There are chance occurrences in today’s sales-driven entertainment markets to witness amazingly raw, unbridled talent, the pioneering spirit behind Whitebear may easily serve as a textbook example and has been leaving many listeners speechless with the sophistication of his musical expression, as he progresses into greater and greater depths of electronica.
Whitebear has had the pleasure of playing festivals all around the world including Rainbow Serpent Festival (AUS) Strawberry Fields Festival (AUS), Total Eclipse Festival 2012 (AUS), Deliverance Festival (AUS), Earth Frequency Festival (AUS), Twisted Frequency Festival (NZ), Envision Festival (Costa Rica), Ometeotl Festival (MEX), Sonic Bloom Festival(USA), Enchanted Forest Festival (USA), Shambhala Music Festival (CAN), Belantara Gathering (MAS) and numerous other club gigs at Melbourne’s most well-known venues such as Brown Alley and The Hi-Fi Bar. He has supported and played alongside bassheavy weights Tipper, Spoonbill, Kalya Scintilla, Desert Dwellers and many more.
Whitebear’s sound certainly lives up to the essence of his moniker, conjuring up imagery just as majestic and awe-inspiring as the creature itself, journeying across crystalline terrain, lonely, but never alone. The songs carry signature elements, a bold, weighty gait, growling basslines and a bristling, intense nature that one does not want to test adversely, all with a very clear element of being completely at home, defending and caring for all that is sacred. A comprehensive blend of east-meets-west melodies, tribal rhythms, modern synthesis and post Newtonian-physics mathematics, Whitebear songs sing proudly from a wordless, graceful balance point between mind and heart, of all-or-nothing vision quests, demanding every last shred of identity, promising only to stride beside as direction itself becomes a foreign theory.
Complex soundscapes turn to glitch, break then flow; psychedelic sound infusions leak straight to the brain. Whitebear has a particular addiction to mangling samples into twisted sounds, coupling and contrasting them with infectious arpeggiations, and finally setting the mood in stone with an earthy, groovy, bass. Of late, an organic, tribal influence is starting to emerge from the glitches, allowing the listener to tune in and vibe out on dance floor, stirring up something familiar and primal within, whilst revealing new environments.
The listener is taken on a journey, but free to explore the vast expanse of intangible space between the frequencies and synapses. What happens in that space, in that darkness, is an immersive experience limited only by your own imagination.