Since 2000, Tony Smiley has captured audiences with his beats. This musical savant loops his way through a unique genre of music that you won’t find anywhere else. All with witty, engaging, and energetic stage presence. His cosmic dance of electric melodies mixed with world beats, Mongolian throat singing and beat-boxing have earned the loop ninja a cult like following that repeatedly embarks on his musical journey. Creating each track with a raw and primal pulsating connection between rich sounds and passionate lyrics.
The songs of Tony Smiley are a tantalizing ride through electro acoustic music that will cause your musical senses to rise. During the experience you can expect original soul bearing songs, improv crowd pleasers, and creative cover mixes. As he loops his way through a set he builds the audience’s anticipation by using, keyboards, drum machines, guitars, tambourine, vocals and beat box sounds through Boss Loop pedals. His songs are original, groove-laden works of art. The loop ninja will “completely make you a believer.” (Andy Summers, guitar player for the Police)
In 2010,Tony joined the ranks of his fellow loop artists, winning 3rd place in the National Boss Loop Contest in Hollywood. Judges included: Paul Youngblood (Boss US Director), Frank Gambale (Guitar player for Chick Corea), Andy Summers (Guitar player for The Police), Derek Murdock (Bass player for Kevin Eubanks, Tonight Show Band), Michael Molenda (Editor of Guitar Player Magazine). He continues to work with Roland/Boss running pedal clinics and performing for international ad campaigns.
Currently, Tony Smiley can often be found laying down progressive loops with hip hop roots in the Pac Northwest; flying solo or playing with musical friends such as Redwood Son, Keegan Smith and MOsley WOtta.
Bass artist Jaenga had a clear philosophy from day one, music should not be limited by industry standards or genre boundaries. Erupting onto the scene in 2015, Jaenga distinguished himself in the festival circuit early, with his signature purple school bus and electrifying bass sounds. Jaenga and the “renegade bus” are renowned for hosting some of the biggest names in the electronic scene, attracting top talent such as Griz, Space Jesus, Eprom, Slushii, and Buku with its collaborative environment and creative energy. Joining the lineup of Electric Forest, and Camp Bisco, he has defined his live shows by immersing audiences in the world of Jaenga. A bass purist with retro sensibilities, Jaenga integrates live guitar, drums, or even just a pair of CDJs into his experiential performances. His new EP, Toulambi Tribe, released in the fall of 2018 on Zeds Dead’s Deadbeats label, featured the signature bass-heavy sounds and ambient soundscapes that have become synonymous with Jaenga. Taking inspiration from the ideologies of the Toulambi tribe, human technological syncretism, and his own nomadic spirit has enabled Jaenga to created a timely piece that accurately reflects and questions the current zeitgeist. Along with his EP, Deadbeats released a Jaenga remix of the Zeds Dead’s track “Kill Em” in October 2018 alongside featuring his single “Gold Rings” on an original Deadbeats compilation.