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New band Ape Tit debuts in Eagle-Vail Friday

Geoff Mintz
newsroom@vaildaily.com
VAIL CO, Colorado

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There’s definitely a pretty serious instrumental vibe in Colorado with all the bluegrass and jam music, but simultaneously there’s an undeniable electronic movement, evidenced by the thousands of people who showed up to the Snow Ball festival in Avon over the winter.

Trevor Jones is a familiar face in town. His bands Frogs Gone Fishin’ and The Sessh have raised the bar for the local funk music scene. And his latest project, an electronic duo, pairs him with drummer Jeff Jani, of Denver rock group The Big Motif.

Jones and Jani have been working on putting together a new sound, and their new group, Ape Tit, will make its live debut tonight at Paddy’s in Eagle Vail.

Musicians of wide-ranging influences are beginning to dip their talents into more electronic experimentation, and the groups that manage to combine live instrumentation with electronic elements seem to be the wave of the future. (At some point, people might catch on to the reality that many of those DJs are simply pressing play on their computers.)

Jones will play guitar, bass or keyboard, depending on what a given song requires. No looping – everything is played live.

Jani will play drums in addition to the sample pad, mixing in samples from old school artists like Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis and Marvin Gaye with a hip-hop beat in the background.

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However, with a choice of samples to hit, Jani will be challenged by the potential for human error – the essence of improvisation music. He won’t be simply pressing a loop, nodding his head and acting like he’s playing something live.

Jani also composes the music, which is the how the band formed: Jones overheard the samples and he said, “This is really cool. We need to get this out there.” It’s definitely a new direction and a new sound for Jones, who likes to experiment with a variety of styles and projects.

“The electronic element is really hard to deny, but I’m not about to get up there with a laptop, press play and walk away,” Jones said. “This is kind of my foray into electronic music, and we’re really stoked to see what people think about it because it’s sounding really cool.”

With a funky, jazzy foundation, Ape Tit is akin to other Colorado electronic bands like Juno What!? and Big Gigantic, all the while retaining its own style by mixing in the vintage samples.

“If you like Frogs, and if you like Big Motif, you’ll like it,” Jones said. “You’re also going to dance your (butt) off because it’s an electronic dance party. I feel like there’s a lot of inertia and energy behind this, so we’ll see where it goes.”