GLOBAL FESTIVAL FAVORITE + PROLIFIC PRODUCER ILL.GATES DROPS 1ST STUDIO ALBUM SINCE 2011, TERMINALLY ILL — OUT NOW!
March 10, 2017 – Fresh on the heels of back to back standout EPs ‘Bounce’ and ‘More Tea’ last summer, San Francisco-based producer, performer and renowned educator ill.Gates unleashes a monumental statement of production and composition artistry. On his first full-length studio album since 2011, Terminally iLL — available everywhere Friday, March 10th, ill.Gates coalesces an ensemble of brilliant vocalists and collabs with bass music’s most respected names and offers up an immersive soundtrack in his forthcoming piece, seamlessly blending funky beats with intricate and powerful melodies.
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Terminally iLL drives fans through a mesmerizing journey that hits all fronts of the sonic landscape. From the deep, soulful rendition ‘Is You Is,’ featuring Louis Jordan + The Class of 808 to the pulsating, glitch beats showcased on his song with renowned producer and drummer KJ Sawka, ‘Unsung Heroes,’ ill.Gates demonstrates prolific range as an elite producer in electronic music. Also featuring tracks with Dub FX, Masia One, Hugo The Poet, Jackie Rain, Mayor Apeshit, Nuberto, Pure Powers, The DropStarz, Youngsta, Mimosa, CloZee in addition to a commanding remix of G Jones x Minnesota’s ‘Thunderdome,’ each track on the album both possesses authoritative basslines and exudes positive, feel-good vibes, resulting in a beautifully complex, 14-song masterpiece.
Debuting on Beatport February 28th ahead of its official release, Terminally iLL has already cracked the #1 spot in Hip Hop, Dubstep and Glitch Hop and is currently storming through the ranks of the Dubstep and Drum & Bass lists respectively. Amassing a cult-like following for his previous work over the last decade, ill.Gates’ distinct sound is timeless, with past works holding spots in Beatport’s Top 10 and the #1 spot on iTunes’ electronic music chart, including Autopirate (Muti Music, 2008) and The ill.Methodology (Muti Music, 2011).
Terminally iLL is part of a series of airport themed albums by ill.Gates. Set to release later this summer, second in the series is album Departures, which will feature left field, experimental, or out of character tracks inspired by festivals like Shambhala and Burning Man. On the horizon for ill.Gates is a whirlwind year, with marquee performances scheduled at Bassnectar’s Atlantic City event, California’s Lightning in a Bottle plus shows in Charlotte, NC, Orlando, FL — Upcoming tour schedule, below!
To the Fans:
“My new album finally dropped today! The album is called ‘Terminally iLL’ because it’s intended to shine a light in dark times. It’s easy to make angry or sad music, but it’s really difficult to create happiness. This one took a long time because I tried to cram as much positivity and gratitude into it as possible. These songs are here to be your alarm clock, your road trip anthem, your secret happy dance, the soundtrack to a mountaintop high five with the squad. Please listen to these songs and know you’re never alone. I’m trying to make as much of an impact with this album as possible, so please spread it far and wide, and if any of this resonates with you, please consider supporting this project by entering the contest or buying the album on Beatport.”
Maximum love and respect to all of my vocalists and collaborators.
Stephan Jacobs, Jackie Rain, #LouisJordan, Matter, MindsetMusic, Spiderhound, #ArKo, #MayorApeshit, Screenager, MAS1A, Nuberto, Pure Powers, Hugo The Poet, Dub Fx, Mimosa, @Blockboii, The DropStarz, CloZee, KJ SAWKA, Minnesota, G Jones, YoungstaCpt
Upcoming Tour Dates
March 3 – Detroit, MI – Elektricity
March 10 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s
April 8 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
April 14 – Orlando, FL – The Abbey
April 28 – Atlantic City, NJ – Secret Location ** support for Bassnectar
May 11 – Portland, ME – Empire
May 27 – Bradley, CA – Lightning In A Bottle
The Making of Terminally iLL
•‘More Tea’ uses samples of Taiwanese tea farmers as part of an ‘urban teahouse remix project’ forging a bridge to the asian EDM scene. It led to connections with Jason Hou and Sonia Calico, who went on to have her own release on Muti Music.
•‘Shine’ featured long time collaborator Masia One and was recorded in Bali during ill.Gates international music pilgrimage in 2016, which spanned 9 countries in 4 months. Most of these songs were written abroad. ill + Masia collaborated on the lyrics.
•‘Paradise Won’ was written at the Paradise One music retreat in November 2015 in front of a live audience. The recording of this is available at ProducerDJ.Club. The day also hosted workings on rap and beatboxing from Dub FX, and Hugo the Pout, which ill.Gates attended. He asked them to contribute vocals to his workshop tune, and they agreed only upon condition that ill.Gates rap a verse as well. The resulting track ‘Paradise Won’ is the first track to feature an ill.Gates vocal.
•‘Orange Sky’ was recorded at the Red Bull studios in Cape Town, South Africa in 2013 and there is a short documentary about it here.
•‘Flying’ was made entirely on a live stream, which can be watched at ProducerDJ.Club
•‘Nitro’ by ill.Gates + Mimosa uses nitrous oxide to create organic pitch shift effects on the vocals.
•‘Is You Is’ was created with ill.Gates students Matter, Mindset, Spiderhound and ArKo and samples a public domain vocal from one of ill.Gates father’s vinyl records. ill.Gates father is a full time professional guitarist and taught him much of what he knows as a musician. This track therefore represents 3 generations of knowledge exchange.
•‘WorkFlow’ feat The DropStarz is a feminist booty tracks, whose lyrics are all about how dope it is when women hustle and make lots of art. It is charting the best on beatport.
•‘Unsung Heroes’ features a sample of Mario Savio protesting at Berkeley on the Sproul Hall steps, delivering a speech which is widely considered to be one of the best in American Political Oratory History. The Sproul Hall steps were subsequently renamed the Mario Savio Steps to honor his speech.
About ill.Gates – More Than Just A Pretty Bass
Toronto-born turned San Francisco transplant, producer, performer and educator ill.Gates boasts a long and lavish career in music. DJing since his earliest teenaged years, Gates has established a global fan base and enjoys an increasing reputation as dynamic, definitive and decisive EDM artist. ill.Gates is rising steadily up the ranks through his many collaborate releases with such industry heavyweights as Datsik, Bassnectar, Ana Sia, Opiuo, T.O.B., Vibesquad, Mimosa and more.
Touring regularly across the globe, monumental ill.Gates sets at signal festivals like Burning Man, Shambhala and WEMF are memorable experiences and favourite events among fans and DJs alike. Crushing charts and detonating dancefloors with such colossal collaborative tracks as the Bassnectar Timestretch and Divergent Spectrum releases, ill.Gates receives extensive amounts of appreciation and praise from some of the leading artists in the electronic music setting. These commanding accomplishments and capital achievements make ill.Gates’ both a sought-after producer as well as a celebrated mentor to some of the baddest names in the bass music scene.
Previously working under the stage-setting Phat Conductor moniker, ill.Gates achieved further acclaim from the DJ and Producer community through his emblematic ill.Methodology workshops and exclusive Abelton sponsorships. His famous DJ and Studio templates are used and enjoyed by such successful performers as Beats Antique, Pretty Lights, Bassnectar and DJ Vadim during their live stage shows.
ill.Gates appears on labels including Muti Music, Amorphous Music, Child’s Play/Om Records, Addictech, Noodles, Innerflight, Low Motion, Made in Glitch, Tube10, and Chi Recordings.