Grey Filastine is an audio-visual artist born in Los Angeles, based in Barcelona, but most often nomadic.
He composes a gritty transnational electronic music that collides low frequenciy bass pressure with high level beat science, acoustic strings and voices. It is described as “the prototype of globalized urban sound” (Prefix Mag) and “awesome and delicate...hybrids so fluent they defy classification” (Pitchfork).
Filastine’s work often features the voice of Indonesia’s indy songtress Nova, touring as duo they perform about a hunred gigs a year across the world. You may have seen them at a respected euro-fest like Sónar, in a sweaty Hong Kong nightclub, playing a football stadium in Casablanca, or touring the US alongside Beats Antique or Bassnectar.
In 2014 Filastine dropped Aphasia “a quartet of deftly collaged cuts melding throbbing bass synths and richocheting 808s with concrete sound and live instruments” ( The Wire).
This year Filastine debuted 4RRAY, a four-screen audiovisual mapping performance that using bespoke software that allows the artist to trigger and manipulate video live in sync with music. The tour stopped in 25 countries, finally taking pause at the end of 2015 to release new music and upgrade 4RRAY. The coming year will see new releases in a unique format: a series of audiovisual singles, where the music and videos are created in tandem.
Before going digital Filastine played with the Infernal Noise Brigade, a marching band he founded for the Battle of Seattle. He continues to use sound as a tool for political intervention with the Sound Swarm, an orchestra of boomboxes and megaphones mounted on bicycles.