Watching Tampa Bay producer Nicholas Hamersly navigate his vintage, completely analog rig to create darkwave-flavored, certified dancefloor favorites is an exercise in recognizing joy.
This weekend—on Saturday, July 16 at The Bends in St. Petersburg—the artist better known as Ortrotasce welcomes friends from around the country for an underground electronic music party, “Still Life,” curated for lovers of goth, synth-pop, new wave, EBM and minimal synth.
Leading the charge is Louisville musician William Carpenter, who describes themself as a “3D-printed A.I. who chose the form of a pop star named Buddy Crime.” Klypi—the prismatic persona of multidisciplinary artist AC Carter—combines electro-pop beats with cyberpunk attitude. They now call Los Angeles home, although they have deep Southern roots in Georgia and Nashville.
Rounding out the no-cover affair is St. Pete’s own Bushi, Ortrotasce, plus Orlando DJ Nick Mariano.
Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...