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Stereo Nest

Rochester, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Rochester, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Solo EDM Psychedelic




"Stereo Nest-Water Street Music Hall"

"Stereo Nest – a one man looping experience project by multi-instrumentalist Collin Jones (also of Ocupanther and Haewa) – played an energetic set of organic jamtronica fusion as the floor filled up and got the people moving. Think Keller Williams gone EDM. Only a few shows deep into existence, Stereo Nest is proving to be a force to track."
-Upstate Live (full article here: - NYS MUSIC LIVE (formerly Upstate Live) October 18, 2014

"Ocular Panther and Buffalo’s electro-funk movement Area band pushes improv-heavy dance music envelope"

Ocular Panther and Buffalo’s electro-funk movement
Area band pushes improv-heavy dance music envelope

By Jeff Miers | News Pop Music Critic | Google+
on March 23, 2015 - 2:36 PM

As the music throbs and pulsates from the speakers framing the performance space, a lone dancer works the small area between the edge of the crowd and the front of the stage, as if by tacit, unstated agreement between all present that this space is hers to work. She twirls a lighted hula hoop above her head, and then bam, she’s gone, lost in the music, responding to its cracks, fissures and textures as if she’s part of the band.
Though hula hoop dancers of this sort are a common site at music festivals and EDM parties alike, there was something poignant about this particular dancer on this particular Saturday at the Buffalo Iron Works. She worked in a solitary fashion, appearing to be all serious business until the music began to take her over, and her movements became more ecstatic than preconceived. Most of the rest of the crowd simply stood there, tapping a foot or nodding a head. The dancer didn’t seem to care. The music was transporting her.
The band that seemingly welcomed this unofficial extra performer to the proceedings was regional outfit Ocular Panther, which has sometimes worked beneath the contraction Ocupanther over the past four years.
Taking in their set – opening for the brilliant New York City instrumental funk quartet Tauk – it became obvious why our dancer was so taken by the music and so eager to interpret that music physically. Ocular Panther’s sound doesn’t so much caress and cajole the listener as it stalks that listener like prey through a jungle that sounds like it erupted from the mind of Salvador Dali. Essentially dance music, the band’s sound employs electro grooves as if they were the obvious basis for a brand of outer-space funk. The music is sinewy and menacing.
Interesting, then, that at the Iron Works show, all of this mildly threatening sound was being generated by three musicians. With drummer Jimmy Grillo indisposed, Ocular Panther performed as a trio, with front man Collin Jones handling guitars while simultaneously manning a bank of keyboards, sequencers and drum loops, bassist Jason Gilly to his left, and guitarist Mike Pantano to his right. A blend of world beat, European electro, and a futuristic marriage of both laid the basis for the virtuosic interplay of the three musicians, who managed to take what was essentially dance music into some deeply interesting places. Taking a page from the book of legendary psychedelic-electro outfit Ozric Tentacles – perhaps unknowingly – Jones, Pantano and Gilly tossed around melodic ideas, chord progressions, and repetitive, mantra-like figures like a group of friends out throwing around a football after Sunday dinner. They displayed a casual air about it all, but I still found the sound created in the process to be both thrilling and a little bit frightening.
Halfway through the band’s Iron Works set, my son turned to me and shouted in my ear something along the lines of “These guys sound like Lotus, with way better ideas and much stronger tunes,” and I laughed. The incredibly popular Lotus does indeed play music with similar sonic properties, but its songs tend to go nowhere fast, hoist on the petard of their own sonic inertia. Ocular Panther, however, seems to have no trouble crafting music that moves with purpose and forward motion, avoiding the pitfalls of lazy static repetition. Which is to say, this is music that you can dance to, analyze, or simply lose yourself within with equal ease.
Much of Saturday’s set was culled from the band’s third and most recent effort, “Data Stretching,” and pieces of musical cinema with titles like “The Great Oxygenator” and “Obtuse Snoot” sounded like their titles suggested they would – weird in the non-pejorative sense, surprising in their twists and turns, playful and serious at once. And the guitar playing? Fabulous, marked by snaky, winding melodic lines and highly inventive solos from both Jones and Pantano. Though the group is clearly plowing its own furrow, Ocular Panther can be seen as part of an area-wide musical movement that includes fellow electro-funk searchers like Space Junk and Sonder.
Ocular Panther has three albums out – the aforementioned “Data Stretching,” 2013’s “Progressor” and 2012’s “Troncoso.” All are available through The group’s next scheduled show is, appropriately, an opening slot for the musical adventurers Consider the Source in Rochester’s Flour City Station on Thursday.
email: - Jeff Miers - Buffalo News


Diviner's Mix Tape

Format: CD, Digital

Released: 2012

Label: Self-released

In The Hills Of Wizards

Format: CD, Digital

Released: 2013

Label: Self-released

A Jungle Made Of Words And A Wicked Spell

Format: CD, Digital

Released: 2014

Label: Self-released



Stereo Nest uses the singular human mind as the central processor between thought, freely controlled looping machines, and electric guitar. Live creations of electronic sounds move amorphous within a non-mechanical format, bleeding life into the circuitry, aiming for symbiosis between man and machine. All music is created solely by Collin Jones. Having self-released three collections of music to date (all tediously recorded on a 4-track tape recorder for the lo-fi sound), Collin is now looking towards his first studio album, "Gnomadic Thoughtforms", to be released at the end of 2015 on Galaxy Diamond Records.

Collin is a multi-instrumentalist from Rochester, NY. He has been playing professionally since he was 13 and studied at Berklee College of Music.

Since each show is created spontaneously, entirely from scratch, with no prerecorded samples, the live experience is crucial to what Stereo Nest is all about. Each show offers the listener an entirely unique experience that they can be a part of themselves. 

This opportunity would provide me with the chance to get my entirely live performance in front of people who can truly appreciate the musicianship and technological achievements that together make up Stereo Nest. 

Band Members