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Genre: Hip Hop
Official Site: http://www.apsci.net/
Band Bio: It's a modern love story. Boy meets girl. They fall in love and buy laptops. They travel the world, sleep on floors and make a groundbreaking record.
In 1998, Filipino-Australian Dana Diaz-Tutaan was performing in New York with a crew of Australian musicians, when she serendipitously met Bronx native Raphael LaMotta in front of nightclub. The two jelled and a whirlwind courtship commenced. Two years later they were married and making music. Literally.
Ra's teen years were spent writing and performing with his first band, Vitapup, a high school trio he founded as singer and bassist. Vitapup went quickly from playing basements and garages to headlining clubs and performing nationally with groups like Tortoise, Elliot Smith and Bikini Kill. Dana spent her pre-Apsci years performing in Australia's hip-hop scene. Dana's time in the local underground trenches gave way to more time spent abroad with well-known acts such as Mike Ladd, Anti-Pop Consortium and Blackalicious. Her signature wail can be heard on Ladd's Vernacular Homicide, The Infesticons' Gun Hill Road and Blackalicious' forthcoming album, The Craft.
Despite different backgrounds, Dana and Ra developed similar work ethics and musical landscapes, bringing Dana's classically-trained ear and pipes to mesh seamlessly with Ra's genre-bending sensibilities. The two pulled from their equally eclectic backgrounds to forge a signature blend of bass-heavy, electro-influenced hip-hop.
While Ra holds down the bulk of Apsci production, Dana also brings fire to the console, producing 3 of the tracks on their worldwide debut Thanks for Asking. Together the two crafted the album's unique amalgamation of live instrumentation and programmed beats.
Joining Apsci on the stage are human drumbot Guy Licata, (recently featuring on new recordings with Bill Laswell), Superstar DJ Big Wiz (resident Def Jux DJ), and DJ Boo (Jugganots) on the help-out. These talented soldiers form like voltron with Ra and Dana to generate what is arguably the hottest live set in town.
Ra and Dana are keeping busy in'06, touring the world and stockpiling new tracks for several projects, including the new ApSci release. Dana is also performing with David Byrne (Talking Heads) and Fatboy Slim in their new musical, Here Lies Love, A Song Cycle for various festivals around the world throughout '06 and '07.
Thanks for Asking features collaborations from long time friends Mr. Lif, Tunde of TV on the Radio and Martin of Antibalas, as well as Quannum label mates VURSATYL of Lifesavas and Pigeon John. The album is now available thru Quannum Projects.
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
NEW YORK CITY WINERY
RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL
B.B. KING BLUES
NIKON AT JONES BEACH
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