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Trance Farmers: Harvesting the Future

By Pat Gunther

Dayve Samek, better known as the genre-hopping, time-traveling musical wizard Trance Farmers, is primed for another round of Dolo Jazz Suite at the Spanish Moon on Dec. 18.

Following the release of his debut LP, Dixie Crystals, Trance Farmers has established himself as a must watch up-and-comer with a distinctive sound that will add yet another element of variety to Dolo. “Everyone [at Dolo] seemed to be really appreciating each other and the music, which made it a great hang out for everyone,” the NOLA native said.

Joining an eclectic lineup, as always, Trance Farmers will put his own spin on a set that is sure to bring a little bit of everything to the table, from Americana and hip-hop to jazz and blues. Growing up in a mecca of culture like New Orleans certainly has impacted Trance Farmers’ style in more ways than one.

“My musical influences growing up gave me every color of the rainbow in my sound,” he stated. “It is cool to think that it is all under the one amazing umbrella we call ‘music.’ I think it would have first started with the greats like Jimi Hendrix and Robert Johnson for me.”

From there, Trance Farmers’ sound would evolve into a conglomeration of classic rock influences, such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, before adopting a palate for hip-hop super-producers Edan and Madlib. As time progressed, Samek continued to hone the qualities that attracted him to this wide array of artists to form a sound that became all his own.

With Stones Throw affiliation, however, Trance Farmers looked to the label’s resident beat-king. J Dilla, for inspiration. The juncture at which all of these influences met created the perfect storm, and the perfect sound for Samek, which has lately been described as “Psychedelic Garage Americana.” Despite all of this, Trance Farmers’ unique style can be largely accredited to the Big Easy.

“It allowed me to simplify my life from being in a big city and got me more rooted and in touch with myself because of that,” Trance Farmers said. “I will always feel home here.”

With a musical background that is so heavily influenced by the tunes of the Deep South, Trance Farmers will quickly become a fan favorite once he hits the stage at the Spanish Moon on Thursday evening.

Those in attendance should expect a steady array of tunes from Dixie Crystals in addition to some impressive, face-melting improvisation on his 1958 Danelectro U1 guitar.

“I love the rockabilly sound,” he said, “and that has been a more recent adoption that I feel is in my blood and has always been a style I have felt passionate about.”

When the lights dim and Trance Farmers gets into the full swing of things, Samek hoped for a simple, yet-important thing from the audience: “I hope it’s a self-journey for everyone to be together for.”


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