Words by Korby Benoit
Since my days as a child I’ve always embraced new friendships. As an adult I’m more keen of my innate need to connect with people and exchange ideas. Commonalities usually bring us all together, yet it is through our differences we can evolve and have a rich exchange of information and perspectives.
I enjoy discovering the musical tastes of my friends. And yes, at times I may develop a genuine connection with a person who simply doesn’t appreciate the same music I do. In those instances all is not lost…or is it? (Remember, music is everything!)
If I’m just getting to know a person and they mention their appreciation for the sounds of Ge-Ology and Mark de Clive-Lowe, I’ll likely have an emotive response to this information. More specifically, an internal signal alerts me that I’m around my artistic kinfolk. We’ll probably enjoy the same events and we might offer each other chunks of musical perspective that we each yearn for, but have yet to discover.
Ge-ology and Mark de Clive-Lowe are both well versed in appealing to an audience through sound. I attended their first installment of ETCetera, a new quarterly event at The303 at Louie and Chan in New York’s Lower East Side.
Ge-ology is an accomplished producer, DJ and visual artist whose career I’ve followed since the early 2000s. He was an integral part of the late 90′s indie hip-hop label, Rawkus Records and has produced for a wide range of artist from Black Star to Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano. In his teen years, he was also part of a hip-hop group called Born Busy, which also featured none other than the great and mighty Tupac Shakur. As a DJ, he is known around the world for his vast music collection along with his knowledge and skills of dance floor captivation.
Mark de Clive-Lowe also flexes a serious musical resume. He’s known for Church, his recurring jam sessions which have enthralled audiences internationally. His DJing and production style reference everything from raw beat-making to soul, jazz, house and beyond. He is a prolific musician and has collaborated with artists like Blu, DJ Spinna and Omar, to name a few.
These two men are an intense collaborative force. Throughout the night, Ge-ology delivers an assortment of perfectly blended sounds while de Clive-Lowe seamlessly layers and weaves in his own selections, live drum programming, spontaneous loops and on the fly edits. A glance at the DJ booth reveals a mini arsenal of synths, drum machines, keyboards, vinyl, laptops and Technics turntables. Sound is continuously manipulated in ways that offer a new take on how most of us understand DJ performances.
As a self proclaimed audiophile, I must note that The303 at Louie and Chan boasts a sound system that completely makes sense for this event and the venue size. Music there can be presented at a high level as the sound is full and robust and not at all distorted and overwhelming. You can choose to dance the night away or perhaps you’ll make some new friends with fellow music disciples who fill the room.