Datahowler, born Ross Edman, is a Mad Scientist from Dallas, Texas. A musician, producer, designer and wizard. At a young age Ross trained classically in percussive arts eventually moving on to guitar, keys and sequencers. His history traverses many genres from touring in Hardcore outfits to Motown revival acts, to creating indie mash ups and making tripped out space beats. His interests include philosophy, islands, typography and science fiction. He's weights 165 lbs. and stands about 5' 9".
Most recently Mr. Edman has collaborated with members of The Polyphonic Spree and shared the stage with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Purity Ring, Die Antwood, Yelle, Junior Boys and Braids. In addition to his musical abilities, Edman has designed art for Mos Def, Ryan Adams and Jimmy Eat World. He also loves to make stuff - especially projection models, terrariums and other magical goods. Hence, Mad Scientist!
Abracadabra. This is where Velvet Blue Music (Huntington Beach, CA), Tree Fall Sounds (Dallas, TX), and Spune (DFW, Texas) enter the picture. A collective effort to educate the universe about Datahowler and his gifts. Or, at least assist in pulling the rabbit from the hat. The label trio having already introduced a 7" vinyl series, felt it seemed only natural to include Datahowler. Except this 7" grew to be a 10"!
Datahowler's latest release, "The Crystal Gazers" comes in the form of a limited edition 10" colored vinyl / digital EP. It's 5 songs and 20 minutes of Ross' favorite sonic compositions. In some ways, it is kind of cheeky like his latest video, but it also carries the weight of a more serious tone. The human condition and struggle with death, heartbreak and survival. 'Crystal Gazers' is available for pre-order right now. Not only do you receive the limited edition vinyl, but also several marvelous artifacts created by the wizard himself!
Datahowler was crowned 'Best New Artist' in the 2011 Dallas Observer Music Awards and is currently nominated for 'Best Electronic Act' in the 2012 DOMA's.
Below are some thoughts from a few critics. To us, Datahowler is simply a genius.
"Now here is an amazing chill artist called Datahowler, when I came across his stuff it really stunned me at how good this music is!" - NME
“A science fiction-inspired romp through hip-hop, downtempo, and other genres.” - Prefix Magazine
"We're pretty big into Datahowler, and why wouldn't we be?" - Central Track
“All squelchy synth and laid-back drums, with more than a hint of DJ Shadow.” - Snipe
"Genre-bending soundscapes mix downtempo and ambient electronic sounds with elements of hip-hop, sci-fi and, yeah, with a little dollop of chillwave"
- Dallas Observer
"Grimy intergalactic production filled with heavy drum breaks and intricate synthesizer work. For fans of Prefuse 73, Onra and Pretty Lights." - eatsleepbreathemusic
“The future sound is upon us. Datahowler is sending signals from his Dallas base to us all, communicating through the medium of his music: beat music reminiscent of the likes of Hudson Mohawke and James Blake, filled with hip hop references, spacey 8-bit experimentalism, howling chilled-out or fast-forwarded high pitched garage-esque vocals and artwork that reminds me of Ghostly International‘s own experimental ambient producer Tycho aka ISO50.” - Bad Fotography
"Datahowler is essentially music stretched as wide as the valleys and slow as the expanse of time." - A stalker at every local show.
released January 15, 2013
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