Vert

Vert

 Berlin, Berlin, DEU
BandAlternative

Imagine Tom Waits producing Fun Boy Three, while Timbaland bangs out some beats on a home-made wooden kit, a ragtime pianist wakes up occasionally to play some riffs, a double bass holds the floor, and all of this fed through a laptop and turned into surreal pop songs.

Biography

Since 1999 Vert has released 4 albums, and has toured Europe, the US, Japan and Russia, both alone and supporting acts such as Mouse on Mars and Tortoise.

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At the age of 6, Adam Butler started his musical career with his first piano lessons. At the age of 13 he swapped the piano for the electric guitar. At the age of 20, after a night taking acid he was found outside the local music shop at opening time, wanting to swap his guitar for a sampler. At the age of 24, ankle damage forced him to stop skateboarding, and he became Vert.

Along with Milky Boy and Animals on Wheels, he started the label Bovinyl, but after releasing 4 12”s (including Vert's Broken Breakbeat Bebop), they quietly faded away, assuming that the world just didn't care. But the world did, in fact, care, and shortly afterwards Animals on Wheels signed to Ninja Tune, while Mouse on Mars contacted Vert and he signed to their new label Sonig.

He then released 3 albums of intricated instrumental electronica, including the acclaimed "The Koln Konzert", a sample-free bastardpopisation of the original jazz classic.

After a crippling studio burglary in 2004, he emerged butterfly-like into the world, having transformed himself into a rusty hiphop showtune singer-songwriter, and produced an album full of skewed pop classics, "Some Beans & an Octopus" (Sonig, October 2006), in cahoots with musicians such as rapper Noah 23, guitarist Noël Akchoté, turntablist DJ Elephant Power and a mysterious Serbian double bassist.

Reviewers were either enraptured or bemused:

"a very, very unique album... Listen from start to finish and you're guaranteed to come out of the experience with a newfound muscial mindset" BPM

"an album of extraordinary eclecticism... he's made Ragtime cool again" Resonance

"chaotic... alluring... almost metaphysical... confident displays of mastery" Treble Magazine

Since then, Vert has been performing across Europe, both solo and with his band (a trio featuring double bass and drums), and has remixed – apart from the usual tracks – artworks (Dieter Roth's Radio Sonata, commisioned by the Bayerischer Rundfunk), composers (Michael Nyman, remix to be performed with prepared pianist Hauschka in October) and jazz festivals (Novara Jazz 2006 – the remix, New Thing at Novara, is coming soon). He is currently working on a new album.

Discography

Some Beans & an Octopus (CD/LP 10/07, Sonig)
Small Pieces Loosely Joined (CD/LP 04/03, Sonig)
Nine Types of Ambiguity (CD/LP 03/01, Sonig)
The Koln Konzert (CD/LP 04/99, Sonig)

Various 12"s, remixes, compilations - see http://discogs.com/vert for a full list

Set List

Current set list (40-70 minutes):

Gretchen Askew
Step Under the Bulbshine
Paper Wraps Stone
The Familiar Girl
Dog Days
Soon Come
October
This One
Velocity

All original tracks, either new or taken from "Some Beans & an Octopus"