Debut Performance of Awefekt (PEOPLE)
feat. Jeremy Black, Trever Hagen, Trevor Brooks
On December 16, 2016 Trever Hagen and Jeremy Black had both just arrived at Justin Vernon's April Base studio on an open invitation. The two met just a month before, after being invited to participate in Bon Iver's and The National's brainchild - an experimental, collaborative music festival in Berlin. For eight days, over 80 invited artists lived and worked together to perform the results of their creative utopia in front of 5000 festival attendees. Dubbed Michelberger Music after the hotel where the artist stayed, the result was life altering and eye opening for all involved. Upon reconnecting at April Base, Hagen and Black took it upon themselves without much discussion to just start making music together. Hagen set up 6 guitar amplifiers in a circle around him and using a bullet mic and his trumpet without the mouthpiece, began to make some of the most powerful sounds Black had ever heard. He ran down and plugged in his Elektron Machine Drum into the mixer, Vernon and Velvet Negroni jumped in the jam and the rest is history. Vernon invited the two back to make their debut record, and with the help of Bon Iver’s Andy Fitzpatrick, Modular synth artist Trevor Brooks and Producer Ryan Olson (Poilca, Gayngs) Awefekt was born.
The record is full of raw energy and power and utilizes the trance likes qualities of Techno with the a raw power of Hagen's unstoppable expressions and the effortless musicality of Andy Fitzpatrick and Trevor Brooks. Ryan Olson helped wrangle the 4 days worth of jam sessions into a masterpiece of sound art like nothing you may have ever heard. The record also features a track with a vocal from Naeem Juwan of Spank Rock.
The album will be released in August via PEOPLE, an artist run label that spawned from the Michelberger music festival which again will be taking place this summer and will once again feature Bon Iver, The National, Políca and many more. Awefekt will be touring Europe in late summer and the US in early fall and will also be performing at Haven festival in Copenhagen in August.