San Francisco, CA, USA
Line-Up: seven piece live ensemble + 2 djs + 2 to 4 live acrylic artists.
Current Album: Spare Change
Audiopharmacy is spreading their message of consciousness and unity across the globe. The “Spare Change” tour is backed up by their newly released album, “Spare Change,” their recently dropped clothing line, “Shishin Apparel,” and their new vinyl e.p. / music video, “Prophecies.” Audiopharmacy’s performance and sound is refreshingly unique.
Audiopharmacy’s live set is nourished with congas, Spanish and middle eastern
style guitar, dubbish fretless basslines, turntablism, electronic and live drum kit as well as other percussions, flute, sax, melodica, ruan, two conscious MC’s, one MC/soul singer, a Brasilian songstress (female vocalist), and live acrylic artists as well. The energy ranges from hype hip hop tracks through Latin samba vibes, dubbish/roots/reggae, to downtempo Portishead type sounds as well. Sets vary depending on show atmosphere. All musicians are diverse.
A typical tour consists of the 7 piece band (band description below), a reggae/dancehall/hip hop dj, a funk/soul/hip hop dj, and two to four live painters. With Audiopharmacy, dj Stepwise (APP San Francisco/Angel Magic/Holding Firm.) spins roots/reggae/dancehall/hip hop. Dj-“Offerings” also is in the crew, spinning mainly funk/soul/hip hop/and reggae. Both spin before/after the live sets hyping up the crowd and keeping the vibes proper. Niceone and Dee Jae Pa’este throw down acrylic paint live on stage with the band creating solid productions by the end of each set. Also, to ensure a strong fan base in every traveled city, prior to every show, Audiopharmacy Prescriptions supplies the promoters with 300 to 500 free promotional audioflyers (cds with show info printed on casing) for your promotional use. This is essential. (Audiopharmacy Prescriptions also has original illustrations, graphic design work or flyer art available.) The movement is strong.
CHARACTERS ON THE SET:
Teao: song writing, classical guitar, turntablism, fretless bass, ruan, melodica,
production, drum programming, band leader.
Pasha: vocals (MC/poet/mpc);
Zygoat: vocals (MC/poet);
Ras k' dee: vocals (MC/soul singer)
Keepyahjoy: fretless bass, melodica;
I-Sense: drums (roots/reggae)
Stepwise (dj): roots/reggae/dancehall/hip hop
Offerings (dj): hip hop/funk/soul/reggae
Niceone: live acrylic
Dee Jae Paeste: live acrylic
"A seamless fusion of hip-hop, world, reggae, grassroots jazz, & soul into a natural mold, which speaks to your soul all while making you move. The vocalists don’t come off as emcees & song-stresses, but as ancient scribes men dropping poetic gems of truth with the care of village elders. The music and instrumentation unifies the cultures of many. The Pharm represents a movement towards a musical utopia. While the rest of society catches up, my only hope is that those who get it can “Spare” to “Change” themselves. Recommended." –Mr. Ed (WaxPoetics, SmokingSection.net)
Produced by Teao, the music goes deep. It is a blend of many cultures but has stemmed from roots of hip hop and experimentation. The production consists of many live world instruments. tabla, spanish & middle eastern style guitar, congas, flute, sax, sarod, didgeridoo, turntables, violin, balaphone, electronics...the list goes on. The lyrics are conscious... conversations on life.. and death. Politics, planetary self destruktion, ect. (lyrics are rapped, sung, or sometimes spoken word) Here are many styles; dark, light, mysterious, beautiful... middle eastern, dub/roots/reggae, hip hop, downtempo ect. The music, emotion communicated through sound... please listen with an open mind.
For those who don't know, the group started back in '94. Teao and Zygoat made music under the name II Sense (two sense). In '97, they combined with Defiance and Laxman to form Kaotic Souls, one of the only experimental and conscious hip hop acts in San Jose, Ca. The group eventually grew to the supa huge size of about 30 members... all spirtually connected artists. Finally in 2002, they created the name Audiopharmacy Prescriptions. Now, Kaotic Souls is broken down to subgroups, all of which are in the Audiopharmacy family. Audiopharmacy Prescriptions then became the San Francisco indi label which supports and signs unknown kin met along the path of consciousness and community. respect people's planets.