As previously announced, the artist known as Chrome Sparks will be touring the US this fall. The tour encompasses headlining shows (including one at Echoplex in Los Angeles on September 27 and at NYC‘s Le Poisson Rouge on October 15) as well as festival appearances (III Points Festival) and select dates as the support for Flume ( Red Rocks Amphitheatre on August 18 and Forest Hills Stadium in New York on August 27). For his headlining dates Chrome Sparks will be touring with special guest Roland Tings. The full run of dates and ticket links, including festival appearances and special one-off shows, is below.
The Brooklyn-based artist, born Jeremy Malvin, grew up in Pittsburgh and spent formative time in Ann Arbor before settling east and converting a legion of supporters to his deftly hybridized sound, including Pitchfork, Dancing Astronaut, Indie Shuffle, and FADER. He can also count Annie Mac and Triple J as supporters on radio and fellow music-making champions in Bonobo, Laurent Garnier and Anna Lunoe. His classical training in percussion lends a strong beat-centricity to his productions, and his background playing in bands manifests itself in carefully considered live performances. Asked to describe Chrome Sparks shows, he says:
“I need instruments; I need oscillators; I need someone flailing around, sticks in hand, trying to destroy a few drums. With the help of my percussive friend, Bill DeLelles, and pre programmed MIDI patterns that are sent to a variety of analog synths and samplers, I’m able to play some of the instruments while the others play themselves. Each instrument’s audio is run back through my laptop, allowing me to loop different parts and build on songs organically. I believe this process creates an effect that’s palpable for the audience, a balance that is simultaneously delicate and extremely powerful.”
Chrome Sparks first burst into electronic music consciousness in 2012 with “Marijuana,” a Bandcamp compilation track turned Internet phenomenon (organically rocketing to #1 on HypeMachine and racking up over 18 million cumulative streams to date). Since then he’s released three EPs via Future Classic (including subsequent breakthrough track “Moonraker”), remixed Chet Faker, Porter Robinson, Fred Falke and Blackbird Blackbird among others, and played sold out shows throughout North America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. On joining the Counter Records roster, which includes ODESZA, Maribou State, Conner Youngblood, Andreya Triana and many other lauded breakouts of recent years, he says:
“I’m thrilled to announce that I will be joining the Ninja Tune / Counter Records family. It’s an honor to be part of such a groundbreaking and storied roster that has fostered my love of music and consistently blown my mind throughout my life.”