MIKE RELM TO RELEASE HIS DEBUT ARTIST ALBUM 'SPECTACLE'
As an audio/visualist and mash-up DJ, MIKE RELM has become world famous for his mind-melting real time performances. But with the advent of SPECTACLE, his exciting debut studio album due out September 23 on his Radio Fryer label, the San Francisco-based musical talent has masterfully upped his game. On the heels of his recent mesmerizing DVD Clown Alley and the acclaim of his riveting 2005 CD mixtape Radio Fryer, the bespectacled and suit-clad Relm steps into the role of electronic music maestro while effortlessly reinforcing his long-standing reputation for innovation.
By collaborating with respected underground talents like Mr. Lif, The Gift of Gab, Morningwood and Lateef the Truthspeaker, along with producer Patrick Palaad on Spectacle, Relm's sonic realm is as diverse as it is ingenious. Check out can't-miss offerings like "Body Rock" - complete with a twangy guitar line and a celebratory tack destined for the dance floor - and the disc's contagious first single "My Heart" that boasts razor-sharp delivery by rapper Adeem and vocalist Adrian Hartley, a veteran of both Blue Man Group and Fischerspooner.
After befriending Hartley during a lengthy, high profile stint opening for Blue Man Group, Relm knew he had to have her lend vocals to the latter, capturing her memorable performance in a Philadelphia hotel room of all places. Next came the New Hampshire-based Adeem. "We met during one of those 'Minivan-Days Inn' tours," Mike says. "But I knew I wanted to work with him. He was on this list of people I kept that I knew I'd ask and he did such a great job with that track."
With "My Heart" front-and-center in Relm's plan for global domination, it's matched by the equally powerful "You Break," which thrives on a similar and infectious arrangement and is elevated by the adept street prose of Mr. Lif. "That song, like almost everything I construct, started with a beat," Relm explains. "It's just one of those beats that I let people listen to and everyone wanted to get on it." Another notable track on Spectacle is "Hot To Trot" which features vocals and drums by percussionist/beat maker Alfredo Ortiz (Money Mark, Chromeo, Ozomatli).
MIKE RELM adds tremendous energy to any event and has a striking stage presence. He has toured with many different types of artists from the Blue Man Group to most recently Tony Hawk as the featured musical guest on the Boom Boom HuckJam tour, and has appeared at many major music festivals including Coachella, the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Summer Sonic and Mt. Fuji in Japan as well as most of the major European festivals.
RELM is known for live performances which feature a series of audio mash-ups with video images, manipulated in real-time. His other credits include performances for a San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland A's baseball game and the closing ceremonies of the Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro. He completed remixes for Adult Swim in conjunction with the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie, scored a short film for the Disney Channel series Too Many Robots and created a four-song mega mix for Yo Gabba Gabba (Nickelodeon). RELM also stars in an international TV spot for HSBC Bank, directed by Stacy Wall.
The complete track listing for MIKE RELM's SPECTACLE is:
- Money Beats (TV)
- Everytime (ft. Del the Funky Homosapien and Adrian Hartley)
- Hey Drew (TV)
- Hot To Trot (ft. Alfredo Ortiz)
- Trying To Get Attention (TV)
- Body Rock (ft. Morningwood and The Gift of Gab)
- The Cube
- Red Shoes (TV)
- Vertiglo (Interlude)
- Without Her (ft. Lateef The Truthspeaker)
- You Break (ft. Mr. Lif and Adrian Hartley)
- Crackin' (TV)
- My Heart (ft. Adeem & Adrian Hartley)
- Learning Experience (TV)
MIKE RELM's updated tour routing is as follows:
Treasure Island Music Festival
FRI 9/20 San Francisco, CA Treasure Island Music Festival
Mike Relm Headline Dates
Wed 9/24 Portland, OR Holocene
Thu 9/25 Seattle, WA Chop Suey
Wed 10/1 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club
Thu 10/2 Ames, IA Maintenance Shop
Fri 10/3 Chicago, IL Abbey Pub
Tue 10/7 New York, NY Spiegeltent
Wed 10/8 Boston, MA Middle East
Thu 10/9 Northampton, MA Pearl Street Nightclub
Fri 10/10 Philadelphia, PA Manhattan Room
Sat 10/11 Washington, DC Rock N Roll Hotel
Sun 10/12 Charleston, SC The Pour House
Mon 10/13 Atlanta, GA The Earl
Tue 10/14 Orlando, FL The Social
Wed 10/15 Tampa, FL Crowbar
Fri 10/17 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
Sat 10/18 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
Sun 10/19 Austin, TX Mohawk
Mon 10/20 Dallas, TX House of Blues Cambridge
Wed 10/22 Scottsdale, AZ Chasers
Thu 10/23 San Diego, CA Casbah
Fri 10/24 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
Sat 10/25 Costa Mesa, CA Detroit Bar
Wed 10/29 Bloomington, IN Bluebird Nightclub
Thu 10/30 Bloomington, IN Jake's Nightclub
Tue 11/4 Ft. Collins, CO Hodis Half Note
Wed 11/5 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
Thu 11/6 Boulder, CO The Black Sheep
Fri 11/7 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Sat 11/8 Aspen, CO Belly Up