie music’s elite as the year continues.

Teebs

Mtendere Mandowa, better known by his stage name Teebs, is an American record producer and visual artist from Los Angeles, California. He is a member of the My Hollow Drum collective. He is also one half of the duo Sons of the Morning. Born in The Bronx, Mandowa was raised by parents from Malawi and Barbados. Teebs released his first album, Ardour, on Brainfeeder in 2010.

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