I used to have this problem with DJs. I used to think that all a DJ did was get free drinks, hang out with scantily clad groupies, and play other people’s records and CDs, at clubs. I’ve since come to realize that this is nowhere near the case, here in Washington DC, and I’ve developed a healthy respect for the DJing community that’s here in town. I have even more respect and admiration for not just people playing records, but also performing. That is what Michael Folk and Daniel Merrill, (Aligning Minds) are. They’re musical performers, but they’re also creative artists, and in their attempt to create sonic landscapes, they’re attempting to stimulate your mind and heighten your senses through their landscapes of sound.
For the past few years, Aligning Minds have been performing here in DC, and around the area. They’ve collaborated with tons of local acts, and if you haven’t heard their works, you should really try to give them a listen. What’s great about the group also, is that they’re trying to essentially, build up a community of artist themselves. At their live shows, (example: two weeks ago at XinDC), the club was packed with artists, designers, painters, performance artist, and the entire scene was a sensory overload of local creative talent.
Currently, goals for Aligning Minds is to do something that hasn’t been done since art was really “art” and that is to create a “movement”. They want to take their sounds and make and share them with other creatives and bound ideas, unite people creatively, and spread the seed of common understanding – and (according to their bio) “to drop some muthaf—in’ bass in the process. All ideals aside, this is music from the imaginations, hearts and souls of two producers who want to use music to unite people and assist in positive growth and change. ”
In the fall of 1996, Rolling Stone wrote an article, claiming that electronica and “techno” were the future of popular music, and the leaders of this sonic revolution were the British band, “The Prodigy”. They gave them the cover, and a fancy article and we as Americans, took it and gave it it’s 15 minutes. The genre has evolved in the past 10 years, and has given us a hotbed of talent and many different types of music. Aliging Minds are challenging the genre though, and making it more about a movement AND great music, and I for one, think that they’re a more than welcome member in this area of district creatives. -kk