Scene and Heard: DYNOHUNTER
Details of DYNOHUNTER
DYNOHUNTER is a progressive and electronic house trio made up of their DJ Clark Smith, who also plays tenor sax and keys, Justin Ehmer on drums and electronic percussion and Fred “Freddy” Reisen on bass and synth. What really makes DYNOHUNTER stand out is the addition of live jazz and funk-style rhythms that seamlessly contrast their electronic style.
The group started with Smith and Ehmer, roommates at music school, who played around with mixing EDM and their live instrumentation background. After playing a house party, the duo decided to pursue the group, adding Reisen and becoming DYNOHUNTER. Now, the trio lives together in Boulder, Colorado, where they “try to live the good life.”
Fred – “We consider ourselves a tribe. This summer we had a pretty large organic vegetable garden.”
Clark – “In Boulder there are a lot of outdoor activities like hiking, mountain climbing, biking. At night we make a nice healthy meal…and talk about our day.”
Fred – “We are living a lifestyle of integrity. It’s an important part of our movement.”
They band mixes this and the influence of “commercially untainted” world music with one of their biggest influences: futurism, which they pull from Boulder, a city at the forefront of renewable and clean sources of energy. This is evident even in the hats they sell sporting their logo courtesy of futuristic artist Kurt Redeker, which are either black with electric blue or a natural looking tan hemp, with a forest inside.
Fred – “There is juxtaposition there. Part of it may be tied back to the land, but that doesn’t exclude technology. Electronic dance music gets people going one kind of vibration.”
Clark “It all comes back to the kick drum, which goes back to all of our ancestors. It’s an exemplification of modernity.”
Song(s) to Know
The last DYNOHUNTER EP, the four-song “Megawatts & Monoliths,” was released in October of 2013. The band suggests listening to all of the EPs, as they tell a story that “evokes the energy of this ancient futuristic landscape.” Songs like “Collider” from “Megawatts & Monoliths” have a heavy ethnic, electronic sound. For a lighter, more fun sound, their Soundcloud houses more of their remixes, like a recent mix of Aaliyah’s “If I Let You Know.”
DYNOHUNTER is rounding out their Fall 2014 tour with their last few dates in October and November in Colorado. The band usually travels by car, in what they call a “survivalist” fashion, but before visiting the Jam in Gainesville, the Band was able to travel by plane for a change from flew from Lafayette, Georgia, to California for the Joshua Tree Music Festival, a highlight of the band’s tour.
Fred – “It’s a big adrenaline rush. We feel really lucky.”
For a show, starting almost at midnight, DYNOHUNTER made its way to the stage at the cozy inside stage, last Thursday night at the JAM. The group casually found their places and strapped on instrument, seemingly comfortable on the small stage.
The band didn’t waste anytime once they got started. The beat would get going, and the song would seem like really good EDM, until the bass, drums and predominantly the sax would bust in, adding a new dynamic and engaging the audience. They played songs from their current and past EP’s, including “Collider,” which had an intense beat drop that had everyone one the floor dancing. In fact, very few people were sitting.
The music only stopped for brief moments when Smith would ask the crowd how they were doing or if they were feeling the music. Reisen said the band likes to focuses less on individual songs when they perform, but allow the whole set to flow into one piece to play into the tribal idea.
“We really like the sound and the visual you get from our music,” Smith said.
Future Plans for DYNOHUNTER
Even though the official fall tour is ending, the band says they are in a continuous state of touring and are constantly booking new locations and playing shows.
The trio is currently working on a full-length album. Titled “The Nomad,” they say it will show their many different sides and influences from their jazz and funk background, or lighthearted remixes or more serious tribal tunes all in one album. They describe the future album as “blurry lines” and “traveling soundscapes.” The album is expected to be released around wintertime.
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