LA’s William Bensussen, aka The Gaslamp Killer, is many things at once. The San Diego native is a bonafide one-off; an artist and human being that can never be repeated.
With an unparalleled energy, the DJ, producer, promoter and curator brings a different level of performance and showmanship to electronic music.
“I always felt drawn to party time ever since I was little. Any kind of opportunity; a wedding, bar mitzvah, holiday. Whatever kind of event that was going on in my little community in San Diego, if there was music, I was dancing. It’s just the way it was. I’ve always been into the energy and the happiness that it brings.”
Being a true music lover, and a complete obsessive, as a DJ/selector Bensussen has opened minds around the world to music that wouldn’t otherwise get heard. In his own words: “As artists, it’s our job to entertain as well as educate.”
As a producer, The Gaslamp Killer has worked with artists such as Gonjasufi, Prefuse 73 and Flying Lotus. His own experimental solo material pushes the borders of genre as much as his performances, particularly with his heavy- weighted EP ‘My Troubled Mind’ (Brainfeeder) and the monster ‘Death Gate‘ EP (Brainfeeder), which featured Gonjasufi, Computer Jay and Mophono.
His most recent collaborative project is The Gaslamp Killer Experience, a 15-piece band of incredibly talented Los Angeles-based musicians including Amir Yaghmai of Jogger on guitar, Kamasi Washington from The Next Step on saxophone, one of LA’s most sought after musicians, Gene Coye, at the drums and trumpet player Todd Simon, founder of The Angel City All-Star Brass Band.
In Berlin, TGKE will be supported by The Heliocentrics, a London based ensemble that already backed Mulatu Astatke, The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, DJ Shadow and Madlib to name a few. The Heliocentrics’ vision is the collision of music and art in a heady mix of psychedelia and experimentation.
They create a melting pot of psychedelia, musique concrète, library music, krautrock, postpunk, italian soundtracks, jazz and indigenous music.
The Gaslamp Killer Experience w/ The Heliocentrics
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 | 20:00 CET
Astra Kulturhaus | Revaler Straße 99 | 10245 Berlin/Friedrichshain
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