From the first glimpses of Robert Balotsky's work as Buku, it was clear that the Pittsburgh native and graduate of Music Technology was onto something. With an effortless grasp on sound design and music theory, the young producer combines deceptively simple and emotive melodies, laden with resounding bass drops and intricate drum patterns. With a love of drums rooting from childhood, his work reflects the obsession – emitting percussive elements only a trained ear could produce.
Behind a kit since age 8, he followed the progression of handling percussion duties for multiple bands throughout his adolescence. Once introduced to digital production, Buku took his techniques to stranger dimensions – and he's been pushing the boundaries ever since.
His early work has placed him at the forefront of a new wave of rising talent amongst East Coast producers. Garnering interest and plays from Starkey, Lunice, Paper Diamond, Shiftee, Clicks & Whistles, Kastle (to name a few), the up-and-comer has been paving a promising road over the last year.
With his debut release, 'Slippy' under the Slit Jockey imprint and a remix of Starkey's 'Command' on Civil Music, Buku is poised to make much larger waves in the coming months: haters beware.
BENTZ:BENTZ first hit the the electronic music scene in 2012. Since then he has provided a steady stream of diverse music touching on genres including Trap, House, and even his own brand of Future Bass that incorporates complex music theory with ethereal and relaxing beats. Ben Crossgrove, also known as BENTZ is an accomplished Jazz bassist that brings his own flair of musicianship into all of his works. BENTZ resides in Upstate New York and continues to make his name known in all areas of electronic music. He boasts an impressive track record of support including the likes of UZ, DJ Craze, Party Favor, Ookay, and many more. 2015 proved BENTZ could not be stopped when he released his debut Future House track with Swagglerock, “Close”, that was acclaimed by many blogs. His track “1Day” boasts his love of complexity in music which caught the attention of the wildly popular collective, Daruma. BENTZ also showcases his diverse skill and creative sound design in his track with Vocalist, Eli Flynn titled “Save Me” which was quickly picked up by Dope Mag. His track “Powdr” released in November 2015 features his “off the grid” programming and was hailed as “a Carmack-inspired, percussion driven record.” by Nest HQ. BENTZ is holding nothing back in the upcoming year with more big releases and genre bending tunes, showing that BENTZ is a diverse producer and jack of all trades in the electronic music industry.