A producer who draws from footwork, bass, and post-dubstep, as well as root electronic music forms such as house and techno, Slava (last name: Balasanov) was born and raised in Moscow until the age of 12, when he and his family moved to Chicago, Illinois. He spent several years playing jazz guitar, but after he graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor's degree in mathematics, he got into producing electronic music and DJ'ing. Along with friends and fellow producers Garo and Lokua, he established a digital download label, Moment Sound, and debuted the same year (2008) with the nine-track release Sunflower. After another Moment Sound release (Neon Life, 2009) and a 12" for Future Times (Dreaming Tiger, 2010), he linked with Daniel Lopatin's Software label. Soft Control was released in February 2012; featuring the Britney Spears-sampling "I've Got Feelings Too," the whimsical EP veered between alien-sounding ambient and sparse-but-lavish bass and would have been just as at home on Werk Discs or Night Slugs. Slava followed in April 2013 with the jittery, footwork-inspired full-length Raw Solutions, another Software release. Also an accomplished visual artist, Slava has held a residency at New York City's Eyebeam Art and Technology Center. ~ Andy Kellman

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