Meow Wolf is thrilled to return to downtown Santa Fe for Zozobra! Come catch one of the pioneers of dance music, Detroit’s own Kevin Saunderson, and future stars Walker & Royce, who smashed it out of the park with their first release on Dirtybird.
Grab your early bird tickets now! This is going to be a one-of-a-kind party that’ll feature an immersive environment for you to dance your doldrums away. . . You know how we do!
Platinum-selling recording artist, label boss, festival promoter, true innovator in the pantheon of popular music, cultural champion, cracking DJ: there’s a lot to be said about Kevin Saunderson.
His influence runs deep, through both adopted hometown of Detroit, and music culture as a whole: as one of the Belleville Three, the high school trio which also includes Juan Atkins and Derrick May, he irreparably changed the face of electronic music; with Inner City, he gave it some of its most memorable tunes.The genesis of today’s enormous techno scene can be retraced straight to Kevin, Derrick and Juan, as their formative experiments on rudimentary hardware sketched a blueprint for a genre that was yet to exist. By absorbing Kraftwerk, cutting-edge funk, local radio stalwart The Electrifying Mojo’s electicism, and all manner of new synthesiser and drum machine-led pop music, the Belleville Three broke new ground as musicians and DJs in the 80s.
“Walker & Royce” started when Sam and Gavin, having known each other in and out of the dance scene for years, finally began working together in 2011. As things usually go, it was a bit of luck that got them off the ground: Crosstown Rebels boss Damian Lazarus noticed one of their very first releases, a remix of SAARID’s “Future Lately”, on Nervous Records. The result was the Crosstown Rebels EP “You’re Not Welcome” and with that, Walker & Royce was launched into the dance music spotlight.
2017 saw the duo release their debut artist album entitled “Self Help” on Dirtybird Records. The release invites listeners on an out-there trip through the quirks and quips of an act on the tip of modern house music’s tongue. The result is a journey whose stops are as fit for introspection as it is for peak club moments. “Self Help” puts forth a critically acclaimed and career-defining debut album – an immensely clever project that lures listeners in with club-ready grooves only to leave them in contemplation.