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Space Cadet

by Vytas and his Electric Outfit

Fun, irreverent, and eclectic, this music touches many genres from rock to reggae to bluegrass and blends them in a completely unique way.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Too Quiet
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2. Space Cadet
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3. Where Are We?
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4. Don't Look Back
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5. California
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6. Mystic
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Born in India, raised in Toledo, Ohio, Vytas began playing music at the age of 5. By the age of 14 he was playing bass in a cover band and writing songs on the guitar. At 17 he released a tape of original songs which he sold at local Toledo record stores. A year later he graduated from high school and left Ohio to attend the Universtiy of California, Berkeley.
While at Berkeley, he studied music and French. His focus shifted to jazz and classical music. He studied double bass with the principal bassist of the San Francisco Symphony and learned jazz while playing in San Francisco night clubs. During his fourth year of study he lived in Paris, France and played bass with many local groups. Performances took him throughout France as well as Morocco and Turkey. At that time he began writing music for film. His first film, "Godard disait que. . ." is viewable at the Centre Pompidou, a museum of contemporary art in Paris. After returning to the Bay Area, he finished his last year at Berkeley and began working full-time as a bassist.
Vytas spent the next few years playing with up and coming musicians like Brad Hargreaves (Third Eye Blind), Andrew Borger (Norah Jones), and Aaron Johnston (Brazilian Girls), as well as jazz greats such as Pharoah Sanders. During this time he also composed the score for numerous short films. Later, he moved from San Francisco to New York City with the decision to focus on composing music for independent films. In his first 4 years there he composed the score for 4 feature films, most notably "Desert Blue", directed by Morgan J. Freeman, and starring Kate Hudson, Brendan Sexton III, Christina Ricci, and Casey Affleck.
It was at this time that he became more and more focused on songwriting and performing as a singer. In 1999 he performed at Austin's South by Southwest film festival on a bill with Rilo Kiley and Catpower. From 2000 through 2002 he was playing regularly in Manhattan's lower east side. In 2003, after 6 years in New York, he returned to Toledo. A year later he formed a group, Vytas and his Electric Outfit, with Jason Quick on bass and Bubba Baker on drums. They've been performing weekly at Manhattan's, in downtown Toledo, ever since. This is their first record, a 5 song EP called Space Cadet.


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takudo

Raucous, eclectic fun
Running the gamut from cosmology to cophrophagy, this cd is a blast from beginning to end. Just try getting "Mystic" out your head. My only complaint is that I want more of it!

The Toledo Blade

A polished, professional unit, and the production on this disc is pristine
Vytas and His Electic Outfit favors an aggressive power-pop approach, with tightly wound tunes that veer from ska-inflected interludes to speedy rockers.

Vytas Nagisetty, Jason Quick, and Bubba Baker sound like a polished, professional unit thanks to regular gigs at Toledo restaurants and clubs, and the production on this disc is pristine.

At only five songs, "Space Cadet" is an EP, and it would've been nice to hear about six more songs to fill the CD out. Knowing Vytas and crew have a few more tracks like the big classic-rock oriented "California" makes this a band we want to hear more.

Written by ROD LOCKWOOD in the Toledo Blade, April 1, 2007.

The Toledo City Paper

The tunes are radio-ready, quirky, built on solid musicianship and a fresh take
Vytas Nagisetty is an accomplished musician. Through stints on the east and west coast he has worked with some of the most well-known names in contemporary pop music. However, Vytas is now a Toledoan, and we get him all to ourselves. Which is exciting, considering that His Electric Outfit contains two of Toledo’s favorite and most well-known gig musicians Jason Quick and Bubba Baker. The trio’s weekly spot on Thursdays at Manhattans have introduced a number of folks to the band’s unique blending of pop, rock, jazz, bluegrass, et al style and earned them a small local following. On Wednesday, Vytas and co. celebrate an accomplishment a year in the making with the official record release party for their EP “Space Cadet.” A solid five song effort (seven, including a couple of skits), “Space Cadet’s” title track, along with “California” and “Mystic” are popular crowd pleasers for good reasons. The tunes are radio-ready, quirky, built on solid musicianship and a fresh take on the direction of rock ‘n’ roll. Come out and support some local music this week, you’ll enjoy it. www.vytas.org. Manhattan's, 1516 Adams. 10 p.m. Free. 419-243-6675. www.manhattanstoledo.com.

by Ryan A. Bunch

published March 7th 2007