Hey, ya’ll! Attached to this post is the cover of my new book, Ancient Astronauts – Dark Green Rod, soon to be released in 2012. Thanks!
Monthly Archives: May 2012
Just recently, an idea occurred to me to increase the Astronauts’ popularity here in the United States. On Youtube, where their videos can be found, everyone seems to want more. I decided to contact the Astronauts with the suggestion of writing and publishing a book about them and distributing the profits. The idea stuck and was changed to where I could write the book, convert it to PDF format, then send it to the Astronauts for them to publish it on their site, http://www.ancientastronauts.de for free.
While the publication is still a work in progress, it will be released here and on their website, along with some drum tracks from me and a remix of their song I Came Running. Still waiting to complete these tasks, I am eager to share my best work of the Ancient Astronauts with the world! So continue to review my posts and please subscribe. The year 2012 will reveal the best book and music in the world!
LONG LIVE ANCIENT ASTRONAUTS
The Ancient Astronauts are Kabanjak and Dogu, a bombastic production and DJ duo hailing from Cologne, Germany. The phenomenon of “ancient astronauts,“a belief that extraterrestrial beings visited Earth in ancient times to mingle and trade ideas with early human civilizations”, isn’t an alien concept to these Ancient Astronauts. The cross-pollination and mash-up of ideas, sounds, styles, and a collaborative spirit are their modus operandi.
Already having remixed and collaborated with Fort Knox Five, Ladybug Mecca of Digable Planets, Zion I, Imani and Bootie Brown of The Pharcyde, Issa Bagayogo, Vieux Farka Toure, Kid Loco, Zion Train, and Tippa Irie the Ancient Astronauts have linked up with a variety of new sonic collaborators for their kaleidoscopic sophomore album Into Bass And Time!
Self described as a “mash up of the distant past and far future”; Ancient Astronauts have created an album born out of an eclectic mix of ideas, sounds and styles. Enlisting the talents of a variety of diverse MCs and vocalists, the album demonstrates impressive progress from their debut.
Although born in Germany, the long-time friends are quick to admit that they are not followers of the German music scene, Kabanjak notes, “for us music is and will always be an international phenomena”, and Ancient Astronauts are certainly not afraid to draw on influences from international artists and styles. By utilising their vintage-meets-future aesthetic, the duo has created an album infused with beats that defy any rigid classifications.
“At an early stage we realised that we are both big music heads so we started running parties in our hometown together”. Those parties soon led to music productions and a whole list of inspirational remixes. Following on from these early experimentations, 2001 saw the Ancient Astronauts begin Switchstance Recordings. Developed as a way of allowing the Astronauts total musical freedom, the label soon gathered momentum and built up an impressive fan base including the likes of veteran DJ Mr Scruff. Switchstance Recordings is now famous in international club circles for its infused, funky productions.
With influences ranging from Iggy Pop to Sigur Ross, Ancient Astronauts have come a long way since their early collaborative days. 2011 not only welcomes the tenth anniversary of the duo’s record label, it also welcomes an album that demonstrates the Astronauts’ undeniable potential for future ventures.
You may have heard of the Ancient Astronauts before approaching this blog. If not, here’s some links to some of their stuff. See the next post for a little biography of Ancient Astronauts, as well as some pics. This blog is here to bring their latest news and records to the front. Also see this blog for some of my experiences with the Ancient Astronauts and my involvement in their works. Enjoy!