A>S>H>S

A>S>H>S

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A>S>H>S's music sounds like a downtown street, one where the rich and poor mingle, and gleaming glass buildings sit on top of filthy parking garages. It's jazz created in the underground, informed by hip-hop and any sound that has ever been produced with an electrical current.

Biography


There are two things you should know about A>S>H>S: it’s a philosophy that combines the latest in technology and instrumentation to create consuming rhythmic environments; and it’s the real deal—not some gimmicky, genre-enslaved crowd chaser.

A>S>H>S sprang from two musicians experimenting with drum and bass over recorded loops and exploded into a scion of the urban underground rave party scene, throwing illegal parties with Spiral Tribe (infamous techno nomads in Europe) and building their own reputation out of a 12,000 square foot warehouse in the Houston area. Their now-legendary events there were deemed “a hotbed of alternative entertainment” by member of the local press.

“We’re not hippies or college kids trying emulate the rave/party culture,” says Jason Williams, who in addition to being the group’s drummer also handles aux percussion, serves as producer and develops visuals. “We’ve come from, have digested and are already leaving that behind.”

Williams’ bandmates are Scott Nichols on bass guitar; Zavier “Jay” Gonzales on congas and alt persussion; Christopher “Berserk” Karl, the group’s turntablist who also contributes to visuals and design; Joseph Berryman on tenor saxophone, and Chad Hilger on keyboards.

He says that A>S>H>S art is evolving to the “next level beyond emulating a rave with live instruments and laptops.” The five-year plan is to create “full-blown multimedia environments”—the first experiment will be in Houston and will incorporate live music with live lights, laser, visuals and dance.

David Cobb of allaboutjazz.com said A>S>H>S has a “penchant for letting the music speak through their instruments… they can weave elements of jazz with hints of funk, hip-hop and classic rock, but still maintain cohesiveness throughout. Pulling this off would be a challenge for most bands, yet A>S>H>S makes it seamless and nearly effortless.”

A>S>H>S expects to leave its audiences spellbound. “We want them to be excited; to realize that they weren’t aware that sounds and environments existed like that,” Gonzales said. “They’re happy to hear something totally new and refreshing, and they’re smiling because they’ve been grooving and jamming all night.”

“A>S>H>S's music sounds like a downtown street, one where the rich and poor mingle, and gleaming glass buildings sit on top of filthy parking garages,” wrote Sara Cress of the Houston Chronicle. “It's jazz created in the underground, informed by hip-hop and any sound that has ever been produced with an electrical current.”

The band is in the final stages of producing a new debut CD that will carry the essence of this sensory experiment to listeners worldwide. Considering A>S>H>S’ talent for taking a space and expanding it—and the minds within—it’s likely that it will be bringing its unique artistry to cities everywhere soon after.

An excellent way to wrap your mind around the A>S>H>S experience is to visit its website at www.ashs.us for news, information and music.

Discography

"Audible Stellar Hypnotic Situations" 2006

¿Savvy? 12" vinyl 1999
Self-released album of entirely electronic tracks built from samples of live jams. Available at ASHS.US

"Extreme Havok '98"
Produced and released with Spiral Tribe 1998

A>S>H>S receives airplay on 90.1 KPFT Pacifica Radio and 91.7 KPFT Rice University Radio in Houston, Texas.

A few of their preliminary releases and remixes of tracks from their upcoming album debuted on Soular Grooves & GenerAsian Radio.

Set List

Sets depend on venue, showcase, time, etc.
We can perform as long as 90 - 120 minutes due to our improvisational roots. A typical set is as follows:

intro
kleen groove
str8 funk
percussion set
sax/flute solo
bossa nova
Bossa Nova
electronic percussion interlude
corpus raton
stellar
improvisational session (time permitting)