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Jonti to open for Gotye at Edgefield Sept. 2

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Multi-instrumentalist and producer Jonti will share the stage with Gotye at Edgefield on Sept. 2.Electronic artist Jonti is a veritable one-man band, using a laptop, a modular synthesizer, guitars, a vocal processor and, we kid you not, a ukulele in his show.

Jonti will open for Gotye at McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale, at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2 (mcmenamins.com). The two artists are friends, but Jonti is less well-known in the States than Gotye, best known for his 2011 hit “Somebody That I Used To Know.”

“It’s been absolutely surreal in epicness and scope,” Jonti says of the tour, noting he’s never played such large venues before. “I’m still a very new artist in general. Most of the audience hasn’t heard of me.”

The Los Angeles resident is a native of South Africa who has also lived in Australia, from which Gotye hails. To date, Jonti has recorded with Mark Ronson, Santigold, Sean Lennon and the Dap-Kings, as well as producer John Agnello, who’s worked with Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. The vocalist and multi-instrumentalist draws on diverse influences including hip hop, lounge and surf rock and is promoting his first album, “Twirligig,” an aural addict’s delight, featuring 14 tunes filled with everything from garbage cans he was banging on to his guitar interpretations of a Dave Brubeck melody.

He notes he created the second tune on “Twirligig,” titled “Nightshift in Blue,” by learning how to play three seconds of a Brubeck melody on guitar.

“That became like the main melody of the song,” he says, noting when he was done, the song “sounds like all these different bands playing different sections of the songs together.”

Lyrically, he adds, “it’s just a simple image of a guy in the moonlight, praying and listening.”

He adds he’s grateful to his mate, Gotye, for giving him a chance to tour, and notes his first large-scale U.S. audiences have been open to his experimental pop music.

“They were really, really kind,” he says.




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