Stateside Presents




Thu, September 6, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Crescent Ballroom

Phoenix, AZ

$30.00 - $35.00

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This event is 21 and over

It's hard to believe that Cut/Copy once only existed as an idea in the Melbourne bedroom of frontman Dan Whitford, who was at the time running a very successful local design studio and immersing himself in club culture by night, both in front of and behind the decks. Whitford's early blend of samples and newly learned instruments has since evolved into a full-fledged band with guitarist Tim Hoey, drummer Mitchell Scott, and bass player Ben Browning, with each member handling a multitude of instruments.

In the past decade, Cut/Copy has truly become an international act. Touring across the world, headlining massive sold-out shows, and slated on prime slots of prestigious festivals worldwide such as Coachella, Ultra Music Festival, and Lollapalooza in the US; Primavera in Spain, Pitchfork in Paris; Summer Sonic in Japan; and Big Day Out in Australia. They've released four critically praised albums and accumulated more than a thousand tour dates in the process, the great majority of which have been to sold out audiences.

Cut/Copy's high-energy live show is matched only by the beautiful complexity of their songs. They layer large swaths of melody, sections with dissonance, nods to many genres, and package them into coherent pop songs. The result can make large groups of people gather together and explode with joy. There is a Cut/Copy song for everyone, and their songs tend to be ageless -- suitable for both teenage angst and cocktail parties.

Each of their four records have garnered great critical acclaim, and Cut/Copy's catalog has won or been nominated for such prestigious awards as the GRAMMYs and the ARIAs, in addition to underground Awards such as the Webbies or the J Awards. Cut/Copy's diversity has also landed their songs into movies like 30 Minutes or Less and Savages, television shows such as Nip/Tuck and So You Think You Can Dance, video games including FIFA 12 and Madden, and ads for PlayStation, Blackberry, Levi's and Orange. Cut/Copy is constantly full of surprises. With each album they've grown stronger as songwriters, performers, experimenters, and curators. As those who have been lucky enough to witness the ride can attest, it has been an amazing evolution for this Melbourne band and the journey is far from over.
With his original productions Kauf has achieved the near impossible feat of making dance music that is also song led and lyrically deep. The rhythms, informed mostly by slowed down disco, support simple, emotive chord progressions with a melancholic bent. Dense layering, his own echo-laden vocals, and a penchant for distorted, imperfect sounds create the dominant motif, where the words sometimes ring out as if emerging from a barely remembered dream.

His debut album ‘Regrowth’ was released in October with massive support from Spotify and iTunes, landing on 7 official Spotify playlists including 'New Indie Mix' & 'Chill Vibes', and 2 spots on Apple's 'Today's Chill'. We've seen 5 singles alongside equally staggering remixes from some of the electronic world’s finest talents (Fort Romeau's edit was released on vinyl via Permanent Vacation). Four singles charted on Hype Machine's Most Popular Top 10 with Key to Life reaching #1, which resulted in Kauf entering the Top 10 of the HypeM 2016 Zeitgeist Chart. And 'Regrowth' peaked at #15 on the NACC's electronic radio charts.

He self-released his first single in 2011 - "Relocate" b/w "When You're Out," which quickly found its way into the hands of Dan Whitford of Cut Copy who released the "As Much Again" EP on his own Cutters Records. Kauf have previously supported Cut Copy, Elderbrook, Com Truise, Goldroom, Maribou State, Zimmer,
Ceu, Public Service Broadcasting, and The Big Pink.

After the dissolution of his early experimental rock bands spurned the dive into electronic production and synth collecting, he is equal parts studio rat psychedelia obsessive and art-pop traditionalist. The rhythms, informed mostly by slowed down
disco, support simple, emotive chord progressions with a melancholic bent.

His forthcoming Regrowth LP mostly explores the small fractures within his closest relationships. They are the kind that have long been there, but were either willfully ignored or conveniently missed, like a tiny crack in the windshield that slowly creeps across, but eventually demands you take notice and make the repair before it shatters completely. There is the realization that a relationship with an ex-boyfriend was entirely superficial ("A Ruin") and truly understanding why you're in love ("Through the Yard"). Complicated family issues are the focus on "Turning," "Key to Life" and "Pacify."

Though themes of denial and doubt run through the record, there is a palpable sense of beauty and hope. This is not an angst ridden record like the punk and alternative albums he grew up on, but one questioning the way forward. After the success of the previous singles ‘Through The Yard’, ‘A Ruin’ and ‘Key To
Life’ all making the HypeM Top 10, and an LA residency @ The Echo with support from artists like Your Friend, Clara-Nova, and Vōx, Kauf is set for a promising year ahead. We are looking forward to building on that momentum in the coming
Venue Information:
Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85003