Actress can produce mirage-like moments of beauty like nobody else. His new album on Ninja Tune, AZD, is described as “a chrome reflected journey into a parallel world.” He plays live for the first time in years at Gray Area's Grand Theater in San Francisco. Don't miss this stellar lineup!
Actress + Russell Butler live at Gray Area
DJ Dials and Gray Area present Actress with Russell Butler and more live in the Grand Theater! Doors are at 8:00pm. Capacity is limited. 21+.
Darren J. Cunningham (born in Wolverhampton, England) is a British electronic musician, best known under the pseudonym Actress. His music has been released by a variety of different recording labels, which most prominently include Ninja Tune, Honest Jon's Records, Nonplus Records, and Werkdiscs, a label he co-founded in 2004.
Russell Butler is a non-binary experimental artist and DJ based in Oakland, California. Originally from Bermuda, Russell has developed a process of improvisation that draws from a rich cultural history rooted in their island and the black, queer diaspora. For the past few years they have been making a brand of stripped down machine techno that has evolved rapidly with each successive release. Transplantation, evolution, and healing are themes in Russell’s music. They based their 2015 album, “God is Change”, on Octavia Butler’s Parable series of novels, in which these are central tenets of the philosophy that the books explore. Since its release “God is Change” has received major acclaim, with NPR naming it one of their top 10 favorite electronic albums of 2015. In 2016, Russell released “Visions of the Future” on Jacktone Records, which is a collection of improvised modular synthesizer sessions. A month later, Russell’s follow up to “God is Change”, “The First Step”, was released on Black Opal. “The First Step” is dedicated to the “…black, brown, trans, queer, and gay folks of Oakland” and posits that “…sometimes to resist oppression, all we must do is simply exist. That is the first step. Let us strive to walk without fear.” Russell's newest record, “I'm Dropping Out of Life”, was released on January 30th via CGI Records and has already received praise from NPR, Fact, Thump, and The Fader, with early play by DJs like Nina Kraviz, Umfang, and Powder.
Noah Cunningham is a talented DJ, concert promoter, editor, animator, cinematographer, and video artist. Noah spins music under the name DJ Dials, and for the last 14 years he’s been mixing songs from genres such as dubstep, ‘90s rap and throwback electronic, playing alongside well-known artists Thom Yorke, The Roots, SBTRKT and several others.