Flying Lotus, DJ Premier, King, DJ Chela, ZenSoFly

Moogfest Motorco Park Stage (outside)

Flying Lotus, DJ Premier, King, DJ Chela, ZenSoFly

Sat May 20

Doors: 6:15 pm / Show: 6:15 pm

$249 and up

This event is all ages

Flying Lotus - (Set time: 10:45 PM)
Flying Lotus
You see, no one likes talking about death.

But Flying Lotus has never been one to lead the people on a simple journey.

With You’re Dead! he has managed to create a shamanic pilgrimage into the psychedelic unknown of the infinite afterlife. At once reflective, restless, heart wrenching and joyous, this is a melodic ode to those who have died young, suddenly and unexpectedly – those who have passed away into another realm completely – while also existing as a comfort to those mourning the loss of a loved one, those left behind in our here and now. You’re Dead! serves as an exploration, a eulogy and a portal between these parallel domains.

“My perspective comes from having lost a lot of people. A lot of my family members passed, but a lot of my colleagues passed away too soon,” says Flying Lotus. “I felt like in my own experiences, I wanted them to have this same sense of self.”

Musically, the album treats death as a transition from one experience to another, from one dimension of sound to another. Masterfully, Flying Lotus bathes death in the sensitive, affectionate light of a storyteller.

Flying Lotus takes listeners on a consciousness-fracturing journey as they follow those who’ve passed away as they embark on their tender new existences “on the other side.” This life in the new dimension is rife with excitement, adjustments and reconciliation for some who are struggling to make sense of how they got to the other side in the first place.

“The album isn’t about the end,” says Flying Lotus. “It’s really the beginning. It’s the beginning of a new experience,” he says. “It’s not hey you’re dead,” he says somberly. “It’s hey you’re dead!” he says with an uptick of enthusiasm. “To me it’s a celebration of the next experience. Also, it’s the transition and the confusion,” he adds. You’re Dead! is a hefty undertaking, but Flying Lotus aptly creates an engaging sonic delight, part spiritual carnival, part melancholic symphony, all the while coaxing listeners out of their fears of the unknown – and sometimes indulging those same fears. This aural procession through the afterlife does not trade on our clichéd catalog of pop-culture references to extinction. You won’t find grim reaper-referencing rote drama, or the pallid somber palette of reverential muzak. This is a sonic, visual and metaphysical fusion of technological innovation and technical virtuosity that amounts to a transcendent, mind-expanding plasm that could only exists between our world and another.
King - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
King
Twins Paris and Amber Strother and musical sister Anita Bias are dream-pop trio KING. In 2011, KING independently released their debut EP to much acclaim- The Story, Supernatural, and Hey made up the 3-piece introduction to their carefully crafted sound. Fueled by word of mouth excitement and social media posts from supporters including Prince, Gilles Peterson, Erykah Badu, Solange, Nile Rodgers, Sam Sparro, Janelle Monae, Questlove and a host of others, their story and songs have spread wide and made new fans of many. Since the release of their initial EP, KING have been touring, performing as a headlining act to sold out crowds in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, London, and Amsterdam amidst a host of other US cities.

KING's eclectic sound is relatable yet not simply defined. Though they play with the boundaries of their many influences, throughout each song is the common thread of a certain soulful authenticity. The smooth vibe, intricate production, and harmonic style of their music evolved beautifully in their home studio, a product solely of the three women and a result of their Minneapolis and Los Angeles roots.

Paris produces KING's songs, while Amber and Anita are the primary singers. The three work together on songwriting and arrangements to create their unique sound, garnering such accolades as NPR's Song of the Day and 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing, Billboard's 10 Best R&B Songs of 2014, The Guardian's New Band of the Day and Best Albums of 2013, Metro UK's Singles of the Week, Glamour Magazine's 2013 Free Holiday Music Campaign, and the 55th GRAMMY Award for 'Move Love', their collaboration with Robert Glasper on his Best R&B Album 'Black Radio'.
ZenSoFly - (Set time: 6:15 PM)
ZenSoFly
ZenSoFly is a hypnotic artist hailed by the Indy Week as the "Upstart Raleigh club charmer and image guru.” She is a thunderous performer of playfully buoyant music.

At times she’s a soothing lead singer and at times she’s a cold-blooded MC. Before starting her career as an artist she worked as a dj, producer and engineer while mentoring under the popular electronic group, “Watch The Duck”. ZenSoFly makes music for people to dance to and feel. Her sound is a collaboration of house, rap, and electronic genres. She is the new kid on the block, but is quickly reaching new heights with her electricity and charm. Her first project “Little Miss Perfect” was released in September of 2016. Her motivation behind releasing the EP was mainly to get over her fear of letting others hear her work. Since then, she has performed alongside the likes of Kelela, Kingdom, Sylvan Esso, Junglepu$$y and more. ZenSoFly is gearing up for her second project titled “Sunflowers” and this time she is not taking it lightly. It will be an EP that will be promoted internationally to receive mainstream attention.
DJ Chela - (Set time: 6:15 PM)
DJ Chela
A modern day alchemist, DJ Chela mixes movements, communities and evolutionary patterns together like records. From a prolific DJ career traveling the world and working with luminaries, to dedicated spiritual and healing studies, to a breadth of artistic projects, Chela weaves together lineages of expression to inspire her audiences and engage their spirits.

North Carolina-raised and now based in New York, Chela has been making her imprint in clubs, radio, mixtapes, live shows and battles for over 10 years. Her live sets are a dynamic mixture of world rhythms, Latin, Hip Hop, rock, reggae, funk, soul, disco, house and more mixed with a turntablist sensibility. In turntablism she earned the 2009 Winter Music Conference Spin Off battle runner-up, placed second in the 2007 She’s My DJ Battle and recently won round one of Geko Jones’s Just The Tip soundclash. Her mixtapes earned her three nominations for the Justo’s Mixtape Awards. Chela has DJed for Saigon, Pharoahe Monch, KRS ONE, Immortal Technique, Mystic, Talib Kweli, Rah Digga and Ladybug Mecca, and has been featured in The Source, Allhiphop.com, Scratch Magazine, Foundation Magazine and on MTV.com. She has shared her gifts of moving Spirit through music, delighting audiences across Latin America, Africa, Asia, Canada and the US.

Chela has broadcasted shows for five years on WOBC, WXDU and www.dabeatminerz.com, and was named Top 10 College DJs from Urban Network Magazine. She was a stand in for Chuck D’s Air America show and is often featured as a guest DJ on NYC’s Pacifica station, WBAI. In her homebase of NYC she has rocked the largest venues: BB Kings, S.O.B’s, The Canal Room, Le Poisson Rouge, Brooklyn Bowl, and more alongside Tony Touch, Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Enuff and many others.

Chela, a Sanskrit word meaning the “disciple of a guru”, sees her work as an opportunity to surrender to Spirit and be a creative vessel for transformation and healing. She is also a singer/songwriter, Tom Kenyon-trained Sound Healer, Reiki Master Teacher, doula and Brennan Healing Science Practitioner. She brings all of this to the (turn)table–every show, every venue.
DJ Premier - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
DJ Premier
Born: March 21, 1966, Houston, Texas

DJ Premier, best known for being one half of the rap duo Gang Starr, is also a DJ and record producer. DJ Premier has produced almost all of Gang Starr's tracks as well as tracks for many other groups and solo artists since the 1990s. He has produced tracks for such artists as Jay-Z, Big L, Notorious B.I.G., Nas, M.O.P., Jeru The Damaja, KRS-One and Mos Def. DJ Premier's style of production is considered "underground" Hip-Hop or "alternative" Hip-Hop. He is known for sampling Jazz artists, as well as sampling an artist's past work, when he is creating a new track for that same artist. Further he is known for combining small vocal portions from multiple artists to make one hook on a track he is producing. This creative technique has made him one of the most sought after producers in Hip-Hop. DJ Premier's name refers to his claim to be the first and the best in his style. His original stage name was Wax-Master C, the "C" coming from his real name.

Premier also founded his own Year Round Incorporated label.