The Catalyst


Live in The Atrium


Headphone Activist, Noetik the Alchemist

Tue, December 5, 2017

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Catalyst

Santa Cruz, CA

$14 in advance / $17 at the door

Tickets at the Door

This event is 16 and over

Dirtwire sits on the back porch of Americana's future, conjuring up a gris-gris of sound with an amalgamation of traditional instrumentation, world-beat percussion, and electronic soundscapes. Comprised of multi-instrumentalist David Satori (Beats Antique) and Evan Fraser (Hamsa Lila; Stellamara), each performance brings the audience to a mysterious crossroads at an imaginative and seductive moment in time. The result is a rebirth of Americana and beacon for a post-millennial return to downhome goodness.

The Dirtwire duo met at the California Institute of the Arts while studying World Music Composition. Both members of other successful music projects – Satori as part of the sensational electronic dynamo group Beats Antique and Fraser at the helm of world groove bands Hamsa Lila and Stellamara – their unique chemistry led to a continued musical friendship throughout the years. In 2012 Satori and Fraser released the debut dirtwire album, attracting everyone from electronic dance junkies to traditional world and roots music toe-tappers. With their first self-titled release, Dirtwire was introduced to the world and a new family was founded.

Following their 2012 debut, an unlikely meeting with Kongar ol Ondar in San Francisco led to the creation of their second release, the Ondar EP, featuring the Genghis blues legend on vocals along with remixes by Dimond Saints and 310 that intertwined the sounds of tuvan throat singing with organic world beats with a tribal dance floor rhythm. Later that year, The Carrier EP was born featuring vocals by Rising Appalachia in the stand-out single, "The Well."

Satori and Fraser get down as Dirtwire at select theater and festival stages across the US and have appeared at festivals including Coachella, Sonic Bloom, Lucidity, Lightning in a Bottle, Rootwire, Oregon Country Fair, Symbiosis + more. You can follow the band on their adventures at or fb.met/dirtwiremusic.

Dirtwire members:

David Satori plays: violin, banjo, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, slide banjo, jimbush, kone, guimbri, samples, piano, ilimba, percussion, drums & production.

Evan Fraser plays: kamale n'goni, megaphone, harmonica, lap steel slide guitars, jaw harps, kaen, ilimba, piano, melodica, berimbau, pandeiro, mouthbow, bones, beatbox, zabumba, calabash & percussion.
Headphone Activist
Headphone Activist
Watching someones dreams become their reality is one of the greatest journeys we can go on with an artist. For Pete Domville, the creator behind Headphone Activist, his project shows us that you can create a new sound in your own home, build it on your laptop, and have that sound connect with friends, fans, and people from all over the world.
at 26, HPA has been able to solidify his project with a strong inhouse work ethic mixed with an eclectic discography and a team behind him as strong as any other independent aritst in this industry.

He has been featured on BBC Radio 1,
found placement with Mr. Sucide Sheep, Trap Nation, and Run The Trap,
and has recently been working with his long time favortite magazine transworld skate and surf via their online platform.

His most noteable work for 2016
is his new remix of Flumes – Tiny Cities. Feat. Beck.
His remix charted both @ 1 on Hype Machine and Soundcloud and is currently a fan favorite for the summer.

Headphone Activist’s project shows us that just when we think we have heard it all, a new artist comes along and shows us a fresh way to enjoy some of our favorite styles of sounds. From his classical remix project, to his work with making mediative trap music coined “cloud rap”. HPA’s shows constantly push beat culture foward for a new generation of artists and fans who support creativty and postive vibes.
Noetik the Alchemist
Venue Information:
The Catalyst
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060