Did we tease you just a little bit with that quick release of Figure’s tour dates? Are you wondering what does this “artist resident” thing every month mean for you ninjas? Let me break it down for you real quick:
Every month TheMusicNinja will be featuring a talented artist/group to be our “resident” for a whole month, yes a whole freakin month they get to share just a bit of themselves with you wonderful readers and music junkies. The month will go as follows:
Week 1 – Artist Introduction – This post will introduce the artist to you all. A quick bio and news of their upcoming shows is the perfect thing to get your toes twinkling for the next week.
Week 2 – Artist Interview – This post will be more of a non-traditional interview. We are TMN are kind of a funny bunch and we’d like our interview to be more lighthearted with a few entertaining facts to really let everyone get a good insight into the artist’s personality.
Week 3 – Artist Exclusive Minimix/Cover/Track – This post will feature some exclusive music. For Producers and DJ’s it could be a minimix or a mashup. For bands/vocalists it will be a fun cover, or an unreleased b-side or something to that effect.
Week 4 – The artist is going to let us in on what music they are jamming to at the moment and share some of their favorite tracks for our ears to enjoy along.
So there you have it! We are super excited for some of the amazing artists who have already signed up. It’s like a little surprise present every beginning of the month, perfect.
With all that said, we were stoked to have Figure release his tour dates to us to begin our write-up and now we would like to introduce the man behind the dirty bass drops, Mr. Josh Gard.
Gard is a Midwest boy hailing from Indiana (which he is very proud of his of; as all Midwesterners should be…call me biased I hail from Chicago). He has a long history in music and like many artists of his genre he began in electric house music before shifting to more dubstep and bass music. While he still works a lot with electric music, he gets noticed for his dirty tracks with body dropping bass.
Gard has worked alongside many of the best in music industry such as Diplo, Tommy Lee, Flux Pavilion, and Excision to name just a few. His music has been ranked high on countless charts and he is praised by other artists and fans alike for his captivating live performances. I can account for that, seeing him in Denver was nothing short of unbelievable. With his undeniable stage presence, Gard is a must see for his long list of fans. And he, being a huge fan of horror, decided to produce his Monster series which is a production of his true loves. The series exemplifies just how much talent Gard has and gives his audience an inside to him as a musician.
That is another thing to love about Gard, he supports his supporters by supplying his latest productions for free and his guest lift at shows is reserved for fans in need. He is very close with his family and fans, a tribute that can be hard to find sometimes in the music world. But it is these things that make Gard an amazing artist and an amazing person with a big future that is already blowing up this year. Whether it is large festivals such as EDC, Starscape, The Bounce or small venues in cities all over the world, Gard, aka Figure, is an artist to watch and admire. Plus, he has one of the most knockout tennis shoe collections this writer has ever seen. Big props Figure, big props.
His early work
2009 & 2010
Early in his career, Figure focused primarily on bass driven music. After a couple of originals and remixes, His IN & OUT OF BROOKLYN EP released in 2009 combined bouncier elements of dance music with the emerging wobble of dubstep, catering to the underground scene. Not everything was hard and heavy as we know Figure today, releasing a couple “THRASH BASS” tracks like “Dirty Damage” and then taking on a lot of dubstep influences with “Torture” and “Phantom” back in 2010. Continue reading