Lone: One Rap Producer's Electronic Beats
When American rapper Azealia Banks released a debut EP that set fire to the music blogs, many writers started paying closer attention to the electronic samples behind her songs. Those samples came from Lone, a British musician who combines elements of electronic, ambient, and IDM music for a distinct, modern sound. Lone's profile has continued to rise in conjunction to Banks, and as he continues to find new influences in the early British rave scene. Any fan of emerging electronic and house music should get Lone tickets to see the mastermind in action.
Catching Lone live requires close attention and the willingness to travel, as his dates move fast and far between. Upcoming shows range from Beijing, China to Perth, Australia and then back to his native UK for a show in London. He then stops off in Ireland before heading back to Beijing. Pick up Lone tickets soon, before he's moved off to another city or country, or hunkered back into the studio.
Lone's star is on the rise, but he still has no problem listing the musicians who've inspired his sound. Favoured acts include Boards of Canada, Bibio and Madlib. Now Lone has moved into his own stage of influence, as his producing work will heavily impact the sound of Azealia Banks' much-delayed first full-length album.
Born Matt Cutler, Lone found early inspiration in the 1990s rave scene in his native England. Early musical endeavours included forming the Kids in Tracksuits duo with rising electronic musician Andy Hemsley. After the duo split, Cutler took the name Lone and released his first EP, Everything is Changing Colour. His first full-length, label release came with 2008's Lemurian. Lone slowly built up his following with both fans and music industry aficionados through performances and a number of recordings. His hard work eventually paid off -- though it took a chance collaboration to really break through.
Azealia Banks' EP 1991 was actually released in 2011 -- to immediate critical acclaim and heavy buzz for the rapper's future. She quickly followed with another EP, Fantasea. Banks used Lone samples as the backbones of the well-received singles "Liquorice" and "Koran Angel." This inclusion escalated Lone's profile in conjunction with Banks', and helped garner more attention for his album, which was released shortly after. Banks' ability to remain relevant despite album delays has also extended Lone's breakthrough into the mainstream.
Lone produced an impressive number of EPs and albums before the Banks sampling, including 2007's Everything is Changing Colour, 2008's Lemurian and 2010's Emerald Fantasy Tracks. However, none received mainstream attention. That changed with 2012's Galaxy Garden, which showcased a more professional, nuanced sound and received rave reviews from the likes of BBC and Pitchfork. The album's success garnered more attention for Lone and cemented his status as both creator and producer, as well as increased anticipation for his future projects.
You don't go to an electronic music concert to sit in a chair and nod your head. Lone audiences thrash and jump wildly to the heavy, synthetic beats that pulse from the stage. Lighting effects help make the concert a rounded sensory experience, transporting audiences into a surreal, organic landscape for the evening. Lone tickets give audiences a time portal to the 1990s rave scene, where buoyant sounds, bright lights and high spirits reigned supreme.
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