LP: Soon It Will Be Cold Enough
In this day and age, new electronic DJs/producers are popping out of the woodwork like never before, vaulting themselves to fame through a variety of viral networking techniques and strategies. 24-year-old Douglas Appling, better known by his stage name Emancipator, seems no different at first glance – but truthfully, he managed to grab hold of a much more direct channel on his path to stardom.
Appling achieved relative success soon after his first album, ‘Soon It Will Be Cold Enough’ (2006), was picked up, pressed, and mass distributed in Japan by local super-producer Nujabes. The album sold out all 5,000 pressed copies in less than six months.
The album’s biggest hit, “Shook”, quickly became a hit. The song, an elegant mashup of Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones” and an obscure selection from Icelandic group Sigur Ros, circulated through Japan and then eventually reached the United States, landing near the top of Hype Machine’s most popular songs of 2009.
Right around the success of “Shook”, in July of 2009, Emancipator played his first live gig at the Roseland Theatre in his hometown Portland, opening for Benobo in front of a crowd of 1500. Soon after, he landed a spot opening for international hit Bassnectar, pushing his name into the mainstream electronic world.
As of 2011, Emancipator has released another acclaimed album, ‘Safe In The Steep Cliffs’ (2010), had his music featured in countless documentary and independent films, and has become a credible name on the summer festival scene across the US. His beautifully crafted mixes only seem to get better and better, and at such a young age, one can only guess what the future holds for his music and career.
Written by Andrew Judson Heindel