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Alien invades Waverley

Mat the Alien is on an April 5 bill at the Waverley Hotel with The Librarian, guaranteed to provide truly fine West Coast dance floor sounds. - PHOTO SUBMITTED
Mat the Alien is on an April 5 bill at the Waverley Hotel with The Librarian, guaranteed to provide truly fine West Coast dance floor sounds.
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Shhhhhhhh!

Andrea Graham is known as the Librarian, but don’t be fooled by her deceptively quiet composure. The Bass Coast Music Festival’s co-founder and music curator has been making some very loud noises up and down the Pacific Northwest for the better part of a decade.

Her knack for blending total dance floor destruction with sly subtleties and hot new exclusives makes for a consistently accessible, yet undeniably future sound. Indeed, her festival’s carefully crafted music lineup is a perfect mirror of her style.

Serving up a veritable who’s who of the West Coast bass scene and reaching deep both backwards and forwards, The Librarian offers up unabashedly hard-hitting low-end bliss paired with thoughtful, sophisticated chops.

She and Mat the Alien will play April 5 at the Waverley Hotel.

In addition to curating and co-producing Bass Coast since its 2009 inauguration, Andrea has toured the Pacific Northwest club and festival circuit extensively (Shambhala, Symbiosis Gathering, Rifflandia, Burning Man, Envision Festival, Diversity, MEME, World Ski & Snowboarding Festival, Crankworks, and more), and has performed as far as Costa Rica and midwest from SF to Winnipeg & Wyoming.

She has played alongside Pinch, J Kenzo, dBridge, UZ, Bauer, Dub FX, Silkie, Distance, Addison Groove, Machinedrum, Om Unit, JETS, Grenier, Kastle, TRUTH, Deadbeat, Marty Party, Excision, Zed’s Dead, Mimosa, Vibesquad, Ana Sia, Danny Corn, Reso, Rusko, Caspa, Appleblim, 2562, Stagga, Djunya, BSE, Kutz, & many more.

In summer 2013, The Librarian was officially made a member of West Coast’s notorious Lighta! Sound crew, joining deep bass pioneers Michael Red, Daega Sound, Max Ulis, Self Evident, Taal Mala, Mandai, Tank Gyal, Cure, & Calamalka.

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Since the age of 14 (1988), Mat the Alien has been mixing, skratching and making mixes — playing beats spanning many genres, tempos and styles but always having one thing in common — heavy drum breaks and basslines.

It all started after hearing the electronic sounds being played in the warehouse parties around the northwest of England in ’88. In 1995 Mat moved to Whistler to pursue his new addiction of snowboarding.

Described by Knowledge Magazine as awe-inspiring, Mat has toured across the globe and performed in 14 countries from Miami to Moscow at sports events such as the US Supercross, Olympic Games (Torino & Whistler), X-Games and many of Canada’s largest festivals of up to 15,000 people.

He also pioneered club nights in Whistler, Vancouver and held down a bi-weekly clubnight in Las Vegas at Eye Candy (Mandalay Bay). And he got to perform a couple of times at the legendary Fabric Nightclub in London, England.

Mat’s original music and remixes are coming fast and furious — they have been featured on many T.V. shows, DVDs and webisodes. His remixes for Nick Thayer, South Rakkas (featured on Diplo’s Mad Decent blog), and his original music has Really Good feedback and plays from some of the industry’s biggest names.

His skratches can be heard on tracks by Fort Knox Five, Eprom & Ill Gates, Sweatshop Union, and EA Sports NBA HomeCourt 3.

Now also touring with his video / DJ set, he is taking the solo DJ act to new heights, hitting all of the senses with custom remix and video edits.

For more about the players, visit www.thelibrarian.ca and www.matthealien.ca.

Tickets for the April 5 gig are available at Bop City Records, Waverley, by phoning 250-336-8322 and at cumberlandvillageworks.com.

— Cumberland Village Works

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