Epistrophe ‘EP’ Smith wears black thick rimmed glasses and carries his suitcase everywhere he goes. He’s a schooled session bassist & composer, but he’s not the kind of guy to brag about that stuff. As far as he’s concerned he’s an unassuming bloke with a deep passion for electronic music.
Music has changed quickly over the last century and accelerated feverishly with the advent of computer technology. There are so many styles out there, for EP Smith to pick one would be utterly impossible. Instead he chose to embrace a music concept brought to prominence through bebop in the early-mid 1940’s with pioneers such as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Bebop is a style of jazz characterised by among other things – improvisation, and it was the improvisation aspect that resonated with EP Smith.
Using the freedom presented through improvisation and the hypnotic and rich sounds only electronic music can create EP Smith’s style fuses live improvisation with electronica. Sub bass, crunchy snares, lots of clicky noises and a barrage of cymbals provide a foundation for the live instruments – double & electric bass, vocals, guitars and keyboards.
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