For three years, ZEKE BEATS has animated the low end with his analog synth wizardry. All along, his mission has been clear: set listeners’ teeth chattering. He’s hit the target every time.
A power player signed to Poster Child and Madison House, ZEKE BEATS may be one of the fresher faces in the electronic context, but he’s certainly no novice. Threaded with the analog basslines that have long been an indispensable part of his sound, ZEKE BEATS’ idiosyncratic brand of hip-hop and grime influenced bass has pervaded modern electronic circles since his 2016 breakthrough with his debut EP, Meltdown.
In the time since, ZEKE BEATS has shown that his preeminence as a bass maven isn’t just within reach—it’s in the making, and fellow producers have taken note. He’s garnered support from electronic A-listers like Bassnectar, DJ Craze, DJ Shadow, Tokimonsta, Mr. Carmack, The Glitch Mob, Mat Zo, and Toddla T, and is heralded by fellow producers as one of the most technically fluent, forward thinking artists currently active in the game.
This year, ZEKE BEATS flexed his sonic capability on a number of releases; “Laser Vision,” crafted alongside The Glitch Mob, and “Purple Haze” with G-Rex are but two examples.
At present, listeners can catch ZEKE BEATS providing support for Purple Haze’s co-headlining tour with G-Rex. Come 2020, they can look forward to further live action from ZEKE BEATS on his next supporting endeavor, Peekaboo’s THE IMPOSSIBLE TOUR. Both efforts, present and anticipated, enrich ZEKE BEATS’ rich history of tour support; in the past, he’s been an enticing addition to tour announcements for G Jones, Minnesota, Space Jesus, QUIX, and Rezz. He’s also frequented high profile festivals such as Electric Zoo, Electric Daisy Carnival’s Orlando and Las Vegas installments, and Lost Lands.
Importantly, ZEKE BEATS is no “push play” personality. His status as a standout in the dance scene is due in part to his love for hardware, which bespeaks a series of achievements in the turntablist realm. He ranked fourth in the world in the prestigious IDA World Championships and was tapped by none other than grandmaster turntablist, DJ Qbert, as the first ever Scratch University Valedictorian.
He harmonizes the three integral components of his multifaceted musical identity—producing, Scratch DJ’ing, and turntablism—in these routines, which extend beyond the videos that ZEKE BEATS shares on his socials to his adrenaline spiking sets.
In involving these unique routines in his live appearances, ZEKE BEATS further distinguishes himself as a creative force to be reckoned with in the electronic landscape.
Although the fellow artists with whom he collaborates, the festivals that he plays, and the productions that he releases vary annually, one thing remains the same: each year, ZEKE BEATS reliably ups the ante—and plays to win.