The APX

The APX

ROSBY

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

8:30 pm

Soda Bar

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

The APX
The APX
Husband and wife duo Dee Rhodes and Erika Rhodes form the Atlanta-based electronic project now known as The APX. Though the collaboration is a new undertaking for the pair, neither artist is a stranger to the music industry. The APX went into launch mode following the culmination of a successful private event band known as “The After Party Experience”. Dee and Erika describes The APX sound as "a galactic funky atmosphere using synths, sax, and vocals”.

The group released their first single “Capture The Moment” initially to “test the waters.” Since the song release in January 2016, the duo has expanded and zoned in on refining their distinct sound which is a fusion of Nu Disco, Electro Funk and Synthwave. The project takes a myriad of influences including 80s music and “fuses them into a new era” according to the band.

The APX recently released several live remix videos to illustrate what fans might expect to see at one of their shows. The videos have been a source of success for the creative project, having allowed the group to grow their fan base exponentially while receiving kudos from world-renowned artists such as Teddy Riley, Dave 1 of Chromeo, Alex Frankel of Holy Ghost, Nick Littlemore of Empire of the Sun, Dam Funk, Zapp Band and many others. The group also caught the attention of major music software/hardware manufacturer "Native Instruments" who now sponsors the two in their endeavors!

The APX is set to release their debut EP in the summer of 2017.
ROSBY
ROSBY
ROSBY is a propulsive musical force—an imaginative and technique-driven percussionist who marries his skills on the drum kit with his deeply layered, cerebral, yet still danceable work as a downtempo producer/DJ.

ROSBY’s obsession with precise arrangement and thoughtful composition is informed by his 20 years of training as a serious jazz and Latin percussionist. At age 7, ROSBY began his first lessons in earnest with Andy Weis, a disciple of legendary big band drummer and bandleader Louis Bellson. Weis shepherded ROSBY into the Monterey Jazz Festival’s youth education program, a talent incubator that has produced stars of the rank of Donny McCaslin, Ambrose Akinmusire and Joshua Redman. In the summers, he received guidance from SF “first call” drummer Vince Lateano (Cal Tjader, Chet Baker, Stan Getz) and clinics with Berklee professor and vibraphonist Gary Burton, violin virtuoso Regina Carter, master saxophonist Wynton Marsalis, and pre-eminent vocalist Kurt Elling.

Named in his senior year to the vaunted Monterey Jazz Festival All-Star Band, ROSBY cut his touring teeth as the first drum chair of a 21-piece orchestra. Led by of famed educator, conductor, and saxophonist Paul Contos, ROSBY and his bandmates opened for then recently graduated Juilliard Jazz trumpeter Dominick Farinacci on a multi-city tour of Japan and had top billing at the Noto Jazz Festival abroad, returning home to headline Los Gatos’ Jazz on the Plazz, the Next Generation Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival. Upon graduation, ROSBY furthered his education in the jazz and classical music studies department at California State University, Long Beach.

Known to Bay Area audiences for his wide-ranging work as a sideman in jazz, rock and hip-hop contexts, as a drummer, ROSBY has shared stages with Emmy-award winning pianist and violinist John Wineglass, hip-hop groups Souls of Mischief, Zion-I and Nappy Roots, Bay Area rapper Andre Nickatina, electronica stalwarts Beats Antique and RJD2, as well as reggae and roots luminaries Michael Franti and Spearhead and Ziggy Marley. Deeply inspired by downtempo pioneer Bonobo and the much loved “Mushroom Jazz Series” from acid jazz and SF house legend Mark Farina, ROSBY switched his focus from the drum kit to Ableton and embraced a lifestyle of crate digging, sample searching, and endless experimentation in studio production.

As a producer, ROSBY has distinguished himself on releases through San Francisco based label Teknical Funk (under the handle Rhythm-Fiend) and two more recent full-length albums-- Original Movements (2015) and Scattered Thoughts (2016), the latter first debuted in performance at the Big Surreal Music & Arts Festival in Carmel Valley, CA. A childhood friend of Tech House producer and Dirtybird affiliate GHOSTEA, the two worked together extensively as the production duo Hidden Library and plan to continue their long-held collaboration in 2017. Also expected in 2017 is a yet-to-be-named third ROSBY release, under the banner of newly formed label SPACE GANG RECORDS.

A constant traveler embracing life on the road, in his lulls between adventures abroad, ROSBY splits his time between his birthplace on the Monterey Peninsula and his new home in Seattle, WA.
Venue Information:
Soda Bar
3615 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92104
http://www.sodabarmusic.com/