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Electronic vibes to visit Vail

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyThe electronic duo EOTO - which plays in Vail Tuesday - started out with the name End of Time Observatory.

VAIL, Colorado –The electronic project EOTO – which visits Vail, Colorado Tuesday- started as a part-time side project for Jason Hann and Michael Travis, both of String Cheese Incident acclaim, to blow off steam. They put out their first release, “Elephants Only Talk Occasionally,” in 2006 and since then the project has progressed into a full-time gig and more than 600 shows.

They return to Samana Lounge in Vail for a show on Tuesday night.

“EOTO has been on the forefront of the Colorado experimental movement of meshing live soundscapes with the electronic-driven deep beats and they continue to push the envelope,” said Scotty Stoughton of Samana Lounge. “By creating unique live dub-step, breaks and house each night, it sets them apart from the rest of the laptop revolution artists. Expect a fresh set of energetic music that keeps the dance floor slammed.”

Hann took the time to answer a few questions for the Vail Daily.

Vail Daily: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen happen at an EOTO show?

Jason Hann: Chewbacca hung out with us at a show. We’ve got a dubstep penguin in the Northwest that comes and dances on stage when we hit our dubstep vibe. There was a guy in Missouri that stage dove into an area when there was no people to catch him. Full faceplant – and then wanted to do it again. We played a heavy metal festival in Jupiter, Fla. We were sort of out of place there. That might have been the strangest.

VD: What sets your sound apart from the other DJ’s?

JH: Most DJs stay in a particular dance music style and don’t incorporate live music in their sets. We are playing live and go through a bunch of dance genres such as dubstep, psy-trance, glitch hop, house, etc.

VD: You guys are known for your highly improvised sets. Why is that important to you?

JH: That’s probably what sets us apart from every other musical act on almost any scene, not just the electronic scene. To have the luxury of creating new music every night is highly inspirational and allows us to morph our sound so that within weeks our style can change and stay fresh.

VD: Have you performed in Vail before?

JH: Oh yeah. Last winter we played at Samana Lounge and it was a great night. Completely packed in there and lots of good energy.

VD: I very much like the robot on the cover of your new album, “Fire the Lazers.” Why did you decide to name it that?

JH: We like the idea of ’50s sci-fi visuals associated with our sound. Aliens, spaceships, moonwalking, lasers … that’s some good fun right there.-

VD: You’re playing a ton of shows through April, all around the country. What’s the worst thing about spending so much time on the road? And the best?

JH: The worst thing about the road is the amount of time away from home. The last three years we’ve spent a bunch more time on the road than being at home. I love seeing the country and meeting all the people, but home is just that – home. On the other hand, we know we’ve had to work hard to get established around the country.

The best is that playing every night keeps the music growing and it always feels like we’ve gotten to another level in our project by the end of tour. Seeing the project grow is also very rewarding, as well as meeting new fans and reconnecting with people that we’ve known in each city.-

VD: Your music is really fun, I especially like the song “Spare Parts.” What inspires your sound/songs?

JH: We listen to a lot of other DJs. When we hear a track that we like, we try to emulate a groove, texture or vibe of the track and make it our own.-

VD: What do you think the future of electronic music holds?

JH: It’s always going to be around. It’s been around since the ’80s and people all over the world are putting together larger and larger dance parties. Seems like there’s going to be more live bands involved in performing the music as its showing to have more popularity on the scene. It’s hard to think about the evolution of dance music, but it’s guaranteed to make a dramatic shift every three years or so.

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