Bonobo, the experimental project of Great Britain-born Simon Green, has reached worldwide acclaim
since his breakout debut in 1999. Following suit with such artists as Groove Armada, Zero 7 and Thievery Corporation, Bonobo
has earned his place among the trailblazers of down tempo trip-hop. Also considered acid jazz or chillwave, this intimate,
yet playful, sound has hooked fans all over the planet. But unlike the growing number of artists who fit that category, this
one-man movement has the talent to produce, DJ and also perform the instruments that most similar artists of this genre would
merely sample. As he said in an interview with Electronic Beats, "I always want to concentrate on the human aspect of music.
I want to make my music sound human without resorting to emo tactics. I think the reappropriated sounds and recontextualizing
stuff really gives it that familiarity, perhaps." There is something soothing yet energizing about Bonobo's music, and the
clever samples leave you to contemplate each track. Bonobo has wowed audiences in more than 30 countries and across three
continents, playing over 175 shows and claiming two No. 1 hits. Bonobo samples songs by artists such as Billie Holiday ("Swing!
Brother, Swing!," 1939); Bill Withers ("Use Me," 1972); and Ben E. King ("What is Soul," 1967). Ironically, Bonobo's tracks
have also been used by other artists, including Trey Songz's 2014 hit, "I Know (Can't Get Back)."
You can catch Bonobo
at the following well-known venues: Republic New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana; House of Blues in Houston, Texas; House
of Blues in Dallas, Texas; Belly Up in Aspen, Colorado; Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado; Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado;
The Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City, Utah; Neumos in Seattle, Washington; Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California; and
House of Blues in San Diego, California.
Simon Green is the talent behind the solitary
project, Bonobo. The multi-faceted musician has had the luck of growing up surrounded by music and artists of many genres.
Born in Leeds, England, Green's parents were both involved in the British folk scene around the 1970s and 1980s. While his
mother's relationship with music was primarily based on her love for the psychedelic or "psych rock" sound. His father was
more involved in the development of the music itself. The Cecil Sharpe House scene was where his father made most of his connections.
As a young child in that environment, Simon Green was able to develop his knowledge of musical composition without restraint
or self-consciousness. Bonobo thinks outside the box. Many tracks use samples that would never normally be considered in the
musical sense, such as recordings of washing machines and dryers. "Some of the most interesting sounds come from the most
boring sources... I don't subscribe to the idea of recording things because they're an interesting thing to record, rather
that they're an interesting sound," Green noted in an interview with Electronic Beats. And, although he moved to Brighton
to attend art school in college, Green reflected on those years as more of a way to expand his circle and find other creative
inspirations relative to his music. Driven by the likes of Portishead and DJ Shadow, Bonobo taps into the beautiful, more
intellectual side of hip-hop, and that is where Bonobo has found his niche.
consists of Animal Magic (2000); Dial 'M' for Monkey (2003); Days to Come (2006); Black Sands (2010); and The North Borders
(2013). His other albums include: One Offs... Remixes & B-Sides (2002); Bonobo Presents Solid Steel: It Came From The
Sea (2005); Black Sands Remixed (2012); Late Night Tales: Bonobo; and The North Borders Tour - Live (2014).
Bonobo's music can be heard in many forms of advertisement as well. "Nitelite" was used in UEFA Champions League
2006-2007. And, the tracks, "Flutter" and "Pick Up" were used on SSX on Tour (a snowboarding game). Bonobo has also lent his
music CBS, AMC and NPR.
Bonobo Concert Experience
Seeing an artist such as Bonobo is an event unlike any
other. Combine ambient electronica with a searing, vibrant light show and your senses will be ablaze with anticipation! Although
the signature sound borders on subdued and relaxed, the crowd is anything but. Fans of Bonobo are definitely full of energy
and excitement as the talented DJ takes the stage. Bonobo has an innate understanding and knowledge of how to keep his fans
not only hypnotized but out of their seats. Combining romantic, sensual-sounding loops with obscure and recognizable vocal
samples, there is always a new sound to be heard at any Bonobo show. Few artists have the capacity to turn the random and
mundane sounds of daily life into a song and showcase them in such a magnetic way. Stay on top of Bonobo's shows through StubHub
and secure a spot to all of his upcoming concerts now!