State Theatre Portland
San Holo

San Holo

Chet Porter, Taska Black, Eastghost

Tue, November 20, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Port City Music Hall

Portland, ME

$20 Advance / $22 Day of Show / $99 VIP

This event is 18 and over

VIP ticket includes:
- 1 GA ticket
- Early entry
- Exclusive Meet & Greet with San Holo
- Personal photograph with San Holo
- Exclusive San Holo tour shirt
- Exclusive San Holo VIP merchandise item
- Official M&G laminate

Buy tickets in person at the Port City Music Hall box office (504 Congress Street) Wednesday-Friday 10AM-5PM, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online right here. State Theatre box office will open one hour before doors night of show.

San Holo
San Holo
Blending guitars and vocals, Dutch artist/producer San Holo creates a distinctive, forward-thinking style that places him high on the list of trailblazers in today’s electronic music landscape.

San Holo first got interested in music while driving around with his dad in their native Holland—but never envisioned himself as becoming an electronic music DJ. He developed an early affinity for guitar and punk rock—playing in bands at an early age—which led to him attending Codarts University of the Arts in Rotterdam for a music degree. And, while he went in to study the guitar, he couldn’t help sneaking into the production classes.

“I had so many ideas for making music and was getting tired of always looking for players to help fill the spots. I realized you are able to build entire songs around a laptop and that started my interest in production. I never walked into a club until my music started being noticed by people wanting me to DJ.”

In 2014, he took a friend’s advice and started adding his production skills to some classic hip hop songs, shapeshifting them into his own remixes and putting them up on YouTube.

He released his debut EP COSMOS on Heroic. Featuring anthemic singles “Fly” and “Hiding,” these tracks led fans to discover his re-working of Dre’s classic “The Next Episode”—which blew up on the blogosphere and SoundCloud community, launching San’s future in the process. The remix ended up garnering over 160 million YouTube streams, putting San on the map with his “Don’t Touch The Classics” series.

The release of his hypnotic single “We Rise” in early 2015 was another turning point, coming out on Nest HQ (OWSLA) and receiving Skrillex's praise and attention. Later in 2015, he established himself as being at the forefront of groundbreaking bass music through the release of his Victory EP with Monstercat and singles “IMISSU” and “Can’t Forget You” with Spinnin.

His sound began to translate to real demand—kickstarting his touring career, and a performance at the legendary Tomorrowland for the first time. It was during this time that San also made the pivotal decision to start his own label, bitbird (which would release “Light” a year later), co-founding the imprint with a friend he knew from his old rock band days and bringing on his manager as a partner.

As A&R of the creative record label, he’s established an acute ear for signing under the radar talent which has resulted in an evolving signature sound for the imprint, including discovering the talents of Taska Black and DROELOE.

“Producing is very different than playing live, but you have to work at it just as hard,” he says. “How to build your set and figuring out what people respond to. It’s very tempting to just feed the crowd whatever they want but you have to resist that. You have to find that balance between playing what they want to hear, and exposing them to some of the more experimental music that can open minds.”

Released in 2016, the track “Light” has hit over 100 million streams on Spotify—garnering traction and airplay throughout the global dance music ecosystem. Grateful and humbled by the groundswell of acclaim he is receiving for “Light” around the globe, San says the best is yet to come.

“I was blown away by the response because before “Light” my fan base had always been kind of underground SoundCloud fans,” he says. “But I feel it’s never about just structure when you are making music. It’s you crafting that signature sound, the magic and the harmonies you put
behind it that stays with people. I believe if you put on one of my tracks you will recognize within a minute that I produced it because of that.”

In advance of Coachella 2018, San Holo recently released the tracks “The Future” ft. James Vincent McMorrow, the smash hit “I Still See Your Face”—which landed San Holo his first top 40 record in The Netherlands and a performance on the #1 talk show in Netherlands, “DWDD”, and a spot at the acclaimed Lowlands festival in the cross-over tent. San Holo has also recently released “One Thing,” The Trip EP, and “Right Here, Right Now”—featuring a stellar music video—and shows no signs of stopping.
Chet Porter
Chet Porter
Chet Porter, in his own words, makes music to pet dogs to. His charming and unique style, ranging from sparkling indie-pop gems to experimental sample-driven tracks, evokes warm feelings of youth and innocence that bring smiles to his listeners' faces. Over the past year, Chet has brought his quirky live set to cities all over North America, alongside peers such as ODESZA, Jai Wolf, Lemaitre, Big Wild and more. Currently preparing his debut EP, Chet now looks to broaden his audience and escape the typical confinements of electronic music.
Taska Black
Taska Black
Breaking into the scene fresh with poignant electronic sound is 21-year-old Antwerp based producer Taska Black. His rare style utilizes an organic warmth in cohesion with raw heart-pumping melodies. By meshing his classical background with pulsating bass music styles, Taska Black continuously challenges the formulaic trends of electronic music today with his forward-thinking approach.

Taska Black’s first taste of music began at a very young age with the introduction of the violin and piano lessons at only 4 years old. Initially dreading these classes and the structure of a musical education, Taska Black soon found that improvisation was what kept his inspiration and drive alive.

The producer continued to experiment with this improvisation and dropping the prioritization of rules and standards when it came to classical music. Eventually, Taska Black’s renegade nature lead to him experimenting with the art of music production through dabbling in various genres.

Breaking rules while remaining true to his inner innovator, Taska Black took the project one step further and began to put his name on the map. Eventually the project took off and started garnering attention in the scene. Taska Black’s track “Right Now” caught the interest of San Holo’s imprint bitbird, marking a turning point for the young artist’s blossoming journey.

That paved the way to a burgeoning partnership between label and artist culminating in his breakout single “Leave Me” which has accumulated over three million streams cross platform and topped the HypeMachine charts. Taska followed that up with a powerful remix for San Holo’s single “Light” that was featured in Spotify’s flagship New Music Friday playlist crossing 700,000 streams on the platform in just half a year.

Since his introduction in the electronic scene, Taska Black has found the support from YouTube music channels Trap City, CloudKid, and Trap Nation. His unique sound has amassed support from big names including San Holo, Zeds Dead, Alison Wonderland, and Marshmello. As Taska Black’s recognition grows, it’s best to keep your eye on the producer, as each coming single unveils further experimentation with the marriage of contemporary sounds in a classic demeanour.
EASTGHOST is an electronic music artist based in Portland, Oregon whose project originally formed in the DMV Tri-State area during the year of 2012. His music features influences of contemporary instrumentation & vocals juxtaposed by bass-heavy, modern electronic music production. EASTGHOST “specializes in a range of experimental, ambient, and hip hop-based electronic music that falls just outside of ordinary descriptive constraints” (Jonah Berry, NEST HQ). The sound of his production is often highlighted by immense vocal layering. Recognized AUDIBLY by his frequent use of acoustic & non electronic instrumentation combined with eclectic arrangements of synthesis and commonly rooted in a deep bed of low-frequency sub bass. Even more easily recognized is his appearance, disguised by a strange & distinctly haunting mask.
Venue Information:
Port City Music Hall
504 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101