An underground experimenter in genre disruption and artistic relativity, Dasha Rush propels urgent bass lines and minimalist melodies into dark acid techno, downtempo dreamscapes and contemplative excursions a step outside reality.
An ambitious and versatile explorer, and fiercely independent, Dasha Rush continues to expand her mastery of machine music. A child of Perestroika, Dasha Rush began her electronic music apprenticeship at Moscow raves, started crate digging and DJing at 14, dabbled in piano and left for France to pursue modelling when she was 16. She released her first two albums on her own; founded Fullpanda Records and sub label Hunger to Create, is a member of the curatorial board at Spacial Sound institute in Budapest and has sought out multidisciplinary collisions with theatre, dance and audiovisual art, including intellectual and emotional experiments in 4D spatial sound technology. Her latest release, Acid Sketch, churns with mutant bass lines afloat in shadowy acid and harmonics of distant space-time travel. She's a regular at Berlin's Tresor and most recently performed live at Amsterdam's forward-thinking Awakenings and Katharsis events.
At MUTEK, Dasha performs a new live ambient set for Red Bull Music Hors Circuit on Sunday afternoon, revealing another side of her mercurial music-machine-self.
WHO: Russian-born, Berlin-based Dasha Rush
STYLES: A techno of sophisticated, minimalist melodies nestled in thick atmospheres and driving rhythm; downtempo dreamscapes and ambient/noise too
LATEST: Illusive Reality EP (2015), Sleepstep - Sonar Poems for My Sleepless Friends (2015)
LABELS: Raster-Noton, Full Panda, Hunger to Create, Sonic Groove
MORE: Also performing this year during A/VISIONS with Stanislav Glasov
MUTEKs: Montréal: 2015; Mexico: 2015
A child of Perestroika, the electronic music apprenticeship of Dasha Rush began at Moscow raves when she was a teenager. She started DJing at 14, dabbled in piano, and left for France when she was 16. An ambitious experimentalist, and fiercely independent, she continued to teach herself machine music, worked in fashion and sought out multidisciplinary collisions with theatre, dance and installation.
Her recorded output over the last decade marks a varied adventure through several synthesized musical genres: part ambient, part techno, all open ended and evolving, and always concerned with creating feeling. Though she heads up her own labels – Full Panda for more rhythm oriented releases, and Hunger to Create, where anything can happen – her knack for sophisticated clubby cadences also found favour on Adam X’s Sonic Groove label, and her recent liminal-state inspired album Sleepstep came out on Raster-Noton after prodding from Carsten Nicolai.
As a performer her schedule has been relentless for the last few years – Rush’s estimable command of clubspace will be in full effect in the live set she brings to Métropolis at MUTEK 2016.
Presented in collaboration with the Banff Centre.