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“Music invokes entities that have power to influence people. I’m just a medium for that power.”
Formed Josephine Collective at 16. Signed to Warner Bros. Records at 17 and left to take off on his own at 18. That’s the banging credit openings of music producer and DJ, formerly known as Fire for Effect, now Ultrademon; real name Albert Redwine.
Musically trained in piano, the Kansas-born and now Chicago-based Ultrademon is leading the current and controversial #seapunk movement, which once emerged from a dream his friend had. Over the years and in rapid fashion, the frontman’s positive vision of trans-humanism and heightening awareness through music via #seapunk has amassed a loyal and cult legion of followers both online and in real life.
His ocean-themed digital paradise philosophy continues with his own imprint, Coral Records Internazionale, which was formed in September 2011 as a way to transform the flotsam and jetsam of the digital electronic underground into something more physically permanent. Its music less DJ oriented but still paying homage to the roots of electronic dance music.
“I imagine a place where stars are bright, galaxies are visible in the night sky on a full moon where all my friends and loved ones are raving for eternity, that is the essence of the beach to me.”
As an producer, Ultrademon excels in liquid house, techno and bass music drenched in a myriad sea of textures, with liberal drops of acid, anime, 8-bit, conscious referential samples and an unmistakable, individualistic positivity. His prolific output at his young age includes tracks for electro-disco outfit, Ssion ‘Credit in the Straight World’ and ‘Earthquake’ off their Bent album (2011) and releases on labels as varied as Midnight Shift and Coral Records Internazionale, as well as remixes for Anamanaguchi, Gosteffects, and Unicorn Kid. His music is at the same time both current of its time, yet timeless, showing a breathless depth and breadth in music yet with a disregard for archaic formulas.
As a live performer, Ultrademon has toured in the band Ssion with the likes of CSS, Fisherspooner and DJ Keoki, influencing audiences with his brightly lit and energetic sets pairing the more experimental elements of electronic dance music with solid foundations. The effect is transformational, even transcendental. The audience it speaks to, international.
Somewhere between the shore and the sea, part enigmatic part ethereal, the iconic figure that is Ultrademon is now currently working to release a full-length album, its project details still under wraps.
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