Michael Ng Chris Alfaro
[Editor's note: Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. His archives are available here.]
The clarity required for creation can be hard to obtain when you're bussing someone's pork belly pancakes. Most musicians are perpetually trying to reconcile art and commerce, but Chris Alfaro confronts the conflict with a singular perspective.
Under his stage name, Free the Robots, the Orange County native produces music that darts through blistering electronic bass music, psych-rock wormholes, retrofitted trip-hop and cosmic jazz. In the last half-decade, he's established himself as one of the most popular DJs to emerge from the Low End Theory galaxy, frequently attracting capacity crowds in L.A. and overseas. In the last month, his passport has been stamped in Mexico, France, Belgium and Israel.More »