Since forming in Atlanta over a decade ago, live instrumental electronic pioneers STS9 continues to be at the forefront of the electronic music scene. Recently ranked #25 on Pollstar's list of top grossing touring acts for summer 2010, STS9 sold an average of over 4,200 tickets per city and boasted opening acts such as Ghostland Observatory, Thievery Corporation and Big Boi (Outkast). The tour culminated with two sold out nights at the infamous Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado with nearly 18,000 tickets sold.
STS9 truly does it all; from selling out shows around the country and performing with the likes of Jay-Z, to owning their DIY record label, 1320 Records, to using their voice as a platform for change by raising admirable amounts of money towards their activism efforts (such as raising $150,000 in one year for The Make it Right Foundation to rebuild a house in the lower 9th ward of New Orleans); pushing boundaries is all in a day's work for STS9.
In addition to the release of their latest studio album, Ad Explorata (the tenth in their full discography), and in keeping with XLR8R Magazine's notion that STS9 is "one of the country's most intriguing, innovative outfits around," June 2010 brought the release of Axe the Cables (1320 Records), a live album featuring STS9's noteworthy 1st ever acoustic performance last December at the Gates Opera House in Denver, Colorado. These electronic virtuosos got back to their roots and performed on all acoustic instruments to rave reviews and continued to do so at noteworthy stops across Summer Tour - including a sold out Gramercy Theatre in New York, Atlanta's Tabernacle and the Old School Music of Folk in Chicago.
STS9's self-owned 1320 Records was founded on the principles of collaboration, cooperation, and community. The goal is clear: Bring the music to the people in the most conscious and efficient way possible. By doing so, the distance lessens between artists and fans, putting the power back in the hands of those that make music and those that live for it.