Few venues can match the energy of a packed Atrium show at The Catalyst Club in Downtown Santa Cruz, California. This former restaurant turned side-stage has housed some of the best up and coming musical artists of the past few years- and Saturday, December 5th was no exception. When the Santa Cruz Bass community heard that Phutureprimitive was playing their sleepy little beach town on a weekend night, the vibe was guaranteed. As the date got closer, news and images of Phutureprimitive’s newly acquired (fully crowdfunded) stage production began to appear and the watering mouths never dried.
One of the more prevalent opening acts, Et Al, stopped by the Euphoric office before the show to chat with the team. With recent and notable appearances at Bay Area Vibez Festival, TBD Festival and Serenity Gathering this electronic duo has made quite the footprint in this densely populated and brutally competitive West Coast electronic culture.
Et Al is the bi-product of a chance encounter at Hult International Business School, consisting of Multi-Instrumentalist, Alex Kane, and Drummer, Alex Hamady. Their emphasis is on providing a live aspect to their electronic set, even so far as to have their own custom live video production. As you can tell these two are doing everything they can to break away from this “plug ‘n play” stigma following electronic music today- and their Catalyst set did not disappoint. Their programmed and planned electronic aspects interact skillfully with some epic live drums, which adds originality to any electronic set in this age of pre-programmed drum beats They may have played early but by the end of the set, they had the crowd in the palm of their hands.
With no major shows on the calendar Et Al is working hard on recorded material and collaborations. Be sure to look out for them in 2016.
Photo Credit: Brian Crabtree