The name of Beats Antique is putting down roots across the country as fast as it can spread. The canopy of live electronic and world music can no longer contain the Beats Antique trio's masterful merge of modern technology, live instrumentation, and seductive performance that has enraptured audiences across the US and beyond. Beats Antique's roadshow troupe of brass band jams, glitch, string quartet crescendos, dubstep, dance, and on-stage roughhousing offers a sense-engulfing experience for all comers.
Since the group’s inception from the eclectic underground of San Francisco’s performance art scene, Beats Antique has been notorious for making it nearly impossible to sit still. They meld their mediums as attentively as they fuse the cultures that inspire their sound. All self-produced and composed, the trio creates a unique collage: an animalistic, raw musical event that blurs the lines between the provocative, the spiritual, and the artistic, while still maintaining an allegiance to the muses of class and beauty.
The journey that led to Beats Antique today was a winding and twisted path from the West Coast to the ancient trade routes of the silk road. In this modern incarnation, the musical alliance of producers David Satori and Tommy Cappel is inspired and emphasized by their collaborative partnership with world-renowned belly dance performer and music producer Zoe Jakes.
David Satori and Tommy Cappel both trained classically before venturing to locations such as Bali, West Africa, and Serbia. With extensive backgrounds in multicultural music production, and the passports to prove it, Satori and Cappel command the spectrum of live and digital instrumentation with skills born of Hip Hop and old school Jazz.
Zoe Jakes adds a third dimension as the multi –cultural and –disciplinary dance counterpart to Beats Antique’s sound. Jakes has worked with 2 major dance troupes, Miles Copeland’s Bellydance Superstars and Rachel Brice’s Indigo Belly Dance Company, and is a student of ballet and contemporary techniques. Jake’s additional history with Cappel in the Extra Action Marching Band and the Yard Dogs Road Show grants some insight into the caliber of performance that is Beats Antique’s standard.
All of this sets the scene for Beats Antique’s overtly ambitious stage show, a sensory overload conquest of the festival circuit’s most riotous events, such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, All Good, Wakarusa, EDC Las Vegas, Outside Lands, and Electric Forest, as well as a catalog of proper tours that include a recent sold out West Coast Tour, as well as sold out stops at venues such as San Francisco's Fillmore, Colorado's Boulder Theatre, and North Carolina's Orange Peel. With the impetus to perform and the talent to make their performance expand to fit whatever stage they are placed on, they are receiving, according to Satori, "this whole new world of musical opportunities that we’re just starting to scratch the surface of.”
In a prolific 4 years since Beats Antique emerged, the group has released 3 albums and a pair of EPs, with another release, Contraption Vol. 2, due this Fall. Their 2010 album, Blind Threshold, debuted at #2 on itunes electronic charts and received fantastic support from the music community. Off the charts, Beats Antique readily allies with nonprofits such as The Sustainable Living Roadshow, collaborating on their Spring 2011 Eco Education tour to support social change with music.
Beats Antique is best imagined as an innovative creature built from the cumulative heritage of the world’s music chasing its tail. However vivid that image, when a marching band groove crashes into bluesy folk chords only to be accompanied by electronic beats and Middle Eastern melodies, you’ll still be surprised.