EVOLVE is the downtempo chillout project of artist/producer Red Broad. The first album, HAPPY HOUR IN THE GENE POOL has enjoyed great success within the downtempo chillout and lounge genres with iconic tracks such as "August Moon" "Do You Know This One?" "Well I Gotta Story" and "Couldn't Be More Wrong" becoming regulars on radio stations such as Soma FM's Groove Salad, Smooth Lounge, Chill With Mindi Abair and Sirius/XM Chill. Tracks from the album have also made appearances on TV shows including USA Networks “Royal Pains”, MTV’s “Road Rules” and “The Real World” and have been included on many chill out compilation albums including "Best of 2011 Lounge" "Erotic Affairs" "Saint Tropez Summer Session" and the "Hed Kandi" series to name but a few.
The sophomore release DEEPER THAN THE SEA follows on from where HAPPY HOUR IN THE GENE POOL left off, continuing the rich pallet of downtempo beats, chilled out grooves, sultry vocals and guest artist collaborations from Bajka, Soul Sista Shakti and Margo Rey. With twelve original tracks, four vocal and eight instrumental the overall vibe is a luxurious mix of chilled out downtempo ranging from light vocal to deeper dubs, glitch and experimental electronica musings. Electric pianos abound and the use of flugal horn and muted trumpet adds an element of cool jazz into the mix, creating a truly eclectic listening experience. Deep and poignant, yet shallow enough to wade in with friends while sipping cocktails.
EVOLVE has recently signed with WATER MUSIC RECORDS, an electronic music label based in Los Angeles, California with over 270 albums and singles released to date. The label is known mostly for its compilation albums such as “Chill Out Lounge,” “Tantra Lounge” and Jazz Lounge” plus many others. The first release for EVOLVE on the WMR label is AFTER HOURS, a compilation of 14 of the most chilled out tracks taken from the first two releases. A fourth album is already in production, scheduled to be released on the WMR label in late 2015. Stay tuned!
Born and raised in England Red moved to LA in the 90's where he now works as a producer, artist and DJ. HAPPY HOUR IN THE GENE POOL was his first commercially released album under the name EVOLVE. When he's not beavering away in his studio he can often be found behind the decks spinning downtempo and deep house at clubs, lounges, pools and private parties, or behind the drums touring with '80s band THE ESCAPE CLUB. He also produces SOFASONICA a chilled out downtempo podcast available on Podomatic, MixCloud and iTunes.
Over the years Red has worked with many great artists such as Peter Gabriel, Toyah, Mark Hollis (Talk Talk) just to name a few. It was while working with Peter Gabriel though that his eyes (and ears) were opened up to a whole new world of rhythms and grooves. It was an inspirational game changer that has had a profound affect on his music productions ever since.
Another early influence was the groundbreaking "My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts" by Brian Eno and David Byrne. It was the blend of unusual percussive effects with found sound and sampled vocals that Red found so intriguing. These days Red incorporates a lot of these ingredients into his own work, with a tip of the hat to Brian Eno and David Byrne.
Red has always had an interest in electronics (he has a City & Guilds in Radio TV & Electronics) and so it was only natural to develop a musical interest in all things electronic. He was an early adopter of electronic drums, using them equally live on stage and in the studio.
Relocating from London to LA introduced Red to scoring music for film and TV. He has since worked on several movies, the most notable being "The Arrival" starring Charlie Sheen, where one of his cues was used as play out music over the end credits. More recently the TV movie "Blue Seduction" starring Billy Zane (Titanic, Back To The Future) was completely written around six songs co-written with jazz singer Pamela Stonebrooke. Red also produced the score for the movie with music partner Chris Barron.
In early 2006 Red began working on tracks for a new project. He wanted to go back to his roots and rekindle his love of synth based electronic music. The concept was simple, a natural journey of emotions and feelings, melodies and grooves; an evolutionary process of musical creation. The project became Evolve and the album; HAPPY HOUR IN THE GENE POOL.
After hearing a promo copy of HAPPY HOUR IN THE GENE POOL, Below Zero founder and DJ Mason Rothert contacted Red about contributing downtempo mixed sets for his radio show. This lead in 2007 to becoming a resident DJ with the show and contributing sets on a more regular basis. Red also began DJ'ing live downtempo sets for Below Zero nights at ultra lounges and special events. As a drummer and performer Red has a natural talent for blending beats, building a set and moving a crowd. He quickly expanded out to include more dance oriented house, deep house, tribal house and tech house sets better suited for clubs, pool parties and larger venues.
Having recently signed EVOLVE to Water Music Records and released a compilation album of fourteen of the most chilled out tracks from the first two releases he is now back in the studio producing a fourth album scheduled to be released late 2015 on the WMR label.
Title: After Hours
Released: January 2015
Label: Water Music Records
Released: November 2014
Label: Evolve Music